Are you completely new to cannabis and want to try one of the most popular consumption methods? Have you just bought your first bong but don't know how to use it or make the most out of it?
The cannabis industry is consistently growing and is likely to become one of the biggest industries soon. With that said, more beginners are making their way into the cannabis world and trying new cannabis accessories for the first time.
Bongs have been around for decades and have been a popular method of consumption for just as long. So, as a beginner, here's everything you need to know about bongs.
The Benefits of Bongs
If you are a beginner to the world of bongs, they can seem incredibly intimidating and even difficult to use or understand. However, you will soon learn they are one of the most simple cannabis consumption methods and a great choice for beginners. Today, you can find various bongs on the market; big bongs for massive hits, cheap bongs for every budget, and unique statement pieces, among many others.
Many benefits come along with using a bong. The most prominent is that they allow you to get more weed in one hit, as opposed to smoking a joint. However, they are also great for a smooth hit because the smoke travels through a water chamber before entering the lungs. Not only that, but they are durable, simple and easy to maintain, and even great for sharing with friends.
Parts of a Bong
Although the bong as a whole just looks like one thing, different components contribute to its final form. Two separate pieces make up the bong; the pipe and the bowl. The bowl is where you stack your weed, and it is placed on the side of the pipe.
However, the pipe as a whole is also made up of different components. The basic setup of a bong includes the mouthpiece where you inhale from, the down stem where the smoke travels, the water chamber where the smoke is cooled, and the bowl where the weed is packed and ignited. Some bongs will also have an ash catcher, which will help trap the smoke so you do not inhale it.
How Bongs Work
Using a bong may look complicated, but it is relatively simple. When using a bong, the first thing you want to do is fill up the water chamber. You don’t want to overfill it to avoid inhaling water in your mouth.
Then, you can fill the bowl of your bong. You can add as little or as much as you want. From there, light the weed in the bowl with your lighter, place your mouth over the mouthpiece, and inhale. The smoke will travel from the bowl to the water chamber, and from the water chamber, up the down stem and into the mouth.
Bongs can be made from a variety of different materials. Some of the more popular materials include acrylic, glass, and plastic. These are the ones that can be most easily found, and the acrylic and plastic ones tend to be some of the more affordable ones.
However, bongs are also made with other materials, including ceramic metal and bamboo. These tend to run at a much higher price point and end up being more expensive; however, they are higher quality and worth the price.
How to Clean Bongs
Your bong is something that will get dirty relatively quickly and needs to be cleaned frequently. Your bong needs to be cleaned just as you wash a plate you eat off. While it may seem tricky to clean it properly, there are a few ways to clean your bong efficiently.
Start by removing all the removable pieces, such as the pipe and the mouthpiece, and then pour in isopropyl alcohol and coarse salt. Aggressive shaking and rinsing with water and soap will allow your bong to become clean and look as good as new.