Currently there are many ways to consume cannabis in all its variants. But one of the most popular devices is the glass bong, also known as a water pipes. Bong have actually been in use for thousands of years, and there is evidence of them in various cultures, made either of bamboo or a clay like material. Some were used in religious ceremonies. Today most bongs are for personal use and most are made of high quality borosilicate glass. There are scientific bongs and heady bongs, and they differ in terms of their aesthetic and design elements.
WHAT IS A BONG
A bong is device that is commonly used for smoking cannabis and other herbal substances that use water or ice as a filtration system. The different between a bong and any other pipe is that pipes offer a dry smoke while bong offer a water filtered smoke. Moderns bongs became popular in the 1960s and have grown in popularity since that time, as glass artists have developed better techniques to increase both the ways that bongs filter the smoke and the overall design elements that make bongs more elaborate and artistic. Today there is a wide range of bongs styles, shapes and design on the marker, made of plastic, borosilicate, glass and ceramic.
HOW A BONG WORKS
The operation of a glass bong is a mechanism that actually use some scientific principles, including combustion, filtering, vacuums and aspiration. That said, you don’t need a degree in physics to understand how a bong works (or to make one work yourself).
To make a bong work optimally you need:
-Dry herb (the better quality best experience obviously).
-Fire (either lighter or wick)
-Water (to fill the chamber)
-A source to create the vacuum (this happens with the inhalation)
The operation of a bong is simple. Bycombustionof the grass and being completely sealed (this means the carburetor must be covered) inside the bong, avacuumis made in which the smoke isfilteredthrough the liquid. Thus the bong empties of air and fills with smoke thanks to theaspirationthat you exert.
HOW TO USE A BONG
In the first place we have to have the grass well dried and crumbled. To facilitate this task, help yourself with a grinder.
Fill the tank by the top of the neck of the liquid you have chosen until it covers approximately 1cm of the cane. To start I always recommend cold water and later, when you have caught the trick, you can experiment with other liquids. Fill the bowl with the shredded grass and fire it (here I advise you for better comfort when using a blowtorch).
Cover the hole / carburetor and aspirate at the same time that the grass is burning. The liquid will bubble. Thebong willbe emptied of air and filled with smoke.
Once it’s full of smoke, exhale, remove your finger from the hole / carburetor and suck again. Prepare for the blow and enjoy it.
Depending on the size of thebongyou can take more or less to fill it with smoke. By the same you will use more or less marijuana according to the size of the bowl.
HOW TO CLEAN A BONG
The first thing to keep in mind is that the pieces of a bong are fragile. You have to treat them with delicacy when cleaning. One wrong move and you’ll wind up with a broken bong.
First, remove all the pieces (such as the bowl and the stem). Then let them soak in hot water to remove traces of resin, smoke and ash. Once wet, rub all the dirty parts using a toothbrush or cotton Q Tip, for reaching the complicated and narrow areas using rubbing alcohol.
If you want to perform a deeper cleaning there are specific products on the market to perform this task, such as Rez Block, that are available at a trusted online headshop.
Also note that it important that the bong is cold for cleaning as sudden changes in temperature can cause breakage in the parts. So don’t wash it just after you’ve used it.