If you’re new to the industry and just beginning to discover the joys of smoking weed from a glass bong or perhaps you’ve only heard of it by name but haven’t used it yet or know much about it, this article is for you.
In this article, we’ll talk about what a bong is—and what it is not, the different types of bongs, and everything else you should know.
Let’s start with what a bong is.
What Is a Bong?
A bong, also known as a water pipe, is a device used for smoking cannabis, tobacco, and other herbal substances.
The essential difference between bongs and other weed paraphernalia is that because of the water, the smoke coming from the burning plant is filtered and cooled.
What this means is that by the time you inhale the smoke, it is stripped of harmful stuff, leaving only THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol), the good stuff, which is healthier and easier on the lungs.
Smoking from a bong helps avoid inhalation of harsh tobacco smoke and reduces exposure to carcinogens in cigarette smoke. It can be easily identified by its long stem and decorated bowl piece.
What Is Not a Bong?
Not all water pipes are bongs. For instance, Hookahs and dab rigs are not bongs.
Hookahs are water pipes used for smoking tobacco while dab rigs, though may look like bongs, are not water pipes but vaporizers. They vaporize the concentrated plant material by using a blow torch.
Types of Bongs
Bongs can be classified according to the shape and size, and type of material used
So bongs can be made of:
●Glass. These bongs do not affect the flavor of the herb so they’re a popular choice for weed smokers. The downside is that they’re breakable and can be expensive.
●Plastic. These are the least expensive type of bongs. The only problem is that you won’t get a pure flavor because of the material.
●Ceramic. These are affordable and beautiful but they’re also prone to cracks. Also, you can’t see through the inside so it’s difficult to tell when they need cleaning.
●Metal. These are durable and affordable but like ceramic bongs, you can’t see the dirt on the inside.
●Bamboo. These bongs are also popular for not impacting the flavor of the plant.
And by shape, they can be:
The sizes are:
●Mini Bongs (8 inches or under in size)
●Medium Bongs (up to 20 inches in height)
●Big Bongs (14 to 21 inches tall)
Big bongs can filter more smoke and so would be great for people with big lungs or for when you’re throwing pot parties. If you’re a beginner, it’s best to start with a small one.
Why Buy Bongs Made of Glass?
Bongs made of glass aren’t only practical, they’re also iconic and can make a nice conversation piece for their unique artistic qualities.
Available in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and textures, glass workers have elevated these bangs into something approaching folk art. Top artists are designing them and the gentry are buying into it.
They can be expensive so most beginners who aren’t sure about bongs yet go for plastics. However, if you’re serious about owning one and perhaps collecting more in the future, go for glass bongs.
If you still can’t decide what to buy or if you need more information about bongs, visit Funky Piece Smoke Shop.
Funky Piece Smoke Shop has a huge selection of bongs from top brands. You can go visit their Washington and Bethesda shops for help. Check out their website for the exact location. If you’re ready to buy, you can also purchase online from their website.