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Eight Bongs: Quick Guide to Choosing the Best Bong

Lydia K. RN
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When a bong strikes your interest, there’s more to the purchase than what pleases the eye. Think most about what fits your lifestyle, medical condition, and budget.

There are many reasons why one would go for a bong when choosing a device to take cannabis medicine. Health and safety are two key considerations; bongs have a cooling process that ensure a gentler hit to your lungs. Other reasons may have to do with how well it suits your lifestyle and the condition for which you are treating. Bongs are great for taming breakthrough pain – fast acting.

Choosing a bong style is probably the most exciting part of the investment, but first you need to select the right material that works for your life. Glass is our top choice because it does not alter the taste. It is also easy to clean and maintain. However, this is not a great pick if you will be travelling around with your bong as its easily broken. It’s also true that glass bongs tend to be more expensive than other types of bongs.

So, other materials include: ceramic, plastic, bamboo and metal. A word of caution about the latter: metal bongs are relatively cheap and durable but may negatively impact the taste of your bud.

Carburetor Bong

These bongs have a hole somewhere in the centre; this is why they are called carburetor. When using a carburetor bong you will place you finger to cover the hole as you release it, fresh air will flow into the pipe and force smoke up your lungs giving you a more intense hit. This is what makes this bong popular.

Straight Tube Bong

This is very simple in design. They are also called straight shooters. It consists of a straight tube with a rounded bottom (water chamber) on the lower end. To use it, you just need to throw in your herb, fire and smoke. The elongated neck provides an easy to grip handle.

Beaker Shaped Bong

As the name suggests the bottom end of this bong is beaker or cone shaped. The larger base gives them greater stability and they can hold more water than the straight tube bong. The increase in water volume provides faster cooling and more effective filtration, removing unwanted residue and pollutants. They have a similar elongated neck to give you a good grip.

Round Base Bongs

Yes, the base of this beaker is rounded or spherical. This gives it a good volume but less stability than the beaker. They are also called bubble bottoms. It borrows largely from the classic hookah design. The large bottom gives it more functionality and a better filtration for a smoother and more flavorful hit.

Multi Chamber Bong

This is called a recycler bong and it comes with different chambers. The neck is divided into two chambers and connected to each other by a third chamber. The two main chambers hold water, giving this bong a double filtration system. This is not a basic bong to build but the results are amazing, the longer distance to your lungs gives you a cooler and more crisp hit, so worth every effort.

Percolator Bong

The physics of this bong is based on a percolator system that dissipates smoke as it passes through the water, so it forms bubbles. This spreads the smoke out creating a cooling effect on the smoke. It is also called a perc and is standard gear for many consumers. There are many kinds of percolators such as the honeycomb, tree, inline, down stems and spirals.

Gravity Bong

The gravity bong both describes a bucket and waterfall bong since they rely on the same vacuum principle. Gravity may be a bit misleading here as these bongs rely on differences in pressure between in two containers. In the bucket, there are two buckets with the larger one containing water and the smaller one immersed in that water. Once the bowl is lit, the small container is moved up, causing a pressure difference. As the smoke slowly fills the small jar, withdraw the bowl and inhales the ganja goodness. A waterfall bong is made up of a single container. The container must have a bowl and a small hole near the base so the water can drain easily. As the water flows out of the container, air is forced through the bowl and causes the substance to burn and accumulate smoke in the bong.

Heady Glass Bong

We saved the best for last – these higher end glass bongs which are usually one of a kind pieces. Cannasieurs will pay upwards of $25,000 for a single bong. These beauties are art pieces that can fetch a pretty price at auction.
Remember that as much as cannabis has many healing properties, the combustion caused by burning at high temperatures can be detrimental to your respiratory health. Therefore, make use of the cooling effect achieved through the best bong designs and make sure not to hold the smoke in for too long before you exhale. Otherwise, enjoy your bonging experience!
Lydia Kariuki

RN, Expert medical writer who is passionate about cannabis!

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