There are literally thousand and one ways to use cannabis and its many derivatives. Legalization has allowed artists and other craftspeople the freedom to develop new ways to get lifted.
We’ve got everything from portable vaporizers to 3 foot dab rigs. With all these cool gadgets, it can be easy to forget about our old friend, the bong.
You might be thinking they are a thing of the past. However, there is good reason to believe they’re still the best way to smoke. Read ahead to learn about different types of bongs and what makes them awesome.
Put down the blunts or the dab pens for just a second and hear us out. Smoking a bong is one of the greatest and most time-proven methods to use cannabis.
You might be thinking that they are thing of the past. While, yes, they have been used for thousands of years, they continue to be an excellent option.
Of course, their design has improved over time and you can get accessories to improve the experience.
Bongs continue to be a favorite among cannabis users for several reasons. In a nutshell, they are effective, fun, and look cool.
Generally, bongs contain water that acts as a filter for the smoke. The water effectively removes the presence of tar. This improves the taste and might make it ‘healthier’.
The Many Different Types of Bongs
We’re going to take a closer look at some different types of bongs along with their positives and negatives.
Here are some of the ways you could classify bongs.
The majority of bongs we see are made of glass. They are the most popular and widely available.
However, it doesn’t end there. Bongs have been made out of almost anything.
Some glass alternatives can be quite useful to some people. There are other ones that should probably just be skipped.
This is what most of us seasoned enthusiasts think of when we imagine a proper bong. It is such a clean look.
There is something about being able to watch the smoke fill up the chambers and get cleared that is satisfying. Also, it lets you see just how big of a hit you are taking.
Glass bongs are the most widely available and they come in every size and shape. Getting replacement parts and accessories is a snap. Do handle them with care.
Ceramic bongs were really popular before the advent of glass pipes. In fact, people have been using ceramic bongs and pipes for thousands of years.
Depending on the design, they can be more durable than glass. Also, the taste is just what you are going for.
If you want to make a style statement that is also practical, this is the bong for you. Just be ready to shell out the money because they aren’t cheap.
These were the bongs we were referring to when we said there are some you should avoid.
They are pretty difficult to come by because, thankfully, no one really makes them anymore. They are completely opaque and the metal gives the smoke an unpleasant aftertaste
The only upside is that they are extremely durable. They might actually be useful in a zombie apocalypse.
Now, let’s look at a new type of bong that is actually useful. Bongs made of silicone are the newcomers on the block but they are already gaining a steady fan base.
These bongs are just as, if not more, difficult to break as the metal ones. They can be thrown in the trunk of your car and ready to go at a moment’s notice. Silicone bongs are great for people who are on the go.
They are also dishwasher friendly. The only downside is that it will be hard to find accessory and replacement parts.
Who would’ve thought that you could order parts and accessories for your bong as if it were a Jeep?
Well, it’s true. You don’t have to settle for a ‘stock’ bong. You can get upgrades to enhance the overall experience.
This part contains the bowl where the ground flower is placed. Most bongs come with really small sliders so it is worth considering.
You have probably seen or heard of the percolators in bongs. The percs, as they call them, look really cool and its nice to see the water splash around.
But is there any real benefit?
Percolators improve the filtration function of the water. It makes the taste less harsh and further cools it down the smoke.
The Best Glass Bongs
We would be remiss not to delve deeper into the wide world of glass bongs. There so many styles of every style and budget.
You can find some cheapos at a gas station but they will probably break on you so we don’t recommend them. On the other hand, some glassblowers make bongs that are essentially more of art piece than a pipe.
Some of the more ridiculous ones can put you back thousands of dollars.
ZOB Glass is a California-based company that has been making sought-after glass bongs for more than twenty years.
They rely on borosilicate glass to produce the best type of bong. This is just about the toughest glass than can be heated directly.
They boast their own style of the percolator, the Zobello Perc, that increases the filtration power of conventional bongs.
Bongs Are Better
Bongs are a very effective way to smoke cannabis. They are preferred by experienced smokers because can take large hits without the harshness of smoking paper or tobacco products.
Furthermore, they are just a blast to use. Nothing beats passing around the bong, eating some pizza, and toking all night long.
There are many different types of bongs. Visit the blog to see more examples of bongs and smoking devices.