If you are new to smoking herb or tobacco, you might be curious about how to use a glass bong. A glass bong is a water-filtration device that produces smooth, clean, and potent smoke. It can also be a beautiful and artistic piece of glassware that you can display in your home. In this blog post, we will explain what a glass bong is, how it works, and how to use it for the first time.
What is a glass bong?
A glass bong is a type of pipe that uses water to cool and filter the smoke from burning herb or tobacco. It usually consists of four main parts: the bowl, the downstem, the water chamber, and the mouthpiece. The bowl is where you pack your herb or tobacco, the downstem is a tube that connects the bowl to the water chamber, the water chamber is where the smoke bubbles through the water, and the mouthpiece is where you inhale the smoke.
Some glass bongs may have additional features, such as a carburetor (a hole that allows you to clear the smoke faster), an ice catch (a notch that holds ice cubes to cool the smoke further), or a percolator (a device that creates more bubbles and filtration). Glass bongs come in various shapes, sizes, colors, and designs. Some are simple and functional, others are handmade, stained-glass works of art.
How does a glass bong work?
A glass bong works by creating a vacuum that draws the smoke from the burning herb or tobacco through the water and into your lungs. The water acts as a natural filter that removes some of the tar, ash, and other harmful substances from the smoke. It also cools down the temperature of the smoke, making it less harsh on your throat and lungs. The result is a smoother, cleaner, and more flavorful smoking experience.
How to use a glass bong for the first time
Using a glass bong for the first time may seem intimidating, but it is actually very easy and enjoyable. Here are some simple steps to follow:
- Prepare your glass bong. Pour water into the mouthpiece until the waterline is above the base of the downstem but below the bowl. You can also put ice cubes in the water if you’d like. Make sure your glass bong is clean and free of any cracks or leaks.
- Grind your herb or tobacco. Use a grinder or your fingers to break up your herb or tobacco into small pieces. This will help it burn more evenly and efficiently.
- Pack your bowl. Fill the bowl with about half a gram of your ground herb or tobacco. Don’t pack it too tightly or too loosely, as this will affect the airflow and combustion.
- Place your lips inside the mouthpiece. Create a tight seal with your lips around the mouthpiece. This will prevent any air from escaping or entering.
- Light your bowl. Use a lighter or hemp wick to ignite your herb or tobacco in the bowl. Hold the flame over the bowl and inhale slowly and steadily through the mouthpiece. You will see the smoke travel through the downstem and fill up the water chamber.
- Inhale the smoke. When the water chamber is full of milky-white smoke, pull out the bowl or take your finger off the carburetor (if your glass bong has one) and inhale forcefully through the mouthpiece. This will clear the smoke from the water chamber and deliver it to your lungs.
- Exhale and enjoy. Exhale the smoke from your lungs and enjoy its effects