If you are new to smoking herbs 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. 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 herbs or tobacco. It usually consists of a main chamber that holds water, a downstem that connects the chamber to a bowl where you put your herbs or tobacco, and a mouthpiece where you inhale the smoke. Some bongs also have a hole called a carburetor, carb, choke, or rush, that helps to clear the smoke when released.
Glass bongs come in various shapes and sizes, from simple and functional to artistic and elaborate. They are made by glassblowers who superheat glass to make it malleable and then blow air into it to form bubbles. The bubbles are then shaped and joined together to create the bong.
Why use a glass bong?
There are several advantages to using a glass bong over other smoking methods. Here are some of them:
- A glass bong cools down the smoke, making it less harsh on your throat and lungs.
- A glass bong filters out some of the tar, ash, and other harmful substances from the smoke, potentially reducing the health risks of smoking.
- A glass bong produces large hits of thick smoke that can deliver more cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds from your herbs or tobacco, enhancing the effects and flavor.
- A glass bong is easy to clean and maintain, as you can simply rinse it with water or use a cleaning solution.
- A glass bong is durable and long-lasting, as long as you handle it with care and avoid dropping or cracking it.
How to use a glass bong for the first time
If you are ready to try using a glass bong for the first time, here are the steps you need to follow:
- Prep your 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 want to make the smoke even cooler. Make sure your bong has a downstem and a bowl that fit well and are cleared of any ash.
- Grind your herbs or tobacco. Take a small amount of your herbs or tobacco and grind them with a grinder or your fingers. You want to have a fine but not too powdery consistency. Fill the bowl with your ground material, without packing it too tightly or too loosely.
- Place your lips inside the mouthpiece. Put your mouth inside the mouthpiece of the bong, creating a tight seal with your lips. If your bong has a carb hole, cover it with your finger or thumb.
- Light up your herbs or tobacco. Hold a lighter or hemp wick over the bowl and inhale slowly and steadily through the mouthpiece. You will see the smoke travel through the downstem and bubble up through the water in the chamber.
- Start inhaling. When the chamber starts to fill with smoke, pull out the bowl or take your finger off the carb hole and inhale forcefully, clearing the smoke into your lungs. Hold it for a few seconds and then exhale.
- Repeat as desired. You can take as many hits as you want from your glass bong, depending on how much herbs or tobacco you have in your bowl and how high or relaxed you want to feel. Just remember to refill the bowl when it’s empty and change the water when it’s dirty.
- Clean your bong. After you are done using your glass bong, make sure to clean it properly. Dump out the water and rinse the chamber with warm water. You can also use a cleaning solution made of rubbing alcohol and coarse salt to remove any residue from the glass. Put some of the solution in a zipper-top plastic bag along with the bowl and downstem and shake well. Then, rinse everything with water and let it dry.
Using a glass bong for the first time can be a fun and rewarding experience, as long as you follow the steps above and use your herbs or tobacco responsibly. A glass bong can provide you with smooth, clean, and potent smoke that can enhance your mood and well-being. Just remember to keep your glass bong clean and in good shape, and enjoy the benefits of water filtration.