A bong is a device that allows you to smoke herb or tobacco through water, which cools and filters the smoke. Smoking a bong can be a fun and enjoyable way to consume your favorite herb, but it can also be intimidating for beginners. If you’re curious about how to smoke a bong, this blog post will guide you through the steps and give you some tips and tricks to make the most of your experience.
What You Need to Smoke a Bong
To smoke a bong, you will need the following items:
- A bong: You can find bongs in different shapes, sizes, materials and designs. Some have features like percolators, ice catchers or ash catchers that enhance the smoking experience. Choose a bong that suits your preferences and budget.
- Herb or tobacco: You can use any kind of herb or tobacco that you like to smoke in a bong. Make sure it’s dry and cured properly for optimal results.
- A grinder: A grinder is a tool that helps you break up your herb or tobacco into small pieces. This makes it easier to pack the bowl and burn evenly.
- A bowl: The bowl is the part of the bong where you put your herb or tobacco. It usually has a hole at the bottom that connects to the downstem, which is a tube that goes into the water chamber of the bong.
- A lighter or hemp wick: You will need something to light your herb or tobacco with. A lighter is the most common option, but some people prefer to use hemp wick, which is a natural alternative that produces less butane and ash.
- Water: You will need some clean and cool water to fill up your bong. The water acts as a filter and a cooler for the smoke, making it smoother and less harsh on your throat and lungs.
How to Smoke a Bong: Step by Step Instructions
Now that you have everything you need, here are the steps to follow to smoke a bong:
- Fill your bong with water. Pour some water through the mouthpiece of the bong until it reaches about an inch above the tip of the downstem. You don’t want too much water or it might splash into your mouth or wet your herb. You also don’t want too little water or it might not filter the smoke properly.
- Grind your herb or tobacco. Use your grinder to chop up your herb or tobacco into fine pieces. This will help it burn more evenly and efficiently in the bowl. You can also use your fingers or scissors if you don’t have a grinder, but make sure it’s not too chunky or powdery.
- Pack the bowl. Take some of your ground herb or tobacco and gently press it into the bowl of the bong. Don’t pack it too tightly or it might restrict the airflow and make it harder to draw. Don’t pack it too loosely either or it might fall through the hole and waste your herb. A good rule of thumb is to fill the bowl about halfway if you’re smoking alone, or up to the rim if you’re sharing with others.
- Hold the bong with your non-dominant hand. Wrap your hand around the base or the neck of the bong, depending on its size and shape. Make sure you have a firm grip on it so it doesn’t tip over or spill.
- Place your lips inside the mouthpiece. Put your mouth over the opening at the top of the bong and seal it with your lips. Don’t put your lips around the mouthpiece or you might create gaps that let air in.
- Use a lighter or hemp wick to light the bowl. Hold your lighter or hemp wick near the edge of the bowl and ignite it. As you do so, slowly inhale through your mouth to draw air into the bong. You should see bubbles forming in the water as the smoke travels through it.
- Start inhaling. As you light the bowl, keep inhaling until you see smoke filling up the chamber of the bong. You can control how much smoke you want by adjusting how long and how hard you inhale.
- Pull out the bowl and continue inhaling. When you’re ready to take your hit, pull out the bowl from the downstem with your dominant hand. This will create a clear path for the smoke to exit the bong. Keep inhaling until you clear the chamber of all the smoke.
- Exhale. After you’ve taken your hit, exhale the smoke slowly and gently. Try not to cough or blow out too hard, as this might irritate your throat and lungs.
- Repeat as desired. If you want to take another hit, put the bowl back into the downstem and repeat the process. If you’re done, pass the bong to the next person or put it away safely.
Tips and Tricks for Smoking a Bong
Here are some tips and tricks to make your bong smoking experience more enjoyable and efficient:</p