If you enjoy smoking herb or tobacco from a bong, you may have encountered some challenges when it comes to being discreet and respectful of your surroundings. Bongs can produce loud bubbling sounds and strong odors that can be annoying or suspicious to your neighbors, roommates, or family members. Fortunately, there are some tips and tricks you can follow to minimize the noise and smell of your bong sessions, and enjoy a smooth, clean, and stealthy smoking experience.
What is a bong and how does it work?
A bong is a water-filtration device that is used for smoking cannabis, tobacco, or other herbs. It usually consists of a bowl, where you pack your material, a stem or downstem, which connects the bowl to the main chamber, where the water is stored, and a mouthpiece, where you inhale the smoke. Some bongs also have a hole called a carburetor, carb, choke, or shotty, which helps to clear the smoke from the chamber when released.
The basic principle behind a bong is that the smoke passes through the water before reaching your lungs, which cools down the temperature of the smoke and filters out some of the tar, ash, and other harmful substances. This makes the smoke smoother, cleaner, and potentially healthier than smoking from a pipe or a joint.
How to use a bong without making too much noise?
One of the main drawbacks of using a bong is that it can produce loud bubbling sounds that can be heard by anyone nearby. This can be especially problematic if you are trying to smoke discreetly in your apartment, dorm room, or hotel room. Here are some ways to reduce the noise of your bong:
Use less water.
The more water you have in your bong, the more bubbles you will create when you inhale. Try to use just enough water to cover the bottom of the downstem, but not more than that. This will reduce the bubbling sound and also make it easier to clear the chamber.
Use warm water.
Warm water tends to produce smaller bubbles than cold water, which means less noise. You can also add some ice cubes to the mouthpiece or the chamber if your bong has an ice catch. This will cool down the smoke even more and make it smoother on your throat.
Inhale slowly and gently.
The faster and harder you inhale, the more bubbles you will create and the louder your bong will sound. Try to inhale slowly and gently, without creating too much suction. This will also help you control the amount of smoke you take in and prevent coughing.
Cover the carb or pull out the bowl.
If your bong has a carb hole, cover it with your finger or thumb while you inhale. This will create a vacuum inside the bong and prevent any air from escaping. When you are ready to clear the chamber, release the carb and inhale quickly. If your bong has a pull-out bowl instead of a carb hole, pull out the bowl when you are ready to clear the chamber and inhale quickly. This will also reduce the noise of your bong.
How to use a bong without making too much smell?
Another drawback of using a bong is that it can produce strong odors that can linger in your room or on your clothes. This can be unpleasant for yourself and others who share your space or who may visit you later. Here are some ways to reduce the smell of your bong:
Use fresh herb or tobacco.
The fresher your material is, the less it will smell when you smoke it. Try to store your herb or tobacco in an airtight container away from heat and light. This will preserve its potency and flavor and prevent it from drying out or getting moldy.
Grind your material finely.
The finer you grind your material, the more evenly it will burn and the less it will smell. You can use a grinder, scissors, or your fingers to break up your material into small pieces. Don’t pack too much material into your bowl at once; this will make it harder to burn completely and leave behind more residue.
Clean your bong regularly.
The more you use your bong, the more resin and tar will build up inside it. This will make your bong smell bad and affect the taste and quality of your smoke. You should clean your bong after every session or at least once a week. To clean your bong, you will need some zipper-top plastic bags, plugs that fit the holes in your bong, and a cleaning solution (either one designed specifically for bongs or a combination of rubbing alcohol and coarse salt). Here are the steps to follow:
- Empty the water from your bong and disassemble it into its parts (bowl, stem, chamber, mouthpiece).
- Put each part into a separate plastic bag and fill it with enough cleaning solution to cover the part.
- Shake the bags vigorously to loosen the resin and tar from the parts.
- Let the parts soak in the solution for at least 15 minutes or longer if they are very dirty.
- Rinse the parts with warm water and scrub them with a pipe cleaner or a brush if needed.
- Dry the parts with a towel or paper towel and reassemble your bong.
Use a sploof or a smoke filter.
A sploof is a homemade device that you can use to filter the smoke before you exhale it. It usually consists of a cardboard tube (such as a toilet paper roll or a paper towel roll) stuffed with dryer sheets, activated charcoal, or other odor-absorbing materials. You can also buy a smoke filter online or at a headshop, which is a more effective and convenient option. To use a sploof or a smoke filter, simply exhale the smoke through it instead of directly into the air. This will reduce the smell of your smoke significantly.
Ventilate your room.
The best way to prevent your room from smelling like smoke is to ventilate it properly. Open your windows and doors and turn on a fan or an air conditioner to circulate the air. You can also light some candles, incense, or spray some air freshener to mask the smell of your smoke.
Using a glass bong can be a great way to enjoy smoking herb or tobacco, but it can also be noisy and smelly. By following these tips and tricks, you can use your bong without making too much noise or smell that might bother others or attract attention. Remember to always smoke responsibly and respectfully, and to keep your bong clean and well-maintained.
This blog post is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice or endorsement of any product or service. Always consult your doctor before using any substance that may affect your health.