A glass bong is a device that allows you to smoke herb or tobacco through water, which filters and cools the smoke before you inhale it. Using a glass bong can enhance your smoking experience by making it smoother, fresher and more flavorful. However, to get the most out of your glass bong, you need to know how to measure the water level and temperature in it. Here are some tips and tricks to help you do that.
The water level in your glass bong plays a significant role in the filtration, temperature and hit of your smoke. Getting the optimal water level means getting the perfect balance of these factors. Here’s how to measure the water level in your glass bong:
- Look closely at your downstem, which is the tube that connects the bowl to the base of the bong. If it has slits or gills, you need to make sure that your downstem and the slits are completely submerged in water. This will allow the smoke to bubble through the water and get filtered and cooled.
- If your downstem has no slits or gills, you need to submerge it at least two inches above the opening for big bongs, or at least half an inch for mini bongs. This will ensure that there is enough water to create a seal around the downstem and prevent air leaks.
- You can also listen to the sound of the bubbles when you pull air through the bong. There should be a distinct, gurgling sound that indicates that the water level is just right. If the sound is too loud or too quiet, you may need to adjust the water level accordingly.
There are also some things you need to consider when choosing the water level for your glass bong:
- If you overfill your glass bong with water, you may get more filtration and cooling, but you may also have to put more effort to pull the smoke and risk getting bong water in your mouth. Some people prefer this because it forces the lungs to expand and absorb more THC, but others find it unpleasant and wasteful.
- If you underfill your glass bong with water, you may get more flavor and less drag, but you may also get less filtration and cooling, which can make the smoke harsher and more irritating to your throat and lungs. Some people prefer this because they enjoy the taste of their herb or tobacco more, but others find it unhealthy and unsatisfying.
The water temperature in your glass bong also affects the quality of your smoke. Different temperatures can have different effects on the smoke’s potency, flavor and sensation. Here’s how to measure the water temperature in your glass bong:
- You can use a thermometer to check the exact temperature of the water in your glass bong, or you can simply use your hand to feel if it’s cold or warm.
- You can also change the water temperature by adding ice or warm water to your glass bong. Some bongs have ice holders or pinchers above the base or water chamber that allow you to add ice cubes without affecting the water level. However, as the ice melts, it will increase the water level and lower the temperature of the smoke.
There are also some things you need to consider when choosing the water temperature for your glass bong:
- If you use cold water in your glass bong, you may get cooler, smoother and thicker smoke, which can be refreshing and soothing to your lungs. However, cold water can also cause more resin build-up in your glass bong, which can reduce its efficiency and cleanliness.
- If you use warm water in your glass bong, you may get warmer, heavier and steamier smoke, which can be relaxing and stimulating to your senses. However, warm water can also reduce some of the flavor and potency of your herb or tobacco, as some of the terpenes and cannabinoids may evaporate or dissolve in it.
There is no definitive answer to what is the best water level and temperature for a glass bong. It depends on your personal preference, smoking style and desired effects. You may want to experiment with different combinations of water level and temperature until you find what works best for you. However, whichever option you choose, always remember to change your bong water after each session. Leaving it to sit is a recipe for bacteria and grime that can ruin your smoking experience. Fresher water equals fresher tokes.