How to Use a Glass Bong Without Making Too Much Noise or Smell?

A glass bong is a water-filtration device that can produce smooth, clean, and potent hits of smoke from your favorite herb or tobacco. However, using a glass bong can also be noisy and smelly, which can be a problem if you want to be discreet or respectful of your neighbors. Fortunately, there are some tips and tricks that can help you enjoy your glass bong without making too much noise or smell. Here are some of them:

Choose the right glass bong

Not all glass bongs are created equal. Some are simple and functional, others are artistic and elaborate. The shape, size, and design of your glass bong can affect how much noise and smell it produces. For example:

  • A smaller glass bong will have less water and less smoke, which means less bubbling and less odor.
  • A glass bong with a percolator or a diffuser will break up the smoke into smaller bubbles, which will make it smoother and quieter.
  • A glass bong with an ice catcher or an ash catcher will cool down the smoke and filter out some of the tar and ash, which will reduce the smell and the harshness.
  • A glass bong with a pull-out carb or a slider will allow you to clear the smoke faster and easier, which will prevent stale smoke from lingering in the chamber and smelling up the room.

Choose a glass bong that suits your needs and preferences, but also consider how it will affect the noise and smell levels.

Grind your herb or tobacco properly

The way you grind your herb or tobacco can also make a difference in how much noise and smell your glass bong produces. A good grinder will give you a uniform grind that will burn evenly and efficiently. A fine grind will pack more tightly in the bowl, which will make it harder to pull and louder to bubble. A coarse grind will allow more air to flow through the bowl, which will make it easier to pull and quieter to bubble. However, a coarse grind can also produce more ash and waste more herb or tobacco. A medium grind is usually the best option for a balanced experience.

Fill your glass bong with water correctly

The amount of water you put in your glass bong can also affect how much noise and smell it makes. Too much water will make it harder to pull, louder to bubble, and more likely to splash. Too little water will make it easier to pull, quieter to bubble, but also harsher to inhale and smellier to exhale. The ideal water level is just above the tip of the downstem, so that it is fully submerged but not too high. You can also add ice cubes to the water or the ice catcher if your glass bong has one, which will cool down the smoke and make it smoother and less smelly.

Use a lighter or a hemp wick carefully

The way you light your herb or tobacco can also influence how much noise and smell your glass bong creates. A lighter can produce low levels of butane, which is non-toxic but may present health problems in large quantities. A lighter can also scorch your herb or tobacco, which will make it burn faster and produce more smoke and smell. A hemp wick is a natural alternative that can provide a cleaner and more controlled flame. To use a lighter or a hemp wick properly, hold it over the bowl and inhale slowly and steadily. Don’t light the entire bowl at once, but rather corner it by lighting only a small portion of it. This will allow you to conserve your herb or tobacco and reduce the amount of smoke and smell.

Inhale and exhale gently

The way you inhale and exhale can also make a difference in how much noise and smell your glass bong generates. Inhaling too hard or too fast can create more suction and more bubbling, which will make it louder and harsher. Inhaling too softly or too slowly can create less suction and less bubbling, which will make it quieter and smoother. However, inhaling too softly or too slowly can also cause the smoke to become stale and smelly in the chamber. The best way to inhale is gently but firmly, until the chamber is full of milky-white smoke. Then release the carb or pull the slider and inhale the remainder of smoke from the chamber quickly but smoothly. Exhaling too hard or too fast can also create more noise and smell, as the smoke will spread more widely and linger longer in the air. Exhaling too softly or too slowly can also create more noise and smell, as the smoke will stay closer to your mouth and nose and irritate your throat and lungs. The best way to exhale is gently but firmly, away from your face and any nearby objects or people.

Clean your glass bong regularly

The most important tip to reduce the noise and smell of your glass bong is to clean it regularly. A dirty glass bong will have a buildup of resin, tar, ash, and bacteria, which will make it harder to pull, louder to bubble, harsher to inhale, and smellier to exhale. A clean glass bong will have a clear and smooth airflow, which will make it easier to pull, quieter to bubble, smoother to inhale, and less smelly to exhale. To clean your glass bong, you will need zipper-top plastic bags, plugs that fit the holes in your glass bong, and a cleaning solution (either one designed specifically for glass bongs or a combination of rubbing alcohol and coarse salt). Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Empty the water from your glass bong and disassemble it into its parts (bowl, downstem, etc.).
  2. Place each part in a separate plastic bag and fill it with enough cleaning solution to cover it completely.
  3. Shake the bags vigorously for several minutes or until the parts are clean.
  4. Rinse the parts with warm water and dry them with a towel or paper towel.
  5. Plug the holes in your glass bong with the plugs and fill it with enough cleaning solution to cover the inside completely.
  6. Shake the glass bong vigorously for several minutes or until it is clean.
  7. Rinse the glass bong with warm water and dry it with a towel or paper towel.
  8. Reassemble your glass bong and enjoy!

Cleaning your glass bong regularly will not only reduce the noise and smell, but also improve the taste and quality of your smoke.

Conclusion

A glass bong is a great way to enjoy your herb or tobacco, but it can also be noisy and smelly if you don’t use it properly. By following these tips and tricks, you can use your glass bong without making too much noise or smell, and have a more pleasant and discreet smoking experience.