A glass bong is a device that allows you to smoke herbs or tobacco through water filtration, resulting in a smoother, cooler, and more potent hit than other methods. Glass bongs are popular among stoners and tokers for their durability, transparency, and endless ways they can be shaped and colored. However, using a glass bong also comes with some responsibilities and risks that you should be aware of before you light up.
Choose the right glass bong for your needs
There are many types and styles of glass bongs available on the market, from simple scientific designs like beaker bongs and straight tubes to elaborate functionals like recyclers and percolators. The type of glass bong you choose will affect your smoking experience in terms of flavor, smoothness, drag, and maintenance. Here are some factors to consider when choosing a glass bong:
- Size: Glass bongs come in different sizes, from mini to massive. The size of your glass bong will determine how much water and smoke it can hold, as well as how portable and discreet it is. If you want a glass bong that you can easily carry around and store, opt for a smaller one. If you want a glass bong that can deliver huge rips and impress your friends, go for a larger one.
- Joint size: Glass bongs have joints that connect the various parts of the device, such as the bowl, the downstem, and the mouthpiece. Glass joints can be either male or female, and they come in three standard sizes: 10mm, 14mm, and 18mm. The joint size of your glass bong will determine what kind of accessories you can use with it, such as nails, ash catchers, or adapters. Make sure you choose a glass bong with a joint size that matches your preferred accessories.
- Percolation: Percolation is the process of filtering and cooling the smoke through water as it travels through the glass bong. Percolators are devices that create bubbles and turbulence in the water to increase the surface area of the smoke and enhance its diffusion. There are many types of percolators, such as tree, showerhead, honeycomb, turbine, matrix, etc. Each type of percolator has its own advantages and disadvantages in terms of smoothness, drag, noise, and cleaning. Choose a glass bong with a percolator that suits your preferences and budget.
Use your glass bong safely and legally
Using a glass bong can be fun and rewarding, but it can also be dangerous and illegal if you don’t follow some basic rules and precautions. Here are some tips to use your glass bong safely and legally:
- Check your local laws: Depending on where you live, using a glass bong may be prohibited or regulated by law. Some states or countries may have strict laws regarding the possession, use, or sale of glass bongs or the substances you smoke with them. Make sure you are familiar with your local laws before you buy or use a glass bong. If possible, buy your glass bong from a reputable online or offline store that complies with the law.
- Smoke responsibly: Smoking herbs or tobacco with a glass bong can have various effects on your body and mind, such as relaxation, euphoria, pain relief, anxiety, paranoia, etc. These effects may vary depending on the type and amount of substance you smoke, your tolerance level, your mood, your environment, etc. Be aware of how smoking affects you and don’t overdo it. Smoke only as much as you need to achieve your desired effect and stop when you feel uncomfortable or unwell. Don’t smoke if you have any medical conditions or are taking any medications that may interact with smoking. Don’t smoke if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Don’t smoke if you are under the legal age or under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Don’t smoke if you have to drive or operate heavy machinery.
- Smoke respectfully: Smoking with a glass bong can produce a lot of smoke and odor that may bother other people around you. Be respectful of others when you smoke and don’t impose your smoke on them without their consent. Smoke only in places where smoking is allowed or tolerated by others. Avoid smoking in public places where smoking is banned or frowned upon by others. Use an air filter, a fan, a window, or a sploof to reduce the smell and the smoke of your glass bong. Don’t leave your glass bong or your smoking materials in plain sight or in places where children or pets can access them.
Clean and maintain your glass bong regularly
One of the drawbacks of using a glass bong is that it can get dirty and clogged over time from the residue and tar of the smoke. A dirty glass bong can affect the taste, the smoothness, and the potency of your hits, as well as the appearance and the health of your glass bong. Therefore, it is important to clean and maintain your glass bong regularly to keep it in optimal condition. Here are some steps to clean and maintain your glass bong:
- Disassemble your glass bong: Before you start cleaning your glass bong, you need to disassemble it into its separate parts, such as the bowl, the downstem, the percolator, etc. Be careful not to break or lose any parts of your glass bong.
- Rinse your glass bong: Next, you need to rinse your glass bong with hot water to remove any loose dirt or ash from the inside and the outside of your glass bong. You can use a faucet, a showerhead, or a hose to rinse your glass bong thoroughly.
- Soak your glass bong: After rinsing your glass bong, you need to soak it in a cleaning solution to dissolve any stubborn residue or tar from your glass bong. You can use a commercial cleaning product designed for glass bongs or make your own cleaning solution with household items like rubbing alcohol and salt. Fill a large container with enough cleaning solution to submerge your glass bong and its parts completely. Let them soak for at least an hour or overnight for best results.
- Scrub your glass bong: Once your glass bong has soaked in the cleaning solution, you need to scrub it with a brush or a pipe cleaner to remove any remaining dirt or tar from your glass bong. You can use a soft-bristled brush for the outside of your glass bong and a pipe cleaner for the inside of your glass bong. Be gentle and avoid scratching or cracking your glass bong.
- Rinse and dry your glass bong: Finally, you need to rinse and dry your glass bong with clean water and a towel or paper towels. Make sure you rinse all the traces of the cleaning solution from your glass bong and its parts. Dry them thoroughly before reassembling and storing them.
Enjoy your glass bong!
Now that you have chosen, used, and cleaned your glass bong properly, you can enjoy it whenever you want. A glass bong is a great device that can enhance your smoking experience and provide you with many benefits. However, remember to use it responsibly and legally, and take good care of it to prolong its lifespan. Happy smoking!
This blog post is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical or legal advice. Always consult with a professional before using any substance or device that may affect your health or well-being.