How to Use a Bong: A Beginner’s Guide

A bong is a water-filtration device that is used to smoke dry herb or tobacco. It can provide a smooth and enjoyable smoking experience, as the water cools and filters the smoke, making it less harsh and more flavorful. Bongs come in various shapes, sizes and materials, but they all have some basic components: a bowl, a stem, a chamber and a mouthpiece. Some bongs also have a carburetor, which is a hole that allows you to clear the smoke from the chamber.

If you are new to bongs, you may be wondering how to use one properly. In this blog post, we will explain the steps involved in using a bong, as well as some tips and tricks to make the most of your smoking session.

What You Need to Use a Bong

Before you start using a bong, you will need to gather some essential items. These are:

  • A bong: You can buy one online or at a local headshop. There are many types of bongs to choose from, such as glass, ceramic, plastic, silicone or bamboo. You can also make your own bong out of household items, such as a plastic bottle or a watermelon.
  • Herb or tobacco: You can use any kind of dry herb or tobacco that you prefer. Make sure it is not too moist or too dry, as this can affect the quality of the smoke.
  • A grinder: This is a device that helps you break up your herb or tobacco into small pieces. This will make it easier to pack the bowl and burn evenly. You can also use your fingers or scissors to chop up your herb or tobacco, but this may result in uneven pieces and wasted material.
  • Water: You will need to fill the bong with water until it covers the stem, but not the bowl. The water will cool and filter the smoke as it passes through it. You can also add ice cubes to the water for extra cooling effect.
  • A lighter: You will need a flame source to light up your herb or tobacco. You can use a regular lighter, a hemp wick or a torch lighter. Avoid using matches, as they can leave a bad taste in your mouth.

How to Use a Bong: Step by Step Instructions

Once you have everything ready, you can follow these simple steps to use your bong:

  1. Prepare your bong: Pour water into the mouthpiece until it covers the stem, but not the bowl. You can also add ice cubes to the water if you want. Make sure the bong is stable on a flat surface and not likely to tip over.
  2. Grind your herb or tobacco: Use a grinder or your fingers to break up your herb or tobacco into small pieces. This will help it burn evenly and produce more smoke.
  3. Pack the bowl: Fill the bowl with your ground herb or tobacco, without packing it too tightly. You want some air to flow through it for optimal combustion. If your bong has a carburetor, cover it with your thumb or finger.
  4. Place your mouth on the mouthpiece: Put your lips inside the mouthpiece, creating an airtight seal. Don’t put your lips over the mouthpiece, as this can create suction and cause water to splash into your mouth.
  5. Light up and inhale: Hold a flame over the bowl and inhale slowly and steadily through the mouthpiece. As you inhale, you will see the chamber fill up with smoke. If your bong has a carburetor, keep it covered until you are ready to clear the smoke.
  6. Clear the smoke: When you have enough smoke in the chamber, remove the flame from the bowl and take your finger off the carburetor (if applicable). Inhale sharply and quickly through the mouthpiece, clearing all the smoke from the chamber into your lungs.
  7. Exhale and enjoy: Exhale the smoke from your lungs and enjoy the effects of your herb or tobacco. If you want another hit, repeat steps 3-6 until you are satisfied.
  8. Clean your bong: After using your bong, make sure to empty the water and rinse it with warm water. You can also use some alcohol and salt to scrub away any residue from the bowl and stem. Keeping your bong clean will ensure better taste and performance.

Why Use a Bong?

Using a bong has many advantages over other smoking methods, such as:

  • It cools and filters the smoke, making it smoother and less irritating to your throat and lungs.
  • It produces large and potent hits of smoke, which can enhance the effects of your herb or tobacco.
  • It conserves your herb or tobacco, as you only need a small amount to fill the bowl and get high.
  • It is easy to use and maintain, as long as you have the basic components and keep it clean.
  • It is fun and social, as you can share it with your friends and enjoy different types of bongs and accessories.

Pros and Cons of Using a Bong

Like any smoking method, using a bong also has some drawbacks, such as:

  • It can be bulky and fragile, especially if it is made of glass. You need to be careful not to drop it or knock it over.
  • It can be hard to transport, as it may attract unwanted attention or smell. You may need a case or a bag to carry it discreetly.
  • It can be expensive, depending on the quality and design of the bong. You may also need to buy extra accessories, such as screens, filters or ash catchers.
  • It can be harsh on your lungs, especially if you take big hits or use dirty water. You may experience coughing, wheezing or shortness of breath.
  • It can be addictive, as you may develop a tolerance to the high doses of smoke. You may also become dependent on using a bong to enjoy your herb or tobacco.


Using a bong is a great way to smoke dry herb or tobacco, as it offers a smooth and enjoyable smoking experience. However, you need to know how to use it properly and safely, as well as the pros and cons of using it. We hope this blog post has helped you learn how to use a bong and enjoy its benefits. Happy smoking!