A glass bong is a water pipe that can be used to smoke any type of herb or tobacco, but it can also be adapted to vaporize concentrates, oils, or wax with some simple modifications. In this blog post, we will show you how to use a glass bong with concentrates, oils, or wax in a few easy steps.
What are concentrates, oils, and wax?
Concentrates, oils, and wax are different forms of cannabis extracts that have a higher concentration of cannabinoids and terpenes than the plant material. They are usually produced by using solvents, heat, pressure, or other methods to extract the resin from the cannabis flowers or trim. Some of the most common types of concentrates are:
- Shatter: A hard, brittle, and translucent substance that looks like amber glass. It has a high THC content and can be broken into small pieces for dabbing.
- Wax: A soft, sticky, and opaque substance that resembles honey or wax. It has a lower THC content than shatter but is more flavorful and easier to handle.
- Oil: A liquid or semi-solid substance that can range from clear to dark in color. It can be consumed by vaping, dabbing, or ingesting.
- Rosin: A solventless extract that is made by applying heat and pressure to cannabis flowers or hash. It has a similar consistency and potency as wax but is more natural and pure.
What do you need to use a glass bong with concentrates, oils, or wax?
To use a glass bong with concentrates, oils, or wax, you will need some additional accessories besides the bong itself. These are:
- A nail or a banger: This is the part where you place your concentrate, oil, or wax. It can be made of metal, ceramic, quartz, or glass. A nail fits into the downstem of the bong like a bowl, while a banger attaches to the joint of the bong like an adapter.
- A dome or a carb cap: This is the part that covers the nail or the banger after you place your concentrate, oil, or wax on it. It helps to trap the vapor and prevent it from escaping. A dome fits over the nail like a hood, while a carb cap rests on top of the banger like a lid.
- A torch: This is the tool that heats up the nail or the banger to vaporize your concentrate, oil, or wax. It can be a butane torch, a propane torch, or an electric torch.
- A dabber: This is the tool that helps you scoop up your concentrate, oil, or wax and place it on the nail or the banger. It can be made of metal, glass, ceramic, or silicone.
How to use a glass bong with concentrates, oils, or wax?
Once you have all the necessary accessories, you can follow these steps to use your glass bong with concentrates, oils, or wax:
- Fill your glass bong with water as usual and attach your nail or your banger to it.
- Use your torch to heat up your nail or your banger until it glows red. Be careful not to overheat it as this can damage it or burn your concentrate.
- Let your nail or your banger cool down for a few seconds until it reaches the optimal temperature for dabbing. This can vary depending on the type of material and concentrate you are using but generally ranges from 300°F to 500°F.
- Use your dabber to pick up a small amount of your concentrate, oil, or wax and place it on the nail or the banger. Cover it with your dome or your carb cap immediately.
- Inhale the vapor through the mouthpiece of your glass bong as you would normally do when smoking herb or tobacco.
- Exhale and enjoy the effects of your concentrate.
Tips and tricks for using a glass bong with concentrates
Here are some tips and tricks that can help you get the most out of your glass bong with concentrates:
- Clean your nail or your banger after each use by wiping it with a cotton swab dipped in alcohol. This will prevent residue buildup and improve flavor and efficiency.
- Use a timer to measure how long you heat up and cool down your nail or your banger. This will help you achieve the best temperature for dabbing and avoid wasting your concentrate.
- Start with a small amount of concentrate and work your way up. Concentrates are much more potent than herb or tobacco and can cause intense effects even with a tiny dab.
- Keep yourself hydrated and have some snacks handy. Dabbing can cause dry mouth and munchies, so it’s important to stay hydrated and nourished.
- Be responsible and safe. Dabbing can impair your judgment and coordination, so don’t drive or operate heavy machinery after dabbing. Also, be careful with the torch and the hot nail or banger as they can cause burns or fire hazards.
A glass bong is a versatile device that can be used to smoke or vaporize different types of herb, tobacco, concentrates, oils, or wax. By using some simple accessories, you can turn your glass bong into a dab rig and enjoy the benefits of concentrates. Just remember to follow the steps above, use the right temperature, start small, and be safe. Happy dabbing!