What are some fun and creative ways to use a glass bong with friends or alone?

A glass bong is a device that filters and cools the smoke of your herb or tobacco through water, resulting in a smoother and more enjoyable experience. Glass bongs are popular among smokers because they are made of high-quality borosilicate glass that is heat-resistant, transparent, and easy to shape and color. Glass bongs also offer various features and designs that can enhance your smoking session, such as percolators, ice catchers, recyclers, and more.

If you are looking for some fun and creative ways to use a glass bong with friends or alone, here are some ideas to try:

1. Experiment with different water levels and temperatures

One of the simplest ways to change up your glass bong experience is to play with the amount and temperature of the water in the base. The water level affects the amount of drag and resistance you feel when you inhale, as well as the filtration and cooling of the smoke. Generally, you want to fill the water just above the bottom of the downstem, so that it creates enough bubbles when you pull. However, you can try adding more or less water to see how it affects your hit. You can also try using hot or cold water, or even adding ice cubes to the ice catcher if your bong has one. Hot water can create more vapor and humidity, which some people find soothing for their throat and lungs. Cold water can make the smoke denser and crisper, which some people find more refreshing and potent.

2. Add some flavor to your water

Another way to spice up your glass bong session is to add some flavor to your water. This can make your smoke taste more pleasant and mask any unpleasant odors. You can use various liquids or ingredients to flavor your water, such as fruit juices, tea, coffee, soda, lemon slices, mint leaves, or even candy. However, be careful not to use anything that is too sticky or acidic, as it can damage your glass bong or make it harder to clean. Also, make sure to change your water frequently to avoid bacteria growth and mold.

3. Try different types of bowls and nails

If you want to switch between smoking dry herbs and concentrates with your glass bong, you will need different types of bowls and nails. A bowl is a piece that holds your herb or tobacco, while a nail is a piece that holds your concentrate or wax. Bowls and nails come in different sizes, shapes, materials, and designs that can affect your smoking experience. For example, you can choose between glass, ceramic, quartz, or titanium nails for dabbing concentrates. You can also choose between male or female joints for connecting your bowl or nail to your bong. Male joints fit into female joints, while female joints fit over male joints. You can also use adapters or converters to make your bowl or nail compatible with your bong.

4. Use different types of percolators

A percolator is a feature that creates more bubbles and diffusion in your glass bong, resulting in smoother and cooler hits. There are many types of percolators that you can find in glass bongs, such as tree percs, honeycomb percs, showerhead percs, turbine percs, matrix percs, and more. Each type of percolator has its own advantages and disadvantages, such as airflow, drag, noise, splashback, cleaning difficulty, etc. You can experiment with different types of percolators to see how they affect your smoke quality and preference.

5. Make a gravity bong

A gravity bong is a homemade device that uses gravity and air pressure to force the smoke into your lungs. It is usually made with a large plastic bottle (such as a 2-liter soda bottle) and a smaller plastic bottle (such as a 16-ounce water bottle) that fit inside each other. The smaller bottle has a bowl on top of it (you can use the cap of the bottle with a hole in it), while the larger bottle has its bottom cut off. To use a gravity bong, you fill the larger bottle with water and place the smaller bottle inside it with the bowl on top. You then pack the bowl with your herb or tobacco and light it while slowly lifting the smaller bottle out of the water (but not completely). This creates a vacuum that draws the smoke into the smaller bottle. When the smaller bottle is almost out of the water, you remove the bowl and inhale the smoke from the bottle while pushing it back into the water. This forces the smoke into your lungs with great pressure, resulting in a very intense hit.

A gravity bong can be a fun and creative way to use your glass bong with friends or alone, but it is not recommended for beginners or frequent use, as it can be harsh on your throat and lungs and waste a lot of your herb or tobacco.


Glass bongs are versatile and enjoyable devices that can enhance your smoking experience with your herb or tobacco. You can use them in different ways to suit your mood, preference, and occasion. Whether you want to experiment with water levels, flavors, bowls, nails, percolators, or even make a gravity bong, you can have fun and be creative with your glass bong. Just make sure to use it responsibly and clean it regularly to keep it in good condition.