At first, using a bong can look confusing, more so if you’ve never used or seen one used somewhere. The truth is, however, water bongs are easy and simple to use. The device is designed to cool and filter the smoke to give you an enjoyable and simple experience. Using a water bong is one of the healthiest, smoothest, and cleanest ways to smoke cannabis. Furthermore, they are a cinch to keep clean.
However, you are in the right place if you don’t know how to use one. Here’s the guide:
Step 1: Understand The Basic Parts of a Bong
Water bongs are sophisticated but simple to use devices. They are designed with many parts that function together—understanding how the parts work will greatly help you know how to use a bong.
The mouthpiece: it’s an opening towards the end of the tube, a place where you position your mouth. While placing your mouth on the hole, put your lips on the inner side but not over the hole. Slightly purse them, then carefully force them inside the hole to help the outer part of your lips create an airtight seal.
- Bowl: this part carries the smoking material. Sometimes it’s called a slide since it’s designed to be removed from the down stem as the last step before you start inhaling the smoke inside the chamber.
- Chamber: an area where smoke accumulates as you prepare to inhale. Using a water bong to smoke is a two-way activity. You begin by filling the smoke chamber then clearing it with an inhalation at the end.
- Downstem: a tiny tube connecting the water at the lower side of the bong to the slide. The smoke passes through the downstem to the water. However, some devices lack a downstem but instead features a molded glass tube that leads from the slide directly to the chamber.
- Carb: although this is an optional feature, it’s a hole on the side of the bond just on top of the water level. You cover the carb as you light the slide and then uncover it immediately you are ready to inhale. Most bongs don’t have a carb unless they are porcelain or wooden.
Step 2: Fill The Device with Water
Start by removing the downstem, then fill the chamber with water. Make sure you cover all the holes in the downstem properly, and it must be a bit low to prevent it from spilling out of the carb if you have it.
Ensure water reaches ½ inch past the end side of the downstem. Additionally, the temperature is an issue to take into consideration. Some people love warm, others cold, while many are fine with the room temperature.
Some people claim that using more water reduces your smoking experience with the bong. More water makes you use more lungs’ effort to pull air on the water. Therefore, more water simply means you are struggling harder to draw smoke through.
Also, you can test the amount of water by taking a deep breath on the mouthpiece. Water should only bubble up but should not come to your lips.
Step 3: Now Fill Any Percolators with Water
Perks or percolators are little additions on the chamber and the neck that filters your smoke. You can branch them like trees, notched tubes, rounded domes, circular disks, or other shapes depending on the glassblower. Percolators provide more water and air to cool and diffuse the smoke.
Make sure you fill the percolator with a proper quantity of water to cover all the air holes. You can fill the percolator through the downstem or the mouthpiece.
Step 4: Add Ice to The Bong
Although optional, ice helps in cooling the smoke, that many people believe facilitate the inhalation process easier. Add some ice inside the water, then allow it cool. Begin by removing the downstem to prevent the ice from breaking on its way down.
Some bongs feature “ice pinches,” where you can pinch the glass to allow the ice cubes to settle properly. Also, other people prefer using hot water on the chamber as the stem helps in bringing moisture to the lungs.
Step 5: Slide the downstem in, and a neat bowl, then take a test drag
Now breathe as though you are smoking the bowl. If water hits your lips, then pour out some water. If water doesn’t hit your lips, then don’t pour out some water. Furthermore, in case you don’t spot some percs immediately, you inhale, then add more water to generate big bubbles on the sides of the glass.
Once done with the test drag, remove the bowl from the device to fill it. You do this to prevent knocking down the whole bong while packing it.
Step 6: Remove Any Large Residue or Ash from The Bowl
Before doing this, ensure that there is proper airflow on the bowl. Carefully blow air on the bowl, then make sure you are feeling the air on the other side, where it’s meeting the downstem. In case air passes through easily, then you are lucky. If it fails, look for a pointy object such as a mechanical pencil or a safety pin, then unpack any dirt on the bowl.
Proper airflow is the key to a smooth milky smoke.
Now crush the smoking material into tiny pieces like large crumbs. When using a grinder to crush the smoking material, have a close look at the smoking material, remove any stems or seeds before you grind it up.
After that, pack the bowl using the smoking material. Be careful not to fill it to the top edge as the smoke produced during inhalation moves away rather than getting inside the bowl.
Step 7: Lastly, Place The Bowl On the Downstem
Fix the bowl snugly but don’t cram it inside. Now hold the bong using your non-dominant hand around the neck as it’s designed to fit on your hands. You can also place it on top of the table to reduce the risk of falling and breaking.
If you don’t have a flat surface near you, rest the device between your legs or on your stomach. And if the bong is designed with a carb, grip the piece to allow one finger to plug up the hole. Failure to do this, you’ll end up drawing air out and end up without smoke inside the chamber.