Either way, bongs are excellent devices to have on hand when trying to get high because bongs will always get the job done - and all you need are a few nugs to grind and pack into a bowl! If you are a first-time user and have no idea how to smoke a water bong, you have come to the right place. After a few tries to get the hang of using a bong, you will soon become a pro at using a cannabis pipe! Here are a few tips and tricks on how to smoke out of a bong and when you feel you are ready, head on over to view our best bongs to see which one is perfect for you!
Parts of a bong
The many questions that a new stoner asks are typically along the lines of: how the heck do you use a bong!? It can be quite confusing, even though the anatomy of a bong is pretty simple and straightforward once you learn more about it. A regular pipe usually does not need water to smoke out of, but a bong will definitely require water to get the process going.
When it comes down to learning how to properly smoke out of a bong, the water is really what gets the magic going. Water filtration is an extremely vital part of any functioning bong so remember to fill up your water chamber with a good amount of water that covers the holes that it needs to (more on this in a bit).
There are a few additional components to add to any bong as well. The following is a brief list of the different parts of a bong that are important to know about as each component has a specific function that helps the bong actually work.
The downstem is what helps the bong smoke travel into the water and actually is responsible for filtering each bong rip into a smooth smoke. Usually, downstems come with a bong or are attached to the bowl, and it is the long tube that sits underneath the bong bowl. Downstems have holes in them which act as the filtration method, which is why when applying water into the bong’s chamber you will want to cover the holes just enough to where the downstem can do its thing and create all of those bubbles - that means it is working and doing its job!
The bong bowl can be customized to your liking and interchanged no matter what bong you use, which means you can have your favorite bowl with you during all of your sessions as long as it is a compatible fit with the bong you’re going to use! Most bong bowls have male joints and fit into female joint bongs, but if you have a bong bowl that has a female joint just make sure you use it with a male joint bong, it is as easy as that. A bong bowl can be as small or big as you please, which is why users like to have a few on hand in case they feel like switching up the vibe.
The water chamber is where the magic happens, or typically the area of the bong where the water is filled into. When a bong is in use, the water will start to bubble and creates a fun little show as you inhale and watch the smoke dance up to your mouth. Some bongs have percolators in them which produces massive filtered hits and the bubbles percolators can create are truly magical.
Neck and mouthpiece of a bong
The neck of a bong is where the smoke goes after being filtered through the water chamber, and it becomes vacuumed in by the user’s inhalation as it travels upwards toward the mouth. The mouthpiece of a bong is connected to the neck and this is where a user’s lips go, usually perched over the mouthpiece so it can create a suction-like flow.
Additional parts of a bong
Some bongs come with extra parts that only add to the quality and experience of using them. There are percolators that provide a ton of filtration, an ash catcher that helps to catch and filter out debris, and an ice pinch/ice catcher or splash guard that is best when wanting to cool down bong rips with ice cubes.
How to smoke out of a bong
Now that you have gotten a full breakdown of a glass bong, it is time to learn how to smoke a bong the right way! First, you will want to make sure that you have all of the necessary supplies it takes to successfully perform a bong hit. Here is a list of what you need in order to know how to smoke from a bong:
- A clean bong
- A grinder
- Your favourite strain
- Clean water
- A bong bowl
- A lighter or hemp wick
Step by step guide on how to smoke a water bong
Once you have your favourite strain ground into finer pieces, you are going to follow these specific instructions on how to smoke a bong. It might take you a few practice tries so do not become discouraged, but once you get the act of smoking out of a bong it will quickly become second nature to you!
Pack the bowl.
Loosely pack the bowl with the grounded herb and make sure that it is not too tight. Having it too tight will not deliver a smoother hit, in fact loosely packing it so that there are little air pockets will do the trick. This is why it is important to use grounded herb instead of nugs because the nugs will create air pockets that are too wide and inconsistent which will result in your particulate matter falling through and creating debris within the water chamber.
Put mouth on mouthpiece and start to inhale slowly.
When you are ready, you are going to position your mouth on the mouthpiece so that there are no air pockets where smoke can be released. While slowly inhaling, you are going to light up your loosely packed bowl with your dominant hand, while holding the bowl with your non-dominant hand. Sometimes there are holes on the bowl called carb caps that should be covered when lighting up the bowl and inhaling - this contributes to filtration and its process, and will also become more natural to you the more you do it.
Light up bowl, inhale, and remove the bowl.
When you light up the bowl that means it is go time! This will all happen pretty quickly but becomes easier the more you produce muscle memory function with repeated action. You will light up the bowl while slowly inhaling, and when you light the bowl you will notice all the smoke will start to fill up the water chamber.
When you are ready to inahle the hit, all you need to do is remove the bowl from its position inside of the bong and inhale deeply. This will vacuum the smoke right into your mouth and deliver that filtered hit you have been waiting for.
Sometimes you might not be able to take a full hit depending on how big the bong is and how high your tolerance is as well. Do not feel embarrassed if you cannot clear the chamber completely! Just cover your non dominant hand over the mouthpiece and take another hit when you are ready.
Best bongs online
You will surely need a new bong to celebrate this momentous occasion of graduating from bong class 101. Obviously, you need to treat yourself to a new bong, and you have come to the right place to find the right bong! Here are a few best-sellers that have never let our customers down - this is why we are so highly regarded, we always want to put you onto the best of the best!
The Amethyst Bong is a 12-inch cutie that might look basic but delivers both big and small hits whenever you feel the need for either. This is a handcrafted water bong that has a beaker bottom for those that need a sturdy option to last them through the test of time. The amethyst colored mouthpiece and downstem deliver a sophisticated look that is hard to resist, just check out the reviews and see how she keeps our customers happy!
Glow in the Dark Iridescent Straight Shooter
If you really want that wow factor at group functions, the Glow in the Dark Iridescent Straight Shooter will surely impress your friends, including yourself. This 13-inch bong glows in the dark and has a magical iridescent effect coupled with a showerhead percolator for extra filtration. There is really nothing like this piece, and since it is pretty tall it is a good thing it has such a flat and sturdy bottom to make sure it doesn’t tip over easily. Let this bad boy sit in the middle of a room and watch every stoner flock to it!
The Yoshi Bong is as cute in person as it looks online! This special water bong can be used for bong rips and dabs - the ultimate stoner’s dream come true! If anything, this piece is a conversation starter and should be placed as a centerpiece on a table where it deserves to be appreciated. The Yoshi Bong is a seven-inch piece that is not overbearing yet delivers a high-quality hit that you will never forget. At an affordable price, you can start a collection of them and get your friends in on it too!
Hopefully, we have de-bunked the theory that bongs are big and scary and how hard they are to use. While it does look pretty daunting to a new user, once you break it all down and understand each part of a water bong, there is nothing to fear! Of course, you will want to get some practice in, but who wouldn’t want to practice taking bong rips? Surely you will become a pro in no time, and when that happens just be sure to return the favor by putting your friends on to us as well. Don’t be stingy and share your new favorite connect, we love meeting new stoners!