How to smoke a bowl for a bong?

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Of all the different ways to smoke cannabis, a traditional way to perform a smoking session is with a cannabis pipe or bong bowl. Bowl smoking is excellent for any stoner that wants to quickly get lifted with minimal effort and without using too much bud. Whether you are consuming cannabis individually as a personal preference or as part of a group, there is nothing like the classic way of sailing to the clouds by smoking a bowl. For the newbies reading this, we are here to teach everyone how to properly smoke a bowl so that you can feel happy and relaxed as you inhale through the mouthpiece and take in all of that cloudy smoke. Be sure to check out our best bong bowls and grab one for you and a friend!

Cannabis pipes and bongs

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There are many types of pipes and bongs to choose from, and it can be a little overwhelming when you have no clue which way to navigate this side of the internet. With all of the different bong bowl sizes and designs, how is a new user supposed to know the difference between bowl bong sizes and functionality? Try not to be so hard on yourself and know that we have all been there, and thankfully at EF420, we understand enough to make extensive guides for the community to reference whenever necessary. 

Parts of a pipe

The parts of pipe smoking matter because depending on the type of water pipes you are dealing with will determine how you must use it to successfully get a good hit. A cannabis pipe is only as good as you know how to utilize it! Here are the basics of cannabis pipes:

  • Bowl. This is where you put the goods, preferably grounded up so that there are not too many air pockets when you go to light it up. There are many different bowl sizes so if you prefer to take smaller hits you should go for a smaller bowl, and bigger hits deserve a bowl that is big and deep so you can pack a ton in there!
  • Chamber. The chamber of pipes are where the smoke flows from the bowl to the mouthpiece. This is one part of a pipe that looks extra cool when you have a transparent piece and can watch the smoke dance closer to your mouth while you simultaneously inhale. 
  • Mouthpiece. This is part of a pipe where you place your mouth and inhale so that the smoke is drawn to your lips for you to take a hit.
  • Carb. Sometimes there is no carb hole on a water pipe, but many times there is. This is the little hole that is found near the bowl, and you cover it with your thumb when using it to let air flow in and out of the pipe. Typically, carbs are covered when inhaling and preparing a hit, and when you are ready to inhale the smoke into your mouth, release your finger from the carb hole while continuing to inhale and the smoke will be directed to your mouth. 

Parts of a bong

The parts of a bong are similar to a pipe but also contain many more features, especially when it comes to functionality and overall design. All bongs are different but have the same functionalities, so once you understand the anatomy of a bong it will be much easier to see which type of smoking device is best for you. Here are the basics of a bong:

  • Bowl. There are so many bong bowl sizes that you will want to be careful when choosing a bong so that you can get the best experience for yourself! All bowl sizes bong users typically go for are the standard bowl sizes for bong or bigger. Smaller bowls for bong sizes are not very popular because you can always pack a smaller amount of buds in a bigger bowl, but you cannot pack a large amount of buds into a smaller bowl.
  • Downstem. A downstem can be attached to a bowl or an attachment by itself, and it helps to filter out the smoke before inhalation. A downstem can also have a percolator on the bottom of it, which will look like slits to allow for air pockets that contribute to the water bubbling in a bong.
  • Water chamber. The water chamber of a bong can really put on a show, and this is what is fully filtering each hit so that it is less harsh on your lungs when inhaling. 
  • Mouthpiece. This is usually designed at a straight angle or curved depending on how big the bong is.
  • Ash catcher, percolators, ice pincher (optional). These parts of a bong are all optional but if you have them in your bong consider it a blessing. These all optimize the smoking experience where ash catchers and percolators massively filter and smooth out each bong rip for a clean hit, and ice pinchers help to cool that hit down to make it much easier on your lungs.

How to smoke a bowl with a pipe or bong

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Regardless of what device you are using, as long as you have a bowl-style piece you can use these instructions to learn how to smoke a bowl. What you want to pay attention to, though, is what you are looking for in a smoke session. Do you prefer glass bong bowl sizes or is it the overall size that matters? Ask yourself questions regarding design, function, and overall you will find that you know more about this stuff than you think and piece everything together to find what you like. 

Grind materials.

Be fair to yourself and make sure you are using ground cannabis when packing a bowl for a hit. If you have ever ripped apart nugs and placed them in a bowl to smoke, you will understand from experience that this will not deliver the most ideal hit. When bowl smoking you want to use your favorite cannabis flower and a grinder to cut up into fine pieces so that you can light that bowl and get a smooth hit out of it every time. 

If you are using a bong, fill it up with some water a couple of inches so that all percolator holes are covered. Be careful not to use too much water, it will take a few tries for you to know what is a comfortable amount for you. 

Pack the bowl.

Take the grounded materials and pack the cannabis pipe or bong bowl. Depending on the size of the bowl, make sure you pack it evenly at the top but not too tight. 

Light the bowl.

Using a lighter or hemp wick, light only a portion of the bowl by only lighting the corner of it. This prevents users from burning too many materials which is unnecessary. 

Inhale and release the bowl or carb hole. 

Once you have enough smoke in the chamber that you are comfortable with, remove the bowl or release the carb so that the smoke will flow to your mouth. You must be inhaling when this happens so that the smoke knows which direction to flow.

This concludes taking a hit, try it again and keep seeing how well it works for you! In no time you will be a pro. 

Bong bowl pieces sizes

Now that you understand how pipes and bongs work, here are a few recommendations on bowl sizes bong users prefer and other popular pipes that many of our customers like. Just check out the reviews and see for yourself what the hype is all about.

Yoda Bowl - Male

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The Yoda Bowl does not need an introduction, does it? This high-quality glass bong bowl sizes up just right for those that are looking for a 14mm or 18mm male bowl that has a non-slip grip and smooth exterior. This bowl piece will most definitely have anyone in the room flocking toward it to see it up close. Customers rave that this Yoda Bowl is a perfect size and much nicer and higher quality than anticipated. For less than $15 this is a great buy to gift to a friend or yourself!

Clam Bowl 

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The Clam Bowl is fantastic for delivering that sophisticated touch on a basic bong. Who wouldn’t want to smoke out of a bowl that looks like it could put a spell on you? With two colors available and both made in male and female joints, there is no excuse not to grab this one for under $15 as well. Users are shocked at how large it is in person and how beautifully it matches their bong.

Pink Haida Bowl - Male

 

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The Pink Haida Bowl is a gorgeously designed bowl for a bong that is in a funnel shape with a handle to make it extra easy to work with. Made of heat-resistant glass, our customers think it looks even better in person. This is one of those bong bowl sizes that are ideal to have around no matter what mood you are in, so buy yourself and your bestie one of these to match each other because bong besties are bonded for life, right?

Zig Zag Bowl

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If you wish to stand out from the crowd, the fastest way to do that is by getting the Zig Zag Bowl. While this might remind you of a frat party, this is a fun way to spice up a boring bong plus it can create a conversation starter amongst a group of friends. The Zig Zag Bowl adds extra cooling time and allows you to fully prepare yourself to get that bong rip.

Bowl for bong sizes

Remember a few things about bowls for pipes and bongs before you head out, because this stuff will stick with you for as long as you are toking. Bong sizes can be tricky, but as long as you understand the sizing and compatibility of bowls for bongs you will be alright. The few things you need to remember so that you make the bong-buying process easier on yourself:

  • Bowl sizes usually come in 14mm, 18mm for bigger bowl sizes, and 10mm for extra small bowl sizes. The most popular option is 14mm so you can never really go wrong with that!
  • Male or female joints can stump you if you have no idea about it. If a bowl is a male joint then it fits into a bong with a female joint, and vice versa. A male joint will insert into a female joint, and once you have that visual you will never forget it. 
  • Bigger bowls do not necessarily mean better bowls, so go with your gut and what you prefer! If you want a bowl with a cool design but it is smaller than what you think is ideal, try it out and see what works for you. Most stoners do not stick with the first bong bowl they buy, and many buy a few to switch out because it provides a different experience with each piece.

Bong bowl pieces online

It is pretty difficult to find high-quality bong bowl pieces in local areas and dispensaries, as many have stock of regular pieces that they know will sell. At EF420 we dare to go the extra mile and get those bowl pieces that we know will shake up the cannabis community. We also use our products ourselves because we only want the best for our team and customers. If you ever have a question or just want to drop a line to say hey, feel free to contact us. We love connecting with our customers and know that we are all just out here trying to get high and get by, so providing everyone with some dope bowl pieces and other smoking accessories is essential to our mission. Share your favorite accessories with a friend so they can order from our site too, we ship very quickly and discreetly so add those items to your cart and let us do what we do!




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