How to use a bong?

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Do you remember your first time smoking legal dry herbs?? If it was via water bong you probably do not recall getting as high as you did, but we trust that it ended the way most bong sessions do - couch-locked and filled with the munchies. Whether you are a beginner or a longtime user of water bongs - do you know how to properly use a bong? Most do after tons of trial and error through practice, but a lot of consumers have no idea how to use a bong for plants when it truly comes down to it. Beyond knowing how to use a bong with water, it is also about choosing the right water bong for you and how to get the most out of each bong rip experience. Here is all you need to know about how to use a plant bong and what you need to do to take your bong rip journey to the next level. Don’t forget to grab a water bong for sale after you learn all about how to use one so you can put your new knowledge to good use!

Water pipes and water bong

While there are many water pipes and water bongs to choose from, you will always want to make sure you have a running list of what you are looking for in your next bong device. Not everyone is looking for the same type of bong experience, and once you realize that there are certain styles that might speak to you more than another - you will always hold a high standard for yourself that you deserve the perfect bong. Because why not buy yourself a bong that functions the exact way you need it to so that you get the best use out of it?

Whether you are looking for a smoother smoke, a bong at least a foot tall, a flat surface, or all the percolators - there are levels to each type of bong purchase and we are here to tell you that you can reach every single one, especially as a newbie/beginner!

What are you looking for in a bong?

Have you ever seriously asked yourself this question? If you have not, you should definitely get out a pen and paper to jot down a list of the top bong traits you are looking for in your next dream bong. Some users prefer to know how to use a small bong, while others prefer to know how to use a glass bong, and so on. Size and material do matter when it comes to choosing the perfect bong for you, but what else is important during this process? Keep note of the following bong traits and ask yourself what are the bong traits you value the most.

Size

The size of a bong definitely matters when it comes to choosing the ultimate water pipe for you, and keep in mind that the bigger the bong does not necessarily mean the better! There are tons of consumers that know how to use small bongs but prefer to stay with smaller bongs because they function well enough for them and do not need anything bigger. However, if you are one of those smokers that need theatrics and a whole show with your bong hit, then a bigger bong is your best bet to getting all of the attention you are looking for.

Material

The most popular bong materials are glass, silicone, and ceramic or acrylic models. Material is very important when it comes to choosing the right bong for you because there are some types of bongs that just do not make the cut when it comes to quality and performance. The highest quality bong is typically a glass or ceramic bong, followed by an acrylic or silicone device not far behind. It really depends on preference when it comes down to it, but most users will eventually prefer to use glass bongs as they deliver extremely high-quality hits.

However, glass does mean fragility is involved and that could potentially mean a broken glass bong for you in the near future. When it comes to other materials like silicone, a silicone bong is much harder to break and is virtually indestructible while being extremely heat-resistant. 

Budget

No matter if you are pinching pennies or throwing around Benjamins, the budget will always be a factor when it comes to copping some smoking accessories. Sure, everybody wants a really nice bong that can withstand the test of time and is so durable that they never need to worry about breaking it. But that sounds more like a fantasy than reality, and consumers are typically realistic when it comes to budget and know how to stay within their means. An expensive bong does not mean that it will outperform a cheaper bong, it just means that it costs more. A lot of times the higher price tag is justified with different percolators, cool designs or even glow-in-the-dark capabilities. The options are truly endless!

Functionality

Does a bong have percolators for extra filtration? Can a bong function pretty well without being at risk of breaking every two seconds? These are all questions that are asked by consumers that truly know what they are buying and why. Functionality will be the biggest reason why a user sticks around with a certain device, and if a smoker is not feeling the way a device is hitting they will switch it up real quick. When it comes to functionality, it is not the time to mess around and not take things seriously. Functionality is the backbone of a great bong rip so make sure you are able to purchase a bong that can deliver a fully functional bong rip that delivers a high quality hit every single time!

For a full rundown and guide to buying bongs, you will most likely want to read the Bong Shopping Buyer’s Guide to get better guidance on which bong would be best for you. And feel free to try out a bunch of different water bongs before settling on one, there are so many different bong experiences to have and many confuse one bong and assume it delivers the same type of bong rip no matter the bong device. This is wrong! There are so many styles and other features like percolators that truly take a bong to the next level. 

How to use a bong with plants step by step instructions

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It is pretty straightforward when using a bong, but as a beginner, it can definitely be a daunting experience when learning how to use a bong for the first time. When learning how to use a plant bong, there are a few things that are important to have on hand so that your bong experience can go as smoothly as possible:

  • Water to fill up the bong chamber
  • Grinder to finely ground plants
  • Lighter or hemp wick to heat up plants

Besides having enough plants on you, you will always want to make sure that you have the essential supplies to be able to know how to use a bong. If you do not have the basic supplies, you will not be able to finely grind plants and light it up properly to get the best hit possible. Double checking that you have the correct materials to make the best bong hit for you will go a long way when it is time to light her up! 

1. Grind your plants

This step is absolutely one of the most important steps when preparing for the best bong experience of your life. Any good bong rip involves a grinder because nothing can shred up some plants better than the trusted grinder that has been with you since the beginning of your stoner days. Even if you just started smoking a day ago, you will quickly realize that a grinder is just as important as the plant itself. 

2. Add water to bong

Filling up the bong chamber with water, is another important step that will contribute to a great bong sesh so make sure you are filling it up with clean water every time you are using your bong. Leaving water in a bong even overnight can cause a stench and bacteria to build up so it is best to always dump the water out after each use and refill right before using your bong. 

3. Pack your bowl

When you know how to use a bong, this step will become like second nature where you’ll pack some finely grounded plants and flip it directly into the bong bowl. Making sure to not overfill your bong bowl, loosely pack the bowl with your favorite strain. 

4. Inhale through mouthpiece and light the bowl

This might sound like a complicated step at first, and definitely feels pretty hard to do when you are first learning to do it - a few practice tries will get you far and caught up with experience quickly! Placing your mouth on the mouthpiece, start to inhale as you simultaneously light the bowl with a lighter or hemp wick. When you see enough smoke fill up the bong chamber, use your dominant hand to remove the bowl and inhale at the same time. The smoke will instantly travel through the neck of the bong and directly into your mouth through the mouthpiece. Voila, you just took a bong rip!

Tips for knowing how to use a bong

A few tried and true tips can take you far when it comes to learning some life hacks for bong smoking. You do not need to try out every single tip that is about to be listed but feel free to mix it up or at least be aware that there are different ways to get the most out of your bong!

Do not overfill your bowl

Many smokers might think that filling up your bowl where it is overflowing and tightly packed is the way to get the biggest hit but on the contrary! It is best to have a loosely packed bowl with finely grounded plants so that there are not all of these air pockets that suck the bigger nugs into the water chamber, which contributes to a terrible bong hit. 

Do not overfill your bong with water

Every bong is different so you will want to do a few tests runs to gauge how much water is best for you. The typical rule of thumb for filling up bongs with water is about a half inch from the base, where the downstream is submerged but not completely. If the downstream you are using has slits in it, make sure that the slits are submerged because this is what causes percolation and helps with filtering each hit to be the best it can be! Speaking from experience, those who have tasted bong water will never want to taste bong water again, and for good reason. If you can avoid the splashback by not overfilling your bong water levels, you should be in the clear. 

Know your limits

Understanding your tolerance and threshold for bong hits, especially in a group setting, is essential. The last thing you want happening is going too hard on a bong rip and the entire smoke sesh goes south. If you need to inhale half of a hit and pass it to the homie, do not feel like you will be letting anyone down. Sometimes a full bong rip is way too much for anyone in one sitting, so just inhale what you can and enjoy the high!

Light up bits of the bowl

You do not have to light up the entire bowl to get a good hit, and it is actually wasteful to do so because you are lighting up more plants than is necessary. Start off by lighting corners and bits of the bowl so that you are only lighting the top and directly to the bottom, not all around the top which has to travel towards the bottom and results in burning plants and wasting it. 

Best bongs for sale

Now that you have a better idea of how to use a bong for plants, it is time to start shopping around for that perfect bong. Be honest with yourself, you know you already have an idea in mind of what kind of bong to get, but here are a few of our tried and true bongs that our customers know and love. Try out any one of these bongs and let us know if it lives up to the hype (spoiler alert, we already know it will).

EF420 Spike Leaf Beaker Bong

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The EF420 Spike Leaf Beaker Bong is a 14-inch beauty that looks like an ice queen with its frosted beaker bottom. The etched 420 leaves are a nice touch and support extra cold and crispy bong rips with an ice catcher that sits way at the bottom of the neck. Pile up some ice cubes and watch them drip down to the chamber so you can cool off each bong rip for some filtered and smooth rips every time!

Astral Bong

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Talk about out of this world, the Astral Bong is a 16-inch big bong that will send you straight to the moon. With a mystical aspect about it, the green-blue glass truly captures the aura of this bong and is waiting for a spiritual stoner to take possession of it. This beaker design is really cool because it curves in different places while still somehow maintaining its beaker bottom shape. The top of the neck has a nice hand grip because this bong is a big one and needs some extra care!

Rasta Glass Mini Carb Bong

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If you need a bong on a budget, the Rasta Glass Mini Carb Bong is the one! For less than $10 you can get your hands on a mini bong that can perform just as well as other average-sized bongs, just give it a try and see for yourself. The classic green red and yellow colors are a tribute to all of the rasta enthusiasts that have extra love for Mary Jane. If you are not able to invest more than $10 in a bong, this is the best option for you and many of our customers get great use out of it before upgrading to another model. Some still say they prefer to use this mini bong because of its durability, cost, and performance being consistently top-tier. Customers say it hits so good regardless of size, so get your mind out of the gutter and add this bong to your cart to see what the fuss is all about. 

Mystery Bong Box

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If you really cannot figure out what kind of bong to get, the EF420 Mystery Box Bong is the absolute way to go for those indecisive stoners. Choose from three different tiers and receive other goodies! Customers love this option because for the price you pay for a typical bong, you will also get other smoking accessories in a little bundled-up surprise box. What stoner wouldn’t want that for themselves or their loved ones?

How to use a bong

For the best smoking experience, know how to use a bong properly, know how to get a clean bong, and really understand the step by step instructions to get more smoke and have good bong etiquette at the same time.

Using filtered water to have the best water filtration, smoking a bong the right way will deliver so many wonderful bong rips to help you get lit and stay lit. Most bongs all work the same but when you get a bong that you are a bit confused about, refer back to this article to get reminders of how to best use a bong.

Whether you are checking for enough water, cleaning out the smoke chamber, or re-learning how to inhale slowly - there are many ways to adjust the bong smoking process so that you can get the best smoking experience possible.

On your next hit, remember some of our tips and tricks to see what your personal preference is when it comes to handling a bong. After knowing how bongs work the entire thing becomes a breeze to add to your smoke routine, and when you are ready for a new bong you know where to find us!

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