In the past, Reefer Post has done a review on various glass pieces. These reviews include ones done on pipes and bubblers. But why has there not been one done on bongs? Honestly, bongs are very similar to pipes and bubblers. In my opinion, bubblers are a combination of a pipe and a bong. So, if there are reviews for pipes and bubblers, then bongs should have one, too.
In the marijuana community, there is a huge number of bong lovers. Many stoners even prefer bongs over any other way to smoke weed. This review is intended to not only shine some light on bongs (lol, get it?), but also inform those who do not know about bongs, or simply want to learn more.
What Is A Bong?
First off, for those who don’t know what a bong is, we should start off with that. A bong is a glass piece used to smoke marijuana. It contains three pieces: the base, the downstem, and the bowl. The base is the main part of the bong (the flower vase-looking part), the downstem is, well, a stem that points downward from the base to the water inside the base. The bowl is situated on top of the downstem, and is pulled out when clearing a hit.
Notice the three parts of the bong that was talked about above? Each part can be taken off and put back on. You could also customize your bong by buying different bases, downstems, or bowls with different colors or designs. Just make sure that you get the right size for each part!
Another thing to note about bongs is that some come with an ice catcher. If you look at the picture above, you can see small holes in the base, right about in the middle of the bong. This is an ice catcher. You can fill the top of the bong with ice, and the ice catcher will do its job and hold that ice in the stem. So, when you take a hit, the smoke will be cold. This can cause the smoke to be less-harsh on your lungs and allow you to take bigger hits without coughing so much. Not only that, but ice cold hits are fun to take. Have you ever tried one?
Using A Bong
In order to use a bong, you first need to add water to it. Water can be poured in through the top of the bong, and should be filled up to right before the downstem meets the base. A good way to check if you have added enough water is by taking a hit of the bong without adding any weed, yet. This way you can test the water flow to make sure it is perfect for some bong rips.
Once water has been added, all three pieces are put together, and you have decided whether or not you are going to use ice, then your bong is ready to use! Simply pack a bowl and set the bowl in the downstem. Then, use it like a bubbler! However, bongs do not include a carb hole, like a bubbler or pipe does. Instead, to clear the bong hit, remove the bowl from the downstem and suck out all of the smoke.
Upsides Of Using A Bong
So why use a bong instead of a bubbler or pipe? Well, there are a few reasons for this. One reason being that bongs can take much bigger hits compared to pipes and bubblers, which are both much smaller than bongs. Some stoners prefer to take a few large hits instead of a ton of small hits. If this is you, then invest in a bong.
Another reason why some stoners prefer bongs is because you can customize them much more compared to other glass pieces. Since bongs have three parts, each part can be replaced with any other that you desire. You can find parts that are colorful, full of designs, or something along those lines. There are hundreds of options out there for customizing a bong. Again, just make sure to get the right size! If you are buying bong parts from a store, then I suggest bringing your bong with you to ensure that you purchase the right size.
Downsides Of Using A Bong
Now that you know the upsides to using a bong, it’s a good thing to know about the downsides as well, before you think about buying one. It is up to you to decide if the downsides outweigh the upsides, or vice versa.
One downside about bongs is that they are typically bigger than most other glass pieces. While this may not be a downside to some stoners, many find that a downside due to the fact that it is hard to transport a bong. Bongs are not very portable. They are best to be left in the place that they are smoked. Also, if you transport a bong, you have to take the water out, then fill it back up when it’s time to smoke. This can become tedious for people who are constantly smoking in different places.
Another possible downside of bongs is that they can be more expensive than pipes and bubblers. This is especially true if you decide to customize your bong. Each piece can be pretty costly. On the other hand, bubblers and pipes only include one part, and can run for much cheaper than most bongs. However, if money is not an issue for you, then you can go all-out on getting a nice bong and not have to worry about it.
After reading the upsides and downsides about a bong, what kind of review would you give bongs? It is good to note that this post was not intended to convince someone to get a bong, or convince someone to not get one.
Reefer Post gives bong an average review. Personally, I prefer using a bubbler. They are smaller, cheaper and easier to use. But it is nice to take some bong hits every now and then. Besides, I can’t think of a time when I smoked from a bong and didn’t get high.