A bong uses a process of filtering the smoke through water to remove residue.
The key benefits of water filtration system are:
- Toxins - lethal chemicals such as tar are removed by the water filtration within the bong.
- Heat - keeping the smoke cool helps to make the bong hit less harsh for the user. This makes it substantially better for the smoker’s lungs, in comparison to conventional smoking.
- Taste - using a bong helps to preserve the terpenes in the herbs. This helps the smoker to enjoy the natural taste of the plants, without tasting smoke from the fire.
- Usability - a bong is convenient and easy to use, in comparison to rolling papers.
Types of Bongs
Each type of bong has its advantages and disadvantages but ultimately it comes down to the smoker, as to what their preference is.
- Glass water bongs
- Bubbler Bongs
- Straight bongs
- Beaker bongs
Bongs are available in a wide variety of different materials and the one that’s best suited for you will depend on your needs for the bong. The most common materials that bongs are made from are:
- Glass - this type of bong helps to reduce bad tastes and it’s great for being able to watch the smoke through the glass. However, glass bongs can be fragile.
- Borosilicate Glass - this material is specially designed to withstand thermal shock from heating and cooling. This material is tough but can be easily maintained with the right cleaning tools.
- Acrylic - plastic bongs come in all shapes and sizes with various colours to boot. Plastic is less brittle than glass and can withstand a drop or two.
- Wood - wooden bongs aren’t as popular as the bongs made from other materials. While wooden bongs are natural and eco-friendly, they absorb moisture, oil and can be very difficult to clean.