How to Use a Bong Correctly: The Basics Explained

Medical marijuana is now legal in 36 out of the 50 states. With it becoming more and more legal, many more people are opting to try it out, maybe for the first time.

With so many different ways to use marijuana, it may seem daunting to a beginner.

Using a bong is a great place to start, but if you aren’t sure how to use a bong, we got you covered. It isn’t as complicated as it may seem, and the experience is unlike any other.

Continue reading below for a step-by-step guide on the workings of a bong.

How a Bong Works

A bong is very similar to a glass pipe, but it uses water to cool and filter the smoke to create a smooth and better-tasting smoking experience.

Smoke is pulled through the water chamber, and as the smoke travels through the water, the water pulls out debris such as tar and ash from the smoke while also cooling it down.

This means that smoking a bong could be one of the healthiest ways of using marijuana, while also creating a more comfortable experience for your lungs, which is one of the biggest benefits of bongs.

Step 1: Prep Your Bong

First, add water to your bong’s chamber. Generally, you pour the water through the mouthpiece, which is usually a large opening towards the top of the bong.

You only need to pour enough so that the downstem is fully submerged. Make sure not to add too much, or you could get the marijuana wet.

Step 2: Grind and Pack the Herb

Now it’s time to grind and pack the cannabis. While you can find many different types of bongs online with an abundance of bells and whistles, this step never changes.

To do so efficiently, using a grinder is the best idea. Place the marijuana in the part of the grinder that has the teeth.

Close it and twist it back and forth until it feels smooth.

Carefully open your grinder, and take a pinch of marijuana and place it in the bowl of your bong. Press it down lightly with something flat, like the end of a lighter, but don’t pack it too tightly, or you’ll have problems pulling it later on.

Continue putting more in until it is full, and then place the bowl into the downstem.

Step 3: Ignite and Inhale

Now it’s time to begin the process of smoking out of a bong. Light a corner of the bowl, and simultaneously put your mouth on the mouthpiece and begin inhaling.

You’ll feel and hear bubbles in the water chamber. You don’t have to pull too aggressively; just be smooth and steady.

If your bong is clear, you’ll see the smoke travel from the bowl to the water chamber and up. When the chamber is full of smoke, take the bowl out of the bong and inhale the smoke.

When you remove the bowl while inhaling, the smoke is pushed up into your lungs, giving you a bigger hit than you would have with something like a glass pipe.

How to Use a Bong the Right Way

Now you know how to use a bong correctly! As you can see, it’s not as difficult of a process as it may seem.

Why not try out a bong today? You’ll be glad you did.

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