A glass bong is a filtration device used for smoking cannabis, tobacco or other herbal substances, whether these substances come in the form of dry herb, oil or a concentrate.
A bong is a modern term for what was once a glass water pipe, first used in 16th century China. Bongs offer an alternative method of smoking, which is much healthier then smoking a rolled marijuana cigarette. They are also much more pleasant since the smoke is filtered through water and/or ice, relieving it from toxins and tar.
A glass bong is a preferred choice of most cannabis users. Glass is a perfect material for devices such as these, as it doesn’t interfere with the flavor of your smoke and is heat resistant.
How are glass bongs different from other bongs?
Besides glass water bongs, we also have:
Plastic bongs are the cheapest option, making it the go-to choice when buying a disposable bong. Due to the nature of plastic, they are very durable. They’re also translucent, so you can see the quality of bong water much easier. However, be prepared for bit of a diluted taste of the herb you’ll be smoking.
Usually smaller than other bongs due to their weight. Known for their various shapes and durability, they’re great for decoration and display.
The flipside of ceramic bongs is the inability to see the water, therefore making it even harder to clean.
Wooden (bamboo) bongs
Somewhere in between a ceramic and a plastic bong in terms of weight, bamboo bongs provide the most authentic feel to your smoking experience. With a thousand year old tradition, these bongs come with beautiful carving designs. They can also come with a bowl piece.
That being said, a glass bong is still considered as the best all-around option when it comes to choosing a bong.
Color? You can color glass to anything you want, unless you prefer pure glass bongs for transparency. Shape? Glass can be shaped in various forms. Durability? A good glass bong will last as long as you want, but only if you keep it clean and keep it from dropping/breaking. Keeping it clean is really easy. It only depends on your cleaning habits. A sturdy glass bong will survive most drops, all within a reasonable height. It will also keep the taste of your herb nice and natural. Glass bongs are also available in any shape, height, size and at any price.
Glass bong attributes
The main features to consider when buying a glass bong:
- tube diameter
- quality glass
- glass thickness
- slide or carb
- specific use bong parameters
What to look for when buying a glass bong or pipe?
1. The most important question you have to ask yourself before buying a bong is what will this bong be used for SPECIFICALLY?
For example, will this bong be used by a lot of people, or just as your private piece? Do you need a portable bong to bring on your travels? How long do you plan on using it before replacing it? Do you care about all the different accessories, or do you just need something good enough to get the job done? What are your cleaning habits? Do you care about the look of the bong or its manufacturer?
2. The next question you need to ask yourself is how experienced of a smoker are you?
If you just started out, your lung capacity and ability to hold smoke are probably not all that great. If you get too ambitious and buy a really large bong, but can’t clear the smoke from the chamber in one hit, you can stale the taste of the second hit. If you buy a technical bong, or one with too many accessories, it may be difficult to use for a newbie. You probably don’t need various glass bong slides if this is your first bong. So if you’re unsure of your expertise, a simple bong is probably the best option.
3. Is one of size and comfort.
The size of your mouth should match the size of the mouthpiece. The weight of the bong should also be taken into consideration. I know that you will hardly find a bong that is too heavy to hold, but there are some bongs out there that are pretty hefty. Imagine you buy a really thick glass bong 40 cm in height. A monster like that will run you at about 300 dollars. If you do buy a bong like that you usually smoke it from the table, you don’t try to carry it around with you as you’re taking a hit. But all it takes is that one friend who thinks it’s a good idea to walk around with it. So eventually it drops. Maybe it doesn’t break, but the water has now spilled, a piece fell out and broke, and now you have a mess on your hands. Knowing what weight you’re comfortable with most definitely matters.
The last and most important question is how much are you willing to spend on this bong?
Quality glass bongs can be found at any price range, so if you want cheap glass bong, a general advice would be to value durability and functionality over style and accessories.
What environment are you bringing your glass bong into?
Buying a big bong or a technical bong requires a lot of caution. Big bongs tend to fall and break more often, wheatear from the clumsiness of its users, or from the fact that they take up more space and just get in the way. You would be wise to have a special storage place if you do decide to purchase a large bong. But don’t think that glass bongs are frail in any way. They can be very sturdy and survive their fair share of falls. Just not 10-foot ones.
Technical bongs come with a lot of accessories. Be sure to purchase a case to store all the various parts, unless you want them becoming forever lost in the gaping pit that is your couch.
If you like to keep your bong smoking ways a private matter, away from other house members, small glass bong would probably be a good way to go. Something you can put in your drawer at least.
There you have it. All the basic info you’ll need if you’re new to the world of glass bongs. So if you’re buying a bong remember to know exactly what you’re looking for, remember what every good bong should have, and keep in mind that there’s a good glass bong to be found at any price range.