How to Use a Bong Correctly: The Complete Guide

How to Use a Water Bong

Whether it was through a joint, bowl, or blunt, 52% of American adults have smoked weed at some point in their life.

There are many ways to smoke but one of the most classic ways to smoke is with a bong. Though you might be a little shy to admit it, you’re probably reading this because you’ve never actually smoked out of a water bong.

The first time is intimidating; it seems like there are so many moving parts! Fear not, we got you covered. Follow the tips below to learn how to smoke out of a water bong.

Parts of the Bong

Before you prepare your bong for a smoke sesh, you are going to need to know the basic parts of the bong. While no one at your smoke session is going to quiz you on bong anatomy (and if they do please kick them out of your party), it is useful to know the terminology.

The main parts of a bong are:

  • Bowl
  • Ash Catcher
  • Joint
  • Down Stem
  • Percolator
  • Mouthpiece

Honestly, the main parts to remember are the smoking bowl, where you pack your herb, and the mouthpiece, where you inhale the smoke. It may seem like a lot, but there is no need to stress. You’re smoking, after all.

Preparing Your Water Bong

Alright, so now you’re familiar with the general anatomy of your bong, it’s time to prepare it!

First, you will need to fill up the bong with water. The water should sit just an inch or less above the down stem.

Some believe that using ice water in a bong makes it easier to inhale. Note that some people prefer using warm water in a bong. Test out different temperatures and find what works best for you.

If you feel like using something other than water in a bong, try out fruit juices or soda. Beware, the sugary liquids might be harder to clean out.

Now that the bong is filled with a liquid of your choice, it’s time to pack the bowl. Once your weed is ground up, lightly pack it into the bowl of the bong. Don’t overpack it; you may lose weed in the process, and no one wants that.

How to Use a Bong

Congrats! Your bong is ready to use. Now it’s time for the main attraction: smoking out of the bong.

If you’re new, don’t get too cocky with the bong. It is glass, and no one wants to clean up broken glass and bong water if it drops.

For your first few times smoking out of a bong, keep it on a flat surface as you use it. Eventually, you’ll be able to smoke without any support from underneath.

Smoking out of a bong might seem complicated to newbies.  Don’t worry, you’ll get the hang of it with some practice. Each time you smoke out of a bong, remember these quick pointers:

  • If your bong has a carb, aka a hole near the chamber, make sure to plug it with your finger as you light the bowl and inhale
  • Before lighting the bowl, place your lips inside the mouthpiece and create a seal
  • DON’T put your lips around the mouthpiece
  • Inhale as you hold the lighter up to the bowl
  • Keep inhaling as the bong fills up with smoke
  • Remove the bowl and inhale the smoke with a rapid breath
  • Exhale and repeat as needed to get desired high
  • After the smoke sesh, try using boiling water to clean a bong

The main takeaway is to not overthink it. Smoke with some experienced buddies and they’ll take care of you.

Smoking From a Water Bong: Not as Hard as You Think

Water bongs are just another vessel to smoke marijuana out of. You might prefer a joint or a regular bowl. But of course, you won’t know if you’ll like smoking out of a water bong until you try.

With these tips, you’ll be smoking out of a water bong like a pro.

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