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Bong Anatomy 101: Things that You Need to Know About Bongs

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Bong Anatomy 101: Things that You Need to Know About Bongs
Bongs or also known as water pipes are one of the most popular ways of smoking herb. Unlike the product that people smoke, bongs are considered legal in many countries and are sold in novelty shops, dispensaries and even online. Though you may be familiar, are you well versed in your bong anatomy?

Bong came from the word “Baung” which is a Thai word. Baung means a wooden cylindrical smoking tube that is usually made of bamboo.

However, as the years passed, there were many changes made to the bong anatomy. Everyone should be thankful for the more advanced technology in this era. Bongs now are either made of glass, plastic, ceramic, silicone or wood.

Some of you may be curious about how to use a bong and what is a bong used for. However, before you begin learning about all that stuff, you need to know the anatomy of a bong first.

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Bong Anatomy

Here are the parts of a bong and its functions:

  • Base

The base is the foundation of your smoking equipment. The lifespan of your bong is dependent on the sturdiness of its base. It should withstand the impact whenever it falls over. Fortunately, there are many affordable bongs today that have good quality and can offer heavy-duty performance.

However, if you want to make sure that your bong will last, you can purchase a bong that has a protective rubber cover. The rubber will protect your bong from breaking and can help it have a better surface grip.

  • Chamber and Neck

The chamber is located at the bottom side of your bong, just above your base. It is where the smoke and water goes.

On the other hand, the neck is where the smoke passes or travels. There are different styles for a bong’s neck, some are straight, while some are bent. The neck can differ in size as well.

According to experienced smokers, it is better if the neck is longer. It will cause the smoke to travel longer and cool it down before it reaches your mouth.

  • Percolator

Percolator or often called as “percs” is the part of the bong that is attached to the neck. Percs come in different kinds. The most popular types are the honeycomb, showerhead, and tree.

The function of a percolator is to reduce the temperature of the smoke before it travels to the neck of the bong and your mouth. As a result, the smoke will be more comfortable to take in as it is cooler and smoother. In short, it makes the smoke less harsh.

Most percolators have holes or slits which causes the smoke to divide into smaller pieces. The vents also help in the even distribution of the smoke in the water. When the smoke is evenly distributed, the water can cool down more of the smoke’s surface area. When that happens, the smoke that comes out to your mouth will be smoother and cooler.

  • Cone

The cone is the beginning of everything when you light your bong. The cone is attached to the downstem and differs in sizes. This is the part of the bong where you stuff your favorite smoking product.

  • Downstem

A downstem can be built-in or detachable. This is the part of your bong where you attach the cone. Once you light your bong, the smoke will travel from the cone, to the downstem, and into the chamber’s water.

A diffused downstem is a kind of stem that has slits at the bottom part. The slits functions as another percolation device. It cuts the smoke as it travels toward the bong’s chamber.

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  • Ice Pinches

If your bong doesn’t have a percolator, don’t worry. Ice pinches can also cool the smoke as it travels through the bong’s neck. It is located on the neck, and all you have to do is to fill it with ice. The ice will give you a cooler and more enjoyable smoking experience.

  • Shot Hole

Shot hole is also known as "carb.” It is a little hole that is located in your bong’s neck. It is an impressivefeature of a bong that makes it possible for the user to control the smoke that comes out. The smoke can be controlled by putting your finger on the shot hole as you are lighting your bong.

The smoke that was created will be build up and circulate at the neck. You can release your finger once you are ready to take in the smoke. Releasing your finger causes air to get into the chamber, and the air will push the smoke to the neck and your lungs.

  • Herb Holder

Not all bongs have this feature. In fact, it’s only a fun little accessory on some bongs. There’s nothing special about its functions. As the name implies, it’s just a small part of a bong that holds your smoking product for an easier refill.

If you don’t currently own a bong, you can search for a bong diagramon the internet for you to understand bong anatomy better.

Anatomy of a Bong - Whats the use?

A bong is used to filter and cool the smoke through water. It will be easier for a user to take in the smoke even if they take in large amounts if they use a bong.

Bongs have percolation effects that cool smoke while still keeping the flavor and the aroma of the smoking product.

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How to use a bong?

Using a bong is simple. All you have to do is to place your lips around the bong’s tube. After that, light the smoking product put on the cone. Remember to cover the hole if there is any while you light the bong. Covering the hole ensures that all the smoke will go into your mouth. Once you are ready, you can inhale the smoke.

How does a bong work scientifically?

If you are into Science, then maybe the same question goes to your head which is how a bong works scientifically. Now that you understand the anatomy of a bong, it is quite easy to explain.

Once you light the product, smoke is created immediately. When you inhale on the bong’s mouthpiece, you will create a quasi-vacuum inside the tube. As a result, the smoke in the bowl will be sucked into the chamber. The bubbles that are visible in the water are called micro-vacuums that draw the smoke into the bong’s chamber.

When you release the finger from the hole, the smoke will quickly enter your lungs. That happens due to the higher pressure outside the bong than the vacuum that you had created when you inhaled smoke.

Moreover, the “cherry” glows brighter when you are inhaling smoke because you have pulled out all the oxygen from the bowl which then fuels the fire.

If you are interested in bong anatomy and bong science, you can try sucking smoke from the bong’s tube and then take your lips off the mouthpiece. When you do that, you will observe that only a little of the smoke escapes the tube. The smoke has already cooled by then and will tend to stay on the chamber of your bong.

Now that you know everything about bong anatomy, its functions, and uses, as well as how you properly use a bong, it is now time for you to enjoy it.

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