Want the ultimate smoking experience? Most experienced cannabis users suggest using a bong as the method of delivery. But what, exactly, is a bong? And do you have to buy one or can you create a homemade bong? This article will answer all your DIY bong-related questions.
What is a Bong?
A bong is basically a filtration device that is used for smoking tobacco, cannabis, or other herbs. Bongs are similar to hookahs but are smaller and easier to transport. They can be made from any airtight containers by simply adding a bowl and a stem apparatus or slide. The slide is needed to guide air downward to below the water level in the container so it can bubble upward during use. Bongs also feature a hole (also called a carburetor, rush, bink, or choke) on the lower part of the bong but above the water level. This is kept covered during the smoking process, then opened to allow the smoker to draw smoke into their lungs.
Those who use bongs state that they make for a smoother smoking experience as the device filters the smoke through water, removing some of the toxins and making it less irritating. Bongs also cool the smoke and make it easier on your lungs.
Bongs are very easy to understand when you look at the basic principles. When you light the bowl of a bong, you are lighting the weed, which releases smoke. When you inhale on the mouthpiece of the bong, you are creating a vacuum that brings the smoke from the bowl into the chamber. Even if you take your mouth off the bong at this point, the smoke won’t completely leave the chamber as it has cooled down and tends to stay inside until you remove the covering of the hole or carb. This releases the vacuum and smoke from the chamber can now be inhaled.
Now that you know the physics behind a bong, how do you use it? It’s pretty straightforward: fill the bong with water to the point that the downstem is completely covered. Then pack the bowl with your favorite weed. Most bongs take about half a gram of cannabis. Next, place your mouth on the mouthpiece and simultaneously light the bowl and slowly inhale. Release the carb or pull the slider once you see the chamber fill with white smoke and inhale the smoke. Exhale, then return the slider or cover the carb and begin the steps again.
How to Make a Homemade Bong
There are a variety of reasons why people attempt a DIY bong. They may not have access to a shop that sells bongs, they may not want to spend the money on a bong, or they may just be crafty and want to see if they can make a homemade bong. Fortunately, how to make your own bong is pretty simple and requires only a few easy-to-get supplies. If you want to try your hand at an easy homemade bong, you’ll need the following:
- An empty plastic bottle approximately 16-24 ounces with any labels removed
- A plastic pen with a thick diameter
- Electrician’s tape
- A lighter
- Small piece of aluminum foil
- Ground cannabis of your choice
Once you’ve gathered your supplies, follow these easy steps:
Step 1: Make a pen-pipe by unscrewing the top of the pen and removing everything from the tube. This is now the stem of your bong.
Step 2: The next step in making a homemade bong is to use the lighter to make a small hole in the bottom third of the bottle. You do this by holding the flame of the lighter against the water bottle, then shoving the tube of the pen through the hole. Do this while the plastic is still hot so the plastic will mold tightly around the pen. The bottom of the pen pipe should point down.
Step 3: To test the seal of your pipe, cover the end of the pen and inhale on the top of the bottle. If a vacuum results, you have a tight seal. If you want to be extra careful, you can make the seal more secure by wrapping the shaft of the pen with electrical tape on your DIY bong.
Step 4: Now you need to make a carb by cutting a small hole with scissors in the bottom of the bong right above where the water line will be.
Step 5: Put the piece of aluminum foil over the tip of the pen (stem) and push it down into the top. This will now be your bowl.
Step 6: Fill the plastic bottle up to the point where a portion of the pen shaft is submerged but not enough that the water meets the seal. Now fill the bowl with cannabis and light it while inhaling through the top of the bottle. Homemade bong accomplished!
Other DIY Bong Ideas
Looking for other easy homemade bong ideas? You can also make bongs with apples, bamboo, a carrot, a honey bear, Legos, or a pop can. Be as creative as you want with the variety of homemade bong ideas on the internet.
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