How do Diffuser Beads work?
For a quick way to upgrade your smoking experience, try adding some diffuser beads to your setup. These tiny smoking accessories, sometimes called bong beads or cannabeads, are not only available in tons of colors to personalize your piece, but designed to act as a percolator for an extra layer of diffusion. Functional and vibrant, these beads are an easy upgrade for any smoker level and you’ll immediately notice a difference in your hit. They’re like little inedible boba for your bong!
How Do They Work?
As previously mentioned, diffuser beads are designed to work as a percolator and make your hit less harsh on the throat. Simple to use, just fill the chamber of your bong with the beads so that they cover your downstem and then fill with water like normally. Now, when you hit the pipe, the beads will break up your smoke into smaller bubbles as it passes through them. This means your smoke will have more surface area to make contact with the water, cooling it for a smoother hit.
Many people prefer to use bong beads over ice cubes, claiming the beads remove the struggle of making ice and then having it melt and overfilling your bong. Some even chill their bong beads. The way we feel about it — Why not both?
What Are They Made Of?
This is a hard question because there are many different brands of specialized bong beads, all made of different materials, all claiming to offer maximum filtration. Some diffuser beads, like the ones 2k Industries sell, are made of reusable, non-toxic hard plastic. These plastic beads will sink to the bottom, but are light enough to move around the bong chamber when you pull. Bong beads like the ones made by JellyBeadz are a non-toxic, biodegradable sodium polyacrylate gel. These beads will absorb water and expand, also moving within the bong when pulled.
An additional reason to try out diffuser beads is that they help keep your pipe clean. After continued use, resin begins to find its way into your bong. It builds up and clings to the walls, degrading your flavor and the overall look of your piece. With diffuser beads, tar instead clings to their surface.
Nobody likes cleaning their bong, but it’s a necessary evil to enjoy the true flavor of your herbs. While this won’t remove the need to clean your bong, you won’t need to do it as often, and you don’t have to use anything extra! Most bong beads can be cleaned the same way as your piece – some good ol alcohol and salt.
Diffuser beads also add more weight to your bong, making it harder to tip over. No worries of accidentally knocking your bong over, the beads make a nice heavy base to help put your fears away.
Overall, I think diffuser beads are a great addition to your setup. They’re a relatively cheap bong accessory and are available in countless colors to match your mood or your piece. With the combined benefits of keeping your piece clean and adding weight to keep it sturdy, this was an easy choice. Do be careful when using them – both name brand and alternatives! I’ve heard horror stories of them getting stuck inside percs and downstems.
For a quick way to upgrade your smoking experience, try adding some diffuser beads to your setup. These tiny smoking accessories, sometimes called bong beads or cannabeads, are not only available in tons of colors to personalize your piece, but designed to act as a percolator for an extra layer of diffusion.
Definition – What does Diffuser mean?
A diffuser is a special type of modified downstem used on a bong, bubbler, or water pipe. It looks similar to a glass test tube but is a tube that is sealed on one end and on the other end has a small number of open slits.
The slits of the diffuser break up the smoke so it makes smaller bubbles and is cooled even further by the bong water. The cooling effect makes for a smoother hit that is easier on the inhaler’s throat and lungs.
MaximumYield explains Diffuser
Diffusers are often used by medical marijuana users who have pulmonary issues because the smoother hit reduces coughing and helps alleviate any burning in the throat caused by the cannabis product’s smoke.
A diffuser sits at the bottom of the bong. The slotted end is slightly submerged in the bong water. The slits create small bubbles which have greater surface area than large bubbles that are typically produced by a normal downstem that has only one large opening in the end. The diffuser’s small slots allow the water to filter the smoke more efficiently.
The smaller bubbles also make the bong virtually silent, unlike bongs with normal downstems, which can be heard bubbling every time a user takes a hit from the burning cannabis.
Diffusers are manufactured by a large number of companies. Most downstems on a bong can be easily pulled out and replaced with a diffuser.
Diffuser Definition – A diffuser is a special type of modified downstem used on a bong, bubbler, or water pipe. It looks similar to a glass test tube…