Everything to know about Tsunami Glass
Shopping for a bong online can be like sifting through a mass of fake diamonds in search of a real one. There are big expensive bongs and small ones that cost twice as much. There are bongs that can’t break, and bongs so intricate they look like they’ll break just by looking at them. Somehow, all of them seem to have 5-star reviews, though what shows up at your door a few days later might not deserve any stars at all.
While not all bongs are created equal, some are so exceedingly superior that they deserve not only a second look, but their own damn article. Tsunami Glass makes those kinds of bongs.
Luxurious yet affordable, Tsunami Glass turns the classic super stoner aesthetic on its head with a scientific twist, using the power of physics to create some of the heaviest hitting pieces out there.
Whether you’re in the market for a new bong, or was just curious as to what all the buzz is about, here’s our guide to Tsunami Glass.
What is Tsunami Glass?
Founded in Troy Michigan in 2011, Tsunami Glass was originally conceived as a premium vaporizer brand. Over the years, they expanded to offer a wide variety of products, becoming particularly well known for their outstanding glass bongs and rigs after launching their own line, Tsunami Glass, in 2012.
What makes Tsunami Glass different from other bongs?
Tsunami Glass is known for using high-quality borosilicate glass to create stunning clear glass bongs with multiple percolators and different filtration techniques. They come in a multitude of shapes, sizes and colored accents.
The name “Tsunami” comes from the way the water swirls between the percolators when you hit their bongs, which you can view on their YouTube channel.
What is a percolator?
Before we get into the next portion of our guide, it’s important to cover the basics. For example, what exactly is a percolator in terms of bongs and what does it do?
When it comes to smoking methods, bongs tend to intimidate novice users. Add a few percolators to that bong, and they’re downright scared. Like most stigmas in the weed world, however, this one is also backwards. Not only are bongs a really clean way to get high, percolators are there to make the experience smoother and altogether less gnarly. Not the other way around.
Each time smoke passes through the chambers of glass and water, it becomes more filtered, cooler, and easier to ingest. Because of this, people are able to ingest more smoke than usual, leading them to get higher than usual. If you’re afraid of getting too high but interested in checking out the percolator way of life, try packing a tiny bowl and work up from there.
How do you use Tsunami Glass?
To use a Tsunami Glass bong, simply pack the bowl with the flower of your choice (remember, they hit hard so air on the smaller side), light up, and take a hit.
Their bigger bongs require slightly more lung power than the casual smoker may be used to. Hit the bong until you can feel the water swirling like a twister through the percolators, pull the bowl and exhale.
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Tip: For the first hit of your new bong, I suggest sitting down. These things hit harder than any smoking device I’ve ever encountered.
How do you clean your Tsunami Glass?
When it comes to cleaning intricate bongs with multiple percolators, bells, and whistles like those in the Tsunami Glass line, it all comes down to a combination of rubbing alcohol, hot water, salt, and personal ritual.
Our tips to cleaning Tsunami Glass:
- Start by soaking your piece in hot water to loosen the resin.
- Wear gloves. The smell of resin sucks and it’s hard to get it off your hands once it’s on there.
- Chunky salt, rubbing alcohol and some vigorous shaking will always work as well as the expensive cleaners you buy at the headshop.
- Q-tips are super helpful, as are pipe cleaners you can get at any craft store.
- If your piece is super dirty, let it soak in alcohol overnight.
- Clean your glass consistently to avoid resin buildup.
What’s the appeal of Tsunami Glass?
Not only does Tsunami Glass deliver an extremely high-end product for the price of an average bong, their attention to scientific detail in smoke percolation elevates the quality of their bong hits far beyond most.
— Tsunami Vapor & Glass (@TsunamiPremiumV) February 19, 2020
Throughout my tireless research, I’ve found that a small rip from a normal bong will get you three to four times higher if you take it from a Tsunami Bong. I’ve even taken to only using mine at night because it can be too heady for the morning. They’re a great tool for weed conservation, too.
And finally, they look really cool. Blurring the line between scientific functionality and stoner chic, these bongs stand out just enough to be eye-catching without being ridiculous.
Where can you buy Tsunami Glass
Tsunami Glass is available at head shops around the country, and online at HighRollerSmoke.com. For retailers, the best place to buy Tsunami Glass is on their parent company’s wholesale website, The Odyssey Group.
Some of Our Favorite Tsunami Glass Pieces
Triple Honeycomb Turbine
The Triple Honeycomb offers 4 levels of percolation plus a turbine perc for extra smooth hits.
Innovative and unique, the Sprinkler Donut’s middle ring will mesmerize you as you take on massive stoney hits.
Button Double 8 Arms Tree Perc
Standing 15” tall and weighing 5 pounds, the button double is a hefty crowd pleaser.
Fab Egg Dome Showerhead
The perfect tabletop dab rig, the Fab Egg Dome Showerhead is the ultimate choice for dabbing enthusiasts.
A whole 9” of swiss cheese design, the Showerhead Swiss is an art piece within a rig.
Featured image provided by the Odyssey Group
Luxurious yet affordable, Tsunami Glass turns the classic super stoner aesthetic on its head with a scientific twist.
Demystifying the Bong, One Myth at a Time
Bongs, which you may also know by slang terms like bubbler, binger, or billy, are water pipes used to smoke cannabis.
They’ve been around for centuries. The word bong is said to have come from the Thai word “baung” for a bamboo tube used for smoking weed.
Today’s bongs look a lot more complicated than a simple bamboo tube, but they all come down to the same basic process.
Read on to learn more about how bongs work and why, contrary to lore, they aren’t actually any better for your lungs than other smoking methods.
Bongs come in all shapes and sizes. Some are very basic with just a bowl and chamber. Others are colorful, mouth-blown works of art.
At the end of the day, they all do basically the same thing: filter and cool the smoke that comes from the burning marijuana.
Bongs generally feature a small bowl that holds dried weed. When you light the weed it combusts. Meanwhile, as you inhale, the water in the bottom of the bong bubbles (or percolates, if you want to get technical). The smoke rises up through the water and then the chamber before entering your mouth and lungs.
If you’re looking for a smoother toke, a bong will give you just that compared to smoking weed rolled in paper.
As expected, the water in a bong eliminates the dry heat you get from a joint. The effect is often described as being cooler, creamy, and smooth rather than harsh.
This effect can be deceiving, though.
While the smoother smoke might feel better on your lungs, you’re still smoking. And that smoke is still filling up your lungs (we’ll spare the lecture on why this is all-around bad news for your health).
Sure, a small amount of the bad stuff might get filtered out. But it’s not enough to make much of a difference.
Yes, this means all those stories about bongs being the “safer” way to smoke are largely based on junk science.
So far, bong safety has been pretty low on the list of priorities when it comes to medical research. But as cannabis becomes legal in more areas, this could change.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other health organizations, smoke is harmful to lung health regardless of what you’re smoking because of the carcinogens released from the combustion of materials.
Smoking marijuana, whether via doobie or bong, can harm lung tissues and cause scarring and damage to your small blood vessels.
The tendency to inhale deeply and hold your breath when smoking pot means you’re often exposed to more tar per breath. Plus, bongs are basically a way to get more smoke into your lungs while also making that smoke more pleasant to inhale.
All of these aspects make it easy to overdo it when using a bong.
One other risk to keep in mind is related to the use of plastic bongs. Plastics that contain chemicals like BPA and phthalates have been linked to adverse health effects, including cancer.
Bong health risks aside, depending on where you live and local laws, having a bong with marijuana in it or even just some residue could get you in legal hot water.
Research also shows that marijuana-only smokers have more healthcare visits related to respiratory conditions than nonsmokers, regardless of the method used to inhale the smoke.
How do those fancy bongs, with all their bells and whistles, actually work? Plus, find out whether they're actually easier on your lungs than a joint.