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Smoking a bong for the first time can be confusing, but it gets easier once you know what you’re doing. Before you can smoke anything out of a bong, you need to fill it up with water and pack the bowl. From there you need to light the bowl and fill the smoke chamber with smoke. Then you can inhale. If you’re just starting out, take it slow until you get more comfortable smoking out of a bong.

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To smoke from a bong, first fill it with water no more than 1 inch above the tip of the long glass tube that sticks into the bong. After you’ve poured in the water, loosely pack the bong bowl with grinded cannabis. When you’re ready to smoke, put your mouth on the mouthpiece so that your lips are inside and there aren’t any gaps for smoke to escape. Using a lighter, burn the edge of the cannabis in the bowl and inhale slowly at the same time so you can draw the smoke up. When you’re good with the amount of smoke in the chamber, stop lighting, pull the bowl out of the stem, and deeply inhale the smoke in the chamber. After holding the smoke in your lungs for a few seconds, you can exhale. For more tips, including how to grind up your cannabis, read on!

Smoking a bong for the first time can be confusing, but it gets easier once you know what you're doing. Before you can smoke anything out of a bong, you need to fill it up with water and pack the bowl. From there you need to light the bowl…

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    Bong water isn’t just for blowing bubbles; it actually has a purpose and a pretty important one at that.

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    Ever Googled “how to make a dry bong” out of curiosity, or perhaps because your lit brain thought it could be a cool idea to use your bong sans H20? We’re here to stop you. Dry bongs aren’t a thing; industry experts who weighed in on this elusive technique reached consensus: don’t do it.

    Understanding the basics of a bong

    A bong has four main components: a bowl where a user puts dried flower; a stem, which is connected to the bowl; a chamber, which is where the water is filled about half way; and a neck, which a user puts his or her mouth over top of and inhales from.

    “Once lit, the smoke from the dried flower is drawn through the bowl and down the stem, which is inserted into the water,” explains Shega Youngson, senior manager of events and community engagement at Canopy Growth Corporation.

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    “Water sits inside the main chamber and as smoke is pulled in, it hits the water first before rising through bubbles, filling the chamber above the waterline and the bong neck,” Youngson notes.

    Once the flower in the bowl has been burned (or the user has filled the chamber to a point that suits him or her), the stem is removed, severing the seal. “This allows an influx of clean air through the chamber, coming up behind the smoke and forcing it quickly upwards as the user inhales,” she says.

    Water in the chamber is important for a number of reasons

    First and foremost, the water is what cools the smoke before it is inhaled into the user’s throat and lungs. This is important. “As the hot smoke is pulled into the water, it creates bubbles that rise to the surface, breaking and releasing cooled smoke into the chamber. The bubbles are small, individual pockets of hot smoke, and when their surface area comes into contact with the water, it cools it from the outside in,” says Youngson.

    First and foremost, the water is what cools the smoke before it is inhaled into the user’s throat and lungs.

    Some bongs will use percolators, an extra chamber inside of the bong that cools the smoke further. The goal of smoking out of a bong is to make the smoking process feel much smoother, in contrast to dabbing, where the goal is to isolate and enjoy flavor. A percolator aims to further that goal by cooling down the smoke even more.

    There are several different styles of multi-perforated percolators, including the honeycomb design, which is a disc-shaped piece of glass full of holes like an actual bee-built honeycomb, and the tree design, which itself looks like long tree branches that work to diffuse smoke to create a smoother hit.

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    “Lots of holes diffuse the smoke more effectively, producing more bubbles that are smaller and hold less smoke inside. As they rise to the top, they allow the water to cool faster,” says Youngson.

    The water in a bong also acts as a filtration system, which, she explains, can help remove toxins from the smoke as well as add pressure inside of the bong. “What all of this does is it allows the user to take bigger hauls and ingest larger hits,” she notes. “This can lead to a faster onset of effects, and more intensely experienced effects than other methods of inhalation.”

    A dry bong is generally unpleasant to smoke

    While water in a bong is important from a technical perspective, it also makes the smoking experience smooth, tasty and enjoyable. Remove the water, and not only are filtration properties lost, smoking will likely burn your throat and taste worse.

    “There are virtually no pros to smoking a dry bong unless you enjoy a harsh, smoky experience,” suggests Nick Levich, a Denver-based cannabis advocate and co-founder of Key To Cannabis, an educational resource for cannabis. “Dry bongs are unpleasant and defeat the whole purpose of using a bong, including the water filtration.” Levich and his business partner, Tommy Joyce, both recommend using a handheld pipe if in the mood for a dry rip.

    Youngson points out that since many bongs are operated without screens, there’s the chance of getting more than just smoke in your mouth/lungs. “It could also lead to particles of dried flower and ash being inhaled as they are drawn through the smoke holes of the bowl, and it would induce intense coughing if a user tried to inhale the same quantity as they would with a water bong,” she says.

    So while the thought of a dry bong might sound novel, the truth is, it is sure to be a disappointing, harsh and coughing-until-your-abs-hurt experience. Stick to filling your bong with water.

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