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How to use a bong?

How to use a bong

How to use a bong?

First, fill the bong with water until the stem is submerged. Next, grind up your weed and pack it into the bowl piece. Place your mouth on the mouthpiece and use your finger to cover the carb hole (if applicable). Light the bowl and inhale slowly, allowing the smoke to pass through the water and into the chambe

Using a bong involves several steps. Remember that the following instructions are for legal and intended use only. Here’s a general guide on how to use a bong:

  1. Gather Your Materials:
  • Bong
  • Ground cannabis (or other legal herbs)
  • Lighter or hemp wick
  • Water
  1. Fill the Bong with Water:
  • Pour enough water into the bong to cover the downstream (the tube that extends into the water). Be careful to fill it appropriately.
  1. Grind Your Cannabis:
  • Use a grinder to break down your cannabis into a consistency that burns evenly.
  1. Pack the Bowl:
  • Pack the ground cannabis into the bowl piece. Make sure it’s manageable to allow for proper airflow.
  1. Attach the Bowl:
  • Place the bowl into the downstem.
  1. Light Up:
  • Hold the bong securely and place your mouth over the mouthpiece.
  • Ignite the cannabis in the bowl using a lighter or hemp wick while simultaneously inhaling.
  1. Inhale Slowly:
  • As you light the cannabis, inhale slowly and steadily. The water in the bong will bubble as you pull air through, filtering and cooling the smoke.
  1. Clear the Chamber:
  • Once the chamber is filled with smoke and you’re ready to clear it, remove the bowl piece and continue inhaling to clear the remaining smoke.
  1. Exhale:
  • Exhale the smoke and enjoy the effects.
  1. Clean the Bong:
  • After use, cleaning your bong regularly to maintain its performance and flavor is essential. Use isopropyl alcohol and coarse salt to clean the chamber and other parts.

Remember to use bongs responsibly and by local laws. Additionally, always be aware of the potential health risks associated with smoking, and consider alternative methods if you have concerns about your respiratory health.

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I’m typing this while smoking a joint.

Grind up some weed and put it in the bowl until it’s filled up; put a decent amount of water inside of the large circular part of the bong (ice cubes also help a lot with inhalation), put your mouth airtight around the mouthpiece, hold your lighter right above your weed, light it, and inhale. 

There is no need to keep the lighter lit for more than a few seconds because the flame will spread inside the bowl once it’s lit. When inhaling, you’ll see smoke come up the stem; once you feel your lungs full enough (your body will tell you when), exhale and clear the bong.

 Clearing the bong’ means getting any remainder of the smoke out of your piece and into your lungs. Clearing the bong isn’t 100% necessary per se, but it does ensure a total hit. Pull the bowl out of its place to remove the bong and inhale until all the smoke is gone. If you’re new to smoking a bong, you’ll accidentally take too big of hits here and there and cough hard as hell for a bit. It happens to the best of us.

Have fun with it.

1. Fill the bong with water: Start by filling the bong with water until the stem is submerged about an inch or two. It helps to filter the smoke and make it smoother.

2. Grind your herb: Use a grinder to break up your herb into smaller pieces. It will help it burn more evenly and make it easier to pack into the bowl.

3. Pack the bowl: Take a pinch of ground herb and gently pack it into the bong bowl. Ensure not to fill it too tightly, as this can restrict airflow.

4. Light the herb: Hold the bong with one hand and use the other hand to hold a lighter or a match over the bowl. Slowly inhale while lighting the herb.

5. Remove your finger from the carb: Some bongs have a carb, which is a small hole located near the bowl. It allows you to control the airflow and clear the smoke from the chamber. Once the chamber is filled with smoke, remove your finger from the car and inhale the remaining smoke.

6. Inhale the smoke: As you inhale, the smoke will be pulled through the water and into the chamber. Continue to inhale until the chamber is filled with smoke.

7. Remove the bowl: Remove the bowl from the bong once the chamber is filled with smoke. This will allow you to clear the smoke from the chamber and inhale the remaining smoke.

8. Exhale: After inhaling all the smoke, exhale slowly. This will allow you to enjoy the effects of the bong hit fully.

Take it slow and pace yourself, as bong hits can be substantial. Enjoy responsibly and always follow local laws and regulations.

What should I do if I’ve already injected the bong water and I’m now experiencing pain all over?

Are you insane?? Go to the hospital!

How quickly should you “clear” marijuana smoke from a bong? Does the THC in the smoke lose its potency after a while?

Clear that shit now! Who the fuck would do that to themselves or their friends. That stale shit is sick as fuck! Don’t do that to your friends or loved ones. Hit, clear, repeat. A nasty taste of thick bong smoke will get you uninvited from the sesh quickly. Nobody cares if the thc diminishes in stale fucking bong smoke! That shit is nasty.

How do you smoke a bong?

  1. Fill the bong with water: Pour enough water into the bong’s base to cover the downstream, but not so much that the water can splash up into the bowl.
  2. Grind your weed: Use a grinder or your fingers to break up your weed into small pieces. You will need enough to fill the bowl of the bong.
  3. Pack the bowl: Pack the ground weed into the bowl of the bong. Be sure to pack it evenly, which can restrict airflow.
  4. Light the weed: Hold the bong securely with one hand and use a lighter or hemp wick to light the weed in the bowl.
  5. Inhale: As you light the weed, inhale through the bong’s mouthpiece. The smoke will be pulled down through the water and into the bong chamber as you inhale.
  6. Clear the chamber: Once the chamber is filled with smoke, remove the bowl from the downstream and inhale the rest of the smoke.
  7. Exhale: After you have taken your hit, exhale the smoke.

How do you smoke from a bong? Inhale as long as you can and then hold it, or like you would smoke a cigarette?

Full inhale, full exhale, and you’re good. Please don’t hold a hit in; it does nothing except temporarily deprive your brain of oxygen and allow more time for tar to build up in your lungs. THC enters your bloodstream immediately upon inhalation, so there’s no reason to hold a hit.

How do you smoke a bong?

  • I present the bong:
  • Ok, you’ve got your bowl on the bottom, and you will smoke your product.
  • There is a downstream that goes down into the main chamber of the bong.
  • Fill the bong with enough water/liquid of your choice ( I don’t recommend high % alcohols like vodka or scotch, though I’ve heard of people doing that)
  • Right below where it says “wacky Tobacky” are known as ice pinches, and you can put ice in there to supposedly cool down the smoke even more.
  • To smoke from a bong:
  • Fill your bowl with whatever ground-up strain you prefer (ATF is my go-to)
  • Set that on fire and put your mouth on the mouthpiece.
  • Inhale through the mouthpiece until the chamber is filled with smoke.
  • Take off the bowl and inhale the smoke up into your lungs.
  • Hold, then exhale.
  • Congrats, you’ve just done your first bong hit.


How do you smoke from a bong? Inhale as long as you can and then hold it, or like you would smoke a cigarette?

I’m glad you asked because the correct way to smoke a bong seems to have been lost among today’s youth. A bong is not a water pipe.

The way a bong is smoked is you first clean or grind your dope. That’s because not only is a bong a one-hitter, you want to completely burn the bowl so that the ashes are sucked into the water. An actual bong doesn’t need a carburetor because the bowl behaves as a carburetor when the ashes fall through the hole.

Fill the bowl with enough for one hit. Light it, and slowly inhale until all of the dope is burned. Then, hit it hard to pull the ashes through. You might need to give them a push with a poker. Hold it in if you like, but there’s no need. You’ll get plenty stoned. Also, now you finally understand why it’s called a bong.

How do I smoke pot (bong) in one go and adequately?

It’s all about technique. (Lol, talk about extra)

One thing you want to remember while taking a bong rip is that you wish to try to keep it smooth. So make sure your shooter is clean, or mildly clean, whatever.

When you first light it, you want to take it slow and make sure you’re not keeping any of the smoke in your mouth or throat because then you’re straight away going to cough your lungs out.

So take it nice and slow at first, and keep an eye on the bowl while you light it; watch the weed getting lit, and make sure you slowly light the whole bowl up nicely, and once you’re sure it’s all burnt, take your finger away from the hole/pull your shooter out, and inhale all the smoke and clear all the smoke in the bong. Make sure all the ash in the bowl is sucked into the bong through the shooter, and that’s it. That’s how to take a perfect little toke. 😉

Also, you might not be able to take a smooth one in the first few tries, but that’s okay. It happens to the best of us, but you’ll eventually get there.

How can you tell if it was a good rip? — You’ll know because you can’t stop coughing your fucking lungs out. 🤣

#Bong Sciene 101: Always, and I repeat, ALWAYS Clear the Bowl.


Is smoking marijuana from a gravity bong terrible for you?

In short, yes, actually, a resounding yes. As stated in another answer, smoking of any type has negative effects; however, the other reply failed to address the question of gravity bongs directly address gravity bongs. A gravity bong, assuming you’re referring to the simple homemade kind typically using a plastic bottle and metal socket, has many more adverse side effects than regular smoking or smoking through the glass.

To start, you have the plastic. When you light a GB and pull it, the smoke is hot enough to melt some plastic. It is why if you use the same GB bottle repeatedly, it will begin to shrink. That’s because, with every pull, the bottle is melted and then inhaled by the user.

 I don’t need to go in-depth to explain why inhaling molten plastic is terrible for you and your lungs; if you have any questions about why this, in particular, is bad for you, there are numerous articles and studies and even examples of people who worked in plastic factories that prove this.

 However, I will mention one thing in particular that is bad about smoking plastic- it sticks.

 When you inhale smoke from marijuana, it is somewhat similar to campfire smoke, meaning that it can cause harm by burning and irritating the lungs.

In contrast, you inhale it, but it will be breathed out almost immediately. Burnt plastic, on the other hand, reacts with your lungs like the tar in cigarettes. 

The plastic you inhale will stick to the inside of your lungs and take a long time for your body to clear out.

 To add to this, the damage isn’t done occurring after you exhale. The plastic sticks to the inside of your lungs and continues to damage them over time. Imagine you had open wounds on a foot to paint a picture of this. If you took a bucket of unrefined oil and dipped your foot, there would be damage, but it would be manageable.

 Now, imagine you have the same foot wounds, and you left your foot in the bucket of oil for a month or two. Now you can kiss your foot goodbye. That’s what inhaling plastic does to your lungs. For months, the example where your foot is in the bucket reflects smoking plastics.

The other issue with GBs is the socket itself. Some sockets are made of stainless steel, which is safe to smoke out of, although these are only sometimes super common, and it depends on your toolset. If you decide to use a cheaper alloy socket, especially one with a glossy coat or finish, you risk inhaling small pieces of burnt toxic metals. Once again, plenty of articles describe why this is bad for you.

If all of this isn’t enough, then take my personal experience. I smoked weed through GBs every day multiple times a day (sometimes in vast quantities) for several years. I never smoked cigarettes or vaped and had no regular exposure to any other form of smoke inhalation. My breathing and lung function took a steady decline, and I wound up with severe lung damage. 

How to use a bong

I’ve been to multiple doctors and specialists, and there’s nothing they can do for me to help my destroyed lungs at this point. I quit smoking GBs a year ago, and I still get coughing fits a couple of times a week in which I cough up resin and tiny dots and pieces of plastic.

 I hate that I have been the guinea pig for a new generation of smokers, but the facts stand. Do yourself a favor and avoid plastics, GBs, and metal sockets at all costs. It’s not worth the risk for your body, and to be honest, edibles are better anyway ;).

How do I use a bong?

  1. Fill It Up: Pour water into the bottom part of the bong. Enough to cover the bottom opening, but not too much.
  2. Grind Your Stuff: Break down your herb (weed, if you will) and pack it into the bowl at the top of the bong.
  3. Light ‘er Up. Get your lighter and start the party. Light up the herb while inhaling gently.
  4. Breathe In: As you lighten up, slowly begin inhaling. The smoke will travel through the water, making it smoother.
  5. Lift the Bowl: Once you’ve inhaled enough, lift the bowl (the part with the herb) to clear the chamber.
  6. Exhale and Enjoy: Exhale and feel the magic.

How do you smoke a bong with no screen?

I recommend using a dry herb vaporizer. It’s better for you, and you can save the dregs and make edibles. That’s Right, Sports Fans, I just doubled your weed

You’re Welcome

How do you smoke a bong with no screen?

There are a couple of things you can use.

The first thing I use if I’m out of gauze is a little pebble. Drop it in the bowl, and it acts as a plug, like the stones they use in chillums(I think that’s how it’s spelled). You may have to fish it out of the ashtray when you tap the ash out of the bowl, but it works very well.

If you have no access to tiny stones or pebbles, the next thing it’d use is a ball of tin foil. Just rip a small piece of foil, give both sides a burn with a lighter to burn off any shite, then roll into a little ball. Please drop it into the bowl and use it like a pebble.

If I couldn’t use either of these options, I’d pack the bowl to capacity so none falls through the hole.

 Pull it nice and gently, and it should work out fine. Uses a lot of weed, though.

Failing all that, I’d sacrifice an apple(my fruit of choice for this endeavor). Carve a little bowl and hole and use it as a pipe. You can also use potatoes, carrots, turnips, parsnips, etc., if you want to use something other than an apple. It tastes well lovely, though.

Hope this helps

How do I use a bong to smoke weed?

A bong is a water pipe. The concept is simple.

You put herbs in the “bowl,” connected via a stem to the main body of the bong. The bowl needs to be higher than the water level so that water does not get into the weeds. Then, you put your mouth on the mouthpiece and suck while simultaneously lighting the herb. 

This will create low pressure near the top, which causes the body to fill with smoke that has passed through the water, effectively cooling and filtering it. Only light the herb in the middle or for a short time. Hover the flame near the edge while pulling, and with practice, you will learn to create a “cherry,” which is the red glow of a lit weed 🙂

How do you smoke a bong with no screen?

Packaging the bowl with larger pieces of weed is the safest and easiest way. This will also give you a slower burn & smoother hits. A lot of people here are suggesting tinfoil. DO NOT SMOKE TINFOIL 💀they might’ve done it back in the day, but I promise it’s not good for you in any way, shape, or form.

How do I smoke a joint?

Light the joint. Could you put it in your mouth and breathe in? Hold it in your mouth, then suck the smoke into your lungs by just inhaling hard.

How do I use a one-hitter pipe?

It’s funny to find this question filed under “mechanical engineering” because a one-hitter pipe is a drug-smoking device. As such, it is used just like any other smoking pipe: you fill the bowl with your substance and then light it with fire while inhaling on the stem.

As the name implies, a one-hitter’s bowl is small, allowing only enough substance to be used to inhale all the smoke without wasting uninhaled substance. In other words, there is nothing left to share or pass around. The advantages are economical — no waste and it’s somewhat safer to do in public or within a crowd without telltale smoke to incriminate you.

The only one-hitter I have ever seen (😉) looked like a brass pipe stem with a tiny bowl in the larger end, in line, not perpendicular to the stem. When the hitter was pressed into the substance, it filled the small bowl with — one hit.

How do you make a water bong?

I have made a water bong using some readily available materials that require considerable time and effort to build. However, once built, it shall last a long time, and its height is pretty awesome; you can compare it to a factory-made bong.

Trust me! You can try making it, and you won’t likely be disappointed. So, here you go!

You’ll need:

  1. A Cold drink bottle (2.0–2.5 liter preferably)
  2. Thin aluminum sheet metal.
  3. Aluminum Foil.
  4. Quick setting epoxy putty (M-Seal)
  5. Nails and hammer
  6. Pliers
  7. Cello tape.
  8. Scissors
  9. Drawing tools (Pencil, Scale, etc)
  10. Chewing gum.
  11. Cigarette lighter.

Before you start fabricating the Bong, have a look at the various parts it has got:

The Cold drink bottle forms the smoke chamber of the bong. It also holds water, which acts as a filter. A pipe-like structure, known as a shooter, protrudes from a hole in this bottle. This shooter is a metal pipe consisting of a long and hollow stem and an enlarged bowl integrally built into it to contain the smoking substance and lighten it. Another hole is made into the bottle a little above the water level to allow outside air to be drawn into the smoke chamber as required. The shooter fits snugly to the cold drink bottle and is sealed with a temporary chewing gum sealant, rendering the entire arrangement watertight.

The user fills the bowl of the shooter with the required substance to be smoked and sticks his mouth into the upper end of the bottle while lighting the filled-up material with the help of a Cigarette lighter and slowly starts drawing in air through his mouth while keeping the other hole closed with his finger. The user continues to pull a long drag while still keeping the burning substance lit with a handy cigarette lighter. The smoke generated in the bowl goes through the metal pipe and, due to suction created, enters the smoke chamber, going through the water and into the user’s lungs.

Now, I shall describe the making of various parts of such a water bong:

The most critical components of a water bong are its shooter and the bowl where the smoking substance is lit. Here, I describe the step-wise procedure to make a shooter:

  1. Take a Rectangular piece of an aluminum sheet measuring 25 cm*5 cm.

2. Mark a length equal to 2.5 cm on the longer side as shown

3. Make cuts in the longitudinal direction up to the 2.5 cm mark at a spacing of around 0.5 cm, as shown.

4. Bend the portion containing the longitudinal cuts at an angle of about 30 degrees to the plane of the rectangular plate, as shown.

5. Keeping the bent-out edge outside, roll the aluminum sheet into a thin stem of about 1 cm diameter along its longer edge in a direction contrary to the one where the cuts had been bent. A pencil or pen may be used as a core to turn the sheet around, resulting in a cylindrical shape. After this has been done, the result would look like a stem with a flower-like opening on one end, as shown.

6. Use freshly mixed epoxy putty to create a thin sheet wound around this flower-like structure and hang on it. A minimal amount of water may seamlessly integrate the epoxy plaster into the metal. As shown, this arrangement should look like an earthen lamp with a hollow bottom connected to a long metal stem.

7. The last step in making the shooter is to cover the stem with at least 5–6 aluminum foil, secured with cello tape to ensure air tightness along its length.

8. To develop a bowl for holding and burning the smoking substance, cut out a circular piece of aluminum sheet with a radius of 2.5 cm, of which the inner 2 cm portion and outer 0.5 cm portion are separately marked, as shown.

9. Make radially inward cuts from the periphery up to the 2 cm mark. Punch several holes into this sheet in the inner 2 cm portion using nails and a hammer. It shall look as shown.

10. The idea is to carve out a conical bowl with an apex angle of around 60 degrees. The development surface of a cone is an arc of a circle. Using this information, we develop a cone of approximately 60 degrees apex angle that fits the enlarged part of the stem previously made. To do this, cut out a sector of the circle equal to 45 degrees and join the two ends so formed. It shall look as shown.

11. The cone is so formed, as shown here.

12. this cone is to fit snugly to the enlarged part of the created stem. Fit them and bend the protruding radially cut metal backward, creating a seat and persistence for the bowl to fit the stem. Use aluminum foil and cello tape on the outside to secure the connection properly and ensure its air-tightness.

13. This completes the shooter’s design, which is the most complex arrangement of the water bong.

The second component of the water bong is the bottle itself. A 2.0 -2.5 liter cold drink bottle will fit the purpose. After having arranged such a bottle, follow the following steps:

  1. Heat the tip of a scissor to melt a hole in the water bottle. The first hole is to be made a little below the cap screw of the bottle, where it is broad enough to accommodate your mouth. After making a small hole at this location, carefully cut and separate the top portion of the bottle.
  2. Now, make a small hole of approximately 1 cm, equal to the diameter of the stem of the shooter, at a point around 10 cm above the bottom of the bottle.
  3. Make another small hole in the bottle 3–4 cm above the first hole to allow the outside air to be drawn into the smoke chamber freely when required. It helps clean the smoke chamber of stale smoke. After having done this, the bottle shall look like this:

4. Snugly fit the shooter into the first hole and make a watertight temporary seal between the two using chewing gum. (The advantage of using chewing gum as a sealant instead of epoxy putty is that it can be easily broken, and the bong is dismantled and stored easily.)

5. Fill the water up to a level slightly below the hole made in the bottle. Ensure that the lower end of the shooter stem is well immersed in the water.

How to use a bong

Now that the bong has been wholly made use it to smoke whatever legal substance you would like to smoke and enjoy!!

Here I am sharing a few pictures of the water bong I had made for myself using precisely the same technique, and man! I am in love with the results!

What is it like to smoke weed out of a bong? My friend said it hurts your throat, and I want to try smoking out of the bong, but I’m a bit scared. What are some tips?

Since you are 14, yes, the bong hurts terribly, and no, you probably shouldn’t be smoking yet. I’m not your parent, but weed will mess your brain up at a young age. I started at a relatively young age and shouldn’t have; it doesn’t motivate you to do anything. It just makes you lazy and forgetful if you begin before your brain is even done developing. Facts

What are the different ways to smoke weed?

Want to go to Smok? Willy only has a little. You got like a joint, also known as blunt. Blunt is a variation of a joint. It’s just a newer variation of an old thing. It’s usually much more significant, and the tobacco is mixed in with it from the cigar wrapper one rapper.

 Otherwise, joints will be smaller and like thin tissue paper with ground-up urban air if you’ve got the right thing. Otherwise, you got your pipe, wood, glass, and ceramic; they got bone pipes, so that’s your pipes.

When you got you, you got your water pipes; you got again, you got ceramic, you got plastic, you got glass, of course, you know you got it. You still need to get a bone bong. I’ve never seen one, but they probably got one somewhere. 

When you got a lot, you talking like if you’re talking about him, do you know you can Vape weed? You know you can Vape weed butter? I don’t know, I’ve never had good luck with it. And then you got your ass. It would help if you stopped it. That’s why you’re not weed anymore. 

How to use a bong

You’re talking at all of the categories, so then you know and all your butter and all that and all your wax, you talking a whole other thing now so far, just weed girls like a flower like dried fucking flower you just wanna that’s what I tell you can smoke it otherwise you can smoke it in a tin can pipe and I don’t know about that. 

You can use a pen. Ten foil, I don’t recommend. It has some evil vapors. Some people said they threw it onto fires and breathed in the vapors in the old days. That’s another method you can try. You could even try to put a little weed in your butt. Dad’s friend did that one time you got an infection. We got moldy up there and wanted to say you had a good time. Let’s get back to me. Thank you.

How do I use a water bong?

Part 1 of 5:Preparing the Bong

1. Know the parts of an average bong.

Water bongs are simple but sophisticated devices. They have several parts that work together, but knowing how they work together will help you get the most out of your or your friend’s bong.

This is the opening at the end of the tube where you place your mouth. When placing your mouth on the inhale hole, put your lips inside, not over, the hole. Purse them slightly and force them gently into the hole so that the outside of your lips creates an airtight seal.

It is where the smoke accumulates, ready to be inhaled. Smoking a bong is a two-part activity — you fill the chamber of smoke, then “clear” it with a quick inhale at the end.

it holds your smoking material. It is sometimes called a slide because you remove it from the downstream as the final step before inhaling the smoke in the smoke chamber.

A small tube that connects the water in the bottom of the bong to the bottom of the slide. It may be defused (notched at the bottom) or a simple tube. The smoke travels through the downstream and into the water. Some bongs do not have downstems and instead have a molded glass tube leading from the slide into the chamber. The water should always be higher than the downstream.

A hole is on the side of the bond above the water level, and the carb is kept covered while the slide is lit and then uncovered when the user is ready to inhale the smoke. Most water bongs, however, only have a carb if they are wooden or porcelain.

2. Fill the bong with water until it just covers the downstem.

Remove the downstem and fill the chamber with water so that all the holes in the downstem are covered. If you have one, it should be low enough so that it doesn’t spill out of the carb. Try to get the water between 1″ and 1/2″ above the end of the downstream. The temperature is a matter of preference– some people love cold, some warm, and many are OK with room temperature.

Contrary to popular belief, more water does not lead to a better experience. It takes your lungs effort to pull air through water, so more water means you are working harder to pull the smoke through.

Test the amount of water by taking a quick, deep breath through the mouthpiece — it should bubble up but never come to your lips.

3. Fill any percolators with water.

Percolators, or perks, are small additions in the neck and chamber of the bong that further filter your smoke. Depending on the glassblower, they can be branched like trees, circular discs, notched tubes, rounded domes, or other shapes. Their purpose is all the same — they provide more air and water to diffuse and cool the smoke. Fill the percolator with enough water to cover any air holes with a few millimeters.

You may have to fill a percolator through the mouthpiece instead of the downstream.

4. Add ice to your bong (optional).

Ice will cool down the smoke, which some believe makes inhaling easier. Carefully put some in the water to cool it down, removing the downstream first so that the ice doesn’t break it on the way down.

Some bongs have “ice pinches,” where the chamber’s glass is pinched to allow ice cubes to rest. It forces the smoke to travel around the cold air in the neck, cooling it right before it enters your mouth.

On the other hand, some smokers prefer hot water in the chamber because the steam helps bring moisture into the lungs. It is a matter of personal preference.

5. Slide in the downstream and a clean bowl and take a test drag.

Breathe as if you were smoking the bowl usually, once with the bowl in and once with it removed. Does any water hit your lips? If so, you should pour some out. Are all the perks bubbling when you inhale? If they are not, add a bit more water so that you see giant, honeycombing bubbles up the sides of the glass as you inhale.

Part 2 of 5:Packing the Bowl

1. Remove the bowl from the bong to fill it up.

It is so you don’t accidentally knock everything over while packing.

2. Clean out any ash or large residue in the bowl.

First, make sure that enough airflow makes it through the bowl. Gently blow on the bowl, and make sure you can feel the air on the other side, where it meets the downstream. If air gets through quickly, you’re golden. If not, take a pointy tool, like a safety pin or mechanical pencil, and gently unpack any debris lodged in the bowl. The key to smooth, milky smoke is enough airflow.

3. Break up your smoking material, removing any seeds, stems, or leaves.

Break up your smoking material into small pieces roughly the size of large crumbs. If you’re using a grinder to grind up your smoking material, take a look through the smoking material and try to remove any seeds or stems before grinding it up. Seeds, contains, and leaves will compromise the purity of your smoke, so it’s best to remove them.

If you use a grinder, give it a quick, coarse grind. Finely ground smoking material can get sucked into the chamber and become extinguished before it has time to release its seductive smoke. This is sometimes referred to as “snapping the bowl.”

4. Loosely pack the bowl with your smoking material.

Do not pack it over the top edge, as the smoke will drift away instead of into the bowl. If you have a large hole in the bottom of your bowl, break off a more significant piece of smoking material (such as a 4-5mm “nugget”) and lightly block off the hole. It prevents the herb from sucking into the downstream.

Make sure the bowl is not so full that your smoking material falls out or so tightly packed that no air can pass through. You should fill your material to a medium-light consistency. You want to get as much material in your bowl as possible while still being able to pull air through it with each inhale.

5. Place the bowl into the downstem of the bong.

Fit it in snugly, but feel free to cram it out. You must remove the bowl to smoke from a water bong unless you have a carb.

Part 3 of 5 Taking a Hit

1. Hold the bong securely in your non-dominant hand.

Most people grasp the bong firmly around the neck, which is made to fit in your hands. The bottom often rests in your lap or on a flat surface. Novice bong users should always follow this rule: Keep the bong on a flat surface (like a tabletop) to minimize the chance of it falling and breaking. More advanced bong users can be seen gripping the bong without any support underneath, but this can lead to accidents if you need more preparation.

If you can’t find a flat surface to hold the bong on, rest it on your stomach area or between your legs if it’s big enough.

If the bong has a carb, grip the piece so that one finger plugs up the hole. If you don’t, you will draw in outside air, not the air through the burning bowl, and end up with no smoke in the chamber. Make sure you can safely uncover the hole as well.

2. Place your lips inside the opening, forming a seal.

It needs better etiquette to wrap your lips around the outside of the mouthpiece. Instead, purse your lips and push them lightly into the inside of the tube. Ensure the entire opening is sealed; otherwise, you won’t be able to draw any smoke out.

Practice good by wiping your mouth, drying your lips, and placing them inside the inhale hole instead of entirely around it. You’ll create a better vacuum, and you won’t drool all over the top of the bong, making the next hit unpleasant.

3. Hold the lighter up to the edge of the bowl while simultaneously inhaling.

Strike your lighter with your free hand and slowly tilt it down over the bowl. As you do, begin inhaling so that you “pull” the flame into the bowl, igniting your smoking material.

If you don’t want to inhale the fumes of a lighter or don’t want to deal with the hassle of many moving parts, try lighting hemp wick instead. Also known as “beeline,” hemp wick is an organic lighting string that burns slowly and stays lit. You light the end, like a candle, and use this to light the bowl.

4. Remove the flame once the bowl has caught, but keep inhaling.

Once the herb is lit, it will start glowing, and the bowl will fill with smoke. The key here is to inhale slowly. You don’t want to be inhaling your smoking product so much as gathering smoke inside the bong’s chamber.

Once the smoking material is lit, it will stay lit as you pull air through it, helping the rest of the bowl catch. It should only take 1-2 seconds of direct flame.

Move on when you start running out of breath. You don’t want to be wholly winded before you inhale the smoke– you should have one big, quick breath left in your lungs.

5. Inhale the smoke with a deep breath by removing the bowl or opening the carb.

To get the smoke into your lungs, you need to allow fresh air to flow through, pushing the smoke up and into your lungs. Use the hand that held the lighter to pull the bowl out or remove your finger from the carb. As soon as you do, take a deep, rapid breath to inhale all the smoke in the bowl.

Many beginning smokers struggle to know how much air they have left for this final inhalation. If you are unsure, remove the bowl after the chamber has filled up with smoke, before the smoke gets into the neck.

6. Exhale immediately.

There is no real benefit to keeping the smoke in your lungs, as most pleasurable compounds are absorbed instantly. Place the bowl back into the downstem or clean it out if it is finished.

7. Clear any remaining smoke from the water bong before passing it on.

Many smokers find the leftover smoke “stale” and prefer not to smoke it. Instead, blow lightly through the downstream to force the remaining smoke up and out the bong’s mouthpiece.

Do not ever exhale back into the top of a bong, as this usually spills the water out the downstream or carb and can wet the bowl, ruining any extra smoking material.

Part 4 of 5:Practicing Bong Etiquette

1. Avoid drooling into the bong.

The first couple of times you hit a bong, it’s easy to drool while inhaling accidentally. But this is terrible smoking etiquette. No one wants to think about drooling as they let the relaxing calm of a smoking product take hold. To avoid drooling into the bong, try these tricks:

If you feel drool, start dripping, stop inhaling, put out the bowl with the heel of your lighter, and close your mouth. Do this while your mouth remains original, without moving it from the inhale hole. Try to swallow as much drool as possible without exhaling.

Stop inhaling and put the bowl out. Take your mouth from the inhale hole, exhale, and cover the inhale hole with an open palm. Wipe your mouth on your sleeve and try again.

2. After each hit, wipe off the mouthpiece or inhale the hole with a shirt or sleeve.

You’re probably among friends, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t tidy everything.

3. Only light a corner of the bowl, not all the smoking material.

It isn’t lovely to smoke everything in the bowl if you’re supposed to share it with other people. Ask the owner of the bong if s/he is packing a “one-hitter,” meaning they’ve only put enough smoking product in for one person. If it is, light the entire bowl. If it isn’t, you should try “cornering:”

Focus the flame of your lighter on the side of the bowl, only dipping a little bit of the flame into the bowl.

Leave as much of the top of the bowl unburnt as possible, as this has the best taste. The center and sides will light for you, saving the rest for someone else’s “fresher” hit.

4. Clean the bowl out when there is nothing but ash.

Again, no one wants to smoke the dregs, so don’t let them. Give the slide back to the person who packed the bowl. They’ll either fill a new one or call it quits.

5. Change the water when it becomes discolored.

As the water filters out impurities in the smoke, it will turn tan and smell unpleasant. It would help if you quickly rinsed it out and put it in fresh water every 7-10 hits and even sooner for a better taste and cleaner smoke. Frequent rinsing will also make the piece easier to clean later on.

Part 5 of 5:Cleaning a Water Bong

1. Use isopropyl alcohol and salt to clean a tube at home quickly.

No matter how often you change the water, your bong will get dirty. Cleaning a piece is easy, especially if you do it frequently. All you need is some isopropyl alcohol and salt. However, you can also invest in cleaning products like Simple Green or Grunge Off for a deeper clean. Other home cleaning remedies, mainly used for quick cleanings without large chunks of residue to remove, include:

Vinegar and baking soda

Hot water and denture tablets.

2. Rinse the pieces in water separately and dry them off.

Use a paper towel to wipe away any significant, easily-reached resin pieces, and pat all the pieces dry. Trying to clean all the parts of the bong while it is still put together can lead to a heartbreaking accident if a piece slips off.

Try not to dump water out of the mouthpiece, as this may bring residue up to the top you don’t want to taste later.

3. Place the bowl downstream in miniature Ziploc bags and fill them with isopropyl alcohol.

Ensure there is enough alcohol to completely cover the pieces’ surfaces completely, then set them aside to soak.

Whenever possible, use 91% isopropyl alcohol, as it is far more effective than 70% alcohol at removing resin.

You should soak the pieces overnight to make cleaning more accessible if they are filthy.

4. Fill the bong with 1-2 tablespoons of large-grain salt.

Use kosher or coarse-grained salt whenever possible, using two tablespoons if your bong is more extensive and a foot tall. Salt is an abrasive that won’t dissolve in alcohol, allowing you to “scrub” the inside of the bong without ever reaching into it.

5. Dump 1/2 cup of isopropyl alcohol and shake the piece.

The alcohol will weaken the residue and remove the smell; the salt will scrub away the resin bits. Use one hand to cover up the top of the piece and another to plug the hole in the stem, then shake the piece to clean it. Please think of the salt as a sponge, using it to wipe away any spots or resin. When done, let the piece sit and soak while you take care of the downstream and bowl.

6. Put a little salt in the Ziploc bags with the downstem and bowl and shake well.

Letting these pieces soak a little bit will loosen up the resin since the bowl and downstream are frequently dirtier than the bong. Add salt to the bag and shake it up, just like the bong, trying to get it to pass through the pieces.

That is why you should use separate bags for the two pieces, as the shaking can cause them to damage one another.

7. Use Q-tips and pipe cleaners to get off any tricky residue.

Wipe away anything that lingers around, as it should come off quickly after the alcohol exposure. If you are still having trouble, try soaking the pieces overnight and repeating the salt scrub in the morning — you will usually have better luck.

8. Rinse all the pieces with hot water.

Clean out any salt and alcohol from the pieces and rinse them thoroughly. Set them aside to drive and continue to enjoy them as usual. To make it sparkle, mix hot water with the juice from half a lemon and shake up the bong to remove water stains.

9. Clean your bong every few weeks to prevent large build-ups of crud.

Spending 5 minutes cleaning out the bong is much easier and faster than an hour trying to dislodge large pieces of resin. Take some time to do a simple salt scrub frequently, once a week, if you smoke daily, and you’ll be the happy owner of a clean bong for years to come.

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