A bong is a rather popular accessory for cannabis users. It allows you to inhale pure cannabis, without necessarily adding tobacco, making it a beloved accessory among consumers who prefer to have powerful effects at a lower cost, according to some people.
This accessory works with water, which the user will heat up using his lighter. Many people often confuse the bong with its cousin, the water pipe. Now, I can tell you that the two are not that much alike and that they are not really used for the same thing.
In the states, the bong is less popular here, maybe that's where the confusion comes from. The bong gives the possibility of having the effects at a speed exceeding all expectations.
What is the origin of the bong?
Like many accessories used to smoke certain drugs, we do not know with precision the true origin of the bong. We can therefore only make assumptions as to the initial provenance of this product. What I can say is that man throughout evolution has always used accessories that he made with his hands when he sought to smoke tobacco or other substances.
Moreover, the very first ancestor of the bong would be, according to vestiges found on both sides of the globe, a coconut! It would have been used for the first time during the 15th century, embellished with a straw that was simply intended to suck the smoke. At the time, people smoked in order to be in a better mood.
Another ancestor of the bong was the animal horn, which was, according to recent research and excavation, used for the same purpose as the bongs we know today. Regarding the exact geographical origin of this accessory for smoking cannabis, specialists have mixed opinions. While some belief with certainty that it is a product from India, others see Persia as the land where the bong was created.
What are the components of the bong?
A bong, which it is possible and even frequent to make with one's own hands, consists of a reservoir in which the consumer pours water, and which has, on the open end of the top, a location aimed at positioning his mouth to inhale the smoke. We add, on the side, a hollow tube, at the end of which we place the herb.
Ice cubes can be added to the water in the tank. Moreover, you should know that the presence of water is intended to make the smoke softer and therefore less aggressive during inhalation.
What are the different types of bongs?
There are many types of bongs that differ from each other in many ways and sizes varied from mini bongs to larger bongs. Therefore, I can assure you that it is possible to obtain various materials.
They can, thus, be made of bamboo, moreover, the initial name of the bong comes from a word of Thai origin which means bamboo. In the trade, there is the possibility of acquiring, in addition, aesthetic glass bongs, translucent or colored, glass which, according to users, does not alter the taste of the herb thus consumed.
There are also acrylic products, which, unlike glass which do not withstand shocks nor have the advantage of being durable. However, acrylic, by virtue of its components, would more or less significantly affect the initial taste. Others are made of wood, which also makes them decorative.
There are some in plastic as well as others that are shaped in ceramics. The list is of course not exhaustive since the manufacturers sometimes have an overflowing imagination to make these accessories for smoking!
Their shape can vary, just like their material, sometimes for a purely aesthetic purpose. Thus, it is possible to get a carburetor bong, also called a carb. This is the name given to all bongs which, quite simply, have an air hole. You can also get a percolator bong; the latter serves to make the smoke softer.
Other types are emerging regularly!