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How Does a Bong Work? 7 Steps to Big Hits

How To Use a Bong

Are you considering using a bong the next time you decide to enjoy some trees? If so, congratulations you’ve joined many others that use glass bongs for their smoking needs.

Before you can begin to use a bong like a pro, you might be wondering how does a bong work? We’re going to provide you with a brief guide that’s going to ensure you know how to use a bong the right way.

Types of Bongs

How to hit a bong: Gravity Bongs

Before you can begin using a bong percolator, you’ve got to choose one that works the best for you. There are several types of bongs that you should know about, with the first being a gravity bong.

A gravity bong is a bong created from any spare materials you’ve got lying around the home. This is for those who aren’t looking to shell out the cash for a bong.

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If you find that you break your bong often or use it only in social situations, a scientific bong may be the way to go. The reason is that these types of bongs are the most durable and will ensure you get the most use out of them.

If you’re looking for a bong that offers optimal filtration, a percolator is a solid choice because it has a built-in system that filters and offers you the best smoke flavor when using it.

When looking to smoke the cleanest and purest smoke, you’ll want to purchase a bong that features multiple chambers. This type of bowl is known as a multi-chamber bong.

Which Bong Is for Me?

To find the right bong for you, there are some things that you must consider before making your final purchase. First, consider your budget.

Once you’ve determined how much you want to spend, you can check out the shop to see which one is perfect for you. The next thing to consider is your smoking style when using bongs.

If you’re a beginner when using a bong, you might not know what your style is. Are you someone who likes to take your time when smoking or prefer everything to happen at a quick pace?

Having the answers to the simple questions will ensure that you find the right bong for you.

Will I Get Higher Faster?

Yes, when you’re using a bong, you can expect to get higher for several reasons. When using a bowl, you’re going to take larger hits of the cannabis than if you were smoking flower any other way.


It will take fewer hits to achieve the high that you’re chasing rather than having to smoke half a joint before you begin to feel the effects of your marijuana. Because you’re not mixing any other things with the cannabis using a bong, you don’t have to worry about the effects being compromised.

With that in mind, let’s get into a step-by-step guide about how to use a weed bong properly.

Parts of a Bong

There are several parts of a bong that you need to be aware of to achieve the best experience possible. The chamber of the bong is where the smoke from the burning weed will go before you’ve inhaled it.

The mouthpiece is the piece that you will inhale the smoke through as it comes out of the bong. The bowl is where the weed should be placed and lit.

Depending on the type of bong you’ve purchased, you may or may not have a downstem that you should use.

1. Fill the Bong

The first step that you need to take when using a bong is filling it with water. It doesn’t matter what type of water you fill your bong with as long as you fill it accordingly.

How much water you fill your bong with depends on the type of bong that you’ve purchased. The water should stop about one inch above your downstem.

If you fill the bong with more water than this, it could cause the water to splash, and nobody wants that to happen when they’re trying to enjoy their smoking experience.

2. Prepare Your Cannabis

The next thing that you need to do is prepare your cannabis to be inserted into the bong. To properly prepare your cannabis, you will need to use a grinder to break the weed down into smaller pieces.

Place the weed in the grinder and place the top on it. Moving the top piece back and forth until you’ve achieved the size you’re looking for when breaking down the weed.

3. Put the Cannabis in the Bowl

Once you’ve ground your cannabis to the desired size, you will then place the cannabis into the bowl. Ensure that you don’t pack the bowl with too much cannabis. If you do, the air won’t be able to get through the cannabis to provide the experience you’re looking for.

The number of people smoking dictates how much cannabis you need to place in the bowl.

4. Get Comfortable

Before lighting the bowl, get into a position that will be the most comfortable for you while smoking. If this is your first time using a bong, we recommend that you sit at a table.

This will provide you more stability when using the bong, especially if you start to choke on the smoke. Hold the bong with your non-dominant hand.

5. Place Your Mouth on the Mouthpiece

Before you get ready to take your first inhale of the smoke, take some deep breaths in and out. This will make it easier to inhale the smoke once you’ve lit the bong.

After this, place your lips on the inside of the mouthpiece. Ensuring that your lips fill the space, preventing any smoke from escaping. Now here’s the step you’ve been waiting for.

6. Light the Bong

Holding the bong with your non-dominant hand, take the lighter in your dominant hand and light it. Bring the flame closer to the bowl of the bong and light the weed.

Make sure that you’re only burning the weed that’s at the edge of the bowl. This will help lengthen your smoking experience and your cannabis.

As you’re lighting the bowl, begin to inhale, this will help the smoke to work its way up towards the mouthpiece.

7. Stop Lighting the Bowl

Once you’ve achieved the desired amount of smoke in the bowl that you want, you can stop lighting the cannabis. You’ll want to remove the bowl and begin to inhale this smoke that has accumulated in the chamber.

As a beginner, it’s likely that you won’t be able to inhale the smoke all at once, and that’s okay. Cover the mouthpiece with your hand until you’re ready to take another rip from the bong.

Once you’ve inhaled, let the smoke stay in your lungs for a couple of seconds, then exhale. When you’re ready to take another hit of the bong, replace the bowl and begin the lighting process again.

If you’re smoking in a group of people, you’ll pass the bong to the next person that’s going to smoke.

How Often Should I Clean My Bong?

It would help if you clean your bong regularly, but the number of times you clean it will depend on how much you use it. The easiest way to clean and sterilize a bong is to place it in boiling water and allow it to boil.

How to Clean a Bong with Pipe Cleaners

After a little while, remove the bong from the water and set it aside to cool. The other way to clean your bong is to gather hot water, rubbing alcohol, and salt.

Pour the salt into the bottom of the rig, then alcohol, and lastly, the hot water.

Move your bong around until you’ve thoroughly rinsed the inside of the bong. Then pour out the contents of the bong.

Ensure that you change the water in your bong regularly because it can promote the growth of bacteria.

Everything About Using a Bong

You need to know many things about using a bong, from the types of bongs you can buy to how to prepare it for use. As a beginner, this guide has instructions to make your first bong rip the easiest.

If you’re looking to purchase your first bong, check out the shop today.

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