There are a lot of myths out there about bongs. Some say they’re dirtier than toilet seats, while others claim that using them will cause pulmonary tuberculosis.
However, research proves that bongs are not harmful to your lungs. Instead, they’re a great way to filter your smoke and create a smoother hit for your body and mind.
How to Clean a Bong
Keeping your bong clean is essential because it helps ensure you get the best possible experience from smoking. Your hits taste better and are easier to inhale if they don’t have any gunk, resin or nasty water stuck on them.
The simplest way to keep your bong clean is to use a household cleaner like salt and alcohol. Place your bong bowl in a zip-lock bag and fill it half-full of isopropyl alcohol and coarse salt.
Seal the bag to prevent the alcohol and salt from spilling out, then shake it vigorously to break up the resin buildup. Repeat this process a few times until most of the tars and resin have been scrubbed off.
If any stubborn residue is left, use a pipe cleaner or a bottle brush to remove the leftover substance. Finally, rinse the bong thoroughly with warm water. This will remove the residual alcohol, salt, and resin from all surfaces.
How to Properly Light a Bong
Whether new to smoking or a veteran, bongs are a great way to enjoy your smoke. But not everyone knows how to use a bong properly.
A bong filters your smoke by sending it through the water to make it more relaxed and less harsh. It also comes in all shapes and sizes, from small and stealthy rigs to massive centerpieces with additional features to enhance your experience even more.
First, you’ll want to fill your bong with water. It’s crucial to add enough water to submerge the slits in the downstem.
After that, you must pack your bowl with your ground material. You can do this using your fingers or a grinder, or you can put a screen in the bowl if you want to.
When you’re done packing, light the bud. Lighting it from the corners of your herbs rather than lighting the entire bud at once; will give you more hits and keep your ash catcher cleaner longer.
How to Properly Inhale a Bong
When you smoke weed out of a bong, it goes through a filtration system that cools and filters the smoke before it enters your mouth and lungs. This makes it less harsh and easier to inhale than smoking rolled joints.
However, while bongs are often touted as the “safer” way to smoke, they don’t protect you from the health risks associated with smoking marijuana. Despite the claims, bongs are no better than cigarettes for your lungs, and they put you at risk for lung disorders like pulmonary tuberculosis.
The first step in proper bong usage is to fill the bong with the right amount of water. Adding too much can cause the percolator to fail and cause your bong to leak while adding too little can leave you with a dry hit.
How to Properly Exhale a Bong
Bongs are often marketed as a safe joint alternative because they cool and filter smoke. While that can make a big difference, it’s also important to remember that even with a bong, you’re still smoking, and smoke still fills your lungs.
If you don’t exhale properly, the residual smoke in your lungs can cause coughing. This can be painful, hurt your throat, and trap tar and particles in your lungs.
The best way to avoid a significant coughing fit is to take your hit slow and then exhale slowly. If you’re new to using a bong, it might take some time to get the hang of this, but it doesn’t have to be complicated.