How Does a Bong Work?

The user holds a flame over the substance to be smoked, usually cannabis. As the user inhales and draws air up the stem, the flame is drawn towards the substance and the smoke travels through a hollow pipe that is attached to the bottom of the bowl containing the smokable material. Through the pipe, smoke enters into a vessel containing water. The hole through which this stem pass is airtight and the bottom of the pipe is submerged in the water in order to make smoke bubble thru the water.

The smoke rises through the water, cools and gets rid of some toxicants, and is trapped in the air chamber above the water. This way the part of bong used, when the smoker collects purified smoke above the water is finished. Now to inhale collected smoke, cannabis connoisseur uses a bong carb hole.

At the side (or back) of the container, above the water level, there is usually a small air hole (the “carb”), which is kept covered up with a finger during the first phase of bong use, until the point when sufficient smoke has been held in the air gap above the water.

Its purpose is to allow an easy passage of air, without the water bubbling, into the stem container when the smoke is finally inhaled into the lungs. The fresh air from this hole helps to cool the smoke further.

Bongs In Operation Diagram, 77 Bongs

In the US, where bongs are popular and appreciated widely, most glass bongs have a “pull up” or “pull out” bowl which has a rubber O-ring to form a seal with the bong stem. The glass bowl is pulled out of the stem after the chamber is full of smoke, allowing clean air to enter the chamber further cooling the smoke and allowing the user to “clear the bong”. This bong effect can also be achieved using a bong carb hole.

These days most plastic acrylic bongs also have a “Pull Up Bowl”, they have either glass or metal stems but depending on the company that makes the bong it is either a glass pull-out or a pull-out metal bowl.

Most recreational marijuana users around the world have tried and enjoyed the occasional use of a bong, because of the ceremonial atmosphere and entertaining bong smoking effects. “Diversity is what makes using bongs interesting,” says John Pothead, when his fellow stoners ask him “Why the bong, Johnny?!”

Curved Glass Bong

Medium Water Bong, 77 Bongs

This bong is very comfortable to hold and the curved neck helps keep smoke from escaping.

Size: 18cm

Smiley Face Ceramic Bong

Smiley Face Ceramic Bong, 77 Bongs

This cheerful orange ceramic bong shows how cute bongs can be. Just look at it smiling back to you after taking a hit.

Size: 15cm

Black Acrylic Bong With Transparent Spikes

Black Acrylic Bong With Transparent Spikes, 77 Bongs

Perfect for those of you who like to spice up the smoking ceremony. This black acrylic bong is covered with white transparent spikes that make it look kind of stylish and dark side.

Size: 22cm