Bongs have been around for hundreds of years but recently their popularity has grown exponentially because of the advancement in their water filtration systems that make smoking a much more enjoyable experience. Smoking from a bong is thought to be the healthiest way to smoke dry herbs other than using a vaporizer. However recently many people are wondering just how much does water filtration filter harmful carcinogens and does it block the effectiveness of your dry herbs.
What Makes Bongs So Good?
The main reason most smokers prefer using a bong compared to a traditional glass pipe is because of the water filtration that bongs offer. When smoking from cigars or regular glass pipes you risk inhaling burnt ash or tar. That is not the case with glass bongs because the ash gets trapped in the water and thus prevented from reaching your mouth. Bongs are also known to help trap and filter out potentially harmful carcinogens and toxins from your dry herbs that would normally be inhaled when smoking a traditional pipe. The other benefit of water filtration is it helps to cool down the smoke before you inhale it making it easier on your lungs and less risk of irritating your throat. When comparing smoking a bong to a standard dry glass pipe, the difference is much smoother, cooler and better tasting. If you prefer to smoke from smaller pieces, bubblers offer the portability of a hand pipe but with the water filtration of a bong. A bong is still superior because of their ease of use, and less chance of getting clogged than a bubbler.
Water Filtration is Important!
The water in your bong also helps to filter out a lot of tar which is why your water eventually turns sticky brown. It's important to keep your bong clean to ensure you get the best filtration and cooling possible. Smoking through dirty bong water is not a pleasant experience and will ruin the true taste of your herbs or concentrates. There are however some experts who believe smoking from a bong actually absorbs more of the beneficial compounds found in your dry herbs than the actual tar itself. And that you actually have to smoke more from a bong to achieve the same effect from your dry herbs because much of the compounds are absorbed by the water.
With the advancement in bong technology in recent years, many new percolators and styles have come to the market to maximize and enhance your smoking sessions. For instance, smoking from a bong with a basic percolator will create really big bubbles but with a relatively low surface area. However, when using a more advanced percolator that produces a lot of smaller bubbles you have a much higher surface area and thus better filtration and smoke cooling. If you really want smooth rips we highly suggest adding an ashcatcher to your bong. This will add a second level of water filtration and will also trap all ash before it enters your bong, this keeps your bong clean and functioning and optimal performance.