Bong rips are among the most iconic methods of smoking weed. Some argue that a bong high is superior to other ways of ingesting cannabis. And while you may find yourself coughing from big hits of smoke, a bong also delivers cooler smoke than other methods. Yet, despite the bong’s popularity, using the device might not be as straightforward as you think. If you’re new to cannabis or just have little experience smoking from a bong, don’t worry about feeling shy asking your friends. Just follow this how-to guide.
It’s important first to know the different components of a bong. The bowl holds your bud, while the stem holds the bowl. The bong’s interior that holds the water and contains the smoke is called the chamber. Some bongs also have a small opening on the side called a carb.
Step 1: Clean the mouthpiece and the bowl.
Step 2: Fill your bong with about an inch of fresh water. Make sure the stem is partially submerged. You can also add ice if you want to make sure the smoke is extra cool. It might also make your hit smoother.
Step 3: Grind up your flower, and pack the bowl. Finer bud is often easier to burn.
Step 4: Put your mouth on the mouthpiece. Your lips should go on the inside of the chamber, not around the outside of it. You should feel an element of suction, ensuring that air doesn’t escape as you smoke.
Step 5: If your bong has a carb, put your finger over the carb.
Step 6: Light the bowl and inhale at the same time. Once the bud is red from the fire, it’s called “cherry,” and you can remove the heat. At this point, if your bong has a carb, your finger should still be covering it. Suck until smoke fills the entire chamber, however don’t feel compelled to take a massive hit. If you feel like it, only suck until the chamber is halfway filled.
Step 7: Either remove the bowl from the stem, or take your finger off the carb. Continue to inhale in order to clear the smoke out of the chamber. You might not be able to do this all at once. If you take a break, put your finger back over the carb, or place the bowl back in the stem.
Step 8: Hold the smoke in your lungs for a few seconds before you exhale.
Step 9: Sit back, enjoy your high, and pass the bong.