A Beginner’s Guide to Bongs

Bongs are a great way to smoke cannabis, but they can seem intimidating to new users. If you’re interested in learning about bongs or purchasing one, this guide is for you. We will cover what bongs are, how to use them, and their different parts and features. Whether you’re planning on smoking a bong for the first time or if you want to learn more, this guide is here to help you along the way.

What Is a Bong?

Bongs, also known as water pipes, are smoking devices that offer are filled with water for filtration. Since bongs use a filtration system, they are considered by many to be a safer, less harsh way to smoke cannabis. Bongs can come in several different shapes and sizes and can be made from anything from glass to acrylic. 

For hundreds of years, bongs have been used as filtration devices for cannabis users. In fact, its name is derived from Thai and roughly translates to “a bamboo cylinder.” This well-known device has brought marijuana smokers joy for centuries. 

The Parts of a Bong

Although all bongs look different, most of them consist of six main pieces. Below, we will break down each piece and describe what its used for.

  1. Tube: This piece, also known as the neck, is where the user places its mouth. It is usually long and cylindrical. The tube connects to the base to create the overall shape of the bong.
  1. Base: The base is the part of the bong that you fill with water. True to its name, the base is the bottom of the bong. It is usually the widest piece and allows you to easily set it down. 
  1. Downstem: This piece is a hollow tube that slides into the base of the bong. It sits inside of the water at the base of the bong and connects it to the bowl. The downstem is an important component of the water filtration process. 
  1. Bowl: The bowl is the part of the bong where you place your weed. This piece is detachable and slides into the downstem to connect it to the bong. 
  1. Carb: The carb, also known as a carburetor, is the hole that the downstem slides into. This piece allows air flow throughout the bong and allows users to “clear” their smoke.
  1. Percolator: This piece is integral to the filtration process. It’s what creates the bubbling sound that you hear when someone smokes a bong. It allows bubbles to form within the base of the bong while it’s smoked. 

How to Smoke a Bong

If you are inexperienced with smoking a bong, this part can seem confusing and scary. However, it can be broken down into just a few simple steps. Once you become acquainted with bongs, this part will become easier and even fun. Below, we will discuss the steps you must take to successfully smoke a bong. 

  1. Put water in the bong: You can pour water directly through the tube and into the base. While filling it up, be careful and watch the amount of water you are adding. Overfilling a bong may cause you to inhale water. There should be about an inch of water above the bong’s downstem.
  1. Pack the bowl: Once your pot is ready, pack the bowl with your desired amount of weed. While packing it, be careful to not pack it too tightly. Air needs to pass through the bowl for the bong to work properly.
  1. Rip the bong: Once everything is ready, you are now ready to smoke. Before doing so, make sure that you are in a comfortable position and can easily hold both the bong and lighter. When you’re ready, put your lips inside of the tube tight enough to create a seal. You’re now ready to light it up and smoke. 
  1. Pull out the bowl: Once you’ve smoked out the bong to your desired hit capacity, pull out the bowl and clear out the smoke. Be careful when doing this step, the bowl may be hot and burn your fingers. Usually, there is a little side piece that you can grab without burning yourself. 


We hope that this guide has helped you learn about bongs and all their different features. As smoking devices, they offer several benefits that make them a great investment.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.