After a long, hard day at work or during your downtime on the weekend, the only thing you want to do is relax. People have many different ways that they relax, but nothing enhances relaxation like enjoying cannabis.
There are plenty of methods to enjoy cannabis – edibles, vaping, topicals, and of course, smoking. If you’d like to go the classic route, smoking is for you. There are several different ways to smoke cannabis, including pipes, blunts, joints, and bongs.
If you’d like to use a bong, there are many types of bongs to choose from. They are made from different materials, have different designs, and can even alter your smoking experience. Here are some of the types of bong material on the market.
Metal Types of Bongs
Metal bongs are not that popular, with good reason. Metal bongs are durable and quite affordable. However, the metal affects the taste of cannabis and its smoothness.
They aren’t see-through either, so there’s no way to know how big of a hit you’re about to take. Accessories are also difficult to attach to metal bongs. If you enjoy attachments like quartz bangers or glass ash catchers, you’re mostly out of luck here.
Overall, the material limits its use and customization.
Glass makes some of the best bongs. The material is the most popular type of bong material.
Glass doesn’t alter the taste of the smoke; you’ll get the cleanest, purest taste from a glass bong.
Glass is also transparent, so you can monitor how big of a hit you’re getting. It’s also easy to monitor the buildup of gunk and resin. You’ll know immediately if your bong needs a cleaning.
You get what you pay for with glass bongs, and they tend to be the most expensive bong material.
Silicone bongs have been growing in popularity over the last decade.
These bongs are nearly indestructible. They also fold up, which gives them easy portability. Most of them are also dishwasher safe and they come with lifetime warranties.
They are quite affordable and are available in many designs and colors.
Silicone bongs don’t have the ease of customization that glass bongs have. They also tend to be smaller, which leaves less room for filtration, cooling, and percolation.
Acrylic bongs are cheap; this is their main selling point. People tend to pick this material if they want something quickly and cheap.
Once again, you get what you pay for. Acrylic bongs break easily; they also tend to be made in foreign countries. This means that the safety of bongs made out of this material isn’t guaranteed.
It’s also next to impossible to accessorize acrylic bongs. The icing on the cake here is that it also makes the smoke taste horrible.
Before glass bongs became popular, ceramic bongs were the go-to for stoners. People have used ceramics for smoking materials for thousands of years; ceramic smoking implements are as close to perfect as they’ll ever be.
They provide smooth flavor and allow the smoker to take massive hits. They are incredibly durable and are less sensitive to temperature changes than glass bongs.
It’s also easy to find complex, one-of-a-kind designs.
Ceramic bongs are difficult to accessorize and tend to be just as expensive as glass bongs. However, if you don’t need or want accessories, a ceramic bong may be the best choice.
Straight Tube Bongs
Straight tube bongs are one of the most recognizable bong styles. As the name suggests, they are pretty straightforward.
They are the simplest bong style and are made from one piece of blown glass. They have a mouthpiece on the end and a bowl on the bottom of the tube.
Straight tubes tend to be thicker than other styles to make them more durable. They also tend to be taller. Their simple design also makes them easy to clean.
This design tends to incorporate percolators, diffuse downstems, and/or ice catches in their design.
Beaker bongs are the most popular bong style. This style holds more water than straight tube bongs. This allows the water to stay cleaner for a longer period.
The wide base also provides more stabilization when standing upright. The wider base also allows for bigger hits and provides room to add percolators.
As the name suggests, these bongs are distinguished by the percolators incorporated in their design. Percolators make the smoking experience smoother by reducing splash in the mouth, cooling the smoke, and having an additional source of filtration.
There are many different types of percolators – each with its function – but the best one for you depends on what you want out of your smoking experience.
Multi-chamber bongs are also known as recycler bongs. The traditional design is based on the straight tube design.
The multiple chambers allow smokers to get smoother, cooler hits. The chambers also purify the smoke several times over.
These bongs tend to feature complex glasswork, with many complex designs. Since this style features more intricate craftsmanship, they are a bit more expensive.
A notable downside of this style is that the multiple chambers make it hard to clean.
Get the Best Out of Life
Smoking weed is one of the best ways to kick back, relax, and enjoy a relaxing time. There are many types of bongs, made from different materials and in different styles, to enhance your experience. There are some clear winners when it comes to bong materials, but which one is best will depend on how much you want to spend.
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