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BONG Tips: Beginner Level


Glass bongs have skyrocketed in popularity as a way to enjoy dry herbs and concentrates with a smoother and more flavor-packed experience. They're beloved by both recreational and medicinal users alike, but shopping for one can be overwhelming, especially for those new to the game. Don't worry, this guide will give you all the information you need to make an informed decision.

What to Consider When Buying a Glass Bong:

  • Material - Glass bongs come in various materials including glass, acrylic, silicone, and ceramic, but glass is the most common due to its durability, heat resistance, and ability to keep the flavor intact.

  • Size & Shape - Glass bongs come in all shapes and sizes, from tiny bongs to large and intricate designs. Consider the storage space you have and how often you'll use it. Some bongs are designed with specific functions like water filtration or cooling, so choose one that fits your needs.

  • Percolators - Percolators are devices that filter and cool the smoke before it reaches your mouth. There are many types of percolators like tree, showerhead, honeycomb, and inline, so choose one that enhances your smoking experience.

  • Joint Size - The joint is the part that connects the bowl to the downstem, and it comes in 14mm or 18mm sizes. Make sure the bowl fits the joint size, or it won't be compatible.

  • Price - Glass bongs range from under $10 to several hundred dollars, but the average good quality bong costs between $50 and $150. A higher price doesn't always mean better quality, so keep your budget in mind.

Cleaning Your Glass Bong:

  • Regular Cleaning - Cleaning your bong regularly maintains its function and appearance. A dirty bong can impact the flavor and harbor harmful bacteria.

  • Cleaning Solutions - There are various cleaning solutions specifically for glass bongs like alcohol-based or vinegar-based. Fill the bong, let it soak for a few hours, then rinse with warm water.

  • Salt & Baking Soda - If you don't have a cleaning solution, use salt and baking soda. Fill the bong with warm water, add salt and baking soda, and shake it vigorously to loosen residue.

  • Avoid Harsh Chemicals - When cleaning your bong, steer clear of harsh chemicals and abrasive materials. Stick to cleaning solutions or salt and baking soda for a gentle clean.

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