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A Beginner Guide for Using a Bong Like a Champ

by Radhe Gupta
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Did you know that there are over 55 million Americans that use marijuana every month? We base this figure on a study conducted by Marist and Yahoo News. 

All marijuana smokers have their preferred consumption method. For most people, it’s a bong. The bong designers made it that way to create smoother draws of smoke than joints and pipes. They also craft them in various shapes and sizes to cater to everyone’s preferences.  

If you’re seeking a little guidance before purchasing a bong, or you’ve never used one before and hope to try it out, you’ve landed at the right blog post. We’ll provide you with a beginner’s guide for using a bong like a champ. Let’s get right on it.  

Bong Design Parts and Features 

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From small and stealthy bongs such as the monkey water bong to large centerpieces with lots of additional features to enhance your smoking experience, bongs come in a wide range of sizes. As for this guide, we will keep things simple by sticking with the basics. 

Knowing the components of a bong is essential to enjoying cannabis and other herbs. Bongs typically have a bowl, a stem, an interior (the base), a smoke chamber (tube), and a mouthpiece. A carb hole is another small opening found in some bongs. 


Bong bowls are the part of the bong where you place your buds. In most cases, they make the bowl from glass or plastic, but they can also make it out of steel or copper. 


There is a tube attached to the bowl of a bong called the stem. There is a hole at the base where it extends. Water partly submerged the stem inside the bong. 


Bases are large interior parts at the bottom of bongs, which contain water. Smoke also builds up at the base when it bubbles out from the water. 

Chamber (tube) 

Smoke chambers (or tubes) are the large cylindrical structures at the base of hot tubs. Before the smoke reaches the mouthpiece, it passes through this layer. 


You inhale the smoke through the mouthpiece, which is the large opening at the top of the bong. 

How to Smoke from a Bong 

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Here are the steps you can take as a beginner for using a bong like a champ: 

Fill up Your Bong with Water 

You’ll need to fill the bong’s base with water to get things started. Pour the liquid right through the mouthpiece. 

Submerge the downstream in water that is 1/2 to 1 inch deep. Anything more than that will splash up into your mouth. Your herb might also get wet if it bubbles up. Bubbles will not form if you get less than that. 

Packing the Bowl 

Now you can break your nugs apart. Make use of a grinder, your fingers, or small scissors to finish the job. Pack your bud into the bowl after breaking it up into small chunks. Place the bowl at the top of the downstream. 

Position your Bong 

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Put your mouth over the mouthpiece while the bowl is in place. Draw in on the bong to smoke it. If you do this, the water at the base will start bubbling. 

Ignite the Bud 

Light the bud as you draw through the mouthpiece. You can either use hemp wicks or lighters. It would help if you went at an angle. Don’t heat the entire bowl at once. It would be best if you torched only a section at a time. You should get plenty of fresh puffs from this. 

Allow the Bong Chamber Fill with Smoke 

Burn the bud for as long as it takes for the chamber to fill up with smoke. Make sure you maintain a steady draw through the mouthpiece. 

Everything works because of that. Airflow helps the smoke rise into the chamber, pulls smoke through the water bubbles, and burns the buds. 

Cleanse the Bong Chamber 

It’s time to let it rip when you fill the chamber with milky white smoke. Disconnect the downstem from the bowl. Please give it a final, full draw. 

Smoke will fill your lungs as soon as you remove the bowl. Take it all in. The smoke should be clean and smooth after it passes through the water. As it flows down your throat and into your lungs, it will feel mellow. 

Pass the Bong 

Once you’ve cleared the chamber, repeat as needed, and if you’re sharing with buddies, pass it on. Take all the rips you want when you are relaxing alone. 

Bong rips are powerful. You may not need that many if you’re looking to get a light buzz. If you’re planning on getting completely stoned, you might need a few good hits. 

Rinse your Bong 

After you’ve finished your session, dump out the water. Bongwater can be nasty. It would be best to learn how to clean a bong. Once you’ve finished with it, dispose of it. 

You can run some warm, clean water through the bong. This will help to clear it out a bit. You can now wipe or air dry it. 

Last Hit 

Using a bong can be a challenge, especially if you’re a newbie. But with the above guide for using a bong like a champ, you’re in safe hands. Congratulations, now you know how to smoke a bong. 

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