Have you ever wondered why bongs provide the smoothest hits?

by Liu Renhao

Have you ever wondered why bongs provide the smoothest hits?

Bongs are one of the most well-known and time-honored methods of cannabis consumption. One of the most efficient methods to smoke flower is with a large bong rip, which is typically cooled with water and/or ice. What are the secrets of bong science, though? What is it about bongs that makes them so effective?

Let's start with the anatomy of a bong.
The Tube is #1.

The bong's primary body is the tube, which leads to the mouthpiece. When you take a puff, the cylindrical chamber fills up with smoke after the smoke is filtered by the water. Ice pinches, for example, are often used in tube designs. Glass tubes are most common in modern bongs, although acrylic and silicone are also popular options. Natural materials such as wood and bamboo are also utilized on occasion.

2. The Super Bowl

The bowl is where cannabis is loaded and lit for smoking. It's frequently detachable from bongs and may be used as a sliding carburetor.

3. Carbohydrates

The carburetor, or carb for short, is a tiny hole in the bong's tube that enables you to empty the smoke before taking a hit. As already said, bowls are often removed to serve as slide carbohydrates. A carb hole may sometimes be found on the tube's side, requiring you to cover it with your finger to take a hit and then remove it to clean the tube.

The Downstem (4)

The downstem is the tube that carries smoke from the bowl to the bong's base, where it percolates through water. In more expensive bongs, a second carburetor (or several carburetors) is placed in the tube to chill the smoke even further.

5. The Foundation

The bong's base is at the bottom. To form the water chamber, many bongs include bubbles or beaker shapes in the tube immediately above the base. As the smoke travels through the water, it cools.

The capacity of a bong to chill and filter smoke via water is its most significant benefit.

Even when a big quantity of smoke is inhaled, this enables for a large pull. Bong hits are considerably smoother, cooler, and less abrasive than conventional pipe hits. They're significantly gentler on the throat and lungs as a result.

Because THC isn't very water-soluble, filtering the smoke through water allows most of the beneficial stuff to get through. It does, however, efficiently eliminate items from the smoke that you don't want. Tar and ash are two of them. According to bong science, smoking via a bong may remove up to 80% of tar and ash. That's why bong water becomes a nasty shade of brown over time. (Dude, clean your damned bong.) Regularly and effectively.)

The amount of psychoactive THC lost in bong water is a point of contention. However, since water is a "polar solvent," many bong science experts think it's a minimal quantity. To put it another way, it is ineffective in dissolving cannabis. The majority of terpenes get it through the water as well, providing delicious doses.

However, using alcoholic beverages in your bong is not a smart idea. For starters, alcohol fumes are harmful to your health. Cannabinoids and terpenes, on the other hand, dissolve in water. That implies you'll lose a significant amount of THC as well as the flavor.

Here's what happens when you take a rip from a bong.

Smoke is emitted when you fire the bowl and burn the marijuana. You generate a quasi-vacuum in the tube by inhaling through the mouthpiece at the end of the tube. The smoke from the bowl is drawn into the chamber by this. Micro-vacuums pull smoke into the chamber, as shown by the bubbles in the water.

It's simple to inhale all of the smoke when you withdraw the slider carb or remove your finger from the carb hole. Because the pressure outside the bong is higher than the partial vacuum you've generated by inhaling, this happens.

When you take a rip, the "cherry" in the bowl lights brilliantly. This is because the fire is fueled by all of the oxygen drawn through the bowl.

If you're interested in bong science, try inhaling the smoke into the tube and then removing your lips from the mouthpiece. You'll see that there isn't much smoke coming out of the tube. It has cooled somewhat after passing through the water, and it is now more likely to remain within the bong.

Now take a huge drag and pat yourself on the back for being a bong scientist.