5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Bong

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Are you still looking for the right bong? Picking out a new bong can be confusing, even overwhelming, for some. However, picking out a new bong doesn't have to be any of these things. In fact, it could be a fun experience! Here are some tips for choosing a bong that best fits your needs!

How to Choose A Bong

Smoking marijuana has come a long way from tiny cork pipes. There are thousands of high-quality bongs out there. Each type of bong has its pros and cons that can either make or break your smoking experience. Follow these tips to help transform your smoke sessions with the perfect bong for you.

Steps to Choosing a Bong

1. Figure Out How the Bong Can Serve You

If you're looking just to get high, any old bong can do that. However, if you're looking to have a smoking experience, then you need to find the right bong to make that happen.

Consider the following things:

  • How often do you smoke?
  • Where do you smoke?
  • Where do you store your smoking paraphernalia?

Answering these questions will help you determine many factors about your bong. For instance, if you only smoke occasionally and have to hide your apparatus, you should opt for a small-to-mid-sized bong that's easy for you to store away.

If you are an experienced smoker who likes to take multiple hits throughout the day, a taller bong will serve you better. You can pack it once and take rips as needed.

Perhaps you only smoke when you're on the go? Then, you might want to consider a mini-bong made of silicone. That way, the piece doesn't break in transit.

Take a moment to ponder your needs and desires. Once you figure out your “smoker profile,” you can then tailor your bong choice to meet your unique needs.

2. What's Your Budget?

Now that you know some of your criteria let's set a budget. After all, a gold-plated tall bong with four percolators sounds great, but so does affording rent!

Bongs come at different price points, depending on size, material, and accessories. Typically, larger bongs are more expensive than smaller ones, although that's not always the case.

For instance, accessories that come with a certain mini bong can also make that piece more expensive than a bare-bones tall one. So, you might not have to give up on all of your demands if you want a tall bong. You might just have to scale back elsewhere, such as no percolators.

3. What Size Bong Do You Want?

With criteria and budget set, it's time to pick your bong size.

Bigger is always better when it comes to hits. Also, larger pieces are great if you like to add a bunch of accessories, such as ash catchers.

However, larger bongs can also serve more issues for cleaning than smaller apparatuses. You might need additional tools to clean the tube or reach the chamber.

Also, longer necks are more prone to breaking. This might not be the best option if you are klutzy, have little storage space, or live with a cat that likes to knock things over!

Small bongs are practical for those who are on the go, aren't regular smokers, or have little storage space. While not always the case, these pieces tend to be easier to clean than larger ones.

With that said, there are plenty of mini bongs that come with multiple percolators and other bells and whistles that are typical with larger pieces.

Since there is less real estate inside of smaller bongs, all of these extra accessories can be quite compacted. These tight quarters leave the piece more prone to resin build-up and also make it more challenging to get in deep to clean.

4. What is the Bong Made of?

There are many different materials used to manufacture bongs. The most common is glass. The thicker the glass, the more expensive the piece may become. Also, the longer it will likely last.

Glass is a preferred choice for many smokers because it's non-toxic. It also doesn't alter the flavor of your cannabis.

Ceramic is also an excellent option for those who love the flavor of weed. Much like glass, ceramic is non-toxic and leaves no taste. It's not as durable as some borosilicate glasses, but ceramic is still pretty sturdy.

Silicone bongs are a great option for their durability. They are the perfect material for those who smoke while traveling. In fact, some silicone bongs can be rolled up and thrown in your purse or bookbag.

Some silicones can be toxic if they have impurities. Make sure that the silicone is premium-grade or platinum-cured to avoid inhaling toxins.

Even though these options are non-toxic, they might alter the flavor, giving your hits a rubbery aftertaste. Don’t be concerned.

Lastly, acrylic is a budget-friendly bong material. It is made of plastic, so it may have toxic chemicals. Acrylic also alters the flavor profile of your marijuana. However, it gets less intense with each use.

5. What Did You Learn?

We are always evolving, and so are our needs. You might not get the right bong the first time. You might also love your bong and grow out of it. These are all learning experiences.

If you have a budget, I would recommend saving some money and buying a less expensive bong. That way, you can figure out what you like and don't like. Then, you will have some money leftover to put towards a future bong that will fit your needs even better.

For those who have a bigger budget, try to meet as many of your “demands” as possible. Then, see if the bong met your expectations. If it did, great! If not, make a note. Use that feedback to help find your next bong when you're in the market for a new one.

No matter what, you can't go wrong with any bong. You will still experience a high, and that's what smoking is all about!

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