Cannabis use in the US has increased tremendously in recent years, with 25% of Americans stating that they now consume cannabis. That’s an astounding 56% increase since 2018!
Expenditure on cannabis products has skyrocketed during the COVID-19 crisis. In 2020, Americans spent a staggering $18.3 billion on cannabis products. That’s $7.6 billion more than the previous calendar year.
So, how are Americans getting their cannabis fix? The options are endless, including joints, blunts, edibles, oil, and wax.
But arguably, the coolest way to enjoy marijuana is through the different types of bongs available in the market. It’s no wonder that cannabis users are splurging on bongs today.
In this guide, we discuss some of the popular types of bongs on the market today so it’s easier for you to pick the right one.
Bong Type According to Material
Bongs are mainly classified according to material and design and can be made from a vast array of materials. Let’s look at five of the most common ones.
Of all bong materials used today, glass is the most preferred. That’s because this material doesn’t affect the flavor of the smoke at all. So you get a clean and pure taste. Adding an ash catcher could create a better smoking experience. Head Hunters carries a complete line of Diamond Glass ash catchers perfect for your needs.
Another benefit of using glass is the fact that it’s transparent, which makes it easy to monitor any resin build-up. Glass bongs are also easy to maintain, given how easy it is to clean the material.
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Plastic bongs are arguably the second-most widely used bongs, thanks to their durability. That durability is due to the fact that they don’t easily break, shatter, or crack like glass can. No matter how many times you accidentally drop your plastic bong, it’ll always be intact.
Plastic bongs also tend to be much cheaper compared to other bong options.
One of the drawbacks of a plastic bong is that you may notice a slight taste in your smoke when using it.
Ceramic is another commonly used material for making bongs. Bongs made from the material are generally more robust and heavier than other bongs. Their weight and general fragility mean that they aren’t exactly well suited for traveling.
Ceramic bongs are available in a vast array of designs, given how malleable clay is. So you can find a design that best fits your fancy.
Bamboo bongs come range from basic designs featuring a simple tube of bamboo sealed at one end to fancy, ornate designs with paint, varnish, and metal as part of the design. Provided you’re taking good care of your bamboo bong, it can last an eternity.
Metal bongs are extremely strong and durable. They’re also quite affordable.
However, they’re not as popular among cannabis consumers as glass and plastic bongs. That’s probably because metal bongs tend to affect the taste of marijuana smoke. Besides, it’s not always easy to tell when your bong is due for a cleaning.
Bongs can also be classified according to their design. Note that each of these bongs can be built using any of the materials we’ve discussed above. So, what bong designs are there?
Straight-tube bong design is the simplest when it comes to bong designs. If you recently started smoking marijuana and are still learning how to use a bong, then a straight-tube bong is what you want.
The bong consists of a simple tube that’s sealed at one end. There’s a bowl poking out of the tube’s side.
To use the bong, you pour some water into the tube, place your pot in the bowl, and go. It’s that simple.
Carburetor bongs are bongs that have a hole somewhere in the middle. Users who love these appreciate the intense hit of the cannabis as a result of the hole.
The hole allows fresh air into the pipe once you release your finger, forcing smoke into your lungs more quickly. Hence, the intense hit.
Beaker-shaped bongs are similar to straight-tube bongs, with the exception that a beaker-shaped bong has a flared bottom. The flared bottom forms a cone shape whose appearance resembles a beaker.
Due to their larger base, beaker bongs tend to be more stable. However, the smoking process for the two is still the same. You simply add water, your cannabis, and light up.
Round-base bongs feature a sphere-shaped chamber where you put the water. The chamber, however, has a flat base, which makes the bong stable. The mechanics of using the round-base bong is the same as that of using the beaker-shaped bong.
Also called recycler bongs, multi-chamber bongs are variations of the straight-tube bong. However, the chamber may be in different shapes.
In this type of bong, the straight tube has two separate chambers that are connected to each other by a third chamber or a tube. Each of the two chambers contains water. The goal is to filter the smoke twice, producing purer, smoother, and cooler smoke than all of the bongs on this list.
Given the complex design of multi-chamber bongs, they tend to be more expensive than other bong options.
Choose From the Different Types of Bongs Available
Consuming cannabis needs to be enjoyable as possible. A sure way to have a great experience with your weed is by using a bong you like. Simply consider the pros and cons of the different types of bongs available and choose one that suits you best.
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