Most people know what bongs are. This is a little bit of a surprise considering the fact that they’re not really readily-available in your neighborhood shops. This is because it’s one of the most popular drug paraphernalia. In addition, it’s very easy to make homemade bongs.
What are Homemade Bongs and Bowls?
First of all, let’s define what a bong is. A bong is basically a water pipe that serves as a filter when taking tobacco or canabis. The term has a Thai origin, as it’s taken from the word baung. Baung is a cylindrical tube taken from bamboo and it looks like the bongs of today. On the other hand, the bowl is part of the bong that’s used to pack in the cannabis or tobacco.
Bongs have a long history as it dates back to the Ming Dynasty when it was used in China for smoking tobacco. When the Qing Dynasty rolled in, its popularity skyrocketed and it became the most popular device for smoking tobacco. It was even preferred by royalty like Empress Dowager Cixi who has an impressive collection of water pipes, three of which she decided to get buried with.
Unfortunately, the device is usually associated with taking cannabis. This is the reason why it’s now considered as a drug paraphernalia. In the US, the device is illegal by virtue of the Federal Drug Paraphernalia Statute. However, enterprising individuals have found a way to circumvent this rule. They do this by marketing the device as “For Tobacco Use Only”. In addition, a lot of shops would refuse selling them to someone who refers to them as bongs. You would have to refer to them as tobacco pipes or something to that effect.
Simply put, homemade bongs and bowls are made at home by users using materials that are readily-available.
What Slang Names are Bongs Known As?
Bong is already considered as a slang term. However, there are several other slang names as well.
- Billy Bong Thornton
- Bamboo bong
- Jon Bong Jovi
Slang names are added regularly and are usually started during bong sessions when users come up with new names for their bongs by clever play of words.
What Effects Does Bongs Have?
It goes without saying that the bongs and bowls themselves don’t cause the effects themselves. It will still depend on what you’re taking. So if you’re taking cannabis, you’ll feel the effects of cannabis. However, there’s a reason why a lot of users choose to smoke using this device. With the water filtration system, the after-effects are known to be cleaner. In addition, there’s a lesser chance of users burning the pathway that the cannabis take like the mouth and the airways. All in all, it’s relatively safer to smoke cannabis using this device.
However, a study done by the joint efforts of the NORML and the MAPS in the year 2000 has shown that the device filters more THC – the chemical compound that’s mainly responsible for the “highs”. This means that more cannabis needs to be consumed than the usual. However, this means exposing yourself to less toxic substances. This is especially true if you’re going to design the bongs and pipes with additional filters and frits that can disperse gas.
Who Makes Bongs?
Bong manufacturing is a profitable niche. This is why there are a lot of companies that make it. Glass is a popular material for the bongs and bowls. This is why a lot of these manufacturers specialize in glass products. Of course, there are the common users who are making their own homemade bongs.
Where are Bongs Made?
There is a noticeable trend wherein a lot of these bong manufacturers are located in China. They are made in glass factories in China. Of course, there are also bong manufacturers in other parts of the world. As far as homemade bongs are concerned, they are made inside of rooms since making them is very easy. This is very common in frat houses all over the US.
What are Bongs Made From?
As previously mentioned, glass is a popular material for making them. Acrylic or ceramic can also be used. There are also bongs made out of bamboo. This explains the slang name, “Bamboo bong”. Metal can also be used for specific parts of the bong, particularly the bowl.
There are a lot of different materials that you can use for homemade bongs. Generally speaking, any cylindrical object can work as a bong. Bottles are very popular since they’re already cylindrical. On the other hand, simple household materials like rubber tubing or hollowed-out pens can work as stems.
How are Bongs Made?
Your main challenge is to gather the materials needed. Once you do that, it’s all about putting them together. Once you know the basic components of the device, it’s very easy to put them together. There are basically five parts – mouthpiece, chamber, base, stem and bowl. Depending on the materials that you chose to use, you would need something to put them together. Let’s say that you chose to use a soda bottle. A razor will do to cut a hole on the bottle for the stem. If you’re going to use something hard like metal, a drill is needed. Just make sure that everything is air and water-tight. Chewing gum will work just fine as a sealant.
In glass factories, the glass are blown to form the designs that we’re very familiar with.
What Does Bongs Look Like?
They look like hookahs. If you’re not familiar with hookahs, think of a tall and thin vase with a tube that’s branching out of it. Most of them are designed with young adults in mind. This is why they’re often colorful and patterned with smiley faces and the likes.
What is a Standard Dose Of Cannabis From a Bong?
It’s hard to determine the standard dose of cannabis in a bong since it depends on the size of your bowl. Generally speaking, the bowl should be packed relatively light. It shouldn’t be packed like you’re packing sardines. You will do several inhales to make sure that the bong is filled with smoke. You’ll then make one huge inhale to inhale all of the smoke in the chamber. That’s considered as a single dose.
How is Cannabis From a Bong Taken?
It’s taken orally. You’re going to place your mouth on the mouthpiece, completely sealing the air. You will then inhale the smoke that will come out using your mouth. Most users suggest that you hold the smoke in your mouth for at least 5 seconds to keep the smoke in.
Where are Bongs Used?
For obvious reasons, bongs cannot be used for cannabis in public because they’re illegal. This is the reason why they’re taken inside rooms where it’s comfortable. However, they’re very popular in frat parties. This is the reason why frat houses have at least one bong. Generally speaking, it’s stored inside rooms, ready to be used anytime.