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How to smoke from a Bong

Bongs, also known as water pipes, are often seen as the pinnacle of a smoker's paraphernalia collection. They are usually made of beautiful glass designs in intricate colors and shapes, but they can also be made from acrylic, bamboo, and ceramic. Smoking out of a bong is different than smoking out of a pipe or a rolling paper because of the large capacity of smoke that the chamber can hold. Follow the steps below to learn how to smoke from a bong without embarrassing yourself.

 

Steps

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    Fill your bong with water. Pour just enough so that the stem is submerged in about 1/2 to one inch of water. The water will enter from the top of the chamber, the cylindrical tube that you also inhale the smoke from.
    • If there is too much water in your bong, it will splash up and possibly get in your mouth or drench the substance while you are inhaling.
    • Avoid this situation, as bong water can be extremely unpleasant when it splashes in your face.
    • Add ice to the chamber of the bong to chill the smoke as it rises through the chamber. Some smokers claim that this makes the smoke feel smoother as you inhale.
     
     
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    Pack the bowl of your bong with your smoking substance. The bowl is the tablespoon-sized, well, bowl, on the side of the bong. Most bowls are removable and act as the carb for your bong, which you will need to remove later on in the smoking process to clear the smoke.
    • Pack the bowl full to just under the rim of the bowl with your broken up or ground up substance. You can break your substance up by tearing with your fingers, cutting with scissors, or using a grinder specifically designed for marijuana or tobacco.
    • Avoid packing too little, as very small grinds may get sucked through the bong as you smoke. Conversely, if you overpack the bowl, you may clog it and prevent air from getting through.
     
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    Put your mouth on the top of the chamber. Your lips should go inside the rim of the mouthpiece, not around it.
    • Avoid slobbering all over the mouthpiece. Doing so is bad etiquette, and let's face it, gross.
    • Make sure your mouth is firmly pressing into the mouthpiece so as to avoid allowing air to escape as you smoke.
     
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    Put your finger on the carb. Some bongs have carbs that are simply holes located on the side of the bong or the bong stem. If you are smoking out of this style bong, cover the hole with one finger before lighting the bowl.
    • Many bongs do not have carbs. In the case that your bong does not have a carb, you will remove the bowl piece once you have filled the chamber with smoke.
    • If the bowl piece is not removable, you will not perform the carb function at all. It is not completely necessary for smoking from a bong.
     
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    Ignite your substance while you simultaneously inhale. Hold a lighter or a match to the substance in the bowl as you inhale through your mouth with your lips on the inside of the chamber. You can release the fire as soon as the substance begins to glow red, which is called being "cherried" because of the red hue.
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    Suck with good strength until the chamber fills with smoke. You can take as big of a hit or as small of a hit as you want at this point. If it is your first time smoking, try only filling the chamber about halfway with smoke. Otherwise, "milk" the bong until the chamber is white with smoke.
     
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    If the bong has a carb, take your finger off of it or pull out the bowl piece. Doing so removes the substance and allows the smoke to clear out of the bong without resistance.
    • If you need to take a break from inhaling at any point, cover the mouthpiece with the palm of your hand before removing the carb.
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    • If you take a break after removing the carb, some smoke will start to escape from the chamber.
     
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    Inhale the rest of the smoke. You do not have to suck hard to remove the smoke from the chamber after removing the carb because there will be no resistance.
     
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    Hold the smoke in your lungs for several seconds, and then exhale completely.
     
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    Replace the carb and pass the bong to the person to your left if you are smoking socially.
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How to Clean a Bong

Nothing ruins the taste of a good smoke like a dirty bong. Fortunately, cleaning a bong isn't so hard if you're sure to do it often. Keep your best friend sparkling by using the methods in this article. Then, go have a smoke to reward yourself for your hard work.

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Cleaning the Main Section

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    Disassemble the bong. Take it apart so that the individual pieces can be cleaned. Remove all movable parts, especially the bowl and mouthpiece, if there is one.
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    Rinse the bong. Rinse as much of the bong with water first and then allow it to dry. Use water as hot as you can stand without dropping the bong.
     
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    Pour in salt. Pour Epsom salt or table salt into the bowl and the mouthpiece. You can use a funnel if this makes it easier. Pour in however much is appropriate for the size of the bong. An average bong would need about 1/3-1/2 a cup.
    • Alternatively, you can use baking soda if you prefer the taste.
     
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    Pour in your cleaning solution. Pour in a reasonable amount of your preferred cleaning solution. The amount will depend on the size of your bong. Half a cup is a good starting point but you will need to experiment.
    • Some people use rubbing alcohol, some people use cleaning products like Simple Green (not recommended), some prefer natural products like vinegar, and others prefer something with a good taste like Listerine.
    • Alternatively, you can use something like Formula 420, in which case skip the salt. Pour it in and proceed as normal.
     
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    Shake! Cover all openings with your hands to keep the fluid from coming out and shake for at least five minutes. More shaking is better. Shake, shake, shake, Senora...shake your body line....
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    Rinse and repeat. Empty the cleaning solution into a sink and rinse it out completely. Repeat the cleaning process as much as you need to, but once is usually enough. Clean your bong more often to reduce the amount of cleaning time.
     
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    Use cleaning tools as necessary. You can use pipe cleaners, test tube cleaners, Q-tips, and any other tools you find useful to really scrub the areas that won't go quietly into the night.
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Getting Stubborn Areas
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    Reform a coat hanger. Fold a coat hanger in half and then give it a few twists to tighten it up.
     
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    Add paper towels. Fold paper towels in half and roll them onto your twisted coat hanger, making sure the paper towels extend beyond the end of the coat hanger.
     
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    Secure the towels. Secure the paper towels tightly to the coat hanger with an elastic band
     
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    Shape your tool. Bend the end of the twisted hanger into the shape of the letter "J."
     
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    Add cleaning solution. Soak the paper towels in isopropyl alcohol or another cleaning solution you prefer.
     
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    Clean the needed area. Rub the hanger up and down around the inside walls of your bong. Adjust the angle of the bent hanger as needed to get into the nooks and crannies.

 

16 Struggles All Smokers Can Relate To

1. The horror of having to face dire weather conditions just to light up.

The horror of having to face dire weather conditions just to light up.
 

Winter is the cruelest season.

2. Lighting up isn’t as easy as it should be.

It starts to get embarrassing when you’re hiding behind a bin because the wind just won’t quit.

3. The cruel necessity of having to constantly have gum or mints on your person at all times.

The cruel necessity of having to constantly have gum or mints on your person at all times.
 

Because as much as we love smoking, nobody wants smelly breath.

4. And needing to have aftershave/perfume in your bag.

 

Who wants to sit next to someone who smells like an ashtray?

5. Looking down and realising you’ve accidentally burnt a hole in your clothes.

Nothing is safe from the fiery ash.

6. Or noticing that you’ve managed to burn yourself, AGAIN.

It can happen to even the most seasoned smokers.

7. Going to buy your favourite pack only to discover your local store doesn’t have it in stock.

Going to buy your favourite pack only to discover your local store doesn't have it in stock.
 

WHY IS LIFE SO CRUEL?

8. Or realising you’re all out and all the shops are closed.

First world problems.

9. Noticing that it’s costing more and more to indulge in your favourite bad habit.

Noticing that it's costing more and more to indulge in your favourite bad habit.

Can I afford a sandwich and a pack of Marlboros?

10. “Social smokers” asking to bum a smoke are the worst.

GET YOUR OWN.

11. Constantly buying lighters yet never being be able to find one.

It’s worse than when socks go missing in the wash.

12. So then you have to contemplate using the hob.

So then you have to contemplate using the hob.
 

Which comes with the risk of singed eyebrows, eyelashes, hair.

13. Forever being told that it’s bad for you.

*Rolls eyes*

14. And the inevitable judgment you receive when people find out you smoke.

And the inevitable judgment you receive when people find out you smoke.

It’s my life and I’ll smoke if I want to.

15. Knowing that you should really quit.

16. But knowing that you’ll miss it terribly.

But knowing that you'll miss it terribly.