How To Smoke Cannabis Using A Bong: A Step-by-Step Guide

If you have no access to edibles and you want to get high you’ll have to learn how to smoke cannabis.

Learning how to smoke cannabis isn’t hard. In fact, you’ll have plenty of ways to go about it. You can smoke a bowl, joint, or a bong. Each one has their own technique. If you don’t smoke the right way you run the risk of not getting high. That’s pretty much the worst case scenario when it comes to smoking cannabis. From packing bowls to rolling up, we’ll tell you everything you need to know to get high on the first try.

Let’s go over how to smoke cannabis out of a bong.

If you don’t have a bowl or you prefer a different method such as using papers to roll up then check out this article. Otherwise, let’s get to it! The easiest way to smoke for a beginner is by smoking out of a bong.

Bong Anatomy

But first a little anatomy. Bongs are typically made out of glass. But they can also be made out of ceramic, wood, and acrylic. You can even find collapsible bongs made out of silicone. And clever cannabis users have figured out how to turn pretty much anything into a bong.

Whatever kind of bong you’re using, they all have a few key components:

  • The bowl is the piece where you’ll put the actual herb.
  • The downstem holds the bowl. It also extends down into the base of the bong, where it will be submerged in the water.
  • The base of the bong holds the water.
  • Smoke builds up in the smoke chamber. This is the long cylinder that extends up from the base.
  • The mouthpiece is the opening at the very top of the smoke chamber. This is where you place your mouth to inhale the smoke.

1. Fill Your Bong With Water

To get things started, fill the base of your bong with water. Just pour it straight through the mouthpiece.

The downstem should be submerged beneath 1/2 to one inch of water. Any more than that and it’ll start splashing up into your mouth. It might also bubble up and get your herb wet.

Any less than that and you won’t get the bubbles you’re looking for.

2. Pack The Bowl

Now it’s time to break apart your nugs. Use a grinder, your fingers, or a small pair of scissors. You can also check out our guide for making your own grinder.

When you’ve broken your bud down into small chunks, pack them into the bowl. Now slide the bowl into the top of the downstem.

3. Get Your Bong Into Position

With the bowl in place, put your mouth to the mouthpiece. DO NOT, suckle the mouthpiece. Lips go on the inside. To smoke a bong,  as you light the cannabis, start inhaling slowly. As you do, the water in the base should start bubbling.

4. Light The Bud

While drawing in through the mouthpiece, light the bud. You can use a lighter or hemp wick. Go at an angle. Try to torch only a section of the bowl at a time. This will give you as many fresh, green puffs as possible.

5. Let The Bong Chamber Fill With Smoke

Keep that bud burning as long as you need to fill the chamber with smoke. And don’t forget to keep drawing in through the mouthpiece.

That’s what keeps everything working. The airflow will help the bud burn, pull the smoke through the bubbling water, and up into the chamber.

6. Clear The Bong Chamber

When the chamber’s full of milky white smoke, it’s time to really let it rip. Remove the bowl from the downstem. Now give the entire thing one last, long and full draw.

As soon as the bowl’s removed, all the smoke in the chamber will rush into your lungs. Breathe it in deep. After passing through the water, the smoke should be cool and clean. It will feel smooth and mellow on your throat and lungs.

7. Pass the Bong To The Left

After you’ve cleared the chamber, repeat as needed, if you’re smoking with friends, pass it to the left. If you’re relaxing by yourself, take as many rips as you need.

Bong rips are usually pretty powerful. So if you’re looking for a light buzz, you might not need that many. But if you’re trying to get completely stoned, you may need a couple of good hits.

8. Rinse Out Your Bong

When your sesh is finished, dump out the water. Bongwater gets nasty. So be sure you get rid of it when you’re done.

Run some clean, warm water through the bong. This will help clean it out a little bit. From there, wipe it down with a clean rag or let it air dry.

Bongs can get filthy fast. So you’ll want to give your piece a more thorough clean every once in a while. But at the very least, give it a quick rinse after every sesh.

Some Bong Variations

The above steps will work for whatever bong you’re using. But there are a couple of the main differences you should know.

Some bongs use ice in addition to water. Typically, these pieces will include a place where you can drop in some ice cubes. Ice helps cool down the smoke even more. Using ice can give you some incredibly smooth smoke.

There are also some bongs that have a carb hole. Usually, it’s right where the rounded base meets the cylindrical chamber.

If your bong has a carb hole, you don’t need to remove the bowl. Instead, use your finger to cover the carb hole. Do this right from the beginning, just as you begin drawing in through the mouthpiece.

When the chamber’s full of smoke, lift your finer. The chamber will empty, and the smoke will flow into your lungs.

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