7 Ways to Get Better Bong Rips [TESTED]

Tuesday, Jun 5, 2018

Long before there were ever dabs, bong rips were the best way to feel the effects of your marijuana fast and hard. While many cannabis enthusiasts enjoy using bongs, there are others who are intimidated by the thought because hits can be harsh. A lot of people don’t remember their first bong hit, and that’s probably because bongs have one job and they do it very well. They get you higher than Willie Nelson.

But, there are some top-class tips to getting ultra-smooth bong rips that will get you lifted without the lung burn. And know this…there is just something so enjoyable about taking a bong hit without the need to cough afterward.

The bong is a real piece of art. It combines glass-working and hydro-engineering into an almost perfect smoking device that provides smoothness, potency, and ease of use. Knowing how to use a bong is not rocket science, but maximizing its use makes smoking a more enjoyable experience.

Furthermore, people love using bongs because you can control the amount of flower that is burned. They are efficient, and there is little plant matter waste. Also, there’s water involved, so it’s somewhat like a cool science project. The purpose of the water that fills a bong is to filter and cool your smoke. This, as well as the size of the pipe, allows you to take larger hits of the herb. The water bubbling is what allows large amounts of smoke to fill the chamber of the bong until you pull the bowl and clear it.

Moisturizing: One of the reasons that taking direct hits from a pipe or joint with no water filtration is so harsh is because the hits are dry. Forcing the smoke to interact with the water causes the heated water to turn into water vapor, which moisturizes the hit and makes the smoke less harsh on your lungs. Cooling: As you can imagine, the smoke is exceptionally hot as it comes out the bowl. Some lighters get as hot as 3600 degrees Fahrenheit. The water slows down the path of the smoke to the lungs which gives the smoke more time to cool down. Also, the effect of the smoke interacting with the water gives it a chance to dissipate the heat into water, which will consume the heat from the smoke better than air. Filtration: When the smoke makes contact with the water, filtration of the smoke occurs and thus the more surface of bubbles you have, the more filtration you have. Water is a polar molecule, and this means that when the water interacts with the smoke, the water magnetically attracts polar contaminants, taking them out of the smoke. Filtration in addition to moisturizing and cooling makes for much smoother hits. Downstems: These were the first percolators, and they are what set dry pipes apart from water pipes. It’s a straightforward design with a tube that reaches into the water, that the air has to travel through and forcing it to come out as bubbles. Showerhead Percs: These also go by the name of UFO and tire, among others. They use a tube that comes up through the middle from the chamber below. This is covered by a larger tube that reaches down to the perc where the smoke and air exits into the water as bubbles. Tree Percs: These are the most common and well-known among percolators. There’s a tube that goes through the middle and attaches to a bunch of arms up high. These arms descend from the attachment point and into the water. This is how air is forced from below, up through the central tube and down the arms of the percolator, where it will enter the water as bubbles. Typically, the arms are diffused with between two and three slots in each arm. Inline Percs: These are similar to downstems and are simple, slotted tube percs. They are different to downstems in that they tend to sit flat in the water, whereas downstems usually enter the water at an angle. Turbine Percs: The low height of these percs make them easily stackable, and since they are one solid piece, they are easy to produce and durable. Honeycomb Percs: These are disc percolators and are easy to make, small and take up very little space. They are a solid piece, with no weak spots. They’re also relatively cheap. Spiral/coil Percs: These are merely a coiled tube with a hole at the end. What makes them different from a simple downstem is that they are more visually exciting and the more useful difference being the length of the tube, which forces the smoke to travel a longer path, increasing the cooling power of the perc. Fritted Disc Percs: There is just no other perc as powerful as the fritted disc percs. The amount of bubbles and thus surface area of these bubbles, makes all other percolators look like nothing. Bee Line Hemp Wick 200FT: If you are after organic hemp that is slow burning, then this one is for you. This is a clean way to light your bowl, joint or blunt. Bee Wix 420FT: This is one of the longer rolls of hemp wick, and it lasts a very long time. It isn’t as thickly quoted and doesn’t burn as slow as some of the others, but it is an excellent smoking product. Twisted Bee Hemp wick 200FT: Also organic and slow burning, and it comes in two different sizes. It’s nice and thick and is also excellent quality. I-Tal Hemp wick 15.5FT: This is a nice thick hemp wick that is very slow burning. This product will help you to get nice clean smoke, whether you’re smoking recreationally or for medicinal purposes. Humboldt Hemp wick 100FT: Made from organic hemp and beeswax, this is a really good quality hemp wick. It’s not as slow burning as some of the others, but it works great to deliver clean hits.