Oh, bongs. “The Devil’s Tip Jar.” Everybody remembers their first bong hit. For me, it was on the roof of a movie theater I worked at. I was then fired. Then, I passed out watching “Pitch Perfect.”
If you’ve never hit a bong before, you are in for a real treat. There’s a reason why they’ve become so popular. Well, there are a few reasons. The biggest one is water filtration. With a bong, the smoke first passes through a reservoir of water, which filters and cools it before it heads up to your mouth.
This is why bongs are traditionally larger than dab rigs— with combusted dry herb smoke, the more filtration the better. But with vaporized dabs, you are working with a much more delicate flavor profile, so a smaller rig ensures less opportunity for degradation.
The type of bong you get is largely determined by the design and the percolation within. A percolator is the thing in the bong with all the little holes in it. There are many, many types of percolators— but who cares. We don’t have all day. This isn’t Percolator Cartel.
You’ll probably recognize several recurring shapes and themes. Really, the choice of bong is all about personal preference. There are so many out there to choose from that you are sure to find one that suits your incredibly nuanced taste.