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How to Choose Your Next Glass Bong

By Fat Buddha January 25, 2019

how to choose your next bong

In the market for a new bong to replace your old one? New to smoking and want a little help buying your first bong? Either way, you’ve come to the right place! Here at Fat Buddha Glass, we believe that buying a glass bong is an investment that can either heighten or hinder your smoking experience. Bongs, also called water pipes, provide a cooler, smoother, more comfortable smoke using water that cools the smoke for you clear the pipe by inhaling the smoke. But if you’re new to using bongs, or have been using the same one for years and want to invest in a new style, determining which bong is right for you can feel a little intimidating. But there’s no need to feel nervous or shy, because our friendly team of glass bong experts can advise you on all types of bongs you should consider. Today, we’ll offer three tips for choosing the perfect bong that matches your smoking habits, your lifestyle, and your needs. Visit our collection of Top Rated National® glass bongs to see what we have to offer. Remember, we offer the highest quality bongs at the best prices –– always.

Tips to Help You Choose Your Next Glass Bong

Do You Smoke Dry Herbs or Legal Cannabis Concentrate?

Depending on the type of cannabis you prefer to enjoy, you will want to choose a bong that suits your smoking preferences. One of the best aspects of water pipes is that they’re ideal for dry bud and cannabis concentrate. Because bongs use water to diffuse and cool the smoke, adding moisture to the smoke before the bong is cleared, water pipes make smoking dry marijuana buds more enjoyable, and less harsh on the lungs and throat.

Cannabis concentrate –– the psychoactive compound THC, such as cannabinoids and terpenes, that are extracted from the cannabis flower –– are typically consumed by dabbing. This sticky form of cannabis can be in the form of wax, budder, shatter, or hash oil, which is heated and consumed. If you enjoy dabbing or want to make your bong dab-capable, consider whether or not the bong you’re interested in can be tricked out for dabbing with smoking accessories like male and female bangers, glass dabbers, and banger caps with dabbers.

Glass, Ceramic, or Plastic? That Is the Question

Here at Fat Buddha Glass, we’re partial to glass bongs, because not only are they highly durable, they’re stunningly beautiful, super easy to clean and maintain and come in a variety of styles, shapes, and colors. Our glass water pipes are made from borosilicate glass, which is some of the strongest material used for glass blowing. We understand that along with the term “glass” comes the idea that glass is fragile and can break when dropped, knocked over, or damaged in some other way. If you’re nervous about investing in glass smoking pieces, you can always check out ceramic bongs that are heavier, and plastic bongs that lighter. Keep in mind, however, that ceramic and plastic bongs are a cheaper alternative to glass, which can affect the durability, function, and overall aesthetic of the piece.

Size Matters

Glass bongs come in all shapes, sizes, and styles, so you’ll want to find one that fits your needs and lifestyle. For instance, if you’re an on-the-go type of smoker, a glass bong will likely be too big and dangerous to lug around with you. You might look at a smaller type of water pipe called a bubbler. For your stationary smokers, glass bongs are completely ideal. You will want to consider your size and stature. For instance, if you’re a four-foot-six gal with small hands, smoking from a four-foot bong may not be the most comfortable (though it’s completely up to you!). Also, consider storage capabilities and whether or not your smoking needs to be discreet.

Consider Glass Quality

Bongs come in a variety of materials, but the most popular are glass bongs. Glass bongs are typically made from either “soft glass” or “hard glass,” which is determined by the crafting or manufacturing process.

Soft glass bongs are made in a similar fashion to vases that hold flowers. The glass is slightly weaker, spun (rather than blown), and typically features different colors. Hard glass bongs are made with borosilicate glass, revered for its strength, durability, and resistance to high temperatures. Scientific bongs are almost always made from hard glass. Each type of glass offers many benefits for the smoker, so it’s really just a matter of preference, smoking habits, and lifestyle that can determine which is best for you.

Smooth Smoking

The more complex the filtration system, the smoother the smoke will be. Every type of bong filtrates the smoke so it’s cleaner and smoother when you clear the bong, but some bongs offer multiple filtration chambers that each clean and cool the smoke as it travels to your mouth. If you want a pristine toke, a scientific bong may be a better option than a simple vase bong.

Shop Our Glass Bongs Online

When you’re ready to purchase a new glass bong beautifully crafted from the highest quality materials, visit Fat Buddha Glass! You’ll find a wide selection of all different shapes and styles of glass bongs ranging from heady glass to complex scientific bongs to tabletop hammer glass bongs and more! We have something for all smokers, of all smoking levels, who are looking for a new glass piece. For cool bongs and so much more, shop our online headshop for top-quality glass products and smoking accessories offered at the lowest prices and back by a 100 percent commitment to customer satisfaction.


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