A device used for smoking various substances, but most commonly marijuana. A bong is filled with water which cools the smoke as it passes through. The bong was invented several thousand years ago in the middle east for smoking of tobacco, but has since become a popular method of smoking marijuana and more recently, methamphetamine. A bong is the preferred method if smoking marijuana for many people because it drvies the smoke deeper into the user's lungs faster, thus exposing more of the mucus membranes to smokes, thus getting the user much higher using less marijuana.

A bong can be made of any material which is impermeable to both air and water. Glass is often considered the best material for fabrication of bongs, because it is easy to clean, durable, and absolutely air and watertight. Plastic is also a popular, but is generally used for bongs which will not be used for a long time, as they tend to develop problems with the seals around the stem and conepiece as they are generally not made with as much care as a glass bong. Other popular materials include ceramic, wood and metal.

The most basic bong consists of a mouthpiece, chamber, stem and bowl (aka conepiece, dooey, etc). The bowl is almost always made of metal, as it must be heat resistant in order to allow the substance to b smoked to burn, although one will often find that the bong is moulded in a single piece made entirely of the same material. Bongs often have a hole on the side (called a "carb" or, in Australia, a "shotgun hole") to allow air to bypass the stem and allow large amounts of smoke to enter the user's lungs rapidly.

Bongs can, however, be very elegant in both functional and non-functional ways. Functional ways include addition of extra chambers (which allows further cooling of the smoke), multiple bowls (for longer, bigger hits) and multiple mouthpieces (so more than one person can smoke at once).

Various bong designs include:

Standard Bong - a simple bong made of a plastic bottle with a piece of rubber garden hose place approximately 1/3 of the way up. In this budget design, the bowl is generally made from a beverage can made into the shape of a cone. The materials can vary, but this is the basis of most bongs in existence.

Gravity Bong - Unlike its name suggests, this bong has absolutely nothing to do with gravity. This type of bong is generally made from a plastic milk bottle (because it has a nice handle) and a bucket. A hole is put in the milk bottle cap and a bowl placed in this hole and sealed there. The bottle is then cut off the bottle and placed in the water filled bucket. One places their herb of choice in the bowl, places the cap back on the bottle and pulls it out of the water while lighting. Because of the way in which this bong functions, it would more appropriately be called a suction of vacuum bong.

Hookah - A variation of the standard bong in which the smoke is not inhaled through the bottle's mouth, but through a plastic tube. This allows the user to layback while smoking and creates a more relaxed smoking environment. Commonly, a hookah will have the stem vertical and the bowl on the top of the chamber.

Double Chamber Bong - Another variation of the standard bong in which a second chamber is added for extra cooling effects. In this design, after bubbling through the water initially, the smoke enters a tube leading to a second chamber (always below the waterline) which causes the smoke to bubble through water a second time (further cooling it). The smoke is then inhaled by the user. This design can be expanded to include as many chambers as the maker wees fit. In this design, if a carb is present, it should always be on the last chamber through which the smoke passes.

The Group Bong - This is often among the most elaborate bongs made. In this design, multiple mouthpieces are attached to a central chamber, allowing multiple users to smoke at the same time. There are an almoqt infinite number of variations to this type of bong, but they can be classified into 2 distinct groups, Individual Bowl or Group Bowl. In bongs of this type which are classified in the Individual Bowl category have 1 bowl for each of the users. In Group Bowl bongs, there is 1 large bowl for all the users. These bongs are almost always very large and often consist of multiple chambers. Many commercial bongs of this type even make use of pumps to maintain a constant vaccum in the chamber(s) which allows the users to directly inhale the smoke, because "clearing" the chamber of these bongs would often take hours, even with multiple users.
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a device made of clay, ceramic, plastic tubing or PVC, glass, a two liter coke bottles, or any other man made or fabricated substance that is normally filled with water to smoke fine and tasty nuggs of marijuanna with; can be of varying lengths and sizes
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Bongs have been part of mainstream dope smoking for years and years now. This fabled and ultimatly cool object to look at has many variations and ways of loading.

'Backi Bong' or 'drop loader'
The Backi bong is a bong which doesnt have any gause.Instead, a pipe which the bowl has been removed, where you place a small amount of rolling tobacco to act as a temporary platform for the weed to sit on. This method is best done with normal plastic bongs and resin.


Gause Loader
A 'Gause Loader' or a 'water pipe' as it is legally known as, is your standard issue bong with a bowl. This is best with weed, as resin makes a mess of your gauses.

Bongs also come in a variation of diffrent shapes and sizes. The tube can range from 3 inches tall and half an inch wide, (micro bong) to the big ass cyprus hill style king arthurs that you see, boasting huge4/5 foot tall tubes and huge bubbles n pipes.

Ice bongs
Ice bongs are quite new to the stoner world, as they first started knocking around in the early 90s. The basic design principle of the ice bong that makes it diffrent is the twist in the tube, which is used to hold ice in the tube to cool smoke.
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"KING ARTHUR" - Cyprus Hills Bong

"The Darkside"
"The Green Meanie" (other ridiculously named bongs that are knocking around.
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A water pipe or bong is a device used for smoking, usually Cannabis (and less frequently tobacco or other substances), in which smoke is bubbled through a chamber containing water. The bong enables the operator to smoke in a manner very differently than is possible with a simple smoking pipe or joint (spliff). Most bongs are designed to either cool the smoke before it enters the operator's lungs, build up a large buffer of smoke which the user inhales quickly, or both. The word bong derives from the Thai word baung which refers to a cut off section of bamboo.
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a water pipe used to smoke herb
Fuck smokin out of a bowl nub, grab my Bong. Like i say "if it dont bubble, it aint worth the trouble"
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A sainted and holy invention. Water pipe used for smoking groovy ganja. Sometimes ice is added to the water to cool the smoke.

I love my bong!
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A bong is a specific type of water pipe. The body of the bong is the defining characteristic: the chamber is large, and placed over the mouth, a pipe stem is mounted hear the bottom, and bubbles through usually water to cool the smoke. The design originated in ancient SE Asia.
Bongs cool smoke, but also remove some THC.
Used bong water has a very bad smell similar to feline urine.
"A bong does not use hoses as a hookah does."
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