Is Smoking from a Bong Healthier?
If you are reading this chances are you are an avid bong smoker or a newbie thinking about smoking from a bong for the first time. A question we get asked a lot is smoking from bongs healthier? Most people assume the answer is yes, but it's not that simple. Most people understand that lighting herbs on fire does in fact produce certain carcinogens or compounds that are potentially harmful to your body. However studies show that using water pipes (aka bongs) may actually be much better for your health.
There is much debate in the smoking community regarding the answer to this. Some people believe the water placed inside the bong can trap up to 90% of the potential harmful toxins that are produced when you burn herbs. These toxins would otherwise go right into your lungs if you were not smoking from a water bong. When the smoke passes through the water it removes substances and carcinogens that could be bad for you.
People one the other side of the debate believe you, in fact, inhale more carcinogens when using a bong than even just using a traditional pipe. It is also believe that the water maybe be filtering out the beneficial compounds from the herb such as CBD. However we can all agree the water filtration you get from a bong is extremely beneficial for cooling down the smoke. So there really is no yes or no answers here, and there are not any current scientific studies on the benefits of using a bong and water filtration. So until then let's all just enjoy using our bongs like people have been doing for thousands of years.
So how does water filtration work?
When you light the dry herbs in your bowl piece and inhale through the mouthpiece, the smoke is pulled through the water in the bong before reaching your lungs. The smoke travels through the water it is forced into small bubbles. This is where the smoke cooling really happens, since the surface area of the smoke is increased it is cooled down quickly. That alone is a huge benefit because it makes smoking easier on your lungs. Some bongs even let you add ice cubes to further cool down the smoke. If you use a bong with a higher number of percolators you will get even better smoke cooling and filtration. Not sure what percolators are? Check out our post about the benefits of bong percolators.
The water also helps helps to filter out larger particles that you would otherwise inhale if you were smoking from a traditional glass pipe. You know what were talking about you and your friends probably called them Scooby Snacks or Happy Meals. Although funny, nobody likes the taste of burnt ash in their mouth. The water also helps to filter out the butane from the lighter and ash and tar from the smoke. Ever notice just how dirty your bong water gets? All of that nasty stuff is trapped in the water instead of going into your lungs.
Things to remember when using a bong:
- Make sure to keep your bong clean and change the water frequently. Using dirty bong water not only makes your smoke taste nasty it also doesn't filter as well as clean water. It is also just good hygiene to ensure you keep your bong clean especially if you are smoking it with other people and friends.
- Glass bongs are much better than plastic or metals ones. Plastic or metals pipes can transmit harmful chemicals to your body when smoking. We never recommend using plastic bongs because when heated the plastic can emit harmful toxins. A lot of smokers buy plastic water pipe because they are cheap, but when dealing with smoke and your health it is not something you want to be cheap with. Get yourself a nice glass bong, we even have a ton of bongs under $100
Are vaporizers healthier than bongs?
If you are truly looking for the healthiest way to consume dry herbs using a vaporizer is without a doubt your best option. Vaporizers do not combust your herbs and instead only heat the beneficial compounds in your herbs. Vaporizers can be much more expensive than bongs but they are definitely worth it. However if you have tried both a bong and vaporizer before than you know there is nothing quite as enjoyable as a nice bong hit :)