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Ancient humans got stoned. We know this because archeologists have found pipes that are thousands of years old made from gourds, rocks, and even skulls! Over our evolution, people have always seemed to enjoy using a bong to filter smoke through water to cool down and increase the size of their hit.
The only difference between the water pipes that our hunter-gatherer relatives used and our modern day equivalent is the techniques and materials used to create them. Bongs provide a smoother, more refreshing, filtered smoke that's easier on the lungs to hit than using a dry pipe.
Glass water pipes are the most accessible type of bong to clean because they can be partially dismantled. They provide excellent filtration due to various percs and features. If treated carefully they can last for generations.
Water filtration in a bong cools down your hit as it moves through the water and is broken up into smaller bubbles. As the smoke passes through water and the percs inside your pipe, the tiny bubbles that are formed cool the smoke quickly to a temperature more comfortable to inhale.
There are dozens of percs out there, but they all provide smoother hits at the cost of some drag. Bongs that have perc like a tree perc bong and ones that have a removable downstem are easy to clean. However, more intricate pieces, such as the fab egg or the inline perc bongs offer smoother hits but are harder to clean sometimes.
Wondering what type of bong is best for you?
While the perc and the shape of your water pipe are probably the most important aspects to consider, there are a ton of features that can change from pipe to pipe. Some bongs have a fixed down stem while others have a removable one. There are extra additions that can make your smoking more pleasurable like ice-catches, splash guards, and water line markers.
Often bongs are made with 10mm, 14mm, and 19mm joint sizes. It's important to know what size your bong is when buying parts like glass bowls or accessories like ash-catchers. An essential feature to check for is what type of joint is on the downstem of your pipe. Most beakers have 45º fittings, many straight tubes and inline perc pieces will have a 90º joint angle.
Try and consider all these aspects when shopping for a new bong and if you still are not sure what piece is right for you, reach out to us, and we will be happy to help!