The ABC of Bongs

IMG_6612You may know people with bongs, or you may have one or two yourself.  The bong is just another way to smoke marijuana and yet to those that use them they are so much more.  They can be works of art and often are quite scientific.

The word “bong” is derived from the Thai word ‘baung,’ which means ‘a cylindrical wooden tube, pipe or container cut from bamboo.’  It may be called by many different names.

  • Water Pipe
  • Bong
  • Hooka
  • Bubbler
  • Rig
  • Binnger

Then there is the fact that many people like to name their bongs.  Here are a few names that might tickle your funny bone.

  • Bong Solo
  • Jay and Silent Bong
  • Lebong James
  • Bong Travolta
  • Bongkey Kong
  • James Bong
  • The Rolling Stoned
  • Barack Obonga aka the Commander in Kief

The thought of filtering your smoke through water, apparently is not new.  Bongs have been around for a very long time.  There is evidence of bongs going back in the African Peninsula originating with an Earth Bong which was a vessel built into the ground. Water pipes were also found on the Russian Continent in ruins from the Scythian’s as far back as 2400 years ago.  They were used by the Ming Dynasty in China and all over the Middle East as depicted in art and historical renderings of all type.

So why do we love omarijuana-bong-230x300ur bongs.  Here are some of the things a bong does for you, besides give you a hell of a hit.  Bongs work by filtering the smoke through water to remove toxins and particles while cooling the smoke.   Studies have shown that smoking through water removed substances called cytotoxins, which are known to impair immune cells.  So not only are you getting that buzz you like but you might just be getting a cleaner buzz.

Today’s bongs have gotten quite complex.  Between the build your own bongs where you can custom design your equipment to ones with Ice catchers and extra filtration chambers there is a lot to choose from.  Ask a bong smoker and they will tell you the features they enjoy and depend on.


One of the challenges with a bong, like any smoking devise is keeping it clean. We all know those folks that pass us those smelly filthy bongs, killing the flavour of the kind. Some bongs have ash catchers to keep the ashes out of the main chambers.  Many stores offer brushes you can use to scrub your bong.  The build a bongs can be taken apart of easy cleaning.

Then there are the products out there to help you clean your bong, such as 420 and Orange Crush. Keeping the bong clean can also be helped with a product called Rezblock which prevents the residue from sticking to the bong.  If you have a very elaborate bong a product like Rezblock will save you from quite a bit of frustration.

Bongs have their own culture. Some people will share a bong, passing it after each pull waiting for someone to get the ‘carc’ or ending hit of ash. Others will wait till they clear the bowl considering it bad etiquette to pass a less then perfect bowl.  You can get different size bowls for different size hits, so you can pack a party bowl for guests to share.

Here at Kushh we pride ourselves in our bong selection.  We have a wide selection of glass to choose from.  We carry:

  • Hoss,
  • Cheech,
  • OG,
  • among others

We try to carry reasonably priced bongs that are great quality. We listen to our customers and hear what they want and what they are willing to spend.  We then stock what they want and need.   We want to stock a strong bong, that will provide strong a clean hit, without breaking the bank.  We use local suppliers to try to keep the our dollars in our community.  One of our favorites is Cheech.  They have a great product with a lower price point and a huge selection.

The moral of the story is that for every taste there is at least one bong if not two.  Come on into Kushh and we will help you find the right one for you. Give it a try and you just might like it.




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