This is a bong. Bongs come in all kinds of mind-boggling shapes and sizes, but we’ll stick to this basic bong. Before we light up, I’ll break down the parts of a basic bong. Bongs have a water-filled base, a mouthpiece, a bowl and a downstem. Smoking from a bong produces a cool, smooth hit but that doesn’t
mean it makes smoking any healthier than smoking a joint. The water filtration part of a bong doesn’t purify the harmful particles
from the smoke, it just makes the smoke smoother to inhale. To smoke a bong, you’ll need to start by pouring some water directly into the mouth of the bong. Fill up the water about an inch above where downstem sits. Next step: you’re going to pack the bowl. It helps if your cannabis is nicely ground. If you pack it too tight, it has potential to clog your bowl. We’re going to use this La Strada by Edison Cannabis Co. It’s a sativa-dominant strain that Lift & Co. reviewers report calming, focused and happy effects. Using one hand, hold the bong while you light the cannabis that’s in the bowl. Place your mouth inside the mouthpiece and inhale. The smoke will go through the chamber of the bong and then up through the mouthpiece. If your bong has a carb, which is a hole in the device, hold a finger over it while you light, and remove it as you inhale, to clear the chamber of smoke. If it doesn’t have a carb, pull the bowl out of the stem as you inhale. When you’re doing a bong hit, a lot of smoke is produced so be prepared to cough. Don’t feel obligated to inhale all the smoke. Only do what’s comfortable. To cool down the smoke even more, some people pop a few ice cubes into the smoke chamber. Now this might not be the most discreet way to consume cannabis,
but it can be a lot smoother than smoking a joint or pipe.