A water bong, also known as a water pipe, is a device that is commonly used for smoking cannabis. It typically consists of a vertical tube, a bowl to hold the cannabis, and a water chamber at the bottom. The bowl is filled with cannabis and then lit, while the user inhales through the top of the tube. The smoke from the cannabis passes through the water, which cools and filters it before it is inhaled by the user.
One of the main benefits of using a water bong for cannabis is that the water helps to cool the smoke and filter out harmful substances such as tar and ash. This can make the smoking experience smoother and less harsh on the lungs. Additionally, because the water helps to filter out some of the harmful substances, some users find that they can inhale larger amounts of smoke without experiencing negative effects. According to a literature review published by researcher Nicholas V. Cozzi, a study in 1963 found that “water filtration reduces both the amount of particulate matter and the number and quantity of toxic substances in the smoke that passes through it.” Similarly, a number ofstudies throughout the 1970s found that THC tends to pass through water while a number of other, potentially harmful substances are filtered out and stay behind in the water. Further supporting these findings, a study published in 1991 concluded that when smoke passes through water or some other wet surface, a number of toxic substances are removed.
To use a water bong, first, fill the water chamber with enough water to cover the bottom of the downstem. Next, pack the bowl with cannabis, light it, and inhale slowly while holding the flame over the cannabis. As you inhale, the smoke will be drawn down into the water, where it will be cooled and filtered before reaching your lungs. Remember to inhale slowly to avoid coughing or irritation. Finally, exhale the smoke and repeat as desired.
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