When it comes to smoking marijuana, finding the right glass pipe is the key to your overall experience. How impressive or ordinary the hit turns out, depends not only on the grade of cannabis you are enjoying, but also a great deal on the type of pipe you use. Whether you are a beginner or a regular, knowing about the types of pipes can really help you determine what is going to work best for you. Though there are different types of pipes, here we are focusing on bubblers and bongs
What is a Bubbler?
A bubbler pipe is a handheld glass pipe that uses water. This type of pipe comprises a mouthpiece, a permanent bowl, a downstem, and a water chamber. Bubs are typically more compact in size and can be kept in a kitchen or bathroom cupboard. A bubbler may have a percolator in the design, but in a compact unit like a bub, look for a diffused downstem to help aerate the smoke and create bubbles. Bubs are a viable option if you like bongs and spoon pipes, and want a bit of both. More often than not, the name Bubbler is associated with Flower Style Cannabis. If you are consuming Extracted Cannabis (oil), the same product is referred to as a ‘Rig’. Rigs, or extract bubs, focus on heat reduction because extract is vaporized at much higher temperatures. Many Rigs offer Recycler functionality to continually cool the water in the chamber.
What is a Bong?
A Bong is essentially a reconfigured Hookah. The induction point at the top of the hookah where Shisha is caramelized with charcoal in a vented dish has been lowered to the chamber and now functions as the mouthpiece. The charcoal and dish are gone, replaced with a removable bowl that plugs into a downstem. Like a Bub, a bong has a water chamber for cooling and filtration. While there are small-ish Bongs, most are comparatively bigger than a Bubbler. Larger size alone does make the Bong more effective than a Bubbler because the smoke has a longer time to cool further AND when you pull the bowl to clear a Bong, you get a larger charge of cooled smoke. Size also affords the maker an opportunity to add functional gear to a Bong (percolators and ice pinches are most common) which is much harder to do in a space constrained design typical of Bubblers.
A hookah is a more traditional and communal method of smoking. They have been around for thousands of years. Redesigned for more modern application, Bongs are most commonly used for cannabis nowadays but can be used with other smokable herbs. Bongs are also a little more flashy and carry a bit more cache and status because of the size.
The Right One For You – Bubbler VS Bong
When it comes down to choosing the best one for you, bong vs bubbler, first off, you should think about how you are going to be using it. Are you going to be using it in one place, possibly where it will be left out for all to admire it? Or do you need to put it away after every use? If you are going to display your bong as a possession, you need to have ample space, whereas a bubbler is smaller and fits anywhere. Maybe you are going to be walking around while using it or keeping it with you while traveling? There are many spill-proof bubbler options available for those who have an urge to smoke on the go.
Also, take into account how often you are going to be using it. For frequent users, opting for a bubbler is recommended, as it is an easy-to-use product with less breakable parts.
If you are unable to decide, you can always have them both, after all both will help in getting you high!
No matter which pipe you choose, make sure you are getting a pipe that is high quality and handmade. Handmade pipes are easier to use, last longer, and they are going to be beautiful for long as well. With the right pipe, you can have a great experience every time you smoke, and you can truly enjoy your high