The Science Behind the Bong

The Science behind the bong

One of the most popular ways for all of us to smoke the magical cannabis plant. We also call her weed, mary jane, green and so many others, is through a bong. But whats The science behind the bong?

Everybody can agree and attest to that being a fact of every stoner’s life. However, as popular as smoking marijuana is! The fact is that not a lot of people know exactly how the bong works to provide you that smooth smoking experience.

If you have been hitting some of that good stuff for a while and the question has struck your stoned mind a few times. You may have found yourself without answers. That’s how it is for most people.

Well, worry no more. This post is going to tell you all that you need to know about how and why the bong you love works as well as it does.

Once you know how it works, you will be able to better appreciate the beauty of smoking your favorite cannabis strain from your best bong.

Prepare yourself because you, dear stoner, are going to learn the science behind the bong right here right now.

The Architecture of The Bong

First things first, let’s take a look at all of the structural marvels that come together to make what everybody knows as bongs.

The Chamber

You inhale the smoke through the ¨bong chamber¨this is the long tube connecting the main body to where you put your mouth.

The tube is the cylinder-shaped (usually) part of the bong  It’s the chamber where you see smoke filling up after it has been filtered through the water. Get ready to take a mighty rip from your favorite cannabis strain.

It is within the chamber that all the cool features of the bong can be added like the ice pinches or the spiral percolators. These features are add-ons to make your bong fancier and your cannabis smoking experience better.

The tube can be made from a variety of materials. Glass tubes seem to be preferable nowadays as well as tubes made from silicone and acrylic also being quite popular.

we even have bongs mad with wooden tubes. It just depends on your preference as to which tube you want to use for your bong.

The Bowl

This is the part where you put in all the cannabis you want to light up when you are taking a rip. It is a tiny part but one of the most critical parts of your whole bong. Some bong designs feature bowls that are removable. Why? So that they can also function as a carburetor.

The Carburetor

You clear up the smoke from the tube using the small hole on the side of the bong. We call this the carburetor. Plenty of bong designs feature removable bowls. These also perform the function of carburetors. Some bong designs can have carburetors on the side of the tube.

That means you have to cover the carburetor with your finger when you’re prepping to take a hit of cannabis. Once you have accumulated all the filtered smoke in the tube, you remove your finger and take it all in.


The smaller tube which accommodates the cannabis smoke from the bowl to the base of your bong. This is what’s known as the downstem. The downstem makes it possible for the smoke from the bowl to go through the water.  Then it is percolated and cooled down at the base of the bong.

The downstem is often considered to be the simplest part of the bong. But there are much fancier bong designs out there. Some bong designs out there feature downstems. Which can have more carburetors so that it helps the cannabis smoke cool down even further.

The Base

The bottom-most part of your bong is the base. The base of your bong mainly consists of the water chamber which holds the water that cools down the cannabis smoke passing through it via the downstem.

The Science Behind The Bong & Filtering Cannabis Smoke Through Water

Now we come to the part which explains the science behind the bong. Why the bong rips make for a smoother cannabis smoking experience. When the cannabis smoke passes through the water at the base of your bong, the cannabis smoke cools down and becomes a bit cleaner. That is why when smoking cannabis through a bong, you can inhale much more and yet your lungs will not feel like they’ll burn up.

For the would-be skeptics thinking that filtering the cannabis smoke through the water will take out the THC from the smoke, you should know that water happens to be a polar solvent.

What this means is that it is not exactly good at dissolving cannabinoids which in turn means your cannabis smoke is going to be chock full of THC.

What the water does filter out though, is all the bad things that the smoke has. No more ash, no more tar, just the pure ol’terpenes, and THC concentrated smoke.

The fact that your bong filters out the tar and ash this is why the water in the base and the bong turns into a brownish color after a lot of use. Also why you should clean your bong regularly.

What Happens When You Take A Rip

When you fire up the bowl, the cannabis lights up and smoke starts to form. When you inhale from the mouthpiece to fill up the tube, you’re essentially creating a vacuum in the chamber. This causes all the smoke from the bowl to accumulate into the chamber as it passes through the water.

This makes two things happen: Firstly, the water cools down the smoke and secondly, the water filters out all of the dirt, ash, and tar from the cannabis smoke. Once you finish pulling the smoke into the chamber. Remove your finger from the carburetor and rip away.

There many varieties to the bong. From the materials that are used to make them to the type of bong. some of the most popular materials are glass, bamboo and even ceramic. Many A-List celebs are promoting the herb and freedom to smoke now.  Especially with the arrival of the new ANTI gravity bong!

It’s as simple as that, fellow bong smokers. You can now smoke your favorite strain of cannabis from your favorite bong with a more enlightened appreciation of the beautiful experience that it is to smoke the bong.