BONGS-LEGALITY

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While technically “bong” does not mean a device used for smoking mainly marijuana, drug-related connotations have been formed with the word itself (partly due to punning with Sanskrit bhangah “hemp”). Thus for fear of the law many Head Shops will not serve customers who use the word “bong” or “bongs”.


BONGS

A bong (also water pipe,”popper bottle”, bubbler, moof) is a filtration device/apparatus generally used for smoking cannabis,tobacco or other herbal substances.
In construction and function a bong is similar to a hooka except smaller and more portable. A bong may be constructed from any air- and water-tight vessel by adding a bowl and stem apparatus (or slide) which guides air downward to below water level whence it bubbles upward (“bubbler”) during use. To get fresh air into the bong and harvest the last remaining smoke, a hole known as the “carburator”, “carb”, “choke”, “bink”, “rush” “shotty” or simply “hole”, somewhere on the lower part of the bong above water level, is first kept covered during the smoking process, then opened to allow the smoke to be drawn into the respiratory system.
The word bong is an adaptation of the thai word bang, which refers to a cylindrical wooden tube,piper or container cut from bamboo and which also refers to the bongs used for smoking.

bong have been in use by the Hmong in Laos and Thailand, and all over Africa for centuries. One of the earliest recorded uses of the word in the West is in the McFarland Thai-English Dictionary, published in 1944, which describes one of the meanings of bongs in the Thai language as, “a bamboo waterpipe for smoking kancha, tree, hashish, or the hemp-plant.” A January 1971 issue of the Marijuana Review also used the term.


HISTORY OF THE BONG

The use of bongs for smoking was introduced in China during the late Ming Dynasty(16th century), along with tobacco, through Persia and the Silk Road. By the Quing Dynasty a bong (Water Pipe) became the most popular method to smoke tobacco, but became less popular since the Republic era. While typically employed by commoners, the bong (Water Pipe) is known to have been preferred by Empress Dowager Sixi over snuff bottles or other methods of intake. According to the Imperial Household Department she was buried with at least three bongs (water pipes); some of her collections can be seen in the Palace Museum.

The bong (water pipe) employed since the Qing dynasty can be divided into two types: the homemade bamboo bong commonly made and used by country people, and a more elegant metal version employed by Chinese merchants, urbanites, and nobility. Metal bongs are typically made out of bronze or brass, the nobility version of silver and decorated with jewels. Typically, the metal version is made out of the following components:

▪  The water pipe itself, a single-piece construct consisting of the bowl-stem, the water container, and a drawtube at least 3 inches, but  some can be up to 12 inches in length. Some are straight with a “Joint” (Sandblasted top part of stem, usually about 1 inch long, and all the way around, tapered or cone shaped, so the tapered, or “cone shaped” bowl will fit in)some are bent to resemble a crane. The size of the bowl is analogous to one hitter typically the width of a thumbnail or smaller.

▪   The tobacco container with a lid.
▪   A pipe rack small enough to be held by one hand, and consisting of two large holes for the tobacco container and the bong (water pipe). It may have smaller holes to hold various pipe tools.

HOW TO USE BONGS

The water can trap some heavier particles and water-soluble molecules, preventing them from entering the smoker’s airways. The mechanics of a bong are compared to those of a laboratory’s gas washing bottle. People put their mouths at the top and put the Tobacco in the tube, as shown in the picture.

bongs are often either glass or plastic or in older times Metal that use a bowl, stem, and water to produce smoke. After the bowl has been packed and water has been inserted into the bong, the substance is lit and the smoke is drawn through water to produce a smoother smoke than other methods of smoking do.To smoke bongs, the smoker must inhale in the bong so bubbles containing smoke begin to come from the stem. Once the bong has a fair amount of smoke built up, the stem is separated from the bong and the remaining smoke will go into the smoker’s lungs.

However, a 2000 Norml-Maps cannabis study found that bongs or water pipes filter out more psychoactive THC than they do other tars, thereby requiring users to smoke more to reach their desired effect”. In the study, smoke from cannabis supplied by the NIDA was drawn through a number of smoking devices and analyzed. This study looked at the tar to Cannabinoid ratio in the gas outputted by various bongs, as well as unfiltered and filtered joints, and Vaporizers. The results showed that only Vaporizers produced a better tar to Cannabinoid ratio than unfiltered joints, but that within the cannabinoids produced, even vaporizers warped the ratio of THC (the psychoactive component of the smoke) to CBN (capable of producing medical benefits but is not psychoactive) in favor of CBN. This showed an unfiltered joint had the best tar to THC ratio of all, and bongs were actually seriously detrimental in this respect.

MAPS also reviewed a study that examined the effects and composition of water-filtered and non-filtered cannabis and tobacco smoke. It found that when alveolar macrophages were exposed to unfiltered smoke, their ability to fight bacteria was reduced, unlike exposure to water-filtered smoke. It also found substantial epidemiological evidence of a lower incidence of carcinoma among tobacco smokers who used bongs (water-pipes), as opposed to cigarettes,cigars and regular pipes. “It appears that water filtration can be effective in removing components from cannabis smoke that are known toxicants… The effectiveness of toxicant removal is related to the smoke’s water contact area.”

Specially designed bongs (water pipes), incorporating particulate filters and gas-dispersion frits, would likely be most effective in this regard; the gas-dispersion frit serves to break up the smoke into very fine bubbles, thereby increasing its water-contact area. These frits are commonly referred to as “diffusers” for the way that they diffuse (or disperse) the smoke as it exits the down stem, and usually consist of small holes or slats at the end of the down stem. This study suggests that a bongs smoke is less harmful than unfiltered smoke.

Source of Content: Wikipedia