Smoking pot is a great idea by itself. But given the option to roll a joint or light up a bowl, what would be your preferred method of choice to stew in the psychedelic juice?
Within the stoner community, any opinion thrown either way will always be up for carping. Not necessarily with scientific evidence, but an old head who’s big on the actual ritual of smoking joints will never run out of rebutting views on the whole idea of dropping their preferred method of choice for bong, bubbler or any other smoking device out there, and vice versa.
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The Basic Difference
Joints are handmade, and all it takes to make one is some basic knowledge on how to roll one and, of course, the rolling paper itself, which should only cost you a few cents.
Bongs on the other hand, are more on the pricey side, with prices ranging from $20 to a few hundred for a good one.
Fast and Heavy Hit vs. with Enough Time to let it creep in Slowly
This sums it all.
A bong rip gets you awfully high for less weed. Good when you’re in for a fast and heavy hit.
That’s mostly because the smoke in bongs has to pass through water before it is hit. The smoke produced is therefore much cooler and friendlier to your lungs. That’s beside from producing a much bigger hit.
Joints are portable. Plus you can never run out of places to hide it should a cop roll up in the middle of a smoking session, somewhere in a marijuana outlawed country. You can even swallow it up to clear the evidence, and don’t mistake this for wastage. You’ll be fried out later on when the cop is off your neck.
Bongs are much bigger, delicate, and less convenient to carry around. You can’t take them in your car as they can be shaken while driving and suffer breakage.
A more convenient option would be a bubbler, which is considerably smaller and not much different from a bong, except for NOT featuring a bowl.
Bongs are the healthier option here, hands down.
Once you’re done with smoking a bong you can watch as the water turns black after absorbing all the harmful byproducts of smoking.
That’s because the water in the bong is designed to filter out a good chuck of the harmful byproducts that would have otherwise caused detrimental effects to your lungs.
As for weed, most of the black stain gets caught in the crutch and the weed itself. It will thereafter be entering your lungs, thus exposing you to lung cancer and a series of other lung-related diseases.
With bongs there’s always the risk of breaking it. Plus they demand to be cleaned once so often.
Joints on the other hand require nothing of this, except for an ash tray or something similar for disposing of their ashes and cashed joints.
Bongs are considered more efficient.
That’s because you take a fat rip and the force created by the vacuum will be pushing the smoke way deeper into your windpipe and lungs.
This works to ensure that you’re hit heavy and faster, with only a small portion of the smoke going to waste as opposed to smoking a joint.
The Wrap Up
Preference is key in all this, more so because at the end of the day the whole argument will still be boiling down to subjective opinions. But what’s important is to keep in mind that nothing prohibits anyone lucky enough to own a bowl from rolling up a joint and ripping it out. Plus there’s nothing wrong with trying out a method or device you’re NOT fond of, even once in a long while.
Who knows, you might get to love it in the process and switch camps.