Smoking cigarettes has now been proven beyond reasonable dispute to be bad for your health. Cigar smoking and pipe smoking are only marginally safer because of the carcinogens present in the smoke that is inhaled from burning plant materials.
Fortunately, the alternatives to these dangerous products have been around for many thousands of years, so we need never have to resort to such dangerous substances when seeking a legal high.
The bong, for example, is a safe way of smoking natural plant products and eliminates the risk of taking in carcinogenic materials with the smoke. Bongs were traditionally made from wood or bamboo, but nowadays glass bongs have become especially popular because they are more hygienic and less prone to bacterial contamination if a proper bong cleaner is used with them.
A bong is rather like a hookah pipe, or hubble-bubble, familiar from street cafes in the Middle East where they are still very popular. They originated in Thailand and other areas of Southeast Asia, and the word ‘bong’ actually comes from the Thai word for ‘bamboo.’
Bongs and hookah pipes work on the same principles for getting smoke that has been purified to the user’s respiratory system, rather than simply inhaling all the burn products as pipes, cigars and cigarettes do.
Water is the filtration method used in these implements, with the harmful elements becoming trapped in it and only the active ingredients being allowed to pass through to the user. Air is sucked up as the bubbles burst onto the surface inside the bulb of the bong.