Why Gravity Bongs are Dope
Oh, the GB. The Gravity Bomb. The get you higher than you ever need to be singular piece of smoking equipment that you never knew you needed. Gravity bongs, which for the uninitiated is a method of smoking cannabis utilising air pressure and water, which I’ll explain in more detail later. Combining the beauty of simple engineering with the art of smoking cannabis, they really are the bee’s knees. If you think I’m being extra about how great they are, you probably haven’t tried one.
There are several different ways of constructing a gravity bong, including the standard gravity bong, the bucket bong, and the waterfall bong. For the sake of clarity, this article will just focus on the standard version of this cult classic.
How to build a Gravity Bong
So, to build one of these bad boys, you’re going to need a couple of things.
Check this list out for supplies:
- A plastic bottle (2l and above is preferable if you really want to see the full potential of a GB)
- A bucket/bigger bottle/pool/bath (a body of water deep enough to submerge the bottle in)
- Aluminium foil
- Sharp knife
- Poking device
- Some herb to test your creation
- A lighter too
Use your sharp knife to cut the bottom off of the bottle (or the smaller bottle if you’re doing this with two bottles). The more of the bottle that you leave, the more smoke you’ll be able to generate, the more you’ll be able to smoke.
For people using two bottles:
Cut the top off of your bigger bottle, ensuring that your smaller bottle will be able to fit into what remains, and fill the bottom with water.
For those using a bucket: Fill your bucket, or whatever you choose to use, with water.
Take the bottlecap off of your smaller bottle and cut a hole in it with your sharp knife. It must be big enough to be able to suck air through, but not too big, otherwise your aluminium foil and weed will fall through.
Shape your Foil
Shape your fooooil braaaah, said someone cool at some point. Anyhow, you have to wrap your bottlecap in foil, shaping it in such a way that there is a little divot in the middle, over the hole you made in step 3. You then have to poke a couple of holes through the foil, for ventilation. Make sure not to tear the foil!
You can also use a bong piece and stick it through the hole if you have one handy. This is honestly a more convenient option if you do have one.
Load your Bowl
Now the fun begins. Fill the divot you created with some bud and put it on the smaller bottle. Don’t screw the bottle closed yet though.
Submerge your Smaller Bottle
This is probably the trickiest, and therefore most stressful, step of smoking a gravity bong. Submerge your smaller bottle (the one with the weed stacked at the top) into your bigger bottle/bucket, until just the cap is left above the water. Do this slowly and carefully, as many people (myself included) have fallen afoul of doing it too quickly and losing all their weed.
Screw the bottlecap closed once you have successfully submerged the bottle.
Light it up!
Light up your bud and slowly lift the bottle up out of the water. You should notice that the bottle fills with smoke, but if it isn’t, the probable reason is that you haven’t screwed the bottlecap on properly. Make sure to stop lifting the bottle just before it is fully out of the water, otherwise you will lose all of your smoke.
Unscrew the Bottlecap
The next step is to unscrew the bottlecap and put your mouth over the opening.
Push the bottle back into the water
Get ready, because you’ve finally arrived in the promised land. Push the bottle into the water, and the smoke will be forced up into your lungs. You can do this as slowly or as fast as you’d like, depending on your lung capacity. There is a high chance of coughing, even for the hardiest of smokers, so be warned!
Some Frequently Asked Questions
Do they get you higher?
Yeah, it’s probably going to get you higher than conventional ways of smoking. A gravity bong will give you a highly concentrated amount of THC in a single hit, as their capacity is far larger than most bongs, pipes or joints. Consider this your warning, as it may be a tad intense for inexperienced smokers.
Are water bottles safe to use?
As many plastic bottles contain PET’s (polyethylene terephthalate) which can release chemicals when heated up, there is a possibility that you could pull these chemicals into your lungs when using your gravity bong.
There is still research being conducted into how harmful this can be, and some users prefer to use glass or metal bottles in their setup. Just be aware of the potential dangers of using plastic.