When you think of a bong, you immediately think of a glass bong. Glass bongs are so popular that most people don’t realise there are other types of bongs. If you’re still stuck on glass bongs (and rightfully so), you’re a bit outdated. Silicone bongs are futuristic and quickly gathering steam.
Unfortunately, silicone bongs are not receiving the same warm welcome as glass bongs. Perhaps because of the benefits that glass bongs are associated with. However, if you have been thinking about a silicone bong, it’s not a bad idea as you’re about to find out.
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What is a Silicone Bong?
Silicone bongs are similar to other bongs in every type of way. They are a water pipe that comes with a small bowl compartment that holds your dry herbs and a water chamber. Like other bongs, silicone bongs filter and cool the smoke before it gets to your mouth.
The only difference between silicone and glass bongs is the material. Silicone bongs are made from a non-toxic, durable, and flexible vessel that is the perfect accessory to enjoy your herb. Silicone bongs are unique because they are highly resistant to heat without losing shape. This is why silicone is perfect for making bongs.
Benefits of Silicone Bongs
Opting for a silicone bong comes with its own range of benefits—some even better than glass bongs.
With a silicone bong, you never have to worry about breaking the bong. With a glass bong, no matter how quality or thick the bong is, there is always a high chance of the bong breaking, which is a concern for most smokers.
Silicone, on the other hand, has a rubber-like texture. It is impossible to break. If you drop the bong, the worst that can happen is cleaning up the dirty bong water. If you're looking for a durable, long-lasting bong that you can use, silicone bongs are a perfect choice.
Perfect for travel
Silicone bongs are perfect for travel. If you want to take your favourite bong, keep the size for large hits and still save up on space, silicone bongs are ideal. You can fold, twist and bend the bong to fit the desired space without causing permanent damage to the bong.
Silicone bongs are particularly ideal for smokers that don’t want to use a mini bong. They allow you to enjoy the comfort of carrying a bong you’re used to without taking too much space.
Besides transporting silicone more discreetly than glass, it is also better suited for partying than glass. The bong will stay intact no matter how wild the party gets.
Easy to clean
The toughest part of owning a bong is keeping it clean. However, silicone bongs are much easier to clean compared to glass and acrylic bongs.
First, silicone bongs are not transparent. If you can't see the dirt, you don't have to worry about it as much, which means you clean the bong less frequently. Also, silicone bongs are flexible, making it easy to get into every nook and cranny when cleaning the bong.
When cleaning a silicone bong, you only need to use warm water and mild dish soap. For a deeper clean, you can also try washing the bong in a dishwasher. Another trick to clean a silicone bong is to keep it in the freezer for up to 12 hours. Take it out and twist. The frozen residue will crack and fall off.
The freezer method is particularly handy if you smoke concentrates. But it is less effective if you smoke bud. However, you can wash it using water and soap.
Glass bongs are generally expensive. Affordable options are usually low standard, and even then, those could still cost you an arm and a leg.
Silicone bongs are more affordable. Most silicone bongs cost half the price of glass bongs. This makes silicone bongs an excellent option if you’re shopping on a tight budget. And, in case you decide to spend on a more impressive silicone bong, at least you know it won't break any time soon.
There’s no limit to the variety silicone bongs come in. Silicone is easy to mould. The bongs can come in various shapes, sizes and stunning colours. You can find a silicone bong to suit any preference. Whether you’re going for an understated bong or an over-the-top finish, silicone bongs will easily achieve that.
Downsides of Silicone Bongs
Although there are numerous reasons to be excited about silicone bongs, it’s also important to be aware of where some pitfalls to help you make the best choice.
While you can have fun with silicone bongs that come in all vibrant colours and can even be moulded into novelty items like Lava Lamps, the appearance of the bong, though eye-catching, doesn't look refined and elegant. However, it is also important to note that appearance is relative and differs from person to person.
Glass has always been known for tasting better if it is cleaned and maintained properly. Silicone impacts the flavour of the herb though slightly but noticeable, which can impact the smoking experience, particularly for experienced smokers.
Are Silicone Bongs Safe?
One of the reasons silicone bongs have not peaked the same way as glass bongs is that most smokers have a reservation about the safety of silicone bongs.
Silicone feels and looks the same as plastic which is something you wouldn’t want to smoke. As a result, most smokers stay away from silicone bongs.
However, Silicone bongs are relatively easy to use. You just need to take a few precautions. First, ensure the bowl is not made from silicone. Ensure you only heat the non-silicone parts and not the bong itself. If you use the bong as a dab rig, have a glass dropdown. It will keep the heat source away from the bong.
When purchasing the bong, ensure you only buy one made from food-grade silicone, which is non-toxic and doesn’t contain BPA. Food-grade silicone doesn't leach into your bong water and doesn't emit any toxic gases making silicone bongs a safe choice. After taking the right precautions, you shouldn’t have any problems smoking from a silicone bong.