Gravity bong

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Not to be confused with Gravity bomb or Gravity Bone.
Dakta Blaze's bucket bong outside Timaru, New Zealand Courthouse.
An example bucket bong.

A gravity bong is a method of consuming smokable substances such as cannabis and tobacco. The term describes both a bucket bong and a waterfall bong, since both use airpressure and water to develop smoke.

The bucket bong is made out of two containers, with the larger, open top container filled with water. The smaller has an attached bowl and open bottom, and the smaller is placed into the larger. Once the bowl is lit, the operator must move the small container up, causing a pressure difference. Smoke slowly fills the small jar until the user removes the bowl and inhales the contents. A waterfall bong is made up of only one container. The container must have a bowl and a small hole near the base so the water can drain easily. As the water flows out of the container, air is forced through the bowl and causes the substance to burn and accumulate smoke in the bong.

Description[edit]

Bucket bong[edit]

Bucket bong in operation
The bottle's lid
The bong, ready for operation

The construction of a bucket bong (or simply a "bucket") calls for a large plastic bottle (about 2 litres (0.53 US gal)), a large bucket or other container that both the bottle and a large amount of water will properly go into, a brass cut nozzle used as the bowl, an aerator screen cut to fit the bowl, and a large bucket or container. The large plastic bottle's base is cut off, and the bottle's cap has a small hole in the center which will eventually hold a bowl. The screen is placed inside of the bowl. The cut nozzle is threaded into the hole outside the cap.[1][2]

The cap is then packed with a smokable substance, and screwed onto the bottle once it is immersed to its neck in liquid. While lighting the bowl with (preferably) a lighter or match, the bottle is gradually lifted until it is about to come out of the water or when the substance discontinues burning. While the bottle is held in place, the lid is removed and the bottle will be pushed down while the one smoking it is breathing the smoke in while the user's mouth is on the bottle's opening.[1][2] The result of smoke entering consumer's lungs is caused by pressure created when the bong works with water pressurization to allow the inhalation and ingestion of smoke, which enters the lungs in a smoother manner than inhaling from a joint, blunt, or bowl by itself.[2][3] This will give the smoker a sudden dose with hardly any smoke lost, rather than the amount of smoke lost with joints and blunts.[4]

Author Brian Griffin—who also wrote under a pseudonym—noted the aesthetic downside of a gravity bong to be that it looks like "something a janitor whipped up using items from his closet." Griffin also wrote that the bong is quite difficult to conceal, saying: "they can be hard to hide if civic-minded parents or parole officers plan on making visits."[5] An author under the pseudonym Will B. High insisted that the bucket bong's existences was "indisputable evidence" that marijuana smokers were more intelligent and inventive than one might assume.[6] I. M. Stoned, author of Weed: 420 Things You Didn't Know (or Remember) about Cannabis called the bucket bong "out of the world" and "killer sweet."[2]

Waterfall bong[edit]

Waterfall bong in operation

A waterfall bong (or reverse bucket bong) is another method of consuming smoke. It is assembled using a large plastic bottle (preferably about 2 liter), a bung or rubber stopper, a brass cut nozzle to act as a bowl and transport smoke to the bottle, and an aerator screen. Once the bottle is filled to its neck in water and the lid is then screwed on, pulling the rubber stopper and lighting the bowl is lit as water continues to drain out will cause smoke to be drawn into the bottle. The cap is removed after the water has completely drained out, which will release the smoke.[1]

Comparison to other herbal consumption methods[edit]

The bong is typically used for smoking cannabis and is generally not recommended for smoking tobacco or other herbal substances.[7][8][9][10] The bong is, however, often marketed for use of tobacco.[11] The pressure created by the action of inhaling smoke into the user's lungs is very low when using a waterfall, contrary to other smoking devices, as gravity fills the chamber with smoke, creating less work for the smoker's lungs.[12] Because the gravity bong does not use water to filter the cannabis, it is different than water pipes and water bongs. Vaporizers do not produce smoke, but the inhalation process is similar. A joint can contain from 0.4 g to well over 1 g and blunts can contain up to 3 g of cannabis,[13] while the bucket bong only uses about 0.1 g to 0.3 g.[14]

Legal status[edit]

World laws governing the recreational/spiritual use of cannabis

Internationally, the sale of gravity bongs is often prohibited in countries where marijuana is illegal due to its association with the herb. In the United States, under the Federal Drug Paraphernalia Statute, which is part of the Controlled Substances Act, it is illegal to sell, transport through the mail, transport across state lines, import, or export drug paraphernalia, meaning that the bong is illegal.[15][16] Since both Colorado and Washington have legalized recreational use of the herb, gravity bongs (along with other related paraphernalia) can be legally sold to anyone over the age of 21.[17][18] In countries and states where use of cannabis is illegal, some retailers insist that bongs are intended for use with tobacco in an attempt to circumvent laws against selling drug paraphernalia. While technically the term "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, meaning "hemp"). Thus for fear of the law some head shops will not serve customers who use the word "bong" or "bongs".[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Stratton, Randy (2007). Build This Bong. San Francisco, California: Chronicle Publishing Company. p. 38. ISBN 978-0-8118-5582-2. 
  2. ^ a b c d I. M. Stoned (2009). Weed: 420 Things You Didn't Know (or Remember) about Cannabis. Avon, Massachusetts: Adams Media. pp. 24–25. ISBN 978-1-4405-0349-8. 
  3. ^ Phillips, Gregory (2003). Addictions And Healing In Aboriginal Country. Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press for the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. p. 53. ISBN 978-0-85575-450-1. 
  4. ^ Delahunty, Brendan; Putt, Judy. "http://www.ndlerf.gov.au/pub/Monograph_15.pdf" (2006), Monograph Series No. 15. National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund. National Drug Strategy.
  5. ^ Griffin, Brian (2010). The Trustafarian Handbook: A Field Guide to the Neo-Hippie Lifestyle - Funded by Mom and Dad. Avon, Massachusetts: Adams Media. pp. 60–61. ISBN 1-4405-0215-3. 
  6. ^ Will B. High (2010). Weedopedia: A Totally Dank A-Z Reefer Reference. Avon, Massachusetts: Adams Media. p. 96. ISBN 978-1-4405-0645-1. 
  7. ^ Green, Jonathon (2005). Cassell's Dictionary of Slang (2nd ed.). London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. p. 193. ISBN 978-0-304-36636-1. 
  8. ^ Dalzell, Tom; Victor, Terry (2007). The Concise New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English (New ed.). London: Routledge. p. 96. ISBN 978-0-415-21259-5. 
  9. ^ "Marijuana Facts & Figures". Office of National Drug Control Policy. Archived from the original on May 31, 2008. Retrieved December 23, 2013. 
  10. ^ Albright, Troy; Shawkat, Nedal; Susor, Alex (Fall 2005). "Contraband: The Sale of Regulated Goods on the Internet". Georgia State University. Retrieved 2011-05-24. 
  11. ^ a b "Phoenix New Times: Head Games". Phoenixnewtimes.com. 2006-02-16. 
  12. ^ Stoned, I. M. (2009). Weed: 420 Things You Didn't Know (or Remember) about Cannabis. Avon, Massachusetts: Adams Media. pp. 24–25. ISBN 978-1-4405-0349-8. 
  13. ^ Chawla, Sandeep; Le Pichon, Thibault, Research and Analysis Section, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (2006). World Drug Report 2006. Volume 1: Analysis. Geneva, Switzerland: United Nations Publications. p. 2120. ISBN 92-1-148214-3. 
  14. ^ Panshin, A.J.; Zeeuw, Carl, de (1980). Textbook of Wood Technology: Structure, Identification, Properties, and Uses of the Commercial Woods of the United States and Canada (McGraw-Hill series in forest resources) (4th ed. ed.). New York City: McGraw-Hill. p. 32. ISBN 9780070484412. 
  15. ^ Marshall, Donnie (20 March 2001). "Notice of denial of petition to reschedule marijuana". Federal Register (Drug Enforcement Administration) 66 (75): 20038–20076. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  16. ^ See United States v. Angelos, 433 F.3d 738 (10th Cir. 2006) (55 years for three sales of marijuana).
  17. ^ Tenser, Phil (2012-11-07). "Out-of-state money funded push to pass Amendment 64 and legalize marijuana in Colorado". The Denver Channel. E. W. Scripps Company. 
  18. ^ "SUMMARY OF INITIATIVE 502 TO THE LEGISLATURE". Washington State Legislature. May 16, 2012. Retrieved December 30, 2012. 

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