Is Smoking with a Bong Healthier?

Reading time: 5 minutes

The following is an article produced by a contributing author. ILGM does not endorse nor evaluate the claims of our contributors, nor do they influence our editorial process. 

About smoking with a bong

You may have heard or read about bongs before, but are they actually healthier when used in smoking? Most smokers are aware that burning marijuana does produce certain compounds that can be harmful to the body. These are the same ones also found in tobacco smoke. Usually, pot is smoked in joints, but studies show that using water pipes, aka bongs, may be better in regards to your health.

Never run out of weed to smoke up! Download my free Grow Bible to learn how to grow your own weed.

Grow Bible

marijuana grow bible
  • Grow with my Quick Start Guide
  • Discover secrets to Big Yields
  • Avoid common grow mistakes

    How? Well, it’s all in the water. The water pipe can trap as much as 90% of the toxins that you would have otherwise inhaled straight into your lungs. Passing marijuana smoke through water removes substances such as cytotoxins that can actually impair your immune cells. The filtration provided by a bong is beneficial, especially for smokers who have certain immunodeficiencies.

    • So how does the water filtration actually work?
      The smoke from your weed is pulled through the water in the bong before moving it into your lungs.
    • As the smoke travels through the water, it is then forced into small bubbles. Now, this is what causes the smoke to actually lose a lot of its heat. That alone is already a benefit. The cooler the smoke, the better it is for your body.
    • The water also filters out larger particles, such as toxins, in the smoke that you would have inhaled if you were smoking a joint. What sort of particles are we talking about? These include ash, tar and even the butane emission coming from your lighter. All three are bad for your body.
    more bong models

    Things to Remember when Using a Bong:

    • Make sure that you always clean out dirty bong water. Re-using this actually lessens the filtering effect and often renders it useless. This is also important for hygienic purposes, even if your bong is something you use exclusively for yourself.
    • Glass bongs are better than plastic or aluminum ones. They contain much less chemicals that can get transferred to your body during smoking. Plastic, in particular, is not recommended as it can create more toxins in the smoke when heated up. People often opt for these plastic versions due to the cheap price tag, but if you look around you will find that budget glass versions can be picked up for around the same price.

    Joints vs Bongs

    glass bongs

    Joints, also known as Doobies, are the most popular method for inhaling marijuana. They can be fun and all in all they are a great way to enjoy your herbs, but there are some serious downfalls.

    • Many smokers add tobacco to help keep their joint lit, this poses so many more health risks than the smoke from your herb.

    With bongs there is never any need to add other substances as the lighter will keep it lit for as long as you require.

    • The smoke you inhale is ridiculously hot, when you really examine the situation there is a red hot rock just centimeters away from your face. Inhaling smoke this hot makes the whole process far unhealthier than it needs to be.

    As mentioned, bongs will drastically cool your smoke with their water chambers whilst allowing the smoke to also travel and cool at the same time.

    • For some rolling a joint is not that easy, it can be time consuming and if the roll is loose then you can even end up wasting your herb when the paper burns too quickly.

    Throwing some ground chowder into a bong bowl and lighting it is an absolute breeze in comparison!

    What about Vaporizers?

    If you truely want to use your medicine in the healthiest way possible then vaporizing is the answer. However these are certainly not for the stoner who wants a heavy blast as many do find the high to be weaker than actually combusting the herb.

    Comparing the Practicality of Vaporizers with Bongs

    If you have tried using both a bong and vaporizer for long term use you will understand that bongs are far easier to maintain when compared to something like a vaporizer. The latter requires a lot more work and can potentially malfunction, depending on the brand you buy and where you have bought it from. Emptying the bowl of a bong is an absolute breeze compared with trying to scrape out sticky resin from within a tight chamber of a vaporizer. Clearing out a vape quickly becomes a pain in the ass.

    What about edibles

    Edibles truly are a whole other game. The most common type is cannabutter and it is relatively easy to make. The biggest note to make here is that it can take 1-4 hours for the high to hit, it depends on your size, weight, metabolism and when you last ate. Edibles effect everyone differently, a dose that could knock you off your feet could barely touch a friend. There are many factors. When the right dosage is taken edibles can be a very effective way to medicate, but they are surely not for the newcomer.

    TIP: Looking to buy seeds? Visit the ILGM marijuana seed shop

    So there you have it, a quick summary of what makes bongs the better method for smoking. Remember, anything in excess is bad for the body so always do things in moderation.

    Guest posted by Herbtools

    Avatar for Bob ILGM

    Bob ILGM

    Writer, Grower at I Love Growing Marijuana

    Bob knows a thing or two about growing at home. He's not as experienced as Robert, but he has a knack for keeping his gardens incognito. Bob also loves writing about how other people grow their crops and has extensive knowledge on anything you might need to have a successful grow in your own home.... [Read full bio]

    • Pinterest


    marijuana grow bible
    • Grow With My Quick Start Guide
    • Discover Secrets To Big Yields
    • Avoid Common Grow Mistakes

      15 comments on “Is Smoking with a Bong Healthier?”

      1. Cheers to a cool clean bong! Great article full of valuable info! Thanks for Sharing!

      2. Suudy conducted by California NORML and MAPS on the efficiency of waterpipes as filtration systems found that the devices do little to shield smokers from harmful tars in marijuana smoke because they filter out similar amounts of THC and unwanted particulates. The amount of Tar produced even increases when maijuana is smoked through a waterfiltration system which is not the case with tobacco.

      3. I would recommed to try use a bong to smoke weed, because water inside the bong would first cool down the smoke temperature and also woud moisturize the smoke, which is good for smokers’ lungue.

      4. And where my friend do you get this ridiculous information just off your top of your head or out of your ass. I work for a chemical company for 24 years guess what they used to scrub the chemicals out of the smoke before it got to the atmosphere? Yes water

      5. This article is completely incorrect! Bongs do not remove toxins or ash! “The water pipe can trap as much as 90% of the toxins” is totally the opposite of the truth. Do the research! All studies show you get more toxins with a bong! You are lying to people and causing extreme harm!

      6. Thanks for the Information, definitely clears up a few issues i had… Love your blog btw keep up the great work

      7. Vince,

        Pretty much, no lamps give 100% after 2 years. LED lamps burn out heat sync generally burns out. individual LED’s can also wear out after time. The only way to truly get an answer to your question is to buy a new lamp and compare it to your old one, or get a meter and rest yours, then go to hydro store and test that against a new one. Good Luck.

        Have a great day, lw

      8. EXCELLENT INFO…. I have taken your advice and I FEEL SO MUCH BETTER !!!!! THIS INFO REF BONGS MUST BE SHARED !!!!! THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH ” I-L-G-M ” !!!!! p.s. how do I know if my led lights are giving 100% power after 2 years of use ?????