What is a Gravity Bong?
A gravity bong is a bong, usually homemade, that uses two plastic bottles. A larger bottle, or bucket, is filled with water and the smaller one is placed inside. A bowl is placed at the top of the smaller bottle for the marijuana. As the marijuana is lit, the smaller bottle is slowly pulled out of the water. When it looks like a good hit, the bowl is removed and the bottle is pushed back into the water as the consumer inhales. The smoke inhaled is super concentrated and essentially smoking one bowl all at once. This is what makes smoking from a gravity bong so powerful.
Gravity bongs go by many different names. So, if you’re at a party and someone wants to break out a water bottle bong, water bottle gravity bong, geeb, geebs, geebie, ghetto bong, GB, or G bong, you know they’re asking if you want to rip on a gravity bong.
Gravity bongs are sometimes also known as bucket bongs. While the two work in the exact same way, they do have their differences. Gravity bongs typically use two small chambers, especially if you’re using one that’s professionally made. Bucket bongs on the other hand, use a bucket as the larger container. Some enthusiasts have even used pools before as their larger container.
So, how did these bongs get their name?
When smoking out of a normal bong, you still need negative pressure to draw the smoke into your lungs. You provide that pressure when you inhale through the mouthpiece. That is the only force being used. With a gravity bong, you don’t inhale at all until the smoke is already there and it’s time to take your hit. Gravity pulls the water down, therefore pulling the smoke down into the bottle. That is the only pressure that is used. Then, when it time’s to take your hit, you push the bottle back down, filling it back up with water and pushing the smoke into your mouth.
Another huge difference that comes with a gravity bong is that it will get you much higher than smoking from a regular bong is. When you inhale the milky smoke from a gravity bong, you fill your lungs to a capacity that just can’t be reached with a regular bong. With so much smoke going into your lungs at one time, more THC is also delivered to your bloodstream. That makes the smoke more potent, and your high much higher.
This is important, particularly for beginners. Gravity bongs provide a serious stone, and one that novices may find hard to cope with. Even veteran smokers are known to have a good bout of coughs after inhaling from a gravity bong.
The Different Bong Types
Many people choose to use homemade gravity bongs. Others choose to purchase ones that are professionally made. These come without the risks of certain things, such as burning tinfoil. When purchasing a gravity bong, there are many different types to choose from.
- Glass bong: These will provide the purest smoke. They are also easy to clean.
- Bamboo bong: Good for those that like natural materials, and also lighter and more durable than glass.
- Plastic bong: These are very durable and the least expensive of all. They do leave behind a slightly impure taste, though.
- Ceramic bong: These are extremely fragile, but their design is so beautiful you’ll want to have one.
- Metal bong: The most durable type of gravity bongs available, and also very cheap. They are heavy, prone to rust, and difficult to clean.
Which one you use will depend on a number of factors. These include your budget, how much you want to clean it, and how durable you need it to be.
How to Make a Gravity Bong at Home
After hearing about these different bongs, many people wonder how to make a gravity bong at home. It’s very easy. Start by assembling these few tools:
- One large bottle
- One smaller bottle that can fit inside the larger one
- Sharp scissors, a box cutter, or a knife
- Aluminum foil
- Something small, such as a needle or the end of a pen
- A lighter
- A generous pinch of marijuana, ground
1.) Using the scissors, box cutter, or knife, cut the top off of the larger bottle so it is level.
2.) Still using your cutting tool, cut the bottom off of the smaller bottle. Remember not to cut too much. The more bottle you have to work with, the more smoke you will get. Discard the cap off the top.
3.) Fill the larger bottle up enough so that it will fill up the smaller bottle as much as possible.
4.) Place the smaller bottle into the water, so that the water fills it up as much as possible.
5.) Place a small piece of aluminum foil over top of the opening of the smaller bottle. Push the center in slightly, so that it fills up the interior of the bottle neck. Push the sides of the aluminum foil down so that it seals the top.
6.) Using a pin, needle, or pen, poke a few small holes in the aluminum foil. You’ll need about three to five small holes in order to get the right ventilation.
7.) Place your marijuana into the foil.
8.) Light the marijuana and, at the same time, pull up on the bottle, but not so much that it comes completely out of the water. Continue lighting the marijuana the whole time, until the bottle is filled with smoke.
9.) Stop lighting the marijuana and take the aluminum foil off the top.
10.) Push the bottle back down into the water. Cover the opening with your mouth, as the smoke will be pushed out of the opening as you plunge it into the water.
Once finished, empty the water from the gravity bong, but keep the bottles for your next smoke. Filling it up with fresh water will provide a purer taste.
Smoking marijuana is always fun. When you want to take it to another level though, a gravity bong is a great way to do it.
Before we go, there are just a few words of caution. Firstly, remember that the stone gravity bongs pack are way more potent than smoking out of a regular bong. Go slow if you need to.
Secondly, if you’re making your own gravity bong, you’re likely to use plastic bottles. This shouldn’t be done too often, as continuously smoking combustible material out of plastic can be bad for your health. If you want the pleasure of smoking out of a gravity bong regularly, you really should buy one that is professionally made.