The bong is probably the most popular and beloved smoking device in the history of human cannabis use. And here are few facts related to Bong:
- The bong is descendent of the hookah. The word “bong” is derived from the Thai word ‘baung,’ which means ‘a cylindrical wooden tube, pipe or container cut from bamboo.’
- Since cannabis is native to Central Asia, and has been used throughout history in China, it has always been assumed that the bong was invented in Asia.
- As the hookah uses water filtration like the modern bong, it was always assumed that the bong was developed from the hookah.
- Eleven pipes were located in two caves and dated to between 1100 and 1400 CE. When researchers tested the pipes, they found ample cannabis residue. This implies that Bong was also invented in Africa.
- In 1924 Alfred Dunhill published a survey of the smoking pipes of the world. The book included a chapter on the widespread use of a Bong in eastern and southern Africa that was a distinct design that he believed was the invention of the San people.
- In 1945, archaeologist Mary Leakey found water pipe/ bong in Tanzania.
- The theory ignores the fact that cannabis in Asian Islamic societies was eaten, rather than smoked, before the introduction of the Bong/water pipe in the early years of the seventeenth century.
- Smoking out of a bong is different than smoking out of a pipe or a rolling paper because of the large capacity of smoke that the chamber can hold.
- Too much water in your bong can splash up and possibly get in your mouth or drench the substance while you are inhaling.
- The unquestioned godfather of modern glassblowing is a man named Bob Snodgrass. He fathered the color changing pipe making process of “fuming”, or coating the inside of the pipe with vaporized silver.