What's in bong water?

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When we think of bongs, we tend to picture them as the 1960s creations made by renowned glass artist Bob Snodgrass. Snodgrass, who ushered in the golden age of the bong, was the first to popularize those made of borosilicate glass. But before Snodgrass came along, bongs made of bamboo, animal horns, or metal were used by ancient peoples in China and Persia, as well as modern-day Russia, to consume tobacco, cannabis, and opium.  The earliest bongs, which date back more than 2,400 years, did not use water. It is believed that the use of a water pipe came about many hundreds of years later in 16th century China before migrating westward via the Silk Road.  Bongs, which can be made of either glass or plastic, are an elegant and efficient substance delivery system. Though some have more bells and whistles, your basic bong is made of just three parts: a base, a stem, and a mouthpiece. Consuming cannabis with a bong is also much simpler than rolling a joint or dabbing. Simply fill the base with water, light the cannabis, and inhale.  Many consumers prefer bongs because they deliver a smoother toke and cause less irritation than hitting from joints or handheld pipes. Though there has been very little research on the overall health effects of consuming cannabis with a bong, some believe that bong water may trap some of the heavier particles that irritate a smoker’s lungs. And there has long been the rumor that consuming cannabis via bong is a safer and healthier way to consume cannabis overall.  Are bongs the healthier smoking option? However, that theory has been debunked by none other than the California chapter of the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). With a…

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