If you have ever smoked with a bong connoisseur, they may have shown you that alcohol is not the only thing you can enjoy over ice. Many bongs these days are designed to hold ice in the neck, so that smoke can mingle with the cubes before hitting your throat. But what are the benefits of putting ice in a bong? And why do so many people prefer their smoke served with ice? Read on to learn more about this smoking phenomenon.
There are a few reasons why you might add ice to your bong. The most prominent reason is that the ice acts as an additional filter for your smoke. Before the smoke from the bowl of the bong hits your throat, it is first pulled through both the water chamber and the ice-filled neck of the bong. When the smoke comes in contact with the ice, it is cooled down and filtered more for an extra-smooth and extra-tasty hit. This added layer of filtering also helps you take even larger bong rips than normal. Normally large inhales can feel harsh on your lungs, but the ice helps lessen that potential effect.
In addition to filtering your smoke, ice added to the neck of a bong can work to prevent any backsplash from the water chamber. Sometimes, if the bong’s water chamber is too full, the water can bubble right up the neck of the bong and into your mouth -- gross. But with the ice acting as a splash guard, your chances of getting an unwanted mouthful of water are less.
Adding ice to a bong can also provide some pleasing visual effects. Watching smoke swirl around the cubes can be mesmerizing, similar to watching a burning campfire. So, if you want to add a simple but extra touch to your bong session, toss some ice in.
Sadly, not all bongs are designed to have ice added to them. However, it is becoming more common for bongs to have an ice catcher incorporated. An ice catcher can look different depending on the shape of the bong, but it typically consists of a few indents that extend into the neck of the bong, without sealing it. These indents then work as a screen or shelf for the ice to land on and prevent the ice from falling into the bong water. Ice catchers have become so common in fact, that they are included in the modern silicone bongs as well.
Without an ice catcher incorporated into the bong’s design, the ice could fall right through the neck and into the water chamber, making your bong look like a bad mixed drink. There are a few tips and tricks that you should keep in mind when loading your bong with ice though.
Now you know why there is ice in people’s bongs. But if you haven’t tried it yet for yourself you should give it a spin. All you need is a bong with an ice catcher, some ice cubes, a bit of dry herb, and a lighter to experience an extra smooth session.