Interested in Making a Gravity Bong? Here’s What You Should Know

A young woman smoking a bong

A young woman smoking a bongWhat is a gravity bong?

If you’ve just paid a visit to our greenleaf dispensary in Santa Ana and made a few purchases, and you are looking for a way to amp up your cannabis experience, a gravity bong might be a good option. If you’ve never heard of a gravity bong, or sometimes called a ‘geeb’ for short, know that it can be used to get a powerful high. Some might find it too intense as beginners, however, so it is important to know your limits going in.

A gravity bong, by definition, is a bong that works by submerging a bottle or chamber topped with a bowl of weed into a larger bottle or container of water. Then, the bowl is lit and the bottle slowly draws out, filling the chamber with smoke. From there, the smoker will unscrew the lid, put their mouth on the opening, and gravity works to fill their lungs with weed smoke.

If this is your first attempt, keep some water close by just in case the first sensation is too much!

 

Does a gravity bong affect the type of high?

Yes, it does. This is definitely a more intense smoking experience than a typical bong or joint. Normally, gravity bongs are larger than regular bongs, so even one hit has a greater amount of smoke. Not to mention that by taking smoke directly into the lungs creates a much faster, more intense high. 

 

Are they worth the effort to make or buy?

If you are a newbie to cannabis or have a low tolerance, a gravity bong isn’t something that you should worry about. It might be too much to take on. However, for the more experienced cannabis smoker, this could be an easy way to amplify your high. Making a gravity bong can be a quick and fun DIY project. Or, if you’re not the type of person who enjoys crafts, check to see if our greenleaf dispensary in Santa Ana has one in stock.

 

What kind of container should the bong be made from?

Many people use plastic bottles when making a gravity bong, however, it is important to be aware of the potential risks. Have you ever tried to take a drink from a water bottle after leaving it in a hot car? Odds are good that it tasted off. This is because chemicals were released into the water when the plastic was heated. The same concept applies when using a plastic gravity bong. Go for glass or silicone if you can, but if you have to use a plastic bottle, be aware of the risks or change in taste.

Ground cannabis ready to go into a bong or roll.

Build Your Bong

Now that you have a little background information on a gravity bong, it’s time for you to make one! We are going to outline the basic things you need to get started as well as provide some step by step instructions. While it might seem intimidating at first, it should only take about ten minutes to put together.

Materials:

  • Plastic bottle with a cap (any size, but 16-20 oz work best)
  • Bucket or 2-liter sized soda bottle
  • Aluminum foil
  • Sharp knife, Exacto knife, or a boxcutter
  • Poking device
  • At least 1 gram of your favorite cannabis strain

 

Step 1: Cut your bottles

Use your knife or box cutter to cut off the bottom third of the small bottle. Use this as a guide: the larger the chamber (aka the less of the bottle you cut off), the more smoke it can hold and the bigger the high you will have. 

Then, cut off the top of the 2-liter bottle. Skip this part if you are using a bucket.

 

Step 2: Form the bowl

Take the lid from the smaller bottle and poke a hole in it. It should be about the diameter of your pinky, as this is what you will draw air out of. From there, wrap the cap in aluminum foil and shape it so that it can hold your weed. Remember, you will need to screw the lid back on, so be sure to make the divot at the top of the cap. The deeper it is, the better it will hold it all.

Without ripping the foil, use a sharp poking tool to make about 3-5 holes for proper ventilation. If you want to avoid using foil, borrow a glass or metal bowl from a different bong. 

 

Step 3: Prep your bong

Take your larger container (your 2-liter bottle or your bucket) and fill it with water, leaving about 2” on the top. Load your bowl with weed, but don’t screw it on yet.

 

Step 4: Submerge the smaller bottle

Submerge the smaller bottle into the larger basin, but make sure the top doesn’t get wet! The last thing you want is soaked weed. Then, carefully screw the lid on. 

 

Step 5: Fill the chamber

Light the cannabis and slowly pull the small bottle up. It should be filling with smoke. Stop when the small bottle reaches about ½” from the water, leaving the very bottom still submerged. 

If for some reason the bottle isn’t filling, make sure that the cap is screwed on securely and that there aren’t any holes in the bottle.

 

Step 6: Enjoy!

Now all that’s left to do is take a hit and enjoy! Do this by unscrewing the cap and putting your mouth up to opening of the bottle. Gently push the smaller bottle back down, re-submerging it into the water. As water enters the bottle, it will force the smoke into your lungs. The smoke should be cool after being filtered from the water, but it should yield a powerful high.

 

Questions?

If you have any questions about cannabis or how to make a gravity bong, feel free to stop by our greenleaf dispensary in Santa Ana or any of our other From The Earth locations. Our staff is there to help and make sure that you have the best experience possible! Education is key to enjoying cannabis. 

What is an Infused Pre-Rolled Joint?

Close up of hand holding joint with smoke

Close up of hand holding joint with smoke

When you look at the wide array of cannabis products on the market, one can understand why it may feel overwhelming to navigate. There are hundreds of brands producing a variety of different products that appeal to people of all backgrounds. Many of us wonder – What product is right for me? How do I choose? 

When shopping for a product it’s important to do your research, ask questions and always buy from a legal business. Learning how to navigate this industry takes time and willingness to learn. For those looking to dip their toes in the water or something they can enjoy on the go – pre-rolls are a good place to start.

Pre-rolls have always been a popular option, especially for those who appreciate the convenience of having their favorite flower perfectly rolled and ready to smoke. Plus, they are easy to take out and enjoy with only a lighter. Quick, discrete, and perfectly dosed, pre-rolls are a great choice.

While it can be fun to experiment with different types of bongs and vaping methods, sometimes all you want is the ease of enjoying a perfectly rolled joint that will burn evenly and give you the perfect high. Now, thanks to infusions, you can amplify this experience with an enhanced version of your favorite pre-roll and really diversify your cannabis experience. Combining together a blend of flower and resin, you are able to maximize not only the potency and quality of your high but the flavor and smoothness of it as well.  

So, what exactly is an infused pre-roll? Let’s take a closer look! 

Infused Pre-Rolls: The Breakdown

The aim or goal for the common pre-roll is that it is perfectly crafted by a professional and contains the best flower that the dispensary or shop has to offer. It is designed to provide a balanced, enjoyable smoke without any of the hassles that can come with having to roll it yourself. 

An infused joint goes just a step beyond that and exists to include add-ins or ingredients to help boost both flavor and the type of high. This can include hash, oil, kief, a combination of strains or flavors, or even diamonds (the cannabis derived ones that is). They can be as small as a half gram or be made up of multiple grams, with a price range starting at $9 and working up to over $100. Whatever kind of combination you’re after, it can be purchased! 

A popular option includes both a THC and CBD combination infusion, especially when being used for medicinal purposes. These tend to have a higher concentration of CBD resins, oil, and strains to better harness the healing qualities of CBD. If you find the right mix for you, you can both receive your desired head high as well as the high you want for your body, too.

Of course, you can craft an infusion roll at home, but just like when you go to a professional bartender and your drink always tastes better, the same concept applies here. Let the pros take care of this one and just kick back and enjoy the enhanced flavor and high! 

Marijuana joints rolled on table sitting next to grinder with cannabis flower in it

Why the hype?

With these infused pre-rolls gaining traction and sparking in popularity, you may stop and ask yourself: so why the hype? According to data brought forth by Marijuana Business Daily, pre-rolls sales skyrocketed during the pandemic. Prior to COVID-19, pre-roll sales made approximately $640 million. By the end of 2020, those numbers had made a significant leap to $942 million. 

The pandemic affected these sales because rather than attending parties and smoking with friends, people were opting to purchase professional pre-rolls, especially if they were partaking alone. This helped to minimize any waste or over-rolling. It also allowed customers to sample a larger variety of bud, rather than having to buy one particular flower and keep smoking that until it was gone.

Infused rolls help accomplish the same thing. You are able to try out many different infusion blends, finding the right product and mix for you for any particular occasion. If you need something more on the medical side, you can get something with a higher CBD potency. If you’re wanting to experiment with flavors, you can purchase something with a particular wax or oil add-in. 

Just like the magic of a build your own burrito place, you can select the perfect combination for yourself!

 

Products to Check Out

If you’re wanting to try it for yourself, we have some products we highly recommend, specifically those from our weed dispensary in Port Hueneme

For example, if you’re in the market for a pre-roll that offers a deep balanced body effect as well as a flavorful, smooth smoke, you need to check out Heavy Hitters’ Ghost. With the current strain offerings testing up to 55% THC, you’re going to get some serious bang for your buck with this choice. 

If you want to try a pre-roll filled with top-shelf flower and glazed in distillates and coated in kief, look no further than STIIZY’s peanut butter gelato. They never use trim or fillers for their pre-rolls, and you’re guaranteed an even, fulfilling smoke.

Kick back and relax with these pre-rolls from the Lowell Herb Co. This product comes packed with the perfect blend that stimulates all five senses but also boasts a balanced kick. The curated, effect-based blends are now infused with our favorite artisanal hash that is bound to bring your smoke to the next level.  

 

Shop From The Earth

At our weed dispensary in Port Hueneme, as well as at all of our store locations, we strive to make a safe space where customers can learn, live, and grow. We want to cultivate a welcoming environment for all of our patrons, one where you can feel free to ask questions without fear or judgment. 

Stop in any time during business hours to browse our great selection and meet with one of our personable and helpful staff members. Or, if you know what you’re after or prefer to shop online, head on over to our virtual store that is very easy to use. If you are out and about, you can also choose curbside pick-up for added convenience! 

If you’re not in the mood to head out into public and prefer to stay home, opt instead for delivery! Treat us like your favorite pizza joint and let us bring the goods right to your doorstep. This added layer of convenience is perfect, especially for those who work from home or are still wary about getting out and about during the pandemic. 

Must-Have Marijuana Accessories for the Cannabis Connoisseur

Marijuana glass pipe with marijuana grinder and lighter and other accessories

Marijuana glass pipe with marijuana grinder and lighter and other accessories

Whether you are a cannabis connoisseur or a marijuana master, having the right marijuana accessories is always a must. But what types of accessories does one need and where can you find them? 

Let’s go over some of the must-have items you need to have ready in your marijuana arsenal. 

 

Accessories for Smoking

When it comes to smoking marijuana there are a number of accessories you need, even just for the actual smoking itself. But, there are also plenty of other accessories that you could use to go along with them. 

 

Ashtray

An ashtray is definitely needed when it comes to smoking. Whether you are smoking a joint or pipe, it’s a necessity. No one wants to have roaches discarded throughout their house or ashes on their coffee table, and you can’t and don’t always want to have to smoke outside. So having a handy ashtray in prime smoking locations is a must. Plus you can pick your style and show off some flair when it comes to choosing an ashtray. You can go for something subtle and minimalistic or flashy and decorative to add a little extra pizazz to your living room decor.

 

Bong

Bongs are a fun change of pace when it comes to smoking. Some even say that taking a hit from a bong hits harder and faster than smoking. But as we all know, marijuana affects people differently. A bong is great for anyone who doesn’t like the harsh burning feeling you get when smoking a joint or from a pipe. With a bong, the water creates a vapor in the chamber which is what you inhale, and not by breathing in straight from the flower itself and getting that scorched feeling in the back of your throat. So if you are looking for something a little less harsh, a bong is a great accessory to have.

 

Multiple marijuana glass pipes in weed shop

Glass Pipe

If you like smoking joints and don’t want to invest in a bong, a glass pipe is a good alternative, or just a great piece to add to your collection. Glass pipes are used to smoke dried marijuana products and make for a smoother hit than that from a joint. 

Owning a glass pipe is also nice because you won’t have to worry about buying papers all of the time when you want to smoke. All you need is some good cleaning supplies, which we will discuss soon. Plus, glass pipes come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. Mini pipes are great for a quick one-hit session to yourself with easy cleanup, or you can go all out and get fun pipes that look like an elephant. The possibilities are endless when it comes to glass pipes and make for a great conversation. 

 

Grinder

If you are smoking, you definitely need a grinder in your accessory toolbox. A grinder is used to grind down the flower and break down the buds into hash that can be used for smoking joints, pipes, and more. Grinders can be either manual or electric, similar to a coffee grinder. You can also get grinders that have a screen or filter inside that help to keep all of the larger bits out of the smaller, ground-up bits that are used for smoking. 

 

Accessories for Vaping

 

Vaporizer

A vaporizer is a great way to get high without the toxic and carcinogenic properties that come with smoking a joint or from a pipe. Vaporizers heat marijuana to the point that only the cannabinoids are released, making for a cleaner and healthier smoke session compared to that of a joint.

There are also three types of vaporizers on the market today that you can pick up from your local weed shop. Vape pens and portable vaporizers are a popular version as they can be discreet and used anywhere. There is also a larger version that is not exactly portable but makes for a great vape session with high-quality vapor. 

 

Battery and Case

It goes without saying that if you get a vaporizer, especially a vape pen, you will definitely want to invest in an extra battery and case. Though some vape pens can use a USB charger, it all depends on your pen. Be sure to do your research and always have these accessories handy. 

 

Cleaning Accessories

As we mentioned before, when it comes to owning a pipe or bong, having the proper cleaning supplies is a must. Especially for those who smoke daily, you want to make sure you keep your pipes and bongs clean so that you don’t end up getting sick or create a clog in your piece that is hard to clean. 

For heavy consumers, it is best practice to clean your glass pipe every one or two days. For others who only smoke now and then, it’s best to clean your glass pipe after each use so that you have a clean pipe the next time you go to smoke. Cleaning with fresh water helps to create a tastier and more pleasant experience. But be sure to let your pipe dry completely before storing it. If you don’t clean your pipes often, you could develop bacteria, microorganisms, and or a slimy biofilm. 

 

Good Brushes and Cleaners

Aside from just using water, it would also be a smart idea to invest in a cleaning kit that includes a variety of brushes designed specifically to get into the hard to reach areas that marijuana can accumulate in your pipe or bong. Some kits also include specially formulated cleaners to keep your glass pipe in top shape. 

 

Other Thoughtful Accessories

When it comes to smoking marijuana, no matter how you do it, there are a number of other accessories that everyone should consider. 

 

Eye Drops

If you plan on going out in public and don’t want to draw any extra attention, eye drops are a good accessory to have on hand. Because THC lowers blood pressure in the body, this causes capillaries and blood vessels to dilate creating red eyes. You can always choose an eye drop solution you think is best, but there are also some eye drops that are specifically formulated to treat red eyes due to smoking weed. 

 

Storage Containers

To keep your marijuana safe, fresh, and mask the smell, having good storage is important. It also helps to keep out moisture that could create mold and ruin your stash. Mason jars make for great containers, but you can also find specially designed containers at your local weed shop. 

 

Conclusion

When it comes to marijuana, having the right accessories is a must. We hope our list helps you to find some solutions to your cannabis needs. Be sure to stop by your local From The Earth weed shop to pick up any of these accessories to add to your cannabis kit!

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