The bongs are made of different materials, such as acrylic, glass, ceramic and silicone. In this article we take a look at the characteristics of each one, as well as their pros and cons.
If you are thinking of acquiring a bong, the most difficult stage of the purchase process is possibly choosing one. Not only are there bongs of all shapes, sizes and colors – from small and portable devices to gigantic coffee table monsters – they are also made of different materials. What is the difference between glass, silicone, ceramic and acrylic bongs?
Acrylic material, also known as plexiglass, is a type of plastic that is often used as an alternative to glass. Since acrylic material can easily take all kinds of shapes, these bongs can be mass produced, which makes them the cheapest option. Because of their low price, they are great if you don’t want to spend a lot, and they are also decent devices for beginners.
They are made of a resistant material that does not break easily, so that they tolerate some wear. That said, they are not unbreakable. Being relatively resistant and not weighing much, they are great for taking them on a trip, and they are also perfect for parties. If you break the acrylic bong, a new one will cost very little.
So what is the drawback of acrylic bongs? Very easy: they produce the worst flavor compared to the other alternatives. This is because the plastic material emits an unpleasant smell when heated, which negatively affects the taste of the herb. Worse, cheap acrylic bongs that come from abroad may contain harmful substances.
Ceramic bongs combine the pros and cons of glass and acrylic devices. They come with all kinds of shapes and styles, and the mastery and design behind these models make them very special. Therefore, ceramic bongs are often considered collector’s items. It is true that you can find ceramic bongs with the classic shape with a bowl and stem, but there are also those with the shape of figurines, sculptures and bubble-style bubblers. A ceramic bong with an attractive or unusual shape is also a good topic of conversation for when you are smoking with friends. Since some ceramic bongs look like a collector’s item that your grandmother could have acquired on a trip abroad, they will not arouse too much suspicion on your shelf.
These bongs are a kind of separate category, and are made of the same material as silicone baking molds. Silicone pipes are soft and flexible, similar to rubber, but they have the advantage that nothing sticks to them. For this reason, silicone is also very popular in the cannabis sector as a material for making resin containers.
Ask anyone who loves cannabis and they will tell you that glass bongs are the best and most complete tools for this job. Not only do they radiate an aura of luxury and sophistication, those made of sturdy borosilicate glass are quite robust and reliable. And that’s not all, glass is a non-porous, antibacterial and odorless material, which is why it has been used since ancient times to manufacture bottles and containers to store food, beverages, medicines, herbs, etc.