What is a bubbler and how do I use one?
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Cannabis smoking accessories like bongs, bubblers and other types of pipes allow recreational users to experiment with new ways of enjoying their favorite drug while helping patients find the best routes of administration that to suit their needs.
Bubblers are an extremely popular piece of equipment. Combining the portability and ease-of-use of a regular glass pipe with the smooth smoking experience of a bong, bubblers are fast becoming a staple smoking equipment for rec users and patients alike.
Bubblers are similar to bongs in that both are a type of water pipe. In fact, bubblers are kind of like a cross between a traditional glass pipe and a regular water pipe. They use both water and a percolation system to filter smoke and create soft, smooth hits like you would expect from a bong.
However, in terms of shape and size, bubblers typically more closely resemble pipes, meaning they're usually smaller than a regular bong and also cannot be taken apart for easy cleaning.
THE ANATOMY OF A BUBBLER
Bubblers usually feature a mouthpiece, a bowl, and sometimes a carb hole, just like a regular dry pipe. However, the stem built around the bowl is made to hold a small amount of water, which filters and cools your smoke before you inhale it. This makes for smooth, clean hits.
HOW TO USE A BUBBLER
Using a bubbler is simple. Start by filling the water chamber with some cold water (the colder, the smoother your hits). Then, grind up some weed as you would for a regular bong hit and pack it into the bowl piece. If your bubbler has a carb, cover it with your finger or thumb and place your mouth over the mouthpiece.
Now light your bowl and draw the smoke gently but consistently into the chamber and inhale. Remove your thumb or finger from the carb and then proceed to inhale the rest of the smoke from the chamber.
ADVANTAGES OF USING A BUBBLER
There are some very clear advantages of using bubbler.
First of all, if you like smoking with a bong, a bubbler is a perfect way to take your favourite smoking mechanism onto the road. Plus, they provide smooth hits that make for a much more enjoyable smoking experience.
Bubblers essentially bring together the convenience and ease-of-use of a regular glass pipe with the smooth smoking experience of a bong. They are light, durable, and easy to handle, especially for novice smokers who might not be familiar with how to use a bong.
DISADVANTAGES OF USING A BUBBLER
Bubblers also have their cons. Probably the biggest downside to using bubblers is that they cannot be cleaned as easily and thoroughly as a bong. This is mainly due to the fact that they are made of one solid piece of glass which cannot be taken apart. They also need to be cleaned more frequently.
Bubblers also aren’t as customizable as bongs. Bong users have the luxury of decking out their pieces with new accessories like new bowl pieces and more. Since bubblers are made from one piece of glass with no removable pieces, there are no real ways to customize them.
Lastly, Bubblers have smaller bowls and tend to burn faster than bongs. While this is great for having a quick, smooth smoke on the go, this doesn’t make them as enjoyable when smoking in a group.