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…
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