Bongs are tools for cannabis consumption that filters smoke through water, sequestering toxins and carcinogens for a smoother consumption experience. Built around a central tube that goes over rather than between the lips, cannabis is packed into a bowl piece which is then inserted into a downstem, a straight, narrow tube that pulls smoke into water in the main reservoir, conditioning a hit prior to inhalation.

While bongs didn’t become the contemporary glass objects they are today until the mid to late 1970s, water-filtered smoking tools are believed to be centuries old—used for cannabis consumption in Northern Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East long before Westerners transformed them into the increasingly intricate works of art and science that we…

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