Smoking in Boulder and elsewhere has been a common method of consuming various substances for centuries. Does smoking joints include any unwanted chemistry to the consumption? Any garbage in the ganja? any challenges?  Any pollution in the pot? Fortunately, there are alternative options that offer a healthier approach to consumption, and one such method is the classic Bong. This innovative device provides numerous benefits that make it a preferable choice for individuals looking to enjoy their smoking experience without compromising their well-being. At worst it is harm-reduction. At best it’s cooling and filtering impact has a significant impact on the composition of the combustion, the burning of marijuana. If you’re still smoking hemp, my sympathies and keep at it! The legalization effort is far from over. And the progress in the last ten to twenty years has been fantastic!

While I cannot and am not giving any medical advice, I can share that smoking a coconut made into a water pipe with the main farmer in Negril, Jamaica in 1970 on Christmas Eve was a very cool thing to have done <G><grin>. I had to sell my fringe vest for $16 to have some money for the airport exit tax. WHAT? I never heard of an airport exit tax. But for that vest I might still be in Jamaica. Why did I guy that vest anyway? I love Boulder. I don’t hate Jamaica <G>

Enhanced Filtering and Cooling

One of the key advantages of a Bong is its ability to provide enhanced filtering and cooling of the smoke. The water within the bong helps to filter out impurities and toxins, resulting in a smoother and cleaner inhalation experience. This can be particularly beneficial for individuals with sensitive respiratory systems or those who are prone to coughing fits when using traditional smoking methods. I believe that the benefits suggest it as a replacement and upgrade from the classic joint. For class and additional flavor, adding a mint liquor is almost as old as the bong.

A subtle yet critically important factor is that people sometimes feel that the joint simply works better, that the buzz is better. Consider that many of the elements of combustion are quite harmful! And they also get you higher. Sniffing gold paint will get you high also, and we don’t do that! If you are relying on joints, consider switching to the water filtering and cooling of the classic bong. Where we used to have scientific glass blowers creating the best in distillation tubes and more, we have a newer group of glass artists who are creating bongs of beauty!

woman holding glass water bong while standing near yellow sunflower

The water also acts as a cooling agent, reducing the harshness of the smoke and minimizing the potential for throat irritation. As a result, users can enjoy a more comfortable and enjoyable smoking experience, without the discomfort often associated with traditional smoking.

Reduced Health Risks

Another significant benefit of the Boulder Bong is its potential to reduce certain health risks associated with smoking. By filtering out harmful substances and tar, the bong helps to minimize the impact of toxins on the lungs and respiratory system. This can contribute to a lower risk of developing respiratory issues and other smoking-related health problems over time.

Additionally, the cooler and smoother nature of the smoke produced by the Bong can reduce the likelihood of throat and lung irritation, providing a gentler experience for the user. As a result, individuals can partake in their chosen substance with greater peace of mind, knowing that they are reducing the content of unwanted extra chemicals of combustion to our prized marijuana smoke. While pot smoke has lower levels of many of the harmful ingredients of cigarette smoke, some are reduced by unimpressive amounts. While sans without nicotine and its addiction issues, pot smoke still contains unwanted pollutants.

Enhanced Flavor and Experience

In addition to the hoped-for health benefits, the Bong also offers an enhanced flavor and overall smoking experience. The water filtration process not only removes impurities but also helps to preserve the natural flavors of the substance being smoked. This results in a purer and more enjoyable taste, allowing users to fully appreciate the nuances of different strains and substances. A bong can totally tip the terpine scale in our favor. More on terpines another day.

The smoothness of the inhalation and the cooling effect of the bong contribute to a more pleasant and relaxing experience overall. Users can savor the act of smoking without the harshness or discomfort often associated with traditional methods, making the Bong a popular choice for those seeking a more enjoyable and immersive smoking experience.

Portability and Convenience

Unlike larger smoking apparatus, the Bong offers options which include small glass work.  Portability is possible, and not all bongs are glass!  This portability allows individuals to enjoy their smoking experience without being confined to a specific location, providing greater flexibility and freedom in their consumption habits. CAUTION! Do not come in direct contact with used bong water! It is totally gross!

Additionally, the simple and straightforward design of the Bong makes it easy to set up and use . This user-friendly nature adds to its appeal, making it an accessible and practical option for individuals looking for a hassle-free smoking solution.

The Bong offers a multitude of benefits that set it apart as a healthy and appealing alternative to traditional smoking methods. From its enhanced filtering and cooling properties to the reduced health risks and improved overall smoking experience, this innovative device provides a compelling option for individuals seeking a more mindful approach to consumption. With its portability and convenience adding further appeal, the Boulder Bong stands as a testament to the positive evolution of smoking devices, offering a path towards a healthier and more enjoyable smoking experience.

woman holding glass water bong


Lenny Lensworth Frieling

Shared Knowledge is Power!

Sharing a bong with a buddy is powerful.

  • Senior Counsel Emeritus to the Boulder Law firm Dolan + Zimmerman LLP : (720)-610-0951
  • Former Judge
  • Photographer of the Year, AboutBoulder 2023
  • First Chair and Originator of the Colorado Bar Association’s Cannabis Law Committee, a National first.
  • Previous Chair, Boulder Criminal Defense Bar (8 years)
  • Twice chair Executive Counsel, Colorado Bar Association Criminal Law Section
  • NORML Distinguished Counsel Circle
  • Life Member, NORML Legal Committee
  • Life Member, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar
  • Board Member Emeritus, Colorado NORML
  • Chair, Colorado NORML, 7 years including during the successful effort to legalize recreational pot in Colorado
  • Media work, including episodes of Fox’s Power of Attorney, well in excess of many hundreds media interviews, appearances, articles, and podcasts, including co-hosting Time For Hemp for two years.
  • Board member, Author, and Editor for Criminal Law Articles for the Colorado Lawyer, primary publication of the Colorado Bar Assoc. 7 Years, in addition to having 2 Colorado Lawyer cover photos, and numerous articles for the Colorado Lawyer monthly publication.
  • LEAP Speaker, multi-published author, University lectures Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, Denver University Law School, Univ. of New Mexico, Las Vegas NM, and many other schools at all levels.