What's a Gravity Bong and How Do You Use It?
what is a gravity bong and how do you use it

What's a Gravity Bong and How Do You Use It?

A Beginner's Guide to Gravity Bongs

Gallant Gravity

Gravity bongs have developed a reputation among cannabis users due to their ability to provide large, intense hits using only small amounts of herb. Many see gravity bongs as a "rite of passage" for stoners – and experiencing the hits of a gravity bong is something every cannabis lover should try at least once.

If you’re new to gravity bongs, knowing what they are and what to expect is key. To help you get started, we’ve pulled together this short guide to gravity bongs from start to finish - no prior experience needed.

Learn what exactly a gravity bong is, why they are still a popular method of consumption, tips for getting the most out of your hit, and even how to DIY your own gravity bong at home.

What is a Gravity Bong and How Does It Work?

Gravity bongs go by many names - bucket bongs, waterfall bongs, geebs, and reverse buckets are just a few. Regardless of what you call them though, the way they work is the same.

And sure, the name is fun – and the experience is even better. A gravity bong is a unique way to smoke cannabis that utilizes gravity to produce large, intense hits. It’s a basic concept – typically consisting of a bottle and a cup:

  • A water bottle that holds your smoking bowl and herb
  • A large cup filled with water

The basic mechanics of a gravity bong are simple – you just let gravity do the work! The first step is to cut the bottom off the bottle and submerge it into the cup filled with water, allowing water to fill the bottle.

Pulling a gravity bong

Then, light the herbs in your bowl and slowwwwly lift the bottle out of the water. This action creates a vacuum effect that pulls smoke from your lit bowl down into the draining bottle.

Once you've lifted the entire bottle out of the water, remove your bowl and inhale the concentrated smoke that has collected. Then just repeat the process for another monster rip!

What are the Benefits of a Gravity Bong?

So why go through the extra effort of hitting a gravity bong versus a joint, pipe, or bong rip? Part of the reason is due to the unique, unparalleled large and intense hits they provide.

Huge Hits - The rising smoke chamber fills almost instantly with a monster hit of fresh milk. Gravity bongs allow you to inhale much more smoke at once than other methods.

Unfiltered- As smoke gets pulled down the chamber, it is not filtered through the water. This means no THC is missing from the hit.

Efficiency - You use less herbs to fill a small gravity bong bowl than packing a pipe or rolling a joint. And since all the smoke is contained in the bottle, this results in more milky smoke using less product.

The power of gravity facilitates an ideal smoke session – quick to setup, no smoke lost to the atmosphere, and maximal absorption of your herb’s special properties. What’s not to love?

Top Tips for Hitting a Gravity Bong

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Mastering the technique of hitting a gravity bong takes some practice, but following these tips will have you extracting mega hits in no time.

1. Grind Herb Evenly and Finely

Getting an even, fine grind is key for optimal gravity bong usage. Use a quality herb grinder to break down buds to a smooth, fluffy consistency. The increased surface area allows for better airflow and more thorough heating of the material. Pack the grounded weed evenly and a bit firmly into your bowl piece. Loose bowls can cause pieces to get pulled through or burn unevenly.

2. Spark and Cherish the Entire Bowl

Make sure to light your entire packed bowl evenly before beginning your hit. Allow the flame to cherish all areas so smoke builds from all sides. Angle the lighter so as not to ignite only one hot spot. This allows for smooth, even burns and cuts down on pesky smoke escaping out the sides rather than into your lungs!

3. Pull at the Right Speed

Once sparked, slowly pull your bottle upwards, allowing it to fill gradually with milky smoke. Pulling up too hastily or inconsistently can lead to lost smoke or losing herbs.

4. Inhale Fully in One Complete Breath

Once the bottle is full, remove the bowl and inhale fully in one complete breath. Attempting multiple quick breaths runs the risk of losing potency and denseness. Gravity bong hits are all about the one magical inhale! Make it count.

Should You Buy a Gravity Bong or Make Your Own?

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So… buy or build? When getting your hands on your first gravity bong, you have two options - buy a pre-made model or DIY from common household materials. There are pros and cons to both routes.

Buying a Gravity Bong

Purchasing a gravity bong allows you to skip the work of homemade construction. These products are designed specifically for gravity hits and are made from glass instead of plastic.

Pros

  • No assembly required
  • Sturdy construction
  • Glass options for cleaner hits
  • Interchangeable parts/accessories

Cons

  • Costs more upfront
  • Glass can break if dropped

Making Your Own Gravity Bong

The DIY method allows you to fashion an effective gravity bong from common materials like bottles, buckets/cups, foil, etc. This route takes more effort but costs virtually nothing.

Pros

  • Extremely cheap to make
  • Customizable and modifiable
  • Satisfaction of making your own

Cons

  • Trial and error
  • Questions of bottle material safety
  • Time and effort required
  • Lower quality

So, should you open your wallet or get crafty? Weigh your options - premade gravity bongs provide high-quality and reliability out of the box, while homemade is better on a budget. Either way, bigger hits await!

DIY Gravity Bong Instructions

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(Making a gravity bong using a Gallant Greeb bowl)

If you decide to take the homemade route, the good news is that crafting your own gravity bong is relatively simple with some basic materials and tools. Here is a step-by-step guide:

What you’ll need:

  • Water bottle
  • Bucket or large cup
  • Lighter
  • Knife/scissors
  • Tinfoil

Step 1 – Cut the bottom off your water bottle. This will be the chamber for the smoke.

Step 2 – Fill your bucket or large cup about 2/3 full of water. This will form the outer chamber.

Step 3 – Submerge the water bottle down into the bucket's water, leaving the top of the bottle out of the water.

Step 4 – Use tinfoil to cover the mouth of the water bottle and poke a small hole, this will be your bowl.

Step 5 – Light your herb while slowly lifting the small bottle out of the water, allowing the chamber to fill fully with smoke.

Step 6 – Remove the herb bowl from the bottle's lid, place your mouth fully over the opening, descend the bottle back down into the water, and inhale!

Choosing the Right Gravity Bong Bowl

Instead of using tinfoil for your gravity bong bowl, choosing a properly designed bowl piece is a great option. Sure, improvising with tin foil or makeshift caps gets the job done. But to truly elevate your gravity game, the Gallant Greeb is the only gravity bong bowl you'll ever need!

The Gallant Greeb

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Crafted with a tapered shape and weighted design, this stainless-steel geeb piece effortlessly slips in and out of virtually any bottle, providing the perfect hit with no leaking smoke. With the option for custom engravings, the Gallant Greeb is the upgrade you never knew you needed.

  • Heat-resistant: The bowl may get warm after rapid-fire use, but never too hot to touch
  • Fits different bottles: 2-liters, water bottles, soda bottles, glass bottles, 18mm pipe stems, and more
  • Stainless-steel: Made from pure, 304 stainless steel, commonly referred to as “medical-grade” or “food-grade” steel
  • Customizable: Add letters, choose from our six popular designs, or upload your own image
  • Perfect hits: Deep, jetted airways provide milky pulls while ensuring herbs don’t fall through

Standard vs Mega Sizes

The Gallant Greeb comes in a Standard size optimized for efficiency and a Mega size for monster rips.

  • Standard - Provides perfectly milky hits using smaller amounts of herb. Recommended for beginners.
  • Mega - Holds 3x the capacity for giant rips. Ideal for seasoned gravity bong veterans.

The Last Geeb You'll Ever Need

Why struggle with makeshift pieces or harsh hits? The Gallant Greeb turns any bottle into a gravity bong instantly. Or get our cleaner, premade Full Gallant Glass Gravity Bong Kit.

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