What gives? Is it a Bong or a Water Pipe?
Good Question! Technically, A Bong And A Water Pipe Are The Same Thing. However, A Bong Is Generally Known To Be Used For Marijuana - While A Water Pipe Is Known To Be Used For Tobacco. Here At StonedClassy, We Don't Condone The Use Of Marijuana (We're Much Too Classy For That). So, Instead Of Saying Bong, We Say Water Pipe!
Here's What Wikipedia Has To Say On The Bong, We Find It Fascinating!
A bong (also water pipe, billy, bing, or moof) is a filtration device/apparatus generally used for smoking cannabis, tobacco, or other herbal substances. In the bong shown in the photo, the gas flows from the lower port on the left to the upper port on the right.
In construction and function a bong is similar to a hookah, except smaller and especially more portable. A bong may be constructed from any air- and water-tight vessel by adding a bowl and stem apparatus (or slide) which guides air downward to below water level whence it bubbles upward ("bubbler") during use. To get fresh air into the bong and harvest the last remaining smoke, a hole known as the "carburator", "carb", "choke", "bink", "rush" "shotty" "kick hole" or simply "hole", somewhere on the lower part of the bong above water level, is first kept covered during the smoking process, then opened to allow the smoke to be drawn into the respiratory system.
The word bong is an adaptation of the Thai word bong or baung (Thai: บ้อง, [bɔ̂ŋ]), which refers to a cylindrical wooden tube, pipe, or container cut from bamboo, and which also refers to the bong used for smoking.
Bongs have been in use by the Hmong, in Laos and Thailand, and all over Africa for centuries. One of the earliest recorded uses of the word in the West is in the McFarland Thai-English Dictionary, published in 1944, which describes one of the meanings of bong in the Thai language as, "a bamboo waterpipe for smoking kancha, tree, hashish, or the hemp-plant." A January 1971 issue of the Marijuana Review also used the term.