Is it a water pipe? Is it a bong? No, it’s a bubbler. These bong-pipe hybrids have the best of both worlds, and then some.
They’re small, they’re smooth and they could be your new best friend when it comes to getting the perfect high. Read on to find out why we love bubblers.
So what is it?
Most bubblers are made from glass, and they will all have a bowl, stem, mouthpiece, and a water chamber. Sounds just like a bong, right?
The key difference between a bubbler and a bong is that the bubbler looks and functions more like a pipe, and can’t be taken apart for cleaning. It’s sneaky like that.
Bubblers are also smaller and more discreet than bongs, but don’t let their size fool you; bubblers use the same sort of percolation system as bongs, so smoke gets filtered and cooled, and you get that smooth-as-jazz hit.
Why should I use a Bubbler?
Maybe you love bongs. Maybe you love pipes. Maybe you just love smoking weed. Either way, we’re pretty sure you’re gonna love bubblers as much as we do. These little glass wonders have all the best features of a bong (bowl, stem, mouthpiece, water chamber– but you knew that) but they look and function like pipes.
You might wonder why you’d need one if you’re already in a committed relationship with the creamy hits you get from your bong, so let us ask you one question – can you carry your bong around in your pocket? Unless you have Mary Poppins pockets, we’re guessing the answer is no.
That’s where the bubbler comes into play. You get that smooth, filtered hit of smoke courtesy of its water chamber, all in a handy pipe-sized package.
Sounds cool. But how do I use a bubbler?
Good highs come to those who wait, and using a bubbler can take some practice, so be patient. We’ve got tips to get you started.
Fill the chamber with cold water
Fill it up with cold water (the colder the water the smoother your hits) and take a quick test drag. It should bubble (it’s called a bubbler, so that checks out) but it shouldn’t splash into the bowl or mouthpiece
Pack the bowl
Pack the bowl with your favorite bud; not too tight, but not so tight that you can’t smoke it. Try doing it on a flat surface because nobody likes wet weed.
Light it up
Pop your thumb over the carb hole, light the flower, and listen to that sweet bubbling getting your smoke all smooth and cool.
Enjoy the hit
Lift your thumb and inhale that wonderful, creamy hit and dank flavor.
A dirty bubbler is an unhappy bubbler, so clean out your weed and water and give the bubbler a good rinse after you’re done with it.
I forgot to rinse. How do I deep clean a bubbler?
Enjoying that high too much to clean your bubbler? No judgement here. Luckily we know how to deep clean one too:
- Add 2 cups (250ml) of tap water and 2 cups (250ml) of white or apple cider vinegar to a pot, along with your bubbler. Bring to the boil and then reduce to a simmer. Tip: Never put a cold pipe in boiling water!
- Let the water simmer for about an hour or until it’s a dark amber colour.
- After an hour or so, give your bubbler a quick swish around the water and then gently scrub using a bottle brush.
- Remove the bubbler from the pot and rinse it under warm water, and leave to dry.
What are the pros and cons of using a bubbler?
The best thing about a bubbler is that you can put it in your pocket and head out wherever you like to enjoy your high. Like if pipes and bongs had a baby, the bubbler got all the best DNA from both in one beautiful little package. If you find yourself missing those hits from the bong when you’re not at home, look no further than the bubbler.
There are definitely some disadvantages to bubblers, though we’d bet you won’t care about them so much after using one. Cleaning a bubbler can be trickier than a regular pipe or bong, but following our tips above should have yours sparkling in the time it takes to grind your weed.
Bubblers also aren’t the most group-friendly smoking tools; their small size means they burn out quicker, so they’re better for personal use (or if you’re more of a lone wolf-style smoker).
Ok, I want one. How do I choose a bubbler?
The world’s your marijuana bud when it comes to bubbler options, so choosing one can be overwhelming. We’ve got your back– here’s what to look out for in a bubbler.
You’re gonna drop your bubbler. It’s just a fact of life. We recommend buying something with glass at least 3mm thick so that it’ll withstand some punishment.
There’s a lot to be said for a bubbler that can stand up on its own. It’s easier to store, and will also be less likely to leak water.
There’s no point investing in a bubbler for when you’re out and about if it doesn’t fit in your pocket. Most bubblers are between 5-10 inches long and 2-5 inches tall, so go for the size you think will fit your lifestyle (and pockets) best.