For the uninitiated, the term ‘gravity bong’ may sound like something out of a science fiction movie. However, to the seasoned smoker, it’s a familiar tool that has sparked quite a debate on its function and effect, particularly when it comes to the temperature of the smoke. A prevailing question in the smoking community is: do gravity bongs cool the smoke? In this post, we’ll delve into the science of gravity bongs and dispel some popular myths.


What is a Gravity Bong?

A gravity bong, also known as a bucket bong, is a method of consuming smokable substances, typically cannabis. The setup involves using two containers, with the larger one filled with water and the smaller one—which houses the bowl and the smokable substance—partially submerged in it. The principle behind the operation of a gravity bong is the use of gravitational force (hence the name) to draw the smoke into the chamber when the user lifts the smaller container.

Do Gravity Bongs Cool the Smoke?

Now, to the burning question at hand: do gravity bongs cool the smoke? The simple answer is – not significantly. The belief that gravity bongs cool the smoke comes from a misunderstanding of the physics and mechanics of smoke cooling.

Gravity bongs produce a dense cloud of smoke within the chamber when the combustion process occurs. This smoke is not significantly cooled by the surrounding water because the water in a gravity bong primarily serves to create a vacuum that pulls the smoke into the chamber. Unlike a conventional water pipe or bong, where the smoke bubbles through water and gets cooled down, the smoke in a gravity bong doesn’t interact with the water sufficiently enough to significantly reduce its temperature.

Why Does the Smoke Feel Cooler Then?

Users often report that the smoke from a gravity bong feels cooler. This perception is not due to actual cooling of the smoke, but rather its density. The smoke from a gravity bong is thick and concentrated, which can create the illusion of being cooler. Furthermore, as the smoke is allowed to linger in the chamber before inhalation, some minor cooling can occur due to the smoke’s exposure to the ambient temperature.

The Bottom Line

While gravity bongs are known for their potent hits and efficiency, they are not the best tool if your aim is to cool the smoke significantly. Traditional water pipes or bongs that force the smoke to bubble through water are more effective at cooling smoke. The water in these devices works as a filter and coolant, interacting directly with the smoke.

Understanding the mechanics of your smoking apparatus is key to optimizing your experience. A gravity bong might not cool the smoke as much as popular lore would have you believe, but its unique design and potent results have earned it a beloved place in the arsenal of smoking devices.