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Best Bongs of 2018

Best Bongs 2018
Bongs are one of the oldest and most popular ways tobacco enthusiast’s combust tobacco. Bongs have been used by us for much longer than the 1970’s when they started making a comeback, but have been known to be used since ancient…

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Best Bongs 2018


Bongs are one of the oldest and most popular ways tobacco enthusiast’s combust tobacco. Bongs have been used by us for much longer than the 1970’s when they started making a comeback, but have been known to be used since ancient times.

 The great thing about a bong is that it’s portable, easy to handle and is an efficient way to consume tobacco. The main benefit of a bong is that usually hot smoke is cooled through the water before being inhaled and therefore provides a cooler smoother smoke.

 Glass bongs are probably the most popular bongs on the market as they come in all different shapes, colors and designs. They are popular because they are easier to clean, glass is sanitary compared to other materials and if thick enough and careful enough they will last for a long time.

 One of the limitations of glass bongs is that they do crack and you can’t afford that. So it’s always wise to keep your bong safe from being knocked over or away from your dog’s wagging their tails. Many people have been brought to their knees when finding out that their bong is cracked. Luckily bongs are not just made of glass, but many other materials. If you are prone to being clumsy, it might be wise to think about purchasing a silicone bong.

  1. Nucleus – Silicone Oil Can Bong

 

Nucleus silicone bong


One of my all-time favourites, easy to smoke and clean, this bong is stylish as it comes in many psychedelic colors from green to pink lemonade and Rasta. It’s made of food-grade silicone that has a melting point of Over 1200°F, so will not let you down in even the toughest of bong sessions. When you are done with your session, you just put the bong in your dishwasher and bobs your uncle, ready for the next day. The bong comes with the added bonus of having an ice catcher in its stem, so you can cool that smoke even more for a smoother smoke. Silicone is also a good material if you are clumsy as you will have a 2nd chance if you accidentally drop the bong.

 

  1. The Aurora waterpipe

 my bud vase bong

 

This bong is stylish and stealth. It can easily be hidden on your mantelpiece with a flower of tobacco in and no one except you will know that it’s just a minute away from smoking. Got your family and friends over every day, they won’t know what your favourite hobby is and think you are just a stylish person. Named after the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) the design is stylish and colorful. The bong is only 8 inches in height and easy to hold and inhale.

 

 

  1. Nucleus – Classic 6-Arm Tree Perc Beaker

 nucleus 6 arm beaker bong

Nucleus is a new bong manufacturer out of New Jersey. They make quality products using quality glass. The thick borosilicate glass is light and strong so will give you many days of smoking pleasure. The large mouth design is epic and makes for a comfortable smoke, and the ice pinch with a few blocks of ice makes it an even smoother smoke. The tree percolator is a perfect choice for this beaker bong.

 

  1. Grav Labs Beaker Bong with Ice Pinch

 grav labs beaker bong

Made in Austin, Texas by well-known Grav Labs, this bong looks like it should be bubbling its magic in a laboratory. But it’s made for you, with a large base and sleek design, this bong won’t fall over easy and makes smoking a pleasure. This is the one of the smallest bongs in Grav Labs range and is 12 inches in height. They do make larger ones such as the 16 inch beaker bong.

 

  1. Ronin Glass – “Horokubiya” Wig Wag UFO to Double Disc Perc Bong

 ronin glass bong

Ronin Glass is based in New Jersey just like Nucleus. They are known for their craftsmanship and scientific bongs that are made with the idea of a Samurai style bong. A UFO percolator to a double disc perc this bong is sure to cool any smoke you throw at it. This straight 12 inch tube ensures the cooler smoke reaches your mouth in good time, coupled with the ice catcher you can’t find a bong with a smoother smoke.

6. Grav Labs – 9″ Helix Beaker Bong with Diffused Down Stem

 grav labs helix beaker bong

Another Grav Labs piece because well…there one of the best at a fair price. They pride themselves on quality products and have some of the top glass blowing artists on their books. If you never have smoked a bong a bowl with the helix effect, you’re in for a real treat. This 9” beaker bong has a helix effect that swirls and cools the smoke at the same time. You can take huge rips with this thing because of the huge beaker base, cooled by water and the helix effect.

 

  1. Headshophq – 4 Arm Tree Perc Beaker with Diffused Downstem

tree perc beaker bong

This bong comes with many percs and is good on the pocket. Headshophq’s own range of bongs, this classic design offers many benefits from a well designed glass bong. Offered in a variety of colors such as black, green, clear and blue, you cannot find a bong with a better draw. This is all to do with its unique design. Ice catcher, percolator and diffused downstem all add to a quality smoother smoke.

 

“The diffused downstem is a modern variation on the on the traditional single hole, the smoke is cooled, aerated allowing the user to take bigger tokes”

 

  1. HeadshopHQ – Fritted Inset Barrel Perc Bong

fritted barrel tree perc bong

OK, I was wrong. HeadshopHQ fritted inset Barrel Perc Bong comes with more percolators through the maze of quality glass than an office air-conditioner system. This bong is on my hot list and I can only imagine how smooth the smoke is with its array of specifically placed percolators. It also has a small space for ice. A flared mouth piece makes it easier to inhale as much aerated smoke easily and efficiently.

 

“Similar to diffusers, percolators allow the smoke to be aerated further. The percolators are usually cut using lazers or blown and provide multiple small holes breaking the smoke into smaller particles and therefore allowing a larger surface area of smoke to be cooled.”

 

 

  1. UPC – 14″ Color Straight Tube

upc glass bong

The well-known glass bong manufacturer UPC  glass are based in California. Although keeping this bong as a simple design, it is made with precision and user experience in mind. Using 5mm thick premium borosilicate glass this bong will stand the test of time. A stylish design straight out Los Ganjales, California, it comes in a color-wrapped lip and base in either blue, green, black, amber, pink or purple.

 

  1. Sesh Supply – Scylla Propeller Perc Beaker Bong

seshy supply propeller beaker bong

 

Probably the best percolating bong on the market. Manufactured in Savannah, Georgia, Sesh Supplies produces unique and high quality bongs for the tobacco smoker. I would say this is the most fun bong out there, but still simple in design. Use a black light to watch the illuminati color glow in the dark from the side of the bong and also watch the spinning effect of the smoke pull through the four blade propeller percolator. This bong is affordable and well with the money and especially fun to watch the spiralling smoke coming through the percolator.

 

This is a guide based on our best sellers, to help you buy a bong.  You can dive a little deeper into our blog for more information or ask us anytime by email, chat or phone. Check out our bongsbubblers and dab rigs

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How to Identify Pests in Your Cannabis Grow

Experienced and novice cannabis growers alike understand that pests can ruin a crop, no matter how well watered, fed, or tended. One of the keys to making sure that your plants grow into healthy, robust, and consumable cannabis is to keep a close eye o…

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Experienced and novice cannabis growers alike understand that pests can ruin a crop, no matter how well watered, fed, or tended. One of the keys to making sure that your plants grow into healthy, robust, and consumable cannabis is to keep a close eye on any pests that might infiltrate your grow, then take the appropriate steps to eradicate them without ruining your garden. Not only will it help keep the plants alive, thriving plants have more energy to produce trichomes and terpenes, making for better bud

Let’s take a look at some common pests found on cannabis plants, how to identify them, and lastly, get rid of them for good. With just a little maintenance and vigilance, your cannabis garden can be pest-free.

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Common Pests Found on Cannabis Plants

According to the Smithsonian Institution, there are likely more unclassified insects in the world than classified, and the running guess is somewhere between 2 million and 30 million. Thus, this is by no means a definitive list of bugs that feed on cannabis but should serve as a good starting point for most pest problems. 

Caterpillars

Before a caterpillar turns into a beautiful butterfly and flits away, it can be very hazardous to your cannabis plants. You know that book The Very Hungry Caterpillar? Turns out it’s a true story about how caterpillars eat everything in sight, including that tasty cannabis. Caterpillars can be very dangerous because they tend to go unnoticed, especially if they are a borer caterpillar, meaning they burrow into the plant and eat it from the inside out. But even caterpillars on the exterior will nosh away, potentially causing great damage to your plants. 

To figure out if caterpillars are ruining your plants, inspect the leaves weekly for holes from feeding, droppings on the leaves that look like tiny black specks, holes, and damage to the stems, and yellowing on upper leaves.

Natural enemies of caterpillars are wasps and praying mantises, and introducing those to the environment could make a difference. These options are typically easier for outdoor grows, but can also work indoors with some preparation. Other interventions include using a product like Bug Blaster spray or neem oil (which you can make at home).

Neem oil use has been controversial in some cannabis circles, as there is a belief among some that it may play a role in CHS (Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome), however, no definitive statements can be made without more research. The connection between neem oil and cannabis hyperemesis syndrome has yet to be fully explored or verified, but it’s still good to be aware and to be sure to closely follow usage directions.

Aphids

Even house plants have the occasional plague of aphids. Tiny and red, yellow, black, pale, green, or brown, these bugs can be easy to miss because they cling to the underside of leaves, reproduce quickly, and drain your plant of nutrients. Outdoor grows tend to fare a little better in the battle against aphids since natural predators are present, but indoor plants can be decimated quickly by these teensy pests. Not only do they siphon nutrients away from the plant, they leave a sweet substance called “honeydew” that attracts other insects and turns the leaves black and moldy

Aphids and their honeydew on a plant

The honeydew left behind from aphids leads to further damages to the plant by attracting even more pests. photo credit

Because that honeydew attracts other pests, if you begin to notice a lot of ants or ladybugs coming around your plants, it’s a pretty good sign that you’re well into an aphid problem. Aphids can be hard to shake, but wasps and ladybugs are natural predators. Nonetheless, you should visually inspect the underside of plant leaves at least once a week. If introducing predators doesn’t ameliorate the problem, there are a couple of natural solutions to get rid of cannabis pests to try, like garlic or tomato leaf water. 

Spider Mites

Spider mites are like the supervillains of cannabis pests: uber reproductive, zombie-like in their ability to come back from what you thought was death, capable of spinning webs while eating everything in sight then completely disappearing before turning up again – they’re nearly impossible to spot and even harder to eradicate. Spotting spider mites is difficult because they are minuscule, but doing a daily inspection of both sides of your plant leaves could help to prevent a massive infestation.

Signs of spider mites begins with speckles, then a browning or yellowing of leaves, and premature leaf death.

If any parts of your plant are covered in fine webbing, that’s a sure sign you’re in a bad spot. The best way to avoid mites is to stay vigilant with your leaf inspections. If you do notice signs of mites, try introducing a fan into the environment. Strong air currents make it difficult for mites to breed. Spider mites also prefer temperatures of 60-80 degrees, so experimenting with temperature might also slow an infestation down. Since mites are likely to come back, consider a spray like Azamax or Spinosad to get rid of them for good (again, be sure to follow use directions carefully).

Fungus Gnats

Fungus gnats are just as hungry as caterpillars, but their gourmet meal is from the stem and roots of your plants and not the leaves. Beginning at the topsoil level, both larvae and adults will munch their way down into the root system, badly impact plant drainage, and compromise the structural stability of your plants. However, they’re nearly impossible to spot because they are dark in color, as is soil.

Fungus Gnats

Although fungus gnats are small, the damage they leave behind is mighty. photo credit

Seeing swarms of gnats near the base of your plant is one sign you’ve got a fungus gnat problem. Other symptoms are stems that weaken and simply fall over, adult plants that start to droop, wilt, spot, or yellow, or plants that stop growing altogether. 

Fungus gnats love moist conditions, so keeping the top layer of soil dry is a smart preventative measure. Some other hacks to try include placing a cloth on top of the soil to prevent female gnats from laying eggs or laying a sticky pad near the plant’s base to stick larvae. You could also mix some peroxide and water and spray it around the area of gnat infestation. A common-sense tactic for an indoor grow is to put screens on the windows and the doors closed to keep gnats out. 

Why Pests and Bugs Are Attracted to Cannabis

Something to keep in mind about pests, in general, is that they love a monoculture or a space dedicated to growing only one crop. Researchers from the University of California Davis theorize that if an insect makes itself at home in that one crop, it has a large food supply, creating an all-you-can-eat kind of scenario for the pest, making it that much harder to eradicate. As you likely don’t want to introduce other plants into a cannabis garden (for a number of reasons), this issue will always exist to some degree when dealing with weed. 

This is why, as mentioned, another option is to introduce other beneficial insects. Not only do they prey on harmful pests, but they are also an excellent chemical-free pest control option. The bugs already want to be there, you’re just bringing them to the dinner table. 

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The Wrap Up

Identifying pests should be a regular ritual, just like watering and delivering nutrients to your plants. When you keep them pest-free, all that hard growing work will hopefully pay off in healthy and efficacious plants. Once you’ve harvested, you can move on to other fun challenges like doing a proper cure for your cannabis harvest, and how to store your cannabis stash


How do you deal with pests in your cannabis grow? Share your techniques in the comments!

Photo Credit: ilovegrowingmarijuana (license)

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Governor of Connecticut Pushes For Legalizing Adult-Use Cannabis In Budget Address

Connecticut’s Governor Ned Lamont proposed legalizing recreational cannabis in his budget address this week.

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South Dakota Governor Delays Implementation of Medical Marijuana Initiative

It seems that Governor Kristi Noem isn’t quite done derailing voter-approved cannabis initiatives.

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