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How to Choose the Right Bong for You

 
Buying a bong for the first time or even the 100th time can be daunting. There are so many different styles, percolators, designs, glass thickness it’s hard to know where to start. This quick guide will help you narrow your search down so you…

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Buying a bong for the first time or even the 100th time can be daunting. There are so many different styles, percolators, designs, glass thickness it’s hard to know where to start. This quick guide will help you narrow your search down so you can be smoking in no time.

 

 

 beaker bong straight tube recycler

 

Let’s start with the style or look of the bong that you would prefer. The main types to choose from are straight tube, beaker bongs, and recycler. Straight tubes have dense smoke and clear quick. Beaker bongs have more volume and less dense smoke, harder to clear but bigger rips. We have a guide on the difference between beaker bongs and straight tubes if you would like more information.  Recyclers are mostly used for smoking concentrates, which recycles the water. As a beginner I would stick with either a straight tube or beaker bong.

 

 

Glass thickness bongs

 

 

Glass thickness is very important because it decides on how long your bong lasts. The thicker the better obviously but also try to take into account the environment the bong is going to be in. If it’s going to be safe and stay in only one room, don’t worry about thickness as much. If you plan on bringing it with you everywhere or have clumsy friends, try to get the thickest glass. The thinnest glass starts at 2-3mm then moves up to 3-5mm is your average thickness. Then glass 5-7mm is pretty darn thick and hard to break. Choose anywhere above 3.5mm glass thickness and you should be fine.

 

 

 percolators for bongs dab rigs and bubblers

 

 

Percolators is a hot topic because there are no clear winners of which one is the best, everyone just has a favorite and sticks with it. There are two things you look for in a percolator the smoothness it provides from filtration and the amount of drag it gives from pulling smoking through the tiny holes. If you are new to bongs and smoke you do not need a percolator but they are nice to have. Try not to buy a bong with to many percolators, it may seem like a good idea but the drag from all the percolators will be hard to clear the chamber. If you would like more information check out our percolators blog.

 

Here is a brief rating of popular percolators.

Honeycombs: Great filtration and very minimal drag. Very popular choice.

Tree: Great filtration and very minimal drag. Another popular choice.

Shower heads: produces mediocre filtration and smoothness and provide very minimal drag.

Inlines: Pretty good filtration and average drag. Great for dab rigs.

Turbines: produce mediocre filtration and have a bit more drag than shower heads.

 

 

clean your bong

 

You need to take into account of cleaning your new bong. Eventually your bong is going to get dirty and filled with tar and smoke residue all over the glass. If you choose a simple bong with no percolators cleaning will be simple. If you choose a bong with a percolator with even 2 or 3 of them cleaning will not be so easy. If you do want to buy a bong with percolators, get an ashcatcher. Its much easier cleaning an ashcatcher instead of your bong.

 

 

 joints sizes for bongs

 

Joints (not the kind you roll) come in two common sizes 14mm and 18mm. There are a few other sizes which we cover in our joint sizes blog so check that out. Try to buy a bong with the same size joints as this will make your life easier because if you break a slide or downstem you can mix and match and they will all fit together.

 

addons for bongs and dab rigs

 

Add-ons – buying a bong with these are a plus but not needed.

Splashguard– Blocks dirty bong water from getting into your mouth

Ice pinch– holds ice to cool the smoke down

Ash catcher– another level of filtration. Catches all of the ash. 

Percolator – cools the smoke for a less harsh hit.

 

 Looking to buy a bong? Start with something simple like these:

            Nucleus 6 arm tree beaker bonggrav labs straight tube bong

   

This is a simple beaker bong with a tree percolator and ice pinch. Has great filtration and large volume for huge hits. This Grav Labs straight tube is another great starter bong to buy because of the high quality thick glass. Cleaning for these bongs is very easy. These both have ice pinches to cool down the smoke.

 

Not enough fire power for you? Check out these:

 grav labs aquilus stax beaker bongGrav Labs helix beaker bong

 

This Grav Labs Stax kit comes with a large beaker base and diffused downstem. It connects to a coil percolator and a three prong ice pinch. The bong on the right also has a large beaker base for great filtration and volume to hold huge hits. It comes with a Helix top which creates an amazing swirl effect for extra cooling and filtration. Helix is one of the most popular designs for a reason. Both of these bongs are made with extra thick glass to prevent any breaking.

 

This is a simplified guide, with the help and knowledge from the best online headshop, to help you buy a bong that will best suite your needs.  You can dive a little deeper into our blog for more information or ask us anytime by email, chat or phone. Check out our bongs, bubblers and dab rigs

Looking for a dab rig? Take a peek at our article on what to look for in a dab rig.

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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!

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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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