When it comes to smoking and using bongs, there are numerous myths and misconceptions. Let’s debunk these myths and uncover the truth. Here are the Top 7 Misconceptions About Smoking and Bongs:

1. Do Bigger Bongs Get You Higher Than Smaller Ones?

Many believe that bigger bongs will get you higher than smaller ones. In reality, the size of the bong doesn’t directly correlate with the intensity of the high. Bigger bongs can provide larger hits, which means you can inhale more smoke in one go. However, the high you experience is more dependent on the quality and quantity of the cannabis you use rather than the size of the bong. A well-designed smaller bong can be just as effective in delivering a potent experience.

2. Does Holding the Smoke in Longer Make You Higher?

A common myth is that holding the smoke in longer increases its effects. The truth is, that most of the THC (the psychoactive component in cannabis) is absorbed by your lungs within the first few seconds of inhalation. Holding the smoke in longer only increases the exposure to harmful tar and toxins without significantly enhancing the high. It’s more beneficial to take smooth, steady hits rather than holding your breath.

3. Are Vaporizers Better for You Than Bongs?

While vaporizers are often touted as a healthier alternative to bongs, the reality is nuanced. Vaporizers heat cannabis to a temperature that releases the active compounds without combusting the plant material, which can reduce the intake of harmful toxins. However, bongs with proper filtration can also reduce harmful substances by cooling and filtering the smoke through water. Both methods have their pros and cons. Vaporizers can offer more control over temperature and potentially a cleaner experience, while bongs can provide a richer, more traditional smoking experience.

4. Can Mangoes Enhance Your Cannabis Experience?

There’s a popular belief that eating mangoes before smoking can enhance your cannabis experience. This myth is based on the fact that mangoes contain myrcene, a terpene also found in cannabis. Myrcene is thought to help THC cross the blood-brain barrier more efficiently, potentially enhancing the effects. While some anecdotal evidence and preliminary research support this idea, the effects can vary greatly from person to person. Some may find that eating a mango an hour before smoking enhances their high, while others may not notice any difference.

5. Does Coughing Make You Higher?

Many smokers think that coughing after a hit will make them higher. Coughing is simply a reaction to the irritation caused by smoke in your throat and lungs; it doesn’t enhance the high. However, if you’re coughing, it might be a sign that you’ve taken a particularly large or harsh hit, which could lead to a more intense experience. The key is to find a comfortable inhalation method that doesn’t cause excessive coughing.

6. Will Eating Raw Cannabis Flowers Get You Stoned?

Eating raw cannabis flowers won’t get you high because THC, the psychoactive component, needs to be activated through heat in a process called decarboxylation. In its raw form, cannabis contains THCA, which is not psychoactive. Decarboxylation occurs when cannabis is heated, such as during smoking, vaping, or cooking. Without this process, consuming raw cannabis will not produce the desired psychoactive effects.

7. Can You Drink Bong Water?

One of the most bizarre myths is that drinking bong water can get you high. Water contains tar, ash, and other unpleasant byproducts of smoking, and drinking it can make you sick rather than giving any high. It’s best to avoid this entirely, as the taste and potential health risks far outweigh any supposed benefits. Instead, change your bong water regularly to maintain a clean smoking experience.


Misconceptions about smoking and bongs are widespread, but knowing the facts can help you make better decisions about your smoking habits. Understanding these myths ensures a safer, more enjoyable experience with your bong. Stay informed and smoke responsibly!