Why a Vaporizer is Better Than a Bong

Updated on January 4, 2021

Cannabinoids and cannabis flowers and leaves are consumed for different purposes. Some users enjoy cannabis flowers for enjoyment, while others use them for medical treatment. Together with cannabinoids, THC is medically researched and discovered to have therapeutic effects to prevent or lessen nausea and vomiting caused by advanced stages of cancer, AIDS, and other severe illnesses. They can also be used as an antidepressant, antispasmodic, anti-convulsant, appetite stimulant, and treatment for glaucoma, asthma, and more to be confirmed. 

As there are different uses of cannabis and cannabinoids, there are also other ways and devices to consume them. Two of the most favoured ones are vaping using dry herb vaporisers and smoking through bongs. People think they have similar effects and produce a similar substance known as cannabis vapour; however, it’s not. Here is a comparison of the two devices to understand their differences better and later on decide which is for you.


Bongs are used to smoke where water filters the smoke for a cleaner and cooler hit. They have a large chamber so you can consume more products than other devices.  For those who regularly smoke, bongs are an enjoyable way to consume cannabis, especially in a larger group. However, it can also be more expensive since bongs themselves cost more than other methods of smoking. Depending on the material it’s made of, its size, and type, a bong can cost between $50 to $100 — in some cases, it cost more.

Unfortunately, bongs are illegal to transport and sell in the United States. People who are caught publicly carrying or using a bong can face legal charges under the Federal Drug Paraphernalia Statute.

Dry herb vaporiser

Dry herb vaporisers are small devices that are usually shaped like a pen and are small. Their shape is designed for them to be portable and ready on the go. They work by heating your product, which should either be a flower or plant matter until a vapour filled with the substances found in the herbs are ready to be inhaled. Vaporisers include chambers or ovens, and this is where you load your herbs. The heating method can either be convection or conduction heating. Convection heating pertains to an airflow heating your product to induce the vapour. Conduction heating is heat applied in direct contact with your product until it becomes a vapour.

The Difference Between a Vaporizer and a Bong

Although bongs are seen as the cleaner choice for smoking, using a vaporiser is even more pristine. With bongs, the process still starts from combusting your product and then filtering it through the water. This means there will always be toxic substances produced from the heating process, and you will still be exposed to them. More so, as the water filters the smoke, this process also weakens the effects of the THC, CBD, and other components you aim to consume when smoking. This would require you to smoke more than usual and would cause you to use up your product quickly.

On the other hand, when a product is consumed using a vaporiser, it does not undergo combustion, which means less or none at all toxic substance. It has more potent effects due to the extraction of components and a pure cannabis vapor. It is cleaner, healthier, and free from the irritation of smoke filling your throat and lungs, just smooth, potent, and flavorful vapor hits.

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