How much does water truly filter out?

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  1. lupacexi

    lupacexi Registered

    Just wondering if the real advantage is cooling or if there is legitimate filtration from "smoke?"
  2. emilya

    emilya Future Dispensary Owner

    Smoke with your water pipe for a while and examine the water. Along with ash and debris settled at the bottom, you should notice that the water has taken on a darker color, and has acquired a very brackish smell and taste. We used to challenge people to drink that bong water... so I answer your question with this. The degree that the water is filtering your smoke, is exactly the same degree of trepidation you might have in drinking that water... both legit. And also, cooling has something to do with it too... I like to put ice cubes in my bong water.
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  3. Pupp

    Pupp Registered+

    I was always under the impression that cooling the smoke down made for a more enjoyable session. I haven't come across any scholary articles that ever mentioned that bong water was doing any useful filtration.

    Of course the bong water will trap some smoke particulates, but not enough to be considered a filter.

    I did see a video of a guy that drank bong water on a dare or something. His face pretty much summed up the experience. It was pretty nasty.
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  4. TomSawyer2112

    TomSawyer2112 Registered+

    I remember when we were kids we would put water/ice cubes and Jack Daniels in our bongs. Ahaha! Very interesting experience. But you definitely wouldn’t want to put anything flammable in there.
    We never had a mishap but I’m sure there’s some booze best left out of a bong and open flames.:Wacky:
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  5. irydyum

    irydyum Registered+

    I don't believe it acts as a filter in the conventional sense. Not passing it through a permeable substance like cotton for instance. Essentially, only the exterior of the bubbles in a bong even contact the water, and that's contact, not filtration. That being said, I haven't seen any study that shows an amount that is removed from smoke after passing through a bong.

    You're correct that the water does become stained with time, but I'm not convinced this is really "filtering" anything out. If it is, I'd suspect it's a rather negligible percentage. As far as the particulate matter, that's just gravity at work dropping the occasional scooby snack in the water. That's a product of the vacuum that we pull through the bong and the forces associated. In a joint for instance, particulate isn't as much of a concern. Lower forces at work and not fighting gravity.

    Hope this is coherent, lol.

    Iry out
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