Anyone who’s ever been to a head shop has seen the gas mask bong. And while everyone’s probably seen one of these things before, far fewer people have smoked out of one. So what’s the deal with the gas mask bong? Does anyone even know how to use a them? Are they any good? Here’s everything you need to know.
What’s Up With The Gas Mask Bong?
The concept of a bong gas mask is simple. You basically strap yourself into a gas mask, fill it with weed smoke, and create your own mini hot box.
If you’re interested in buying a gas mask bong, you can usually pick them at any head shop, and, depending on where you live, even a decent number of corner stores. They’ve also become a staple at a variety of street, art, or music festivals, or other similar places where vendors sell random stuff. In general, expect to pay around $40-$75.
The standard design of a gas mask bong is also pretty straightforward. It’s basically a simple gas mask that attaches to the end of a bong. The bong portion is detachable. This allows you to fill and empty the water and makes it easier to clean your bong and pack your bowl.
How to Use a Gas Mask Bong
If you’re wondering how to use a gas mask bong, don’t worry, it’s not too different from hitting a regular bong.
Fill the bong with water and attach it to the gas mask. Now pack the bowl with ground-up bud.
Loosen the straps at the back of the gas mask and slide the entire thing over your head. Position the gas mask over your face with the mouthpiece in place. Now tighten the straps so it’s comfortable and snug.
Next, slide the bowl into the bong, spark up, and clear the chamber. At this point, the gas mask will fill with smoke. If your gas mask is working properly, you should actually be able to exhale freely without pushing air back down the bong.
Inhale until you’ve cleared the bong and enjoy sitting in your own personalized hot box. When you’ve had enough, simply loosen the straps and pull off the mask. Things can get a little clunky sometimes so be sure you don’t bang the bong portion around too much. You may want to disconnect the bong first and then remove the mask.
Well, it depends. Gas mask bongs are more gimmicky than anything else. Despite what it might look like, they’re actually not a very efficient or effective way to get high.
That’s because, for the most part, you’re just forcing your face into a swirling bowl of more or less inert smoke. It’s true that your first inhale of smoke directly out of the bong will be full of THC, but once you exhale back out into the gas mask, there’s no reason to keep breathing it in. Unfortunately, that’s mostly what your bong gas mask will be full of after your first good hit.
This introduces some potential drawbacks. For one, it kind of takes away from the idea that using a gas mask bong will get you super high. It’ll get you as high as any other bong.
But because you’re sitting in a cloud of smoke, your eyes may get irritated or dried out. And chances are it’s not going to be your tastiest weed-smoking experience. All in all, you’ll be sitting in a cloud of the smoke you just exhaled, which is really not all that pleasant or fun.
Is it Worth it?
All things considered, the bong gas mask is good as a fun novelty item and that’s really about it. If you and your friends are into this sort of thing, it can make a fun addition to a party or your next smoke sesh.
But even then, it’s a bit clumsy since you have to unstrap the mask, detach the bong, and then do it all over again every time you pass it to someone else. Outside the context of looking for a novelty or a gimmicky way to smoke weed, the gas mask bong is probably not all that useful.
In fact, there are no significant benefits to using one of these things. They won’t really get you any higher than hitting a regular bong. And they’re a little bit irritating to use.
If you’re really intent on finding ways to get super high, stick with dabs. Concentrates will get you higher in a quicker time than flower, and they accomplish it without sacrificing taste or smell. In fact, dabs tend to taste and smell even better than bud.
At the end of the day, a gas mask bong might make a good addition to your paraphernalia collection—if it fits your personal style. But for a lot of weed smokers, it’s just not the right aesthetic or vibe.
Ultimately, don’t depend on a bong gas mask if you’re hoping for an enjoyable or effective way to get high. If that’s your mission, and you don’t care about the novelty of smoking out of a wacky contraption like a gas mask bong, then you’re better off sticking with the standard repertoire of joints, blunts, spliffs, bongs, a regular bowl, or dabs.