Bongs Vs Dab Rigs

Bongs vs. Dab Rigs

What Is The Difference Between A Bong and A Dab Rig?

With new cannabis products hitting the shelves every day, we can bet you’re on the hunt for a new glass piece to enrich your smoking experience.

Thankfully, BudBuddy is here to explain the differences between Bongs, Dab Rigs and Hand Pipes to help make your decision a little bit easier. As a bonus, we even demonstrate the proper way to smoke out of each one!


Traditionally, bongs are used for smoking dry cannabis flower. They consist of three essential components: the main part of the bong itself, as well as a detachable downstem and bowl.

Here are some of our tips for smoking out of a bong:

First, insert the downstem into the bong (such as this one we sell here at BudBuddy) and fill the bong with water until all of the holes at the bottom end of the downstem are completely submerged.

Next, pack the bowl of the bong with your cannabis of choice. Many smokers prefer grinding (insert link to grinder that we sell) their cannabis prior to packing it for a more uniform hit.

Finally, place the bowl inside the top portion of the downstem, and light the cannabis with your lighter while inhaling inward from the top hole of the bong.

That is how you successfully take a hit.

Dab Rigs

dab rig

Dab Rigs are usually much smaller than bongs and are primarily used for cannabis concentrates. Cannabis concentrates exist in many forms, but the most common are wax, oil, crumble, rosin, and shatter (For each of these, we will eventually link the word, for example, rosin, to an article about the different types of cannabis concentrates.)

Dab Rigs (such as this one we offer at BudBuddy) differ from bongs due to the unique attachment that is needed to consume the cannabis concentrate. These attachments are called, “bangers” or “nails,” rather than bowls.

Traditionally, a torch lighter is used to heat up the banger or nail to a visibly red hot temperature. The user would then take a “dabber” (which is a small utensil designed to connect a portion of concentrate with the nail or banger), scoop some of the concentrates out of wherever it’s being stored, and touch the dabber filled with concentrate to the red-hot nail.

This vaporizes the concentrate on contact, as the user inhales through the other end of the rig. Because of the red-hot temperatures, a tool must be used to bring the wax to the hot glass/metal of the nail.

While it is a more complicated procedure, the main advantage of "taking a dab" or "dabbing”, is the increased potency of the medicine and its effects upon being consumed. One dab can have the potency equivalent of many "flower" hits from a bong.

In other words, a Dab Rigs' effect on the human psyche and body is highly desirable by both chronically ill patients and recreational users, as it could be possible to do more with less compared to smoking a bong. 

Hand Pipe

Freeze Pipe Handpipe

A hand pipe is perhaps the most classic way of smoking, aside from the traditional joint.

The process to use a handpipe (such as this one we offer here at BudBuddy) is pretty straightforward:

  1. Place your thumb to cover the carb (Small hole on the side of pipe).
  2. Fill the opening of the pipe with flower
  3. Bring a lit lighter to the flower while Inhaling through the end. Release your thumb when you are ready to finish your hit. There you have it.
  4. That is the difference between the three main types of glass options you can find here at BudBuddy. Just click on the names of any category above to be taken to each collection. Please check out our site and use discount coupon "turkeyday" for 10% off your next order!

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