Has legal cannabis killed the bong? Nothing can!
The Guardian posted an interesting question this week: Are bongs dead? If you’ve read the headline of this piece, you already know where we stand, but let’s hear them out: The Guardian says that because pot is legalizing around the world, it’s easier than ever for even casual smokers to get their hands on vaporizers, edibles or concentrates, and so the more complex forms of smoking (including bongs and bubblers) are on their way out. As for evidence, they don’t have much, besides just saying that the head shop industry is still bringing in $10 billion a year (with no drop or decline mentioned).
So, case closed for lack of evidence, in other words. But even if there was evidence people weren’t hitting the bong as much as they used to, bongs would still be a long way from deceased. You can find amazing bubblers of all kinds these days. Look at the rigs available online at this point — a showerhead perc? How wonderful is that?
It’s true that cannabis is moving closer to the mainstream, and sure, a battery vape or an edible is more compact and lower profile than pulling out Wesley Pipes and lighting him up. But there’s a little more magic and mystery to a bong. There’s both craftsmanship and shamanism running through those glass pipes, allowing the water to bubble around and clean your smoke in one of the most low tech ways possible. There’s a heritage in lighting up bud and filling the chamber, and then pulling the stem and clearing the pipe.
Yes, cannabis is going more mainstream - it’s “gentrifying,” if you will, only because it was too good a secret to keep locked up. And this too will pass — right now, it’s fashionable and trendy to have a vape pen around, or to have some mints in pastel colors to nibble on. But the bong will always be there, ready for the lazy Sunday afternoon or the Friday night movie session. The Guardian is way off on this one: bongs are here to stay