If you’re a smoker, you’ve probably wondered, “Why do bongs get you higher?”—as you’re taking your bong rip.

  After all, hitting a bong feels different from any other method.

  ‌In this article, you’ll learn all about how bongs work, why a bong rip provides a powerful and nearly instantaneous high compared to other methods of smoking, and why you should know how many bong hits you need to get high.

  Here’s exactly how ripping bongs compare to other smoking methods.

  Compared to bongs, the other most common smoking tool is a pipe. Weed pipes and bongs both allow you to smoke cannabis without the hassle of rolling a joint. However, that’s where the similarities end.

  While there are more than 50 different types of bongs and pipes, the sheer power of a bong will always overpower the effects of a pipe.

  There’s a significant difference between a bong and a pipe. Most fundamentally, a bong lets you take a single and powerful hit of cannabis in one breath. Meanwhile, to smoke the same amount of cannabis from a pipe, you need to take multiple hits and some of the smoke drifts away.

  That alone would make bong rips more powerful than pipe hits. However, another difference has a big impact. Bongs have much better filtration systems than most pipes. Water diffusers, water chambers, and downstems all cool down the smoke and filter out harsh flavors, making bong rips more pleasant and more powerful.