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How to Use a Gas Mask Bong

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A gas mask bong is one of the coolest novelty items that you’ll find at a smoke shop. It makes a great gift for yourself, a friend, or anyone you know who loves to make a statement with their smoking accessories. However, you’ll need to know how to use a gas mask bong in the first place to make the process less complicated than it needs to be. Then, you can get the party started with your own personal hotbox!

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What is a Gas Mask Bong?

A gas mask weed bong functions how most people would probably expect. Attached to the gas mask is a bong, extending from where the breathing hose would normally be. This allows anybody to create a personal hotbox inside their mask. With each hit, smoke swirls around the user’s face. It stays on with straps that can be loosened and tightened to fit over your head. 

But what makes these bongs so popular? While the mask attachment adds a few extra steps and works just the same as a regular water bong, many people enjoy the novelty of the gas mask bong. In fact, they’re popular at most smoke shops, music festivals and other stoner events. You can expect them to cost anywhere from $40 to $70. Bongs with cool designs or patterns, such as a Rick and Morty gas mask bong, may cost you a little extra though. Either way, you’ll get a bong, mask and a fun party trick all in one piece.

How to Use a Gas Mask Bong

Learning how to use gas mask bongs isn’t too difficult if you follow the right steps. First, you’ll want to separate the bong from the mask. Fill the bong with water as you would normally and reattach the bong to the mask. Then, you’ll pack your bowl with ground herb before putting the mask on your face.

When putting on your mask, loosen the straps and pull it over your head so that the mouthpiece aligns comfortably with your mouth. Tighten the straps so the mask fits snugly. Now, all you have to do is place the bowl piece in the bong, spark up and inhale! The first hit will be full of THC because less smoke escapes when you’re wearing the mask. Be cautious when you exhale, because the inert smoke irritates the eyes and throat if your face sits in the mask for too long.

Don’t worry if the process seems confusing! Try practicing the action of taking your mask on and off so that you don’t fumble around while attempting to exhale. That way, you’re less likely to choke on smoke inside the mask. For a less clumsy experience, remove the bong from the mask before taking it off to help prevent you from breaking the bong or coughing too much.  Watch the video below for an example of how to take a perfect hit.

This short video is a great visual to help you practice!

Should You Buy a Gas Mask Bong?

Gas mask bongs are seen by many as either a fun gag or a gimmick. This all depends on what you want to get out of the style and function. Adding a gas mask bong to your collection has its positives and negatives.  

One drawback is that gas mask bongs won’t get you more high than your standard bong, despite some claims. Once you exhale the first hit, you’re not exactly smoking more THC when inhaling again. Once you first inhale, you’ve absorbed as much of the THC as you’re going to get. If potency is what you’re looking for, dab rigs, large bongs, and weed vapes provide a more intense high without the same discomfort. In addition, the process of smoking can be a little clunky. You have to remove the straps from your head while your face is clouded by weed smoke. Not everyone is willing to tolerate the irritation.  

However, if you’re willing to practice and mess up a few times, leading to lots of coughs, this product can ultimately make an amazing staple to any bong collection and is definitely a great way to bring surprise to any gathering. People will want to see how the gas mask bong properly works, and you can teach them! It also makes a great decoration for your home or bedroom, adding an apocalyptic look to your space. 

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Smoke Clouds Incoming!

Now that you’re knowledgeable about the ins and outs of a gas mask bong, it’s never been easier to figure out how to work the entire set up. Although the gas mask bong has a reputation for being a staple at college parties, you can make your own rules and use it however you like. You’re now ready to create your own personal hotbox. 


About Olivia

Olivia, our Oakland-based cannabis guides writer, graduated from the University of California Berkeley with a Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. She's an independent writer, cannabis enthusiast and Sales Lead at her local dispensary. She's also a recent grad, history buff, and has a passion for animals. You can reach her at [email protected].