Smoking Lingo and Definitions


This page contains a list of several terms and lingo used in current smoking culture. Smoking Dictionary, Bong Dictionary, Bong Terms, Smokers Lingo, whatever you want to call it this is a great starting point for those who are new to the scene to understand what we are talking about when we use certain terms or lingo.

Bong - A smoking device that uses liquid to filter out some of the harmful particals in smoke. A mouthpiece is used to draw smoke through water contained in the base of the bong, smoke bubbles up through the water and into the smokers mouth and lungs. Popular brands of bongs include RooR, Illadelph, and PH(x). See RooR Bong Reviews

Bowl - Some times used to describe a hand held pipe. Generally means the removable piece of glass on a bong that is shaped like a bowl with a small hole in the bottom. On a bong this is where the blend to be smoked is placed and then burned.

Pipe - Hand held device used for smoking. Does not involve any active filtration. Generally is made out of glass or metal and has a hole on one end that acts as a mouthpiece, and a whole on the other end that acts as the bowl where the smoking blend is placed. Many bowls have carbs on them. See Pipe Reviews

Carb or Rush - Short for carburetor. A finger sized hole on a bong or pipe that allows the smoker to regulate whether they want to continue burning the bowl or if they want to enhale the remaining smoke without burning any more of the smoking blend.

Stem - Sometimes known as the female piece. It is the tube that connects the bowl to the base of the bong. On some bongs it is integrated into the wall, while on others it is a removable piece. The stem is partially submerged under the water which causes the bubbling effect when air is drawn.

Bubbler - Very similar to a bong, uses water filtration, but can be operated with just one hand. Bubbler's are much smaller than typical bongs and are generally one piece as opposed to a bong which has removable pieces. See Bubbler Pipe Reviews

Zong - A bong that has kinks or curves in the neck allowing more smoke to fit without the height of the bong increasing.

Gravity Bong - (aka. bucket bongs, g-bongs, depth-charges, or turbos) A smoking device that uses water to help slowly draw smoke into a chamber rather than using water to filter the smoke. The water exiting a gravity bong generates a steady constant pull that allows the chamber to fill with very dense smoke, helps to conserve smoking blends.

Vaporizer - One of the healthier ways of "smoking", rather than burning the smoking blend, a vaporizer heats it enough so that constituents are secreted from the herbs and turned into vapor. Since the vaporizer doesn't produce smoke or nearly as much heat as traditional smoking methods, it is much less harsh to enhale and much of the harmful particals in smoke are eliminated. See some vaporizer reviews

Diffuser - A diffuser is an optional accessory on bongs, it is an upgraded stem that has several slots or holes towards it's end. The multiple holes cause several smaller bubbles to be created instead of single large bubbles, these smaller bubbles help to filter the smoke and make it much smoother. See RooR Diffuser Reviews

Ash Catcher - An ash catcher is another optional accessory on bongs, it is an extra chamber that is added onto the bong between the bowl and the stem and helps to catch ash and other impurities. It helps keep solid waste out of your bong that can be difficult to clean out. See Ashcatcher Reviews

Ice Catcher - An ice catcher is a feature that is integrated into some bongs. Several pegs are formed into the shaft of the bong close to base resevoir, and are used to hold ice cubes in the shaft and prevent them from falling into the resevoir. Ice in the shaft helps to cool the smoke and make it more enjoyable.

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