Anyone who has ever visited a head shop has probably seen a gas mask bong, but not everyone is experienced enough to try one.
The device is a bit controversial and might look spooky, but it’s a new and exciting way for you to smoke your sweet herb.
GMB is basically a bong that is connected to a gas mask, to describe it as simply as possible. At any moment you can detach the two, and use just the bong.
The bong itself can be plastic, acrylic, glass or even metal, and the gas mask is most often made of rubber.
How to use the gas mask bong
The gas mask bong is really simple to use. The key is to keep the air tight.
Here is how to use it in 4 easy steps:
Step 1: Put your GMB on, and adjust the straps around your head to keep it nice and tight (but comfortable!) so you can take it off easily in case of emergency.
Step 2: Fill the bong chamber with water and pack your bowl, the way you usually do.
Step 3: Light up the bowl, placing your finger on the carb.
Step 4: Remove your finger from the carb and inhale.
Is gas mask bong safe?
If you are an experienced smoker, it is perfectly safe, but there are some ground rules you need to follow.
First of all, you need to make sure the head straps are perfectly fitted around your head, and the mouthpiece is placed directly onto your mouth.
Be careful because you are practically forced to smoke all your bowl in full before you can get oxygen into your lungs, so don’t overfill your bowl, and take it slowly.
If you inhale way too much, you might get the feeling you are suffocating, and in that case remove the gas mask immediately.
Also, make sure you get some help with loading your bong, because your vision is limited with a mask on. It is important to put the GMB on first and then load it, so the content of the bud bowl doesn’t spill in the process of attaching the bong to the mask.
Other than that, just relax and enjoy this experience with your friends, whether you are at a festival, a party or snuggled at home.
How to make a DIY gas mask bong
Gas mask bongs are not for everyday use. They are mostly invented for fun, festivals, and parties.
With that being said, we strongly recommend that you do not try and make one at home.
Why is that?
Well, first of all, if you are not an experienced smoker, you may feel like you are running out of air, or you may cough a lot during the process. And that is even if you are using a top product from a reliable brand. So, imagine what would happen with some untested, DIY stuff.
If you are trying to make one by yourself, keep in mind that if you are using plastic bottles, they tend to melt while exposed to high temperatures.
You are also more exposed to carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide long term, which can really be harmful to your lungs.
The GMB is not a toy and it is not safe to modify and play around with.
How to choose the perfect GMB
This most visually shocking way of smoking cannabis can be a lot of fun, and that’s why there are so many gas mask bong options on the market to choose from.
If you are planning on using it more than once, keep in mind what suits you best.
It is always better to invest a bit more cash, and to get a glass bong, rather than plastic one. Plastic is not very healthy and can change its shape after a while with exposure to high temperatures, resulting in toxic components being directly inhaled by the user.
Also, if you can, try and get one with a snorkel, to help you breathe more naturally.
Other than that, feel free to play around with different shapes and colors, to become the most popular smoker out there.
Here are some examples of playful and fun GMBs.
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The original gas mask
Originally, the gas mask was invented to protect the wearer from inhaling pollutants and toxic gasses.
The design of the gas mask originated in ancient times, but it was first put into use by a man called John Haldane in WW1 to protect the Allied troops.
A gas mask with a bong, however, has the opposite purpose – it helps you inhale the smoke directly into your face and lungs.
A bong is one of the most popular ways of inhaling your cannabis.
It has a chamber that catches the smoke, and also holds the water.
Its carb or clutch hole on one side of the bong is for flushing the smoke in your mouth.
It also has a socket pipe that pushes the smoke into the chamber, and manages to hold the bud bowl while your weed burns.
It works like this:
You fill it with water, keep the clutch hole covered and the mouthpiece covered, as well.
Then you light the bud bowl, and inhale. As the bud hit is finished, the carb hole is opened, letting air rush into the chambers, so it pulls the smoke out quickly into the lungs.
Benefits of using the gas mask bong
If you are using it the right way, you can get all the smoke directly into your mouth and nose, with nothing going to waste.
It can be really fun in a group, with a lot of people using it and not having to put your lips directly onto the bong’s mouthpiece.
The rips are as easy as breathing, and it can get you really high, really fast. A rip refers to the action of smoking out of a bong and its name comes from the sound the air makes when it rushes through the bong water.
Moreover, a GMB is a good option if you have a small amount of weed, and you need to get the most out of it.
Overall, it’s a really fun and easy way of smoking your herbs, if you know how to use it properly.
Downsides of using the gas mask bong
First of all, it can take a lot of time to adjust it properly to each of the consumers’ heads when using it in a group setting.
In addition, loading the bong can be tricky if you are by yourself, because you can’t really see that much when you have the mask on.
Not only are there some practical issues in using a GMB, but there are also some physical issues you may experience.
For instance, some people with sensitive eyes may get irritation and redness around the eye area.
It can also cause a lot of coughing, so if you have asthma or any other respiratory issues, it is not recommended for you.
Note that people with certain skin conditions might even get acne, because your whole face will be covered in smoke at some point while using the GMB.
How much does GMB cost?
In the expanding market of cannabis gadgets, GMBs are a new hit. You can easily buy yours online, or at any larger head shop. The price can vary from $30 all the way up to $100 or more.
We would definitely recommend you avoid poor quality GMBs – even if your main goal is to save on costs. It’s worth it to invest a bit more in a device made from higher grade material for a great smoking experience.
How does GMB compare to a regular bong?
A good bong is the most important part of the gas mask bong.
What are the main differences?
Well, having read this article carefully, by now you know that the gas mask can be detached from the bong, so you can use just the bong if the gas mask is too much for you.
The main difference between the two devices is in how you inhale the smoke and what happens after.
When you are using the GMB, the smoke will get in your face, and it might get you higher with the mask on.
Also, if you are sharing the GMB with other people, you don’t have to put your mouth directly on the bong, but you need to make sure the head straps are suitable for each person individually.
Using regular bongs are definitely an easier, more “everyday way” to smoke cannabis, but why not mix it up a little now and then?
A bong or a water pipe is a good way of cooling and filtering the smoke before breathing it in. You simply have to fill it up with water. The water in a bong helps in catching leftover ash, and acts like a semi smoke filter.
Although it might seem like a complicated thing, the GMB wins in cases where you have a small amount of weed, but still want to get an excellent high that lasts long.
Other than that, it is not an everyday thing because of its peculiar design and, more importantly, because it can cause some physical side effects such as acne, redness in the eyes, and enhanced coughing.
It is a safe way of consuming cannabis, though, if you know how to use it the right way, and if you are a serious smoker. However, beginners may want to skip this one for the moment.
Overall, if you want to be the life of the party, and you are a smoking enthusiast, you need to try the gas mask bong at least once in your life.