No, we aren’t talking about breakfast and carnival rides. We’re talking about the bowls and slides that fit into your bong. A bowl or a slide is one of the most important pieces of your bong. While in theory, you could still technically use a bong without a bowl, it is not recommended. Mostly because you would have to shove your herb into the top end of your own stem and that might ruin it. Plus, it just isn’t the way things are done. Instead, read through this short piece and when you’re done, you should possess all of the necessary information you need to pick out a new addition to your smoking lineup. We’ll start with a history of bowls and slides and move on to uses and our selection.
First off, bongs did not always have removable bowls or slides. Originally, the bowl was built into the side or the top of the piece. It was not until hundreds of years ago (most likely somewhere in India or the middle east) that the first removable bowl was developed. This was not exactly for a bong. Instead, it was most likely first developed for a classic hookah water pipe. Hookahs have been used since at least the first documented use in the 1560s. That’s right. People were puffing on a pipe similar to a bong for well over four hundred years. Even earlier than that there are writings of the use of water pipes similar to hookahs dating back hundreds of more years.
Originally, hookahs and other water pipes (whatever you want to call them) did not have removable bowls. Rather, they had a very large fixed bowl on the top of the hookah that would be filled with moistened and flavored tobacco, cannabis, hash, even opium. Eventually, heavily used hookah bowls would need to be scraped and cleaned. Because of the cumbersome design of the fixed bowl, someone decided to create a bowl that could be removed for easier cleaning and filling. This was the birth of the bong bowl or slide that we know today. Over the years, the designs have changed styles, shapes, even the materials with which they are made. One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is the fact that this design is clearly more user-friendly. In fact, aside from size and shape, it’s still the exact creation we use on modern bongs today.
Flash forward however many hundreds of years, and boom! Here you are on your phone or computer looking at a screen full of amazing glass pieces to fill with herb and catch on fire. The years have passed and the times have changed, but the way we spend our time on this earth is still relatively the same. We still love to smoke and we love it even more out of a cool piece that fits our personality. If that is what you are in search of, then look no further. Brothers With Glass has any and all types of bowls and slides for your personal smoking wants and needs.
Clear, colorful, flat top, beaker shaped, small, large, extra-large, hand-carved, you name it, we’ve got it. Maybe you are an ounce a week smoker and all you do is Mondo bong rips. Not to worry, my friend, we have you covered with one of our tall, fumed, and sandblasted slides from Liberty 503. Perhaps you have a scientific-style bong and you want a bowl or slide that matches it well. No worries, our no-label glass slide collection will fit perfectly without detracting from the scientific glass look. In fact, it will only add to it. You’re a lab coat away from being a full-on scientist.
No matter the design color pattern, or size bowl, or slide you happen to be looking for today, we are confident you’ll find something you love here at Brothers With Glass!