What is a Bubbler? How Do You Use One?

How to spot the difference between a bubbler and a bong and some great bubblers on the market.

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Bubblers are the ultimate cannabis gear hybrid — they combine the filtration power of a traditional bong and the portability of a spoon pipe. 

These hand-held water pipes come in many different shapes and sizes and include an array of different features. While bubblers may be one of the lesser-known smoking accessories, it’s an innovative device that deserves your attention. 

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What is a bubbler?

Bubblers are a type of smoking pipe that is partly filled with water as a means of filtration. As you can imagine, bubblers get their name for the delicate bubbling noise that it makes when smoked.

They are usually made of glass but they can also be made with ceramic, silicon, and plastic and are designed to easily fit in your hand. 

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Bong vs. Bubbler

While bubblers may sound similar to a bong, there are a few key differences between the two. 

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Size

Bubblers are often much smaller than conventional bongs, and therefore more portable and convenient. Bubblers are a great alternative to spoon pipes if you want the ease of use but crave an extra layer of filtration.

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Bowl and Stem

Most bongs on the market use a cone-shaped bowl that slides in and out of down-stem to help clear the chamber of smoke. Bubblers on the other hand usually feature a fixed bowl and no down-stem, more similar to a spoon pipe. 

How to Use a Bubbler

If you have never used a bubbler before or you want to refresh memory, read on for a step-by-step guide. 

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Step One: Fill the Chamber with Water

The very first thing you need to do is fill the chamber with a small amount of water. The amount of water you need will vary depending on the size of the pipe. Ideally, you want just enough water to produce bubbles but not enough to splash back into your mouth (because no one likes that). 

Start with a small amount and take a quick drag to test out the water level. Add more or dump some out as needed. 

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Step 2: Pack the Bowl

Once you’ve successfully tested the water level, grind up your flower, and fill the bowl to your heart’s content. Be careful not to pack it too tightly! 

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Step 3: Spark it Up

If your bubbler has a carb hole, place your finger or thumb over it and bring your mouth to the mouthpiece. As you begin to inhale, spark up a portion of the bowl with a lighter or match. The chamber will begin to fill with smoke. 

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Step 4: Clear the Chamber

Once you are ready to take a hit, remove your finger from the carb hole and inhale the smoke until the chamber appears clear. You may need to take another hit to fully clear the chamber or cough and that’s okay. No one is judging you here. 

Where can you buy a bubbler pipe?

Whether you are looking for luxury or something sturdy and simple, there is a bubbler out there for you. With so much to choose from, it can be difficult to decide exactly which bubbler pipe to buy. That being said, there are several brands that have set the bar in value, innovation, and style. Check your local dispensary or head shop for these brands and more! 

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Marley Natural

Marley Natural is more than just a great flower brand — they also have an incredible line of smoking gadgets. Their bubblers have garnered a great deal of attention from cannabis experts all over the world for durability and ingenuity. They have a large inventory of unique bubblers that vary in functionality and price, but all of their products include subtle Jamaican-inspired accents that pay tribute to their roots. Check out their exciting line of pieces for yourself and see the difference. 

Jane West

Jane West has made a name for herself in the cannabis industry as the Martha Stewart of cannabis for her mogul mentality. She carries that standard of excellence into her entire line of products, including glass bubblers. Jane West’s collection of hand-held water pipes are made to stand the test of time but are also incredibly sleek and stylish. If you want a chic pipe that doesn’t sacrifice function, Jane West may have just the piece you need. 

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Grav Labs

If you want major bang for your buck, look no further than Grav Labs. Grav Labs has mastered the art of engineering a quality bubbler while also making it economically viable. Their designs are ergonomic, lightweight, and easy to use. Whether you’re a beginner or a cannabis professional, Grav Labs will have something that suits you and your wallet. 

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Final Thoughts

With bubblers, you get the best of both worlds — the smooth smoking experience of a bong and the ease of use and portability of a spoon pipe. While bubblers may have less renown than their more popular counterparts, they are definitely worth adding to your cannabis gadget tool kit. 

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