A pipe is an instrument used for smoking herbs. The designs of pipes vary considerably, but for the most part they are reusable and consist of a chamber, or bowl, in which the substance to be smoked is placed, a stem of some sort and a mouthpiece through which the smoked is inhaled.
Pipes made in alot of different materials including clay, ceramic, corncob, glass, metal, porcelain, stone, wood and various combinations, bones and horns are also used as pipes.
Some pipes are designed in special ways, to express the artist vision or to meet the demands of the smoking material in mind, such as the all-glass pipes used for smoking marijuana.
The modern pipe of today is inspired from traditional pipes of Indian tribes. To them, the pipe was seen as a connection between earth and heaven. Pipes were also used in Africa,Asia and India. The Aztecs used a hollow piece of reed as pipes. Around the 15th century , the pipe has flourished in European countries. Today, pipes are made of nearly all sorts of material like glass, stone, metal, wood and bamboo and each of these materials has it's own pro's and con's. The consumer mostly chooses the pipes for sale that they like best or sometimes go with the one which is easiest to clean since pipes can be quite a challenge to clean without the proper tools.
A bong is a tool used to smoke marijuana just like a pipe but with the addition of water,
A bong is made of few parts :
The mouthpiece, This is where you put your mouth over, you block and inspire air through that hole.
The chamber, This is where smoke collects in the bongs. The smoke stays until inhaled. The size of the chamber can vary.
The base, This is where you put the water, this part is usually wider than the chamber so it can stand-alone without tipping, although some more "artistic" pieces often do not follow this rule.
The stem (female piece), sits in the base of the bong and pokes out of the chamber at a degree higher than the water level. It holds the conepiece/bowl and enables smoke to pass through the water when in use.
The bowl (male piece), is usually a removable cup or cone shaped container, where the marijuana is packed and ignited.
Bongs for sale can vary greatly in their shape, materials, colors, and sizes. Often constructed from ceramic, glass or acrylic bongs can also be fabricated from materials from household objects. Alot of people make bongs out of fruits and vegetables, this adds a little flavour taste to the smake which is a good way to make the smoke more interesting. Many bongs are regarded for their style, distinct vivid colors, or customizations such as stickers, and become a personalized signature of that particular bong owner.