Water pipes, or bongs, have now become quite widespread as great smoking devices, presenting them as alternatives to conventional cigarettes and offering a better, more varied smoking experience. They were quite unpopular until recently when more and more people’s curiosity was piqued by the rather unusual way these smoking device work. The internet and technological advancements have only accelerated the spread of bongs to an extent that they have become a worldwide hit.Now you might be wondering where these devices first originated. First of all, it is not wrong to say that hookah pipes have quite a long history behind them, being first used several centuries ago some parts of Asia. Their exact origin is still debated, with many countries, including India, Iran, Egypt, Syria and many other Asian countries claiming to be the first to introduce hookah pipes to the world. The most likely explanation for the origin of the hookah is to assume that several countries made some pipes with similar working conditions and properties, with their designs finally blending into one accepted standard through the trading and exchanging of technologies. Even nowadays, Asia is the region which manufactures most of the hookah pipes used throughout the world.
The first and most primitive hookah bong design is one that uses a coconut shell as the base of the hookah with a pipe attached to it for smoking. Materials used to produce the smoke itself are usually believed to be opium or hashish, although it is quite likely that some other herbal products could have used in their place.With the passing of time, the hookah pipe evolved into something different. This evolution can be noticed very well when we consider about the Turkish and Persian varieties of the hookah, which are known as Nargile. These finally made use of tobacco as the standard smoking material, with fruity flavours being added to give a better smoking experience to the user. The main talking point of the Nargile, though, is how well-received it was by the community. The smoking device itself was considered as a symbol of wealth, with most upper-class men and women having at least one device in their homes that they used on a frequent basis.
The other thing of note about the Nargile is how Turkish craftsmen found a way to use the water bong as a way to display their artistic creations: this is the period that started the trend of decorating and customising hookah pipes to please one’s appreciation of aesthetic beauty.The bongs we use nowadays are still based on these Arabian designs. The only major change is the fact that people have finally started using modern technologies to make better smoking products and a glass interface to improve a hookah’s durability and the smoking experience it can deliver to the user.