Smoking a bong
Pros: Adding a bit of water to the smoking process makes everything taste better. From filtering out some of the smoke to softening and cooling smoke to make it easier on the lungs, bongs are still the most popular method for consuming cannabis via apparatus. Also, glass blowers make some super-cool shit like egg-like dome bongs and quad-recyclers that are as fun to watch as they are to draw from.
Cons: Even the smallest of bubblers still isn’t pocket sized, which makes any kind of travel tough. Bongs require regular cleaning, as the smoke builds up and disgustingly coats the glass (pipes are almost always glass because it’s easiest to manipulate when making and clean after use). And, no matter how elegant your pricey, local-blown glass may look to you, it’s impossible not to look like a huge stoner with one on your shelf.
Pros: It makes sense that burning is bad, but vaping is good, right? Right. Vaporizing flower allows us to better taste the terpenes, use more cannabinoids by not burning the plant, and create leftover Already Been Vaped material suitable for cooking. This vapor -- administered via handheld device, surgical tube attached to heating element, glass attachment, or refillable plastic bag -- is the best way to introduce new people to the world of cannabis.
Cons: Vaping is a pain in the ass. Keeping something hot for hours at a time requires a lot more space and energy than the butane compartment of a lighter, forcing the best vapes to be leashed by the electric cords and destined for desktop-only use. You’ll also need to deal with plastic bags and stoppers and surgical tubes and small glass parts and screens, and that’s the stationary models. Portable options run $150+ for anything decent, require constant charging, and don’t hold more than half a gram. You’ll also need to grind your flower and stir the product every few draws for the best experience.