(Helen H. Richardson, Denver Post file)

Several parts of the world lay claim to the invention of the hookah, bong, water pipe, bubbler or whatever you prefer to call it.

There are the famous hookahs that reportedly originated in ancient Persia and India, as well as schools of thought that suggest the bong originated in Africa or that the term comes from “baawng,” the Thai word for marijuana pipe.

Whatever their provenance, water pipes have been part of America’s cannabis cultural landscape for decades now. 

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