aigght yo, heres the lowdown:
shisha is the tobacco part of it, its like high quality rolling tobacco marinated in lots of mollases, honey, fruit flavoring, and the actual fruit that is its flavor. you can aqquire it in 100s of flavors. you can mix flavors or do whatever (blueberry and mint is fantastic). the main point of smoking shisha is for the taste, you dont get much of a buzz. for me, it relaxes me, but that mainly because of the vibes while smoking it. beginners, if you smoke alot at one time, ur head will get super light and you will want to sleep. some shisha flavor is more smooth, and some is stronger, for example, apple tends to be stronger in most cases and peach or blueberry is smoother, however, all flavors are smooth, just some when you inhale are hard to pull and not cough, eg a stronger flavor.
the hookah is just like a giant bong. smoking weed in it is bad, because apparently it destroys the hookah after a while. basically the tobacco is filtered in water, so as someone said, its really pure, and most of the nicotine is absorbed. you can replace the water or mix with the water other liquids, such as alchohol, or milk. you can even put ice water or ice cream/milk blend in to enhance the taste and thicken the smoke (the smoke will get really,awsmely thick), and of course shisha smoke smells delicious, like a smoke version of the fruit thats sweetened. there are many bars, commonly the best are run by ppl of arab descent (as hookah was originated in the middle east), and you can order flavors and shit for around 10-25 bucks for all night (at one they put the tobacco in a carved out pinapple, which served as the bowl, and they added champagne to the water in the bottom). the shsha isnt burned straight up, its cooked by coals which are placed on tinfoil on top of the bowl with the tobacco in it. however, shisha can be burned, as ive smoked it out of a bowl and a pipe, u just gotta hold the flame to the shisha directly. the taste isnt as good and the smoke isnt as thick, but its still worth it. btw, on average shisha is like 10 bucks for a packet or bowl of it. soooo good and sooooo worth trying, and remember, its fun to experiment!