B ongs, we can all agree, are pretty great. As the smoke percolates through the water, it becomes much less harsh on your throat and lungs without losing any of that great taste. Plus, you can take much bigger tokes out of a bong than you can out of a regular pipe, allowing for faster uptake and quicker onset of effects. For that last reason, the cleaning and maintenance of your bong can get forgotten for a couple days or weeks or months (or longer). This is totally understandable. There are few cannabis consumers who get more motivated to clean after a couple of deep rips, however, many agree that cleaning out a bong always seems like a big hassle. Believe it or not though, cleaning your bong and keeping it filled with fresh water are both necessary tasks to maintain a healthy smoke session.
“Wait a minute, are you saying dirty bong water is as bad as pond water?” No, but it’s still closer than you should be comfortable with. The next time you leave your bong water out for more than a day, take a look inside the tube. You may see a film that’s formed across the surface of the water. This is known as a biofilm, and it’s bad news for your body. Basically, what you’re looking at is a tiny bio dome. Except, instead of creating a tiny bubble for a tiny Paulie Shore to cause some tiny trouble, it’s a protective breeding ground for bacteria, viruses, yeasts, and other microorganisms.
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So, to summarize: For the best and most health-conscious cannabis experience, pour out your bong and leave it to dry after every use. Be sure to fill it with cold, preferably filtered water before you partake. It’s best to clean out your bong at least once a week. This will prevent any pathogens from growing in it that might head into your lungs and make you sick. Besides, who really wants to smoke out of a dirty bong? You’re taking the time to choose the best bud, why ruin the taste? Your lungs and your friends will thank you for it.
Think about it this way, if you take the time to wash your hands in order to keep pathogens away from your mouth, why would you then give them a direct invitation into your lungs? Bacteria like Strep and E. coli – as well as fungi like black mildew – can thrive in dirty bong water. Once inhaled they can cause strep throat, pneumonia, emphysema, or worse. The more times you smoke out of the same water, the more chance these pathogens have to reproduce and spread into your body.
Cleaning out your bong after every use is pretty important, so you should find motivation to do so wherever you can. At the very least, cannabis consumers should try to dump out and change the water every night after the last bowl is torched, or at least before you go to sleep every night.
If you’re pressed for time or are so couch locked that any effort would be too much, as mentioned before you should at minimum pour out the bong water, leave your piece tipped upside down to dry, and then refill it with fresh water. A biofilm can form in any leftover water that has been used to filter cannabis smoke, and any pathogens that grow there can remain in the water when you refill your bong, giving them more chances to enter your throat and lungs. For the best taste, nicest presentation, and healthiest option, cleaning your bong is the best option. Check out our video below to see how it’s done:
You may be asking “Is there really any harm between smoking through fresh water and some well-seasoned bong water? So what if I’m losing some of the flavor of the weed and it tastes like an abandoned dirt basement? It’s my choice as an American to smoke my bong however I choose!” Technically, you are right on that last point. If you choose to smoke out of dirty bong water, the state has no authority to compel you to do otherwise.
Plus, letting your bong water get too well-seasoned just makes cleaning up worse if and when a bong spill occurs. We’ve all been through that at least once, usually your roommate Travis’ fault, and no one wants to repeat it. That stink spreads across the floor or sinking into the carpet and hangs around like a dank ghost for weeks. But besides all that, dirty bong water can pose a health risk to those who enjoy partaking in their relatively harmless weed.
We can all agree that bongs are pretty great because they allow for bigger, quicker, more flavorful, rips. But maintenance can often get forgotten. Find out why cleaning your bong and keeping it filled with fresh water are both necessary tasks to maintain a healthy smoke session.
Step Five: Empty, Rinse, and Use
Wondering how to do that?
Here are the basic things that will get the job done for you — salt, alcohol, pieces of cotton or fabric and a cleaning brush.
In a nutshell, instead of giving pathogens a direct path to your lungs, remove them from your bong by implying the proper cleaning practices.
Is your bong or water pipe making you feel. Awful?
You must have seen a film that appears on the surface on any water surface (e.g. a glass of water left exposed for 24-hours). That shiny film is a biofilm.
Step Four: Shake
The worst part about the biofilm is its quality of forming on the surface in the mere span of 24 hours.
Step Two: Add Cleaning Solution
Dangers of a Dirty Bong and How to Clean It If you don’t know how to clean a bong, first ask yourself this: Is your bong or water pipe making you feel. Awful? Look at your bong closely — do