Each cannabis user has his or her favorite method of consumption. Some people, like myself, enjoy methods like inhalation, which can consist of using a bong, bowl, pipe, joint, or vape to light up your weed. Others prefer oils, concentrates, edibles, tinctures, and other forms of cannabis. Either way, we can at least all share one love for the great natural plant that is marijuana. However, if you are into using a bong like myself, you may be all too familiar with that heart-wrenching feeling of knocking over your bong mid-session.
When you knock over your bong, the first thing that you are worried about is the glass and structure of your rig holding together. There is no worse feeling in the world than dropping your rig on a hardwood floor and watching your marijuana-fueled dreams fall apart before your very eyes. The other tragedy that occurs when you knock over your bong is getting nasty bong water all over your belongings. One time in high school my cat knocked over my rig and splashed himself nice and good with the dirtiest bong water you can imagine. He was seriously stinking for days, even after I gave him a good bath.
This is the kind of smell that lingers for days and can permeate into every surface and fiber in the area. So why does bong water smell so bad? Shouldn’t it just smell weed or concentrate? Well, that is not necessarily the case, and a lot of it has to do with what else is inside your bong that you may not be aware of. You might be surprised to find out that your bong can get pretty rancid and start to smell, even if you have cleaned it recently. The last thing that you want to have happen to you is not cleaning your bong out and ending up getting really sick from the effects of it.
So what makes a bong so susceptible to getting stinky and gross? Well, the first thing you need to know about glass bongs or pipes is that they are huge magnets for microbes. The tunnels in your bong or pipe can become clogged with debris, even though you feel like you are getting really clean hits and it doesn’t seem like anything is in there. Plus, it is no secret that people who are smoking weed are usually immunocompromised due to some chronic disease or condition, which can make allowing bacteria to build up in your rig even more dangerous.
Why? Because people that are immunocompromised are more likely to suffer from bacterial infections and other health problems. It is true that glass is hypoallergenic, but the resin from your cannabis creates a really easy surface for germs and bacteria to latch onto and work their way into your lungs while you are getting high. Have you started cleaning out your rig yet? There are actually some very serious symptoms that you can develop from inhaling contaminated bong water. Inflammation of the lungs, headaches, fatigue, lung infections and lung inflammation are just some of the conditions that people have developed from smoking their nasty bongs. So in case, you need someone to tell you today; please, go clean out your bong!
So how can you clean your bong without adding toxic chemicals and other soaps that you don’t want to inhale? The best way is to use kosher salt or alcohol to loosen resin and bacteria in your bong, making it easier to clean out. If you use the salt to exfoliate your rig and alcohol to sanitize it, you should be good to go for your next smoking session.