You’re couch locked so hard you’re ordering delivery because the kitchen is too far away. When you’re searching for pizza nachos on your food app, there is zero chance you’re cleaning Mr. Jon Bong Jovi right now. So, you put it off until it’s either too clogged to use or you get bronchitis—again.
There are tons of benefits to washing your water pipe early and often. It really should never look like you’re smoking through water from the duck pond. Here are five reasons why you should clean your bong or bubbler:
1. You Get a Better Taste and Smoother Hit
While “dank” has come to mean the stickiest of the ickiest, the old meaning applies to a dirty bong: unpleasantly moist and musty. By the time your expensive pot gets through the resin-choked bowl and bacteria-ridden water, it’s almost as bad as smoking nasty brick weed.
Why buy strains from the Willy Wonka of Weed if you can’t enjoy them? Even if you can’t afford the expensive hybrids, you probably don’t want your ganga to taste like an old, dirty sponge. Besides, the whole point of a bubbler or bong is to take the harsh cannabis smoke and cool it down. A clean instrument means there’s just pure water between you and getting lifted. Don’t be shocked when you’re hitting your bong like a champ after you finally scrub that dingey thing.
2. You Inhale Pot Smoke Instead of Nasty Microbes
People take having clean water for granted, so they forget about the awful microorganisms that can grow in it. A little smoke irritation is nothing compared to getting sick with bronchitis from filthy bong water. In as little as 22 hours, a biofilm can form on stagnant water that contains whole colonies of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Waterborne microbes can cause diseases such as strep throat, pneumonia, and hepatitis A. That’s without mentioning the sicknesses that sound straight out of the Oregon Trail such as typhoid and emphysema cholera. Even if you can’t do a full scrub down, at least change your water often.
3. You Don’t Suffer From Smelly Bong
All the crud that makes your ganga taste bad also makes your water pipe stink: resin, ash, smoke, and, yeah, the bacteria growing in bong water that gets you sick. It smells up your room and ruins the aroma of nice marijuana.
Sure, cannabis isn’t being made into scented candles, but it’s better than the dirty puddle smell from old bong water. If you’re smoking with a group of people, you don’t want to be known as the pothead with the stinky water pipe. It’s embarrassing to pass that to a friend and it’s worse to hand that to a hottie.
4. You Can Clean Your Bong More Easily
Clean water pipes are easier to clean isn’t exactly a newsflash. Having said that, it’s a lot easier to remove a little ash residue than to scrub off resin that’s been baked on a bong. Ideally, you’re doing some maintenance after every time you blaze up.
Since that won’t happen, take time to do regular work on your water pipe. Even a cycle in the dishwasher (check with your manufacturer) is better than having to go medieval with isopropyl alcohol, salt, and a brush.
5. You Inhale Fewer Carcinogens
Yes, this article has blamed dirty bongs for everything except the death of the dinosaurs. Having said that, it is time to talk about the c-word: cancer. Obviously, there is some carcinogen risk when you’re inhaling smoke into your lungs. While the risk may not be as high as smoking cigarettes, it’s better to keep it as low as possible.
The gunk that gets stuck in your bowl piece is not what you want to be breathing. A pristine water pipe means you’re smoking fresh herb, which is a lot better for you than old ash and weed sludge.
Just Clean It Already!
The point of this article isn’t to sound like your nagging mom. In the end, there are a lot of advantages to washing your water pipe and only one reason not to: you don’t want to do it. If you really can’t be bothered, get some magnetic bowls for bongs, or pick designs that are simpler to wash. You still won’t want to do it, but at least it’ll be easier.