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Learn | 03.21.2023

Can You Get Sick From Dirty Bong Water?

Dirty bong water smells bad and tastes gross, but can it actually make you sick? Here’s why you need to change your bong water and how often.

When it comes to getting the most out of your cannabis experience, something as simple as clean bong water can make all of the difference.

An unkempt water pipe makes the perfect home for pathogens like bacteria and fungi. But, can you get sick from dirty bong water?

Here’s the scoop on why you should change your water and clean your pipes.

Can You Get Sick From Dirty Bong Water?

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The short answer to this question is yes, you can get sick from dirty bong water. Like almost any wet, dank environment, stagnant water in bongs and water pipes is prone to bacteria and fungus. Have you ever noticed a pink film or black spots show up on a shower or bathtub?

That pink stuff is fungus and some of the same types of fungus can grow in your bong. Fusarium, for example, is one common fungus that typically grows in damp locations, like bathrooms.

This same pathogen is also known to destroy a cannabis plant or two. Fusarium is just one of many water-borne fungi that can potentially cause you to feel sick or get an infection if inhaled.

Molds tend to develop around percolators and reclaims, which are the most difficult places to clean. While molds can vary in color and appearance, the most common include pink, green, black, gray, and white molds.

If inhaled, mold spores can cause symptoms of:

  • Allergy
  • Headache
  • Coughing, chest pain
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • General malaise, feeling sick
  • Red, itchy eyes, blurred vision
  • Lung infection (bronchitis, pneumonia)

Of course, there are some variables to consider, such as your climate, the level of junk in the bong water, and the overall strength of your immune system.

For example, if you have been under stress than there is a good chance that your immune system is suppressed. When your immune system is down, you’re more likely to be affected by that bong water that you haven’t changed in two weeks.  To solve this problem, simply keep your water pipes clean.

How Often Should I Change My Bong Water?

Water in bongs, bubblers, oil rigs and other water pipe devices should be changed at least once a day. Or, for lighter consumers, before each time you spark up for a new smoke sesh.

The more dedicated consumers change their water after each bowl, though that isn’t exactly necessary. A good rule of thumb for all of the lazy folk out there is that if it smells, it is well past due for a change.

If your pieces are stored outside in a garage or in another damp place like a basement, it’s important to rinse out your pieces before use, as condensation can collect overnight and promote fungal and bacterial growth in the piece.

Stale water tastes nasty anyway, so keeping pieces clean and regularly switching out the water and ice will greatly enhance the overall cannabis experience.  Not only does clean water keep you healthy, but a clean piece allows you to really get the most of the delicious flavor and aromas of your cannabis.

Each cannabis plant produces its own unique fingerprint of tastes, aromas, and effects. As stale water, oils, condensation, mildews, and ash collect over time, they drastically distort the taste of the bud.

Not to mention, inhaling grime and potential mold spores can cause unwanted chest pain and headaches, which take away from the happy, and relaxing qualities of that famous cannabis high.

We recommend you spend some money and get a proper bong cleaner like Piece Water Solution or Resölution. With these, you’ll have a nice and clean bong in minutes, making the whole cleaning experience less of a hassle and your smoke sessions more smooth and enjoyable.

The Easiest Bongs To Clean: Chill Steel Pipes

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Your lungs will thank you after switching to Chill Steel Pipes. Not only are these bongs some of the easiest to clean, but they keep your water cold for up to 12 hours.

Chill Steel Pipes are made of food-grade stainless steel with double-wall vacuum insulation to keep your water cold (or warm) for half a day. On the inside of these beautiful water pipes is a sleek ceramic coating that does more than provide a smooth smoking experience.

The ceramic interior makes cleaning Chill Steel Pipes almost effortless. No fancy solutions or clay-based cleaners are needed (seriously, they could damage the interior). Instead, all you need is some isopropyl alcohol. Don’t add salt, as it’s also too abrasive for the smooth ceramic interior.

Additionally, you can disassemble the neckpiece from the base to get even deeper. After a good shake with iso alcohol, your Chill Steel Pipe will be as good as new. Looking for a deeper clean? Fill the bong’s base with warm water and a tablespoon of baking soda. Let the mixture sit for about 40 minutes, and rinse it out. Who knew cleaning a bong could be so easy?

Get your Chill Steel Pipe today and choose from countless colors and designs. You can even mix and match the bases and the neckpieces for a more personalized setup.

Invest In A Good Bong Cleaner

BoroBuddy Magnetic Glass Cleaner

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All bongs need frequent cleaning. Based on what we’ve discussed above, you’d know that bongs with water can develop mold, bacteria, and mildew in 24 hours. 

Stop putting your health at stake. It’s time to invest in a proper bong cleaner, not some expensive solution that can’t get into the nooks and crannies of your glass piece. We’re talking about the BoroBuddy Magnetic Glass Cleaner, a glass cleaning kit with everything you need for spick and span bongs. 

It’s as simple as dropping one of the Magnetic Cleaners (bar or circle) into your bong and holding the BuroBuddy Handle near the magnet until attached. From there, it’s smooth sailing, I mean, easy scrubbing. 

The BoroBuddy Magnetic Glass Cleaner also comes with 20 total cleaning pads, 10 for both the bar and circle Magnetic Cleaners. These can be reused depending on whether it’s a major clean-up on aisle five, or a light swipe. 

It’s an essential kit for bong users, complete with everything you need to finally be in control of those tough stains, once and for all. 

Want to learn how to properly clean your bong? Check out the article here.

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