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Learn | 05.07.2024

Can You Get Sick From Dirty Bong Water?

Don't let mold make a home in your bong – a clean bong is a happy one.

Let’s cut right to it — yes, you can get sick from dirty bong water.

While the murky water might be a sign of good times, leaving it dirty is a one-way ticket to Bacteria Boulevard.

Let’s dive into why keeping your bong clean isn’t just neat; it’s necessary.

What’s Lurking In Your Bong Water?

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Ah, the bong water: a murky mystery often overlooked. But beware, it’s a breeding ground for tons of nasty stuff, including:

  • Bacteria: Such as E. coli and Streptococcus, which can thrive in stagnant conditions.

  • Fungi/Mold: These can develop especially in moist, dark environments.

  • Parasites: Rare but possible; these can also find a home in unclean water.

  • Toxins and Biofilm: Chemicals and clusters of microorganisms build up, forming a slimy layer.

The primary role of water in your bong is to filter out these undesirable elements, along with ash and tar from burned cannabis. But, when the water is left to sit, these pollutants become concentrated, potentially leading to respiratory issues if inhaled.

Each hit from a dirty bong pulls new bacteria from your mouth into the water, compounding the problem.

Regularly changing your bong water not only enhances the flavor of your cannabis but also minimizes health risks, keeping those hits cleaner and your lungs happier.

Health Risks

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Neglecting to swap out your bong water can be seriously dangerous to your health.

Respiratory Infections

As you inhale, you may also be drawing in harmful microorganisms directly into your lungs, risking infections like bronchitis or pneumonia.

Weakened Immune System

Constant exposure to molds and bacteria from dirty bong water can tax your immune system, making it harder to fend off other illnesses.

Irritation of Respiratory Tract

Even if it doesn’t lead to infection, inhaling irritants from moldy or bacteria-ridden water can cause inflammation of the respiratory tract. This can lead to symptoms like coughing, wheezing, and a sore throat.

Exposure to Toxins

Some molds produce mycotoxins, which can be toxic when inhaled. These toxins can cause a range of health issues, from mild allergic reactions to serious illnesses over long-term exposure.

If inhaled, mold spores can cause symptoms of:

  • Allergy

  • Headache

  • Coughing, chest pain

  • Dizziness

  • Fatigue

  • General feeling of sickness

  • Red, itchy eyes, blurred vision

  • Lung infection (bronchitis, pneumonia)

Cleaning Your Bong: Best Practices

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Keeping your bong fresh and clean is a worthy habit to adopt.

Regularly Change Bong Water

Change your bong water after every session. It’s a simple step that prevents the harmful buildup of bacteria.

Deep Clean Your Bong

Give your bong a thorough clean at least once a week. Disassemble it if possible, and use a solution specifically designed for bongs or a mix of isopropyl alcohol and salt. These solutions effectively break down resin and kill potential pathogens.

For areas with stubborn resin or biofilm, use a brush or a dedicated bong cleaning tool to scrub the interior surfaces. Make sure to reach all nooks and crannies where mold and bacteria might hide. Rinse extremely well after scrubbing to remove any residue from cleaning agents.

We don’t want that next hit full of chemicals you just worked so hard to get rid of!

MouthPeace From Moose Labs

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Because your water deserves to be as pure as your smoking experience, you need a MouthPeace from Moose Labs. It’s not just an accessory, but an investment in a clean, contaminant-free smoke.

Choose from a wide range of styles, from the mysterious allure of Midnight to the tropical vibes of Maui Waui: MouthPeace not only purifies your smoke, it does it in style.

Made from platinum-cured, BPA-free silicone, this mouthpiece is designed to fit most bongs. It’s not just a mouthpiece; it’s your ticket to airtight perfection. The natural pressure of your lips creates a seal so airtight that not even a whisper of smoke can escape.

What’s in the magic package? 1 MouthPeace and 3 charcoal filters. Because when you’re looking for cleanliness, you won’t settle for anything less than perfection.

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