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Learn | 08.04.2022

The Dangers Of Smoking With Old Bong Water

Here's what you're risking each time you smoke from a bong with swampy water.

The number of people who don’t know the risks of smoking from a bong with dirty water is astounding. When I was away at school living on residence, we had about five bongs sitting around the house—only one of them was spick and span, mine.

One bong hadn’t seen fresh water in about a month, and the result was a swamp-like, murky, and thick liquid that’s packed with harmful bacteria, which can make you very ill. If there’s anything I hope to get out of this, it’s to scare you out of leaving water in your bong for longer than you should.

Why You Need Clean Bong Water For Each Sesh

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It might seem like a hassle to pour your water and refill the bong after each sesh, but what’s more important to you, staying comfortable and leaving your bong be, or your health?

Yes, bong water can make you very ill after significant exposure. The same goes with drinking dirty water and swimming in it, both of which sound very unpleasant and can dramatically impact your health.

Water, in general, is a breeding ground for bacteria. And water that doesn’t flow and stays still for long periods of time raises the risks of introducing different bacterias that only multiply with time.

Not only is bong water stagnant, but it’s packed with ash and resin that produces a foul smell, which is a clear indicator that some unwanted creatures are roaming the swamp.

The Risks Of Smoking With Dirty Bong Water

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The following are different bacterias and illnesses you can easily inhale/catch when using a bong with murky water;

  • E. Coli: There are various strains of e. coli, and while some of them might not be of harm, these little bacterias are in their prime when swimming around dirty bong water. If exposed, this can lead to severe respiratory issues.
  • Aspergillus: While aspergillus is a natural bacteria that grows on cannabis plants, it transforms into mycotoxins when ignited and burned. These mycotoxins can sit in your bong water and multiply, resulting in intense chest pain and harsh coughs.
  • Flavobacterium: This is another bacteria found in water with no movement, which can increase your risk of serious respiratory infections.
  • Streptococcus: This is perhaps the scariest of them all. Streptococcus is a genus of bacteria that can lead to a diagnosis like strep throat, scarlet fever, and pneumonia.
  • Pseudomonas Aeruginosa: This is the most common germ responsible for bacteria-caused illnesses. It can breed in damp and wet areas like hot tubs, swimming pools, and, you guessed it, bong water, which can cause symptoms like fever, shortness of breath, chest pain, exhaustion, and confusion.

Keep Your Bong Water Fresh With These Devices

The Freeze Pipe Bong

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You don’t need ice when using the Freeze Pipe Bong

Instead, it holds a freezable glycerin coil that cools the smoke before it touches your mouth—the result: the best fresh icy hit. And, you avoid the uncomfortable touch of water and its nasty consequences on your health.

The freezable coil and a combination of inlink and sprinkler percolator guarantee a smooth hit anytime you use it.

Don’t worry about it getting warm when taking it on a trip. Simply place it in the freezer for one hour, and the coil will stay frozen for a long time and, in any case, much longer than regular ice.

Chill Steel Pipes

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Chill Steel Pipes is the perfect way to smoke for those who want to enjoy their time without all of the unpleasantness a dirty bong brings.

These Chill Steel Pipes are made with high-quality stainless steel and designed specifically not to let your hit get too hot or harsh while still maintaining coolness. You won’t experience any coughing fits like most other smokers do when they’re unable to hold in enough air during intake, largely because it’s been kept at an uncomfortable temperature. These babies will give smooth refreshing hits every single go!

Plus, Chill Steel Pipes come in a bunch of different styles, so you can find the perfect one to match your personality. So whether you’re looking for something sleek and minimalist or something a little more flashy, they’ve got you covered.

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