If you enjoy smoking herb or tobacco from a glass bong, you might want to share the experience with your friends or fellow enthusiasts. However, in times of pandemic or flu season, you might be worried about the risk of transmitting or catching germs or diseases from sharing your bong. Fortunately, there are some ways to reduce this risk and enjoy your glass bong safely and hygienically. Here are some tips to follow:
Clean your glass bong regularly.
Glass bongs are made from quality borosilicate glass that is heat resistant and easy to clean. You can use isopropyl alcohol, salt, and hot water to rinse and scrub your bong until it is sparkling and free of any residue or bacteria. You should do this before and after every smoking session, especially if you are sharing your bong with others. You can also use a pipe cleaner or a cotton swab to reach the hard-to-clean areas of your bong.
Use a mouthpiece or a personal tip.
A mouthpiece or a personal tip is a small piece of silicone, rubber, or plastic that you can attach to the mouthpiece of your bong and use as a barrier between your lips and the glass. This way, you can prevent direct contact with the saliva or germs of other users. You can buy mouthpieces or personal tips online or at your local headshop, or you can make your own from household items like straws, balloons, or plastic wrap. Just make sure to change or sanitize your mouthpiece or personal tip after every use.
Avoid coughing or blowing into the bong.
Coughing or blowing into the bong can cause the water to splash out and contaminate the surrounding area with germs or diseases. It can also ruin the flavor and quality of your herb or tobacco. If you feel like coughing or blowing, pull away from the bong and cover your mouth with your elbow or a tissue. You can also take smaller hits or lower the temperature of your smoke to avoid irritating your throat or lungs.
Don’t share your bong if you are sick or have symptoms.
This might seem obvious, but it is worth repeating: if you are sick or have symptoms of any illness, such as fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, etc., do not share your bong with others. You might infect them with your germs or diseases, or worsen your own condition by smoking. Instead, stay home and rest until you recover, and use your own personal bong if you really need to smoke. You can also consult your doctor for advice on how to treat your symptoms and when it is safe to resume smoking.
Sharing your glass bong with others can be a fun and social way to enjoy your herb or tobacco. However, you should also be mindful of the health risks involved and take precautions to prevent spreading germs or diseases. By following these tips, you can ensure a safer and cleaner smoking experience for yourself and others.