Sharing a glass bong with your friends can be a fun and social way to enjoy your favorite herb or tobacco. But it can also be a potential source of infection, especially during the pandemic. How can you share your glass bong safely and hygienically, without compromising on the quality of your smoking experience?
Here are some tips and tricks to help you keep your glass bong clean and germ-free, while still enjoying the benefits of its smooth and powerful hits.
Use a personal mouthpiece
One of the easiest ways to prevent the transmission of germs and diseases through your glass bong is to use a personal mouthpiece. A personal mouthpiece is a small piece of silicone or rubber that fits over the mouthpiece of your bong, creating a barrier between your lips and the glass. You can buy personal mouthpieces online or at your local headshop, or you can make your own by cutting a piece of tubing or a balloon.
Personal mouthpieces are reusable and easy to clean. Just wash them with soap and water after each use, and store them in a ziplock bag or a container. You can also label them with your name or a color code, so you don’t mix them up with your friends’.
Clean your glass bong regularly
Another important step to keep your glass bong sanitary is to clean it regularly. Glass bongs are made of high-quality borosilicate glass, which is heat-resistant, transparent, and easy to shape and color. However, glass bongs can also accumulate resin, tar, ash, and bacteria over time, which can affect the taste, smell, and health of your smoke.
To clean your glass bong, you will need some basic supplies, such as:
- Isopropyl alcohol (at least 90% strength)
- Salt (coarse or fine)
- Ziplock bags or containers
- Paper towels or cotton swabs
- Pipe cleaners or brushes
Follow these steps to clean your glass bong:
- Disassemble your glass bong and place the smaller parts (such as the bowl, the downstem, and the percolator) in ziplock bags or containers filled with alcohol and salt.
- Pour some alcohol and salt into the base of your glass bong and shake it vigorously. The alcohol will dissolve the resin and the salt will act as an abrasive to scrub away the dirt.
- Rinse all the parts of your glass bong with hot water until no alcohol or salt remains.
- Dry all the parts of your glass bong with paper towels or cotton swabs. Use pipe cleaners or brushes to reach any hard-to-clean areas.
- Reassemble your glass bong and enjoy!
You should clean your glass bong at least once a week, or more often if you use it frequently or share it with others.
Use disposable filters
A third option to share your glass bong safely is to use disposable filters. Disposable filters are thin pieces of paper or cotton that fit inside the bowl of your glass bong, preventing ash and particles from entering the water chamber. Disposable filters can also reduce the amount of tar and toxins that reach your lungs, making your smoke smoother and healthier.
Disposable filters are cheap and easy to use. Just place one inside the bowl of your glass bong before packing it with herb or tobacco. Then light up as usual and discard the filter after each use. You can buy disposable filters online or at your local headshop, or you can make your own by cutting a piece of coffee filter or rolling paper.
Sharing a glass bong with others can be a great way to bond and have fun. But it can also expose you to germs and diseases that can harm your health. To avoid this risk, you should follow some simple hygiene practices, such as using a personal mouthpiece, cleaning your glass bong regularly, or using disposable filters. These tips will help you enjoy your glass bong without compromising on its quality or safety.
Disclaimer: This blog post is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Always consult with your doctor before using any herb or tobacco products.