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How Often Should I Change My Bong Water?


marijuana bongHow Often Do You Change Your Bong Water?

We all have that friend with a bong so dirty you don’t want to smoke out of it, but at the same time you aren’t going to be the one to clean it right? That is one of my biggest pet peeves as a marijuana consumer – the dirty bong. Assuming the bong is see-thru, if I can’t see through the water, it is clearly time for a change. Personally, I like to have fresh bong water for every session. If I’m feeling really ambitious, I will add ice to the situation. But at the very least, I would like ‘somewhat’ clean bong water when I am participating in a marijuana session.

Is there anything worse than the smell from a dirty bong that was spilled on the floor? It always reminds me of the movie Grandma’s Boy where the guy says, “Maybe if you’d clean it every once in awhile it wouldn’t smell like your girlfriend’s ass!” Ninjasmoker said he spills his bong at least two to three times a week, so fresh bong water is vital for him. As a guy that smokes off of his bong often, the effort is appreciated. What is the best thing to clean up a dirty bong party foul? Any tips out there TWB? I usually just soak it up with a towel and spray the spot with Febreeze until I no longer feel like I’m going to ralph.

Dirty bong water can take away from your piece too. I don’t know how many of my friends have amazing pieces to smoke marijuana out of, yet their bong looks like it is using cola for the water ha ha. If you love your piece, and you want to show it off properly, which is probably the reason you bought it in the first place, keep that bong water as clear as possible!

Dirty bong water also greatly takes away from the taste of the marijuana that the consumer is smoking. It is almost offense to me when I bring over some top notch marijuana to consume at a friend’s house, and their bong is nasty. We might as well be smoking mids because the flavor just isn’t there. For me, consuming marijuana is a lot like Ratatouille eating food. I don’t just want to consume it, I want to cherish the experience. I want to smell the nug before I smoke it, and absolutely I want to taste the difference in the marijuana strain. I definitely don’t want to taste week old stale bong water.

I tried to research as much as possible on the web to dig up info on bacteria in bong water, but I couldn’t find anything reliable. There were a few references on forums, but not anything as far as a scientific study. One person on marijuana.com’s forum stated the following, which I think is logical, “Bong water that is more than 22 hours old will start to create bacteria and if you do get sick, take care of yourself because if not treated properly or at all, that kind of bacteria can lead to respitory problems…” If any readers out there can dig up anymore info on this, or if you just happen to be a stoner biologist, please post info in the comments below so that others can benefit from your knowledge.

Grass City Forums has a survey that they started in 2005, asking readers how often they clean their bong water. The results are:

Every Session 84 54.19%
Regularly, but not every time 39 25.16%
Every now and then 22 14.19%
Clean my bong water?! 10 6.45%

I feel it necessary to address an alarming thing that I discovered on just about every marijuana forum on the internet. Apparently, people are drinking bong water and advocating others to do so because it gets you high. I can’t think of too many things that would make me more sick to my stomach than drinking bong water, but maybe I’m out of the mainstream on that one?? Hopefully there is enough access to marijuana in your area that you don’t have to resort to this activity, but if so, please explain to me what possesses you to do that!

To sum up, please do all marijuana consumers a favor and keep your bong water clean. If you need tips on how to clean your bong, or pipe, Ninjasmoker wrote a great tutorial.

Marijuana Leaf Bong With Ice


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  1. friendlyprogrammer on

    Thanks for tip. I will try iodine in the future after a trip to the store. I’ve tried things like tiny drops of bleach which is handy, but most often just add cold water.

    I mean I would have tried if that stuff was legal here.. Us Canadians have a new majority government that had legalizing pot as one of its main platforms…

    It would be fun to actually know what is growing in that bong water though.. Maybe my Ecoli bacteria is too stoned to cause havoc and may just be like “peace dude” as it passes through my system.

    thanks for tip.

  2. Bongwater does not have very much bacteria in it other than that of you mouth sence the only thing going in to it is carbon material and smoke witch both of can not harbor bacteria.

  3. At least if you keep your bong water clean, it tastes a lot better when you drink it. Thank you for changing it.

  4. I’m pretty positive oil is even more illegal, it’s technically classified as a harder drug. And how the hell do you plan on smoking it with no paraphanelia…?

  5. Hellbent Prods on

    For those slobs who refuse to change bong water, yet want to avoid a respiratory issues due to bacterium should put a drop of iodine in. Its been used by survivalists to purify water for drinking so why wouldnt it work in this casr?

  6. sorry but the Turkish hookah that you describe was nothing like the one we had are had no brass and no leather it was all glass and wood and the hoses were some kind of tightly braided material red in color and the bowl was ceramic also reddish in color and it was inserted into a rubber stopper and all the seals or as you say gaskets where the braided hose went into the glass pipe were all a heavy duty rubber all very high quality stuff and was well used all through the 70’s and most of the 80’s before some moron knocked it off the table and broke it. it sounds like you go to a lot of low budget head shops, I always shop at the quality shops and spend the extra buck for top shelf goods

  7. 99% of those old 4 banger Turkish hookahs (with the leather for a gasket where the hose inserted into the hookah) that made it stateside were ornamental… The brass metal used in them was extremely cheap & slap full of toxins & impurities that would go fkn nasty after 1 or 2 uses… the water in them turned rancid & poisonous very quickly… you earned that $50 my friend… LoL

  8. smoking is a waste, pot is medical, burning is 4 the ignorant, making oil is the way, no smell, paraphernalia, distribution, possession, or dealing laws to break, if you give it away for free u can’t do any time

  9. Im gaging when I hit it to hard and a bubble or two makes it to my mouth, why not make tea, do yall chew on the resin too?

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