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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?

  10. I just like to drink the water after smoking. The best aroma you get, when it’s starting to look like coffee :)

  11. Smokiee Portlock on

    well, how smelly do you want it to be. me, nice clean bong, put in crushed ice, no water and smoke thro that, its a different kind of hit, one that smack u down easily cause your puffin like a trooper and sayin, have i got any… the next is each time, who in hell wants to smoke thro a smelly bong, yea, like ditch water, so your off your face, so what, dont let the muck build up. empty the main thing when your finished and a good clean, right as new for the next session. another is spirits. vodca, jack, these go real well cause they disguise the taste. brandy for a sweet one and some others to make that mean shot

  12. Rubbing alcohol and salt with some hot water will clean just about any dirty bong. It’s pretty cheap especially compared to products like formula 420 and grunge off.

  13. back in the early 70’s my brother had a Turkish water bong with 4 separate hose’s so 4 people could hit at a time, the Bowl held about a 1/2 oz. of Bud and it used about a 1/2 liter of water and at one point it had gone like a month of daily use without the water ever being changed and one day my friends challenged me to drink all the water for $50. and I took the bet, long story short 1 hr. later I was puking up black liquid for about 10 min’s and it tasted like month old used coffee grinds, all these yrs. later and I can still taste it in my mind, worst thing I ever tasted, and then i spent the rest of the night ripped out of my mind and it was definitely not worth the $50.

  14. Michael Bannan on

    If a friends bong is that gross, tell them. If it’s so gross you don’t want to smoke your top notch bud out of it, tell them you aren’t smoking until the water gets changed.

  15. after I smoke my sack I scrape all my pieces then go on a massive cleaning rampage for about an hour. with the bong I pour vinegar and uncooked rice into it, plug all the holes, shake till its clear then rinse it all out. afterwards as a reward to myself for taking care of my shit I smoke all the resin packed in one bowl ripping it as phat as I can.

  16. Ravarshi Kashaku on

    i’ll clean my bong a few times a month, but i go fresh sometimes twice a week, If i’ve got apple juice, i’ll occasionally use it as bong water, then drink it post smoke session.

  17. Every other day or so. I should do it daily, but I rarely remember. R.I.P. Betsy, my first piece.

  18. “KUSH CLEAN” on amazon.com http;//420kushclean.com never have we you ever see such a great cleaner as this. NO SCRUBBING NO SHAKING NO POKING NO SCRAPPING.
    the bong cleaner allows YOUR BONG TO CLEAN ITSELF!

  19. Makes you wonder where the saying “if your not drinking out of a bong, your doing it wrong” comes from…

  20. After every fucking smoking sesh, period. Clean it with a disinfectant like soap or alcohol and replace the water with CLEAN water. Anytime you use a bong with nasty water you are putting yourself at risk for disease. Mold and bacteria grow in that water and make for quite an unpleasant time if inhaled.

  21. Use 420 if you have quality glass, iso and everything else will damage the glass ans make it brake easilly, rinse with hot water after to evaporate all chemicals and let the glass fully dry if you really want to make sure there is no trace of the chemicals left behind.

  22. Best thing I’ve found..either grains of rice or coarse sea salt with 91% isopropyl alchohol gets pretty much any resin/residue out of a piece. Whatevers left after rinsing with that solution easily comes off with the hot water rinse I use to clean off the cleaning solution. Btw…change your bong water frequently..stoners get a bad enough rep as it is. Don’t need one more thing for nonsmokers to throw in your face. I clean mine before every session.

  23. Years ago when I had my first graffix, I drank the bong water after every smoke. I didn’t know any better and it didn’t taste very good but the water was pure and the bong was brand new and the water was immediately consumed after smoking each and every time. Never was there a time when the water sat for more than a minute or 2. And yes you do get higher but it is neglible at best.

    As for changing water, it is as often as needed preferably every single time. Regardless of whose bong it is, if the water is dirty and I can change it, I am changing it. Yes, it is true. I am that guy. All glass should be cleaned as often as possible. For the life of me, I can’t figure out why the stupid hippies get so turned on about their colored glass and it changing colors as the only way it gets colored is when it is filthy. Then again, most hippies fear soap so … magnets do attract. If you want to smoke carbon, ash, and yummy resin, by all means, go right ahead. But there is nothing like a draw from an immaculate and clean pipe from some KGB – killer green bud. On the other hand, there is nothing like a draw from a filthy stale bong. It destroys the taste of the bud and instead of it tasting sweet and wonderful, it tastes like poo.

    By the way, don’t use 420 cleaner or any other toxic substance. As hot water as you can handle and if need be, sea salt. Or rubbing alcohol but hot water does the same thing and it is cheaper and safer (eyes). Maybe a little dish soap too. Rinse well. And then rinse again.

  24. Well said Make sure your bongs clean..
    i Use 420 cleaner to keep my glass clean considering there clear.

    Some choose to not handle there glass cause the risks of cleaning it and swirling it above a sink or tub will bring worst thoughts imaginable. but still no excuse.,
    So when i do the dishes i make sure its time carefully spent.
    I am currently out of 420 cleaner…

    If you spill it you clean it., there some ressolve under the sink.

    And i always quote Grandmas Boy “You Should never throw a bong kid., ever”.

  25. I can’t believe you managed to write an article this long about how often people change their bong water :p I change mine 2 to 3 times in a night’s sesh. Or whenever it starts to look a bit nasty. I don’t get those people that barely ever change it, it’s disgusting!

  26. Use the household cleaner goof off.. let it sit a few mins and shake and your bong will be shiny new again.. but rinse out good with water cuz the taste from the goof off is gross I always pour some soap with a fragrence and let it soak up to get the smell out… Then time to time up

  27. If you want to keep your new bong clean while smoking it, try adding a few drops of milk to the bong water. The fats in the milk absorb the oils in the water before it sticks to the glass.

  28. best clean for glass bong handfull of rice half fill with metholated spirits give good shake whish i knew this 40 years ago so simple so shiny and clear….

  29. I’ve read in places some cannabinoids have an anti-bacterial effect. Maybe this translates to water that doesn’t mold or grow bacteria? Interesting read~ Definitley don’t rinse mine enough : \ ha!

  30. This article brings back memories. I remember being in highschool getting the new smokers to drink the bong water. It was so funny. Now I realize that was just cruel but hey I was a teen and well teenagers are just cruel.

    I have no idea why anyone would drink it. And it doesn’t surprise me people are drinking bong water. Hell nowadays kids funner beer up there pie whole so it gets them drunker faster. If they are doing that I wouldn’t put drinking bong water past them.

    Please listen to the author of this post. Don’t drink your bong water. If you have to smoke swag. Just leave your water in your blog where it belongs.

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