Sharing a glass bong with your friends can be a fun and social way to enjoy your favorite herb or tobacco. However, it can also pose some health risks, especially during the pandemic. Germs and diseases can easily spread through saliva, mucus, or blood that may be left on the mouthpiece of the bong. So how can you share your glass bong safely and hygienically? Here are some tips to help you out.
Use your own mouthpiece
One of the easiest ways to prevent cross-contamination is to use your own mouthpiece when you share a glass bong. You can buy disposable or reusable mouthpieces online or at your local headshop. They are usually made of silicone, rubber, or plastic and fit over the end of the bong where you inhale. This way, you can avoid direct contact with the bong and any germs that may be on it.
Clean the bong regularly
Another important step to keep your glass bong sanitary is to clean it regularly, especially after sharing it with others. Glass bongs are easy to clean with some hot water, alcohol, and salt. You can also use specialized cleaning products designed for glass pipes and bongs. Here are the basic steps to clean your glass bong:
- Empty the water and ash from the bong and disassemble it if possible.
- Rinse the bong and its parts with hot water to remove any loose residue.
- Fill the bong with alcohol (isopropyl or ethanol) and add some salt as an abrasive.
- Cover the openings of the bong with plastic wrap or rubber stoppers and shake it vigorously for a few minutes.
- Pour out the alcohol and salt mixture and rinse the bong again with hot water.
- Use a pipe cleaner or a cotton swab to scrub any stubborn spots or stains.
- Dry the bong thoroughly with a paper towel or a cloth.
Cleaning your glass bong regularly will not only prevent germs and diseases from spreading, but also improve the taste and quality of your smoke.
Avoid sharing if you are sick
The most obvious tip to avoid spreading germs and diseases is to avoid sharing your glass bong if you are sick or have any symptoms of illness. This includes coughing, sneezing, fever, sore throat, runny nose, etc. Even if you think you have a mild cold or allergy, you may still infect others who have weaker immune systems or underlying conditions. If you really want to smoke, use your own personal pipe or vaporizer instead of a shared bong.
Practice good hygiene
Finally, practicing good hygiene is essential for keeping yourself and others healthy when sharing a glass bong. This means washing your hands before and after smoking, using sanitizer or wipes if water is not available, and avoiding touching your face or mouth with your hands. You should also avoid coughing or sneezing into the bong or near others who are smoking. If you do, cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue and dispose of it properly.
Sharing a glass bong can be a great way to bond with your friends over some herb or tobacco. However, it can also expose you to germs and diseases that can make you sick. To prevent this, you should use your own mouthpiece, clean the bong regularly, avoid sharing if you are sick, and practice good hygiene. By following these tips, you can enjoy your glass bong safely and responsibly.