If you are new to the world of herbs and glass bongs, you might be a little bit surprised to hear that dirty bongs and glass pipes can make you severely sick. This is why it is crucial to avoid the use of dirty bong water, as it can deliver fungus, bacteria, ashy resins, and many other potentially dangerous pathogens to your lungs.

It is said that inhaling smoke from dirty bong water can significantly increase your chances of falling prey to pulmonary infections. Fortunately, you can easily overcome such kind of hassles by simply changing your bong water. However, many smokers have no clue on how often they should change their bong water.

If you are a heavy herb or marijuana user, you must change the water in your bongs at least once every day. In addition to that, you should consider about running boiling water through the bubble or dry pipe before use. This will considerably cut down the amount of potential pathogens and ash particles that you are inhaling.

If you are noticing any of the following signs when you are using glass bongs, then you need to immediately change the water in it.

Foul Odor

If you feel that the water in your bong looks fresh even after multiple uses, then follow your nose and check whether the bong smells bad. If it does, thoroughly clean the device and replace the water in it before you use it again.

Dark Water

Has the water in your bong gone from clear to dark or does it contain floating particles in it? If the color of the water in your bong seems darker, then the chances of getting a lung infection are higher.

Mold and Mildew

If you are smoking device contain any of the following items it is best to replace the water in it and thoroughly clean it.

  • White speckled powder
  • White or gray molds
  • Mildews

You should also remember to rinse the bong thoroughly with freshly boiled water after each smoking session. Leave your bong undisturbed for an hour or two until it dries before you put it away for future use. Heavy smokers will also have to clean their bong with salt and alcohol at least once a week. This will cut down the buildup of resins and avoid the chances of pulmonary infections.