How Often Should You Change Bong Water?
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How Often Should You Change Bong Water?

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If left to fester through multiple sessions, bong water can turn pretty rancid pretty quickly. Trust us when we say it is in the best interest of everyone involved that it gets changed regularly.

It is a cool, relaxed Saturday, and you have headed over to a friend’s house to chill and enjoy a bit of weed; however, something isn't quite right. Then you see it, their bong is the most rotten looking one ever seen – with a pool of what can only be described as sewage water sitting at the bottom of it. Hell, you may even be that friend! Dirty bong water is a blight, and we are going to explain why.

First off, how often should you be changing your bong water? We would say every session, and if not this, as regularly as possible. The reason being the same as why people shower regularly or wash the dishes – it is a question of cleanliness and hygiene.


There are a few good reasons you should be chucking out that dirty bong water on a regular basis, ranging from general aesthetics all the way to the quality of the actual smoking experience, so let’s go through a few.

Firstly, old bong water stinks. As already mentioned, it is unhygienic and is going to put a lot of people off when it comes to group sessions. It is a simple matter of style; clean water will not only make your bong look better, but make you look better as a host as well.

There is also anecdotal evidence to suggest that used bong water becomes a breeding ground for bacteria, which can partly explain the development of such rancid smells. Once again, not only is this vile, but could also have implications for your lungs – constantly huffing bacteria laden smoke is unlikely to do you any favours. If any of you readers out there happen to work in a lab, it may be worth taking a sample of some old dirty bong water and seeing what you can find. We would be very interested to hear the results.

Next comes a question of quality and flavour. Dirty bong water taints the smoke that passes through it in more ways than one! Having clean water – especially cold clean water – makes for a much smoother and cleaner smoke. Old bong water also has a habit of changing and takign away from the flavour of the smoke, making it much less enjoyable.

Lastly, specially for those who have grown their own weed, it is an insult. They did not spend all that time nurturing their plants to be the best they could, only to have the experience diminished by crappy bong water.

If things have gotten really bad, then you will want to clean your bong as well, for many of the same reasons. Unlike changing your bong water, cleaning your bong is not something that you generally need to do after each session, but it does need to be done every now and again! Here is our guide to keeping your bong sparkling.

It is simple really; there is no reason not to change your bong water for each session – dirty bong water reduces quality, smells bad, alters the taste, is a potential health risk, and makes you look like a slob. Just do it!

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Steven Voser
Steven Voser
Steven Voser is an independent cannabis journalist with over 6 years of experience writing about all things weed; how to grow it, how best to enjoy it, and the booming industry and murky legal landscape surrounding it.
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