Stale, stagnant water sitting in a bong bowl is a breeding ground for bacteria, fungus, viruses and yeast. Smoking a bowl “filtered” through the equivalent of pond scum can transport all sorts of nasty pathogens into your mouth and lungs. Some contaminants can cause mild dizziness or fatigue, and others could expose you to extremely serious illnesses including Hepatitis A, pneumonia and strep throat.
Because of COVID-19, everyone has become a lot more germ conscious. Hopefully, this positive trend has already extended into the world of cannabis equipment and supply maintenance. However, habits are hard to change, and truth be told, many folks have spent years with zero concern about old bong water. Yet, there’s no time like the present to turn over a new “leaf.” For more guidance on the proper way to clean a bong, check out the accompanying resource.