Using glass pipes can be a fulfilling way to consume marijuana. Since many of these pipes are made in interesting shapes and colors, they can do double duty as a decorative item in your living space. However, to get the most out of your cannabis consumption, it's important to clean your glass pipes on a regular basis. Here is one do and one don't when performing this task to ensure the pipe remains safe to use.
Do Clean the Pipe on a Daily Basis
When you're in the zone, the last thing you want to think about is cleaning your equipment, especially if you think you'll partake in more marijuana at a later time. It's important that you take time to clean your glass pipes at least one per day, though, because the leftover residue can make subsequent hits very unpleasant.
This is because marijuana leaves behind residue on the glass that will affect the taste of each hit, which is why cannabis seems so much better whenever you smoke it a clean or new pipe. More importantly, though, the water left behind in the bowl can develop mold or attract pests, and the last thing you want to do is make yourself sick.
So, when you're done, empty out the contents and gently scrub the pipe clean using a soft glass sponge and bong cleaner. Rinse with clean water and either let the pipe air dry or use a microfiber cloth to remove the leftover moisture.
Do Not Use Alcohol or Nail Polish Remover
There are tons of cleaning products available that will remove the leftover residue from your glass pipes, but you absolutely want to avoid using any product that contains isopropyl alcohol or acetone (e.g. nail polish remover).
Although these chemicals can be effective in getting your pipe clean and sanitized, they are toxic and hazardous. Ingestion of either of these chemicals can result in a host of problems including stomach pains, dizziness, slowed breathing, and even coma. When you use these products on your glass pipes, they can leave behind a residue that you may accidentally inhale the next time you use the equipment to consume marijuana.
When choosing a cleaner for your glass pipes, get something that's non-toxic and rinses clean. Even soaking the pipe in a combination of coarse salt and water is ten times better than using alcohol or acetone, and it is much safer in the long run.
For more tips on cleaning your glass pipes or to purchasing a new one, contact a local or online retailer.