The most heart-breaking thing a stoner can see is not the bottom of their stash cannister; it’s not a pool of dirty bong water or crinkled package of rolling papers. No, the worst thing a tried-and-true cannabis connoisseur will ever see is a crack in their favorite glassware.
Glass bongs and pipes are far and away the best tools for partaking in marijuana – everyone knows it. Unfortunately, by nature glass is delicate, meaning you can’t just throw your paraphernalia around and expect it to remain intact and ready for use. If you want your tools to stay whole for a lifetime, you need to be smarter with how you purchase and handle your bongs and pipes. This guide will help you get started on the right path.
Invest In Quality Glass
The first step to ensuring your glass lasts is to buy only those bongs you know are high-quality. That isn’t to say that every bong you own is an art piece – quite the contrary, you should avoid spending too much money on any weed tool that is delicate or requires too much care. If you want a display-worthy collection of glass, go for it, but you should have a more practical set to use when you actually light up.
Thick glass water pipes and bongs are what you should pursue when searching for marijuana tools that won’t shatter. You should also prefer bongs that aren’t too fussy in shape. The thickness and plainness of your bong will ensure that the glass is strong and durable, meaning you can be a bit rougher with your tool while you toke without worrying about cracks.
Keep The Protective Wrappings
Whether you buy your glass online or in a local headshop, tools will almost always come in protective wrappings like bubble wrap or molded foam. You should keep these to reuse whenever you put your bong away in the closet or transport it from one place to another. Just like you wouldn’t put your baby anywhere without ensuring it is wrapped up snugly, you shouldn’t leave your bong unattended without a good, cushionycover.
Watch Where You Store Everything
You might not mind when you open the hall closet and all your loose belongings come tumbling out, but if your precious bong is riding that wave of junk, your heart might drop. You should be certain that when you place your bong in its storage space, there is no chance that it will fall. Ideally, you should keep your bong on a low shelf or in a drawer that is out-of-reach for children and pets. If you are too high after using your bong to trust yourself to put it away safely, just wait a while to pack it all up.
Go Easy When You Hit
The more aggressively you handle your glass tools, the more likely they are to break. Whenever you hit, you should be gentle with how you hold and place your bong and pipes. If you are generously sharing your glass, never throw them across the circle, and request that your guests avoid putting your glass on the floor or couch – anywhere someone might not see it. It seems obvious, but when you show your bong love, they will love you back longer.
Clean, Clean, Clean
The world is filled with some nasty stuff, but old bong water could be the worst of it all. However much you might not want to think about touching that yucky swill, you should know that a dirty bong is not a good bong. Old bong water smells noxious, and that smell can seep into the glass and remain, despite later cleanings. Thus, the more often you drain and clean your bong, the better.
Still, the chamber of your bong isn’t the tool you should clean. Resin from cannabis gunks up any bowl you use, so you should gently scrub out your pipes, bubblers and any other glass tool in your cabinet. This will ensure that any new weed you pack in will burn efficiently and give you the best possible high.
Repair Before Replacing
If cost is your main concern with regards to glass paraphernalia, then you should be happy to learn that it is possible to repair broken glass pipes and bongs – sometimes. If you are starting to see some small cracks, you should patch them up with some adhesives which can be found at your local hardware store. Of course, if your bong is totally busted, you will need to shell out the money to buy something new.