Have you ever been hanging out with a friend, and you’re all hyped because you’re about to start up a nice fat smoking session with him or her, but then they pull out their bong or pipe and the state of it nearly makes you want to gag at the thought of smoking out of it? This has happened all too often with me, and I just don’t get why people are so hesitant to clean their gear. Glass weed pipes and bongs are such awesome little contraptions to get high from your herb and they’re so fun to pass around in circles of friends, but if you are going to use them socially you may as well make an effort to get them all nice and clean again every week or so.
When it comes to smoking from anything like a glass weed pipe or bong, it’s important to know that it doesn’t just look gross when it’s dirty, it also tastes gross and adds more gross little particles into the smoke you inhale out of it. What I mean by that is, all those big patches of brown residue caked along the inner walls of your buddy’s piece don’t just sit there looking ugly. When you light up a bowl and smoke from that, extra particles of tar and combusted plant matter actually come along with the smoke as you breathe in, so your lungs take a bit more of a beating when smoking out of something like that. It also just frustrates me based on the fact that it’s simply bad etiquette.
I could never present a friend of mine with a pipe that I hadn’t cleaned in a year, I’d feel awful for the raunchy taste they would get out of puffing that monstrosity. I don’t want to sound snobby and of course I know it’s a bit of a stretch, but indulge me for a minute. You would never ever in a million years serve dinner to a friend and provide them with a dirty wine glass to drink out of, so why on Earth should you ever bring out a filthy pipe to be shared? Cannabis has such potent and wonderful flavors to be enjoyed just like wine, so let’s all make a tiny effort to keep a classy image, one little glass weed pipe at a time.