If you use any kind of glass pipe for smoking, then you are familiar with how quickly the beautiful blown glass can turn into a gross mess. Still, water pipes are often the post preferred method for smoking, especially when it comes to cannabis products. The reason that water pipes are preferred over many other different types of marijuana consumption. Water pipes can be made from a variety of different materials, from bamboo and acrylic or even ceramic, but glass is the most popular material to construct them out of. When a water pipe, or a bong, is used to smoke marijuana, the bowl or base of the pipe is filled with water. The smoke has to pass through the water before the smoke reaches the person’s mouth. This is done so that the water can act as a filtration device for the smoke. It filters out all of the impurities and some of the toxins in the marijuana before it is inhaled.
The reason that filtration is needed is in order to limit the particulate matter that is passed through the smoke, which reduces the exposure of those particles and toxins. Many of those toxins could be cancer causing, which is why it is so important that they are filtered out before the smoke is inhaled. The water also performs a second function: it acts like an air conditioner by cooling the smoke off a little bit before it is inhaled, which makes for an overall more pleasant experience. Water pipes can be purchased in all 50 states, regardless of the laws that limit or restrict marijuana use. The most common places that they can be purchased are in dispensaries that sell marijuana products as well as in head shops, smoke shops, and novelty gift stores.
The water in the base of the pipe should be regularly replaced in order to continue working effectively, but if you do not keep the pipe clean, then even replacing the water will not be 00% effective in filtering out the toxins from the smoke. That is why is it so important to regularly clean your water pipe using a glass pipe cleaner kit. These kits help remove the residual particulate matter and build up of smoke from the inside of the pipe so that the smoke that is inhaled continues to be filtered out effectively.
Many dispensaries sell different kinds of pipe cleaner kits that you can buy, so you do not have to go very far to find something to help clean out your pipe. It is important to use the proper kind of cleaning kit because glass pipes are especially fragile and can be prone to breaking or cracking if too much force is used on them. Some people try to boil them at home in order to remove the built up debris, and they find out the hard way that it is not as effective as a pipe cleaner kit and their pipes often end up shattering from the sudden change in temperature.