How To Clean A Weed Pipe
Picture this: you get some brand new, potent, premium flower, and you can’t wait to get home to smoke it. You get home, and your pipe is filthy. You’ve already had a long day, so you say screw it and smoke some anyway.
Immediately you are filled with regret…
You can’t even taste the terpene-rich cannabis you just bought. All you can taste is charred resin.
You start brainstorming, what can I do? How can I really taste the beauty of this flower with a dirty pipe?
In comparison to whole flower vapes, modern dab rigs, and intricate bongs, pipes may seem like a thing of the past…
However, pipes are a perennial favorite due to their easy use, portability, and accessibility. In other words, pipes are very convenient!
Pipes are equal parts old school and modern, and most smokers have one lying around somewhere.
The real downside to pipes is that you must maintain and clean them. It can seem overwhelmingly difficult if you don’t have the right tools. Some people just go out and buy a whole new pipe instead of cleaning their old ones.
It’s not their fault. They weren’t given the keys to success.
However, there is a tried and true method that will prolong your pipe’s life and preserve the taste of your precious flower. Without further ado, lets get into how to clean a weed pipe! The correct way.
Cleaning Your Weed Pipe
Let’s be honest. The most annoying part about owning a pipe is cleaning it…
Without regular cleaning, a mean residue builds up that alters the taste of your cannabis and adds unnecessary carcinogens to your smoke.
Additionally, built-up residue clogs your pipe and affects the overall enjoyability of your smoke sesh.
This article will show you how to clean a ceramic or glass pipe for better performance, smoke purity, longevity, and durability.
However, this guide is not for you if you have a corn cob pipe.
What You Need
Before you begin, gather the following materials.
- Dish soap
- Table salt (sodium chloride) or Epsom Salt (magnesium sulfate)
- Paper clip
- A sealable plastic bag
- Rubbing alcohol
How To Clean A Weed Pipe Step-By-Step
Time: 12 hours 10 minutes
Now that you have the materials that you need, follow the following steps.
#1. Place the pipe inside a sealed plastic bag filled with alcohol
Be sure to remove any lingering flower from the bowl and carefully place it in the sealed plastic bag with rubbing alcohol.
Submerge the entire pipe in the alcohol.
Get creative. If you don’t have a sealable plastic bag, you can use a sealable container. However, if you use a sealed container, you may need to let it soak for longer because you won’t be able to shake it up,
#2. Add a teaspoon of salt
Next, add a teaspoon of coarse salt to the bag or container with the alcohol and pipe. The salt acts as a sponge or scrubber for the parts that would not be able to be scrubbed by hand. Try to work the salt into the pipe as much as possible to facilitate a deep cleaning.
#3. Let the pipe soak
Then, let the pipe soak in this mixture for about 12 hours or so. This should give the alcohol and the salt enough time to dissolve the built-up resin fully.
#4. Shake it up
After soaking the pipe for at least 12 hours, shake the bag vigorously to loosen as much resin as possible.
Reminder, if you are using a rigid container, skip this step so as not to break your pipe or the container.
#5. Remove the pipe
After you have sufficiently soaked and shaken up the bag with your pipe, remove the pipe. Next, wash it with hot water and dish soap.
If you still find stubborn and leftover bits of resin on your pipe, try removing it with a paper clip or pipe cleaner. Then, give it a final rinse with hot water.
#6 Let your pipe dry
Make sure you give your pipe ample time to dry before using it again. Additionally, repeat the process if the pipe isn’t as clean as you would like. Here’s a visual guide.
Furthermore, the best thing you can do to maintain the hygiene of your pipe is to clean it regularly. The more you clean it, the longer it will last.
How To Clean A Weed Pipe: FAQ
How to clean a pipe without alcohol?
If you don’t have rubbing alcohol on hand, you can experiment with boiling your pipe in water.
Submerge the pipe slowly and slowly heat the water. You want to do this slowly because placing it in boiling water will cause the pipe to break. After you let it boil for 30 minutes, take it out and let it cool. Use a pipe cleaner to get any lingering bits of resin off.
Fastest way to clean a pipe?
Once again, the cleaner the pipe, the faster the cleaning process. Furthermore, an alcohol and salt solution is the quickest and most efficient way to clean a glass pipe.
How to clean a pipe with vinegar?
Mix one part vinegar with one part water and let it sit for 12 hours in a container that can hold the pipe and the mixture. Let it soak the clean off any remaining bits of resin by hand,
Is it bad to smoke out of a dirty pipe?
For those who have done it before, smoking out of a dirty pipe gives cannabis a charred and stale flavor.
Additionally, health-wise, dirty pipes hold some of the same risks as dirty bongs.
Dirty bong water traps some of the same nasty and harmful bacterial substances that dirty pipes can hold. These can lead to lung infections and all sorts of bacteria and diseases. The upside is that pipes usually don’t have water, so they don’t pose the same threat of microorganisms. However, it is still not a great practice and should be avoided.
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