Biofilm: The Reason You Should Be Cleaning Your Bong Water
Being a responsible cannabis consumer entails many things: proper storage, cleaning, and using the right strain for your needs, among many others. Without the proper care, your cannabis paraphernalia can actually make you sick – because of biofilm.
Dirty bong water can be a host for numerous kinds of yeast, bacteria, fungi and other kinds of microbes; all of which form biofilm. When microbes begin to excrete substances that enable them to latch onto surfaces such as plastic and cannabis plant residue like those found inside your bong, then the biofilm will begin to grow. Biofilm actually protects these microbes, which is why infections caused by them are more difficult to treat and makes them a serious health risk. Biofilm is also resistant to antibiotic treatment. This is because antibiotics aren’t strong enough to penetrate through the biofilm.
According to the Montana State University Center for Biofilm Research, “Biofilms grow virtually everywhere, in almost any environment where there is a combination of moisture, nutrients, and a surface.” Even if your bong is clean, any water left in it can encourage the formation of biofilm. You are at higher risk for consuming contaminated bong water due to biofilm once the cannabis resin and other plant materials accumulate inside the bong. Even mold can grow from the stagnant tap water in your bong as well as humidifiers.
When biofilm is present, the microbes become more immune from toxic compounds and can thrive longer – which is a reason for you to worry. Biofilm is also the same substance that causes discolorations in bathroom sinks and bathtubs. When we’re talking about cannabis, biofilm can affect all parts of the plant including the buds, leaves, and roots.
Biofilm can form in as little as 24 hours which is why it’s so important to clean your bong properly using boiling water after every use. It’s estimated that 80% of human diseases affecting the sex organs, lungs, mouth, teeth, heart, eyes, skin, and ears are caused by microorganisms that grow from biofilm. Many antibiotics and even antiseptics fail to efficiently get rid of mature biofilm, which makes it more difficult to treat chronic infections its caused. This is why the best way to get rid of biofilm is to physically get rid of the infected area mechanically. Cleaning your bong with salt and isopropyl alcohol once a week will do the trick in ensuring that your bong is safe from biofilm.
The Nasty Species Lurking In Your Dirty Bong Water
These are just a few of the most common kinds of bacteria that can thrive in your bong as well as household water devices that can contribute to chronic conditions caused by biofilm:
These kinds of bacteria can be found in both bongs and humidifiers, as well as any household object that contains stagnant water for too long. So never, ever forget to clean your bong!
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