Probably nobody was under the illusion that bongs were the most hygienic objects around. Few people make sure to sterilise theirs before use. But still, it might come as a surprise to discover just how filthy the average bong is.
According to the snappily-titled study “Bacterial Contamination of Cannabis Pipes and How to Avoid Sharing Germs”, a bong is absolute party central for fun-loving bacteria. In fact, the authors state, “It was difficult to find a neutral object in daily life that was as contaminated as a cannabis pipe”, which is quite a slam on the cleanliness of the stoner lifestyle. In fact, the average bong has almost one and a half times as many bacteria as a toilet seat – and toilet seats are actually quite famous for their bacteria.
The reason for this is the tendency for bongs to be shared around a wide range of people. with a wide range of oral hygiene standards. The study’s authors suggest the use of a sanitary device such as the MouthPeace glass vaporiser to reduce the chances of inhaling every germ that everyone who’s used the same bong has left behind.
Whether this news will give pause to the everyday bong user, who knows? They are a daring and adventurous people. But forewarned is forearmed, as they say. Probably best to get the MouthPeace out before you start smoking – to make sure you don’t forget.