Weed smokers are accessorizing bong water – find out why

bong water additives

There are countless cannabis-adjacent products available. From gadgets and gizmos to new products, there’s always something to learn. One of these intriguing product factors is liquid meant to replace classic bong water.

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These additives are meant to take the place of distilled, filtered, or regular ole tap water in a water-filtered piece like a bong or bubbler. Believers in products like Piece Water and RezBlock claim the liquids keep glass clean, dampening resin production. However, after the shock of VapeGate 2019, many might wonder whether it’s safe to inhale cannabis smoke filtered through them.

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Curious stoners have been adding wine or juice to their bongs to test out the flavoring for years. While many have tried this as a one-off, using a specialty bong water instead of normal H20 every hit might have different implications, especially for the daily ripper.

Piece Water is made from minerals, vegetables, and fruit extracts that the brand claims are all-natural and food-safe. There is no note on whether the liquid has been emissions tested or been deemed safe to inhale.

RezBlock is an additive, it doesn’t replace the bong water like Piece Water. Just add a few drops, and the product claims to reduce resin production. Some forums suggest this is just cranberry extract, claiming that it’s cheaper to pick up a food safe version of the extract over the branded additive.

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Other DIY bong water additives include citric acid or a squirt of lemon juice, which other online advocates claim wicks away flower combustion buildup.

Whatever additive is chosen, there’s no testing into the impact of inhaling weed smoke through random liquids.

Are bong water solutions safe?

There isn’t a lot of research published on the impact of inhaling cannabis smoke that has been filtered through citric acid, cranberry extract, Piece Water, or RezBlock. However, one study showed that harmful bacteria were inhaled from contaminated bong water, implying that the lungs can pick up stuff in the water. The resulting lung infection should cause room for pause for anyone considering alternative liquids in their piece.

So, are they safe? That’s up for debate, but there’s no scientific proof in either direction. For now, use best bong water practices and follow your instincts. Some people may feel comfortable filtering smoke through specialty liquids, while others might choose to play it as safe as possible with distilled water. Anyone with pulmonary issues or a compromised immune system should consult a doctor before making any changes to inhalation consumption methods.

Safe or not safe, effective or a placebo, the jury is still out on piece water, bong water additives, and other alternative options. For now, it’s dealer’s choice, but the safest bet is regular or distilled water changed every sesh.

Cara Wietstock is Senior Content Producer of GreenState.com and has been working in the cannabis space since 2011. She has covered the cannabis business beat for Ganjapreneur and The Spokesman Review. You can find her living in Bellingham, Washington with her husband, son, and a small zoo of pets.