Hashish recommendation: how do I clear a bong?


Twice a month the American comedian, musician, writer, actor, activist, juggler and publisher Ngaio Bealum – host of the Netflix show Cooking on High and trivia app Daily Bonfire – answers questions from Leafly readers about cannabis in relation to personal use, Family, community, state and country. After a stressful choice, it’s time to clean up, and that includes the old bong.


Dear Ngaio,

What is your glass pipe and bong cleaning program? Some people’s glass is evil.

– Roz N. Tarr



You saw that correctly. And nobody wants to put their mouth on someone’s bad glass. Gross.

I am a simple man, Roz. All I need is some isopropyl alcohol (at least 70%; 90% is even better), a little table salt, and a little elbow fat. Isopropyl alcohol should be easy to find after the hoarding is over, or you can find some bong-specific cleaners online or at the local head shop.

How to clean a bong:

Pour some salt and alcohol into your piece. Insert the holes. Shake it like a polaroid picture. The ISO and salt should dissolve and remove most of your dirt. Use a pipe cleaner if you have to get into some nooks and crannies. Rinse your piece off with warm water, air dry and you should be ready to go.

We also checked our method with a sanitary expert. “I think that’s a relatively safe proposition,” said Josh Wurzer, president and co-founder of SC Labs. “In a pinch, ethanol would work too. I use acetone as it works far better than anything else, but it’s a little gnarled for the amateur. If you don’t irrigate properly, it will hurt your lungs. “

Clean your Mobius NUC Matrix Diffuser after every session.  (David Downs / Leafly)Clean your Mobius NUC Matrix Diffuser after every session. (David Downs / Leafly)

If you’re not in a hurry, you can simply soak your piece in alcohol overnight or a few days and then rinse it off. Have fun! And remember to change your bong water every day or even every few hours if you smoke all day.

Peace, professional


Dear Ngaio,

Weed Salads: Are They Good? My homie is pious about lettuce. He says the terp combos can be overwhelming, but I love an expertly paired mix. This Sunday it was Papaya Punch + Squirt for Bluntch. Thoughts?

– Mina JaVerde

A salad with three kinds.  (Courtesy Ngaio Bealum)A salad with three kinds. (Courtesy Ngaio Bealum)


Dear Mina,
Personally, I love a good mix: whether it’s an old school thing like anyone who throws a nug in the pile to roll a fat doobie with “stoned soup”; or meticulously choosing the perfect flavors and flavors to create a “medley of autumn terps wrapped in natural hemp” in restaurant quality, um, pre-roll.

“The goal is to create a taste that is greater than the sum of its parts.”

– Ngaio Bealum on weed salads

Mixing different cannabis strains is like mixing wines: the goal is to create a taste that is greater than the sum of its parts. Blends are actually appearing in the commercial market these days. Companies like Perfect Blends are developing pre-rolls that target specific effects such as drowsiness or giggling.

I would say your homie is missing out on some great flavors and effects and maybe hella should be careful when um, throwing a salad.

Try mixing a high-CBD strain with something that has a lot of pinene in it for an “active but not anxious” feeling.

I also like to mix one with the lined up varieties instead of mixing them so I can try to tell when the flavors change. But hey, if your friend doesn’t want to mix his weeds together, there’s no shame. Just more for us.

Best of all, professionally

Professional bealum

Ngaio Bealum is an American comedian, musician, writer, actor, activist, juggler, and publisher. He hosted the Netflix show Cooking on High and the trivia app Daily Bonfire. He writes columns for the Sacramento News & Review and Cannabis Now, answering questions from readers about marijuana and the policy of legalization.

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