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Cannabis Ted Talks — The Best Ted Talks About Weed

TOP TED TALKS ABOUT CANNABIS

Cannabis is a hot topic, and TEDx is catching on. Below is our specially curated list of the top TED Talks on cannabis. From entrepreneurs to doctors and alchemists, the Talks below offer very unique insights into cannabis, its history, uses, and much more.

SURPRISING TRUTHS ABOUT LEGALIZING CANNABIS — BEN CORT

Ben Cort is an author and addiction treatment specialist. In November 2017, he was invited to give the above talk at TEDxMileHigh in Denver, Colorado. Cort focussed on analysing the legal cannabis market in the States, which he put under some pretty harsh scrutiny.

Cort argues that dispensaries in the US don’t really sell cannabis, but THC. He also scrutinises some of the big players in the North American cannabis industry for trying to build a market that not only satisfies, but also increases our desire to “get high”. He also talks about how legalization in Colorado has led to changes in weed-related crime rates, but not in a positive way as you might imagine.

If you’re interested in a conversation about cannabis that isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, definitely check out this TED Talk.

THE CANNABIS MIRROR — BLAIR BROWN

If you’re a fan of the rich history of cannabis, this one’s for you. In her talk, “The Cannabis Mirror”, alchemist and energy guide Blair Brown takes her audience through the history of cannabis, beginning with ancient Chinese medical texts dating back to 2600 BCE.

In her historical account of cannabis, Brown covers the many different uses of cannabis and hemp, but things get really interesting when she covers the last 80 years of prohibition. Brown talks about the move to prohibit hemp as an agricultural crop in the US, propaganda campaigns like Reefer Madness, Harry Anslinger and the DEA, and much more. She also talks about the impact of Mexican immigration on cannabis regulation.

If you’re not familiar with the rich history behind cannabis, definitely check out this informative and entertaining talk.

A DOCTOR’S CASE FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA — DAVID CASARETT

David Casarett is a palliative care physician. He literally works with hundreds of people facing all kinds of chronic illnesses. In this chat, Dr. Casarett opens up about his experience with medical cannabis.

Dr. Casarett recounts how an elderly patient of his introduced him to most of the literature on medical cannabis mid-appointment. He also offers up his personal experience at cannabis dispensaries around the US, where he visited to get an inside perspective of life as a cannabis patient. Finally, he contextualises the benefits of medical cannabis and shows the audience what these benefits mean for his patients, many of whom have lost control of their health.

If you’re interested in a unique take on medical cannabis from a doctor, Casarett’s talk is highly recommended.

MAKING PEACE WITH CANNABIS — ZACHARY WALSH

Zachary Walsh is a psychologist and assistant professor at the University of British Columbia’s Department of Psychology. He specialises in studying drugs and human behaviour, and has recently spent a lot of time and resources studying cannabis.

In this talk, Professor Walsh really focuses on setting straight our relationship with cannabis. He makes it clear that our history with this ancient plant dates back thousands of years, and that the origins of most of our negative opinions about cannabis only date back less than a century. Professor Walsh shares some surprising findings from his research into why and how people in Canada use cannabis, and how it affects their mental health.

Check out this TED Talk if you’re interested in a psychologist’s opinion on cannabis use, both for recreational and medical purposes.

BEHIND THE SMOKESCREEN OF MEDICAL CANNABIS — DEDI MEIRI

If you’re looking for an emotive talk about medical cannabis, this is it. Dedi Meiri is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Biology at the Technion and a member of Technion’s Integrated Cancer Center in Israel. In this talk, he takes an in-depth look at the complexity of cannabis as a medicine.

In his lab alone, professor Meiri has over 500 strains of cannabis. Every medical cannabis product sold in Israel passes through Meiri’s lab, where it is tested in order to know exactly what compounds it contains. In this talk, professor Meiri really makes it clear that we’re only scratching the surface when it comes to understanding the cannabis plant. He also raises some really interesting questions about turning cannabis into a reliable and consistent medicine.

For a unique talk about cannabis that goes far beyond what you’ve read/heard elsewhere, we highly recommend this Talk.

AS OPIOIDS CONTINUE TO KILL, LOOKING TO MARIJUANA AS A NEW PAINKILLER — RICARDO BACA

Ricardo Baca made international headlines when he was appointed the Denver Post’s first-ever cannabis editor. In this talk, Baca focuses on the painkilling properties of cannabis and contextualises that in relation to the US’ opioid crisis.

Baca’s talk takes a close look at America’s opioid crisis, which, in 2017 alone, took over 47,000 lives. He makes it very clear that, given the huge body of research into cannabis and its effect on pain, it’s high time we start treating cannabis for what it is, an effective and safe painkiller, and not a dangerous, potentially lethal “gateway drug” like so many of us were taught.

THE POTENTIAL BENEFITS OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA — DR. ALAN SHACKELFORD

Dr. Alan Shackelford is a graduate of the University of Heidelberg School of Medicine in Germany and Harvard Medical School in the US. He has attended to thousands of patients throughout his career, but none like Charlotte Figi, a young girl with Dravet syndrome, who made headlines after finally finding relief using cannabis.

In this talk, Dr. Shackelford gives us unique insight into medical cannabis. He makes it clear that he is a “classically-trained, very conservative physician”. He isn’t a cannabis activist, and he isn’t ready to prescribe cannabis as a cure-all. What Dr. Shackelford does know, however, is that cannabis can work wonders for many patients, especially those who don’t respond to regular treatments.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA: THE ULTIMATE DISEASE DEFEATING DRUG — VIKI VAURORA

Cannabis has a very rich and important history throughout India. That history, however, seemed to be forgotten when India decided to outlaw cannabis in 1985 under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.

Viki Vaurora is the founder of The Great Legalization Movement, an advocacy group fighting against the stigmas and taboos surrounding cannabis and prohibition of the plant. In this talk, Vaurora opens up about a personal experience with Leela, a terminal cancer patient. Leela was suffering from multiple vomiting fits a day and had stopped eating completely. Using Rick Simpson Oil, Vaurora was able to stop Leela’s vomiting and helped her regain her appetite. After 3 months of treatment, Leela was declared completely cancer-free.

Check out the talk for more information on this incredible story and a brief insight into the rich history of cannabis in India.

CANNABIS CULTIVATION HAS A DIRTY SECRET, BUT THE FUTURE IS SUN-GROWN — DAN SUTTON

Have you ever wondered about the carbon footprint of cannabis cultivation? Well, you’re not alone. Dan Sutton is the founder of Tantalus Labs, which specialises in sun-grown cannabis in British Columbia.

In this talk, Dan shares some pretty shocking statistics about the environmental cost of growing cannabis, especially in illegal markets. For example, according to Dan’s research, cultivating 1kg of cannabis from seed to harvest indoors requires as much energy as driving a car from Los Angeles to New York—11 times. However, Dan has a solution: moving from small indoor grows to the modern industrial greenhouse.

If you’re a grower or a stickler for the business side of cannabis, make sure to check out this talk.

THERE IS SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT EPILEPSY AND CANNABIS — JOKUBAS ZIBURKUS

Ever since the story of Charlotte Figi, there’s been a ton of conversation on epilepsy and cannabis. Unfortunately, this conversation can be hard to wrap your head around, and sometimes doesn’t do a very good job of explaining the immense complexity of this topic. In this talk, however, Dr. Ziburkus does exactly that.

Dr. Ziburkus is a Lithuanian-American neuroscientist and founder of CannaTech, a cannabis innovation and education company from the Innovation Center at the University of Houston. He has dedicated himself to the study of epilepsy and finding new, alternative ways to both understand and treat the disease. In this talk, he gives a detailed account of what happens in the brain during epilepsy, how that applies to cannabis, and what that means for the future of epilepsy research.

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A Pause On Weed: A Guide Into Cannabis Tolerance Breaks

If you’re an avid cannabis smoker, you should know what a tolerance break is. If you don’t, it’s probably because you don’t need one.

It might be because of a new job or because the court told you to. You might be going to a not-so-cannabis-friendly holiday spot, or you’re travelling with family members who don’t partake on bong rips. Or maybe you’re just looking to enhance your cannabis experience. You miss those original highs. Maybe you’ve been feeling too cloudy for the past few months or even years. Whatever your reason is, we’ll be covering what to do and how to go about this “tolerance break” in the best way possible.

WHY STOP THE BEST FEELING IN THE WORLD?

When you smoke cannabis on a daily basis for months or years, you’ll probably start to feel like you’re not getting as high as you used to. You start reminiscing on those giggly highs you had as a kid, wondering why that doesn’t happen anymore. You’re not afraid of social interaction when you’re high AF. The squad always includes cannabis before any activity without even questioning it. This is a sign that you should probably take a tolerance break.

Most consumers do this because cannabinoid receptors (especially CB1 receptors) start to downregulate the reception of THC upon frequent and heavy use. It’s not just you getting used to the “high” feeling, it’s actually your physiology trying to adapt to your THC consumption and turning it into “normal.” It’s your body’s natural way of saying “well, if this is how it’s going to be, might as well be functional like this.” In a survival sense, your body tries to keep you aware and safe even after consuming THC because it knows this is how you are everyday.

Research has shown that CB1 receptors begin to replenish themselves just after two days of a cannabis tolerance break. They will continue to do so for 3-4 more weeks until they are ready to accept back all the THC.

HOW TO BEGIN

HOW TO BEGIN

It’s important that you really want to do this before you actually do.

Remember that time your parents got you into piano lessons for 6 straight years, but now you can barely remember the do-re-mi’s? This is exactly the same!

If deep down you’re doing this because of your girlfriend or because a couple of your friends are also doing it – it won’t work. You need to truly set your intention before you even decide on a time frame.

Choose a date. It’s super important to have a deadline. Don’t set out to take a break from anywhere in-between a few days to a couple of weeks. This will motivate the thought of “yeah, it’s been long enough” to shine through. Without a clear date, there will be nothing in your brain telling you that you haven’t already gone long enough.

Try to get a few friends to do it with you. It’ll be much easier to go through with the break if you don’t have your friends hotboxing the room you’re in. Bet on who’s going to last the longest. Safest to try it out with your roommate(s). This way, you’ll be keener into keeping the bet, rather than blazing when you get home. This would mean deviating from the main purpose of the bet.

IT WON’T BE EASY

It will be a hard task, but you need to commit. Commitment is the most important factor here. Be honest with yourself 100% of the way and always remember why you’re doing this. The last thing you want is to go a couple of days THC-free, then end up taking the strongest hits of your life with an overwhelming sense of guilt. Oh boy, you don’t want that. Worse than a super-high you can’t control is a super-high you can’t control filled with existential self-doubt.

Your body will have to adjust to the lack of THC it used to be supplied with. It won’t come close to an alcohol or heroin addiction recovery. You won’t feel physical pain. Because there are no addictive compounds to cannabis, all that you’ll feel will be psychological. You might experience some circumstantial depression and feel like stuff isn’t fun anymore, but after 10 days, you’ll be good as new.

IT WON’T BE EASY

TAKING A BREAK ISN’T THE ONLY WAY TO LOWER YOUR TOLERANCE

You’ll face difficulties, no doubt about that! But being prepared is half the way to success. Taking a break can be challenging, but sometimes total abstinence isn’t needed to give your body a chance to lower its tolerance to THC. Sure, nothing beats the high after a four-week break, but at least with these methods, you get to minimise the heartache of not smoking.

Cannabidiol (CBD) can help

All this tolerance talk about THC, but what about CBD? For those of you who don’t know, CBD is a cannabinoid, just like THC. The difference between these is that while THC causes a “high”, CBD does not. Cannabidiol has numerous applications in the medical field for this same reason. It gives users a relaxed feeling with its anti-anxiety benefits, while still keeping the mind functional. Even better, a study suggests that CBD can help limit the rate at which THC binds to CB1 receptors. As a result, CBD can potentially reduce the high and support a quicker recovery.

Thankfully, there are a ton of options when it comes to consuming CBD over THC. CBD oils are the most popular, but if you miss the sensation of smoking, then CBD e-liquids are a fantastic substitute. If you truly want to replicate the feeling of rolling a joint while still benefiting from a reduction in THC, then the following CBD strains are a must-buy.

Both Solomatic CBD and Medical Mass feature high levels of CBD; 21% and 10% respectively. Even better, THC levels in both strains remain low, ideal for those looking to lower their tolerance without giving up on cannabis entirely.

Use exercise to take your mind off of not smoking

The benefits of putting in some extra exercise when trying to lower your tolerance are twofold. Firstly, it is a welcome distraction for when you get a craving to roll a joint. Every time you are tempted, go for a run or take the dog for a walk.

Secondly, researchers have suggested that exercise might help your body shift the THC it stores in fat cells. Less build-up means a better high when you do decide to pick up where you left off. If you really don’t want to give up cannabis entirely, try doing exercise after you smoke to help shift the THC that little bit quicker. Regular exercise can go some of the way in keeping your tolerance down.

Cutting down goes a long way

It might sound simple, but if you usually have a joint when you wake up in the morning, and another before bed at night, try cutting one of them out of your routine. Reducing your intake by just one joint a day can have a dramatic effect on your tolerance to THC. Another handy tip is to change the size of the rolling papers you use. Smaller papers mean less weed can be packed into your joint. When it comes to actually lighting up, you’ll barely notice the difference, at least on the outside—on the inside, however, your CB1 receptors will be thanking you.

Use exercise to take your mind off of not smoking

Try vaping instead of smoking

There is another way that your tolerance can be lowered, but it doesn’t involve consuming less or choosing an alternative strain. Instead, we can change the way that cannabis is consumed to improve its effectiveness. Vaped marijuana has a higher bioavailability than smoking, which means more of the THC can reach your bloodstream without needing to smoke more.

Changing up the way you consume your weed means you can stick to your favourite strain; just be warned that there will come a point when even vaping won’t be enough anymore. Once you reach this stage, sometimes a complete break is the only way to reset your tolerance.

ONLY YOU WILL KNOW HOW BEST TO LOWER YOUR TOLERANCE

Ultimately, the decision to take a break from cannabis will come down to willpower. We have already discussed that after smoking every day, giving up weed for a few weeks can be tough. Hopefully, by using some of the advice above, we can make that transition into a total T-break a little bit easier. You will find out which method works best for you, but don’t be afraid to give them all a try if you find yourself going back to your usual habits.

Just remember that the whole reason behind a tolerance break is to rekindle that magical moment of toking for the first time. Once your tolerance has been lowered, you can enjoy the journey all over again!

USE SOLOMATIC DURING YOUR TOLERANCE BREAK

If you miss the taste and smell of weed, as well as the physical rituals of your regular smoke sessions, why give up a good thing? With Solomatic, you can light-up or vape to your heart’s content, and still take a tolerance break. This groundbreaking strain contains practically no THC, so it’s a good ally during your pause on more potent cannabis.

Solomatic is a fast automatic strain with generous yields that can be harvested within two months of germination. Play your cards right, and you could have plenty of citrus-scented buds in your stash by the time you’re ready for a break. The flavour? It’s filled with the taste of candied lemon, spicy ginger, and fresh pine. You’ll barely miss your normal smoke!

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How to Clean Your Bong, Bowl or Pipe

Here is the best place to learn how to clean your marijuana bong or glass bong (glass bong cleaner tips)

What is the first thing you have in mind when you think of Gandalf the Grey? Maybe it’s the nicely shaped wooden pipe that he uses to smoke “pipeweed,” or “Longbottom Leaf.”

We can learn a lot from Gandalf when it comes to smoking etiquette. This guy likes to keep his pipes clean. He has a relaxed and sophisticated style, and seems to enjoy every drag. Besides, his smoke rings are legendary.

Clean smoking equipment greatly influences style. There are several other reasons why clean bongs and bowls are nice to have: Maximum airflow, 100% fresh bud flavours, and aesthetics.

This article will walk you through a quick 3-step process for cleaning bongs, bowls or glass pipes.

You need the following materials:

• Your dirty bong, bowl or pipe

• Clean tap water

• Washing-up liquid (the stuff for washing dishes)

• A Ziploc plastic bag

• Epsom salts (buy at local pharmacy or online)

• Rubbing Alcohol (buy at local pharmacy or online)

• Q-tips

INSTRUCTIONS ON CLEANING YOUR MARIJUANA BONG

1. Pre-soak your dirty piece in hot water and washing-up liquid

Washing-up liquid is chemically designed to break up the undesired stuff from our plates, silverware and glasses. It’s
obviously safe to use for materials that have contact with our mouth. Pre-soaking your bong, bowl, or pipe in this solution of hot water and washing-up liquid will make things easier. The pre-soaking method is also an excellent way to get rid of the dirty dishes that seem to pile up in most stoner kitchens. Wait a few weeks and then throw it all in the bathtub, letting it soak for 24 hours. Beat the system.

2. Rubbing alcohol in a Ziploc bag: Shaken, not stirred

Place your dirty bowl or glass pipe in a re-sealable Ziploc bag and pour rubbing alcohol on it. You don’t need a whole lot. It’s sufficient if the piece is completely submerged. If you want to clean a bong, it’s best to pour the rubbing alcohol into your bong. Close your bag or cover the holes of your bong and shake rapidly.

If your smoking device was rather dirty, the rubbing alcohol will change in colour, turning brownish. Repeat this step, using fresh and clean rubbing alcohol.

If you want to spend some money, you can buy specialized products that can substitute the rubbing alcohol. Alcohol based mouthwashes can be an effective alternative, too.

3. Miss, could you add some Epsom salt? Thanks.

So, your bowl should still be in your Ziploc bag, covered in rubbing alcohol; your bong should still have a good amount of alcohol in it. Well, next comes Epsom salts.

Leave the rubbing alcohol in the bag or bong, and add a decent amount of Epsom salts to your Ziploc bag or bong. Now it’s time to shake again. The more you shake your bag or bong, the better. Epsom salts will penetrate all the clogged up resin that naturally builds up over time.

After this, thoroughly rinse your piece with hot water to remove the remaining resin. Q-tips can be used to optimize airflow and get any small pieces of residue that may be stuck. If you want to give your smoking device a nice finish, you can use a microfiber cloth to rub it dry.

You made it. Time to do fun things again!

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AFTERTHOUGHTS

A. Evaluate the smoking experience

Now that you finished the cleaning process, it’s time to evaluate the smoking experience. It’s ideal if you have high-quality cannabis blossoms within reach, preferably grown with organic fertilizers and nicely cured.

Load a bowl or pack a bong and light it up. Enjoy your bud and compare results – before and after cleaning your bong or bowl.

B. Share pleasurable moments with your friends

How about a nice gathering with your friends, maybe a few different strains to test, and a variety of clean bongs, bowls and pipes?

Having sophisticated discussions about bud flavours while being completely high is most likely to end in a lot of uncontrollable laughter. Having clean smoking equipment is essential when inviting friends to have a smoke. Nothing is more off-putting for company than a rancid bong.

C. Clean your smoking equipment on a regular basis

If you use your glass bong or marijuana bong, bowl or pipe on a regular basis, it makes sense to repeat this cleaning process at fixed intervals. This will help you to get the most out of your flavourful buds and ensures the best smoking experience possible. Feel free to refine this method, or to experiment with your own cleaning techniques.

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The Best Bong Water Alternatives To Amp Up Your Cannabis Experience

Smoking a bong is one of the most beloved ways to enjoy cannabis. No wonder, as a bong can get you high like nothing else, while still providing a nice, smooth hit. On the other hand, even the tried and true classics can use some spicing up once in a while to keep them exciting and fresh. Have you ever tried giving your bong water a tasty twist?

There are many ways you can elevate your bong-smoking sessions. You could add flavourful notes to your smoke with juices or tea, or give your smoke a fun fizzy note with sparkling water. But before you get too excited, know that not all beverages are good candidates for this job. Milk, for example, makes your weed less potent, and using beverages with a high alcohol content brings along some obvious dangers that are best avoided. Here are 9 of the best bong water alternatives to try on different occasions!

ADD SOME FUN TO YOUR PARTY BONG

• Gatorade

If you’re at a party, chances are there will be all kinds of soft drinks along with Gatorade or similar sports drinks. Well, it just so happens that Gatorade is also a great water alternative that you can use in your bong. Gatorade has the advantage of giving your smoke a nice yet subtle flavour note, which is most noticeable when you exhale.

The only disadvantage with Gatorade is that it is quite sugary. So rinse your bong well with warm water after your Gatorade bong session, as the sugar will otherwise make your bong icky, and could even damage it if you don’t regularly clean it afterwards.

• Wine

Putting beverages with a high alcohol content such as whiskey or vodka into your bong is normally a bad idea for several reasons. Inhaling alcohol fumes from high-proof liquor can lead to serious health problems, and the combination of fire and alcohol has the capacity to turn your bong-ripping experience into a potentially dangerous scenario.

Wine, however, is an exception as its alcohol content is rather low. If you want to rip a bong using wine, try sweet, medium-bodied red wines like Malbec. For an extra exciting note, try sparkling red wine such as Lambrusco. The carbonation of the Lambrusco gives your smoke a nice fizzy feel in addition to the distinguished taste of the wine.

• Food colouring

This one won’t add any flavour to your water, but it will make it look cool as hell. Add a festive 420 green or a holiday red hue to your water and impress your stoner buddies! When adding the drops to your bong water, it’s best to tread lightly here; not for safety reasons, but because going too dark runs the risk of staining your bong. As such, it’s best to use it sparingly. Nevertheless, it’s always a fun and artsy way to make the bong-ripping experience that much more special.

EVERYDAY BONG WATER ALTERNATIVES TO USE WHEN SMOKING WITH FRIENDS

• Fruit juices

You can add all sorts of flavour notes to your smoke by substituting your bong water with fruit juice. Try grapefruit, apple, or orange juice, or whatever sounds good to you, and you will surely find a favourite in time! The best juices for your bong will be freshly squeezed juices that do not contain artificial ingredients and additives.

For the best experience and a smooth smoke, you may also want to add plenty of ice cubes to your juice as well. What could be better on a hot summer day than a bong with some good weed and ice-cold, fruity-fresh juice?

EVERYDAY BONG WATER ALTERNATIVES TO USE WHEN SMOKING WITH FRIENDS

• Sparkling water

Substituting plain water with flavoured sparkling water is one of the best ways to enhance your bong-ripping experience! There are several reasons for this; unlike cola and other soft drinks, sparkling water contains no sugar, so it won’t turn your bong into a sticky mess. The flavours of sparkling water, like lemon, peach, mango, strawberry, and whatever else is out there, are also very subtle and won’t overpower the flavour of good weed.

But the best part about sparkling water is how the carbonation adds a nice effervescence to your smoke, which makes it super fun and refreshing. Once again, adding ice cubes can make for an extra cool, extra smooth, and very refreshing smoke.

• Infused water

Some folks just like to stick with regular water, but choose to amp things up by infusing it with natural flavours. Anything from orange and lemon peels to mint leaves, ginger, or refreshing fruits such as kiwi, lime, or strawberry can add just the right touch to the experience.

To infuse water with your flavour of choice, it’s best to cut your ingredients into small pieces. Add the fruit pieces, peels, or leaves to a carafe with cold water and allow the water to infuse for several hours in your fridge—best if left overnight. As mentioned, ice cubes always help round out the bong-smoking experience, but some folks choose to use hot water instead. Try both out to see what you like best!

BONG WATER ALTERNATIVES FOR SOME CHILL TIME AT HOME

• Essential oils

Essential oils are key in aromatherapy, and offer a host of benefits with their terpene-rich contents. Adding a drop or two of peppermint, eucalyptus, or lavender to your bong water can make for a smooth and soothing experience. Just make sure not to add too much; essential oils are very concentrated and are best used to add just a hint of flavour.

If you want to get fancy, try choosing oils that complement the terpene profile of the strain you’re smoking. For instance, if you know your strain is high in linalool, try using lavender oil, which contains high concentrations of this floral terpene. Peppermint oil is a particularly popular option as it not only cools down the smoke, but helps clear the sinuses and throat.

• Cranberry juice

Okay, we already mentioned fruit juice above, but cranberry juice deserves an honour of its own. Cranberry juice is unique because it adds a tart and slightly bitter note to the smoke that is extremely satisfying. Moreover, 100% cranberry juice is lower in sugar than other juices, and therefore won’t mess up your bong as quickly. In fact, the high acid content of the juice might even help to keep your bong clean. Some also say that using cranberry juice makes for better hits because of the vitamin C that’s in it. For the best flavour experience with cranberry juice, we recommend using freshly pressed cranberry juice made without additives.

BONG WATER ALTERNATIVES FOR SOME CHILL TIME AT HOME

• Tea

Putting tea in your bong is another very popular alternative to ordinary bong water. Just like with ice water or fruit juices, freshly brewed black, green, or herbal tea can give your smoke a rich yet subtle profile that enhances the flavour significantly. The good thing about tea is that there are so many types available, so you can always try out new flavours.

If you fill your bong with hot, freshly-brewed tea, it can make for an especially pleasant and warming winter smoke! Just be careful when you pour hot tea into a glass bong. Cheaper bongs made from poor-quality glass may crack. Likewise, it isn’t recommended to use piping hot liquids in cheap acrylic bongs, as the heat may bring out potentially toxic plastic fumes.

Some people enjoy their tea iced rather than hot, and the same is true for bong water. You can put ice tea in your bong for a particularly cool and smooth smoking experience. For this, brew your tea as usual, then let it cool for a while in your fridge. Afterwards, put the tea in a carafe or straight into your bong and add plenty of ice cubes. Alternatively, you can freeze the tea into ice cubes and add them to your water instead.

EXPERIMENT WITH YOUR BONG WATER

Give the bong-ripping experience a new twist with juices, teas, or wine! Just remember that if you use anything but plain water, your bong will need extra care after use. For some good tips on how to clean your bong thoroughly, check out our article “How To Clean Your Bong, Bowl or Pipe“, where you will learn everything you need to know!