Ever since COVID-19 has struck the world, smoking weed has become one of the major sources of recreation among adults. Sanitizing literally everything has suddenly gained a lot of importance to ensure safety from infection. In the midst of all of this, there is very little public discussion on cleaning cannabis gear properly. Part of this can be associated with the deep rooted social taboos that are still surrounding marijuana usage at large.
So how should anyone go about cleaning cannabis gear without damaging the equipment?
Here is a step by step guide discussing the tips that will help you maintain your cannabis gear in an absolutely flawless condition.
Cleaning the grinder
The cleaning process can start with the weed grinder.
Make sure to collect every last bit of kief stuck between the teeth before beginning the next step. For making this part easy, just put the grinder into the freezer for 30-40 mins. Tap the grinder and collect the kief that falls out.
Next, using a toothpick, scrape off any residue stuck on the walls. After this washing the grinder with warm soapy water and toothbrush will do the trick.
Regular cleaning of the grinder assures that kief that is collected during grinding does not stick on to residues.
Residues can cause the teeth to stick together, becoming a potential health hazard if metal shavings land up in herb powder during grinding. Moreover, a flower stuck in the grinder can become a breeding ground for bacteria, posing serious threats to the respiratory tract.
Cleaning the Bong
A dirty vaporizer stops the flow of air and changes the flavor of the puffs. For cleaning them, it is recommended to use 99% isopropyl alcohol and coarse salt. This will not only have a scrubbing effect, but will also thoroughly disinfect the device.
Using natural products like vinegar and tea tree oil can also do their part for sanitizing the device, but their potency will be lower than alcohol.
Cleaning handheld vaporizers
The cleaning procedures for handheld vaporizers like PAX and Utilian 722 are slightly more intricate. Sanitizing and cleaning them is important for an enjoyable puffing experience. The supplies that are needed are fairly similar to the ones used for grinders and bongs. Meaning, they can be cleaned with Q-tips and 99% isopropyl alcohol as well, but require caution during detaching parts of the device.
Once that is done, mildly scrubbing the filters with q-tips submerged in alcohol will bring out desirable results.
Storing away equipment
The way users store their vaporizers have a direct relationship with the longevity and functionality of the device. Every type of vaporizer requires a different type of handling and storage strategy.
Glass bongs are long and delicate. It is recommended to store them in a way that will ensure the least amount of collision among them. Storing them in cardboard boxes with enough cushioning between them is going to ensure safety of the glass structure.
Electronic vaporizers require to be stored in a temperature controlled environment. This is because temperatures have a direct effect on their batteries, and hence performance.
Similarly, keeping humidity levels in check is also very crucial before storing the vaporizers. High humidity levels have a tendency to cause water damage to the components of the device.
Other precautionary measures like protecting the device from dust and heat are also very important. Keeping batteries charged when the device is not in use is also a tip from experts that allegedly extends the life of the device.
By ensuring all of these steps, you can surely enjoy longer puffing sessions while maintaining health standards.