One of the coolest rising fads in the smoking scene is silicone pipes and bongs. Silicone offers a lot of advantages over traditional materials like glass. For example, silicone is generally less expensive, silicone offers all kinds of bright, interesting designs, and silicone is practically indestructible. However, many are concerned about the safety of using silicone while smoking, especially in water pipes like bongs. Are silicone bongs safe?
Yes! While it may feel strange at first to realize you are smoking from silicone instead of glass, silicone bongs are perfectly safe to use. The primary component in silicone is silicon (yes, the spelling is correct!) Silicon comes from silica, which is basically made from sand. While silicone is not made from all “natural” components, it is comprised of non-toxic ingredients. Silicone is deemed so safe that it is often found in baby products!
There are several other specific reasons that silicone bongs are an excellent alternative to glass. Below, you will find some of our favorite reasons why someone would choose silicone over a more traditional material.
Silicone can resist high temperatures, up to 600F. This heat resistance is great for being able to handle bong bowls without becoming deformed from the heat. It is also great because, even when heated, silicone will not leech any chemicals into the smoke or the bong water. Even if you got a blowtorch and purposefully melted the silicone bong, there is nothing in it that is hazardous to consume (though we do not recommend purposefully consuming a melted silicone bong).
Like glass, food-grade silicone is a nonporous material, meaning that it does not soak or absorb substances around it. This makes it ideal for use with food and, of course, the water chamber in a bong! The nonporous surface also makes it easy to clean, since nothing soaks into the silicone material.
This is a unique advantage that silicone pipes, and especially silicone bongs, have over other materials. Silicone is easy to manufacture and manipulate, meaning that making a bong out of several pieces of silicone (instead of one single piece) is easy to do. A silicone bong in several pieces is much easier to clean since you can take it apart and make sure all the nasty bong water residue is thoroughly scrubbed and soaked off of the inside. Glass bongs are generally one solid piece, which means you will have a hard time cleaning any nooks and crannies that may be present. If you happen to forgo washing your glass bong until a lot of residue builds up, you are looking at an extended soaking session to slowly break up buildup.
One of the problems that plague glass bongs is that they are extremely fragile and are handled regularly, making accidents likely if you are not careful. Silicone bongs are shatterproof (since silicone is nearly indestructible), so dropping a silicone bong will present zero safety problems that a glass bong might.
This final question is one that is up to you, the reader! Neither style of bong is inherently superior to the other. Whether or not one or the other is a good fit for you depends on what you want out of a bong! Do you want a hearty, easy to handle silicone bong? Do you want a gorgeous, intricate piece of art that glass bongs often provide? Do you want an easy to clean silicone bong, or do you prefer the crisp taste that glass bong users swear by? Decide which factors are most important to you and then start your shopping from there!
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