HOW TO CLEAN A CANNABIS PIPE WITH HOUSEHOLD MATERIALS
After many uses, our glass pipe will get clogged up with residue and smudge from our homegrown cannabis smoking sessions, making it hard and obnoxious to use. Applying a virtue of patience and use of some standard household materials, we can clean our pipe up, so it seems reliable as brand-new. These techniques and more can also be practiced to cleanse our holy pipe.
Using Rubbing Alcohol
Rubbing alcohol, particularly Isopropyl are easy to obtain. It can be bought through a local drug store or supermarket. Also, Alcohol is antiseptic and disinfectant meaning it has the ability to eliminate germs and bacteria hiding in out pipe.
- Discarding residues from the pipe.
Take the pipe upside down and lightly tap to extract any residual particles. Then use a cotton swab, or similarly, thin object to eliminate any large residues, easily removed parts of resin you can reach— using a pipe cleaner can do the job easily.
Do not risk cracking the pipe to reach hard spots, as we only need to discard anything big and easy to reach off instantly. This will accommodate the alcohol cleansed the rest of the pipe quicker.
- Fill a plastic resealable pouch with the alcohol.
Try and obtain 90% isopropyl, as it will wash the pipe quicker than the more watered-down 70% solution. Put the pipe inside the bag, making sure it is completely immersed in the solution.
Alcohol breaks down gum and resin, delivering it more manageable to expel and wiping off smudges over time.
- Shake the pipe in the bag.
Make sure to run the salt inside the pipe. If possible, displace the salt in the pipe and then use our fingers to seal off the holes of the pipe. We can then rock up the salt inside the container, getting cleared of as much residue as possible. Shake the bag for a couple of minutes or until the pipe is visibly cleaned.
- Soak the pipe for a couple of hours
Add a spray of the new alcohol and let the pipe rest for a while, sunk in the fluid, for several hours before jarring it up again. If we are using 70% isopropyl alcohol, then some of the salt may have melted, so be certain to add more further if it seems to be juggling some. Soak the pipe overnight and repeat the method in the morning to clean very dirty soiled pipes.
- Wash out the pipe with hot water
Discharge all the alcohol and salt from the pipe with hot water and flushed off the rest down the toilet bowl, as it can stink or clogged up our kitchen sink and pipes if left undisturbed.
- Wipeout any residual spots
With a pipe cleaner or cotton swabs, wipe off any small spots, setting the end of the tool in some clean alcohol to get cleared from any resolute stains. To extract any watermarks or non-resin stains, soak the pipe for about half an hour in a mixture of lukewarm water and lemon juice.
Boiling Water and Dishsoap
Using boiling water, a few dish soaps and a pipe cleaner we can wash the resin out of our pipe easily. The boiling water will wash off/loosen up the built-up resin, making it very easy to expel with a pipe cleaner or brush.
- In a large pan or casserole, pour a room temperature water and place the pipe.
- Add a bar of small dish soap or a few drops of liquid dishwashing soap.
- Boil it for about half an hour.
- Use tongs to wobble the pipe around in the boiling water to loosen the smudge or resins.
- Empty water leaving the pipe in the pan and let it cool.
- Once cool enough to touch, use a common pipe cleaner to remove build-up.
- Use a decent cleaning brush if necessary or cotton buds with rubbing alcohol.
- Dry up.
Using other household materials
- Using denture cleaning tablets
Put the pipe in the bottom of a glass bowl or container and fill it up with ample amount of warm water to cover the top. Add 2-3 denture tablets in the container and let it rest and soak for half an hour. The fizzing will shed off a lot of residual materials. this technique is meant to remove smudges and residue.
- Other alternative household cleaning solutions include:
- Salt and vinegar
- Baking soda and vinegar
- Sand and water
- Hydrogen Peroxide
Clean the pipe regularly. A swift rinse and soak in some isopropyl alcohol, practiced once a week, takes only a couple of minutes. But it will keep us from having to resort to extensive cleanings or overnight soakings and keep the pipe shiny and sparkling. Some blemishes will not come out if they soak into the glass, but this only appears if we neglect to cleanse the pipe for several months or years in a row. Take the time immediately to clean it off and our job will be much easier in the future.
A Note from Breezy:
If you use the alcohol method to clean your pipes, you can process the alcohol to make what I call “Poor Man’s Phoenix Tears” to reclaim the resin for topical use (its not suitable for ingestion. See the post “A few words on the properties of Isopropyl Alcohol” for my reasons”) Remember a frequently cleaned pipe is a happy, healthy pipe.
Natalie Gray is a Biochemical Engineer. She works in the Research and Development team that focuses on the design and construction of unit processes. She is a recreational marijuana supporter and her love for organic chemistry brought her to medical cannabis. She grows her own flowers, working on different projects and study everything above and under cannabis roots.
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What solvent you use to create your cannabis oil is very important. If you are thinking of making your own oil, please take the time to educate yourself on the benefits and risks of any solvent you are thinking of using. When selecting your solvent, it is essential to be as educated as possible about the properties of that solvent.
I recommend use of food grade alcohol and nothing else for beginners (because the solvent is already food grade, it is good for beginners who are learning the method… that way, IF any solvent is left behind due to inexperience, it is still safe to consume.) Those proficient with use of alcohol as a solvent may then begin using isopropyl alcohol 91% (rubbing alcohol) once they have learned to tell when no alcohol remains. If you use a still, you can reclaim your solvent for reuse to cut down on costs.
Another option is moonshine if you have a trusted source but note the word trusted. you want someone who has been making shine a long time with lots of living long term customers… if you get my drift
In this article, I am posting some links about Isopropyl alcohol and the compounds they add to make it bitter (not to make it toxic) . Now for how this applies to oil making…
below follows three articles with reference links on the properties of Iso alcohol
People commonly use rubbing alcohol as a disinfectant for minor cuts and scrapes. The two most common forms of rubbing alcohol are ethyl alcohol and isopropyl alcohol. Both types are extremely toxic in their concentrated forms. Because most alcoholic drinks contain ethanol, rubbing alcohol made from ethanol usually contains additives such as sucrose octaacetate and denatonium benzoate to prevent people from drinking the alcohol for pleasure.
Isopropyl Alcohol Toxicity
Isopropyl alcohol, also called isopropanol, poses many risks to human beings. Inhaled fumes can cause respiratory tract irritation at low concentrations. At higher concentrations, the fumes can affect you like a narcotic, causing drowsiness, dizziness, loss of balance, headache, unconsciousness and even death. Ingestion of isopropanol can cause unconsciousness and death as well.
The approximate lethal dose of 90 to 100 percent isopropanol for human adults is only 250 millilters or about 8 ounces. While not fatal, ingesting smaller amounts can cause gastrointestinal problems, including cramps, pain, vomiting and diarrhea. Additionally, isopropanol vapors can irritate the eyes and splashes to the eyes can even burn your corneas.
Even though you may be accustomed to rubbing isopropyl alcohol on your skin, in excessive amounts it can cause irritation and redness. It is therefore important to use the rubbing alcohol only as directed by the instructions on the bottle.
Ethyl Alcohol Toxicity
Ethyl alcohol, also called ethanol, is toxic in many of the same ways as isopropyl alcohol. Ethanol causes severe irritation of the eyes accompanied by extreme sensitivity to light. If used excessively as rubbing alcohol, it can cause irritation and redness of the skin. It may even cause cyanosis, which is a condition characterized by a blue coloration of the skin, in your extremities.
Ingestion of ethanol causes nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. The system-wide toxicity that results from ethanol ingestion can cause acidosis of the blood and central nervous system depression characterized by excitement, followed by dizziness, drowsiness and nausea. This is the feeling of ‘drunkenness’ familiar to many people who drink alcoholic beverages.
Consumption of large quantities of ethanol leads eventually to collapse, coma and possibly death by respiratory failure. Chronic ingestion of ethanol causes fetal defects and liver damage. Lastly, inhalation of concentrated ethanol fumes also causes central nervous system effects. Respiratory irritation can be followed by nausea, dizziness, headache, unconsciousness and coma. Inhalation of extreme amounts of ethanol vapors can cause death by suffocation.
People commonly drink ethyl alcohol to become intoxicated. To prevent people from drinking ethanol-based rubbing alcohol, manufacturers add chemicals to make rubbing alcohol extremely bitter and undrinkable. These additives include sucrose octaacetate and denatonium benzoate. Neither chemical is toxic; indeed, small quantities of denatonium benzoate can be put on a child’s thumb to prevent her from sucking it.
Acetic acid [(2S,3S,4R,5R)-4-acetoxy-2,5-bis(acetoxymethyl)-2-[ [(2R,3R,4S,5R,6R)-3,4,5-triacetoxy-6- (acetoxymethyl)-2-tetrahydropyranyl]oxy]-3-tetrahydrofuranyl] ester
CAS number 126-14-7
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Molecular formula C28H38O19
Molar mass 678.59 g/mol
Density 1.27 g/cm3 at 16°C
250°C at 1 mmHg
Solubility in water slightly soluble in water
Solubility soluble in ethanol, diethyl ether, acetone, benzene, chloroform
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Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C, 100 kPa)
Sucrose octaacetate is an acetylated derivative of sucrose. It is used commercially and industrially in a variety of applications. It is used as an inert ingredient in pesticides and herbicides. As of December 2005 sucrose octaacetate was determined by the EPA to be completely nonharmful as an ingredient in pesticides.
Sucrose octaacetate has been approved by the FDA as a food additive. It has a bitter taste which has led to its use as bitterant and an aversive agent. The chemical has also been used to determine tasters from non-tasters in mice..
Denatonium benzoate is one of the most bitter substances known. Just a few parts per million will make a product so bitter that children and pets will not be able to swallow it. Denatonium benzoate makes sweet but highly toxic products such as antifreeze and detergents taste foul. Research shows that people can detect denatonium benzoate in water at 50 parts per billion. Denatonium benzoate is bitter at 1 to 10 ppm and most products will become undrinkable at 30 to 100 ppm. Denatonium benzoate is also stable and inert. In addition, so little is needed that the properties of the product remain unchanged.
Both the National Safety Council and the American Medical Association recommend adding denatonium benzoate to products that are defined as mild to moderately toxic. Some countries, such as France, have made denatonium benzoate mandatory in antifreeze. Others such as Italy have made denatonium benzoate the number one denaturant for ethanol. The State of Oregon has required that it be added to antifreeze and windshield wiper fluid since 1995. We offer denatonium benzoate in powder form, both technical and pharmaceutical grade, and in a granular form (technical grade only). Your best source for denatonium benzoate is Aversion Technologies, the world’s only company dedicated to the supply of products to protect people, plants and pets.
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