Gooey’s Cannabis Queries: Part 2

Welcome to the second in a series of answers to queries directly from readers—all of which come in at under 420 words (out of respect to your time).

To set the mood, just listen to Cab Calloway tell you how it is…in 1932 (five years before cannabis became illegal in the United States).

— Gooey Rabinski

Today’s question comes from Trish Gallo, one of Colorado’s leading cannabis activists and journalists. She asks: “I smoke every day. But I also have a day job and don’t want to look ‘stoned’ when in public….”


Red Eye Express: Some strains produce red eye, some don’t. Some produce it in particular patients or adult users, but not others. In other words, your mileage may vary. I’m not a product ambassador, but would rather consider myself a patient and consumer advocate.

As such, I simply share the products and services that I have found to personally or professionally enhance my game. For red eye, I always have a bottle of Rohto eye drops in my pocket. I’m particularly fond of the Cool line, which claims to “clear and brighten” and, in my experience, lives up to it.

Cleaning the Glass: Trish and I were recently discussing the topic of glass cleaning. There’s tons of specialized products on the market that are well suited for the task. But Trish and I live in progressive Colorado and California, respectively. What about the majority of the toking world, where groovy, progressive head shops—and the availability of such speciality products—are not part of the picture?

We came to the conclusion that isopropyl alcohol + salt is one solution that we can recommend to nearly anyone in the world.


First, get your hands on the highest alcohol content “rubbing” alcohol possible. The higher the alcohol content, the better. Alcohol levels available depend on state. If you can’t get the 90%+ stuff, just soak it longer.

Second, take a high-quality sandwich- or gallon-size freezer bag and drop in your glass. Add a bunch of salt (the larger the grain, the better), pour in the rubbing alcohol, and shake the crap out of it. Then let it sit overnight. In a perfect situation, one owns a few pieces of glass and can be cleaning one piece while using another. This allows one to soak a piece for a day or two to get it completely clean. Don’t forget to shake it a few times a day….

If you have a question, just leave it in the comments section.

All text and photos, unless otherwise noted, Copyright © 2003-2017 Gooey Rabinski. All Rights Reserved.

Gooey Rabinski is a technical writer, photographer, and compliance documentation specialist for cannabis businesses who has contributed feature articles to magazines and media outlets such as High Times, CannaBiz Journal, Emerald Magazine, Grow Magazine, Herb.coThe KindSKUNK, Cannabis Culture, WhaxyHeads, Weed World, Green Flower MediaCannabis HBK11RenderHealth Journal, Green Thumb, and Treating Yourself.

He is the author of Understanding Medical Marijuana, available on Amazon Kindle.

His cannabis-related freelance photos, spanning back more than a decade, are available on Instagram and Flickr. He tweets from @GooeyRabinski.


4 thoughts on “Gooey’s Cannabis Queries: Part 2

  1. I often suggest to clean (rigs,mainly due to less plant matter) with everclear grain alcohol, (21+ please) which is safe for human consumption (depending your view on moonshine??) however when simmering the alcohol off, you are left with a return of beautiful (ISO) wash and a clean pipe to enjoy your hard work with. Cheers from Grassachusetts


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