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Smoking a joint can be a great way to kick back and relax but sometimes life can get in the way. Perhaps you need to take a quick walk to the store? You have someone about to pick you up.
Or maybe you’ve smoked a little too much already and you can’t quite bring yourself to finish that smoke.
There are many ways to consume cannabis. When smoking a joint, you’re probably not going to want to waste what is left of your smoke, especially if you haven’t smoked all that much of it.
But as we’ve mentioned, you might not have the time to get to the end, or maybe your throat and lungs are letting you know they’ve had enough and you need to take a little break.
In this case, you’re going to want to make sure that you are putting your joint out correctly.
In this article, we’ll guide you through everything you’ll need to know about putting your spliff out to ensure it keeps it’s quality and is still smokable when you are ready to return to it.
Putting Out Your Joint
Oxygen is the mortal enemy of a pre-rolled joint. Oxygen will essentially ensure that the bonds that hold your smoke together will break.
When these bonds are broken, you lose the freshness and quality of your pre-rolled joint. So if you’ve rolled yourself a spliff and you don’t intend on smoking it just yet, you’ll want to pop it in an airtight container.
But what about when you’ve smoked a third or half of your smoke? There are a few ways you can put it out.
1. Stubbing It Out
So, you’ll want to carefully stub out your joint. You can do this on almost any surface but just be careful as you may burn a hole through certan materials.
I would opt for either a table, wall, or ashtray. Make sure you don’t use too much pressure either as this may squish or damage your joint.
Once you are sure that it is out, you can transfer it into a sealed glass jar, plastic baggie, or even the packing tubes that you get with pre-rolls.
A glass gar will ensure the most protection for your joint but it can be quite hard to carry around with you if you’re smoking on the move.
A plastic baggie will ensure that it’s airtight but it doesn’t protect it from getting damaged in your bag very well. The packing tube is my least favorite option as it gives the smoke an ashy taste when you relight it.
This method is best for those who intend on coming back to their joint relatively soon.
2. The Flick
This method is pretty similar to the way many people put out cigarettes. Essentially you’re going to use your thumb to flick the roach/filter end until the ash falls out of the joint.
You’ll have to wait a short time to ensure that it is fully out and then you can transfer it to an airtight container.
3. Graze It
This is pretty similar to stubbing it out, but instead of pressing hard onto a surface you are going to lightly graze it from side to side. You can do this on an ashtray or a table.
This dries out the joint and helps to avoid squishing it too much or damaging it. Like with any of these methods, make sure that you pop what’s left of your smoke into an airtight container.
4. The Knock
For this final method, you need the gentlest of touches. This is quite a easy way to destroy a fragile joint should you use to heavy of a hand.
What you’re going to need to do is carefully knock the the joint on the corner of any hard surface.
You repeat this motion several times until you are sure the smoke is completely out. And then, you guessed it, you’ll place it into an airtight container.
Keeping The Quality
I shudder at the sight of seeing individuals put out their joint to then just leave it abandoned on the side. This is the best way to ensure you completely destroy the quality of your joint.
Oxidation is going to get it and then it’s just not going to be nice to smoke or fresh at all.
Your joint will stay freshes providing that it doesn’t get too cold or too warm, it stays well out on sunlight and stays in an area with around 60% humidity.
When it comes to keeping the quality of your joint in tip-top form, you’ll want to follow the advice below for proper smoke storage.
1. Glass Mason Jars
A glass mason jar is the perfect home for your pre-rolled joint. They are perfect for when you want to pre-roll a few joints at home and be able to pick them out as and when is needed.
Now, I’m sure you’re sick of even reading the word airtight by now, but it really is quality kryptonite to let air get into your mason jar so make sure that no air can get in.
You can get mason jars that are specifically designed for storing cannabis flower, so these will obviously yield the best results.
2. Doob Tube
As the name suggests, a doob tube is a tube for your doob. They are a perfectly fitting little container that is not only airtight but also smell-proof too.
These are definitely worth the investment because they are reusable, easily portable, and they protect it from getting damaged too. No squished or battered joints with the doob tube!
3. Ziploc Bags
They’re cheap, they’re easy to find in stores, and you probably already have some sitting in your kitchen cupboard.
They have their advantages, for sure, but we would advise them to be your if-all-else-fails option because they aren’t anywhere near as effective as your other options.
They’ll keep the moisture in your smoke and prevent oxidation which is the main job, but they don’t really protect the joint itself.
If you pop this bag in a backpack for example, theres a good chance that you’ll come back to a flattened and squished joint.
While we understand the importance of saving your smoke and preserving its quality, it is not nearly as important as your safety. This is especially true when you’re hotboxing a car! You cannot ever forget the fact that you’re dealing with fire.
When you are smoking a joint it is burning and disgarding of it incorrectly can lead to substantial damage. Not to be confused with ‘dropping the blunt‘ of course.
So you must always follow these three rules when putting out a joint.
- Check The Fire Is Out – Before you throw away or discard a smoke you should always ensure that the fire is entirely gone out.
- Stay Away From Bushes – You should never really throw a joint into a bush. To start off, an animal may then consume the joint which can have detrimental consequences for that animal. And secondaly, if the joint is not properly put out you have the potential to start a bushfire.
- Avoid Bins – This may sound a little unconventional, and we’re not encouraging littering, but placing a used joint in a bin can cause fires.
So as you can see, there are dangers to putting out a joint incorrectly. So you should always be vigilant when putting out your joint, and you should also hold others you see being irresponsible accountable for their actions.
If your friend is flicking their joint into a bush without checking it is correctly out, you should say something.
Below you’ll find three ways that you can put out a joint. Not all of these options are intended for later use.
- Tapping – You can tap the burning end of the joint with your finger until it burns out completely. Then you should blow on the end several times to ensure that it is completely out.
- Pre-Roll Tube – You can stub out a joint and then place it inside a pre-roll tube. You may intend to come back to this later or you can dispose of it at any time.
- Use Your Shoe – You can stub the joint out on your shoe. Ensure that there is no more smoke, ash, or flame left before discarding it.
You simply won’t alway have the choice to finish your joint. There will be times when you either physically can’t continue or plans will get in the way of that cheeky smoke you tried to squeeze into your busy schedule.
And after reading this article, you may be thinking that it seems like quite a lot of effort putting your joint out the correct way. But let me tell you this, it is so worth it.
And it really isn’t all that complicated. You just need to put it out, ensure it it is out, and then place it in an airtight container.
If you don’t do this, you’re really not going to enjoy sparking it back up when you finally do have the time to smoke later on that day.
By that point the oxygen is going to have gotten to it and you can say goodbye to all the quality and freshness of that smoke.
And let’s face it, nobody wants to smoke a bad or poor joint.
There isn’t quite that chilled-out, feet-up, relaxing vibe to lighting a smoke and feeling that high if your stomach is churning and your taste buds are screaming in disgust the entire time. Save yourself that pain – put your joint out correctly.
I’m an avid gardener and cannabis enthusiast. You can usually find me in my garden caring for my plants or at my computer crafting helpful blogs for my readers.