How to Save a Joint for Later
You already know that the ability to put out your joint and keep it fresh to use later is as vital as rolling it up. You likely also learned to roll a joint perfectly after a few tries. It’s the same thing when learning to ensure your half-smoked joint remains as viable and fresh as ever.
So, do you want to start preserving your joints like a pro? We’ve included everything you need to know in this article. Join us on this jolly good ride already!
What’s Up with Stale Joints?
The truth is that your joint isn’t a well-behaved child—it has a mind of its own. So, if you don’t keep it in control by smoking it all up or preserving it properly when half-smoked, it’ll go all unruly on you and get spoiled. And no one loves a stale joint.
The first reason your joint may smell or taste stale is its low-quality buds, especially the ones that carry harmful additives and residual pesticides. The second reason is that your joints start degrading when you expose them to oxygen and too much heat for too long.
One common sign that your joint has gone bad and is unsmokeable is when you notice mildew or mold. Moldy weed will smell foul and outright disgusting in contrast to the green, uninspired aroma of excessively dry marijuana.
How Long Should a Rolled Joint Be Stored?
How long your joints will remain fresh in storage depends on your preservation skills. Using the best techniques to keep your joints fresh, you can store them for up to a year without compromising their quality. You will still be able to taste delicious terpenes and feel the strength of THC even after 12 months.
On the other hand, if you keep them out in the elements, the quality will decline within a few weeks. Under the same conditions, they’ll increasingly get worse over time.
How to Prevent Awful Smells from Your Partially Smoked Joints
Here’s how to ensure your half-smoked joints don’t develop a rancid smell:
Roll Smaller Joints
The first way to reduce the stench from half-smoked joints in your smoking area is by rolling joints that you can finish in one sitting. So, reduce the number of roll-ups if you frequently find yourself walking away from only partially smoked joints. For example, it’s better to completely puff through a 0.3–0.4 gram joint instead of smoking a 0.6–1.0 gram fatty halfway.
Put it Out Properly
How you extinguish your joint is another crucial factor to consider when avoiding bad smells in your smoking area. A good rule of thumb is never to smoosh or rub the cherry; instead, allow it to burn out naturally. Then, before storing, be sure to tap away the residue ash lightly.
Additionally, never put a still-lit joint inside a storage container. Doing this will only worsen the smell, and the container may even sustain damage. Instead, hold off until the cherry is out. However, if you don’t have enough time and must put the smoke out immediately, consider pressing the burning part against concrete, an ashtray, etc., till you extinguish it completely.
How to Preserve Your Pre-Rolled Joints
A properly cured and dried joint likely won’t grow mold. But this doesn’t mean its potency, taste, and quality will remain the same after a while. So, keeping your pre-rolled joints as good as new should always be a priority.
Generally, everything depends on how well you can keep relative humidity and temperature consistently within the preferred ranges. Temperatures between 15-20°C and relative humidity of 58-62% are excellent for cured buds. Additionally, avoid exposing your joints to direct sunlight.
Best Joint Storage Techniques
Keeping your joint inside in a container is the best approach to protecting it from the elements.
Bamboo trays are great storage options for short to mid-term. Although they don’t offer much protection from the air, they are perfect light shades. This makes it the ideal choice for half-smoked joints because it can prevent foul odors from combustion byproducts.
Glass Mason Jar
Glass mason jars are perfect for storing cannabis buds and partially-smoked joints. They do a great job keeping the air out.
Saverettes will keep your joints fresh with their adequate air protection. They’re a great choice for preserving terpenes and cannabinoids.
Vacuum sealers are airtight and work well to eliminate stale air from your joints’ packaging. They’re the best options for long-term storage.
There You Have It—The Secret to a Well-Preserved Joint
It’s not always realistic to smoke a complete joint. Understanding how to correctly put out a partially-smoked one can help you avoid destroying it or allowing the elements to do the job.
Fortunately, we can swear by the efficiency of the above methods to keep your joints intact for as long as possible. Be sure to thank us later!