Smoking a joint is the classic consumption method when it comes to using weed. It’s remained one of the top ways people use weed for a reason. Users can enjoy a joint on their own or can enjoy one with the company of friends (while being mindful of COVID-19 protocols).
Some people prefer to roll their joints using rolling papers and their favourite strain of cannabis. Others want a ready-to-go option and may choose to buy pre-rolled joints, allowing them to grab one quickly when ready for a smoking session.
Whatever your preferred method of using joints, you will need to keep it fresh until you finish it. If you roll your own, you may not finish the entire joint in one sitting. If you buy pre-rolled packages, you’ll need to keep the other joints fresh until you’ve used them all.
So, what is the best way to store your cannabis joint? And why is keeping it properly even necessary? Let’s take a look.
Why Storing Your Cannabis Joints Is Important
Picture it: you’ve rolled your joint pulling weed from the stash of your most relaxing strain. You take a deep inhale only to find your weed has gone stale, all because you left it sitting out in the open for a few days.
When this happens, you not only might be smoking weed that is dangerous for your health, but it will also likely be less aromatic, less flavourful, and less potent than it was the last time you used it. Not to mention, you’re out the money you spent on the bud that you didn’t store correctly.
Storing your cannabis joints (and cannabis in general) is vital to maintaining the product’s integrity. When you don’t use proper store techniques for your cannabis, a lot can happen, including:
- Mould can start to form in your flower or even around your roll when it is left exposed to moisture, leaving you with a bad product and potentially inhaling mould spores, which are not good for your health.
- Over time, your cannabis will start to lose its flavour and aroma as the terpenes break down due to light and air exposure. This loss can cause your high-quality cannabis to become lower-quality.
- Your product can also lose its potency, meaning you won’t experience the high and effects you’ve come to expect from this particular strain. You may need to smoke more to get the experience you want, which can end up costing you money in the long run.
- Too much sunlight can also cause your weed to dry out and become brittle, making it challenging to handle and smoke, creating a disappointing experience.
Many people buy their rolls in bulk or may prepare their rolls themselves in advance. But, all that work will be for nothing if you don’t store your joints and buds properly between uses.
Best Ways to Store Your Cannabis Joints
When it comes to storing your cannabis joints, you will need to make sure you:
- Use the right container
- Store it in the right environment
Sounds easy, right? Once you have the right storage equipment, it can be. First, let’s take a look at the joint storage container options you have.
- Plastic, resealable bags are a commonly used product to store cannabis joints. And while they may get the job in the short term, they offer your joint no protection from getting damaged or from light exposure; plus, if not sealed correctly, moisture can form in the bag. So, if you need something to hold your joints short-term, you can use these, but there are other, better options out there.
- Glass mason jars are often used to hold cannabis buds, but they can also store multiple pre-rolled joints. Mason jars are easy to find and are usually inexpensive. But, they are not easy to travel with and can break easily. They also may not offer the best protection from light, so storing them in the right environment will be crucial if you use these.
- Saverette and torpedo cone tubes are great options for storing a joint you plan to finish later or want to take with you somewhere. These come in different designs and materials and offer your joint protection from damage while also being air-tight when sealed. For many people, these are well worth the buy.
Once you have your new storage container, you’ll need to find the right place to keep your joints.
Like cannabis flowers, you’ll want to keep rolled joints in a cool, dark, and dry place (after all, there is cannabis in the joint itself). Common places to store your joint include:
- A drawer
- A pantry
- A kitchen cabinet
Just be sure you store your joints out of reach of anyone who should not have access to it. If you have children or those under the legal age to cannabis, keep where they can’t see or access it.
Storing Your Joint: A Summary
Whether you are planning to finish your joint later or have rolled a bunch of them to have on hand (or purchased them pre-rolled), you must store them correctly. Proper storage will ensure your joint and the cannabis stay fresh and potent. It also prevents things like mould from growing in your buds or on the inside of your rolling paper.
When it comes to storing your joints correctly, you’ll need to choose the suitable container to keep them in and the right environment to store them in. Glass mason jars or products designed specifically for storing joints are your best option. When picking out your storage container, think about how many joints you plan to keep at a time and whether or not you plan to travel with them.
Finally, choose an environment that is cool, dry, and dark to store your joints. This protects the cannabis inside from breaking down between uses, ensuring you will have an optimal experience each time you get ready to smoke.