How smoke spread throughout the apartment when using different smoking methods, including: A puff from a joint. A single hit from a vaporizer, the Magic-Flight Launch Box. How effectively five different designs of “sploofs” eliminated the smell and particles from the air when a single bowl hit was fully breathed out through the sploof.
As predicted, the particles in marijuana smoke fell into the .3 to 1 micron range. These were the only particle sizes whose levels had changed after smoking. Smoking from a bowl created the least smoke , followed closely by smoking from a bong, and then a puff from a joint. However, all three of these methods were very similar in the amount of smoke they created: 5-10x the typical .3,.5 and 1 micron particle counts in the bathroom. 2-4x the typical .3, .5, and 1 micron particle counts in the kitchen. 2-4x the typical .3, .5, and 1 micron particle counts just inside the door. No elevated particulate counts were found outside the door of the apartment in any tests. The vaporizer showed only a 2-3x increase in the particle count for .3, .5 and 1 micron ranges in the bathroom only. No increase was found in the kitchen, inside the door, or outside the door.
All of the sploofs were somewhat effective in reducing particle concentrations. They nearly eliminated any elevated particle counts in the kitchen, and no elevated particle counts were found inside the door or outside the door. Sploofs 1 and 3, incorporating activated carbon, worked best and were about 2x more effective at reducing particulate counts. This reduced the overall smoke levels to those created by a vaporizer. Smoking in a room with the door closed, at least one room away from the front door, should be enough to keep the smell from escaping the front door – provided that you don’t smoke more than a few large hits. There isn’t a significant difference between the smoke and odor created by joints, bowls, and bongs. Vaporizing can be done safely anywhere within an apartment, without risk of the smell escaping. Sploofs work very well when used in a separate room away from the front door, and sploofs with activated carbon are more than twice as effective as sploofs without activated carbon. Take a look at the results of our experiment visualized: Sploof: A Muffler For Your Marijuana. Nothing announces the fact that you’re smoking marijuana like the smell of the smoke. It’s instantly recognizable and can seemingly be smelled from miles away (it can’t, we’re just exaggerating for effect). Thankfully, some ganja genius somewhere came up with a way to mask the scent of weed smoke by passing it through a DIY-filter. If you’ve ever heard a car with a malfunctioning muffler, you know that they’re damn noisy. You can hear them coming from miles away (we’re not exaggerating this time). The muffler works to dampen the extreme noise by passing the sound waves through a set of perforated tubes. The perforations reflect the sound waves in such a way that they effectively cancel each other out. This makes the engine noise all but undetectable to the outside observer. The sploof works on the same principle only with smell instead of hearing. Instead of simply releasing the smoke from your joint or bong into the air, you’re going to exhale through the sploof. Inside the sploof, the smoke passes through a filtering agent (we’ll get to that shortly) where it loses its tell-tale odor. It sounds like high science, but don’t worry, the sploof is nowhere near as complicated or high-tech as your car’s muffler.
We’ll show you just how low-tech a sploof can actually get in a section below. But first, it would behoove us to talk about the etymology of the word sploof (that’s where the word came from for those of you tripping balls right now). The omniscient internet is decidedly vague about where exactly the term sploof came from so maybe it’s not as omniscient as we all thought. Regardless, it’s not hard to conceive of the word sploof as a portmanteau (a blend) of the words “spliff” and “spoof”.
Spliff is a word—possibly a portmanteau itself—of Caribbean origin that refers to a combination of tobacco and marijuana rolled into the shape of a joint , cigarette, or blunt . Spoof is a more familiar term that refers to a trick or a hoax played on someone as a joke. It’s easy to imagine one industrious spliff smoker (the genius mentioned earlier?) coming up with a way to mask the fact he was smoking marijuana by blowing his ganja smoke through a filter. And in proper marijuana fashion, this intrepid inventor gave his creation a name that would confound people to this day. It can be built from things found around the home or require a trip to the hardware store.