Proper storage of cannabis is a must if you want your buds to maintain their quality. Otherwise, the chances are your stash will be exposed to various elements such as fluctuating humidity levels, extreme temperatures, and light or air, all of which can reduce your weed’s potency and freshness.
Unfortunately, occasional tokers, seasoned growers and avid consumers sometimes neglect these factors and end up with improperly stored brown and crumbly buds. While some people may prefer to consume their weed this way, these buds have a lower potency and a rather different smell and taste than the properly stored ones.
Luckily, cannabis packaging has come a long way in recent years. Storing weed has actually become very easy and cheap which means you don’t need to spend a lot of money on special equipment to retain your buds’ quality.
Here are a few things you need to remember to keep your cannabis fresh for the long term.
Don’t use plastic bags
Using plastic bags is a common mistake many consumers make when storing their weed. The thing with plastic is that it tends to have a static charge that causes trichomes to fall off the buds and stick to the sides of the container. This way your buds will reduce their potency, lose their smell and even dry out and brittle.
Therefore, your best option is to use either a wooden weed stash box or a glass mason jar as they are the most effective and will maintain your cannabis’ quality for a longer period of time. Some wooden containers may even feature a rechargeable bead system which will ensure your buds stay fresh and long-lasting.
Keep it in a cool and dark place
Whether hot or cold, the extreme temperature can significantly affect your buds’ quality. High temperatures can dry out your flower and evaporate sensitive terpenes while the low temperatures are more prone to mold and mildew, which are the nemeses of healthy cannabis. The ideal temperature to store your weed is around 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius).
Also, make sure you keep your weed out of direct sunlight because the UV rays are just as damaging to your cannabis as they are to humans. They can degrade the buds and even lead to cannabinoid deterioration. The best place where you can store them is in a closet or a pantry.
Reduce exposure to air and humidity
One of the biggest enemies of cannabis is moisture. Too much of it can make your buds susceptible to mold while too little moisture will dry them out and weaken their structure. Therefore, the ideal humidity level at which you may store your stash without worrying about it is somewhere between 59% and 63% RH (relative humidity).
Also, make sure you don’t expose your flower to air because that way you will allow in more light and moisture. When the buds are placed in an airtight container like glass jars, they will be able to maintain their potency, freshness and quality. They will also help contain smells and prevent the buds from getting crushed during handling.
Avoid the freezer or refrigerator
Another common mistake many consumers make when storing their weed is that they keep it in the freezer or refrigerator. However, this is completely wrong because the cool temperatures are more likely to destroy your cannabis. The condensation in the fridge is very bad for marijuana, encouraging mold and mildew, and the freezer will damage the structural integrity of your cannabis, turning it to mush.
The freezing temperatures and increased humidity can further make your flower less potent and less flavorful because of the precious trichomes which will begin to freeze and break off.
In order to maintain the quality, potency and freshness of marijuana, it is important that you store it properly. Your stash must always be kept in an airtight container, placed in a dark place and maintained at a balanced temperature to prevent the occurrence of mold and mildew as well as not allow for the buds to dry out, break and brittle.
If you aren’t sure how to do this, remember to refer back to our post and learn about the proper ways of storing your marijuana to always keep it fresh and potent.