When you pick up a new stash of cannabis, you can’t wait to enjoy a freshly cured batch of perfectly ripe buds as soon as you get home. However, over time, that same stash can take a turn for the worse in various ways.
Proper storage of marijuana is important to maintain potency. How you approach this process and decide to store your stash will be the difference bewteen enjoying those same nugs months down the road or having to buy a new batch.
The following are several elements that can degrade your cannabis:
- Light - Considered the biggest factor that will degrade cannabinoids, the harsh UV rays can burn up the most potent compounds in your pot.
- Air - Too much oxygen can accelerate the degradation process, while too little can change the humidity levels that can result in mildew or mold.
- Moisture - Mold thrives in moist conditions, so you need to keep the bud dry to prevent it. However, you don’t want to get your cannabis too dry without causing cannabinoids and terpenes to degrade.
- Temperatures - Increased temperatures can cause buds to dry out and terpenes to evaporate, which can lead to a harsh smoking experience and undesirable taste. Remember, mold and mildew can develop when it’s between 78 and 86 degrees in temperature.
The best way to store your buds is in an airtight mason jar that has a good seal. Often used to store a variety of fruits, vegetables, and other items, they are available in almost any hardware or container store.
By contrast, cheap plastic sandwich bags are can make your pot susceptible to crushing with any movement of the bag, whether it’s in your pocket or inside of a bag. Plus plastic bags, even sealable ones, do not keep the odors inside the container, resulting in security and stealth issues.
Plastic containers can encourage sweating. Ensure they are opaque containers to keep out the light.
Make sure you choose a proper size for the amounts of cannabis you plan to store. Too much extra space means extra air can end up drying out your buds quicker.
Store the jar in a cool, dark place--ideally below room temperature. Extremely cold environments can dissipate the moisture, which means the refrigerator and freezer are not an option. When you freeze cannabis, potent trichomes will turn into tiny icicles that make them stiff and brittle, potentially causing them to break or fall off the buds.
Avoid storing your jars in cabinets located directly above heating appliances such as an oven, microwave, or even a refrigerator.
Do not keep other cannabis products in the same container as your flower. Lighters, pipes, and other paraphernalia could cause the stench to absorb in your cannabis, causing a less-than-desirable taste when you consume it.
In order to protect the potency and taste of your herb for long periods of time, smart storage is absolutely necessary.
For more information about storage practices or our cannabis containers, contact The Station in Boulder, CO today.