No matter how you choose to consume cannabis, it’s important to know how to store your weed so that it stays fresh. Cannabis can be purchased in bulk, but it must be dried and cured before storing it in a cool, dark place. Under the right conditions, cannabis can last for 6-12 months without losing its flavor or potency.
When it comes to storing weed, you need to be mindful of the elements that can affect its quality. Light, humidity, temperature and air can all degrade your weed, so it’s important to take measures to protect it. Here’s how each element affects your weed storage, and what you can do to prevent damage.
Light is detrimental to your weed. It causes the color to fade and the terpenes and cannabinoids to degrade. Even if you store your buds in heavy glass jars, UV rays will still penetrate. The best container for storage is an opaque one. If you prefer a container that allows you to see the contents, choose a brown glass container that resembles beer bottles. Brewers use these bottles because the brown color filters out visible and ultraviolet light. Keep the brown glass container away from direct light, as glass only effectively blocks 30% of UV rays.
When temperatures get too high, your herb can dry out and lose its flavor and smell. Terpenes are essential for taste and aroma, so it’s important to prevent them from evaporating. High temperatures also create an environment that is conducive to mold and mildew growth. Mold thrives in temperatures between 78 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit, so it’s important to store your cannabis in a cool, dark place. Some people recommend storing cannabis in the refrigerator, but experts advise against it because the fridge has a high moisture content due to the items stored there and possible spills.
A constant flow of air might not be the best way to keep your weed fresh. Oxygen affects the weed‘s viability. Too little air encourages mold and mildew growth, while too much accelerates degradation. Terpenes are oxidized by exposure to oxygen, which causes the weed to smell bad. It’s difficult to determine the optimal oxygen level, so it’s best to stop aeration completely. The best way to preserve weed is by vacuum sealing it. If you don’t have a vacuum sealer, the next best alternative is an airtight container that seals easily and whose lid stays tight. The container should also be the right size – avoid large containers for small amounts of weed. Avoid crowding the shoots, as this traps moisture and encourages mold growth.
It’s inevitable that every time you open your weed container, some air will get in. This increases the oxygen levels in the container. To reduce the amount of degradation, open the container less often and keep it in a dark, cool place. If your weed isn’t cured, it will degrade THC into CBN. CBN is a cannabinoid that doesn’t have any psychoactive effects. All of these changes decrease the potency of the weed.
Cannabis is susceptible to damage from humidity, so it’s important to keep it free of moisture. However, you can’t allow the cannabis to get too dry, because this will degrade the cannabinoids and terpenes. To regulate the humidity, use a salt-based moisture control sachet in the container. This will help maintain the relative humidity between 0.55 and 0.65. You can also get a cannabis humidifier box, which is specially designed to maintain adequate humidity. Just be careful not to store your weed in a cigar humidor. These are usually lined with cedar wood, which contains oils that enhance the flavor of cigars. However, these oils are destructive to marijuana. Cigar humidors also have propylene glycol or sponges to help maintain a high humidity for tobacco. This level of humidity is harmful to cannabis. If your herb is too dehydrated, use a moisture control pack to reintroduce moisture. Although moisture does not bring back lost terpenes, it prevents the smoke from being too harsh.
If you want to make your weed last, follow these simple tips. Kannabu always has high quality options for you to choose from.