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The best ways to store marijuana: Containers, ideal conditions and more

So, you’ve figured out how to get a medical cardВ for marijuana, or just walked into a legal recreational pot shop. You’ve settled on how and where to smoke (or vape) it. You’ve bought a good amount — at least an eighth, or maybe a quarter — meaning you’re not going to burn through it all in a night. You’ve had a joint’s worth or two, and that’s plenty for the moment. В В В

What do you do with the rest of it?

Weed storage was once bound up with secrecy: Successfully hiding it from your dorm’s RA or some other meddling authority figure often took precedence over the actual manner of containment. I myself used to keep it in a Ziploc bag stuffed into a hollowed-out part of an easy chair (my mom found it anyway). But given that marijuanaВ can deteriorate in certain conditions, and the increased openness of weed use as legalization marches on, it’s probably time to figure out some better solutions. Here’s what you need to know about storing your bud to give it the longest possible shelf life.

The ideal conditions for marijuanaВ storage В В

First off, you need to keep marijuanaВ in something. I’m sure nobody is just leaving it in a pile on their desk — right? — because that’ll dry it out, making the smoke incredibly harsh. Even in a plastic baggie, the preferred container for black market dealers, weed will be brittle in a month or so. The plastic jars you get from dispensaries aren’t much better, according to Thrillist, since their “static charge can fry succulent trichomes,” frosty little hairs that carry a great deal of THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana.В

Instead of treating your weed like any other medicine, start thinking of it as what it is: an herb. Much like the stuff you use to season your cooking, marijuanaВ does best in the dark (light is part of what makes your weed dry when you leave it out), relative coolness (heat will dry it out as well), and, perhaps counterintuitively, a dry atmosphere (moisture promotes mold, which nobody wants and is dangerous to consume), though, of course, not tooВ dry.В

You also want to limit oxygen exposure and your own physical contact with the buds, as both will accelerate the crumbling of those nice, firm buds into a fine powder — or “shake” — that some find unpleasant to smoke. В В

Best containers for storing marijuana

Now that we have a sense of what it takes to keep your weed fresh, flavorful and potent, the question remains: What exactly do you put it in?

The first answer is obvious to anyone who has stepped into a pot shop or medical dispensary — glass jars. Whenever you buy loose weed, it’s coming out of a sealable glass jar, which cuts down on oxygen exposure and helps maintain stable humidity. Bonus points if you can get one with an airtight lid, available for cheap at any number of homeware stores.В

High TimesВ also notes that you can go for a darker tint on the glass to protect your stash from the sun, and shouldn’t have too much extra spaceВ in the jar, lest the additional air dry the buds out. Overall, this is probably the simplest, safest bet for storage.

Of course, when it comes to marijuana, some people will always prefer to go high-end. That’s where a brand like Infinity Jars comes in. For a few extra bucks, you can keep your weed in a leakproof, smellproof glass jar specifically designed to block out all visible light, thereby extending freshness and potency for longer periods. If you want a true vacuum seal, plus some additional color options, check out the jars from Tightvac.

The jar itself doesn’t have to be placed anywhere in particular — a shelf where it won’t be subject to temperature fluctuations or direct sunlight works just fine.

OK, but what if I want to get really fancy?

You’re in luck. So far we’ve looked at jars that make great weed containers, but now we’ll consider some products that do more than keep out air and light.

One brand name that comes up often here is CVault. These stainless steel, food-grade storage containers come in a variety of sizes and feature several sturdy clamps for the utmost security. They also come with humidifier packets that some stoners claim will rejuvenate your bud even if it’s already dried out.В

Like all the containers discussed above, however, the CVault wasn’t developed with marijuanaВ in mind. For the true connoisseur with cash to burn, you can go for the ultimate in weed luxury: a cannabis humidor. For a couple hundred bucks, you can get set up with a Cannador — a sleek wooden box with all the right cups and drawers for customized storage as well as a humidity sensor that ensures the right moisture ratio. With another accessory, you can even sync the Cannador to your smartphone to monitor humidity and temperature. Nerd alert!

Is this overkill? Maybe. But it’s also pretty darn cool.

Where you definitely shouldn’t keep your weed

A lot of marijuanaВ storage is just common sense. Don’t leave it where kids or pets or mooching roommates can get into it, obviously. Probably don’t wrap it up in aluminum foil and tuck it under your mattress, either. Unless you’re desperate.

Yet there’s one storage strategy stoners have been using for years in the mistaken belief that it will keep their marijuanaВ fresher for longer: putting in the the refrigerator or the freezer. You’d think that, in the same way the fridge prolongs the edibility of fruit, veggies, meat and dairy, it might preserve marijuana’s integrity — when in fact it does the opposite.

Cold actually degradesВ THC and other cannabinoids, and the constant changes in temperature and humidity makes things even worse. The freezer can additionallyВ separate the trichomes (those THC-rich hairs) from the pot itself by crystallizing them into ice-like particles that break off the bud, which is bad news for anybody looking to get high with those nugs. Nevertheless, the myth that you should freeze your weed persists across the internet.

Good thing you know better — and your marijuana will last that much longer.

So, you’ve figured out how to get a medical cardВ for marijuana, or just walked into a legal recreational pot shop. You’ve settled on how and where to smoke (or vape) it. You’ve bought a good amount — at least an eighth, or maybe a quarter — meaning…

The Best Types of Containers for Keeping Your Weed Fresh

Keeping your weed fresh will help it go a long way.

by Jenn Keeler – August 6, 2020

Why is keeping your weed fresh important? Because smoking weed that’s all dried and crusty isn’t enjoyable. Dried out weed makes for a harsher smoke, which not only can influence the taste but can also make your throat feel like you swallowed a porcupine.

So, how do you keep weed as fresh as possible? Fortunately, it’s not too hard. It begins with understanding what makes good weed go bad – pretty much all elements of nature, including light, moisture, and air. Thus, in order to keep your weed fresh, you must protect it from these elements. And you can do this by:

Getting a good glass jar

Some people opt to buy glass jars designed specifically for storing pot. Others take whatever they can find – a sugar canister, an old jelly jar, a mason jar (just be sure to dump out the moonshine!). The type of jar isn’t as important as the circulation – it must be airtight!

As previously mentioned, air is one of the elements that dries out cannabis. The reason it does this is because of evaporation. Cannabis contains a certain level of moisture and air induces evaporation, causing your buds to dry up. Have you ever experienced dry skin after spending time outside on a windy day? It’s the same concept – air dries out cannabis just as it does skin.

Glass works where other material fails because it doesn’t change – it doesn’t leak compounds or allow the temperature to fluctuate. This isn’t to say no air is introduced into the jar – each time you uncap the lid, oxygen enters. In other words, if you’re opening the jar every five minutes to check in with your buds, you’re not doing Mary Jane any favors. Only open it when you’re taking weed out or putting weed in. And make sure your jar is size appropriate. If you have a small amount of weed, use a small jar.

Glass does have a major fault – it’s not immune to light. So be sure to store your glass jar somewhere dark (like a cupboard or basement shelf). Refrain from keeping it in a shed or garage – you don’t want to store it where it might get too hot. Don’t put it near a heater, either.

Glass Alternatives

Metal

Metal is a suitable alternative to glass. But, again, the seal matters: it must be airtight in order to be sufficient. Titanium is most recommended. The reason is that titanium won’t change the flavor of the weed, turning it metallic. Like with glass, be sure that your metal jar (or box) is kept somewhere dark and away from heat.

Avoid plastic

Plastic is not recommended for weed storage because of its moldability – it does leak chemicals that can change the flavor of weed (or the flavor of anything else). Even cookies stored in Tupperware start to take on a plastic taste if stored long enough. Storing weed in a pencil box for twenty-minutes while your RA conducts room inspections probably won’t hurt anything, but avoid it for anything long-term.

Try a cannabis humidor

Sure, humidors are “so cigar” but they work for cannabis too. A humidor, as the name insinuates, help control humidity, something highly important to cannabis. Humidity acts opposite of air – it doesn’t dry out weed, but it leaves it too moist. And that sets the stage for mold.

Moldy weed is a different ballgame than weed that is simply dried out. The former can be unhealthy for you, especially if you smoke moldy weed routinely. Inhaling mold spores can exacerbate conditions you may already have (things like asthma) while leaving you more prone to lung infections (like pneumonia).

A humidor doesn’t solve the problem of moldy weed entirely – there’s always a chance that the weed was moldy when you bought it. But it does help you control humidity, which will prevent healthy cannabis from growing mold. The best humidity levels are over 50 percent but less than 70 percent.

Of note, most cigar humidors maintain humidity levels higher than what is recommend for cannabis. If you’re using a cigar humidor to store your weed, keep this in mind – it’s probably already programmed at levels higher than you want.

Not putting weed in the refrigerator or freezer

Back in college, when we were young and dumb, weed was stored in the mini-fridge as a routine – heck, if you wanted to keep things fresh, that’s where it went! Some people (i.e. my parents) even put batteries in the fridge or freezer.

But these places are not ideal for cannabis. The freezer is especially bad as it can cause the weed to lose its trichomes, which are essentially the heart of the cannabis plant. The reason the freezer does this is that it causes the flowers to freeze, crystalizing the trichomes and allowing them to break off. This breakage not only lessens the benefits of cannabis, but it can also make it taste funny.

Overall, when storing cannabis, it’s best to keep it in a dark, cool place (but not freezing) free from too much air or too much humidity. Make sure you don’t store it somewhere it may be exposed to periodic heat, such as in the kitchen cupboard above your oven. If you can do all this, you should be able to keep your pot good to go for an extended period of time. Long live the leaf.

The Best Containers for Organizing Your Cannabis Stash

If you plan to store cannabis, it is important to consider these variables so that you can enjoy the most potent version of your medicine for the longest duration of time. Cannabis is best stored in an airtight container placed in a cool, dark room or box, and with a relative humidity (RH) level between 55% and 62%. Cannabis should never be frozen because the cannabinoid-laden trichomes will become brittle and break off. Cannabis also should not be placed in sandwich bags or tin cans. The bags create static that pulls away at the trichomes and the cans let in too much air. Degradation is inevitable, but choosing the right storage container can slow down the process. Here are 6 of the best containers on the market.

1. Cannador – $169-$318

The Cannador is one of the best cannabis storage containers you can get. Aesthetically, the wooden box is simple, elegant, and discreet. Practically, the mahogany interior provides natural humidity control and resistance to swelling. The boxes come with airtight glass cups meant to keep strains separated and that fit perfectly in the wooden box. Depending on the size (from 2 strains to 9 strains), the Cannador comes with either an additional drawer or a nook in the interior for your various accoutrements. The box also comes with a lock and two keys which makes it just that much more secure.

2. SneakGuard – $69.95

With its discreet, smell proof, security, moisture-reducing, and light shielding features, the SneakGuard protects cannabis from every threat. The container’s vaccum system is air-tight, keeping oxygen out and potency in. The SneakGuard is also built with humiddicant holders that keep moisture at safe levels. Odors are sealed into the container because of its dual airtight seals and built in vacuum system. The container’s opaque construction keeps cannabis out of sight, light away from cannabis, and curious eyes out of your business. Finally, the SneakGuard can only be opened with a four-digit code, making it one of the most secure containers on the market.

3. The 4 Strain Apothecarry Case – $259

The Apothecarry Case was clearly designed with the chic, experienced, and discreet consumer in mind. The hardwood case boasts an elegant, rustic design. The box is locked with both a code combination and a key lock, making this a child, pet, and nosey stranger secure cannabis case. The case is separated into two sections to prevent odors from resin spilling over into fresh flower. One side is designed to hold strains and concentrates, the other is meant to hold your tools. The case comes equipped with airtight glass containers and a metal grinder. The glass containers are designed to keep RH levels at 62%. They also come with reusable labels. The container also includes a metal dab stick and food grade silicone dab jars suitable for holding concentrates and waxes. The designers of this box truly thought of everything.

4. Re:stash Jar – $19-$25

BPA free, UV-resistant, eco-friendly, child-resistant, and smell proof, this American manufactured jar has given the mason jar the perfect upgrade for the cannabis consumer. The Re:stash Jar is made with 30% farm waste, which sounds kind of gross, but totally great for the environment. The jar is shielded from light by an opaque silicon koozie with varying designs. In addition to the light protection, the koozie is a great addition to any wide mouthed jar containing a beverage best insulated. It’s also microwave and dishwasher safe. The child proof lid and discreet nature of this container make it a secure and cost-effective option for cannabis storage. The jars come in 4 oz, 8, oz, 12, oz, and 16 oz sizes.

Nobody likes to smoke dried up, crusty weed. Here are some jar tips for making sure your stash stays as fresh as possible, as long as possible.