The Best Ways to Store Your Cannabis Stash
Monday July 9, 2018
A ccording to a study published in the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, cannabinoids can remain stable for up to two years if they’ve been cured and stored properly. Of course, proper cannabis storage requires more than just throwing a rolled-up sandwich bag in your underwear drawer; for the best long-term cannabis storage, you need to create the perfect environment.
Elements That Will Degrade Your Weed
To understand how to store your weed for the long run, it’s important to understand just what it is that will kill your bud’s buzz in the first place.
Though proper curing is the first step for long-term cannabis storage, there are a few other factors to consider, too. Here are the most common things that can degrade your weed along with what to do to stop it.
There are many factors that can lead to the degradation of cannabis flower, but the biggest factor that will degrade your cannabinoids is light.
In the same way harsh UV rays will make the paint color on your car look dull or add highlights to your summertime hair, so too will it burn up the most valuable compounds in your cannabis plant, cannabinoids and terpenes. To avoid an untimely loss of these important chemicals, keep your cannabis in opaque containers away from a direct light source.
Another big factor in long-term cannabis storage is oxygen level. Too much oxygen can speed the degradation process whereas too little can alter humidity levels which can cause mold or mildew. Though the best way to protect your cannabis from long-term oxygen exposure is to vacuum seal it, it’s not always an option for those of us who don’t keep vacuum sealers lying around the house.
One of the best solutions to airtight cannabis storage is jars that seal easily and completely (no snapping Tupperware lids, here).
When choosing an airtight storage container, be sure to choose the right size. Even if there is no air flowing into the jar, excess oxygen that becomes trapped in the jar can still degrade the product. We suggest using containers that can hold your cannabis easily without much room to spare and without crowding the buds to help prevent humidity from becoming trapped in the container.
Mold loves moisture, so to prevent it, you have to keep your bud dry. But quality bud can’t get too dry without causing terpenes and cannabinoids to degrade. Hence the importance of maintaining proper humidity levels for long-term cannabis storage, ideally between 59 and 63 RH (relative humidity or the amount of moisture in the air relative to what it can hold). The best (and cheapest) way to do this is with the use of humidity control solutions like Evergreen Pods.
Evergreen Pods are the first ever patented, reusable two-way humidifying capsules, containing specially formulated materials to absorb or discharge moisture as needed. The Evergreen Pod keeps your cannabis flower at the perfect humidity level for optimum taste and potency. All you need to do is place a pod (pictured above) on the top of a mason jar lid and let it go to work! With proper maintenance, Evergreen Pods can last up to five years!
High temperatures can cause buds to dry out and terpenes to evaporate, resulting in harsh smoke and an unpleasant flavor. Because mold and mildew thrive at temperatures between 78 and 86 degrees, the ideal storage temperature for cannabis must be below this threshold. Though most people recommend simply storing cannabis in a “cool, dark location,” choosing the right environment to meet these criteria is a bit more complex.
For example, a cool, dark location could be a refrigerator to some, while others advise against it due to its increased moisture content. Likewise, while some people store cannabis in the freezer (to either store for the long-haul or in preparation to make a little bubble hash), the freezing temperatures can cause the delicate trichomes to burst and lose potency. Therefore, the best place to store cannabis may simply be a closet in a basement or dark corner.
Other Important Things to Keep in Mind When Storing Cannabis
So you think you’ve created the perfect environment for long-term cannabis storage, eh? Not so fast. Even if you’ve adjusted for the typical elements that can degrade weed, there are a few other things to consider, as well.
The storage container matters:
Use appropriate materials for moisture control:
Store flower separate from other cannabis products:
Do not use a tobacco humidor:
Whether you’re an infrequent smoker or just want to hang on to some of the tasty bud you picked up from the dispensary, proper cannabis storage will ensure your stash lasts for many months to come.
Do you have a favorite method for long-term cannabis storage? We’d love to hear about it!
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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 вЂ” at least an eighth, or maybe a quarter вЂ” 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 вЂ” right? вЂ” 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 вЂ” or “shake” вЂ” 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 вЂ” 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 вЂ” 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 вЂ” 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 вЂ” 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 вЂ” and your marijuanaВ 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 вЂ” at least an eighth, or maybe a quarter вЂ” meaningвЂ¦