Buying items in bulk is cheap, sustainable and less wasteful. It encourages conscious shopping, reduces shipping costs and ensures you only buy what you need. Many people do their shopping in bulk, and when they buy weed, it’s no different. However, with a large batch of herb comes the challenge of storing it and preserving its freshness. Even when you don’t buy a large batch, you may need to store a joint or two for later. The grass needs to be as fresh as when you bought it.
The general rule of thumb when storing marijuana is that it must be dried and cured before storing it in a cool, dry place. Under the right conditions, there is no definitive expiration date for the weed. It can last for 6 to 12 months before it starts to lose its unique flavor or lose its potency.
That said, storage isn’t as easy as stuffing the weed into a bag and putting it away in a dark drawer. The environment must have particular characteristics to support this longevity.
The last storage tip
The secret to properly storing your weed is to protect it from the elements. Light, humidity, temperature and air affect your weed quality, limiting your enjoyment of quality marijuana. See how each element affects your weed storage, and learn ways to protect your weed against them.
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The Bane of Light
Light is your weed’s biggest enemy. It consists of hard rays that dull the color of your weed and burn off its terpenes and cannabinoids. Even if you store the buds in heavy glass jars, UV rays will continue to penetrate. You may have mason jars at your disposal, but the best container is an opaque one.
If you insist on 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.
Keep Your Temperature in Check
When temperatures get so high, your herb can dry out too much and evaporate the terpenes in it. Without terpenes, you are smoking weed which produces a tasteless, tasteless smoke. High temperatures also create heat that encourages mold and mildew growth. Mold grows when the temperature varies between 78 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Therefore, store your cannabis at a temperature below this range.
Experts advise that the ideal storage space would be a cool, dark place, and for some people, a refrigerator fits this description. Unfortunately, the fridge has a high moisture content due to the items stored there and possible spills. Therefore, do not keep your herb in the fridge.
Air and the Perils of Oxidization
I’d assume a constant flow of air would keep your weed crispy and tight, but not really. The air contains oxygen, which affects the viability of the weed. Too little air increases moisture in the weed and container, encouraging mold and mildew growth. Too much air accelerates the degradation process. Exposure to oxygen oxidizes terpenes, causing the weed to smell like grass or hay. Since it would be difficult to determine the optimal oxygen level, it is best to stop aeration completely. The best way to preserve the weed is to vacuum seal it.
Unfortunately, not many people have a vacuum sealer around. The next best alternative is to store your herb in an airtight container that seals easily and whose lid stays tight. The container should also be the right size, so even if it doesn’t let in air, there isn’t much air trapped inside the enclosed space. Do not store a small amount of weed in a large container. Also, avoid crowding the shoots. Crowding traps moisture and encourages mold growth.
Inevitably, whenever you pop the lid to catch some weed, some air will enter the container. The air intake introduces more oxygen into the container. Reduce the frequency of opening the container. Also avoid opening your container in highly ventilated or windy areas.
Be aware that weed degradation due to exposure to air and light also changes the chemical composition of the cannabinoids in the weed. Converts THCA from cured weed to THC. If your weed is not cured and has THC, it also deteriorates into cannabinol (CBN). CBN is a cannabinoid that is not psychoactive. All these changes significantly reduce the potency of the weed.
The Corrosive Effect of Humidity
Humidity is highly destructive to your cannabis. Avoid it at all costs. You must ensure that the weed is always free of moisture. However, you cannot allow cannabis to dry out too much, because dryness degrades cannabinoids and terpenes. Use a salt-based moisture control sachet to regulate the humidity in the container. Salt-based control sachets help maintain optimal storage conditions in the container, keeping the relative humidity between 0.55 and 0.65.
You can also get a cannabis humidifier box, a box specially designed to maintain adequate humidity. There are humidifier boxes of various capacities and designs on the market. But, be careful not to store your weed in a cigar humidor. This type of box is usually lined with cedar wood that contains oils to enhance the cigar’s flavor, but these oils are destructive to marijuana. Cigar humidors also have propylene glycol or sponges to help maintain a high humidity for the 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.
In general, your weed will not last forever. Over time, its molecular structure changes as the weed is increasingly exposed to light, heat, moisture, and air. The aroma and potency degrade over time. However, controlling the exposure of the weed to these elements helps to prolong its useful life. This way, you always enjoy your high quality weed. Since you can preserve the weed, get some of the best weeds from Get Kush. We have a wide range of cannabis and cannabis products.