Some (read: most) people, probably think of cannabis as a “smoke it and forget it” kind of herb. But if you want to make yours last, there are a few things you need to know.
First of all, proper storage is key! Second of all – there’s no second of all, just make sure you store your cannabis properly and it will last a lot longer. Here’s how:
The Different Containers To Store The Buds
You’ve probably seen your favourite strain kept in all kinds of containers, from Ziploc bags to mylar bags to Tupperware. The list goes on. But which one is the best?
The answer is:
1. Mason Jars
Mason jars are the most popular for a reason – they’re cheap, easy to find, and do a great job of keeping your buds fresh. They’re airtight, which is important for storage, and they come in a variety of sizes so you can store as much or as little as you need. Just make sure you don’t keep your glass jar in direct sunlight since they’re transparent and all.
If you got money to spend, we’d suggest getting a humidor. Humidors are made specifically for storing herbs (tobacco, cigars etc), and they do a great job of keeping your buds fresh and preventing them from drying out. They’re airtight and usually made of wood. But, you need to make sure you get the right wood so your humidor doesn’t mess with the flavor.
3. Titanium Jars
Metal containers aren’t usually the best idea since they can interact with the bud and change the flavor. But titanium is an exception. It’s a non-reactive metal that does a great job of keeping your purple buds fresh. Plus, it’s basically indestructible, so you don’t have to worry about accidentally breaking it if you take a few too many puffs.
4. Plastic Bags
Fair from being a good solution, plastic bags should be your last resort. We only recommend using them if you’re going to be storing your weed for a short period of time (a day or two), and if you’re sure the bag is airtight. Otherwise, your herb will dry out quickly and lose its potency.
How To Properly Store The Buds And Keep Them Fresh?
Now that we’ve talked a little bit about the containers to keep your buds in, let’s talk about the best way to store them. To make sure we provide you with good tips, we’ve seemed guidance from our Runtz strain friends, over at runtz-strain.com, so you can rest assured you’re getting your tips from the pros!
1. Keep Them Away From Light
It’s essential that you keep your cannabis away from light, whether it’s direct sunlight or artificial light. Light (especially UV light) is one of the main factors that speeds up the degradation process, so you want to make sure your weed is stored in a dark place.
If you can’t, we’d suggest staying away from transparent containers, like mason jars, and going for something opaque instead.
2. Keep Them Away From The Fridge
Your herb isn’t casserole leftovers so keep them away from the fridge. The fridge is too humid and too cold for cannabis, and the sudden change in temperature can damage your buds. It’ll make them brittle, so you can be certain that those lovely trichomes will pop off the bud and you’ll end up puffing on a subpar joint.
3. Keep The Air Exposure To The Minimum
Just like light, the air is one of the main enemies of fresh cannabis. The more air exposure your weed gets, the quicker it will dry out and lose its potency. Both cannabinoids and terpenes will degrade quickly, so you want to make sure your weed is stored in an airtight container.
This will also prevent it from picking up any unwanted smells from its surroundings that will alter its taste and smell.
4. Keep The Temperature Constant
As for the temperature, we’d say keep your stash below 74 degrees Fahrenheit (23 degrees Celsius for our metric-loving friends). Now, contrary to popular opinion, 74+ degrees won’t dry out your buds. What it will do is promote mold and mildew growth. So, if you want to keep your weed fresh and mold-free, make sure the temperature is constant and doesn’t go above 74 degrees.
As for the ideal range, we’d say keep yours at about 65 degrees Fahrenheit (18 degrees Celsius). But, if you can’t, anything between 60 and 70 degrees should do the trick.
5. Keep The Humidity Optimal
Finally, you’ll want to keep the humidity optimal. As you can imagine, high humidity will promote mold and mildew growth, while low humidity will dry out your weed. The ideal range is between 54% and 63% RH (relative humidity).
Now, this won’t be achievable on its own, so you might have to invest in some humidity packs to keep your White runtz strain nice and smooth.
The Benefits Of Proper Cannabis Storage
Finally, let’s talk about the benefits of proper cannabis storage. Even though it might seem like a lot of work (and it can be), it’s worth it when you consider all the benefits:
1. Keep Your Cannabis Fresh For A Longer Period Of Time
The first and arguably the most obvious benefit is that it’ll keep your weed fresh for a longer period of time. If you store your cannabis properly, you can expect it to stay fresh for up to six months.
2. Get More Potent Buds
You could get the best, but if you don’t store them properly, they won’t be as potent as they could be. When you store your weed in the right conditions, it’ll retain more cannabinoids and terpenes, which translates to really good smoking sessions.
3. Preserve The Flavor And Aroma Of Your Cannabis
Keeping them properly stored will preserve the flavor and aroma of your weed. If you store your buds in the fridge, for example, the sudden drop in temperature can damage the trichomes and make your weed taste bland, or even worse – like that cheese you keep in the fridge even though you’ll never eat it.
4. Protect Your Buds From Pests And Mold
Who wants moldy weed? Nobody, that’s who. If you store your weed properly, you won’t have to worry about pests or mold ruining your stash.
There you have it! Those are our tips on how to store your weed properly!
Just remember – light, air, temperature, and humidity are the four horsemen of the apocalypse when it comes to cannabis freshness. So, keep up with our tips and don’t hog the blunt!