How To Find The Best Storage
Are you guilty of keeping your weed in a plastic sandwich bag? While plastic bags can keep weed good for a few days, it is not a great storage solution. Proper storage will keep your weed fresher, making it taste better and retain more of its potency. Plus, proper storage will allow you to keep your weed stored for much longer— up to two years! If you want to be a proper smoker, you will need all of the smoking accessories to make it happen. This guide will tell you everything you need to know about how to properly store your weed.
Most Important Storage Factors
When it comes to storing marijuana, there are a few specific factors that reign supreme in importance. These factors are temperature, light, humidity, and air control.
Marijuana should not be kept in high temperatures, anything above 75° Fahrenheit will cause it to mold and mildew. In fact, it's best to keep your herb at or below 68° for it to retain its full potency. On the other end of the spectrum, marijuana can be stored at as low as 33° before you start experiencing problems. Temperature is the easiest factor to get right and that's partly because we tend to keep our houses in the ideal range. One pro tip if you want to squeeze your weed out for all its worth is to store your weed on the lowest floor of your house. If you have a basement, for example, this is good storage space as it tends to be cooler down there than on the upper levels.
Light may be the most important factor you need to control; light exposure degrades the cannabinoid and terpenes which ruins the potency of your herb. Do not set your weed on a windowsill, under a lamp, or anywhere else it's exposed to light. Instead, opt for the inside of a drawer or a dark place in your closet.
Humidity is tricky, too much and you'll have moldy gross weed, too little and you will cause the degradation of your weed’s terpenes. Basically, too dry of a storage space will quickly age your marijuana and cause you to smoke it very soon or lose out on its effect while too moist of a storage space will cause mold and turn your weed dank (not smokable). The ideal humidity range is between 55 and 63 percent; the easiest way to achieve this is through products like humidity packets that can automatically infuse the correct amount of moisture.
4- Air Control
By air control, we really mean oxygen control, oxygen is not great for any type of storage, including marijuana. Just like you need to squeeze the air out of bags that you are storing food in, and similar to how you use chip clips and other devices to seal off exposure to the air in chip bags, you need to reduce the oxygen when storing marijuana too. To do this, opt for airtight storage containers like glass mason jars. Additionally, try not to leave too much headspace, if you only store small amounts of herb at a time don't buy a giant jar.
Myths About Storing Cannabis
As with most things, there are always myths that float around and get in the way of correct information. Myths about storing cannabis are plentiful, it's important to identify the common ones so you don't fall for them down the road.
It can be put in a plastic bag
Storing weed in a plastic bag is the most popular option nowadays, and while this might be convenient, you don't realize how bad this is for your weed until you switch to a better storage option. Plastic bags rid your herb of trichomes and ultimately its potency and taste…just don't do it.
Weed can be Frozen to Maintain Freshness
Remember from the temperature section that weed needs to be stored above 33° at the bare minimum. Freezing weed might seem like a good idea (I mean it keeps most things fresh) but it's not, the freezing air will cause the trichomes to become brittle and break off. Plus, believe it or not, freezing air can actually cause mold growth.
You Can Use a Tobacco Humidor
Using a tobacco humidor is a no-go, they are made from cedarwood and will completely ruin the taste of your weed. Instead, buy humidors that are specifically made for cannabis and are made from mahogany rather than cedarwood.
Good Storage Options
Glass Mason Jars
Glass mason jars are a great and convenient option for storing weed. They have an airtight seal that keeps your herb fresh by reducing outside oxygen and moisture. As for temperature, simply place the jar in an ideal location, the same goes for controlling light exposure. You can also just throw a dark sheet over the top of the jar if you don't want to have to keep it in the depths of the closet just to avoid light. One thing to keep in mind is that it's important to fill the jar at least 3/4th of the way (reduces amount of air), so it might be a good idea to opt for a smaller jar if you aren't storing a lot (or have multiple sizes for all occasions). Mason jars are extremely cheap and do an adequate job of protecting your weed from harmful environments, they are indeed a good option.
Specific-Made Marijuana Storage Containers
Aside from mason jars, plenty of companies are now creating storage containers with marijuana in mind. These containers can come with a bunch of different features, for example, common to a lot of them is some kind of humidity control. These containers are also more stylish than a glass mason jar, they can be fun to show off to friends when beginning a session. Many of these containers even have odor-blocking technology. If you or someone you live with dislikes the smell of weed this can be a great option since it will prevent any odors from leaking out its container. Overall, specific-made storage containers are great because they have all the bells and whistles but do keep in mind that they are more expensive than a mason jar and not necessarily better (just easier for you!)
If there is one single thing that you take from this blog, let it be that you need a better storage solution than plastic bags. Plastic bags are not proper storage and proper storage is so important for maintaining the quality of your weed. Whatever you opt for instead, make sure that your herb is kept in the ideal temperature range, ideal humidity range, away from light, and sealed off from outside oxygen. Best of luck with your cannabis storage, enjoy always having fresh and potent marijuana within arm’s reach!