The Ultimate Storage Tip
The secret to storing your herb correctly is to protect it from the elements. Light, moisture, temperature, and air affect your cannabis quality, limiting your enjoyment of quality Cannabis. See how each element affects your cannabis stash, and learn ways to shield your herb from them.
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Light is the biggest enemy to your cannabis. It has harsh rays that dull the colour of your cannabis and burn its terpenes and cannabinoids. Even if you store the buds in heavy glass jars, the UV rays will still penetrate. You may have mason jars at your disposal, but the better container is an opaque one.
If you insist on a container that will allow you to see the contents, choose a brown glass container resembling beer bottles. Brewers use these bottles because the brown colour filters out the visible, ultraviolet light. Keep the brown container away from direct sunlight because the glass only effectively blocks 30 percent of the UV rays.
When the temperatures go so high up, your cannabis may dry out too much and evaporate the terpenes in it. Without terpenes, you will be smoking cannabis that produces harsh flavourless smoke. High temperatures also create warmth that encourages mould and mildew growth. Mould grows when the temperature ranges between 78 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Therefore, store your cannabis at a temperature lower than this range.
Experts advise that the ideal storage space would be a cool dark place, and to some people, a refrigerator meets this description. Unfortunately, the fridge has high moisture content due to the items stored there and possible spillages. Therefore, do not keep your cannabis in the refrigerator.
You would assume that a constant airflow would keep your cannabis crisp and tight, but not really. Air contains oxygen, which affects the viability of the herb. Too little air increases the humidity in the cannabis and the container, encouraging mould and mildew growth. Too much of it speeds up the process of degradation. Oxygen exposure oxidizes the terpenes, causing the cannabis to smell like grass or hay. Since it would be hard to determine the optimal oxygen level, it’s best to stop the aeration altogether. The best way to preserve cannabis is to vacuum seal it.
Unfortunately, not too many people have a vacuum sealer lying around. The next best alternative is to store your cannabis in an airtight container that seals easily and whose lid holds tight. The container should also be of proper size, so even if it doesn’t allow air in, not much air is trapped inside the closed space. Do not store a small amount of herb in a large container. Also, avoid crowding the buds. Crowding traps humidity and encourages fungi growth.
Inevitably, whenever you pop the lid to grab some herb, some air will enter the container. The entry of air introduces more oxygen into the container. Therefore, reduce the frequency of opening the container. Also, avoid opening your container in highly ventilated or windy areas.
Be aware that the degradation of cannabis due to air and light exposure also changes the chemical composition of the cannabinoids in the cannabis. It converts the THCA in cured cannabis into THC. If your herb is not cured and has THC, that too deteriorates into cannabinol (CBN). CBN is a cannabinoid that is not psychoactive. All these changes reduce the potency of the cannabis significantly.
Moisture is highly depredatory to your cannabis. Avoid it at all costs. You must ensure that the cannabis is moisture-free always. You cannot allow the cannabis to dry out too much, though, because dryness degrades the cannabinoids and the 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 by maintaining the relative humidity between 0.55 and 0.65.
Overall, your cannabis will not last forever. With time, its molecular structure changes as the cannabis increasingly become exposed to light, heat, moisture, and air. As a result, the aroma and potency degrade over time. However, controlling the exposure to these elements helps extend its shelf life. This way, you enjoy your high-quality cannabis every time. We suggest using a Boveda pack in our trendy glass/silicon containers.