If you’ve ever wondered about cannabis and whether it ever loses its fragrance, potency, flavor, texture etc., then this is the proper article for you!
Cannabis acts just like fine wine. It is best when you store it in a cool and dark place and when it’s aged. It doesn’t have an expiration date, but you need to consider these key elements when you want to preserve it for a longer period of time so that you can keep all of its best qualities and not lose them.
Some molds like for example mildew can grow on cannabis. They need temperatures between 77 F and 86 F. You need to keep cannabis in a very cool and dark place. Only that will help it not to develop any mold. When it’s kept in an area with excessive heat, it can dry out all of the terpenes and cannabinoids which develop in months and are very valuable. They are essential oils and if they’re dried out, the cannabis will become flavorless, without vapor, smoke and it will be hot.
Low temperatures can decrease the process which transfers THC-A into the psychoactive substance THC, which in the end degrades into something much worse called CBN. Cold air isn’t that moist as warm air.
The best way to keep your herbs fresh is to store them in an environment similar to a wine cellar.
It’s very important to control the humidity when you want to preserve cannabis for a longer period of time. As we have mentioned, you must keep away the mold and mildew away from the cannabis. It can be a difficult process, but many people agree that when you keep your cannabis in an area with RH (relative humidity) between 59% and 63%, it will improve and even maintain all of its flavor, aroma color and consistency. If you’ve noticed that the RH has dropped too low, it will lose all of its essential oils and it will also become dry and brittle.
Numerous synthetic and organic materials can be broken down by harmful UV rays. These can degrade the cannabis during time, just as like as the grass becomes brown because of the sun. According to the University of London in the 1970s, light is considered to be the greatest factor when cannabinoids degrade. When cannabis is stored in proper conditions, it can last more than 2 years. Weed can be safe and effective to use it more than 2 years. Make sure you control the area where you keep your cannabis and it’s out of direct light.
Cannabis needs oxygen when it’s grown. Make sure you keep it inside of a container which will have the perfect amount of air. That way, your nugs will be fresh and just like the original ones. If the container has too little air, its humidity will be endangered. This is especially the case when you haven’t dried the weed before you stored it completely. The degradation process can also be speeded up with too much air. Use electric or hand vacuum pump attachments that are used for canning jars. They will decrease the exposure to oxygen.
How to Store Cannabis?
- Have separated strains so that they all have flavor profiles.
- Keep it out of direct sunlight in a place that is dry and cool.
- The containers where you’ll keep it should be of neutral charge. You can use glass jars.
- The RH levels should be monitored with hygrometers.
- The exposure to oxygen can be decreased with the help of vacuum sealing containers or jars.
How NOT to Store Cannabis?
- Never keep it in the fridge! Mildew and mold will appear very fast!
- Do not keep it in the freezer neither! All the trichomes which are very fragile will break off and the cannabis will become brittle.
- Avoid storing cannabis in plastic containers or plastic bags. Plastics can actually attract all the precious trichomes. Just make sure you’re using small plastic bags which are used for short-term storage and can keep small amounts of weed.
- Do not keep cannabis around or above electronics or even appliances which emit heat. Use your basement or a low shelf in some cupboard.
- Never use a tobacco humidor! Use cedar wood since the oils it contains can influence and transfer the flavors of the cannabis.
- Never keep the tools for smoking: pipes, grinders etc. along with the cannabis! All of the resin and ash from the already burnt cannabis can remain in your storage containers and they will smell very bad.
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