When it comes to storing your weed, you have several different options.
What to do post-harvest cannabis research is extremely limited even with all the grow companies. There is little to no peer-reviewed scientific evidence confirming the best temperatures, humidity levels, and methods of storing your weed. I am sure you have heard a lot from cannabis enthusiasts and storage companies state what they think is the best practices, the truth is that those recommendations have yet to be substantiated by any scientific evidence. We do know that four things will affect your marijuana: Light, Temperature, Humidity and air. Temperature changed only the speed and light changed both the speed and stoichiometry of this conversion.
Out of everything we have read the best way to store your weed is to keep it in an airtight glass container is the best, a dark location and temperatures between 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit and at 62% humidity.
Best Containers To Store Your Weed In
Glass Jar with Airtight Seal
When it comes to cannabis storage, Mason jar is the most popular and effective methods to use. They’re airtight, and glass is non-porous, and solid which makes them perfect for keeping in aromas and flavor while preventing your delicate buds from getting damaged while storing them. Choose the right size jar is just as important. Buds should loosely fill three-quarters of the jar to prevent trapping extra air and humidity. Remember too much air is bad. Create a tight seal you could consider purchasing an affordable vacuum sealer to remove even more air. Light is not good, so store your container in a dark place to keep your bud tasting fresher, longer.
Opaque or Dark-Colored Glass Containers
You could go the extra mile you can purchase tinted or opaque glass jars or make your own by using black duct tape to the exterior of a glass container. Preventing light exposure and temperature is key in maintaining the freshness of your cannabis. Some people prefer a clear jar in a dark location, lock box or wrapped in blankets.
How Long Does Weed Stay Fresh?
The study stated that “carefully prepared herbal or resin cannabis or extracts are reasonably stable for 1 to 2 years if stored in the dark at room temperature.” As weed becomes old and dry, the THC degrades to CBN, resulting in less potent cannabis. Terpenes also degrade, which can make your herb taste stale and lose its nuanced aroma. If the environment is to warm and wet, cannabis may grow mold that can be harmful if consumed. So please keep your health in mind never smoke weed that has mold on it.
Freshness should you Freeze or not to Freeze?
You will find people on both sides of this fence. Some strongly caution against it, warning that freezing your flower will cause the trichomes to become brittle and break off, resulting in less potent flower.
The trichomes that do break off will likely end up in the kief chamber of a grinder or at the bottom of the jar to be collected later. While freezing can cause brittleness, damage can be avoided with ease by allowing cannabis to come to room temperature before handling.
The study at the beginning of the page, researchers analyzed six different high-potency cannabis products over a period of four years. They stored these cannabis samples at different temperatures and found that freezing was “the best storage condition to avoid the reduction of the cannabinoids content over time.” Freezing is not be necessary, depending on how long you plan to store your weed.
What to Avoid When Storing Your Weed
Remember, the best way to store weed is to protect it from air, light, heat, and humidity. This should keep your weed fresh, potent, and flavorful.
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