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How to Store Your Flower for Maximum Freshness

Ever feel like the last buds in the bag just don’t seem to be as potent as when you first got it? Say goodbye to Ziploc bags and say hello to fresher cannabis—we’re going to tell you how to store your weed for maximum potency today. We’ll even explain why certain methods are more effective than others.

First, though, the good thing to keep in mind is that there’s no expiration date on cannabis. As it’s been treated and dried before ever reaching you, it can last a very long period of time if stored properly and aged correctly. With that said, let’s dig in to our first tip.

How to Store Cannabis: 3 Tips

Ditch the Plastic Bags

There are a handful of problems that come with using a plastic bag as a medium to hold your flower. Not only are they cheaply made, (so, prone to break and not be able to seal all the way) but they can affect the flavor of your herb over time.

A baggy does nothing to hide the smell, but it can be crushed easily to degrade the quality of the cannabis. Trichomes get removed from the buds and left in the plastic bag, rendered useless while the flower is made less potent.

Finally, and most importantly, plastic bags aren’t a good look. It’s not a stylish or discrete method for storing your herb. And while some of us may not care about aesthetics, it’s also just an ineffective and unconventional way to store flower.

Use Glass Instead

When you look at how to store cannabis for maximum potency potential, glass is king. All High Season 1/8ths are sold in glass jars for optimal storage and freshness and sealed with an airtight lid. For larger qualities, mason jars are also a favorite choice, though there are more specialized or novelty cannabis glass jars that do the job just fine.

Count on cannabis to stay consistent in flavor, aroma, and potency when you use glass instead of plastic. They’re superior in every way. Plus, a glass jar that’s airtight means cannabis doesn’t get exposed to oxygen until you open the lid.

Keep it in the Dark

While the storage container you use does play a massive role in the flower’s long-term potency, we also know that exposure to light is the single greatest factor involved to the breakdown of cannabinoids in a marijuana plant. A clinical trial from 1976 concluded that cannabis can stay stable for 1 to 2 years as long as it’s kept at room temperature in a dark environment. Do not leave your cannabis sitting in a warm car, make sure you’re storing your jars in a room temperature cabinet or other dark place.

The trial found THC doesn’t degrade through exposure to light, but air oxidation in any setting can. Regardless of whether the bud is exposed to the dark or the light, if it’s exposed to the air it’s breaking down THC into CBN, which makes it less potent for its initial purpose.

Last but not least, keep those buds away from humidity, which can encourage mold growth. We recommend cannabis humidity packs, such as Boveda.

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Marijuana Packaging: How To Keep Weed Fresh

Marijuana packaging — and plastic sandwich baggies specifically — have long been a bane of existence for most serious stoners. We’ve certainly had trouble finding high-quality, distinctive pot packaging for our organic, honest marijuana that still satisfies consumer taste and legal demands.

So what’s a concerned cannaseur to do? Learn how to keep weed fresh from the Mary Jane experts at Honest Marijuana , that’s what.

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In this article, we’ll present a few fun historical reefer packaging facts and break down the biochemical basis of tried-and-true traditional pro tips. That’s a lot of words for basically telling you how to keep your pot as fresh as possible.

We’ll start by examining the packaging practices of the past.

United States Marijuana Packaging History

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Since the mid- to late-1800s, marijuana packaging has been a major priority for big pharmaceutical companies like Park Davis & Co., and S.B. Penick & Co. (now subsidiaries of Pfizer and Siegfried Ltd. respectively). These companies used airtight tin containers to protect their cannabis from air and sunlight and to keep it from losing its potency .

In the early 1900s, apothecaries (the precursors to pharmacists) who sold and distributed cannabis in the United States made use of ceramic jars to keep their ganja fresh. “But wait,” you say, “we’re a long way from the early 1900s! We’re not even in the 20th century anymore. Surely the masters of marijuana have come up with better packaging than tins and ceramic jars.”

You’d think so, right? Well, rest assured that we have. But before we tell you about our awesome new packaging, let’s investigate what makes for a good canna-container.

The Chemistry of Keeping Weed Fresh

It’s important to understand how air temperature, humidity, and light interact with the chemistry of your cannabis. When you know how to control those factors, you’ll be able to keep your reefer really fresh for longer periods of time.

Air Temperature

It’s important to store your stash in a spot with cool, but not cold, air temperatures in order to preserve the psychoactive potency of your pot.

Decarboxylation is the process by which raw, organic, cannabinoids in their plant form (such as THC , CBD , CBN , and CBG ) are activated so that the natural endocannabinoid system in your body can reap the benefits .

There are so many advantages to fresh decarboxylated weed that we couldn’t possibly ever list them…even in one single run-on sentence.

The thing is, the THC in your weed will lose its euphoric kick and degrade into the cannabinoid CBN (which will still help you get to sleep but won’t get you high) if you leave it out in the heat.

The aromas and medicinal properties of the terpenes in your weed will also dry out, making your medicine harsher and less healthy to smoke.

And if that’s not bad enough, mildew and other mold may be more likely to manifest on your marijuana from the moisture which accumulates in air temperatures of 77° Fahrenheit or warmer.

Many who read the above information will immediately think, “Put it in the freezer!” But you don’t want to freeze your reefer in an attempt to preserve it in spite of what some sources will suggest.

Yes, super cold ice water, high proof alcohol, and even dry CO2 ice are excellent ways to make the cannabinoid-laden trichome resin freeze up and fall off of freshly harvested sensimilla if you want to make cannabis concentrates for vaporization , edibles , or tinctures .

But if you store your buds in the freezer, the trichomes will break off and ruin the short- and long-term smoking potential of your pot. Don’t do it.

Humidity

The humidity levels of the spot where you stash your herb has a lot to do with how long it’s medicinal qualities will last.

Too much moisture in the air around your herb will make it susceptible to mildew and mold. Too little moisture will dry the trichome resin right out and degrade the cannabinoids and terpenes — even if the air temperature is optimal.

Research suggests that a relative humidity (RH) level between 59% and 63% is ideal to keep your weed as consistently fresh in terms of potency, aroma, flavor, texture, and color.

An RH level of 62% is thought to be the sweet spot for storing weed for smoking , while people who prefer to vape their weed are leaving it at lower RH levels closer to 54%.

Serious stoners who want to keep their stash as fresh as possible for as long as possible can use products such as the Cannador or salt-based humidity monitoring and control packs from Boveda.

These will help you ascertain, optimize, and stabilize the sweet RH spot for storing preferred strains of cannabis.

Light

Ultra violet rays (light) from the sun can bleach your buds and harsh the mellow of your marijuana just as much as they can burn your skin.

In fact, light exposure was the single most salient factor in the long-term stability rate of cannabinoids from research in which nine samples of weed were left out in various conditions for over two years.

The study conducted in the 1970s by the University of London found that their pot samples could maintain their potency for one to two years in “well-filled,well-closed” containers left in dark, room-temperature conditions.

So now that you understand just how essential temperature, humidity, and light are to the freshness of your marijuana, let’s turn our attention to basic storage ideology.

Weed Storage 101

Believe it or not, marijuana packaging has come a long way since the tin cans and ceramic pots of yore.

Nowadays, most serious stoners make use of airtight homesteading-style glass mason jars of different sizes. They’ll have various sizes on hand for different quantities of bud. And if you’re not familiar with glass canning jars, they’re the containers commonly used for preserving fruit and pickling vegetables. You can pick up a case for cheap at your local hardware or grocery store.

A glass canning jar with a lid is perfect for pot since mason jars are impermeable to oxygen, aren’t affected by residual humidity, and are inert to temperature fluctuations. In addition, glass doesn’t secrete any chemical compounds that will kill the fresh aroma of your cannabis terpenes.

Unfortunately, most clear mason jars won’t protect your ganja from becoming dry and brittle due to sunlight or heat damage. That’s why opaque or dark, tinted glass jars are always your best bet.

If you can’t find a glass container with a lid, an airtight container made of titanium is your next best option to preserve your pot since it doesn’t secrete any ganja-ruining gases.

When deciding how to store your weed, it’s vital that you keep different strains of weed separate. This helps to preserve each strain’s individual aromas and psychoactive effects.

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It’s critical to keep any clear glass jars you may be using for your herb in cool, dark, dry places such as cupboards, cabinets or drawers. Placing your ganja jar in a dark paper bag can also help you protect your cannabis from harmful cosmic UV rays.

It’s also very important to make sure that your jars are the right size for the amount of ganja that you need to smoke since extra empty jar space lets more air, with all its unwanted heat, ambient humidity, and all the mold and mildew that can come with it into your herb.

You can also vacuum seal your ganja jars to reduce the amount of oxygen you expose to your medicine.

As you can see, there are a number of elements that come in to play when selecting optimal marijuana packaging .

What You Don’t Want to Do with Your Weed

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Now that you know a bit about weed storage, let’s talk about what NOT to with whatever containers you choose.

  • Never leave your medicine out in the open on tables or countertops exposed to light, heat, and/or humidity.
  • Never store your stash near electronics or other heat generating gadgets since the heat will degrade your dope.
  • Never store your reefer in the refrigerator. The temperature fluctuations from opening and closing your fridge door every time you get the munchies will make your marijuana moldy and mildewy.
  • Never keep your cannabis on ice in your freezer since this will break trichome resin heads off from the rest of the reefer before you can consume it.
  • Never, ever add fruit peels to flavor your weed even if some sources tell you this is ok. Doing so will add unwanted moisture, mold, and mildew into your marijuana.

Never store your weed in direct contact with any other substance with a strong aroma such as makeup, perfume, cologne, deodorant, shaving cream, aftershave, paint, polish, or any other commonly-carried cosmetic which can leach into your medicine. This is also why you want to store your stash separately from your lighters, pipes , bongs , grinders , pokers, and other pot paraphernalia which will get funky with use and overpower the freshness of the pot you are aiming to preserve.

Don’t Rely On Plastic

Plastic, especially the plastic sandwich baggies that most marijuana users keep their cannabis in, are positively the worst way to preserve your weed. Plastic baggies do absolutely nothing to keep light, air, heat, cold, or moisture out of your marijuana.

Even sealable plastic baggies will let lots of odors out from your pot out as well. Plastic is a horrible material for keeping pot fresh since it has a static charge that will pull precious trichomes from the plant matter onto the plastic, creating a fine, sticky, powdery mess that you’ll never be able to get out of the bag into your bong .

When you visit your local dispensary, we highly recommend that you bring your own empty glass jars for your budtender to fill rather than ruin your weed or the environment with plastic baggies.

The Next Step In Marijuana Packaging

At Honest Marijuana we take pride in everything we do. That extends to our revolutionary pot packaging. We put all our buds in resealable cans to preserve the freshness longer.

We even take the extra step of preserving the flowers with nitrogen before sealing the containers. This preserves the cannabis longer and ensures that you see, smell, and taste everything exactly the same way we do at the growery. That’s what good packaging is all about.

Want to keep your weed fresh longer? The experts at Honest Marijuana show you how packaging plays a vital role in keeping your pot potent.