Whether you’re cultivating it or keeping it for your personal use, you may want to know the best way to store weed.
Using the right storage method can help buds to stay fresh and potent, but with so many recommendations available online – from freezing buds to keeping them zipped up in a clear bag – how can you tell which is the right choice?
Below, we take a look at the best way to store weed and the things you must consider to get the most longevity from your plant.
Take basic precautions
Although it’s a plant, cannabis requires very different care to your normal flowers. The way to store weed is simply to keep it in a cool, dark place that doesn’t allow its moisture to escape. Keeping it in these conditions will prevent moulds such as mildew from growing on your plant.
The correct temperature is an integral part of storing your weed. If you store the plant somewhere too hot, for example, this could dry out some of the essential cannabinoids and ruin the smoking experience. Similarly, if weed is stored somewhere too cold, it slows the conversion of THC-A into THC, thus resulting in poorer quality.
Give your weed space to breathe
Depending on how often you harvest your weed, or how much you’re looking to store, you may be tempted to cram as much as possible into a single container. However, the best way to store weed is to use airtight containers that give it just the right amount of air to keep fresh.
Using glass jars is arguably the best way to store weed as they prevent excess oxygen reaching your buds, which slows down potential degradation. It would be best to use a vacuum seal jar.
Don’t go into the light
Poorly stored weed can easily be identified by its colour and texture. Brown, tan, or patchy weed is a sign that mould has grown or that it hasn’t been stored in an airtight container. It could also indicate that the weed has been left to sit in conditions that are too light. UV rays can diminish the potency of your buds.
Stay away from plastics and metal
Using plastic or metal containers might feel like a good short-term fix, but over the long term, these materials could alter the taste and smell of your weed. When using plastic storage containers in particular, your buds could stick to the side and become damaged. Metal could also still allow air to get through to your stored weed.
Don’t believe everything you read
Many recommendations for the best way to store weed often include the option to refrigerate or even freeze buds, but there are a number of considerations you should make before doing this. For example, do you need long-term storage? Do you intend on making ice hash? If not, then freezing your buds or putting them in a refrigerator will not be the best way to store weed.
In fact, it can cause more harm than good. Storing weed in a refrigerator can actually encourage mould to grow due to constant changes in humidity and temperature. If you do choose either of these methods, be prepared for the top layer of your weed to be damaged or broken when you thaw it or take it out of the cold.
The best way to store weed is straightforward. Use airtight glass jars and keep your weed in a cool, dark place. Keep it away from UV lights and don’t leave it lying around for air to get to it.
If you want to get the most longevity from your plant and maintain its freshness and potency, then focus on keeping it at the right temperature in low levels of humidity, and definitely away from any sort of refrigerator!
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