So,you’ve bagged yourself a bargain and ended up with way more weed than you candeal with right now. There’s enough of the stuff to last you a while, but youwant to hold onto its freshness and potency.
Thequestion being – what’s the best way to store surplus weed?
Contraryto popular belief, preserving pot properly isn’t particularly difficult. Nevertheless, evidence would seem to suggestthat the vast majority of stoners get it wrong. And quite wrong, at that.
Giveyour weed the TLC it needs and it will take care of you for some time to come.So rather than throwing it in the first random box you come across, take a leaffrom the books of the pros and step up your storage standards.
Here’show to make it happen:
Firstup, tossing your spare cannabis in the same place as your bong, your pipes andthe rest of your paraphernalia seems to make sense. At least, in terms of convenienceand accessibility. The problem being that in doing so, you could compromise theflavour and quality of the cannabis.
This isbecause the leftover burn residue lining your smoking paraphernalia can makeits way into your fresh bud. The result of which can be a harsh and unpleasantflavour, which is the last thing you want. It might not adversely impact thepotency of your pot, but could make for a significantly less enjoyable smoke.
In thisinstance therefore, keep things separate for the benefit of your bud.
Light (Or Lack Thereof)
When cultivating cannabis,light is your best friend. There’s almost no such thing as providing cannabis plants with too much high-qualitylight to fuel their development. Once you’ve harvested the final product,however, light is no less than your worst enemy.
Thereason being that UV light from any source can severely damage the cannabinoidsin cannabis flowers. This means that the more UV light your buds are exposedto, the less THC and CBD they’ll contain as a result. Along with cannabinoidand degradation, you can also expect less aromatic and enjoyable pot as aresult of UV exposure.
As arule of thumb, it’s better to avoid exposing your excess bud to any kind oflight whatsoever. Keep it in a dark place where it’s unlikely to be blastedwith UV rays, keeping it fresher and more potent for longer.
Thereare two reasons why it’s important to store your weed at a cool and controlledtemperature. The first of which being the elevated risk of mould, rot and anynumber of diseases as temperatures rise. By keeping things cool, you provideyour pot with the protection it needs from a fate worse than death.
Inaddition, excessive temperatures at the top end of the scale can have a markedimpact on the cannabinoids in cannabis flowers. The higher and more prolonged thetemperatures, the more CBD and THC are destroyed and the less enjoyable yourcannabis becomes.
Keepingcannabis cool is the best way to go, but taking things to extremes can be justas harmful. If you’ve heard it’s possible to store cannabis in the freezer, itis. Nevertheless, thaw it out and it won’t be the same top-shelf bud you frozea while back. And if you refrigerate your cannabis, you’ll massively increasethe risk of mould, rot and cannabinoid decomposition.
As isthe case with most household staples, the key to success can be found in acool, dark, dry and undisturbed space.
Speakingof dry, you’ll also want to keep a close eye on humidity. Even if you storeyour cannabis in a sealed container, it still makes sense to keep the containeraway from excess moisture and humidity. It’s important to remember that eachtime you open the container even a crack, the humidity in the ambientenvironment will rush into it and do its business.
Thatsaid, it’s also perfectly possible to annihilate your cannabis by allowing itto get too dry. Using a flawlesslysealed container is the way to go, but don’t make the mistake of storing acouple of small buds in a massive 10-liter jar. There will be far too much airin the jar to keep the cannabis preserved, ultimately resulting in dry andbrittle weed you won’t want to smoke.
Anddon’t forget to ‘burp’your jars from time to time, exchanging the potentially stale air on theinterior for fresh air from the outside.
Ziplockplastic baggies play a more pivotal role in the global cannabis community thanalmost anything else. Nevertheless, they’re actually borderline useless when itcomes to quality cannabis storage. They’re anything but effectively sealed, they allow a ton of UV light to hit yourcannabis and they do nothing to help maintain a steady temperature.
Forinitial transportation purposes, baggies are fine. For longer-term storage,they’re of little to no use whatsoever. Opt instead for high-quality glass jarswith air-tight seals, or a specially-designed cannabis container you can counton.
Rehydrating Dry Bud
Lastbut not least, it’s worth remembering that a batch of rather dry andtired-looking cannabis isn’t necessarily the end of the world. Even if it’s ina pretty poor state, there’s always the option of rehydrating it.
One ofthe most popular and effective methods being to simply throw a few pieces offresh orange peel into the jar with your bud. Give it a gentle shake everycouple of hours and see how things are the next day. If it works, you’ll belooking at freshly moistened weed with a delightful citrus fragrance as anadded bonus.
Youcould also try throwing a small piece of wet paper towel in there as an alternative,but the results won’t be nearly as tasty.