Bulk purchases are cheap, durable and less expensive. Buying in bulk encourages conscious purchasing, saves on shipping costs and ensures that you only buy what you need. Many people buy in bulk, and when they buy weed, it’s no different. But with a large batch of weed comes the challenge of storing it and keeping it fresh. Although you don’t buy a large batch, you may need to store a joint or two for later. Weed needs to be as fresh as when you bought it.
The rule of thumb when storing marijuana is that it should be dry and dry before it is stored in a cool, dry place. Under the proper conditions, there is no definitive expiration date for the herb. This can last 6 to 12 months before it begins to lose its unique flavor or reduce its potency.
That said, storage is not as easy as pushing your grass into a bag and storing it in a dark drawer. The environment must have special characteristics to support this longevity.
Best Tip for Storage of Weed
The key to properly storing your grass is to protect it from the elements. Daylight, humidity, temperature and air affect the quality of your weed, limiting your enjoyment of quality marijuana. See how each element affects your weed supply and learn how to protect your weed.
Sunlight is the biggest enemy of your grass. It consists of hard rays that dull the color of your grass and burn its terpenes and cannabinoids. No matter how you store the heads in thick glass jars, the UV rays will continue to penetrate. You may have some Mason jars at your disposal, but the best container is an obscure one.
However, the best container is an opaque one. If an opaque container that allows you to see the contents is insisted upon, then choose a brown glass container that looks like a beer bottle. These bottles are used by brewers because the brown color filters out visible ultraviolet light. Store the brown container away from direct light, as glass is only 30% effective at blocking UV rays.
- The temperature
At such high temperatures, your grass may dry out too much and evaporate the terpenes it contains. If you don’t use terpenes, you will be smoking grass that produces a hard, tasteless smoke. Higher temperatures also create heat that promotes the growth of mould and mildew. Growth of mold and mildew occurs when the temperature varies between 78 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. As a result, store your cannabis at a temperature below this range.
Many experts advise that the ideal storage space would be a dark and cool place, so for some people a refrigerator fits this description. Sadly, the refrigerator has a high moisture content due to the items stored in it and possible spills. So don’t keep your grass in the fridge.
You would expect a constant flow of air to keep your grass clean and tight, but not really. Oxygen is in the air, which affects the viability of the weed. Insufficient air increases the moisture in the weed and the container, which promotes the growth of mould and mildew. Using too much accelerates the degradation process. Oxygen exposure oxidizes terpenes, causing the weed to smell like grass or hay. Since it is difficult to determine the optimal oxygen level, it is best to stop aeration completely. Sealing the grass in a vacuum is the best way to preserve the weed.
However, unfortunately, few people have a vacuum sealer. Next best alternative is to store your grass in an airtight container that closes easily and holds the lid securely. Your container should also be the right size, so that even though it won’t let air in, little air is trapped inside the closed space. Never store a small amount of weeds in a large container. Keep the buds uncluttered, too. Overcrowding traps moisture and encourages fungus growth.
Each time you open the lid to catch weeds, air will inevitably enter the container. Incoming air introduces more oxygen into the container. Decrease the frequency of opening the container. Avoid opening your container in highly ventilated or windy areas.
Note that weed degradation due to exposure to air and light also changes the chemical composition of the cannabinoids in the weed. THCA from the dried grass is converted to THC. When your weed is not healed and contains THC, it will also break down into cannabinol (CBN). Cannabinoid CBN is a cannabinoid that is not psychoactive. This all reduces the potency of the weed considerably.
High humidity is very destructive for your cannabis. Try to avoid it at all costs. You need to make sure that the grass is always free of moisture. But you can’t let the cannabis dry out too much, because dryness degrades cannabinoids and terpenes. Using a salt-based moisture control sachet will help to regulate the humidity in the container. The Salt Control Sachets help maintain optimal storage conditions in the container by keeping the relative humidity between 0.55 and 0.65.
Cannabis Cigar Cellar, a specially designed box that maintains the proper humidity, is also available.