How to Store Your Cannabis for Long-Lasting Potency and Flavor
Whether you’re packaging your homegrown harvest for storage after curing or merely stocked up on great ounce specials at the dispensary, properly storing your cannabis is the key to potency and flavor. Properly stored, your cannabis can remain nearly as fresh and potent as when you bought it for more than two years!
Airtight, glass jars are the most popular and cost-effective way to store your cannabis. Air hastens the degradation of THC and all the delicious terpenes contained in your bud. Regularly exposed to air, cannabis will dry out and lose all potency and flavor, becoming a crumbly, disappointing smoke. Glass or silicone containers are recommended because plastic can hold a static charge that damages delicate terpenes and cannabinoids. Take your weed out of that plastic baggy right now!
A cool, dark environment is the key.
Fungus, mildew and mites all love warm, humid conditions. It’s critical to store your tightly closed containers in places that stay cool and dark all the time, especially in warm weather. In addition to increased heat, exposure to UV light rapidly destroys cannabinoids and terpenes too.
Control the humidity.
Moistness ruins cannabis by creating perfect conditions for mold and mildew to thrive. Dry air, on the other hand, causes brittle terpenes to dry out leading to poor flavor, decreased potency and a harsher smoke. The ideal humidity for storing your cannabis is at the relative humidity (RH) range of 59%-63% RH. Many cannabis dispensaries and smoke shops sell humidity packs you can drop into your jars to keep things in the perfect range. You’ll appreciate the difference!