Let’s face it, there’s nothing better than getting a delivery of fresh, premium grade Blue Dream. You open up the cardboard packaging, pull out the buds, smoke some right that moment and save the rest for later.
But did you know that how you store your weed plays a massive impact in its later taste and potency?
Today we are checking out some well known and proven ways of storing weed and then giving you some instant tips on how not to store your buds.
Why does weed need to be properly stored?
As we’ve discussed in our “can weed go bad” article, high grade cannabis products go through a certain process, which makes them so high grade in the first place.
This first involves growing the plant with the best possible soil, watering, nutrients and lights. This produces plenty of trichomes which are packed with THC, CBD and other cannabinoids (depending on the strain). Once the plant has been masterfully grown, cultivators slice up the stems that grow buds and dry them for about two weeks.
Weed needs to be dried in order to be smokable, but balance is the key. The buds are dried for two weeks in a dark, room temperature spot until their moisture content gets to about 62%.
Theoretically, you could smoke them right after drying but the next process brings the flavors and the potency to the max:
Curing is a trait exclusive to high grade production because it takes time. Growers who need a quick turnaround usually skip curing, thus making their product inferior to the cured buds.
Curing is simply a process of placing buds in an airtight, glass jar and waiting it out. In about 2 weeks to a month, the buds will break down the remaining chlorophyll (which will make the bud easier to smoke) and also let you regulate the moisture precisely.
When a plant is cured by a professional, it can be stored almost indefinitely. But be sure to remember that it will start losing its potency after the 8th week.
Which brings us to the answer:
When you buy a high grade product and store it properly, you are ensuring that it stays fresh and potent for as long as you want.
Let’s now explore all the various ways in which you can store your weed.
Place the buds in an airtight jar
You’ve probably seen how larger quantities of weed are stored in dispensaries. They are usually sealed up in a glass jar, similar to the one above.
You can grab these in almost any store and be perfectly fine for the rest of your smoking career. Being airtight, this jar will allow the buds to stay fresh and not dry out. As you can presume, air dries out buds so you should seal up your jar and place it in a dark, cool spot. Room temperature will do.
Buy a cannabis humidor
Yes, too much humidity can be detrimental to your weed — it can get moldy and potentially harmful when smoked.
However, if you manage to keep the humidity between 55-63% then your buds will remain fresh for months and even years. There are two ways you can go about that:
Either buy a regular cigar humidor which can let you manually set humidity (I’m not into cigars so I wouldn’t know the exact details) or buy a humidor that’s specialized for cannabis (like Cannador).
Besides the fact that it will keep your buds perfectly fresh, a humidor will also prevent air and light getting in and messing up your herb.
Pack the bud in a tin foil
If you have just a couple of grams of weed that you need to store overnight, you can also use tin foil as a container.
Break up a bigger piece of tin foil and gently place your buds inside. Twist it at the top and put it somewhere dark, like a pantry. Your weed will be good for up to two weeks, as long as you don’t open it up too much.
Bonus: how NOT to store your weed
You will see a lot of weed tips on the internet but the ones on storing weed can be misleading at times. Whatever you do, make sure to:
- Never put your weed in a freezer or a refrigerator
- Never keep it in a hot place
- Never store it in an open jar
- Never store in in a plastic container for over a couple of weeks
- Never store your weed only in plastic bags
All of the above can either make your weed moldy or too dry — both of which you want to avoid at all costs.
To recap once again:
Store your weed in a dark place at room temperature and make sure to keep it in either an airtight glass container or a cannabis humidor.
By following these tips you are making sure your buds stay tasty and strong for as long as you want.