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Tips Cannabis Storage

momofthegoons

Vapor Accessory Addict
Staff member
Everything You Need to Know About Storing Cannabis (Properly)

Whether you grow your own cannabis or pay top-dollar for top-shelf bud, it’s probably a question you’ve asked more than once:
How long will my cannabis stay good in storage?

Truth is, it’s relatively uncommon for the average stoner to end up with more high-quality cannabis than they can consume within a couple of weeks. As a result, long-term storage doesn’t tend to be an issue for most. But if you cultivate cannabis at home, there’s every chance you’ll find yourself with a bigger harvest than you know what to do with.

The good news being that when cannabis is properly dried and cured, its shelf life can be extended as far as six months. Nevertheless, the length of time your cannabis remains good for will be determined almost exclusively by how and where you store it.

So with this in mind, what follows is a brief introduction to the most important factors to consider when storing cannabis:

Ideal Cannabis Storage Temperatures
Cannabis storage temperature management is all about preventing mould and mildew from setting in. Temperatures between 77° F and 86° F being something of a ‘danger zone’ for organic matter. In addition, it’s worth noting that higher temperatures can both excessively dry your cannabis flowers and compromise the quality of their terpenes.

As a general rule of thumb, cannabis should always be stored in a cool, dry and dark place, where temperatures are relatively stable. An everyday kitchen cupboard or bedroom drawer is just fine, as long as the cannabis is protected from extreme temperatures and will not be disturbed too regularly.

Cannabis Storage Humidity Factors
You’d be forgiven for thinking that relative humidity is of little importance, given that your cannabis will be stored in sealed airtight containers. Unfortunately, this simply isn’t the case. Both at the time you pack your jars and each time you open them, the relative humidity in the surrounding environment will affect the storage conditions within the container.

Ideally, relative humidity should be kept between 59% and 63% where possible. Keeping humidity levels relatively low will significantly reduce the likelihood of your cannabis succumbing to mould and rot. However, if the air is too dry, it could lead to your cannabis flowers becoming dry, brittle and harsh.

Exposure to Lighting and UV Rays
According to the results of an extensive study carried out in the 1970s, nothing has the power to degrade and destroy quality cannabinoids as quickly or effectively as light. During the study, it was also found that appropriate storage conditions can preserve the quality of cannabinoids for as long as two years. Hence, the importance of protecting your stored cannabis from exposure to light and UV rays cannot be overstated.

On the plus side, keeping stored cannabis in the dark isn’t the most difficult part of the process. The longer you intend to leave your cannabis in storage, the greater the importance of placing it in a dark and safe spot where they won’t be disturbed. The occasional hint of daylight isn’t going to destroy your buds, but keeping your stash in the dark as completely and consistently as possible is still the way to go.

Appropriate Storage Containers
Last but not least, the market for cannabis storage containers is overflowing with weird and wonderful contraptions of all shapes and sizes. If you’re genuinely serious about effective cannabis storage, you could opt for a specially-designed cannabis storage system that works a little like a humidor. If you’d prefer to save your money for more important things, the best cannabis storage containers you already have access to are quality glass jars
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Just as long as the glass is relatively thick and the lid provides an air-tight seal, this is pretty much all you need. It’s important to minimise oxygen exposure where possible, so be sure to fill your jars as close to the top as possible – without making the mistake of packing them in too tightly. If you’re likely to be reaching into the jar on a regular basis to retrieve nugs, consider using several smaller storage jars and leaving as much of your stored cannabis untouched and unopened.

The Dos and Don’ts of Cannabis Storage
Contrary to popular belief, effective long-term cannabis storage doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated. In fact, it’s as simple as bearing in mind a few basic rules regarding what you should and shouldn’t be doing.

The most important of which are as follows:
  • DO ensure that your storage containers are positioned in a cool, dark, dry and safe place
  • DO use high quality glass storage jars with a reliable airtight seal
  • DO be aware of relative humidity and the ambient temperature of the storage space
  • DO use multiple smaller storage jars rather than one large jar
  • DO consider specialist cannabis storage products for your highest-quality bud
And in terms of what not to do:
  • DON’T pack your buds into your jars too tightly
  • DON’T make the mistake of storing cannabis in the refrigerator
  • DON’T use plastic containers or bags for long-term cannabis storage
  • DON’T expose your jars to sudden temperature changes
  • DON’T store your cannabis away before it is properly dried and cured
The Takeaway…
Most of the rules and guidelines concerning long-term cannabis storage are similar to those of other everyday household items. Designate a cool, dark and dry space somewhere around the home, where your cannabis isn’t going to be disturbed on a regular basis.

Rather than using any old container, invest in a bunch of quality glass jars and ensure they have a reliable airtight seal. And of course, it’s also important to take a close look at your stored cannabis from time to time, in order to detect any early signs of mould or rot.

For even longer-term cannabis storage, you might want to consider cannabis concentrates or hash – both of which have a significantly longer shelf life than fresh cannabis flowers.
 

Madri-Gal

Well-Known Member
Glass canning jars and lids, and Boveda packs work well around Casa de Madri. It's been at least nine months since I got my stash, and I would have said it's really coming into it's own the last 6 weeks. I didn't realize it was fading fast. My challenge now is to vape as much as I can, as fast as I can, before it goes bad. Ready, set, g...
 

Basement Farmer

Well-Known Member
Been pretty happy w. CVaults.

Gots a few two liter ones that I used to stow bulk raw flower when I grew. These are pretty handy for keeping the smaller dispensary containers that stuff comes in these days. I just throw Bovedas in with the contents.

Have a fewer more of the little pry-open ones and one of smallest snap-top which I've had the longest and which has performed flawlessly.

Probably a bit excessive as I'm sure Mason jars work just as well for keeping your goods. But they are much more convenient to get in and out of, stackable, durable, and light/ air tight...so there are some features that justify the cost.
 

Baron23

Well-Known Member
I used bail lid mason jars and Boveda and keep them in a armoire cabinet and I have had bud stay nice as the day I bought it...a year later. So, I'm good with that.

Now, Ms Squiby (@Squiby ) who grows her own is the queen of storage and vacuum seals some of her crop, I believe, and may use oxygen absorbent pads in there also
 

Squiby

Cool Kitty
Staff member
Yes I do @Baron23. I preserve my cured bud for long-term storage the same way I preserve my dehydrated food; by vacuum sealing. Once my bud is dried and then cured (in mason jars with a small hygrometer and burped frequently over a few months until the RH stabalizes to around 60%), I seal the bud in mason jars with a bodeva (whatever size I have and fits nicely in the jar) and an oxygen absorber (usually a 100cc) using a Food Saver vacuum sealer. When prepared in this way and stored in a cool dark place, bud will last for years without any noticeable deterioration. Or at least I don't notice any difference. But then I'm stoned most of the time! Ha!

I use small dark 50ml jars for my day to day stash and they work fine.
 

momofthegoons

Vapor Accessory Addict
Staff member

6 Easy Hacks To Rehydrate Your Cannabis


Did you come across an old supply of cannabis? Or the residue of your cannabis is dry and hurting your lungs? This often happens when cannabis cultivated in high humid regions and then get dry in arid region. But it can also happen if not sealed properly in a container and left out.

There is no fun smoking dry weed, and no one enjoys the dehydrated flower. Its health benefits may also distort with lack of humidity.

But there are ways to rehydrate your cannabis and infuse some moisture into your old stash and there are ways of to prevent your stash from getting dehydrated in the first place.

Fresh Cannabis Flower

This is obvious but the best way to avoid a dry cannabis is to purchase fresh product in the first place and smoke it before it dries. But your fresh cannabis can help rehydrate your old cannabis. If you’re a grower, then this is your best option. Get some fresh buds, and they are the best ways to rehydrate your dried-out cannabis. You can online store to get cheap weed in canada. Looking to get some fresh bud for this purpose, you can order now from the best weed dispensary.

This method has worked in the past for many users. Get your dry cannabis sealed in the same jar with the new harvest. Wait and observe your dehydrated stash become fresh again. Check the container to see how wet it is becoming.

Distilled water​

Distilled water is another effective method to rehydrate your stash. The water has no impurities or chemicals to pollute your weed. Note, you can use distilled water for any of the approaches described below. Get your distilled water, a towel, and a container with a seal. The substance and the tower should fit appropriately in the container without touching each other.

Sprinkle distilled water on the towel to wet it a little. Be careful about the quantity of water you use to prevent the weed from getting mold. Unseal the container place the stash and paper towel inside the glass jar. Seal the container and make sure it’s airtight. Observed it for 10 to 12 hours.

The method gradually rehydrates your dried-out stash. It is practical and can be repeated many times to get the desired wet weed. Be careful to avoid pouring water on the stash, which may cause mold.

Fruit peel​

Fruit peel is superficial and used by many people at home. The method rehydrates your stash and also changes the aroma. You can use common fruits like citrus, banana, apple, or watermelon peels. Remember, the fruit stored with the bud is the flavor or aroma you’re expecting to get. You can widen your choices with:
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Pear
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwi
  • Cherry
  • Grape
Take a peel from the fruit and store it with the weed. Seal the jar as usual and leave it for 2 to 3 days. Observe the bud because they may become smokable before the predicted days. It is recommended you change the peels every few days to prevent fungal or rots.

Lettuce Or Moist Bread Or A Damp Paper Method​

Lettuce is a plant with 96% water making it an efficient and effective method for rehydration. The technique is similar to the fruit peel. Cut a lettuce and store it with the bud in an airtight glass jar. It is a really efficient process and can rehydrate your weed in 3 hours to make it smokable.

The bread method is a tricky type. Get a piece of bread sprinkle water to moist the bread a little. Put it in the same glass jar with your stash and seal the container. In 2 hours, the weed may have absorbed the moisture from the piece of bread. You can repeat the process to get the desired result.

Get a damped paper and place it in the same container with your buds. Make sure they can’t touch each other in the process otherwise the damped paper may get your bud too wet and you risk developing mold. The trick prevents the moisture from touching the bud until the bud becomes smokable.

Humidity packs​

Humidity packs are a great product to maintain or introduce moisture to your dried-out buds. The general relative humidity of cannabis is 62% RH, and that’s what these packs are made of. The pack gradually introduces moisture to bud stored in the same container.

Purchase a portable and adequate pack for the amount of stash to be stored. The pack’s lifespan depends on the existing moisture in the bud and the quantity of cannabis.

Hot Vapor​

This method is perfect for those in a hurry. Are you late for work or social activity, and your buds are dry? Get a kettle, fill it with water and boil it up. Pour the water into a jar and cover it with a towel. Place your stash on the towel for some minutes, and the hot steam will make your stash smokable with the rising moisture. Switch the sides of the stash to let the moisture get in every part.

Conclusion

A dried-out stash simply hurts the throat and the lungs. The reason for moistening your stash is to make it more fabulous and improve your enjoyment. You can look into other ways to do this; some methods may be easily accessible in your region. Just avoid getting your weed wet to prevent mold.
 

Tincandtoke

Well-Known Member
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Any feedback on how to store flower that comes in sealed bags
Some are Mylar and some are plastic
Not sure if I should unsealed and transfer all or some of them
 

Baron23

Well-Known Member
@Tincandtoke -

I used bail lid mason jars and Boveda and keep them in a armoire cabinet and I have had bud stay nice as the day I bought it...a year later. So, I'm good with that.

Now, Ms Squiby (@Squiby ) who grows her own is the queen of storage and vacuum seals some of her crop, I believe, and may use oxygen absorbent pads in there also
 

Stevenski

Enter the Dragon
Staff member
I have found success vacuum packing quarters for long term storage. My daily storage option is small mason jars with a boveda pack. If you use the jars with a thin foam seal lid it is odourless.
 

Tincandtoke

Well-Known Member



I was thinking about trying this for different size mason jar storage
I broke a glass container and had ground glass in my buds


Still unsure if I should transfer the flower to glass jars from the packaging
 

LesPlenty

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