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Storing Cannabis at Home for Maximum Freshness and Potency

If you’re a cannabis enthusiast living in a state where it’s legal you know how important it is to store your stash properly. Improper storage can lead to loss of potency flavor and aroma not to mention the risk of mold and other contaminants. In this guide we’ll cover everything you need to know about storing cannabis at home to keep it fresh and potent for as long as possible.

Chris Dorcey
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Storing Cannabis at Home

Key Takeaways

  • Store cannabis in an airtight container in a cool dark place with a humidity level between 59% and 63%
  • Use glass jars vacuum-sealed bags or a humidor box for best results
  • Avoid storing in the fridge or freezer as temperature fluctuations can degrade quality
  • Keep different strains stored separately to maintain their unique characteristics
  • Check on your stash regularly for any signs of degradation and discard if necessary

Factors That Affect Cannabis Storage

Before we dive into the best storage methods let’s take a look at the factors that can impact the quality of your cannabis over time.

Humidity

Humidity is one of the biggest enemies of cannabis. Too much moisture can lead to mold and mildew growth while too little can cause your buds to dry out and lose potency. The ideal humidity level for storing cannabis is between 59% and 63%.

Temperature

Extreme temperatures can also degrade the quality of your cannabis. Heat can cause the terpenes and cannabinoids to break down while cold can make your buds brittle and prone to crumbling. The ideal temperature range for storing cannabis is between 60°F and 70°F (15°C to 21°C).

Light

Exposure to light especially UV rays can cause your cannabis to degrade quickly. Light can break down the THC and other cannabinoids reducing the potency of your buds. It’s best to store your cannabis in a dark opaque container.

Air

Oxygen is another factor that can impact the quality of your cannabis over time. Exposure to air can cause your buds to dry out and lose potency as well as pick up unwanted odors and flavors. Storing your cannabis in an airtight container can help minimize exposure to air.


Best Storage Containers for Cannabis

Now that we know what factors can affect cannabis storage let’s take a look at some of the best containers for keeping your stash fresh.

Mason Jars

Mason jars are a popular choice for storing cannabis because they’re airtight affordable and easy to find. Look for jars with a rubber seal and a clamp lid to ensure a tight seal. You can also add a humidity pack to the jar to maintain the ideal humidity level.

Vacuum-Sealed Bags

Vacuum-sealed bags are another great option for storing cannabis because they remove all the air from the container which can help prevent oxidation and preserve freshness. Look for bags that are specifically designed for cannabis storage and have a moisture-barrier layer.

Humidor Boxes

If you’re serious about storing cannabis long-term a humidor box might be worth the investment. These specialized boxes are designed to maintain the ideal humidity level for storing cigars but they work great for cannabis too. Look for a humidor with a digital hygrometer to monitor the humidity level inside.


Tips for Storing Cannabis

In addition to using the right container there are a few other tips you can follow to ensure your cannabis stays fresh and potent.

Store in a Cool Dark Place

As we mentioned earlier exposure to light and extreme temperatures can degrade the quality of your cannabis. Store your containers in a cool dark place like a closet or drawer away from any heat sources or windows.

Don’t Store in the Fridge or Freezer

While it might seem like a good idea to store your cannabis in the fridge or freezer to keep it fresh this can actually do more harm than good. The fluctuations in temperature and humidity can cause your buds to become brittle and lose potency. Stick to storing at room temperature in a dark place.

Keep Different Strains Separate

If you have multiple strains of cannabis it’s best to store them separately to avoid cross-contamination of flavors and aromas. Label your containers clearly so you know what’s inside.

Don’t Pack Too Tightly

When filling your storage containers don’t pack your buds too tightly. This can cause them to become compressed and lose their shape and texture. Leave some room for air to circulate around the buds.

Check on Your Stash Regularly

Even with proper storage it’s a good idea to check on your cannabis regularly to make sure it’s still fresh and free from mold or other contaminants. Give your containers a quick visual inspection and a sniff test every few weeks.


Conclusion

Proper storage is key to maintaining the quality and potency of your cannabis over time. By following the tips in this guide and investing in the right storage containers you can ensure that your stash stays fresh and flavorful for months to come. Remember to keep your cannabis in a cool dark place maintain the ideal humidity level and check on it regularly for any signs of degradation. With a little care and attention you can enjoy your favorite strains at their peak potency whenever you want.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long does cannabis stay fresh when stored properly?

    When stored in an airtight container in a cool dark place with the ideal humidity level cannabis can stay fresh for up to six months to a year. However the exact shelf life will depend on factors like the initial quality of the buds and how often the container is opened.

  • Can I store cannabis in plastic bags?

    While you can store cannabis in plastic bags for short periods of time it's not recommended for long-term storage. Plastic bags are not airtight and can allow moisture and air to enter which can degrade the quality of your buds over time. Stick to glass jars or vacuum-sealed bags for best results.

  • What's the best humidity level for storing cannabis?

    The ideal humidity level for storing cannabis is between 59% and 63%. You can maintain this level by using a humidity pack or a humidor box with a digital hygrometer.

  • How can I tell if my cannabis has gone bad?

    If your cannabis has gone bad you may notice a change in color (usually to a darker brown) an unpleasant odor (like hay or mildew) or visible signs of mold growth. If you suspect your cannabis has gone bad it's best to err on the side of caution and discard it.

  • Can I store different strains of cannabis together?

    While you can store different strains of cannabis together it's generally not recommended as the flavors and aromas can mix together over time. If you want to maintain the unique characteristics of each strain it's best to store them separately in labeled containers.

Disclaimer

The statements on this blog are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any disease. FDA has not evaluated statements contained within the blog. Information on this website or in any materials or communications from Inheal is for educational/informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult your healthcare provider before making any healthcare decisions, correct dosage or for guidance about a specific medical condition.

by Chris Dorcey

A connoisseur of cannabis creativity and true contemplation with more than 20 years of experience, Chris extracts deep thoughts from getting lightly baked and shares his wandering mind. He blends cuisine and cannabis culture into nutritious, delicious recipes and insights for other hemp lovers.

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