Would you believe it if I told you that cannabis can remain stable, fresh, and ready to use for up to two years if stored properly?
Now, I don’t know why in the world you’d buy your favorite marijuana products and wait two years to consume it…
But it’s good to know that if you do things right you can make your stash last without it going bad for years.
And who knows. Maybe you’re in the business of growing your own plants (4 to be exact in Canada!). You never know when you might have some extra buds on hand you want to save for later.
The thing is, storing your marijuana is not as simple as rolling it up in a baggie, throwing it in the back of some drawer somewhere, and hoping that in a few months from now it’ll be as good as new.
That’s why today we’re outlining a quick and easy guide to storing marijuana so you can’t go wrong.
Elements That Will Ruin Your Weed
Understanding the elements that can wreak havoc on your marijuana over time can help you feel better about being so particular when it comes to storing it.
Let’s take a look at the biggest factors that ruin weed and how to store it properly so you don’t have to throw it out.
One of the biggest things that will degrade your cannabis flowers is light. In fact, harsh light will burn up the compounds in your cannabis plant that are needed to make you feel good:
- Cannabinoids: chemically active compounds found in the flower part of the cannabis plant. They make you feel the way you do when you ingest your product. There are over 85 different cannabinoids that have their own unique characteristics. Common examples include THC, THC-A, CBD, and CBC.
- Terpenes: although not unique to cannabis plants, terpenes are the compounds you can thank for the smell of your stash. In nature, terpenes are used to ward off insects, attract pollinators, and even protect against bacterial growth. For you, however, these chemical compounds emit aromas that help you relax, retain information, and so much more.
Without these valuable cannibinoids, the effects of your marijuana will suffer. This is why you should always avoid storing your containers of weed in direct sunlight.
Another major factor affecting your marijuana is air. Too much oxygen can speed up the degradation process. Too little oxygen can affect the humidity levels and cause mold or mildew.
That’s why vacuum sealing your marijuana is one of the best ways to preserve it for a long time. That said, not everyone has access to a vacuum sealer (or wants to deal with that hassle).
So, follow these best practices instead if you don’t plan on consuming your marijuana any time soon:
- Use a glass jar that seals tightly (no Tupperware or plastic lids please!)
- Find a jar that leaves just enough room for your product – too much air trapped inside when you seal it will ruin your product over time
- Make sure there is a little breathing room inside the jar so your buds don’t become crowded and humidity doesn’t develop
- Always store your containers in cool, dark places that don’t experience drastic temperature changes
- If you smell marijuana a few days after storing it, change the container because it’s not airtight enough
Not sure what kind of jars to put your marijuana in?
We recommend Mason jars because they are easily accessible and affordable. Plus, they come in a variety of sizes, which can make storing different amounts of product simple.
Just remember, if you buy the clear glass Mason jars (or any other type of clear jar), that you store your cannabis in a darkened place like a cupboard so light doesn’t get in.
Mildews and mold love to grow on plants that are hot and humid. And not only is this disgusting (no one wants to consume moldy product), it can be dangerous to your health.
The ideal temperature range for storing marijuana is between 65 F and 75 F (18 C and 24 C).
That said, you should never store your marijuana in a refrigerator or freezer.
The cold temperatures can cause the trichomes (those delicate crystals that give marijuana psychoactive effects) in your pot to burst and lose potency. Plus, fluctuations in temperature and humidity, whether in the fridge or freezer, can cause your product to degrade and/or mold.
Special Considerations for Storing Marijuana
If you’re really serious about storing marijuana for a long time, there are some other things to consider before throwing your product in a jar and calling it a day.
This wooden, mahogany container is perfect for storing marijuana and preserving its freshness. Not to mention, it’s a sophisticated way to store your weed for all to see.
Since no light can get into the container and degrade your product, as long as you maintain a stable temperature, this type of container can sit our anywhere in your house.
Just make sure you never use a tobacco humidor because they’re made out of cedar and can transfer oils and odors to your product and ruin it.
In the market for a great cannabis humidor? Check out Cannaseur, a Canadian-based company that creates sustainable wood products so you can store your marijuana in a stylish and effective way.
If you want to make sure the money you spent on your marijuana is not wasted, invest a little more in some Boveda Packs. Found at one of our Featured MOMs, Canna Wholesalers, these tiny, inexpensive packs are perfect for managing the humidity levels of your cannabis.
Using salts and water absorbent beads, Boveda Packs will keep the humidity of your weed at a precise level by releasing moisture when things get dry, and absorbing moisture when things get humid.
Even better, they complement your cannabis humidor so your marijuana is guaranteed to stay fresh.
CVault Storage Container
Again, for those looking for ways to store their marijuana for long periods of time, the CVault storage container is an exceptional choice. Created by the same people that bring Boveda Packs to you, CVault storage containers aim to control the amount of humidity that reaches your marijuana.
Adding to that, no light can penetrate the CVault storage container, so your marijuana never degrades, even if you let it sit for years.
And there you have it! A quick and easy guide to storing marijuana so that no matter how long you have your product on hand, it stays as fresh as the day you bought it.
Interested in having your marijuana delivered straight to your front door?
Be sure to check out our comprehensive mail order marijuana (MOM) dispensary directory. As we gain momentum as the Amazon of weed, you can trust that your marijuana purchases are safe, legal, and secure.
That way you can focus on how to store your stash rather than where you’re going to get it from.