Together with the changes in cannabis legislation, new tasks and problems arise in the industry. More and more people are starting to grow weed, and the question of how to store it is becoming significant.
When you ask growers, you will find out that there is no one right way of storing buds. There is a great number of tips, methods, and practices, and each of them works fine, at least under certain conditions.
Why are there so many ways? Why cannot we just put weed into jars and forget about it until we need it? The thing is, cannabis, like many other plants, is picky about the level of humidity. If the place of storage is too humid, it creates the perfect conditions for mold and mildew to develop. As you can understand, that pretty much equals to ruined buds.
At the same time, when the moisture level is too low, the weed gets too crispy and fragile, the trichomes (tiny hairs that are responsible for marijuana's effects) become overly dry and brittle, and terpenes and cannabinoids start to decompose. As a result, the cannabis becomes less effective, and you may feel disappointed when consuming it.
We have assembled several most popular and most effective tips on how to keep your weed in its best condition and not have to worry about all the dangers that can ruin it.
In dispensaries and other stores, you may find all kinds of storage containers, but a regular mason jar with a wide mouth remains the most common one. It will perfectly fit everyone who needs to store a small amount of cannabis.
First, sterilize the jar with boiling water, dry it, put your weed inside, and add 55-62 percent 2-way humidity control packets. The most famous are Integra Boost and Boveda, but if you have others, use them on the condition that they fit the RH percentage.
As long as you have humidity control packets inside (you will need to change them once in a while), you can store your cannabis for years. That is why you should never forget to label every single jar with the name of the strain and the date you put it inside.
A personal humidor may cost more than humidity control packets, but it will be more financially sustainable after a while. However, you need to be careful with choosing the right humidor as not everything that is well-suited for tobacco is applicable to cannabis. For instance, the interior wood should be neutral, like mahogany, as tobacco humidors usually use cedar, which is meant to enhance the flavor.
You can use clean (reverse osmosis or bottled) water to hydrate the beads in a 50-percent RH bead system. The beads will keep the humidity in between 55 and 62 percent RH, and just like the 2-way humidity control packets, the beads will act as a desiccant and humidifier at the same time. When you use packets, you need to buy new ones every time they become out of use, and a personal humidor simply requires to be filled with water. You immerse beads into clean water until they automatically stabilize at around 50 percent RH and repeat this procedure every one or two weeks depending on the conditions in the room.
The problems that companies face when storing large amounts of cannabis are pretty much the same as other growers have: they need to maintain proper conditions for cured cannabis by controlling the temperature, access of fresh air, light, and humidity. All these factors can influence the terpene and cannabinoids content.
The best practice for large amounts of weed is to vacuum seal it in batches (for instance, one pound per batch) and keep them all in a cool, dark place. Sometimes, it is essential to displace oxygen with nitrogen inside the storage containers: this way, the appearance of mold and mildew becomes almost impossible, and compound degradation significantly decreases.
It can also be useful to obtain a monitoring hydrometer. This way, you will always know the conditions in the storage room or container. These days, you can even find a product that synchronizes with your smartphone and notifies you when the RH level is above the norm.