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Well if you’ve made it this far then you can probably imagine just how important the proper storage conditions are for keeping cannabis fresh and potent. Unfortunately for uneducated consumers, there are a lot of myths and urban legends for how to store cannabis that are actually quite the opposite of “Proper Storage”. So let’s see… Where should we start?
This is one of the most common mistakes in cannabis storage. But why you ask? I mean it works for cigars, and cigars are made of tobacco, which is also dried plant matter, right? So we’re good right? Sadly, no my friend. The problem with humidors is that most of them are made of cedar wood and are seasoned with oils, which can leech off into your cannabis and affect taste in a harsh way. And on top of that, they can oversaturate your cannabis. Diminishing the quality and taste. You see, humidors are designed for tobacco, which requires an optimal relative humidity range of 60-70%. Cannabis has an optimum relative humidity range of 50%-60%. Lower than that of tobacco.
Yeah, that’s not such a good idea. No matter how high end your shiny stainless steel beauty is sitting in the corner of your kitchen, a fridge has extreme fluctuations in both temperature and humidity. Every time you open the door the temperature rises a few degrees, and then takes time again to chill down. All your doing is creating a breeding ground for fungus and mildew. It’s basically an open invitation for mold.
The freezer is actually a great place to keep your cannabis fresh. However once frozen, the already fragile trichomes become brittle and can shatter apart easily. The thawing process also introduces more moisture at once than the plant can absorb, typically resulting in condensation on the buds. The only time Cannabis should be stored in the freezer is for making a nice batch of Fresh Frozen Bubble Hash.
Above the Fridge or Microwave
The common misconception here is that because these are dark cabinets up high and nobody ever really goes into them anyways so it’s a good stash spot. While they are in point of fact dark, they are also usually really warm in temperature. You get more of a constant elevated temperature above a fridge, and swings of elevated temperatures when next to or above microwaves. So while a dark place is in fact best, just make sure it’s not near any electronics or major appliances that are going to be giving off heat and causing temperature swings. Again, sings in temperature and elevated temperature consistently provides that perfect environment for mold, mildew and fungus. Nasty stuff.
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There is an old English proverb.
“Necessity is the mother of invention.”
Meaning that difficult or impossible scenarios prompt inventions aimed at reducing the difficulty. Why the brief factoid you ask? Because simply put, a Greenskeeper is a bare necessity for any cannabis user. Listen, I didn’t start smoking cannabis until I was 33 yrs. old. I mean, I tried it once in college and had a panic attack, which is a story for another posting… But since then I never touched it, until it was actually recommended to me as an alternative way to try and relax as opposed to popping stress pills. So there I was, standing in my garage with a bag full of wonderful sticky green, and I thought to myself… I really feel like the guy from the 40 yr old Virgin Movie… I mean, I was a total noob. Didn’t know how to hold a pipe the right way, wasn’t sure if I was packing the bowl right, and HOLY F@CK THIS S#!T REEKS!!!! Then paranoia kicks in and I swear the entire surrounding 2 block radius could smell it too! The Gig was up!!!
After a few months of awkwardness when heading into the garage I became a natural, but I started to notice a trend. All my bud was drying out. Fast. And this medicine isn’t cheap!!! What was I doing wrong? So I research storage for cannabis. Guess what… Nothing. Don’t get me wrong, there were plenty of blogs and articles that Google pointed me to which all gave great guidelines for HOW to store it, but nothing made for ACTUALLY storing it. So I did what any respectable geeky bakehead would do and I turned to reddit to guide my fate. After browsing r/trees and reading what the other Ents had to say and browsing various forums, I found myself inside my local linens store buying plastic food storage containers because this is what all the “Connoisseurs” we using. After adding a humidity pack I noticed my bud was finally starting to last a little longer. But damn, this storage method… Absolutely horrible… After a few months I couldn’t take it anymore, so I got together with Jack and Colin and we decided to use our collective skillsets to tackle this problem for pot heads everywhere.
Our solution to the storage woes of the cannabis community is Greenskeeper. It’s a storage system for the cannabis users of today, and hopefully the future. With dispensaries and recreational stores becoming more and more like your local delicatessen, consumers now use a variety of strains at any given time. We brought that thought process into account when designing Greenskeeper. All the basics are there. It’s airtight, you have humidity control, and the UV protection lets you store it anywhere you want. Being able to configure the inner containers with either a 5 bottle or 3 bottle set offers up maximum flexibility depending on what kind of consumer you are. Even if you like one particular strain, you can easily ditch the inner bottles and use it for storage of large amounts of a single strain. Heck you can even get crazy and mix all the strains together in the main container. You know, if you’re into that sort of thing… But for all the OCD smokers out there, the labeling system works out great so you never mix up your strains. And when it gets a little too dirty, just throw it in the top shelf of your dishwasher...
Keeping my cannabis fresh is an absolute necessity for me. I know, it’s horrible, I’ve become a cannabis snob, but I know there are a lot of people out there who are just as passionate about their sticky green bud as I am. All that being said, Greenskeeper, ultimately solved a huge problem in my life. Hopefully it can help out a few others as well…
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So you’ve found yourself some Top Shelf… Perhaps it’s your favorite medicinal strain from a local dispensary. Or, maybe you scored yourself some frosty nugs making your first recreational purchase. However you got your hands on it, you certainly don’t want any of it to go to waste. But now you’ve enjoyed a bowl, and you can’t figure out where, what, or how to store this stuff. You know the plastic baggie it came in isn’t going to work, but your stoned, you’ll take care of it later… Remember?!? So next weekend rolls around and you reach for your sweet stash to roll up a smoke for the road, but when you grab the baggie, you just remembered… Didn’t you… That your baggie doesn’t work, and that your Top Shelf is now Bunk-O…
Don’t worry; you can easily avoid another case of crusty bud by following a few simple rules of thumb when it comes to storing cannabis.
No matter what you store your cannabis in, making sure the container is air tight helps to extend the life if your bud. When air can easily flow in and out of a container, bud can dry out and become even more fragile than it already is. Typically access to air will leave your bud brown and crumbly. The constant airflow has also sucked the remaining moisture from the buds leaving the trichomes all but destroyed. So make sure that container is sealed shut with no access to the outside world.
Even though cannabis flower is already dried and cured when ready for consumption, it still has a small amount of moisture. This little bit of remaining moisture helps to maintain the trichome structure and efficacy. Proper moisture also allows for the curing process and terpene development to continue. An air tight container helps, but the use of a self regulating humidity pack or humidity beads are recommended. Humidity beads are a little more costly but last longer as all you need to do is re-hydrate them with distilled water. However humidity packs, while inexpensive and disposable, have the ability to regulate the relative humidity in the container by not only releasing moisture when the air is dry, but also to absorb moisture when the air is to wet.
This ones easy right? Keep it in the dark. Simple. But why? The culprit isn’t really light itself, but rather harmful UV rays that come along with light. UV Rays severely degrade the fragile trichomes on the bud destroying valuable cannabinoids such as THCa and CBDa. The simplest way to solve this issue is obviously, keep the container in a dark place. Or if by chance you happen to store your stash in an area where light has access to it, it’s best to keep it in a container that offers UV protection of some kind. This can be a UV coated opaque container or just a plain solid container works as well.
Knowing these simple rules of thumb should help you in holding on to your top shelf bud that much longer. But after you’ve gone out and tried a bunch of different containers and locations to store your cannabis, remember to come back here, and grab yourself a Greenskeeper… It’s the best way to store your cannabis, anywhere you want.
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