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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