Proper Cannabis Storage

Cannabis storage is serious business. Get it wrong and you could quickly end up with dried out cannabis or worst, moldy cannabis.

Here are a few tips from someone who's done it right and also done it wrong a few times!

Do – store out of direct sunlight in a cool, dry place

Do – store in containers with a neutral charge, like glass Mason jars

Do – use hygrometers or products like @Boveda to monitor and control RH levels

Do – vacuum seal jars and containers to minimize oxygen exposure

Do – stay organized. Separate your strains to maintain their individual flavor profiles. Be sure to label and date them if you remove them from their original package. Mixing up strains isn't fun.

Do — not stress about storing cannabis. The best way to get the most out of your herb is to smoke it in a timely fashion!

Like a fine wine cellar or whiskey barrel, properly dried and cured cannabis is best when kept in a cool, dark place. While there is no steadfast expiration date for cannabis, if you store it well it should last about six months to one year before losing considerable potency and flavor. 

Mildew and mold on cannabis thrive in temperatures between 77° and 86° F, so keeping your cannabis in a cool, dark place and it will go a long way. Excessive heat can dry out the cannabinoids and terpenes that have taken months to develop. When these essential oils get too dry along with plant material, it can result in a hot, harsh smoke.

Wherever you store your cannabis, keep it between 59% and 63% RH when stored to maintain and enhance color, consistency, aroma, and flavor.

Keeping your RH below 65% reduces the chances for mold to occur. However, if your RH drops too low, you risk your trichomes becoming brittle and drying out the essential 

At some point in our cannabis consumption, we’ve all asked ourselves, “How long is my cannabis good for?”

Like a fine wine cellar or whiskey barrel, properly dried and cured cannabis is best when kept in a cool, dark place. While there is no steadfast expiration date for cannabis, if you store it well it should last about six months to one year before losing considerable potency and flavor.

And....a few DONT'S!

Don’t – store in the refrigerator. The fluctuations in humidity and temperature can actually increase your chance of mold and mildew. If you do refrigerate, vacuum-seal completely. Cold buds will scavenge water from the air, ruining the flavor. Allow container enough time to return to room temperature before re-opening.

Don’t – store in the freezer. Freezing temperatures cause the fragile trichomes to become brittle and break off like little icicles when handled. If you do freeze, vacuum-seal completely and keep frozen. Since a frozen bud scavenges water from the air, ruining the flavor, allow frozen container and buds enough time to return to room temperature before re-opening.

Don’t – store in cheap plastic bags or containers. Plastic often has a static charge that can attract precious trichomes.

Don’t – store above or around electronics or appliances that give off heat. Heat rises—instead, store your cannabis in a low cupboard, shelf, or in the basement of your house, much like a wine cellar.

Don’t – use a tobacco humidor. Most use cedar wood, which has oils that transfer and can influence the flavors of your cannabis. They also tend to employ sponges that use propylene glycol to regulate humidity and can oversaturate your cannabis.

Don’t – store grinders, pipes, or other paraphernalia with your cannabis. The ash and resin from burnt cannabis tends to linger and will stink up any storage container. Also, it is simply good etiquette to keep your supplies separate and clean. 

Good luck ladies, and we will be launching our KG locking storage box this year so you will no longer have an excuse for storing your cannabis in your Choo box! 

xo, 

kelly