The worst kind of marijuana is one that is brittle, dry and tasteless. It doesn’t matter how special or potent the strain is; poor storage practices can cause weed to go bad.
Elements to Avoid
There are four noteworthy elements that can cause your fresh stash to deteriorate rapidly. The first one is heat, which can dry out sticky buds and alter their profile. Exposure to excessive heat may force THCA to be converted into CBNA (and CBN when heated thoroughly). CBN contains psychoactive properties, but the effect is noticeably shorter, compared to THC. Storing cannabis properly preserves THC levels, preventing the conversion to CBN.
The next factor to avoid is light. During exposure, light may have negative effects on the bud’s trichome count. If you’re into marijuana concentrates or kief, it is important to make sure that the tiny resin glands are not damaged. Trichomes are also responsible for making cannabinoids and terpenes. “Despite celebration of the plant’s green leaves and buds, it is actually the nearly invisible sugary crystalline trichomes that provide all medical or recreational value,” explained Gooey Rabinski from Whaxy.
Air is another component to be concerned about during cannabis preservation. Too much of it will cause your stash to dry out, affecting its potency and flavor. The last variable that could accelerate decay in weed has nothing to do with mother nature. Excessive handling could cause trichomes to fall off the bud prematurely, resulting in a less potent stash. This is why it is common practice for dispensary representatives to use chopsticks while handling cannabis.
Preserving marijuana is not difficult, and with the right tools you can keep your stash fresh longer than the average consumer. Airtight jars are the best solution, when it comes to storing weed (sealable versions are highly recommended). The size of the jar should also be taken into consideration- since large containers hold more air, it would be advisable to use a small jar that appropriately matches the size of your stash. During storage, place the jar in a cool, dark location, away from sources of light. Individuals who are planning to keep their stash for six months or longer may utilize vacuum seal storage bags.
Storing weed in a refrigerator or freezer is not a good idea. Varying humidity levels and extreme temperatures can damage the profile of your precious buds. Furthermore, moisture may also cause dangerous mold and bacteria to grow inside the container. “When you freeze cannabis buds, those potent little trichomes become like tiny icicles. This makes them stiff and brittle and actually makes them fall off and break off the buds. The more you handle the buds in and out of the freezer, the more you lose those active ingredients that help alleviate the symptoms you ‘re trying to address,” said Harborside Health Center, a leading California-based cannabis dispensary.