Storage Best Practices
Unfortunately, cannabis doesn't last forever - it's perishable. It is a harvested crop, after all! So how should you keep it fresh? First, it's important to understand what affects it.
Cannabis is pretty picky when it comes to temperature. When preserving your cannabis, it’s important that it’s not too hot or too cold.
Why? When cannabis is exposed to high temperatures, cannabinoids start to degrade. 70 degrees is the ideal temperature for storage.
Like heat, humidity directly impacts the potential degradation of cannabis. High humidity can introduce moisture back into the cannabis flowers, which means you’re risking mold and ammoniated flavors. Low humidity, on the other hand, can lead to dry leaves, causing your cannabis to become fragile and brittle. When storing your cannabis, aim for a humidity level that spans somewhere between 59 to 63 percent range. Doing so will ensure that your cannabis stays true to its intended form, fresh, and free of potentially harmful bacteria.
According to research, high exposure to ultraviolet light is the main culprit when it comes to cannabis degradation. Keep in mind, UV light works quickly.
Heavy exposure to oxygen can cause cannabinoid degradation. Controlling oxygen levels is essential to prolonging the life of your cannabis.
So, how should I store my cannabis?
Never! Plastic storage can cause cannabis to sweat moisture.
A glass jar with a screw-on lid is perhaps the most effective when it comes to storing cannabis.