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What’s the Best Way to Store Cannabis Flower?

5 Ways to Keep Your Greens Greener

May 10, 2024
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So, you've got your hands on some prime flower—awesome sauce! But let's address the green elephant in the room: how do you keep your flower as fresh as the day you bagged it? Whether you're new to cannabis or a seasoned smoker, knowing how to store your buds properly is do or die for keeping their potency, flavor, and freshness.

If you're tired of dry, harsh smoke or disappointed by diminished effects, it's time to step up your storage game. Let's explore some straightforward and effective tips to keep your stash in tip-top shape.

Choosing the Right Container

Airtight glass jars are your best bet when it comes to keeping your flower fresh. They keep air out and preserve the quality of your buds by preventing exposure to light. Glass doesn't interact with the cannabis, either, which means the flavor and aroma will remain in its best state.

Plastic bags or containers should be avoided for long-term storage because they can create static that harms the trichomes—those tiny, potent crystals on your buds. Plastic bags are cool for temporary solutions, but they are not the way to go in the long run. If you’d rather keep your stash in a bag than a jar, opt for a mylar bag instead of plastic.

Cool, Dark, and Dry

Your cannabis needs a cool, dark, and dry place to rest. Too much heat can dry out the cannabinoids and terpenes that give your flower its one-of-a-kind effects and flavors, while light kills the quality over time.

A good rule of thumb is to store your cannabis in a closet or a drawer where the temperature is consistent and below 77°F (25°C) to avoid any risk of mold or mildew.

Longevity

While basic storage tips can go a long way, understanding some advanced methods can elevate your storage game, helping your flower stay as potent as possible for as long as possible. Here are a few pro tips to consider:

Vacuum-Sealing for Extended Freshness

Vacuum-sealing is a go-to option because it removes air from the storage bag, slowing down the degradation process by minimizing the flower's exposure to oxygen. When vacuum-sealing, you should add a small humidity control pack to maintain the perfect amount of moisture in the bag.

Avoid the Freezer

It might seem like a good idea to store your cannabis in the fridge or freezer to keep it fresh, but this myth is grass. A refrigerator's fluctuating temperatures and humidity levels can increase the chances of mold. Freezing, on the other hand, can really mess up the trichomes in your flower and make them become brittle and break off.

Use Ground Flower Quickly

If you prefer to grind your flower in batches for convenience, use that ground material quickly. Ground flower is more exposed to air, which speeds up the breakdown of cannabinoids and terpenes. For the best experience, only grind what you'll use in the moment and save any remaining whole buds under the right conditions mentioned above.

Fresher is Better

Storing your cannabis correctly can maximize its shelf life and improve the quality of each smoke sesh. The key to top-notch cannabis storage is consistency and attention to detail. Regular checks and adjustments to your storage setup can help kill any potential issues before they impact the quality of your flower. Whether you’re storing a sativa to energize and inspire or an indica to unwind and relax, proper storage is a must to enjoy the full spectrum of benefits your cannabis has to offer.

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