Storing cannabis correctly is essential to ensure that it remains fresh, potent, and ready to use. However, with so many storage options available on the market, it can be difficult to know where to start. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to help you find the perfect storage solution for your cannabis, no matter your budget. Whether you’re looking for an affordable option or are willing to invest in a more high-end solution, we’ve got you covered. From airtight containers to humidity-controlled units, we’ll take a look at the best storage options for every budget. So, whether you’re a seasoned cannabis enthusiast or just getting started, read on to learn how to store your cannabis like a pro.
HOW NOT TO STORE CANNABIS
Using Plastic for Cannabis Storage
Storing cannabis in plastic is not recommended because plastic can trap moisture, which can lead to mold growth. Mold can ruin the quality of your cannabis and make it unsafe to consume. Additionally, plastic can also trap odors and flavors, which can affect the taste and smell of your cannabis. Plastic is not a breathable material, which means that it can’t allow the cannabis to “breathe” and release the humidity, which can cause the buds to dry out and lose potency, flavor and aroma.
Sun Exposure and UV Degradation
Exposing cannabis to direct sunlight is not recommended because UV rays can degrade the quality of the cannabis. Sunlight can cause the THC and CBD levels to decrease, and can also cause the color of the buds to fade. Additionally, sunlight can also cause the cannabis to dry out, which can affect the taste and texture of the buds. Sunlight can also cause the trichomes to become brittle and fall off, which can affect the potency of the cannabis.
Storing Cannabis in the Fridge
Storing cannabis in the refrigerator or freezer is not recommended because the fluctuation in temperature can cause the trichomes to become brittle and fall off, which can affect the potency and taste of the cannabis. Cold temperatures can also cause the moisture in the buds to condense, which can lead to mold growth and other issues. Additionally, the odor and flavors of other food items stored in the fridge can mix with the cannabis and affect the taste of the buds.
HOW TO STORE CANNABIS
It’s important to store cannabis in a cool, dark place where it is protected from UV rays and other environmental factors. This can help to preserve the potency, aroma, and taste of the cannabis, ensuring that it remains fresh for longer periods of time. It’s best if your cannabis is kept at a consistent temperature between 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit and a humidity level of around 60% is also ideal for cannabis storage to keep the buds from becoming too dry or too moist.
Additionally, it’s also important to store cannabis in airtight containers to protect it from light, air, and humidity. Let’s get into some cannabis storage containers for every budget!
CANNABIS STORAGE FOR EVERY BUDGET
Storing Cannabis in the Original Packaging
This is by no means what we recommend for storing your cannabis but sometimes you have to work with what you got. Storing your cannabis in the packaging it came in isn’t great but it’s better than nothing and most importantly… it’s the most budget-friendly option.
Storing cannabis in the packaging it came in may not be the best option for long-term storage. Most commercial packaging used by dispensaries and growers are made of paper or plastic, which are not airtight. This means that the cannabis can be exposed to air, light, and humidity, which can cause it to dry out, lose potency, and even develop mold. Additionally, paper packaging can be easily damaged, torn or become damp, which can cause the buds to lose their potency and aroma.
It doesn’t cost much to take your cannabis storage game to the next level, so if you’re willing to spend a few more bucks, it can make a drastic difference in your experience.
Glass Jars for Cannabis Storage
Glass jars are a budget-friendly option for storing cannabis because they are relatively inexpensive, widely available, and durable. They can be found at most kitchen or home goods stores, and come in a variety of sizes, making them a versatile option for cannabis storage.
One of the biggest advantages of using glass jars for cannabis storage is that they are airtight. This helps to keep the cannabis fresh by preventing air, light, and humidity from entering the jar and affecting the buds. The airtight seal also helps to keep the smell of cannabis contained, which can be especially useful if you want to keep your cannabis discreet.
Another advantage of glass jars is that they are see-through. This allows you to easily monitor the condition of your cannabis and check for signs of mold, discoloration, or other issues. Additionally, glass is a non-porous material, so it won’t absorb odors or flavors from the cannabis, which can affect the taste and smell of the buds.
Lastly, glass jars are durable and easy to clean. They can be washed with soap and water or put in the dishwasher, which makes them easy to maintain and keep clean.
Note: Use a humidifier pack, like Boveda, in your container to regulate humidty.
Cannabis-Specific Airtight Storage Containers
For those who are willing to invest a bit more in their cannabis storage, storage container made specifically for cannabis may be a good option. These containers may be a pit pricer than a glass jar, but will make a significant difference worth every penny.
Different containers excel at different things – some are designed to prevent UV and oxygen degradation, child-proofing systems, odor control, and humidity regulation.
Our favorite option is our Cannascape™ Classic Matte Black – It is designed to maximize and maintain the freshness of your flowers (up to 2 ounces) in a premium, sleek aesthetic. This isn’t any ordinary airtight container, it’s airless! Our patented inner lid within the stash jar removes excess oxygen and blocks out light to create an ideal environment that protects your flowers from the elements that degrade cannabinoids and terpenes, aka potency, flavors, smell, and the unique qualities of each individual strain. You know, the good stuff that you’ve learned to love and care for.
Science aside, the aesthetics are second to none. The Cannascape™ Classic Matte is made of 18/8 restaurant grade stainless steel and coated in a clean, matte finish, topped with a smoked, airtight lid that keeps the container odorless. Featured on the jar is a writable strain information table to keep track of strain name, harvest date, terpene flavors, percentages, and content breakdowns so you don’t have to worry about holding onto the label it came with.
Note: Use a humidifier pack, like Boveda, in your container to regulate humidity.
If you want more insight on the best weed containers, read our blog post here.
Humidity-Controlled Cannabis Storage
Humidity-controlled containers for cannabis storage are a great option for those looking to take their cannabis storage to the next level. These containers are designed to maintain a specific humidity level, which is ideal for preserving the quality and potency of cannabis.
Humidity controlled containers can be adjusted to maintain a humidity level of around 60%, which is considered to be the ideal range for cannabis storage. They often come equipped with a hygrometer, which can be used to monitor the humidity level inside the container.
Additionally, humidity-controlled containers often feature airtight seals, which can help to keep the cannabis fresh by preventing air, light, and humidity from entering the container and affecting the buds. They are also often UV-protective and child-proof, which can be helpful if you want to keep your cannabis discreet or keep it away from children.
All the features you need to be worry-free and keep your cannabis fresh.
Our favorite is the storage options from Cannador. They have many different sizes ranging from holding 2 to 9 different strains, and they even make a box optimized to hold pre-rolls. Their storage options are compatible with the VaporBeads™ which are a rechargeable bead system made of medical grade silica which are impregnated with a salt based formula. The beads have micropores for excess moisture absorption to give precise humidity control.
No matter what your budget, there are plenty of options for storing cannabis to ensure that it stays fresh, potent, and ready to enjoy. By investing in a storage solution that meets your specific needs, you can preserve your cannabis for longer periods of time and ensure that it remains of the highest quality.