10 Things you shouldn't do with cannabis

Published Sep 29, 2022 09:59 a.m. ET
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We’re always talking about the numerous incredible things that cannabis can do for us and how to harness those effects to enhance almost any experience. There’s so much good information out there slowly reducing the stigma, but there is very little focus on the things we shouldn’t do with cannabis products because it isn’t sexy or entertaining. Here, we’re going to do just that by addressing some of the most general don’ts that every single consumer should know.

1. Fly

This is number one on this list because forgetting to ditch your stash before it’s time to board a flight can have dire consequences, even if you’re travelling from one legal state or country to another. Even if you were to manage to get past security, you could end up charged, detained, jailed, or possibly trapped in a faraway place, and that’s not something anyone wants to experience while travelling.

2. Store it in clear mason jars

We’ve come a long way since the time when most consumers stored cannabis in the cheap plastic bags that it came in, but far too many still believe mason jars are the perfect solution for those who want to store cannabis long-term. Sadly, unless it’s also in a very dark room with absolutely no exposure to sunlight, flower will quickly degrade in this type of storage container. Instead, it’s typically recommended to keep these plant materials in a UV-proof container that will stop harmful light and heat from seeping in.

3. Leave it in your car

Leaving your cannabis in a locked and secured vehicle might seem like a good idea, especially when you’re entering spaces that aren’t so welcoming when it comes to the smell, but there are very few worse places for plant materials, and it’s not hard to see why. All motor vehicles boast windows, which is why they don’t take long to get up to deadly temperatures in the summertime, and most don’t realize the devastating impact this can have on cannabis.

Everything from terpenes to cannabinoids and bud structure is at risk when hot temperatures are added to the equation due to low boiling points. For this reason, cannabis should never be stored in a vehicle for an extended period of time.

4. Carry it in your pocket

It’s hard to find a good stash spot when you’re someone who is always on the go, but very few cannabis products hold up well to the heat and commotion endured in the bottom of your pocket. Even with durable storage containers, there is always a risk of breaking the packaging, so it’s just not the best idea. Instead, a purse, fanny pack, or cargo pants pockets are far more suitable, as all will reduce the risk of crushing and breaking to a minimum.

5. Toss it whole into food

Yes, edibles are a fantastic tool for both recreational and medicinal consumers, and they are so easy to make, but it takes a bit more than just throwing some fresh grind into the mix to make the magic happen. First, it needs to go through a process called decarboxylation, which uses heat to activate the cannabinoids, and then it should be used to infuse a base ingredient that can then be added to almost any recipe to create elevated goodies. Even using activated grinds isn’t the best idea since it will significantly alter the taste and texture, so go the extra mile and do it right instead.


6. Grow without the proper equipment

After toking for a while, it doesn’t take long to see the costs adding up, motivating those on a budget to take a leap into cultivation to save money. The trouble is that it looks a lot easier than it is to pull off a sufficient crop, even if it’s just one person’s supply because of legal limits. A windowsill plant might survive, but it isn’t going to thrive without grow lights, temperature and humidity controls. So, if you can afford to buy the basics, that’s the best place to start this journey.

7. Keep it in the freezer

A freezer is a great tool that helps us to preserve the quality and freshness of many consumable products, but it’s not a very good place to store your weed. This is because the extremely low temperatures freeze the trichomes, which leads to them falling like snow from the flower. The only time this should be done is in preparation for creating certain types of hash. Other than that, you’re much better off storing your cannabis almost anywhere else.

8. Exceed legal limits

Whether you’re a cultivator or consumer, it is essential to keep up to date on your local laws surrounding cannabis, and each place is different. In some states or countries, it’s entirely acceptable to grow up to 3 plants at a time, whereas other places may not allow it at all, and a few are more relaxed, allowing up to 10 or more. Possession of cannabis products is very much the same way, with fluctuating rules in every direction, so this is the first thing that every consumer should know. Breaking those laws could result in fines, jail time, or worse, and that’s not a risk you should take.

9. Make extracts with hazardous solvents

BHO (butane hash oil) used to be the most popular cannabis concentrate because it is easy to make with nothing more than a few cans of butane which can be found just about anywhere. The problem is that it’s not safe, as this explosive solvent is awful to breathe in and dangerous to work with. This method also leaves behind far too many chemicals that could wreak havoc on your health, a downside that counteracts so many of these wonderful plants' benefits.

10. Let it go to waste

If cannabis enthusiasts should know anything, it’s that this plant cannot and should not ever be wasted no matter what, because there is always someone out there who is struggling to maintain their own supply. Both medical patients and recreational consumers would appreciate such a gift, and in some cases, it could even improve someone’s overall quality of life. Unaffordability is a huge barrier for many, so this wealth should always be shared rather than squandered.



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