How to keep weed fresh

Published Jul 8, 2019 10:25 a.m. ET
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When you are growing marijuana, then it can feel like forever before it’s finally harvesting time, but once it comes to the point of needing storage to last for several months, that’s generally the most challenging part of cultivating. There are so many crucial steps that must be taken to avoid common problems that degrade the potency, flavor, and quality of the product. Here we will start with some of the best conditions in which to cure cannabis, include several helpful tips on how to store marijuana to keep it fresh all year long, and divulge a few neat tricks for refreshing weed that has lost its moisture.

How to cure weed

Learning how to cure cannabis properly makes things a whole lot easier once you get to the point of figuring out how to store it. This stage alone can dramatically impact the potency, and flavor of the end product, and prepare the bud for its long stow away in storage, so you want to be sure to get it right. No matter which method you choose, there are a few things that you are going to need to remember.

  1. Temperature
    The ideal temperatures for curing range between 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. Humidity
    Humidity levels should always hover around 45-55%.

  3. Light exposure
    The area you choose to cure your marijuana should be completely dark, as light exposure can degrade the cannabinoids and terpenes.

  4. Air circulation
    If you are following the guidelines for temperature, light exposure, and humidity, then you will need a fan to provide flow to avoid mold growth.

How to store marijuana

We have already mentioned a few of the elements that can be responsible for degrading cannabis, but once it’s cured, there are a few more things to be concerned about. Here are some tips and tricks from the professionals on how to store marijuana properly.

  1. Vacuum seal whenever possible
    Though for many of us, this is not an option, vacuum sealing preserves the moisture better than any other long-term storage options, so if you can, do it.

  2. Use glass or metal storage containers
    If you have chosen to vacuum seal your cannabis, you will still need to protect its integrity which can be degraded through moving within a thin plastic layer, so selecting a hard glass or metal container that is close to the same size of the bag is an excellent idea if you are unable to vacuum seal, than you will need something that works almost as well. Glass or metal storage containers that air seal, lock, and will hold up to being bumped around are the best choices.

  3. Select a container that is a similar size to the bud that you want to store
    If your bud is vacuum sealed than this isn’t going to be much of an issue, but loose buds that are banging around inside of a half-empty jar will quickly degrade from the movement alone. If you are trying to figure out how to store marijuana, choose a container that the bud will fill without being crushed.

  4. Keep your stash away from the light and oxygen
    Though good airflow is recommended for the curing stage, too much of it or light exposure can have devastating effects on cured cannabis. It can degrade the terpenes, as well as the cannabinoids, which will impact the flavor and strength. This is why you should always store your marijuana in a dry, dark place.

  5. Store marijuana bud away from other concentrates and accessories
    Many cannabis enthusiasts will attempt to store all their products together, including tools and concentrates in with bud. These things should not be kept together to avoid unnecessary damage to the bud. Marijuana should also not be kept in wood boxes that are meant for tobacco products, as the oils can leach into the bud and significantly change the taste.

5 Ways to rejuvenate dry bud

These tools can be used to help enhance the flavors of bud, as well as to add some much-needed moisture that has left too soon. A small piece of any of the following things can be added to cannabis for 1-3 days, and then they should be removed and disposed of to avoid mold.

  1. Bread
  2. Fruit peel (apple, orange, pear, banana, grapefruit, etc.)
  3. Mint leaves
  4. Potato peel
  5. Onion slice

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