Finding moldy cannabis flower or eating an edible that’s lost its effects is never a pleasant experience. While you may not have put much thought into methods for storing your cannabis products, proper storage can make a massive difference in the life and quality of your marijuana.
Lansing Weed Deals summarized the best way to store each form of cannabis, so you can ensure you’re maximizing the life of your marijuana products. From flower to concentrates, here’s how to store cannabis at home.
When storing cannabis flower to extend its life and freshness, it’s essential to keep heat and humidity in mind. Mold grows best in temperatures between 77 and 87 degrees F, and excessive heat can cause the cannabis to dry out, so it’s recommended to store cannabis in a cool, dark place. Try not to store it in a humid place either, as humidity can also create a breeding ground for mildew. Any location that has 59-63% humidity is ideal.
Direct light can also contribute to cannabinoids, the psychoactive compound in marijuana, breaking down faster than normal. Store cannabis away from sunlight in a glass jar to help maintain the integrity and the quality of the flower.
Cannabis Infused Products
Like cannabis flower, products that are infused with cannabis thrive best when placed in sealed containers and stored in a place that is cool and dark. However, unlike flower, the shelf life of tinctures, salves, balms, cooking oils, and edibles can be extended by placing them in the refrigerator. Depending on the type of infused product, the shelf life can vary.
The shelf life and quality of edibles drastically depend on the type of edible. Baked goods will perish fastest, but freezing them can help extend their life by several weeks. Chocolates and hard candies will last longer than baked goods, especially if stored in a refrigerator or freezer. Cooking oil can be divided into ice cube trays and frozen in order to extend their life for up to a year.
If you have any questions about storing your edibles, your budtender can be a great resource in helping you determine the best way to maximize their shelf life.
If you’re an infrequent cannabis user, tinctures may be the best option for you as they can maintain their quality for years under the right conditions. Store tinctures in amber dropper bottles and keep them in the fridge or freezer to extend their shelf life indefinitely.
If making your tincture last is important to you, look for tinctures that are made with pure alcohol distillation instead of glycerin. Glycerin-based tinctures will degrade quickly, while alcohol infusions will last for up to decades if stored in ideal conditions.
Cannabis concentrates like hash or shatter also benefit from being stored in a cool, dark place. Depending on the form of concentrate, a glass container may not be the best option, as it could be difficult to remove some stickier forms of cannabis from a jar. Silicone storage jars could be a better choice for these types of concentrates.
Like edibles, cannabis concentrates that need to be stored long-term can be saved in the freezer or refrigerator once packaged properly.