8 Common Weed Storage Mistakes That You Need To Stop Doing Today
If you smoke bud, we hope you know by now just how important it is to store your pot properly. Storage is not something that should be treated as an afterthought: the quality and potency of your stash depends greatly on how you store it.
Gone are the days when you could throw your bud into a zip lock and call it a day. You need to make sure that your buds are protected from the elements because they are perishable. These are the most common cannabis storage mistakes and here’s why you should stop doing them:
- Keeping your pot in the freezer. This is one of the oldest and most common mistakes people make when storing pot. Back then, people assumed that keeping weed in the freezer would delay the aging process or help it stay firm, but it couldn’t be further from the truth. Freezing cannabis results in the trichomes becoming too brittle, causing them to eventually break off on their own. The harsh cold temperatures will also cause the buds to lose their moisture and become too dry. In other words, you’ll be smoking bud that basically has no more potency left.
- Exposing your bud to light. The quickest way to degrade the THC of your cannabis is to let the light in. Excessive sunlight is perhaps the most damaging to the THC molecules. Light exposure will also reduce the potency and freshness of your cannabis. This is why it’s so important to keep them in a cool, dry place, away from sunlight. Ideally, use a dark or opaque air-tight glass container.
- Keeping your pot in a plastic bag. Plastic bags and zip locks should only be used as a means of temporary storage. If you use plastic in the long run, it actually contains a static charge that will attract the trichomes and cause them to cling to the side of the bag. You’d be better off preserving these precious crystals by collecting them from your grinder. When it comes to cannabis storage, glass is always best!
- Keeping your weed near appliances and electronics. Think that a corner of your kitchen might be a good cool, dry place to keep your weed? Not if it’s next to a microwave. Too many people also make the mistake of keeping their pot near their computers. Sure, it might be a clever way to hide them away from prying eyes but the heat generated by electronics will seriously affect the quality and potency of your pot.
- Manhandling. If you keep on jostling or touching your pot in its container, it will cause the valuable trichomes to crumble up. If you have a large stash, the best way to avoid too much manhandling is to divide them up into smaller portions when storing them, allowing you to just take what you need without reducing the integrity of your bud.
- Using too large storage containers. A lot of people don’t realize that the size of the container you choose for your cannabis matters. Whether you’re using a bottle, mason jar, or any other kind of container, it should be the right kind of size for the amount you need to store. Going with a container far too large will expose your cannabis to oxygen, which reduces potency and degrades THC over time.
- Keeping your pot with glass pipes and bongs. Unless you enjoy the taste of burned pot and resin when you smoke, you’re not going to want to keep your bud next to glass pipes and bongs. Burned cannabis, resin, and ash can all affect the delicious flavor of your favorite strains. The only time these two things should be near each other is when you’re actually smoking, otherwise keep them far from each other.
- Using non-airtight containers. It’s one of the most horrible things you can do to your pot. The only time your bud should be exposed to oxygen and air is during cultivation or when you’re already loading it into a pipe/bong/joint. Cannabis humidors are a great idea but don’t make the mistake of using a tobacco humidor since these are usually made out of cedar wood, which can leak oil into the bud and affect its overall flavor and terpene profile.