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Cannabis Pro-Tips: 8 ways to properly store marijuana for freshness

Rule No. 1: Get rid of that plastic bag.

There is no such thing as an expiration date for marijuana. It is a dried herb and can last a long time if aged correctly and stored properly. Photo by David Lucas/Getty Images

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    When it comes to how you store marijuana, the do’s and don’ts are pretty basic. But the guidelines can vary depending on your living arrangements, budget, aesthetic style, and geography.

    There is no such thing as an expiration date for marijuana. It is a dried herb and can last a long time if aged correctly and stored properly. Here are some important tips to keep your bud fresh and tasty.

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    No Plastic Baggies, Please

    If you have a few nugs in a plastic baggie, you’re doing it wrong. First of all, you risk crushing your buds, removing the potent trichomes from the bud and rendering your herb as less potent.

    Plastic is also an ineffective medium in which to hold herbs. Over time, the plastic will affect the taste of the herb. These cheap baggies also do not hold in the odor, so it is not a discrete storing method. And lastly, it is just aesthetically ugly.

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    Keep Out Of Reach Of Children

    A no-brainer, but this tip should not be omitted. If you have children living with you or you have children in your home from time to time, store your weed in a place out of reach. If you are unable to follow this rule, one wonders if you really should be consuming cannabis. Be smart and outsmart the kids. It shouldn’t be that difficult.

    Glass Is King

    Airtight glass jars are your best bet. My favorite containers are Mason jars because they can be found just about anywhere. With glass, your marijuana stays consistent … nothing gets in or out of the jar until you open it and allow oxygen to enter.

    When you store things in glass, nothing goes in and nothing goes out. What you put inside a glass jar stays just as good as the day you put it in until you expose it to oxygen again. Also, glass does not produce a scent so you will not be introducing different odors to your herb. What you bought will taste like what you bought.

    Keep In A Cool Dark Place

    The only downside to clear glass is that it allows in light, which could damage your herb. So find a cupboard (again, think child safety) or a drawer or location in your home that remains dark throughout the day. If your glass jar gets too warm from sunlight, the jar may “sweat” from the inside, which could put your stash at risk for mold.

    Temperature And Humidity

    Ideally, store your herb in a cool, dark place. How cool? Try to keep it under 70 degrees. If it gets in the upper 70s or above. mold could become an issue. Humidity is also a factor, but a little harder to control. A rule of thumb is to keep marijuana stored at about 60 percent humidity. Above 65 percent may present a problem with mold.

    Rule No. 1: Get rid of that plastic bag.

    What Is The Best Way To Store Pot?

    Proper Cannabis Storage

    Storing medicinal quality marijuana correctly keeps it fresher longer. It’s up to you to protect your precious pot from natural enemies, such as mold, humidity and exposure to light. By Danny Danko

    Nothing beats a freshly cured batch of sticky buds, perfectly ripe and ready to smoke or vaporize. The problem is that, over time, that same stash can go bad in a number of different ways. How you approach this process and choose to stash your stash will be the difference in whether you’re still enjoying those same nugs months down the road.

    Cheap plastic sandwich bags are no place to keep your medicine. First of all, the buds will get crushed with any movement of the bag in your pocket, bookbag or purse. This creates a powdery mess of shake at the bottom of the bag and breaks apart the flowers you’re hoping to keep intact.

    Also, odors permeate easily out of plastic baggies, even sealable ones. Aside from the issue of security and stealth, this permeation is also indicative of your buds losing scents and flavors, both obvious and subtle, to the air.

    If odors are getting out, that means moisture is released as well, resulting in dried out buds that lack flavor and burn harsh and unevenly. A small amount of moisture is essential to long term cannabis storage and buds that dry out completely taste unpleasant as well as being less potent.

    Envelopes and tin foil have no place in cannabis storage. Never.

    Jar It Up

    The best storage solution is to use airtight glass jars. These are available in almost any hardware or container store and are typically used by homesteaders for canning fruits and pickling vegetables among other things. The sealable kind are always better than ones that don’t close securely.

    Be sure to select an appropriate size for the amounts of cannabis you plan to store. You don’t want too much extra space in your jar because extra space means extra air, which will end up drying out your buds faster.

    Always store your jars in a cool dark place such as a cabinet, closet or drawer. Light degrades TH (the main active ingredient in your medicine) reducing the potency of your pot drastically, so don’t leave jars meant for long term storage out on countertops or coffeetables. Small opaque or dark colored jars will protect your buds from light, which makes them ideal for your smaller amounts of table weed.

    Fridge/Freezer?

    Never store your cannabis in a refrigerator as temperatures and humidity levels fluctuate too much and aren’t set at ideal levels to begin with. The freezer’s even worse, as temperatures below freezing can separate trichomes from you pot – and trust me, you want to hold onto those. A cool dark place is always better for long term storage than these household appliances.

    Also remember, heat rises and heat will quickly dry out your cannabis. So don’t store your jars in cabinets that are above appliances that produce heat like an oven, microwave or refrigerator.

    Now that you know how to properly store your cannabis, get growing so you can have something of your own to put away sometime soon!

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