Luckily, more people have access to legal weed in the United States now than ever before. You can simply go to the closest dispensary, pick out the buds you want, and take them home. However, if you don't use all of your cannabis in one sitting, you can be left with a slight quandary: how do you keep weed fresh? Let's take a look at the best way to keep weed fresh so you protect the quality of your stash for as long as possible.
First, why keep weed fresh?
Most people prefer to keep their weed fresh because doing so retains the quality of the smoke. Stale, improperly stored, or moist weed simply does not taste good. However, keeping weed fresh is about more than just retaining flavor.
When cannabis dries out, it becomes brittle, lacks flavor, and does not yield the same effects because the cannabinoids can change or dissipate. If cannabis collects too much moisture, it can be prone to mold and mildew growth. Smoking anything with mold and mildew in it can have seriously unpleasant side effects, such as nausea and coughing.
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How do you keep weed fresh?
The primary threats to good fresh cannabis after you bring it home from the dispensary are moisture, sunlight, heat, and oxygen. Therefore, the key to keeping weed fresh after purchase is to create the ideal environment that controls these major threats.
1. Control Moisture
Moisture exposure can be tricky. You definitely don't want your weed exposed to high humidity levels or excess moisture. As noted earlier, this can contribute to mold or mildew growth. However, on the flip side, you also don't want your weed to get too dry. So, the key is to use containers (preferably non-plastic) that keep your weed close to the ideal moisture level when it is fresh. Usually this is between 55 and 65 percent relative humidity. Evergreen Humidification Pods help with this process.
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2. Control Light Exposure and Temperature
Light and heat exposure can degrade weed. Buds are (hopefully) picked at the peak of cannabinoid perfection and then cured to retain that profile. When the flower is exposed to light or heat, this can degrade or convert the existing cannabinoids.
In addition, using a refrigerator or freezer to store your weed is not recommended, as it can degrade your stash in various ways.
Therefore, look for weed-storage containers like an Evergreen Jar that blocks most if not all UV rays, or simply store your weed container in the dark. And, always strive to keep temperatures as close to 70º Fahrenheit (21º Celsius) as possible.
3. Control Oxygen Exposure
Oxygen exposure can also interfere with terpene content, but it can additionally cause the terpenes to oxidize. If you have ever had older weed that smells more like aged hay, you've experienced weed that has been oxidized to an extent that most of the natural terpenes are gone. The best way to control oxygen is to ensure the container used for weed storage is air-tight.
4. Use a Stash Jar
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Does ground up weed stay fresh?
When kept properly, ground cannabis may last just as long as full buds can (up to a year in the most ideal conditions).”
Keep Weed Fresh with Help from the Right Supplies
Good cannabis is definitely not cheap. So when you buy your flower and take it home, you should be able to tuck away what you don't use without concerns about it going bad. To get all the supplies you need to keep your weed fresh, be sure to take a look at our collection of products at Evergreen.
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