How to Store Your Weed

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If you’re not a prolific weed-smoker who consistently burns through mountains of pot to satiate your craving, there’s a good chance you’d like to save your stash for later.

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Here’s a few tips to help you store your cannabis, in case you’re taking a break from smoking, need to hide it from a scavenging roommate, or for any other reason that requires fresh buds over the long haul.

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It’s all about the oxygen

Your weed will either wilt or flourish, depending upon the level of air it’s getting while tucked away in storage. That said, you need an airtight container, like something you might find at Ikea or on Amazon even at the dollar store. Keep in mind that weed is a plant, and prone to the same diseases and blight that affects your common backyard garden.

As Potguide explains: “Too much oxygen can speed the degradation process whereas too little can alter humidity levels which can cause mold or mildew.”

If you want to go the extra mile you can consider getting a vacuum seal for any of your containers, though that might not be necessary if an airtight container functions correctly.

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Light matters big time

A study from the University of London in 1976 found that of any potential hazard, the wrong lighting has the most degrading effect on the integrity of cannabinoids. So, in short, find the right lighting, because harmful UV rays will wage war on the compounds that actually make your weed fun. Keep it out of direct sunlight.

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As Leafly puts it:

Harmful UV rays break down many organic and synthetic materials. Similar to the way your grass turns brown at the end of a long sunny summer, or how a car’s paint begins to fade when it is not garaged, UV rays will degrade your cannabis over time.

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This gets much more serious if you’re growing weed indoors. For all the laypeople looking to casually keep some pot in storage for a while, you’re probably fine with coupling the airtight container with the normal light in your house.

Humidity

It’s important to keep your weed dry, but never too dry. Potguide recommends leaving your long-term stored bud at 59 and 63 RH, so as to stave off any potential moisture mishaps. Potguide recommends sticking some Evergreen Pods in with your stash, which are designed to keep an optimal humidity level in the airtight container.

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More from Potguide:

Quality bud can’t get too dry without causing terpenes and cannabinoids to degrade. Hence the importance of maintaining proper humidity levels for long-term cannabis storage, ideally between 59 and 63 RH (relative humidity or the amount of moisture in the air relative to what it can hold). The best (and cheapest) way to do this is with the use of humidity control solutions like Evergreen Pods.

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A few commonsense things not to do

Let’s look at all the ways you should not store your weed. Don’t refrigerate your weed or freeze it like it’s meat from the grocery store. If you’ve got even a large-ish quality, avoid using flimsy plastic bags that can allow in excess moisture.

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After all, you want this weed to be good when you eventually do smoke it.

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