You see a cannabis plant growing in the wild. Can you pick some buds and smoke it? Well, technically you can smoke anything, including trash, but it won’t be the experience you expect. Before smoking cannabis, you first want to cure and store it.
Curing cannabis means drying the buds, and when done properly, it will improve smoothness, bring out subtle flavors and enhance the taste and smell. Drying cannabis typically involves hanging plants upside down in a temperature- and humidity-controlled environment for three to seven days. Farmers then typically trim the leaves and branches and store the buds in wide-mouth mason jars.
When storing cannabis, fill the jar no more than 75-percent full, and then place it somewhere cool and dry. For the next one to three weeks, open the jar once per day and check the moisture level. If the buds seems moist, leave them outside for one or two hours. If only marginally moist, leave the buds in the jar, but leave the jar open for up to 30 minutes. If the buds seem too dry, reseal the jar immediately.
Achieving proper moisture levels is an art, and doing so is important: Too much moisture can cause mold, too little can make the bud dry and brittle. A relative humidity level between 55 and 65 percent is ideal for curing high-quality cannabis. Humidity control products like Integra Boost help make it easy with two-way packs that release or absorb moisture as needed to maintain optimal levels.
Once you finish curing and drying your buds, store them in an airtight or vacuum-sealed container (ideally with an Integra Boost), airing them out about once per month.
Now that you know a bit about weed storage, let’s talk about what NOT to with whatever containers you choose.
- Never leave your medicine out in the open on tables or counter-tops exposed to light, heat, and/or humidity.
- Never store your stash near electronics or other heat generating gadgets since the heat will degrade your dope.
- Never store your reefer in the refrigerator. The temperature fluctuations from opening and closing your fridge door every time you get the munchies will make your marijuana moldy and mildewy.
- Never keep your cannabis on ice in your freezer since this will break trichome resin heads off from the rest of the reefer before you can consume it.
- Never, ever add fruit peels to flavor your weed even if some sources tell you this is OK. Doing so will add unwanted moisture, mold, and mildew into your marijuana.
Never store your weed in direct contact with any other substance with a strong aroma such as makeup, perfume, cologne, deodorant, shaving cream, aftershave, paint, polish, or any other commonly-carried cosmetic which can leach into your medicine. This is also why you want to store your stash separately from your lighters, pipes, bongs, grinders, pokers, and other pot paraphernalia which will get funky with use and overpower the freshness of the pot you are aiming to preserve.
Plastic, especially the plastic sandwich baggies that most marijuana users keep their cannabis in, are positively the worst way to preserve your weed. Plastic baggies do absolutely nothing to keep light, air, heat, cold, or moisture out of your marijuana.
Even sealable plastic baggies will let lots of odors out from your pot out as well. Plastic is a horrible material for keeping pot fresh since it has a static charge that will pull precious trichomes from the plant matter onto the plastic, creating a fine, sticky, powdery mess that you’ll never be able to get out of the bag into your bong.
highly recommend that you bring your own empty glass jars for your budtender to fill rather than ruin your weed or the environment with plastic baggies.