It used to be difficult to locate bigger amounts of many cannabis varietals. With new shops opening up all around, it’s simpler to get more cannabis strains than you’ll require in the near term.
There is just one problem. Cannabis expires quickly. If you don’t have a plan for keeping your cannabis fresh, it will wilt and lose its strength before you can use it. A shoebox or plastic bag won’t do anything to safeguard your cannabis.
You might be shocked to realize exactly how long your cannabis can survive when you consider the very unique demands that cannabis has.
How Long Can Weed Last In A Ziploc?
Most individuals don’t consider cannabis to be a long-term product when they buy it. They may buy it in lesser amounts since they are considering how they would utilize it right away.
Long-term storage is essential for keeping cannabis fresh if it will be left out for a time.
For Occasionally Using Cannabis
Some people choose to keep their cannabis use for special events, only smoking a joint once or twice a month for a restful weekend, an excellent meditation session, or some extra inspiration.
Between 0.3 and 0.5 grams make up a joint. If you purchase 7 grams of marijuana, you must keep it fresh enough to consume it gradually. If you don’t, your marijuana will go bad before you finish the entire box.
For cannabis buyers in bulk
It’s simpler and cheaper to get your favorite strains in bulk. As the weight of the purchased quantity increases, you’ll make fewer journeys to the dispensary and spend less per gram. These cost savings may be significant.
When you buy cannabis by the ounce, it can cost as little as $9 per gram, compared to cannabis that costs $12 per gram in smaller quantities. It’s difficult to pass up the chance to save $84 by purchasing the greatest size of your preferred strain.
But how long would it take you to consume that ounce of marijuana? It will take you two months to quit smoking half a gram a day. After being improperly stored for two months, your cannabis won’t last. It will be wasted more than half of the time.
How long does marijuana remain fresh?
Cannabis may keep fresh for up to 14 months when stored properly. Over that time, it will inevitably lose part of its terpenes and cannabinoids, but not all of its effects. Simply said, it will result in a softer high.
Cannabis that has been incorrectly kept may dry out or spoil in as little as a few days, depending on the storage circumstances. Before it becomes unpleasant to consume, your cannabis will only remain fresh in plastic bags for a few days to two weeks.
What Causes Cannabis to Lose Quality?
Cannabis may be forgotten easily. It is a flower that has been picked, dried, and preserved in a delicate manner. It is exposed to several dangers. When you leave a bunch of flowers in a vase for a few days, what happens to them? If they don’t become very damp and start to rot first, they lose their aroma, shrivel up, and dry up.
If your cannabis is exposed to the identical environmental elements those flowers were, the exact same thing will occur.
Cannabinoids Are Degraded by Light and Heat
When your cannabis is living, it grows by utilizing heat and sunlight. It creates and transforms the cannabinoids it requires to keep things in balance as it develops. Your cannabis can no longer replenish cannabinoids and restore its balance after it has been harvested.
The cannabinoids will breakdown or transform into less advantageous or non-psychoactive cannabinoids when exposed to light or heat, and once this occurs, their potency cannot be recovered.
The Terpenes Vaporize
In its natural state, cannabis contains over 150 terpenes. Terpenes are fragrant substances that give each strain its its own flavor and scent. When you discover a strain you enjoy, its optimal cannabinoid ratio and distinctive terpene profile are what make it so alluring to you.
Terpenes may be quite picky. These oils soon evaporate, leaving the resultant cannabis flavorless and altering its aroma. Your cannabis is progressively losing terpenes if air is blowing around it.
Your marijuana is delivered in top condition. Although dried, it isn’t crunchy. It’s slightly damp, but not wet. Growers put a lot of effort into finding the ideal balance for this extremely delicate situation.
Your marijuana will become moist with excessive humidity. Mold and bacteria will start to form within the flower as soon as it gets wet, resulting in destruction from the inside out. You must dispose of your cannabis right away if this occurs. Because most mold is hard to see, you can’t “pick out the moldy pieces” and it isn’t safe to use. Even though the flower doesn’t have any moldy patches, there may still be spores there.
All of the cannabis flowers in the container will have some level of degradation if one blossom has mold. Avoid attempting to select and salvage.
Your cannabis will become dry if there is not enough humidity. It could start to have a gritty, crunchy feel. The blossoms can change color to a deep brown, army green, or brown hue. They may start to disintegrate and shrunk in size. A huge jar of dehydrated marijuana can resemble a gigantic piece of fried tree moss.
What You Need for Fresh Cannabis
Before you take your cannabis home, growers and dispensaries take great care to maintain it in top condition. Before you realize how fragile the bloom truly is, it’s hard to comprehend the amount of labor that goes into the process.
Your cannabis was sent fresh, and to maintain its freshness, you should follow the identical steps the producer used while curing and drying the flower. The hard task was already completed by them. All you have to do is keep the cannabis in pristine condition.
Select an Airtight Container with Light Blocking
Cannabis’ two main enemies are air and light. Terpenes will go, your cannabis will dry out, and your cannabinoids will lose all of their therapeutic value.
Your cannabis will undoubtedly be ruined by a plastic bag, and a glass jar only slightly improves the situation. Cannabis that is visible in the jar indicates that light is entering.
Containers made of opaque glass and ceramic are problematic since they are fragile and heavy. These types of containers are not permitted for travel. You can never get the small glass shards out of your marijuana if they break.
It’s never a good idea to use plastic containers. Plastic builds up static electricity, and the tiny charges zap your cannabis’ delicate trichomes.
Food-grade metal is strong, light, portable, and completely shatterproof. Furthermore, it doesn’t gather static. Because of this, Stori uses aluminum to create our pods and tubes.
To protect your cannabis, our lids are also child- and air-tight-proof. To keep your cannabis organized, you may put strain details and purchase dates on them and they are color-coded.
You’ll also recall the day that you purchased a certain strain. If you look at the lid, you can tell how old it is.
Control the humidity and temperature.
Although it may seem like the most difficult step, it’s actually the simplest. Neither too hot nor too cold might affect cannabis. Around 70 degrees or room temperature is ideal.
Cannabis should not be left in vehicles, kept in freezers or refrigerators, or placed near heaters or window sills. Cannabis will feel at ease if you are comfortable sitting in a certain space.
Your cannabis containers will look great in the middle of your living room, on top of your dresser, on top of a bookcase, or on your bedside table.
When you keep your cannabis in a Boveda pack, maintaining humidity is almost effortless. Simply putting the pack in with your marijuana is all that is required. To prevent the terpenes from evaporating, the pack deposits a very thin layer of purified water on the surface and continually maintains an optimal relative humidity.
The pack will eventually dry up. It’s time to replace the pack after it becomes firm and crispy. Every year, managing your humidity packs simply only a few minutes. It really is that quick and easy.