You've put two months of effort int cultivating the perfect harvest. You've chopped your tree and buds are drying. As you look over your haul, one question nags at the back of your mind, "How am I going to smoke this all before it goes bad."
Sadly, weed has a shelf life. Leave it too long and it can become dry and hard to smoke, lose potency, or worst of all, grow toxic mold. We're here to run down the dos and don'ts of storing high-quality cannabis.
Keep Buds Dry
Mildew and mold are your enemies in this fight. Mold can start growing on marijuana flowers before they've even been harvested. The sticky, irregular surface of a nug is the perfect spot for spores to wait for the right conditions before covering your weed in a gross net of moldy cobwebs. Don't give them a chance. Wherever you store your weed, make sure the humidity stays below 65%. However, dry air can make those sticky trichomes brittle and prone to flaking off, so make sure you keep humidity above 59% for an optimal smoke.
Keep Buds in the Dark
Cannabinoids don't like light, and placing your buds out in direct sunlight is an easy way to ensure your hard-won THC content degrades into a couch-locking, sleepy CBN. It's probably OK to leave your buds on a shady sheld, but you must make sure it's never exposed to direct sunlight at any point in the day. Sunlight contains ultra-violet radiation, the same kind of that give humans sunburns and skin cancer, which destroys THC, essential oils, and more. Anything that makes weed worth smoking is destroyed under the direct light of the sun.
Keep Buds Cool
Mildew and mold love humidity, but they also love heat. A warm storage spot is the perfect breeding ground for toxic fungus you don't want to inhale. Play it safe and make sure you keep your buds at a temperature below 77° Fahrenheit or 25° Celsius. Any higher and you risk virulent mold eating your harvest. This may be difficult during the summer if you live in a warm climate and don't have air conditioning, but keeping your buds away from direct sunlight will also help keep them cool.
Keep Buds Sealed
We need oxygen to live, and because of that, we forget one fundamental fact, oxygen is a corrosive gas that eventually destroys all it touches, and cannabinoids are no exception. Keeping your buds away from the air is an essential part of preserving them, but you don't want to remove all the air, you need at least a little to keep your humidity in check. However, if there's too much air, you'll be giving mold and mildew fuel to power their growth.
Mason jars and other rigid, airtight glass containers are perfect for storing buds. They'll keep the right amount of air inside, trichomes won't stick to the inside of the container, and they're cheap.
Don't Put Buds in the Refrigerator or Freezer
We know we said to keep things cool, but putting your weed in the fridge or freezer creates more problems than it solves. Humidity in your fridge is going up and down continuously as you open and close the door, put food in, take it out, or even when you're doing nothing at all. These fluctuations are perfect for, you guessed it, mildew and mold. The fridge might be the absolute worst place you could ever keep your stash.
The freezer introduces its own problems. While it is dryer and more stable than the fridge, the low temperatures will freeze the remaining water in your buds, and make trichomes hard, brittle, and prone to flaking off.
Don't Store Buds in Plastic Bags
Generations have kept their ganja in plastic bags. If it was good enough for your hippy grandparents, it's good enough for you, right? Not quite, plastic bags carry a slight electric charge. You've probably seen this yourself when a bag sticks to your hand. That charge doesn't just attract bags to human hands; it attracts trichomes to the bag. Every moment in a bag is subjecting those precious balls to a slight pull. It won't strip your bud bare, but over time, you'll find your weed loses potency and the inside of the bag grows sticky. I nice mason jar, or even a discreet and inconspicuous cookie jar are better options for storing your weed.
Of course, all this advice is moot if you haven't adequately dried and cured your buds. It doesn't matter if your storage spot is perfect, poorly cured marijuana will grow mold eventually. Be sure to check out our bud drying guide. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date with all the latest strains, deals, and contests from Fast Buds.