Keeping your bud fresh is crucial for a great cannabis experience.
As there is no scientific expiration date on cannabis, it can be hard to determine if your product is still good for consumption. Cannabis storage has evolved tremendously over the years to help extend the shelf life of your bud.
Here are 5 ways to keep your bud fresh to optimize your cannabis experience.
Choose The Right Container
Glass containers with an air-tight sealed lid have been found to be the best way to store your cannabis, as it protects the flower from potential moisture and oxygen. When your bud is exposed to a lot of moisture and oxygen, it can cause the product to dry out or become moldy.
Using a glass container to store your bud is also beneficial because it is easy to find, inexpensive and reusable.
Say No To Plastic And Silicone
Avoid using plastic bags and containers as plastic can affect the trichomes of the flower; tiny, crystal like particles that are on the surface of cannabis flowers that produce the plant’s high concentration of cannabinoids and terpenes. Plastic containers are not ideal for long-term use as terpenes can cause the plastic to deteriorate overtime which can cause toxins, chemicals and unpleasant aromas leaching onto your bud and can result in an unpleasant cannabis experience.
Use Integra Boost Packs
Integra Boost humidity packs are a two-way humidity control packet that helps regulate the relative humidity levels in any enclosed surrounding. Each humidity pack adjusts and adapts to the air around it; releasing or absorbing moisture as needed for the perfect environment for your cannabis.
There are different sizes of Integra boost packs, and the sizes vary depending on how big your stash is. If you have 12 grams of flower or less, a 4g packet will do the job. An ounce will be best paired with a 8g packet and anything around a pound of flower will need a 67g packet. Integra Boost products are great for preserving aroma, keeping your bud fresh and maintain the potency of your cannabis.
Don’t Store Bud in Fridge or Freezer
Many believe that storing your cannabis in the fridge or freezer would extend its shelf life but it is yet another misconception.
The fridge and freezer may seem to be a good idea because of the dark and cool environments. Unfortunately, your bud may go bad quicker if it is stored in the fridge or freezer because constantly opening and closing the fridge/freezer will make the surroundings temperatures fluctuate. As the temperatures fluctuates frequently, the fridge will create an excess amount of condensation and moisture which can then cause your flower to start molding.
Storing your bud inside the freezer may cause the trichomes to easily break while reducing cannabinoids and terpenes, leaving you with a weakened bud that is more brittle and harsh.
Stay Away From Heat And Light
Prolonging the shelf life of your bud means understanding the importance of the surrounding temperature; maintaining a temperature of around 15°C to 20°C (60℉ to 70℉) is ideal.
In addition, it is critical that your bud is stored in a cool place that is away from direct sunlight to maintain the freshness of your cannabis. When exposed to sunlight, the Sun’s UV rays can change the color and flavor of the bud, the potency will also be effected. THC and CBD levels are also effected leaving the cannabis to not perform at its highest potential.
Fresh Bud vs. Bud Left In The Sunlight
Cannabis will have a longer shelf life by being kept in an airtight container away from heat, moisture and sunlight. Paired with an Integra Boost Packet to further the longevity of your stash will make a tremendous difference.
Taking the extra steps to ensure that you keep your bud fresh will ensure that you have the great cannabis experience you deserve.