At some point, we all ask ourselves the same question...Is this bud still good? How long does weed keep for, anyway? We’ve got your answers here! While there is no surefire expiration date for cannabis, there are a few key elements to consider when storing cannabis for any extended period.
How To Keep Your Buds Fresh:
Do – store out of direct sunlight in a cool, dry place
Do – store in containers with a neutral charge, like glass jars.
Do – use hygrometers or products like Boveda to monitor and control RH (relative humidity) levels *Keeping your RH below 65% reduces the chances for mold to occur. However, if your RH drops too low, you risk your trichomes becoming brittle and drying out the essential oils.
Do – vacuum seal jars and containers to minimize oxygen exposure
Do – separate your strains to maintain their individual flavor profiles
Don’t – store in the refrigerator. The fluctuations in humidity and temperature can actually increase your chance of mold and mildew.
Don’t – store in the freezer. Freezing temperatures cause the fragile trichomes to become brittle and break off like little icicles when handled.
Don’t – store in plastic bags or containers. Plastic often has a static charge that can attract precious trichomes. If you must use a plastic bag, only use it for short-term storage of small quantities of cannabis.
Don’t – store above or around electronics or appliances that give off heat. Heat rises — instead, store your cannabis in a low cupboard, shelf, or in the basement of your house, much like a wine cellar.
Don’t – use a tobacco humidor. Most use cedar wood, which has oils that transfer and can influence the flavors of your cannabis. They also tend to employ sponges that use propylene glycol to regulate humidity and can over saturate your cannabis.
Don’t – store grinders, pipes, or other paraphernalia with your cannabis. The ash and resin from burnt cannabis tends to linger and will stink up any storage container. Also, it is simply good etiquette to keep your supplies separate and clean.