We know that most of you don’t keep your weed laying around for a long time anyway, but some might wonder how you can keep your weed fresh for a long time. Storing your cannabis is not rocket science at all, but you can make some mistakes that could ruin your smoking experience.
Alright, enough with the introduction, let’s take a look at how you can make sure that your stash stays fresh and sticky for a long time:
1) Keep It At A Cool, Dry & Dark Place
The overall environment you choose to store your stash in should be cold and dark, to prevent any loss of THC content, and to keep it at the perfect balance. Even if you choose the right type of container, keeping the container itself in less than optimal conditions won’t do you any favors, so be sure to keep this tip in mind.
2) Make Sure To Store It Properly
When you use any storage solution, you need to make sure that you are preserving the ideal state. Therefore your weed has to be in good condition before you store it in a jar. So, before you seal your stash away in any container, make sure it is at optimal humidity and freshness, or you risk mold growth.
3. Use A Sealed Glass Jar (Mason Jar)
A classic for a reason. Sealed glass jars can be the perfect spot to store your stash, sealing out moisture and ensuring your nugs stay fresh. You can use mason jars, but even better are jars with plastic sealing to provide total security. If you like to have a few strains on hand, you can also have a few small ones to keep the varieties separate.
Before you put your weed in jars, make sure it isn’t overly damp – too much moisture can cause mold growth, and wet weed does not make for a good smoke.
4) Incognito Storage While On The Road
For those deeply invested in living the 420-lifestyle, there are many custom products you can buy individually for storing your weed. If you’re looking for a place to hide it, you have the option of pretending it is deodorant, air freshener or even a can of pasta.
We don’t recommend these for the everyday storage, but it’s a convenient way to store your cannabis while you travel (especially in places where cannabis is still illegal).
5) Use A Medicine Bottle
Much like the Zip Lock bags, the medicine bottle doesn’t offer much in odor control and air tightness. However, medicine bottles do provide a convenient way to carry weed without crushing it.
The medicine bottle is suitable for taking your weed during outdoor activities. The Zip-Lock bags may tear in rugged situations but a medicine bottle tucked away in your gear is more likely to hold up to abuse. Just make sure not to expose the bottle to heat and sunlight.
6) Use Sealed Bags
Ziploc bags are another great choice and do help keep your weed fresher. But anyone who has used these plastic baggies to store their supply knows they are not entirely sealed. If you’ve got a strong strain, the smell will leak out the pores of the bag. There is always the option of using a few layers, but for a perfectly sealed baggie that also holds in the smell. They’ll provide the perfect seal, so your bud is fresh for every sesh.
7) Get A Humidor
You’ve heard of a cigar humidor, but did you know there are unique cannabis humidors as well? These units are designed to keep your weed at the perfect humidity for enjoyment and are the top choice for the cannabis connoisseur. Though they run on the expensive side, they are a worthwhile investment for any daily smoker, and there are a lot of more affordable options available. If you tend to keep a large supply on hand and invest in quality weed, this is the top pick for you!
8) Don’t Put Your Weed In The Fridge or Freezer
This is common advice, and it makes good sense. When we want to keep other vegetables fresh, we put them in the fridge or the freezer.
This does not mean that it also applies to cannabis. Here’s why: When you open and close your fridge several times a day, the temperature will fluctuate and possibly will make your weed moldy and mildewy.
Make sure to never keep your stash on ice in the freezer because this will break trichome resin heads off from the rest of the cannabis before you can consume it.
9) Don’t Buy More Than Would You Need For The Next Month
This isn’t an option for everyone and sometimes, you have to strike when you have the opportunity to purchase. If you have to buy a large supply at one time, make sure to follow the other tips on this list to be sure your last puff is as fresh as your first.
10) Keep It Away From Sunlight & Heat
There is a reason we smoke weed, or process it with heat to be consumed in edibles. THC is released when cannabis is heated, so keeping it in the sun or a heated area will simply slowly use up the THC. This means that when you go to smoke, your weed will be slightly less potent. Keeping your stash in a hot space will also make it tend to smell more, and will make your house a dead giveaway
We wrote an article about the most common storing mistakes, you can read it here.
What Can You Do If It’s Too Late?
If the worst has happened, and you end up with a stale bud, there is some hope to improve its condition a little bit. The key is reintroducing moisture to the bud, and there are a few ways to do this. Be sure not actually to get your weed wet, or put it in contact with water, instead, let it absorb through the container. If you’re looking for some inspiration you should check out this article about how you can rehydrate your cannabis.