Have you ever wondered how long your cannabis lasts for? Is it good for a couple weeks? Months? Years? Does it ever go bad?
Cannabis doesn’t last forever, but you can either shorten or extend the life of your cannabis based on how you store it. If you want to ensure your cannabis lasts for as long as possible, check out these tips for storing your cannabis.
Yes, It Can Go Bad!
You may not realize it, but your cannabis can actually go bad if you don’t store it properly. Cannabis will become mouldy if it’s stored improperly. Other signs to look out for include:
- A mildewy smell
- Discolouration (white, grey, yellow, or brown)
- Fuzzy bits
If you notice any of these in your cannabis it’s best to throw it out. Consuming bad cannabis can cause:
- Severe coughing
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Itchy throat
- Potential lung infection
We all want to avoid this and we’d all prefer our cannabis to be fresh and delicious. So how can you keep your buds safe for use as long as possible?
Now that you know it’s possible for your cannabis to go bad, you’re probably wondering how to avoid it. Here are a few storage tips that’ll help you maintain the freshness of your cannabis:
Store Using Glass
The best way to store your cannabis is in a glass container like a jar. This is because glass helps seal your cannabis from the outside moisture and airflow, preventing mould. Glass also helps keep your cannabis safe from temperature fluctuations.
Remember, it’s always best to avoid plastic for storage. This is because BPA from the plastic can be absorbed into your cannabis. Some people do prefer sealing their cannabis in small, BPA-free plastic bags. If this is what you do, we still recommend putting these bags in a glass jar because plastic doesn’t protect from temperature changes.
One of the most important things to remember is to store your cannabis away from the light. UV rays break down the cannabinoids, producing a harsher smoke that makes your cannabis ineffective. So when you’re looking for a place to store, make sure you pick somewhere dark like a closet or cabinet.
Keep It Cool
Make sure you store your cannabis at temperatures below 24 degrees. Mould and harmful bacteria will start to grow at temperatures warmer than 24. You’ll also want a spot where temperature doesn’t fluctuate. That means you should keep it away from your stove, pipes, water heater, or anything else that may cause sharp temperature changes.
Things to Avoid
Now that we’ve been through the right ways to store cannabis, let’s talk about the wrong ways to store it. Some of these include:
Don’t freeze your cannabis. While your freezer is a cool, dark place, freezing your cannabis causes the trichomes to break off.
Your fridge may seem like a great option because it’s also a cool and dark place. However, it’s also excessively moist inside your fridge, which is harmful to your cannabis.
While BPA-free plastic is safe to use, we don’t recommend it because the static charge in plastic can attract trichomes, causing them to break.
Avoid storing your cannabis near any heat sources. Think electronics, water pipes, water heater, furnace, stove, microwave, and anything else that produces heat.
Keep your cannabis fresh for as long as possible by being safe and smart when it comes to storage. The most important thing to remember is to keep your cannabis sealed and stored in a cool, dry place at all times so you can enjoy it for as long as it lasts!