It is important to store cannabis products properly in order to preserve the terpenes and other desirable compounds in the plant. Here are some tips for storing marijuana to maintain its quality.
Keep it in a cool, dark place: Light and heat can both degrade marijuana, losing potency and flavor. Terpenes are volatile, meaning that they can evaporate easily at high temperatures. When exposed to heat, the terpenes in marijuana can evaporate, reducing the overall potency and flavor of the plant. Similarly, light can also cause the degradation of marijuana. Light can break down the terpenes and other compounds in the plant, and it can also cause the plant material to dry out. So it is best to store it in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight. A cabinet or drawer is a good choice.
Use airtight containers: Airtight containers such as mason jars or vacuum-sealed bags can help to protect the marijuana from exposure to oxygen, which can cause degradation.
Avoid moisture: Excess moisture can cause mold to grow on marijuana, so it is important to store it in a place with low humidity. A humidity control pack can also help to regulate the humidity inside the container.
Avoid handling marijuana too much: Handling marijuana can cause the trichomes (the tiny, sticky crystals on the surface of the plant that contain terpenes and other desirable compounds) to break off. Handling marijuana can also introduce bacteria so it is best to handle it as little as possible.
The legal status of cannabis varies widely around the world. In some countries and states, it is legal for both medicinal and recreational use, while in other places it is illegal. It’s important to be aware of the laws in your area and to comply with them. Additionally, It’s worth noting that even in places where cannabis is legal, there may still be restrictions and regulations on its use, possession, and sale. It is the user’s responsibility to be aware of and comply with any relevant laws and regulations regarding cannabis.