Cannabis is a very precious plant. People consume the flower, leaves and buds for recreational and medicinal purposes. The fiber from the plant stem is called hemp and is used to make products like ropes, bags and canes. In some parts of the world, people consume the roots as well. In short, every part of this plant is precious. So whether you’re a stoner or a cultivator make sure you take care of your herb.
Cannabis contains important compounds like cannabidiol (CBD) and THC which are responsible for the various effects of cannabis consumption. THC is responsible for the psychoactive effects on the mind and body. CBD is a non-psychoactive compound that has antiemetic, analgesic, anti-diarrhea, anti-inflammatory properties. If you store them improperly, you will end up ruining your precious herb.
Here are three tips on weed storage and safety to help you out
#1: Marijuana Shelf Life
The shelf life of a cannabis strain is the amount of time the bud can be stored without it drying or shriveling up. There are a lot of factors that determine the shelf life of a cannabis strain. First and foremost is the quality of the strain. Make sure you buy or grow a potent and rich strain so that it doesn’t dry up quickly. Second is the method of weed storage. A proper strain that has been stored properly can last up to 18 months before going stale. Make sure you store your weed in a cool, dry, dark and airtight environment.
#2: Storage Method
For rookies and new stoners, don’t just stash your goods in a zip-packet or a crumb of paper. Make sure you invest in a good storage space to enjoy your weed for a longer period. A glass jar or container would be the best option since its cheap, durable and airtight. Do not store weed in cheap plastic containers as they are not air-tight and they tend to release chemicals that may get infused into your strain. Get BPA-free vacuum-sealing plastic bags for best weed storage results.
#3: Proper Handling
A lot depends on how you handle your bud of cannabis. Too much touching of the strain will make the sticky trichomes fall off. This affects the potency of the weed and you wouldn’t get a proper high. Make sure you don’t lose half of the good stuff while breaking or transferring it. Use chopsticks or tongs if necessary.
Keep these points in mind and your weed will stay fresh and green for a very long time. Next time you sit and prepare to get high, make sure your buds are sticky and fresh. Handle them with care as if the bud were your child.