The Importance of Proper Cannabis Storage

Cannabis is a plant so it can run the risk of going bad or getting infested with less than desirable bacteria. It is important to know how to store it properly in order to prolong the life of its potency and to keep it safe for future use.

The importance of proper storage

You may be familiar with the manufacturing process where the cannabis plant is harvested and checked for bacteria, terpenes, and cannabinoid makeup but did you know that you still need to be careful about how you are storing your cannabis even after purchasing it? cannabis’s biggest enemy is moisture because it will allow bad bacteria or mildew to grow on the dried plant. 

Smoking cannabis that has mold growing on it can result in a terrible few days. A healthy user who has smoked weed with mold or mildew might experience some the following symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Excess coughing

However, these symptoms could be compounded if you are allergic to mold, there could be additional symptoms like sinus pain and congestion. 

Additional complications could occur in someone with a compromised immune system. That is why it is so important to store your cannabis safely to ensure you are having a safe and pleasant experience.

How to properly store cannabis

Proper storage of your cannabis flower is crucial to preventing any unnecessary mold growth. Any reputable dispensary should be selling products that come in a resealable package; however, if you decide that you want to change the container or break the one that your cannabis came with, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.

The first thing you need is a container that creates an airtight seal. Many dispensaries will also sell some of these in the store but they might be a little expensive. For a cheaper option, you can opt for a mason jar.

If you are unable to get an airtight container right away, you can try to use other containers like tupperware. These are not nearly as airtight as mason jars or containers made specifically for this purpose, so you will want to limit how long you store your cannabis in it. 

No matter what you choose to store your cannabis in, you will want to take the time to find a place in your home that fits within healthy parameters. Humidity, temperature, and light all play a part in the mold growing process, so limiting their influence on your cannabis will help to preserve it longer. 

It might look aesthetically pleasing to place your cannabis on a windowsill or on top of a dresser but think about how the light is going to interact with the container. It could create an environment that is begging to be populated with mold spores.

If you want to get extra fancy, you can opt for a hygrometer to help measure the humidity in your cannabis container. This tool isn’t completely necessary if you take the proper precautions but if you are worried and live in an especially humid location, it could be a good investment. Some containers might come with one of these devices already installed.

Final Thoughts

Storing your cannabis properly is very important to ensuring that it not only lasts as long as it should but that it remains a safe experience for you. The last thing that you want is to start smoking only to feel sick for a little while. That is the absolute opposite of relaxing. 

Remember that the airtight container is important but so is where you choose to place that container. Make sure that you are helping the container do its job by placing it somewhere cool, dry and dark.