Whether it's CBD or THC, Learn to Keep Your Cannabis Products Fresh!
The first dime bag that I bought was in a tightly wound sandwich bag. In my mind, the proper storage for the stems and shake that I would smoke out of an apple. After retrieving the goods, I would throw the bag in the back of my sock drawer. You know, towards the back with past birthday cards, gift cards with cents remaining and what not. I didn't know how to part ways with these items. It wasn't until years later that I learned to have manners; now, I recycle cards within 48 hours. With a Fuji apple in hand (I have class, no granny smiths over here), I would find the stale flower that wasn't receiving the love and care that it needed. I let my bud down. But not anymore. I learned my lesson in high school. I began to question everyone I knew with mason jars with my newly acquired knowledge—as if I was a weed detective. I started trying to see if anyone repurposed their mason jars for more than just Kool-Aid. They weren't. I needed to know about properly storing edibles, flowers, and concentrates.
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Higher temperatures and higher humidity can suck the life out of your buds—drying them out and causing the terpenes to make their exit through the process of evaporation. But don't throw the flower into the freezer either. Freezing temperatures will damage the sticky trichomes; this damage will degrade the potency of the flower. As far as storing space, anywhere that is dark will do. So, technically, I wasn't too far off by throwing my flower into my sock drawer. I guess that was better than leaving them on my dresser, which receives direct sunlight because buds get sunburned like our buds do. If they do get too much exposure to the sunlight, they cannot give you their peak performance. Humidity is tricky in Atlanta, considering it usually sticks around 54 percent on average.
The best humidity is between 59 and 63 percent for flowers. Refrigerators are a no-go because the humidity inside sticks around 65 percent. Glass will always be the best storage for flower and edibles. Of course, there is a medicine container, but please leave these at home. That's bad news waiting to happen. Realistically, no one's saving a dime for six months unless that strain gives you a tour of heaven. Sure, an excessive amount of moisture can lead to mold—quickly too. To maintain moisture, place a slice of bread inside of the jar but not for too long. Mason jars that hang out in the dark are great. Dark glass is even better, though. Mason jars that are covered with duct tape are the best.
Edibles are a different story. Our D8 gummies are firm, but like anything in Georgia, they can melt. Especially our terpene enhanced d8 gummies since they're a little more delicate. An essential factor to consider is how long you're going to be storing them. If it is for the short term, then you can keep the delta 8 gummies, delta 8 caramels, or delta 8 chocolate edibles in silicone or airtight containers for several weeks. If it's going to be longer, it should go into a glass jar, but remember to place it somewhere dark. Edibles and concentrates will last several months inside of the freezer. You must defrost them slowly, though, especially baked goods like cookies and brownies. If there is any physical indication that they may have gone wrong such as condensation, loss or change in smell, or it's falling apart—then toss it. Better to be safe than sorry.
Concentrates & Vape Carts
Concentrates need to be wrapped in parchment paper before storing them in the freezer. Vape carts can actually be stored in containers vertically. If you don't, then it can become clogged. If you feel like nothing is hitting, then the cartridge may have been subjected to UV rays, deteriorating all of the terpenes and THC. If you can store carts in a container, fantastic; if it's dark, then even better. But if you don't have a container to hold the vapes, then it's no big deal. Just be sure to keep aware of when you left it sitting vertically in that poorly lit part of your house.
Summer is great in Atlanta. Who doesn't love going through three different shirts in a day because they're swimming in humidity? Or if you're into not properly storing your edibles and letting them turn into the ooze from the 95' classic, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie. No, no one wants that. We'd hate to hear that your delta 8 gummies melted; that's heartbreaking. No one deserves that. Properly storing THC products isn't only the responsible thing to do; it's the safe thing to do, and it provides the reassurance that your products will maintain their quality.