How to preserve cannabis through the winter
By: Tom Gaffey, The Fresh Toast
As winter approaches, so does the need to preserve the last of nature’s harvests before the arrival of the first frost. Cannabis is harvested throughout the year, but it is crucial to always preserve buds as best as possible upon purchasing.
Whether a person has procured the last ounce of a favourite strain or simply takes time to get through his or her supply, preserving cannabis properly can keep flower fresh and fragrant through the winter and beyond.
There are several things to consider when choosing a storage container for cannabis.
That being the case, the container must be airtight to prevent unwanted humidity and oxygen from entering. Be sure to have a container with a secure seal.
The container material is also important. Many dispensaries provide cannabis in plastic containers, which works for quick storage purposes, but is the enemy when preserving marijuana for a long period of time.
Plastic containers leak air and can potentially release some of their chemical properties. If this transfers to cannabis, it can change bud flavour and taste.
Plastic can also cause sweating inside the container or bag, which can cause mould and deterioration in quality.
Airtight glass containers are ideal. When in doubt, use a mason jar. They are glass, airtight, inexpensive and always seem to be in fashion. Some brands have introduced opaque and dark-coloured jars that greatly protect against UV light.
Once a person has the right container in hand, it is time to find the perfect storage location. Cannabis does not like things too hot or cold, with studies showing that heat above 78 F (about 26 C) contributes to deteriorating potency.
But too cold isn’t good either; do not store marijuana in the freezer. The extreme cold dries out the cannabis and causes trichomes to break off.
Instead, find a dark place that maintains a temperature around 60 to 70 F (about 16 to 21 C).
Storing cannabis is essential for its preservation, but buying quality products from respected providers is just as critical.
Taking these steps will help ensure consumers are able to savour vibrant and flavourful marijuana even while everything else seems to be cold and dormant.
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