Did you know there is a way to store cannabis that preserves the flower's flavor, smell, and content, maintaining their minor terpenes, cannabinoids, and flavonoids fresher?
HA! I didn't either. For decades I kept my cannabis in the baggies they came in. After a few days, you would notice your flower going dry and just not being as impactful as when you got it. Yes, I am aging myself, but the nickel-and-dime bags only lasted so long, and the sandwich baggies sucked.
“There is a reason for that. Many reasons, so let's begin.”
The best option for cannabis storage is glass, preferably brown or blue, and keeping the container out of direct sunlight. Side note: adding light or fire decarboxylates or begins to activate the molecules present in the plant. Hence, losing its sensitive hydrocarbons, our friend the terpenes, which give the plant many of its medicinal properties.
A plain glass jar is excellent if you cannot get your hands on brown or blue glass. Again remember to keep away from light and store in a cool dark place.
I love to reuse and recycle my jam jars and many others I come across and use these for my cannabis needs frequently.
Recently more and more brands are coming out with jars that have bumpers or silicone around them, and they are phenomenal. If you drop the jar, it, you, and everything inside is safe. Win-win. If you find one, it might be worth buying one or two. Depending on how much you keep in rotation.
It's also okay to keep one brand's glass jar to store other brands of cannabis. Just label it so you know what's in the pot. Simple masking tape and a sharpie can solve that problem.
Next would be plastic jars. I would steer away from plastics due to the number of petrochemicals they contain, and the studies we know state how they leach into our foods, water, etc. I would only imagine that to apply to our cannabis storage as well. I tend to steer clear. Plastic baggies or Mylar bags are a no-go for me as well. Again due to all the reasons mentioned above.
So yep. I certainly appreciate that more and more brands are moving to glass. As soon as I get home from a dispensary or a caregiver, I move my cannabis straight to a jar. It is easily recycled and sustainable—all good things for our mother planet.
Until my next blog! May you have the elevation and communion you desire and deserve.
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