Storing your cannabis properly is an important part of getting the most out of your smoking experience.
No, this isn't just a shameless self-plug. There are many factors that can lead to the deterioration (loss of potency) of cannabis flower, but remembering three simple factors will ensure you're getting the most out of your plant medicine.
There are 3 main things to avoid when storing your cannabis flower: light(heat), moisture, and air.
#1 - In the same way that harsh UV rays can fade paint and singe dried leaves, so will it degrade your flower. If you're storing your cannabis in a clear jar, make sure you're not leaving it in the sun! Heat and sun exposure can start to degrade your flower, causing a loss in potency and flavor. Storing your flower in opaque/semi-opaque containers is also useful.
#2 - Mold loves moisture & heat, so of course when storing your cannabis flower you want to avoid mold developing in those dense buds. Avoid putting your flower in places where it's likely to attract moisture (don't store it in the fridge!) Plastic jars or tupperwares can encourage sweating (thus increasing the humidity), so it's recommended to exclusively store your flower in glass or ceramic storage containers. There are even humidity control packs you can purchase at smoke shops to pop into your storage jars if humidity is a concern for you.
#3 - Air....no, seriously! Air sort of brings #1 and #2 together as the "Holy Trinity" of cannabis storage. Of course your flower needs some air during it's curing phase, and during storage but it is a balance. When storing your flower, fill your jar to where it can hold your cannabis easily without much room to spare and without crowding the buds to help prevent humidity from becoming trapped in the container. Warm air holds more moisture than cold air which can lead to the issues I mentioned in #2.
- Freezing your cannabis flower to keep it "fresh" might sound like a good idea, unless you vacuum seal it first, freezing your flower can cause delicate trichomes to burst and lose potency.