When it comes to storage, you may be surprised to find that weed isn’t much different than most of the items that you keep in your kitchen pantry. Keeping it in cool temperatures in a dark place, such as you would a box of crackers or a pack of nuts will help it to maintain its quality. If you place it in too moist of a climate (40-50% is ideal-just like with humans) it can be prone to mold and mildew. Excessive heat, on the other hand, can dry out the naturally-occurring essential oils in the buds, which you’ll be able to notice upon smoking as it may burn your throat a bit.
Placing it in extremely cold temperatures can be pretty devastating to your weed’s shelf life.
So, is freezing it ever a good idea?
Freezing Weed Isn’t Necessary
Most marijuana that you can purchase at any dispensary is usually aged days or even weeks after it’s harvested so that by the time it lands on the shelves, it’s already cured and ready for use. Freezing temperatures slow down or halt this process completely, reducing the potency of your plant. Though its understandable that it would seem like a great way to help hold its quality, it actually isn’t.
Better Weed Storage Alternatives
Store it in an airtight container, such as a glass jar. In an environment like this, the temperature and humidity stay pretty consistent, keeping the potency where it was when you purchased it-for the most part (depending on how long you store it). Remember to keep your weed in a different container from grinders or other paraphernalia that were used to prepare or smoke it. The smell of used weed and resin can stick to the container, making it smell over time. And again, humidity management is paramount to keeping mildew or other molds from forming on your flower and ruining your good time.
Keeping it under the wrong source a light can be detrimental as well. Harmful UV rays break down many organic and synthetic materials. Similar to the way your grass turns brown at the end of a long summer, or how a car’s paint begins to fade when it is not in the garage, UV rays will degrade your cannabis over time.
Under the right circumstances, you can actually make your weed last for 2 to 3 years if you store it properly. Storing it properly is easy as putting it in a glass container and in a dark place. There is a strong correlation between potency and the environment you store it in.