If you use cannabis on a regular basis, you probably buy a small supply to last you several months. As you use it up, you may notice that sometimes, the same dosage and products have wildly different effects. Are you baffled by these changes and wondering what could be causing them? The culprit could be poor cannabis storage methods. Bad storage could lead to mold growth, as well as loss of flavor and potency.
If you’re wondering how to store weed to ensure freshness and potency with every use, check out the complete guide from Green Gone Detox.
Before we talk about how to store marijuana, we should review the basic shelf-life expectancies of each type of cannabis product. From gummies and wax to dried flower and chocolates, each one retains its viability for a different amount of time:
- Buds: 18 Months
- Candies/Gummies: 12 Months
- Concentrates: Up to 6 Months
- Refrigerated Product: 5-7 Days
- Shelf-Stable Drinks: Up to 9 Months
- Baked Goods: 3-4 Days in the Pantry, Up to 3 Months in the Freezer
Make sure you check the best-by date on the packaging for more accurate shelf-life assessments. Even if you learn how to store weed properly, the product packaging may still dictate a shorter shelf-life than you expected.
How to Store Different Types of Weed
Check out the best storage methods for the most popular types of marijuana.
If you want to store dried bud for the long term, start with an airtight glass jar that’s the appropriate size. You want to choose a container size that minimizes the risk of trapped air and mold growth, so aim for a container that you can fill at least halfway. Next, add a humidity pack to the container to ensure consistent humidity over time, and store your container in a cool, dry place with a temperature range between 60–70°F. You want to avoid UV exposure at all costs!
Gummies & Candy
Candies, chocolate, and gummies are just as sensitive to heat and moisture as dried bud. In many cases, the packaging in which you buy the product is already airtight and food safe, so you can leave it in the original container and store it away from heat and light. You can increase the lifespan of soft candies by individually wrapping them, so they don’t stick together or get exposed to air every time you grab one from the container.
Concentrates are just like dried bud in terms of storage. Make sure you keep them in airtight glass containers in a cool and dry place. Skip out on the humidity pack, though, as the concentrate may stick to it.
Is My Marijuana Bad?
The biggest hint that your marijuana has gone bad is a change in flavor – especially if it’s more bitter than before. Hopefully, now that you know how to store your weed, this won’t ever be a problem!