Fresh Weed | Source: The Happy Campers
You’ve just finished your smoke sesh and still have some leftover loud, what now? Well, you could either throw it away, give it to a friend to do who-knows-what with, or you can store it yourself (best option, in our opinion).
For all practicality purposes, you decide to keep it while coming to the conclusion that you’ll need a container to keep it in, as well as a method to keep it fresh. But first, is the weed already fresh enough as is?
The Importance of Freshness for Weed
Before we dive into the tips and tricks, let’s take a minute to talk about why freshness is so important when it comes to weed.
When weed is freshly harvested, it contains high levels of moisture, which gives it that sticky, resinous texture and potent aroma. As it dries, however, the moisture evaporates, which can leave the buds feeling dry, brittle, and lacking in flavor.
Tips & Tricks to Keep Your Weed Fresh
Tips to Keep Weed Fresh | Source: Daily High Club
Is there a proper way to keep weed fresh? Hell YASSS! You’re going to want a decent container with an airtight seal to prevent it from drying out.
Mason jars, waterproof containers, even the containers they sell at local supermarkets will get the job done. Some headshops carry containers that have more discreet use and provide a better facade to throw off anybody sniffing out your stash. The container alone won’t protect and maintain the weed’s hydration, it will only slow the dehydration process.
Maintaining hydration is necessary so the weed doesn’t go stale; if it’s too moist, you run the risk of mold growing. A few different methods have been known to extend the freshness, without introducing any contaminants.
The Enemy of Freshness: Air
One of the biggest enemies of fresh weed is air. When weed is exposed to air, it can start to dry out and lose its potency. That’s why it’s so important to store your weed in an airtight container.
Choose the Right Container
When it comes to storing your weed, the container you choose can make all the difference.
Ideally, you want a container that is airtight, lightproof, and odor-proof. Mason jars are a popular choice for storing weed, as they are cheap, widely available, and offer an excellent seal. However, you can also find specialty containers designed specifically for storing weed, such as smell-proof bags, stash boxes, and more.
Keep It Cool
In addition to keeping your weed airtight, you also want to keep it cool. Heat can cause weed to dry out and lose its potency, so it’s important to store your weed in a cool, dark place.
Ideally, you want to store your weed at around 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius), which is the optimal temperature for preserving freshness.
Don’t Overdo the Moisture
While you want to keep your weed hydrated to prevent it from drying out, you don’t want to overdo it.
Too much moisture can cause mold to grow, which can ruin your stash. To prevent this, make sure your weed is only slightly moist, and avoid storing it in a damp environment.
Add Some Humidity
To keep your weed fresh and flavorful, you can also add a little bit of humidity to your storage container.
There are a few different ways to do this. Some people swear by using a small piece of lettuce or a slice of bread to add moisture to their container. However, this method can be risky, as it can introduce bacteria or mold to your stash. A safer option is to use a humidity pack, such as Boveda or Integra Boost, which are designed specifically for storing weed.
These packs add just the right amount of humidity to your container, without introducing any contaminants.
Check Your Stash
Checking Weed | Source: Upsplash
Even if you’ve taken all the necessary steps to keep your weed fresh, it’s still a good idea to check your stash regularly.
Make sure there are no signs of mold or mildew, and check for any unusual odors or discoloration. If you do notice any issues, it’s best to err on the side of caution and toss out the affected buds.
Here’s how you can check if your weed is fresh or not…
- Easy to break apart: If your bud breaks apart very easily and makes cracking sounds while doing so, there’s a high chance the bud is a bit too stale to smoke.
- Powdery coloration: If the bud’s coloration is more akin to powdery leaflets than it originally was, you’ll need to rehydrate it for a few days if you hope to get some sort of high from it.
- Mold: If it has a white “powder-like” substance on it, that’s mold. If that’s the case, DO NOT ingest it. Take the L and go buy some more weed.
If your weed passes all of those tests, great!
In conclusion, keeping your weed fresh is essential for a better smoking experience. Remember to:
- Store your weed in an airtight container to prevent it from drying out
- Keep your weed away from sunlight and heat to avoid degradation
- Monitor the humidity level to prevent mold growth
- Use moisture-regulating products like Boveda packs or Integra Boost packets
- Follow these tips and enjoy a smooth, flavorful, and potent smoking experience every time!
Now that we’ve given you a few ways to save your supply… How will you keep your weed fresh? Come back to The Happy Campers for all of your latest cannabis news and findings.