One thing I’ve learned over the years is that anything you put in your body, especially food, should be stored in airtight containers, If you don’t do it, then you risk contaminating the contents with bacteria or mold.
This same principle can also be applied to cannabis and all types of weed edibles, such as cookies and candies. It is therefore normal to wonder what are the best ways to store and maintain our precious marijuana buds.
In some cases, you may have heard marijuana enthusiasts talk about storing weed in Ziploc bags or even vacuum-sealed plastic containers. But should you really be storing weed in these things?
Ziploc bags: Are they bad for the weed?
If we’re being totally honest, it’s not really that Ziploc bags are bad for weed. They’re a pretty convenient way to transport it in your backpack for a short period (if you don’t have a problem with everyone being able to smell it).
The problem lies in the fact that the tempers and other molecules in the marijuana can easily escape from your zip lock bag. As much as you may believe that these bags have a airtight seal, this is totally false.
These types of closures usually have micro-perforations through which, in addition to the smell of the weed escaping, they also allow air to pass into the interior, which we all know can cause your buds to dry out and lose their potency.
Also, let’s say you keep a zip lock bag with your marijuana buds in your backpack for a long time. These buds, with movement, will start to rub against each other making them at least 20% smaller and leaving you with a bag full of green dust that will be of no use to you.
Without a doubt, the best thing to do is to avoid storing your weed in zip lock bags as much as possible. Spend a couple of bucks and get yourself a good Mason Jar to store your buds and keep them fresh!
How long can cannabis stay in a ziplock bag?
The answer depends on several factors, such as the type of cannabis product, the strain used, and the environmental conditions of the location.
However, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), storing weed in Ziploc bags should remain stable and potency-free for a minimum period of 30 days.
While if you store it in a cool, dark place and in a sealed glass jar that prevents the cannabis from coming in contact with the air, the cannabis stays fresh and with its potency levels intact for up to six months.
So if you want your marijuana stash to stay fresh and potent for several weeks, make sure you store it in a cool place, in airtight containers, and away from direct sunlight!
Of course, even if you avoid storing your weed in Ziploc bags, your cannabis will lose THC over time, however, it will be nothing compared to what it would lose inside the plastic bag.
Can a Ziploc bag hold the smell of weed?
No way… Don’t even think about it!
Although ziplock bags are great for transporting food, weed and so many other products. They are not so good at hiding the smell of marijuana despite what many stoners may think.
Anyone who has ever transported weed in Ziploc bags knows from experience that the smell goes a long way and can be detected in seconds.
Remember a moment ago we mentioned that Ziplock bag closures often have micro-perforations? Well, it is basically for this very reason that they are not able to hide the smell of weed!
Also, if we get a little scientific about it… Even if the bags were airtight, the marijuana molecules would (over time) be absorbed by the plastic and literally pass through them.
What are the best conditions for storing weed?
Three main factors affect the quality of marijuana when it comes to storing it at home: humidity, light, and ambient temperature. So with this in mind, we have developed some guidelines to help you store your weed properly:
Ideal humidity levels:
This is without a doubt one of the most important aspects and maybe the most difficult to control, as too high humidity levels will make your weed moldy and therefore impossible to smoke (or at least you shouldn’t, it can lead to major health problems).
On the other hand, very low humidity levels will result in a weed that is too dry. Even so, you can still smoke it but you must keep in mind that its quality will be much lower and therefore the experience will not be the most optimal.
To keep your marijuana stored in optimal conditions, it is recommended that the temperature of the place has a humidity range between 55% and 63%.
Better lighting conditions:
There are currently hundreds of scientific studies that demonstrate how the exposure of marijuana to artificial light is a determining factor for the degradation of the cannabinoids and THC present in it.
One of them was published by the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology and explains that, after a series of studies in which weed was stored under different lighting conditions, those stored in dark places remained with a good cannabinoid profile and freshness for much longer.
So you know, if you want your weed to stay fresh and cause you the same psychotropic effects as the day you bought it, make sure you store it in a dark place!
Perfect storage temperature:
The truth is that on this aspect there are many conflicting opinions and very little research on the subject. However, despite this, many agree that weed keeps better in temperatures below 70 and above 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
So without a doubt, our recommendation to keep your marijuana fresh is to store it in places with those temperature ranges and above all to avoid storing your weed in Ziploc bags, as plastic is usually good at holding heat.
While many people store weed in Ziploc bags, this does not necessarily mean they are the safest form of storage, nor are they the best way to hide the smell and clearly not the most ideal way to keep your weed looking like new.
To keep your weed in the best possible condition for as long as possible, avoid storing your weed in Ziploc bags as much as possible, and make sure to invest a couple of dollars in buying a Mason Jar or two to store your weed.
You’ll thank us later!