Contributor: Kasey Clark
Potency. That is what the average cannabis enthusiast cares about most when it comes to any sort of marijuana-infused edible, topical, or tincture.
That is pretty much been the case since the beginning. Which makes sense. I mean, that is why we love marijuana in the first place, right? For all of its lasting effects. But did you know there were some key elements during the storing of these products that keep those potency levels high long into the future?
It is true. The crazy thing is, they are insanely simple.
There is no special container or custom casing you will need to buy in order to keep your THC-infused products at their dankest for longer periods of time. It is just a few steps, and before you know it, you will be gathering up hoards of cannabis-enriched goodies for months and months to come. Who doesn’t love stocking up on marijuana-infused greatness? I know I certainly do.
The first thing that every cannabis enthusiast should be aware of is that, if stored adequately, a THC-infused tincture has the chance of never going bad. I know that may sound crazy, but it is completely true. This highly potent form of marijuana, which is essentially a THC-packed elixir, commonly found in a darkened bottle with a dropper for consumption, can last forever if placed under the most ideal storage conditions.
If that doesn’t pique your stoner interest into proper storage techniques, I am not sure what will.
Sadly, that same feat is an unattainable impossibility for other forms of cannabis, most notably edibles that contain non-THC ingredients that are already famous for short shelf lives (like bread for example). These marijuana mediums follow a different code of ethics when it comes to longevity, but that doesn’t mean a properly stored edible can’t last longer under the right conditions.
The main thing the average cannabis enthusiast needs to remember when it comes to storing cannabis-infused products is light, oxygen, and heat.
When speaking about “light” I am obviously referring to any sort of overexposure that may damage the cannabinoids present in the product. That is why it is always a safe strategy to store your products in the most dimly lit (preferably dark) places possible. This ensures the cannabinoids’ safety from any damaging rays that otherwise would have found themselves inside.
That first rule is all-encompassing. It doesn’t matter what form of marijuana you have, the darker the storage area, the longer the shelf life. To be completely honest that is pretty much a no-brainer for any sort of product. So, always be mindful to search for a darkened place to keep your cannabis. You will be happy you did.
They will leave an edible or nug out in the elements for a while, only to discover that the majority of its potency had already been released into the atmosphere before they even had a chance to enjoy it. Those sort of “bummer lessons” only need to be learned once.
As a rule of thumb, always be sure to keep your THC items sealed. An easy way to do this is to hold on to whatever packaging or container it came in. More often than not, the makers of these items are more than aware of how to properly package their products to maintain potency for the most amount of time.
I mean, they have no idea how long their products may be waiting on the shelf of a dispensary before finally being picked up by a curious cannabis enthusiast. Which is why they always “stack the deck in their favor,” so to speak, with a brilliantly designed, airtight contraption of some sort.
All in all, the less air that gets in – the longer it will last.
Finally, the last element that all enthusiasts should be mindful of during the storing of their cannabis products is “heat.”
Just because you have found a nice, dark place to store your stash, that doesn’t always mean it is going to remain cool. That is why protecting it from the heat is paramount to maintaining a product’s potency. If you were tasked with trying to think of a cool, dark place that is readily accessible to you – what would you say?
Well, if you answered, “The Fridge” – you’re 100% correct!
The refrigerator is the ideal place to store most cannabis items – excluding flowers. If nugs and buds are placed in these harsh conditions the cannabinoids will suffer greatly. For tinctures, topicals, and edibles the fridge is a great place to call home. Not only does it check all the other “ideal storage” boxes, but it is a reliable source of coolness that does nothing but secure the potency of most THC-infused products.
However, should a fridge not be available to you – do the next best thing.
Grab a sealable container – preferably glass. Then, with the application of electrical tape (or any sort of covering of your choice) wrap it around the exterior of the container. That, effectively, serves as an impenetrable defense against any sort of damaging light that may have otherwise found its way inside. Also, the sealed top restricts oxygen from damaging it, as well. Personally, whenever I find myself in the fortunate position of having to store an edible, I go about it the same way every time. So far, it seems to have worked wonders for me. It is nothing super-crazy or an