There are several reasons people should be concerned about how long their weed will last in storage. Cannabis is expensive and the last thing anyone wants is for it to go to waste.
Today, cannabis is legal in many US states. You can order it through the mail or pick it up at a local weed shop if you are lucky enough to live in a state that has legalized it for recreational and medicinal use.
For some people, there is no need to worry about storing their weed long-term because they may not buy that much at a time. If you grow your weed or buy it in larger quantities, then it must be stored in some way to preserve it for later use.
After cannabis has been cured, how long it will stay fresh largely depends on how well it is stored. If you do it the old fashioned way and simply keep it rolled up in a plastic baggie, your weed will begin to dry out in a week or less.
Much more is known today about how to keep the potency and fragrance of weed at its peak for longer.
Can Weed Go Bad?
The short answer to this question is yes, weed can go bad. There are a few different ways this can happen. If your cannabis sits for too long in a bad storage situation, exposed to too much light and open-air, it can dry out rather quickly.
This can make the weed crumbly and even dust-like over time. It will be less potent and the fragrance will fade.
Another way that weed can go bad is if it’s exposed to a lot of humidity. Too much humidity along with warm temperatures can cause your weed to get moldy.
You don’t want to taste moldy weed and it could make you very sick! If you know anything about mold, then you know it is unhealthy and extremely dangerous to inhale mold spores. If you use a vape or smoke weed for medical reasons, then you certainly don’t want to use it if it has mold on it.
What Does Moldy Weed Look Like?
If you are new to the use of cannabis, then you may not know what to look for if your weed gets mold on it. A healthy cannabis flower bud can often have a sticky, shiny sheen to it that what looks like little hairs.
These hairy, shiny things are called trichomes and they give weed its distinct fragrance. This is perfectly normal and means your weed is in good standing. However, if your weed has a grayish-white coating, it is likely mold. This should not be mistaken for trichomes.
Moldy weed will also have a scent that you can’t miss. Instead of the pungent, fragrant smell that it should have, the weed will have a mildewy or musky smell. Some people say that it has a scent that smells similar to hay.
What Type Of Storage Keeps Weed Fresh?
There are various methods for storing weed to help keep it fresh and potent:
Mason jars with tight-fitting lids are a great way to store weed if it has been dried well before storing. It is important to keep the jar in a dark, cool place as much as possible.
The less air there is in the jar, the better it is for your wee. It is said that you can store weed this way for up to 2 years. It is a good idea to use a humidity pack inside the jar to make sure the humidity is controlled to prevent mold.
Black glass jars are a good choice. You can purchase these types of jars online or at head shops. They are specially designed with dark glass to keep out UV light.
Some jars will come with a humidity pack, but if they don’t, you should add one anyway to help prevent mold.
Stash Boxes for weed are great options as most are smell proof and come with jars that help block out humidity.
Vacuum-sealing weed is another way to keep your weed fresh for longer. Once the weed has been vacuum-sealed, all of the air will have been removed and the risk of drying out too much or too much humidity is reduced. However, you should always store weed in a cool and dark place.
It’s important to remember that light, heat, and air are not friends to your weed. Whatever method you use for storage the weed should always be kept in a dark, cool place. A dark closet or cupboard and at room temperature or below unless you refrigerate or freeze it, which is not a good idea in reality.
If you use humidity packs in glass jars, remember to check the packs and change them out if they become hard and dry. This usually happens within 2 to 4 months and they need to be changed to continue to keep humidity out.