How Long Do Pre Rolled Joints Last?
November 2, 2020 by Pure Oasis
We live in an era of immediate gratification, and you really can’t beat the convenience of a pre-roll. Your cannabis is ready to smoke whenever you’re ready for it, no on the spot rolling or packing required. You can either pre-roll your own weed or buy it pre-rolled from a supplier. Knowing how long pre rolled joints last and the proper way to store can help your joints last longer.
Sometimes things happen, you stash your pre-roll somewhere for safekeeping, and then you forget about it. You never want to waste your joints; read on to learn how to prevent joints from going stale.
What Happens If A Pre-Rolled Joint Goes Stale
You don’t need to throw that old joint away. As long as it isn’t moldy or broken, it’s still likely fine to smoke. It won’t hit as nicely as something fresh, but may still perform. You’ll most likely find that it burns faster, has lost some potency and may be a little harsher.
Tips On Keeping A Pre-Rolled Fresh
Even though you can technically still smoke that stale joint, a better strategy would usually be to just keep it fresh. The key to maintaining that freshness is proper storage. There are a few simple ways to do that: keep them in an airtight container, keep them from getting damaged and avoid over-exposure to light and moisture.
Storing Them In An Airtight Container
The number one requirement for storage is that your container be airtight, but when it comes to containers for your pre-rolls, not all are created equal. A sealed plastic bag is technically airtight, but it doesn’t provide much protection. If you put that baggy in your pocket and expect that everything will be in one piece when you’re trying to smoke later, you’re gonna be sad and sober.
There are also doob tubes. They are portable, reusable and fit into your pocket or purse. Doob tubes have been used for a while to preserve both partially smoked joints and pre-rolls.
Cigar tubes are a great option since they’re already designed to be airtight to preserve the cigar that originally lived there. They have the same durability and portability as a doob tube, so if you have one on hand I wouldn’t hesitate to use it.
Glass jars, such as mason jars, are another option, and large enough to store multiple pre-rolled joints. Mason jars come with sealing lids, and some other glass jars come with latching lids that will seal air out.
At the end of the day, you’re most likely going to use what’s on hand. If that’s a Ziploc, just try not to travel with it, or just re-home it before you go.
Protect Them From Physical Damage
If you plan on traveling, make sure you use a container that will keep your joint or joints from harm, and as mentioned above, watch out for Ziplocs. A large glass jar or Ziploc bag are more likely to allow damage to occur. Unless the glass jar is packed, your joint or joints are going to move and shift. So the glass jar could cause some damage due to excess space if the entire container isn’t full. The bag is flimsy by nature and unable to provide adequate protection. Shoving it in your pocket or a bag of any kind would inevitably lead to damage.
Keep Away From Light And Moisture
Even if you’ve never grown your own cannabis, most people know that it’s pretty sensitive to the environment. Even when it’s rolled you want to protect it from its environment as much as possible. Too much light can cause it to degrade. If it’s too warm and/or humid, you run the risk of mold growing, not to mention negative effects to the flavor. Ideally your cannabis should live in an environment with 59%-63% humidity.
You’re probably wondering – but how can I control the relative humidity? The good news is that humidity packs are readily available to control that situation for you. You can purchase them in varying sizes depending on the amount you’re preserving and the size of your storage container. Humidity packs are designed to either release moisture into the air or draw moisture out. In order for a humidity pack to work, you have to use it in an airtight container. The pack will last anywhere from 2 months to a year. You’ll want to check it regularly. If it becomes dry or crispy it will need to be replaced.
Visit The Cannabis Shop At Pure Oasis
If you have any questions about how long do pre rolled joints last or how to best store and preserve your pre-rolled joints , come into the store and talk to one of our budtenders. Pure Oasis is Boston’s one-stop shop for all things cannabis. Contact us by calling 617-420-6838 or shop our cannabis menu online.
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The Shelf Life Of Weed: How Long Does Flower Stay Fresh?
Dec 11, 2018 5 minute read
An explainer on how long weed will stay good. Or, what to do when you rediscover some premium herb in your sock drawer.
Here’s a true story. Lately, I’ve had a lingering desire to make some cannabutter (my mom’s recipe—coconut oil infused with cannabis by way of a long, slow simmer). But not wanting to spend premium cash on premium herb for some butter I could very well botch, I found myself at a loss. Then, while cleaning out the clustercuss that is my pantry, I found a generously sized bag of the kind of scraggle weed that’s perfect for home-brewed butter.
“ When treated right, well-cured weed can stay good for six months to a year. ”
The only problem? The bud was as crisp as a mummified box of saltine crackers, a relic of my freeloading college days. Which led me to ask myself a bunch of questions. If I try to grind this ancient herb, will it turn to dust? Will it work? Will I die? Is this even weed? Look, I’m no expert, but I do know how to use the Google and figured out how to change a tire once, so I felt I was up to the task of digging deep into the science behind keeping cannabis fresh. Because whether it’s affordable herb or the best flower money can buy, you’ll want it to be fresh when you light up.
Here’s what I learned: As is the case with most organic elements on earth, nothing lasts forever. Everything is temporary. My apologies if you’re first hearing about mortality via a cannabis website, but hey, there are worse ways to learn about death. Generally, when treated right, well-cured weed can last for a good six months to a year. Now, after that date, it’s not as if smoking some dusty weed will kill you. In fact, it might not do much of anything. In the same way other drugs and even spices in your pantry lose potency over time, your old herb won’t give you the same lift as that hot, young herb. It’s an ageist, terrible reality, but it is what it is.
But exactly how shitty will your weed be if you forget about it all year, you ask? The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has a solid answer. Basically, the gradual loss of THC in stored cannabis is proportional to the amount of time your weed sits in storage. Overall, the study’s authors found that after one year of being kept at room temperature, your flower’s THC content will decrease by about 17%. After two years, you’re seeing a 27% loss in potency; three years brings you a 35% drop; and by four years, your weed is almost half as potent as it once was. So, say you start off with a nice, potent Purple Punch that was lab-tested at 22% THC. Store those flavorful nugs in your bedroom for four years, and that flower will probably just put you to sleep if it does anything at all.
It’s not bad to smoke geriatric weed, but I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s good either. Cannabis is different from a fine wine in that it won’t always get better the longer it is aged. However, like fine wine, you want to store your nugs in a cool, dark place to help it last longer. Your mom’s basement will do just fine. One of those nifty cannabis humidors would be perfect. And Buffalo Bill’s lotion pit works, too, if being a creeper is more your style. Point being, keep your weed out of the sun and rain if you want it to get you high.
And if you want to make that weed last—whether you’re a slow burner or prepping for the apocalypse—there are a couple key tricks to keeping it tight. For instance, avoid too-large containers, paper anything, and plastic baggies that get punctured easily and aren’t particularly airtight anyway. So much for my hidden pantry weed. Sigh.
On the flipside, glass and ceramic jars are great for weed storage for a variety of reasons. You can get a good seal with jars and they generally maintain proper humidity levels. (Jam jars make a lot more sense now, don’t they?) Should you want to get super fancy, grab your mom’s vacuum sealer and zip those puppies up like a Space Bag infomercial.
Fancy tools aside, the single best thing you can do to keep your weed good is to keep it out of the sun. Sunlight degrades THC, converting it to the non-intoxicating cannabinoid, cannabinol or CBN because #science. That said, CBN contains beneficial properties of its own and is believed to help some patients with sleep, pain, inflammation, and reduced appetite. Some dispensaries have started offering concentrated forms of CBN for those looking beyond CBD to manage their pain. At the end of the day, it seems weed is the wonder drug we all think it is—even when treated with more neglect than your old Tamagotchi.
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