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The best ways to store marijuana: Containers, ideal conditions and more

So, you’ve figured out how to get a medical cardВ for marijuana, or just walked into a legal recreational pot shop. You’ve settled on how and where to smoke (or vape) it. You’ve bought a good amount — at least an eighth, or maybe a quarter — meaning you’re not going to burn through it all in a night. You’ve had a joint’s worth or two, and that’s plenty for the moment. В В В

What do you do with the rest of it?

Weed storage was once bound up with secrecy: Successfully hiding it from your dorm’s RA or some other meddling authority figure often took precedence over the actual manner of containment. I myself used to keep it in a Ziploc bag stuffed into a hollowed-out part of an easy chair (my mom found it anyway). But given that marijuanaВ can deteriorate in certain conditions, and the increased openness of weed use as legalization marches on, it’s probably time to figure out some better solutions. Here’s what you need to know about storing your bud to give it the longest possible shelf life.

The ideal conditions for marijuanaВ storage В В

First off, you need to keep marijuanaВ in something. I’m sure nobody is just leaving it in a pile on their desk — right? — because that’ll dry it out, making the smoke incredibly harsh. Even in a plastic baggie, the preferred container for black market dealers, weed will be brittle in a month or so. The plastic jars you get from dispensaries aren’t much better, according to Thrillist, since their “static charge can fry succulent trichomes,” frosty little hairs that carry a great deal of THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana.В

Instead of treating your weed like any other medicine, start thinking of it as what it is: an herb. Much like the stuff you use to season your cooking, marijuanaВ does best in the dark (light is part of what makes your weed dry when you leave it out), relative coolness (heat will dry it out as well), and, perhaps counterintuitively, a dry atmosphere (moisture promotes mold, which nobody wants and is dangerous to consume), though, of course, not tooВ dry.В

You also want to limit oxygen exposure and your own physical contact with the buds, as both will accelerate the crumbling of those nice, firm buds into a fine powder — or “shake” — that some find unpleasant to smoke. В В

Best containers for storing marijuana

Now that we have a sense of what it takes to keep your weed fresh, flavorful and potent, the question remains: What exactly do you put it in?

The first answer is obvious to anyone who has stepped into a pot shop or medical dispensary — glass jars. Whenever you buy loose weed, it’s coming out of a sealable glass jar, which cuts down on oxygen exposure and helps maintain stable humidity. Bonus points if you can get one with an airtight lid, available for cheap at any number of homeware stores.В

High TimesВ also notes that you can go for a darker tint on the glass to protect your stash from the sun, and shouldn’t have too much extra spaceВ in the jar, lest the additional air dry the buds out. Overall, this is probably the simplest, safest bet for storage.

Of course, when it comes to marijuana, some people will always prefer to go high-end. That’s where a brand like Infinity Jars comes in. For a few extra bucks, you can keep your weed in a leakproof, smellproof glass jar specifically designed to block out all visible light, thereby extending freshness and potency for longer periods. If you want a true vacuum seal, plus some additional color options, check out the jars from Tightvac.

The jar itself doesn’t have to be placed anywhere in particular — a shelf where it won’t be subject to temperature fluctuations or direct sunlight works just fine.

OK, but what if I want to get really fancy?

You’re in luck. So far we’ve looked at jars that make great weed containers, but now we’ll consider some products that do more than keep out air and light.

One brand name that comes up often here is CVault. These stainless steel, food-grade storage containers come in a variety of sizes and feature several sturdy clamps for the utmost security. They also come with humidifier packets that some stoners claim will rejuvenate your bud even if it’s already dried out.В

Like all the containers discussed above, however, the CVault wasn’t developed with marijuanaВ in mind. For the true connoisseur with cash to burn, you can go for the ultimate in weed luxury: a cannabis humidor. For a couple hundred bucks, you can get set up with a Cannador — a sleek wooden box with all the right cups and drawers for customized storage as well as a humidity sensor that ensures the right moisture ratio. With another accessory, you can even sync the Cannador to your smartphone to monitor humidity and temperature. Nerd alert!

Is this overkill? Maybe. But it’s also pretty darn cool.

Where you definitely shouldn’t keep your weed

A lot of marijuanaВ storage is just common sense. Don’t leave it where kids or pets or mooching roommates can get into it, obviously. Probably don’t wrap it up in aluminum foil and tuck it under your mattress, either. Unless you’re desperate.

Yet there’s one storage strategy stoners have been using for years in the mistaken belief that it will keep their marijuanaВ fresher for longer: putting in the the refrigerator or the freezer. You’d think that, in the same way the fridge prolongs the edibility of fruit, veggies, meat and dairy, it might preserve marijuana’s integrity — when in fact it does the opposite.

Cold actually degradesВ THC and other cannabinoids, and the constant changes in temperature and humidity makes things even worse. The freezer can additionallyВ separate the trichomes (those THC-rich hairs) from the pot itself by crystallizing them into ice-like particles that break off the bud, which is bad news for anybody looking to get high with those nugs. Nevertheless, the myth that you should freeze your weed persists across the internet.

Good thing you know better — and your marijuana will last that much longer.

So, you’ve figured out how to get a medical cardВ for marijuana, or just walked into a legal recreational pot shop. You’ve settled on how and where to smoke (or vape) it. You’ve bought a good amount — at least an eighth, or maybe a quarter — meaning…

Storing weed in pill bottle

They work well enough for the small amounts that you tend to keep in them. Not for long-term storage. Mason jars or those little glass craft jars with the hinge are great, though I’m not fully convinced all of those little glass hinge jars are consistently airtight either. Certain pill bottle designs seem more airtight than others. Also as someone suggested, on some plastic medicine jars there are threads on the top of the lid so that you can screw it on two ways. One or the other tends to be more airtight. Test it by squeezing the sides of the bottle when it is closed. If there is no pressure, it is bad.

Pill bottles are a lot better than ziplock baggies or other things I’ve bought or stored weed in before, like envelopes, saran wrap, foil, folded up notebook paper, etc. If you really want to keep your weed fresh or maybe even improve its taste definitely use a glass jar.

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FallenSpartan said:
One of us needs to invent a porcelain/glass/ceramic container with a double lip top thats got a nitrile rubber gasket and a hole in the top with a tube coming out attached to some sort of vacuum pump. I bet weed would stay good for a up to a year in something like that.

i think you just invented it, lol

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Something there is mysteriously formed,
Existing before Heaven and Earth,
Silent, still, standing alone, unchanging,
All-pervading, unfailing,
I do not know its name; I call it tao.
If forced to give it a name, I call it
Great (ta). Being great, it flows out;
Flowing out means far-reaching;
Being far-reaching, it is said to return.

It’s just a shot away..

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*On this forum I act out the fictitious role of a mushroom enthusiast. All posts made by me on this forum are strictly for role playing & educational purposes only. All pictures were obtained from my pen pal in the British Virgin Islands where the cultivation of psilocybe cubensis is legal, openly on the internet without rights restrictions, or from other private forum boards with the authors permission.*

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FallenSpartan said:
Nah just designed it if you will, I want someone to actually make it. and give one to me

I think you conceptualized it, rather.

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Something there is mysteriously formed,
Existing before Heaven and Earth,
Silent, still, standing alone, unchanging,
All-pervading, unfailing,
I do not know its name; I call it tao.
If forced to give it a name, I call it
Great (ta). Being great, it flows out;
Flowing out means far-reaching;
Being far-reaching, it is said to return.

It’s just a shot away..

@J lol I know that fucking feeling bro

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FallenSpartan said:
Nah just designed it if you will, I want someone to actually make it. and give one to me

I think you conceptualized it, rather.

Yeah! that’s the word I was looking for, ty.

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*On this forum I act out the fictitious role of a mushroom enthusiast. All posts made by me on this forum are strictly for role playing & educational purposes only. All pictures were obtained from my pen pal in the British Virgin Islands where the cultivation of psilocybe cubensis is legal, openly on the internet without rights restrictions, or from other private forum boards with the authors permission.*

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FallenSpartan said:
@J lol I know that fucking feeling bro

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FallenSpartan said:
Nah just designed it if you will, I want someone to actually make it. and give one to me

I think you conceptualized it, rather.

Yeah! that’s the word I was looking for, ty.

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TheMushroomJesus said:
Man your all so technical, i love it.Totally Opposite of the people i deal with 24/7

How about in a pill bottle in a cigar humidor?

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For what it’s worth film containers are more airtight than pill bottles.

If you have a lot more quantity than that, just use glass jars..

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TheMushroomJesus said:
Man your all so technical, i love it.Totally Opposite of the people i deal with 24/7

Yeah. its frowned upon being smart in my town. Literally. People will frown if they see you reading a book(lol). When i go on here, its like im being pushed to be correct, and thats how i want my real life to be

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Something there is mysteriously formed,
Existing before Heaven and Earth,
Silent, still, standing alone, unchanging,
All-pervading, unfailing,
I do not know its name; I call it tao.
If forced to give it a name, I call it
Great (ta). Being great, it flows out;
Flowing out means far-reaching;
Being far-reaching, it is said to return.

It’s just a shot away..

“Looks like we got ourselves a reader”

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mundane said:
So far, the method that’s kept my bud the freshest is putting it in an airtight mason jar, and then putting that in four or five Ziploc bags, pushing as much air out of them before sealing.

Kind of what I do. But backwards I guess. I put the bud in a double-lock zip lock bag, pushing all the air out, and then folding that up and placing it in a mason jar with the lid on tight. Stays moist and fresh for many months.

I actually do the same thing with dry mushies. Though, I haven’t tested any potency loss yet.

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Nature Boy said:
How about in a pill bottle in a cigar humidor?

NOW you’re thinkin’! That’s a good way to regulate the humidity and keep your bud fresh. I actually think the reason why people think it has a limited shelf-life is because they aren’t thinking about the needs of preserving and aging a combustible herb. Cannabis isn’t tobacco, but I think that they have a lot in common in terms of curing, maintaining, and potentially aging for future smoking. I’m interested in experimenting with the aging potential. In the right environment, THC degradation should be minimized to the point where aging for flavor enhancement, improved combustibility, and matured smoothness might be achieved such as has never been dreamt of before. But that’s just the cigar enthusiast in me coming out, really. In all likelihood, I could be dead wrong about that. But bud kept in a humidor maintained at 65% relative humidity would keep quite nicely, I believe. Bud is mold prone, so it would have to be kept below 68%RH. But I think that it needs to be less than that to truly remove the chlorophyll and impurities and whatnot, and to be smokeable; it’s not like tobacco, in that regard, which is happier in the 68 to 72%RH range. Tobacco’s still very susceptible to mold, though; I lost three boxes of some really great cigars recently. TnT

They work well enough for the small amounts that you tend to keep in them. Not for long-term storage. Mason jars or those little glass craft jars with the hinge are great, though I’m not fully convinced