When it comes to storing our stashes, most of us rely on the tried-but-untrue method of tossing it all in a bag and squirreling it away in a desk. That’s great... if you want your beautiful buds to degrade into something that looks like schwag. As it turns out, everything from air to light can affect your cannabis quality. So how do you avoid those, short of smoking it all in one marathon session? These are the dos and don’ts of making your weed last.
Lose the plastic
Before we start talking solutions, let’s identify and get rid of one problem: plastic sucks as a storage option. Its static charge can fry succulent trichomes (the beautiful little hairs), so immediately remove any flower in plastic bags or containers. That includes those handy plastic medicine jars. Unless your storage time is measured in days, you’re subject to the same issues we’re looking to avoid. They’ll surely do in a pinch, but think of these as good travel packs rather than long-term solutions. Otherwise, empty them, fill them all with matches, and hide them around the house for when the big one comes. You’re welcome.
Stock up on glass
There’s no better container for cannabis than glass. It’s not static like plastic, won’t affect the taste like metal containers tend to, and allows for an airtight seal to protect against oxidization. But unless you have access to special anti-UV glass coating, that clear view won’t protect your weed from light that speeds up the THC's (the high) degradation into CBN (that sleepy feeling), leaving you with weed that’s only good for one thing: couch lock. Combat this by wrapping your glass in a towel or storing it in a dark place.
Use parchment to prevent damage
If your idea of long-term storage is Tupperware, let’s at least lessen the damage. Grab that same kind of parchment paper popular for concentrates and softly wrap your bud before placing it inside. You’ll then have a built-in surface for breaking apart nugs or rolling joints. Conveniently, this is also the default method for storing shatter, rosin, live resin, and sugar wax, meaning one of your friends probably already has some.