How Long Can You Store Weed?

You can store weed for as long as you prefer. However, remember that environmental factors such as light, temperature, humidity, and cleanliness may affect its potency and taste.

How Long Can You Store Weed?

How Long Can You Store Weed?

A study first published in 1976 claims that weed stays stable for up to two years. There were nine herbal and two resin samples of weed used for the experiment. 

After two years in storage, the results showed that light contributed most to the loss of cannabinoids in the samples, especially in solutions. Air oxidation also contributed to the losses in the samples. The researchers concluded after the study that storing weed in a cool and dark place further prolongs its shelf life.

Why Is Proper Cannabis Storage Important?

In 2018, the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) established that weed storage environments can only have up to 65% of relative humidity to control moisture production. Moisture affects storing conditions as it encourages the growth of mold and mildew. The growth of fungi in cannabis storages could pose serious risks to users.

Too much moisture is bad. However, too much moisture loss is also not good. Dehydrating a cannabis plant through drying improves its flavor profile before use. But if the drying process goes overboard, the buds can get too dry and lose all the flavor throughout. The potency is another aspect that gets affected when a plant dries out too much. Buds and flowers can become brittle and break upon contact.

Poor storage causes a bad experience to weed users. Storing weed should be a step that users and growers do well at if they want to prolong their product’s shelf life. However, if done right, weed should stay fresh, usable, and ready when you need it.

The Best Way To Store Weed

1. Keep it Cool
High temperatures still can affect your weed even if it’s in storage. It can cause your stash to dry out and its terpenes to evaporate. Store it away from a heater, a water system, or even outside. However, make sure to avoid freezing temperatures, too. Lower temperatures can burst trichomes and also cause buds to lose potency. Closets, drawers, and dark corners should be good places to store weed.

2. Keep it Dry
Moisture encourages mold and mildew growth. It is something that you should keep an eye out for when storing weed. The relative humidity in your storage area does not go below 59% or higher than 63%. Keep an eye out for temperature fluctuations as they could also cause an increase in the chances of growing molds.

3. Keep it Dark
Ultraviolet light can break down the cannabinoids and terpenes in your buds. The effects could be the same as getting a sunburn. Or shirt losing its color after being under the sun for a while. Keep containers in a dark place and never under the sun.

4. Keep it Clean
Containers should be free from dirt and grime that can affect the buds in storage. They should be clean and disinfected before use.

How Storage Affects Potency

People seek cannabinoids and terpenes found in marijuana for their psychoactive and medicinal effects. Therefore, it is important to know how storing weed could affect its potency and efficacy.

Environmental factors, such as sunlight and moisture, could break down chemicals found in cannabis. Chemical breakdown causes the stash to lose its flavor and taste, leaving it bland. In some instances, old weed ends up tasting harsh and nasty.

According to a research done by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, time is also a factor that affects potency. Yes, storing weed may be good for a long time, but the length of storage time lessens its potency too. On average, cannabis loses 16.6% of its potency after a year of storage. After another year, it will lose 26.8% of its potency from the original value. If it lasts for two years more in storage, it could lose up to 41.4% of its potency from the original value.

How To Store Other Cannabis Products?

Aside from the buds themselves, other weed products such as edibles, tinctures, and concentrates need to stay fresh as well.

1. Edibles
Cannabis-infused products, like edibles, have different storage guidelines. Follow those storage guidelines and make sure to consume the products before use. However, if it doesn’t seem right to store products for later use, then don’t. Also, try to make edibles that are only enough for those who would consume them.

2. Tinctures and Concentrates
Oil and alcohol-infused products like tinctures and concentrates evaporate and degrade based on heat, light, and humidity. Store them in a tight-sealed container in a cold, dark, and dry place. Unlike buds, these products could last longer than buds. They can be fridge-stable for years.