Learn About Cannabis

Dried flowers derived from the cannabis plant, its two major species are cannabis Sativa and cannabis Indica. Strains of each species produce what’s popularly referred to as “marijuana,” used for both recreational and medicinal purposes.

It grows wild in many of the tropical and temperate areas of the world. It can be grown in almost any climate, and is increasingly cultivated by means of indoor hydroponic technology.

The main active ingredient in cannabis is called delta-9 tetrahydro-cannabinol, commonly known as THC. This is the part of the plant that gives the “high.” There is a wide range of THC potency between cannabis products.

Cannabis is used in three main forms:

Marijuana is made from dried flowers and leaves of the cannabis plant. It is the least potent of all the cannabis products and is usually smoked or made into edible products like cookies or brownies (see Factsheet: Marijuana Edibles).

Hashish is made from the resin (a secreted gum) of the cannabis plant. It is dried and pressed into small blocks and smoked. It can also be added to food and eaten.

Hash oil, the most potent cannabis product, is a thick oil obtained from hashish.

How to store your cannabis:

Nothing beats a freshly cured batch of sticky buds, perfectly ripe and ready to smoke or vaporize. The problem is that it can go bad over time in several different ways. How you approach this process and choose to store your stash will be the difference in whether you’re still enjoying those same nugs months down the road.

  • DO – Store out of direct sunlight in a cool, dry place.

  • DO – Store in containers with a neutral charge, like glass jars.

  • DO – Use hygrometers or products like Boveda to monitor and control RH levels.

  • DO – Use vacuum seal jars and containers to minimize oxygen exposure.

  • DO – Separate your strains to maintain their flavour profiles.

  • DO – Look for the many exciting new ways to store your cannabis. The cannabis industry is growing every day, with new products, and we carry products designed for all of your cannabis storage needs.

  • DON’T – Store in the refrigerator. The fluctuations in humidity and temperature can increase your chance of mold and mildew.

  • DON’T – Store in the freezer. The fragile trichomes are brittle and break off like tiny icicles when handled.

  • DON’T – Store in plastic bags or containers. Plastic often has a static charge that can attract precious trichomes. If you must use a plastic bag, only use it for short-term storage of small quantities of cannabis.

  • DON’T – Store above or around electronics or appliances that give off heat. Store cannabis in a low cupboard, shelf, anywhere cool, dry, and dark. Remember to keep out of the reach of children.

  • DON’T – Use a tobacco humidor. Most use cedarwood, which has oils that transfer and can influence the flavours of your cannabis. They also tend to employ sponges that use propylene glycol to regulate humidity and oversaturate your cannabis.

  • DON’T – Store grinders, pipes, or other paraphernalia with your cannabis. The ash and resin from burnt cannabis linger and will stink up any storage container. Also, it is simply good etiquette to keep your supplies separate and clean.

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