CANNABIS

WHAT IS CANNABIS?

Cannabis is the name of the plant’s genus. Its two major species, among others, are cannabis sativa and cannabis indica.

Strains of both cannabis sativa and cannabis indica produce what’s popularly referred to as “marijuana”, which is used for recreational and medicinal purposes.

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Cannabis is derived from the cannabis plant (cannabis sativa). 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, hashish and hash oil. 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.

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STORAGE

Nothing beats a freshly cured batch of sticky buds, perfectly ripe and ready to smoke or vaporize. The problem is that over time, it can go bad in a number of 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.

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 over time, it can go bad in a number of 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 individual flavor 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 (link products to shop storage) designed for all of your cannabis storage needs.
 

HOW NOT TO STORE YOUR CANNABIS

Don’t – Store in the refrigerator. The fluctuations in humidity and temperature can actually increase your chance of mold and mildew.
 
Don’t – Store in the freezer. Freezing temperatures cause the fragile trichomes to become brittle and break off like little 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. Heat rises — instead, store your cannabis in a low cupboard, shelf, or in the basement of your house, much like a wine cellar.
 
Don’t – Use a tobacco humidor. Most use cedar wood, which has oils that transfer and can influence the flavors of your cannabis. They also tend to employ sponges that use propylene glycol to regulate humidity and can oversaturate your cannabis.
 
Don’t – Store grinders, pipes, or other paraphernalia with your cannabis. The ash and resin from burnt cannabis tends to 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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