Expert Points Out 7 Storage Missteps That Degrade Your Marijuana

Proper storage of medical marijuana is essential not only to preserve its potency and therapeutic properties but also to maintain its flavor and aroma. Unfortunately, many individuals unknowingly compromise their cannabis through common storage mistakes. 

To prevent you from ruining your medical marijuana, we reached out to Dr. Horsham from Sanctuary Wellness Institute who has solutions to ensure your cannabis remains fresh, potent, and effective.  

Storing in the Wrong Container

“The convenience of plastic baggies makes them a popular choice for cannabis storage. However, there are many issues with this type of storage. This method exposes your marijuana to air, which degrades THC over time. Not to mention, it will make wherever you store smell. Instead, store your marijuana in a small, airtight jar, preferably made of glass. These containers significantly reduce air exposure, helping to preserve the cannabinoids and terpenes that give your cannabis its unique effects and aroma,” comments Dr. Horsham.

Storing in the Fridge

“While it might seem like a cool fridge would be an ideal place to store cannabis, this environment actually does more harm than good. Refrigerators have fluctuating humidity and temperatures, which encourage mold and mildew growth. Instead, Keep your cannabis at an optimal storage temperature, ideally between 60-70°F (15-21°C), in a dark and cool place like a cupboard or closet that is not prone to temperature swings,” advises Dr. Horsham.

Storing Near Electronics

“Electronics and appliances emit heat, which can alter your cannabis’s consistency and potency, especially if stored nearby for extended periods. Store your cannabis away from electronic devices and heat sources in a stable, cool environment that will ensure the longevity and efficacy of your marijuana,” says Dr. Horsham.

Keeping With Other Strong-Smelling Items

“Cannabis is known for its potent aroma, which other strong-smelling items in the vicinity can easily taint. To keep your cannabis fresh, store it separately from items like spices or incense to prevent odor absorption. This way, your marijuana will maintain its natural aroma and flavor profile,” comments Dr. Horsham.

Exposing to Direct Light

“Just like other prescription medications, light is one of the major factors that can degrade cannabis over time. UV rays break down cannabinoids and terpenes, reducing the quality and potency of your marijuana. To prevent this, store your cannabis in a dark place or invest in UV-protected containers,” suggests Dr. Horsham. 

Ignoring Humidity Levels

“Humidity control is essential for preserving cannabis. Too low, and your marijuana dries out and loses its flavor; too high, and you risk mold and mildew. Aim to keep your storage environment’s humidity levels between 59% and 63% RH. If you live in a dryer climate, humidity packs can regulate moisture, keeping your cannabis in perfect condition,” recommends Dr. Horsham.

Mixing Your Strains & Storing Too Much

“Each cannabis strain boasts unique flavors, effects, and aromas. Mixing different strains in the same container will lead to cross-contamination and dilute these distinct characteristics. To prevent this, dedicate a separate airtight container for each strain. This prevents flavor blending and ensures you can enjoy the unique qualities of each strain as intended. It also will allow you to store smaller amounts and ensure freshness for longer,” says Dr. Horsham.

Storing medical marijuana correctly is essential to preserving its potency, flavor, and medicinal benefits. Avoiding these mistakes and adopting the recommended solutions, allows you to keep your cannabis fresh and effective for as long as possible. Remember, the care you put into storing your medical marijuana reflects the quality of experience you will receive from it.


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