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How to Properly Store Cannabis

March 21, 2024

You’re so excited to have a new batch of cannabis—but now that you have it, how do you maintain its quality?

The key to preserving cannabis lies in understanding how cannabis degrades and the best method for cannabis storage.

Enhance your cannabis experience by learning how to store your cannabis with our comprehensive guide below correctly.

Understanding Cannabis Degradation

Once you find your favorite strain of cannabis, you want to keep it fresh and ready for your next smoking session. The key to keeping it fresh is understanding how cannabis degrades and combating that.

Four factors dictate how quickly your cannabis degrades: air, temperature, light, and humidity.

Air leads to oxidation, which degrades the flavor of cannabis.

Light exposure degrades THC potency.

Imbalanced humidity levels—ideally around 62% humidity—prevent mold growth and preserve cannabinoids and terpenes.

Any extreme temperatures, whether too cold or too hot, can cause dryness or mold growth.

With time, THC degradation converts to CBN, which reduces the potency and experience of cannabis. This results in a less intense psychoactive effect but more sedative experiences.

Legal Cannabis Storage Requirements in the State of New Jersey

According to the state of New Jersey, cannabis and cannabis products purchased legally in New Jersey will be in resealable, child-resistant packaging. They also recommend locking your cannabis, if possible, and always ensuring it’s always out of reach. If possible, you’ll also want to keep your cannabis marked to avoid any accidental ingestion.

What Is The Ideal Cannabis Storage Process?

So, now that we know a little about improper cannabis storage let’s discuss the ideal cannabis storage process for what you use.

Ideal Temperature

Experts recommend storing cannabis around 60—68 degrees Fahrenheit.

Ideal Humidity

Store your cannabis in an environment with no more than 59% and 63% relative humidity. You can use a hygrometer to ensure the best humidity levels. Use airtight containers to keep your cannabis safe and secure.

Best Amount of Light

Light is one of the greatest enemies of proper cannabis storage. Store your cannabis in a cool, dark place to avoid degradation.

Storage Solutions and Tools—How To Store Cannabis


Vacuum Sealed Bags

Vacuum-sealed bags offer an airtight solution that keeps cannabis fresh for a whole lot longer than Ziplock bags, etc. They minimize air exposure, which, as we mentioned, degrades THC levels in cannabis.

Cannabis Humidors

Cannabis humidors are specially designed storage containers for optimal humidity levels and preserving the freshness and quality of cannabis. Unlike tobacco humidors, cannabis humidors are altered to match the appropriate humidity level for cannabis. They also come with airtight seals and hygrometers to monitor humidity levels. If you’re looking for long-term storage, this is the right solution.

Glass Containers

Glass containers are a good option for storing cannabis because they’re airtight. They also offer good protection from light if tinted or stored in a dark place—essential to preserve the terpenes and cannabinoids in your flower. Ensure the container has an airtight seal to maintain the potency and flavor.

Humidity Packs

Humidity packs are an excellent option if you’re looking to control moisture levels within your storage container. You can keep your humidity levels at or around 62% with this storage option—the sweet spot for cannabis. They also prevent it fromdrying out, ensuring the potency is maintained long-term.

Metal Containers

Some people like metal containers for storing cannabis, but if you go that route, make sure the one you choose is airtight and in exceptional condition.

Dos and Don’ts of Cannabis Storage



Don’t Use Plastic Baggies

Gone are the days when plastic baggies would suffice for your cannabis. If temperatures are too high, your cannabis will become brittle and nearly useless.

Don’t Put Your Weed in the Fridge

Storing your cannabis for a reasonable amount of time and putting it in the fridge is not a good idea. Refrigerators have too low of a temperature for proper cannabis storage. Also, the humidity levels fluctuate significantly in the refrigerator, so it is not a good storage option.

Don’t Mix Different Strains in the Same Container

Cannabis contains terpenes, and terpene profiles change depending on the strain. To maintain the aroma and flavor of your cannabis strains, store them separately in airtight containers.


Do Label Containers

Keep track of what you purchased and when by labeling your containers. Reusable glass containers are great for this purpose. Mark the date and time purchased and the strain type to ensure you’re always getting the best cannabis experience.

Do Consider A Safety Lock

If you have pets or children, a safety lock on your cannabis storage containers or area is a great idea. This prevents accidental ingestion, especially if you’re storing cannabis edibles.

Do Invest in UV Protected Glass Containers

Make sure the glass containers you’re using are UV protected, and as an added layer of protection, place them in a cool, dark place for long-term storage.

Special Considerations for Edibles & Concentrates

How to Store Edibles

Just like flower, edibles should be stored in an airtight containerto maintain freshness since edibles can come in various forms, including gummies, chocolates, and baked goods. Considerrefrigeration for items that may spoil, but be sure to read the label of the edibles before deciding on storage options.


How to Store Concentrates

Concentrates, like waxes, shatters, and oils, require much more forethought regarding storage. Non-stick, airtight containers are best for storing concentrates. Keep them cool and away from direct light to maintain potency. Consider storing your concentrate in a cool, dark cabinet for longer-term storage.


Final Thoughts

Storing cannabis correctly is crucial for maintaining the quality, potency, and freshness of cannabis. Proper storage helps preserve the cannabinoids and terpenes found within your products.

By keeping cannabis in an airtight container, away from direct lighting, humidity, and extreme temperatures.

Whether you’re storing flower, concentrates, or edibles, investing in the proper storage containers is well worth it. Follow the best practices we’ve outlined here, and your cannabis will last as long as you want it to.

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