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Storing hemp flower

How To Store Your Hemp Flower For Optimal Freshness

Are you looking to learn how to properly store your hemp flower for ultimate freshness and longevity? 

You’re in the right place.

A good storage strategy is important for keeping your flower both fresh and potent. Anyone who buys hemp flower, whether in bulk or in smaller quantities, should know how to properly store their flower.

Keeping your buds stored properly isn’t just about keeping them fresh, it’s also important in order to keep your buds safe for consumption

Not to mention that cannabinoids can degrade over time if not stored correctly. 

Before we reveal too much about the best ways to store hemp flower, we to address  the many reasons why proper storage practices are crucial.

There are many environmental factors that can affect the freshness and degradation of your hemp flower.

Because hemp is a living plant, it must be taken care of at all life stages. 

You will see a decrease in the quality of your hemp flower nugs if they are not stored properly…

So, let’s get into how you can optimize your flower and keep it for longer by storing it correctly.

Storing hemp flower

Factors That Shorten The Shelf Life of CBD Flower

While there are many factors that can impact the shelf life of your CBD flower, here are the main six reasons you should take into account.

Storage Container

Containers, or how you store your hemp buds, are key factors in keeping your nugs fresh and have a major impact on their shelf life. 

Plastic baggies were once the go-to, but now we know better…

Cannabis is creating a culture that promotes reclaiming our health by once again utilizing the medicinal properties of healing plants and herbs. Our ancestors used plants and herbs for all medical ailments, and most pharmaceuticals today are actually derived from plants. This is essentially a return to our roots.

To remain in alignment with this theme, and to make our CBD flower proud, it is necessary to go a step further.

These buds care for us, so let us care for them!

The time is now to make storing our hemp flower as essential as drinking your green juice, taking your vitamins, protein shake, or storing your veggies properly.

A mason jar or a good-quality air-tight container should do the trick. Hint* (we go into this in more depth later, so stick around!)

Yes, storage is very important. However, it doesn’t necessarily have to be complicated. These tips should make things easier.

Air

When hemp is in the growing process, whether grown outdoors or indoors, it requires a good amount of oxygen. However, after the buds have been cured and dried, excessive oxygen exposure degrades the quality of the flower,

Furthermore, letting your buds sit out in the open and be exposed to too much oxygen can compromise the potency of your flower. Eventually, over time, this can lead to dry, stale, and unpleasant buds.

So, don’t let your buds sit out on your table, nightstand, or anywhere else for that matter.

Moisture and Humidity

These environmental factors do not only affect those who live in areas with high humidity and lots of rain. No matter where you live, humidity and moisture can pose a problem for your nugs.

It is possible that the moisture or humidity can be off within your home, or within the container where you are storing your buds.

Let’s not forget that cannabis flower is a plant material and is subject to mold, bacteria, and other contaminants you don’t want to be inhaling. 

This is why it’s really important to store your flower properly. Whether it gets dried out and loses its flavor profile, or gets too moist and gets contaminated with mold or bacteria, you don’t want either of these factors to affect your flower.

Additionally, these impurities have serious health consequences like illness and infection. I mean think about it, inhaling heated mold or bacteria by way of your flower? It just sounds bad.

This is not to scare you, just to keep you informed and staying safe with your storage practices. 

Furthermore, it goes to show how important it truly is to store your flower properly.

Temperature

Storing your hemp flower in a temperature-controlled environment is important. Any fluctuation in temperature, be it hot or cold, can cause your flower to get moldy or go stale.

Light

This is true for both natural and artificial lighting. Cannabinoid and terpene-rich hemp nugs cannot sit in the sun or under lights. 

This will result in the destruction of precious cannabinoids as well as terpenes that are essential for your hemp flower’s potency, flavor, and therapeutic properties.

What Is The Best Way To Store Hemp?

There are several options for how to store hemp. Some choose to keep their flower in the original container it arrived in. This could be either a vacuum-sealed container, a plastic container, or a glass jar. 

However, in order to avoid exposure to the above-mentioned factors, we have a better way to store your cannabis nugs…

Industry Secrets: Best Way to Store Hemp Flower

Let’s first discuss the best type of container. 

Glass is a great choice as it’s less likely to break than plastics, and doesn’t have harmful BPA’s.

The darker and more opaque glass the better. It will help keep the sun and or light out. An airtight lid is also a must for glass containers. The lid can be either tightened by screwing it on or locking it in place. These containers can also be used to store moonrocks.

After you’ve found the container you like, consider buying a low-cost humidity pack such as the ones shown on Marijuana Pack. They provide humidity control which helps preserve the terpene content in your flower. 

Since terpenes are volatile compounds, each time you open your jar, some terpenes escape!

Terpenes are an important aspect of the therapeutic effects of hemp flower. So you don’t want to lose them while storing your flower. These humidity packs also keep your buds from drying out too much. 

Now, it’s time to strategize. You have your container and your humidity pack, so where do you plant to keep your flower?

You want to avoid places in your home that are too exposed to light, moisture, and/or experience frequent temperature changes. This generally means that the garage, kitchen, or bathroom are not good places.

You should choose a cool, dark, and dry location, such as a cupboard or a drawer.

How Can I Tell If My Hemp Flower Went Bad?

You might be asking if your current stash has gone bad after you have had it for a while. 

That’s an excellent question. 

Here are some suggestions: Consider examining a few of your nugs closely. Does the color have a faded appearance? Do you smell the same strong, beautiful scent? Do you see any mildew, mold, or other traces?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, then it’s high time to let it go and start again. (No pun intended!)

Chronic Guru has premium, terpene and cannabinoid-rich flower for all your hemp flower needs.

Let’s Answer Some FAQS

Here we will address some of the most common questions we are asked when it comes to storing your buds properly.

Hemp flower and shelf life

Two key details affect the shelf life of CBD nugs. The first is…you guessed it!

How you intend to store your CBD nugs.

The second is whether you purchased high-quality hemp flower or not. Your buds will last up to a year if you purchase hemp flower from a trusted company that sells premium CBD nugs.

Hemp flower’s shelf life is usually shorter than other kinds of flower. This is because not all buds have the same quality and not everyone uses proper storage methods.

Can CBD lose potency over time?

Yes, hemp flower does lose its CBD potency as it ages. It also loses many other cannabinoids including CBG, CBN, and CBC as well as its terpenes and flavonoids. This is the nature of all botanicals, not just hemp.

Can you store your hemp buds in the freezer?

First, it’s not a good idea to put your buds in the freezer. Cannabis doesn’t like temperatures below freezing. This can make the buds brittle.

It is also important to let the flower adjust to room temperature before consuming it. While it’s hard to predict what state your buds will be in, generally it is not the best strategy to preserve your buds.

However, when it comes to edibles, it might be a good idea to store them in the refrigerator.

Is it legal to order hemp flower online?

Yes, you can order CBD flower online as long as it contains less than 0.3% Delta-9 THC. This restriction on THC content was implemented with the 2018 Farm Bill. It is a federal regulation, however, most states must adhere to it.

So, if you want the convenience of fresh CBD buds shipped to your door, buying online is a great option.

Hemp flower benefits?

Hemp flower is one of the best ways to get your daily CBD dosage. Smoking hemp flower is the fastest way for your body to get the benefits of CBD and other cannabinoids. However if smoking isn’t your preference, no worries! There’s a lot you can do with CBD flower; you can make an oil or cannabutter to infuse into your favorite meals.

If you’re not a smoker, buying your own flower and making an infusion with it gives you all the freedom to customize your infusion. You can pick the strain and carrier oil or base to use instead of relying on store-bought infusions or edibles

You can then take your hemp infusion and use it in making healthy recipes, or even your own CBD topicals! Buying CBD flower really gives you endless options when it comes to receiving the benefits of cannabis.

Cannabis flower jar

Closing Thoughts on How To Store Your Hemp Flower

As you can see, hemp flower storage doesn’t require a lot of time, money, or headaches. 

It’s easy to do and it only takes a little bit of planning before it becomes second nature. It will save you lot’s of money and headaches in the long run if you get it right.

If you commit to preserving your stash, you and your hemp buds will be happy, and you’ll get the most out of your money. Your cannabis will taste great from the moment you purchase it up to the very end.

How do you store your hemp flower? We would love to hear from you!

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