If you want to get the most of your medical cannabis, proper storage is key. By storing it properly, you can ensure its potency lasts for much longer. On other hand, if you store it the wrong way, your medical marijuana can get moldy.
Medical marijuana is best when stored in a dark, cool and dry place. Although marijuana doesn’t have a specific expiry date, proper storage will ensure it stays fresh for several years.
Can Medical Marijuana Go Bad?
Generally, this isn’t something to worry about. Just like the spices and herbs you have in your kitchen cabinet, medical marijuana doesn’t necessarily go bad. It simply ages over time. However, improper storage can make its potency dwindle over time.
For example, if you leave your medical marijuana exposed to elements like air, heat, and light, it’ll [dry up](https://www.healthline.com/health/does-weed-go-bad#:~:text=When%20stored%20properly%20(more%20on,THC%20lost%20after%202%20years) and become brittle. At that point, most of the trichomes will have been lost. Also, the original flavor will have been lost.
On the other hand, storing your medical marijuana in a humid environment is equally bad. It may become moldy, which may make you experience certain symptoms when smoking it. Such symptoms include nausea, coughing, and vomiting. These symptoms are not only unpleasant but also dangerous as well.
Things may even get worse for you if you are allergic to mold. Your sinuses or lungs could get inflamed, leading to symptoms such as sinus pain.
Is Freezing Medical Marijuana Recommended?
Storing your marijuana in the freezer may seem ideal, but that may not be the best choice.
Naturally, degradation of marijuana and terpenes will occur with time. One study done by the University of Mississippi confirmed this. The study found that after just one year, cannabis stored at room temperature had lost about 17% THC. The number gradually went up to 40% after another 4 years.
So, would freezing help slow down the degradation process? It certainly would! That said, freezing, just like some other storage methods, has its downsides. For one, freezing medical marijuana would cause trichomes to become very brittle. If you don’t pay careful attention when handling it, the sticky glands covering the flowers could break off.
Also, freezing mold presents a moisture problem. The ice crystals formed could make the weed susceptible to mold growth due to abundance of moisture.
That’s why many patients are advised to store their medical marijuana in a dark and airtight container. If you’re having a hard time keeping your medical marijuana fresh, consider the following tips.
• Only buy small amounts at a time
• Store your medical marijuana in smaller containers
• Store your flowers in a dark, dry place
• Consider investing in a marijuana humidor
What Other Alternatives are There to Storing Medical Marijuana?
Just like freezing, storing your medical marijuana in a plastic bag isn’t a viable option, either. In fact, you may have noticed some little pieces of it sticking to the sides when taking your medical marijuana outside the plastic baggy. That is because plastic does have some static charges which attract trichomes. So, over time, the potency will dwindle.
The best way to store your medical marijuana is by storing it in an airtight container. A glass jar is a good example. This will ensure your medical marijuana maintains its flavor and aroma over time.
And while oxygen is crucial to the curing process, it only requires the right amount to keep its humidity level consistent.
You can also up the ante and purchase a hygrometer. A hygrometer will help you with monitoring the humidity levels in your storage container. Another option would be to purchase a UV-blocking glassware.
How Can Malie Cannabis Clinic Help?
Malie Cannabis Clinic is the best medical marijuana clinic in Hawaii. We make the process of obtaining your Hawaii-registered medical-marijuana card a very smooth one. One of our high-qualified staff will evaluate you and guide you throughout the process.
To learn more about how we can help, get in touch by dialing +1 808-518-0299. Alternatively, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We keep all our registries confidential. Your employer and even law enforcement officials won’t be able to find out whether you’re part of a medical-marijuana program by name-searching you.