No one likes smoking or vaporizing old, dried out herb. Whether you’ve just harvested some of your own plants or picked up some herb in a plastic bag of some form or another, storing and curing your cannabis properly can make all of the difference when it comes to maintaining the taste and aroma of your bud. But, how long does weed last in a container? Here’s what you need to know about how long your herb stays fresh.
How long does weed stay fresh?
If cannabis is stored correctly, the dried herb can be kept for at least six months. Simple long-term storage methods can mean that dried cannabis can stay fresh for over a year, if not longer.
However, there are also many things that will make your bud dry out more quickly. Some of these things include:
- Exposing your bud to heat
- Keeping your bud in a plastic bag
- Exposing your bud to light
- Keeping your bud in a container that is too big
How to store your weed properly
For consumers who want to maintain the integrity of the bud over time, investing in some humidity packs can make a huge difference. Cannabis flowers are cured at room temperature, with humidity levels between 60 and 65%.
Humidity packs are not just useful for home growers, but even the casual cannabis smoker can better preserve strains for an improved smoking or vaporizing experience.
Your bud can be stored in an airtight glass jar with a humidity pack for up to six months, at a temperature of between 60 and 68°F (15.5 to 20°C). After that, it is best to move your herb into more long-term storage, which means moving your cannabis to a cool, dark place like a root cellar.
If you’re hoping to your buds hydrated and tasty at home, storing them in a proper container is essential. Here’s how to store your cannabis and what you’ll need to do it:
- Size-appropriate wide-mouth glass mason jars
- Airtight, clean lids
- Humidity pack (60-65%)
The cheap and easy method:
- Fill jar about half way with cannabis
- Place humidity pack in the jar (60 to 65%)
- Fill the rest of the way, leaving a little breathing room on top
- If uncured, begin the initial curing process by burping your flower to control moisture for two weeks
- Place jars in a cool, dark place and out of reach of children and pets
- After all of that, you can enjoy great-tasting, hydrated buds for six months or longer. Enjoy!