If you use medical marijuana sparingly, you need to store it properly so that it doesn’t lose its medicinal qualities. You may consider purchasing smaller amounts from a dispensary; otherwise here are some effective ways to store the buds and storage methods to avoid.

Best Storage Places

  • air-tight box: helps preserve potency
  • cedar box: has efficient preservation qualities
  • dark paper bags: protects against light
  • glass: great protection for long-term storage, especially in a bottle
  • jar with a seal: air-tight, especially with a wire swing top
  • metal safety box: a lock provides extra protection from intruders

Worst Storage Places

  • out in the open: air dries buds
  • plastic bags: buds cling to bags, which tear easily; static reduces potency
  • toxic containers: avoid copper, aluminum (including foil) and treated woods
  • wooden box: cannabis leaves will likely dry out and will burn faster

Preservation Details

Cannabis will retain its potency longer if it is kept out of light, heat and air. Too much moisture is damaging. Keeping it in a dark place is important, but it can also be stored in a refrigerator as long as you make sure it doesn’t develop or come in contact with mold. The fridge method can actually create a better aroma for buds.

Tiny sticky resin glands on buds are called trichomes and need to be preserved for potency. Try not to touch the buds too much because trichomes can shake off easily, so handle them with care. Avoid the freezer, since it can make trichomes icy, brittle and fragile.

Ray Boroumand is the Office Manager of 4th Street Medical, a leader in providing evaluations for medical marijuana in Santa Ana. An advocate for medical marijuana, Ray believes in making the process as simple and easy for patients as possible through quick and convenient verification. At 4th Street Medical, he stresses convenience, affordability and transparency 100% of the time.

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