So, you’ve just found the perfect hemp, decided to stock up, but now you’ve come upon the burning question — where do I put all of this?
It’s important to consider the proper storage practices for hemp in order to keep it for longer and to avoid the degradation of its flavor and potency.
There are three factors that pose risks when storing hemp flower buds: temperature, humidity, and UV light.
After harvesting, for ideal, high-quality hemp flowers, along with a proper trim, a cycle of drying and curing is imperative in removing excess moisture to prevent the development of mold and mildew.
In order to keep the optimum dryness and crispness of the hemp, it is best to maintain storage conditions of temperatures between 77℉ and 86℉ to prevent changes in the level of moisture.
Like the aforementioned, humidity control is imperative in preserving hemp. Oxygen is a contributor to the breakdown or degradation of the natural cannabinoids found in the plant and could possibly reduce potency and effectiveness. Plastic bags or Ziploc bags are unfit for storage since they are easily damaged and can have small holes allowing air into the bag. Ideal storage containers would be Mason jars or any container with an airtight seal to protect against moisture and contaminants.
Exposing hemp flower under the glare of harsh light can cause chemical changes and reactions that degrade the quality of the product. This means a loss of trichomes, terpenes, and cannabinoid content leading to reduced flower quality.
Ultimately, the best place to store hemp would be in dark spaces away from sunlight and other sources of harsh light. Cupboards, cabinets, or pantries can all be suitable places for storage. But aside from keeping the flower away from light, it also helps to used colored containers. Jars tinted with either dark green or brown can be especially effective at reducing the penetration of light into the containers, adding a layer of protection for the flower.
Proper storage can only go so far in preventing the degradation of cannabinoids over time. Perishable ingredients may be present in some CBD (infused) products, for example, edibles such as baked goods, candy, and chocolate, therefore, varying the longevity or shelf life of the products. The best thing to do is to check the “best by” or “expiration” date as these typically take into consideration the varying perishability of the ingredients used. Plus, refrigeration or freezing is known to retain freshness, ultimately extending shelf life, in oils and many other prepared infusions such as breads and other baked goods.