In today’s society, CBD has become all the rage.
With the national legalization of hemp and all of the health benefits it has to offer, it is no wonder more and more people are buying and growing hemp flowers.
Hemp is more accessible than it has ever been and high-quality hemp is the new standard. However, the shelf-life of the hemp greatly relies on how it is stored after purchasing or harvesting the flowers. Without proper storage, your buds can lose their vigor over time.
Although there is a lot more to it, the optimal environment for storing hemp flower is generally
- fairly dry
- cool (but not cold)
It is important to consider some factors to maintain your flower’s original properties. If you need help understanding how to correctly store hemp, here are some helpful pointers that can come in handy when you find yourself unsure of the best way to keep your buds at their prime.
7 Tips For Storing Hemp Flowers
Choosing a container
The type of container you use to store your hemp flowers from MrHempFlower can have a huge impact on the quality and potency of your buds. Mason jars are preferred because they are air-tight. This will make it impossible for outside bacteria or contaminants to get inside of your container. You could also use mylar bags which have the same effect. Either way, your goal is to keep the good stuff in and keep the bad stuff out.
Keeping out Light
It is vital to keep out light that can negatively affect your flowers. UV rays are quite harmful to the bud and should be avoided at all costs. You can do this by keeping your stash in a dark place, as well as using dark-colored mason jars that block the light from coming in.
Temperature is another important factor that you need to consider when storing hemp. The temperature must be suitable otherwise, it can change in composition, leading to unwanted effects that come from smoking your flower. Generally, the preferred temperature for hemp storage is between seventy-seven and eighty-six degrees Fahrenheit.
The humidity surrounding your flowers can also have a serious impact on the quality, as well as cause contamination. If there is too much humidity, bacteria and mold can grow rampant. Therefore, it is pertinent to keep humidity levels near fifty-nine to sixty-three percent. It is not advised to store hemp in a cold place such as a freezer or a fridge.
Proper oxygen levels
Oxygen levels need to be. much like the goldilocks story, not too little, not too much, but just the right amount. If there is not enough oxygen inside your storage container, it will interfere with the humidity which should be maintained at a certain level. A surplus of oxygen can lead to plant material degenerating. In turn, this can lessen the potency and reduce flavor.
Amount to be stored
If you only have a small amount, that you will go through in a short period, you can most likely avoid some of these practices. Short term storage is easier than long-term. If you plan on storing your flowers for a while, it is best to follow the tips in this guide to keep your hemp safe and sound. You can store your hemp up to two years safely.
Signs of hemp gone bad
It is also important to know if your hemp has gone bad. If your flower ends up getting too much humidity, for example, mold and mildew can accumulate, and ingesting it can make you very sick. If your flowers have changed in smell or color, this is usually a sign of bad hemp particularly if your buds now smell unpleasant. You should always inspect your flowers before use. If there is any mold or mildew present, you should throw it away rather than smoking it.
Be sure to use some of these tips when storing your hemp flowers, especially if you are storing them long-term. It will help your buds stay fresh, flavorful, and potent while also protecting them from harsh conditions that can ruin your flower. If your buds do get contaminated, please be safe and think of your health before ingesting anything that could harm you, such as mold. As long as you follow this guide, you will be able to store your hemp flower for a long time without it becoming any less effective.