Freezing marijuana is a great way to store your bud for long periods of time but it’s not without its risks. Today we look at how you can store and more importantly preserve your weed.
Sometimes you have way too much marijuana. First of all take a moment to pray to whichever deity you worship and give thanks for being so blessed. There are starving kids in Africa who don’t have any marijuana. Talk about a first world problem.
Second ask yourself if this is really necessary. Dry herb can last for a year (if stored responsibly) and maybe a little longer. Anything longer than 12 months is pushing it but that’s still a long time to hang on to your cheeba.
When you freeze dry herb you run the risk of freezer burn which will affect its potency. You should carefully consider the container you want to use because if you have air you will have moisture. Moisture = freezer burn. Reduce the risk of freezer burn by extracting as much air as you can. Also, you shouldn’t keep it in the freezer longer than 6 months or you can lose a large amount of potency. The best advice I can give when it comes to freezing marijuana is to mind your container.
If you don’t use the right container you can damage the trichomes. Trichomes are tiny little hair-like spikes that are responsible for the potency of your herb. For more information on trichomes check out our previous blog on How To Care For A Marijuana Plant. If you throw a bunch of weed in a sandwich baggie and into the freezer you might think you’re in the clear. The problem is that the trichomes can easily break off and become damaged because it can stick to the plastics.
While using plastic wrap or a freezer bag might be ideal for meat you shouldn’t do it with marijuana. If plastic is all you have you can use something non-stick like parchment paper to wrap the bud and then put that into plastic and throw it in the freezer.
The best storage practice is to use a vacuum seal in order to extend the life of the bud. This may take some experimentation but if you are patient in thawing it out the trichomes should remain intact. While you can extend the life of the bud by another six months by doing this you may lose a bit of potency if you leave it in too long. In a regular container you can freeze cannabis for about 6 months before the THC starts to diminish but it all depends on how well you prepare you container. A vacuum seal can add another 6 months so it can stay in there for about a year.
What About Edibles?
Edibles should be treated the same way as handling dry herb. It’s all organic and biodegradable matter so you want to make sure that is contained properly. That means extract as much air as you can and you should be good to go for 6 months or so.
Because the trichomes are already embedded in your edible you should be ok using plastic wrap or a sandwich baggie. You have a lot more freedom in the containers you can use. There’s little risk of breaking or damaging the trichomes while freezing so your potency should maintain.
What if your freezer is filled with cheese and you need an alternative for long term storage? The best way besides freezing for long term storage is to use a glass mason jar and seal it (no air).
This can be a more practical way of storing weed because you can use what you want then return it to the jar. Once you thaw out weed from the freezer you shouldn’t re-freeze it as you’ll ruin the potency and the organic matter. Freezing is a one and done deal.
Storing in a glass jar can last for months. It’s possible it can last as long as keeping it in the freezer if you follow these guidelines:
- Store in a cool and dark location. Don’t expose it to sunlight
- Make sure the bud is nice and dry. If you are still curing bud from a plant don’t be throwing it in a jar. It should be dry enough to be kindling.
- Air seal the jar. Air = moisture and moisture is not only gross to say it’s your enemy when it comes to storage. Check out this link on how to seal a jar.
Have you ever froze marijuana? How did it turn out? Let us know in the comments below.