Learn how to properly store cannabis concentrates.
There are many different methods to properly store cannabis concentrates. You must preserve them to ensure peak freshness as well as prevent them from degradation or drying out. Indeed this decision is your personal preference. For instance, you may prefer to stick to some airtight containers in dark cool places. This is not a bad idea as cannabis concentrates easily melt when exposed to a warmer environment. Remember, the degradation of cannabis concentrations or their exposure to an unfavorable environment not only makes them lose cannabinoids but it also significantly affects the aroma, flavor etc. With that said, the duration of time for which concentrates can be stored depends entirely on the storage method. This means that if you use the right method of storage you can easily store the concentrates for an indefinite period of time. But do consider that with the passage of time, the cannabinoids present in the concentrates will continue to break down until the concentrate has potentially lost all of its purposes.
Here are some of the preferred and recommended concentrates storage methods.
Silicon Containers work well for all forms of concentrates, including wax, crumble, and shatter. Silicone is one of the most versatile containers for storing cannabis concentrates because you can easily get any consistency on and off of it. You’ll want to make sure it is made of medical grade silicone to ensure your concentrates remain sanitary and uncontaminated. These containers act as the perfect insulator and prevent your product from becoming too warm. Even though they’re convenient, silicone containers are better for short-term storage. If you’re gonna be done with the wax in about a week it should be fine. However, silicone containers aren’t air-tight so you can’t count on them to preserve the quality of your extracts for long.
Another great option to store cannabis concentrates is on parchment paper. It is another inexpensive method and parchment paper can easily be found. It prevents things from sticking, thanks to the thin silicon layer. However, don’t confuse wax paper with parchment paper. Parchment paper is not the best storage container as it will allow air to get into your concentrates.
So keeping the parchment-paper-wrapped-concentrate in a vacuum-sealed bag or freezer bag is another great way to go about storing concentrates.
Glass and Plastic Containers
If you’ve had the experience of purchasing concentrate from any dispensary, you must have noticed that some concentrates available on the dispensaries are sold in glass containers (like BCC or 46 Releaf ) or transparent plastic (like The joint Cannabis Club). This is a great way of storing concentrate as it allows you to see the product at all times. The product doesn’t stick and this reduces the risk of product waste. In fact, glass containers are usually made with tempered glass and are best to use with dabs. Use a small glass mason jar depending on how much concentrates you have. It’s best to use the smallest container possible so there’s no extra space for air. If the container is not properly sealed, condensation may easily develop on the finished product especially if it's an oil or wax.
Glass containers are better for oleoresins that can be scooped right off of the glass. Glass jars can be filled with budder, crumble, sauce, sugars and other concentrates that don’t stick aggressively to glass jars.
The only way to keep your cannabis concentrates fresh and to maintain their potency is to follow proper caring and storing methods. Storing cannabis concentrates is not at all a complex process if you take into account some important considerations such as protecting the product from exposure to elements like heat, humidity, light, and extreme cold. Also, not recommended to touch or jostle your product unnecessarily or more than you need to.
Long Term Storage
Storing cannabis concentrates in the freezer is a common practice. Many people prefer this method of storage. In fact, freezing often makes your finished product a lot easier to handle, especially for shatter and goopy concentrates. Indeed, there are numerous reasons not to go with the freezing option. One of the primary reasons is that freezing exposes the concentrates to excess humidity (potentially) and this, in turn, reduces the quality of your cannabis concentrate. This can be solved by storing your concentrates in an airtight container and ensure no humidity contaminates your extracts.
Now You Know
Now you know plenty of different ways to properly store cannabis concentrates. However, the best method will depend on how long you intend to store it for and the consistency of the concentrate. Keep the shatters on parchment in a small sealed bag and the saucier stuff in jars.
If you’re not planning to use your concentrates within a week you’ll have to take some of the extra precautions mentioned above like acquiring an air-tight container. If you have a consistently cool, dark place you can leave the sealed-off extracts there for months. Otherwise, you may need to utilize the refrigerator or freezer.
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