How to Store and Keep Your Concentrates Fresh
If you’re wanting a large dose of cannabinoids and terpenes while consuming a smaller amount of cannabis, opt for concentrates. Cannabis concentrates have significantly higher levels of THC, CBD, and other compounds, which means that you can get strong effects even with small amounts of product.
Like marijuana flower, concentrates must be stored correctly to prevent degradation. If you want them to retain their potent properties, you want to protect them from excess heat, sunlight, oxygen, and moisture. There are several particularly effective ways to maintain concentration – here are some helpful tips on how to store your concentrates.
Proper storage is essential to keep cannabis concentrates as potent as possible. Hash, shatter, wax, and any other form of extract or concentrate will deteriorate if not stored correctly.
For example, when cannabis extract is exposed to heat, sunlight, or oxygen, the THC breaks down, making the product weaker. Humidity also causes problems. Not only will it degrade the quality of the extract, but it can also cause mold to grow if you’re not careful.
When using concentrates, it’s important to take a few steps to avoid degradation, because you want it to be as potent and flavorful as possible. Luckily, there are plenty of easy and effective ways to protect products from damage while still delivering a hard-hitting high.
There are many options for storing concentrate, and different things to consider for each type of container or variety of concentrate. Choosing the proper way to store your concentrates can keep them fresh even after they’ve been sitting for a long time.
As with cannabis flower, one of the best ways to store concentrates is to use glass containers. Storage in an airtight container is convenient as it easily locks in moisture and oxygen to keep the product as fresh and potent as possible.
Mason jars will work, but many glass containers are made specifically for storing cannabis products. The use of glass containers does have disadvantages. Some concentrates can stick to the container. Avoid storing the concentrate container in heat or sunlight to prevent this issue, instead storing the container in a cool, dry place.
One of the best ways to store concentrates is to use silicone containers. There are many options when it comes to packaging, but silicone provides a non-stick coating that won’t break if dropped. In addition to preventing the concentrate from sticking to the side, using a silicone container also creates a sealed lock against moisture, oxygen, and other substances.
The issue with silicone containers is surprisingly the interaction between the silicone material and terpenes in the concentration of cannabis. Terpenes are a natural solvent. Smoking them isn’t a problem, but a high concentration of them can cause silicone to melt! A case ruined in such a way makes for contaminated, unsmokable dabs.
No matter what you choose to store concentrates in, make sure the product doesn’t stick to the container itself. Concentrates like hash or shatter are often easier to handle, but some concentrates are softer and oilier, and can end up sticking to glass, plastic, or other materials.
One of the best ways of preventing this is to wrap the concentrate itself in parchment paper. This will not only prevent it from sticking to the container but will also protect from outside elements. Parchment is cheap and easy to find. To store your concentrate of choice, cut it into small pieces for easier storage, wrap it tightly in the parchment, and place in a cool, dry, and safe place.
Most of these options are designed for short to medium term storage, but if you plan to store concentrate for a longer period of time, we recommend storing it in the freezer. Storing concentrate in the refrigerator can lead to fluctuations in temperatures and make it more sensitive to humidity, and is often not the best option for storing cannabis.
However, if the concentrate is stored in the refrigerator, wrap it first in parchment paper and store it in an airtight container in the freezer. This will help avoid many issues freezing can cause. Storing it in this way can keep a concentrate fresh for up to a year!
If you plan on stocking cannabis concentrates, store them properly. Cannabis concentrates are usable for a long time, but it’s best to avoid damage from heat, sunlight, humidity, and oxygen in order to keep them fresh.
From storing the objects in glass boxes to wrapping them in parchment paper, there are many processes to help concentrates keep their contents. Regardless of the material you choose to store any form of concentrated cannabis, the container should be stored in a cool, dry place.