In most states that medical marijuana has been legalized, patients are only allowed to buy up to a certain amount of cannabis per month. This is called their monthly allotment. While some patients like to only purchase smaller amounts of marijuana at a time as they need it, most people prefer to just go ahead and buy all of the marijuana they can right at the beginning of the month. This way makes more sense in my opinion, because you do not have to make several trips back and forth to the dispensary (which for some people who live in more rural areas, can be quite the trip!) What this means is that most medical mariuana patients need to effectively store their cannabis over the course of a month in a way that keeps it fresh. What? You mean marijuana can go bad?
Well, to put it simply, yes! Cannabis, like any other plant, will eventually dry out and go stale if it is not properly taken care of after it’s harvested. With that being said, there are a few things you can do to make sure your cannabis is stored properly. If you fail to follow normal marijuana storing procedures, you may end up losing some of the medicinal content and other properties that can be found in medical marijuana, like the terpenes and flavonoids. It is also worth mentioning that the THC potency naturally declines over time, making it less effective in getting you high. Most importantly, cannabis that is stored for too long or incorrectly can grow microbes and even mold, which can be health risks for any medical patients that use it.
The most important thing to keep in mind about storing your cannabis is that it will lose its THC content overtime given the right conditions. While you may have gotten high from a month old joint you found behind the couch or something, you may also have noticed that the high was not as potent or impressive as you are normally used to. Studies have shown that on average, cannabis loses between 16% and 24% of it’s THC content over the course of several years, and at the 4 year mark it can decline by almost 41%. This means that if you are paying good money for your cannabis, you better be smoking it soon! The last thing you want is to let your marijuana sit around for too long and lose some of its potency and medicinal properties. So how should you store your marijuana in order to keep it safe? Well, for starters, you are going to have to upgrade from the old ziploc baggie setup.
Marijuana needs to be stored in a cold, dark, and dry place to have the best results. Now, this doesn’t mean that you have to break the bank in order to store your cannabis. You can simply use any airtight containers you may have (or buy some cheap ones from the store), and then you will be able to properly store your medical marijuana. You want to keep your marijuana out of direct sunlight, and, most importantly, make sure that it stays dry! Marijuana can be susceptible to growing bacteria and fungi if left in the wrong conditions. We do not recommend putting your cannabis in the fridge; while it is cool and dark in there, it usually is a breeding ground for mold from your other food and vegetables in there already.
It is also worth noting that you should only be buying marijuana from licensed medical dispensaries if you want to ensure that you are getting quality products.