Ask anyone how they store their cannabis and you are likely to hear that they place it in an airtight plastic container stored away from direct sunlight. While this has been the norm for cannabis storage, new research suggests that such a method may not preserve the ingredients of your valuable stash for long.
The Italian study compared how THC content was preserved if cannabis was stored in four different ways for 100 days.
First, the researchers looked at what would happen to cannabis if it were stored for 100 days in a bright room at room temperature. This method of storage resulted in a 13 percent drop in the THC content of the cannabis.
The researchers also looked into what would happen to the THC content of cannabis that has been stored in a dark room at room temperature. The cannabis lost 11 percent of its THC content.
How do most processors store their cannabis? You guessed right, in a dark room at room temperature. These manufacturers may be slapping themselves in the face as they read this!
Next, the researchers looked at what would happen if a batch of cannabis was stored inside a refrigerator whose temperature was maintained at 4°C. There was a substantial reduction in the drop of THC using this method of storage.
The researchers then upped the ante and kept some marijuana in a freezer for 100 days. The temperature inside the freezer was maintained at -20°C. Tests revealed that there was no noticeable change in the THC content if the cannabis was stored in the freezer.
The researchers concluded that the best way to store cannabis in order to preserve its constituents was by freezing it. Storage in an airtight container in a dark room only works for short-term storage, they added.
The researchers also revealed that the CBD content of cannabis barely changes over time regardless of how you choose to store the marijuana. People who have no interest in THC shouldn’t therefore fret about how they keep their cannabis products.
However, the findings of this study should not be generalized as applicable to all the attributes or components of cannabis. For example, the study didn’t look into how the flavor or scent of cannabis was affected by the four storage methods investigated.
As you wait for research to be done on that, you can conduct your own little experiments to see how your perception of those attributes is affected when you store marijuana in different ways.
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