Cannabis farmers and distributors are frequently seen in films maintaining and storing cannabis in simple plastic bags. While it may seem like a brilliant idea in the movies, it’s not the ideal way to store cannabis in real life. Your cannabis might be affected by humidity and other things. You can keep your bud safe until you’re ready to smoke it by using correct storage practices. Meanwhile, keeping cannabis incorrectly might lead it to decay, leaving users with a lower-quality product.
What does humidity mean on storing cannabis?
It’s not uncommon to hear meteorologists discussing the amount of humidity a location is experiencing when you turn on the weather report. Humidity can affect a location’s “feels like” temperature. But what is it exactly? The amount of water vapor in the air is known as humidity. The higher the humidity, the more water vapor in the air. This might make the air feel damp or dense outside.
The air is dryer when there is less humidity. When discussing the impact of humidity and cannabis, most weather reports and even cannabis experts will use the term relative humidity (RH). The amount of water vapor in the air is measured by RH. This is frequently represented in terms of a percentage.
What Is the effect of humidity on weed?
Everything from the way our hair behaves to how hot it feels outside is affected by humidity. However, many people are unaware of the influence humidity has on their weed hoard.
Mold and mildew can grow on your buds if there is too much humidity (and moisture).
That isn’t to suggest your cannabis shouldn’t be exposed to any humidity. In reality, a lack of moisture and humidity can induce the decomposition of cannabis flowers. Their trichomes will dry off, making the bud brittle and perhaps affecting the potency and aroma of the flower.
Mold and cannabis: What you should know
Although too little humidity might result in dried-out buds, too much humidity can be hazardous to your health. Smoking moldy cannabis may not have many negative consequences for healthy people. It can, however, cause coughing, nausea, and vomiting. Moldy weed, on the other hand, can be dangerous for people who are allergic to mold or have underlying health problems. Mold allergy sufferers may encounter the following symptoms:
- Sinus discomfort
- Asthma flare-up
Moldy cannabis should not be smoked by smokers with compromised immune systems or lung diseases, since it can cause infections and exacerbate these conditions, making users unwell.
Moldy cannabis can introduce the fungus Aspergillus into the body. This fungus can cause lung infections, putting people with weakened immune systems at risk. There are several methods for drying out weeds that have been too damp. Putting the bud in a paper bag until it dries out is a popular method.
Getting the right balance
It’s crucial to understand how cannabis buds get from the plant to the joint before diving into the importance of moisture and humidity in keeping cannabis fresh. Cannabis must go through a curing procedure before being marketed to the general public.
This procedure is used to age and dry cannabis buds so that they can be consumed by cannabis consumers. While each grower’s curing method will be different, the end result will be the same. When done correctly, the curing process guarantees that moisture trapped inside cannabis buds progressively disappears from the flower without affecting cannabinoids (compounds that decide the strain’s effects) or terpenes (which influence the bud’s aroma).
The moisture content should be between 6% and 9%, according to weed curators. The buds can be safely packaged for sale at a dispensary or online weed store after they reach this moisture content. Although the producer takes great effort to get the bud to a safe moisture level, it is the responsibility of the customer to keep that balance.
While clinics will take steps to maintain the weed in good condition, consumers must store it carefully at home to avoid the weed being affected by too much or too little moisture. The goal on storing cannabis is to keep the RH level in your cannabis storage area between 59 and 63 percent.