It’s a beautiful sight, isn’t it? Almost like you’ve landed your spaceship on an alien world of clear, armless humanoids. And if these strange creatures seem magical, that’s because they are. Those otherworldly crystals are called trichomes, and they’re the secret to your pot’s potency.
The more intact those crystals are, and the more of them stay on the buds you burn, the better your high is going to be. Period.
So why am I going on about these amazing little phenomena called trichomes? Because the way most of us store our weed is killing them!
Don’t Use A Plastic Baggie: That’s A Recipe for Pot Impotency!
Got a zip lock bag of weed lying around? Yeah, the one you’ve been rolling and unrolling, taking to parties in your pocket, and stashing in your pack?
Go get it, I’ll wait… Got it? Open it up, and take a gander at all the magic ganja particles that have stuck to the side of your baggie.
Those are thousands upon thousands of little trichomes that’ll never complete their cosmic mission of getting you stoned.
That’s because bags are bad for trichomes: the static that builds up on the baggie from pulling it in and out of your pocket and constantly rolling it up is attracting the trichomes, breaking them off your flower.
Protecting the Trichomes Is The Secret to Pot Potency
But don’t worry — making a few small changes to your usual weed storage routine can help you better protect those sweet little resin glands, maximizing your pot’s potency.
Trichomes are vulnerable to light, heat, high humidity or dryness, and motion.
Pot Potency Storage Tip #1: Keep the Lights Low
Like a good beer, good bud enjoys being kept in a dark-colored glass bottle. UV and other light radiation that gets through clear bags, glass, and plastic break down the chemicals in the trichomes that get you stoned.
So always keep your pot in a mellow setting, like tucked away in one of the old-timey dark colored cheese jars with the wire swing top.
Alternatively, those who are keeping their bud in prescription bottles are already protecting their trichomes from harsh wavelengths of light.
Pot Potency Storage Tip #2: Keep it Cool, But Don’t Freeze It!
I’ve heard from many a veteran toker, those who like to buy in bulk, that freezing weed is a great way to preserve its freshness. But nothing could be further from the truth! If you’ve got some grass in the icebox, thaw it out now! Think about it: plants have lots of water in them, and so do their trichomes.
If you’ve got some grass in the icebox, thaw it out now! Think about it: plants have lots of water in them, and so do their trichomes.
When you freeze them, that water freezes and expands, shattering the resin glands and making the trichomes little brittle icicles. At that point it takes but a small jolt to break off the frozen trichomes, making your pot less magical by the minute!
If you’re trying to store some marijuana long term, then a fridge with the humidity turned low is a good bet, as is any other cool and dry place. That coolness with not only improve the longevity of the pot’s potency, it’ll keep its flavors fresher longer. Yum.
Pot Potency Storage Tip #3: Keep it Dry, But Not Death Valley Dry!
There’s nothing sadder than finding an ounce of your favorite kush destroyed by some dangerous mold. Back in the day when I had to hide it, I hid some grass under a sink to come back to later, only to find it looking like some hairy monster in the bottom of the bag when I went to get it. Molds that grow on cannabis can be real dangerous, too.
So it’s a good idea to keep your pot in a dry place. But of course, you don’t want your pot to dry out completely.
Some users like a dried bud, but a flower that gets too dry becomes brittle, and all that snappin’ and crackin’ is breaking off trichomes left and right. The silver lining is that the bottom of your container will have a nice dust to sprinkle on your next bowl pack.
If your weed was grown well, it has all the moisture it needs when you buy it. So keeping it in an airtight container will help regulate its hydration for maximum potency over the long haul.
Obviously, once your pot has cured, there’s nothing you can do to make it more potent than it was initially. But taking better care of storing and carrying your bud will help to keep it as potent as the happy day you bought it.