Air-Tight, Away From Light
UV rays and oxygen are the enemies of fresh hemp. Sure, sunlight and oxygen were this plant’s best friends before it came off the stalk, but once the hemp is dried, cured, and packaged, you want to limit its exposure to the elements as much as possible.
For people buying hemp in bulk (i.e. 1/4 oz. or more), it’s prudent to portion out your hemp to keep each pack at peak freshness instead of cracking open the same jar every time, exposing those fresh nugs to the unforgiving composition of your local atmosphere. Think ahead and keep your greens fresh!
"These simple techniques will keep your fresh bud fresher, but what if you get a dry bag of herb or you stumble across an old stash?"
Glass Jars Over Plastic Bags
A flat of tiny, air-tight jars only costs about $10, and glass storage make a world of difference when it comes to keeping hemp fresh. These don’t have to be anything fancier than a mason jar, but you can obviously find some pretty slick containers to house your stash.
We recommend the following two techniques:
Distilled Water Method
Distilled water is not that different from other water, but it is an extremely important ingredient when re-hydrating your hemp. Distilled water, unlike tap water, has been evaporated and recollected to remove impurities. This chemically pure water is also used in some humidors.
Whether your hemp came in a jar, Mylar bag, or a medicine bottle, this method will work about the same for each.
- Find a container with a lid that is large enough to fit your jar/bag/bottle of hemp with a little room for your damp, folded paper towel.
- Wet a fresh paper towel with just enough distilled water to get it about 70% damp. Don’t get your paper towel too wet, because excess moisture can lead to mold.
- Place your open container of hemp and your paper towel in your designated container and seal for 2-12 hours.
- This process should slightly improve the relative humidity of your hemp. This isn’t a silver bullet for dry buds, but it should help.
- Note: This method is not a long-term solution—the more times the bud is re-hydrated, the more susceptible it is to mold. Be sure to replace your paper towel and clean your container between hydration attempts.
Fruit Peel Method
A fruit peel can be a nice way to up the moisture of your hemp while gently infusing your dried-out herb with a light fruity undertone. While the flesh of an orange holds most of its juices, the peel contains much of its essential oils and essences. Peels work well for re-hydrating hemp because they are natural and moist without being damp.
As with many of the options on this list, this is a temporary fix. Do not—I repeat—DO NOT use fruit peels as a long-term humidification solution. Doing so is a surefire recipe for mold. Personally, I would recommend using a peel for 1-3 days before discarding it (or composting it, if you have the option).
Be sure to leave a little space between the fruit peel and your bud. This can be accomplished simply by having your hemp in a perforated sandwich bag inside another sandwich bag.