Preventing dry-out and keeping your hemp at the ideal moisture level has a few benefits:
- The smoke/vapor is more palatable and a bit cooler
- Ground hemp is easier to manipulate and roll into joints
- Better preserved flavor and potency
Naturally, the best way to prevent your hemp from drying out is to take care of it in the first place, so let’s first go over some of the best preventative techniques for keeping your green fresher, longer.
With these two easy precautions, you can extend the shelf life of your hemp significantly.
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!
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.
A plastic bag will work in a pinch or if you have nothing else. Just be sure to remove as much air as possible from the bag before sealing. My preferred method is to roll the bag up from the bottom—like a rolled taco or crepe—toward the seal.
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?