Cannabis is an herb, and it’s one that you want to stay fresh until you’re ready to use it. How you store your nugs matters. Otherwise, factors such as light, air, and moisture can degrade your products, effectively ruining your stash. You have a few options, such as a nug jug or a medtainer. Here’s what you need to know.
The Importance of Storage
Cannabinoids and terpenes are volatile compounds. Without proper storage, your cannabis buds will quickly degrade, which will impact their aroma, flavor, and effectiveness. It likely won’t last longer than a week.
Many people opt to store their buds in plastic bags. While you can do this, your stash won’t last long, either. It may only stay good for a couple of weeks to a month. It becomes dry and brittle very quickly. The other issue with plastic bags is that exposure to fast and extreme temperature changes can cause synthetic compounds in the bag to leech into your cannabis.
When you store the buds properly, however, they can last between two and three years.
What Are Nug Jugs and Medtainers?
If you’re looking for the best options for storing your cannabis buds, look no further than nug jugs and medtainers. A nug jug (also called a nug jar) is a wood, plastic, or glass container that you use specifically to store your stash. They come in various shapes, sizes, and colors. Plastic containers are typically BPA-free (although, not all are). Glass and plastic containers may also be opaque, which enables them to block UV light.
Medtainers are a bit different. They’re air-tight, water-tight, and smell-proof storage containers that also have built-in grinders. They’re compact, portable, and convenient.
Choosing the Right Container
When choosing a storage container for your buds, there are a few things that you should keep in mind. First, consider how much you plan to store. If you only keep a little bit at a time, a small jar may suit your needs just fine. If you use more, you might want something a bit bigger.
If you tend to keep your stash for a while, you should also consider the amount of airspace in your nug jug. The more air there is, the greater the risk of degradation. Something with an air-tight lid can help. You might also want to toss in a humidifier to keep moisture at bay.
Tips for Proper Storage
The right storage container is essential, but it’s just one step to ensure the quality and longevity of your buds. Here are a few other tips to help protect your stored cannabis:
- Store it in a dark location
- Avoid heat and moisture (and don’t store it in the fridge or freezer)
- Store different strains in separate containers
- Ensure the jars are out of reach of children and pets
Keep Your Buds Fresh in Nug Jugs
Storing your cannabis correctly is crucial for keeping it fresh and ensuring its effectiveness. If you’re not sure of the best storage containers for your needs, don’t hesitate to ask a budtender for advice.