Safe & Sound: Cannabis Storage Do’s & Don’ts

Whether you enjoy cannabis products regularly or just the odd time, it’s important to keep it fresh and at its best, and also to lock it up and store it safely out of curious kids’ reach. Let’s face it; those plastic sandwich bags just don’t cut it. Here at Ignite, we get a lot of questions around the best way to store, transport and secure your valuable product. Let’s learn how to keep it safe, sound and super fresh:

Storage

Most cannabis products can remain fresh far longer than you may think, but only when stored optimally. The potency, flavour and overall quality and taste is reduced when not kept in the right conditions and can even lead to more serious issues like mold if left unchecked.

There are several factors that contribute to the quality reduction of your cannabis, but the good news is that proper storage can help prevent this from happening and prolong the life of both THC and CBD products. Here are the biggest culprits that are known to break down or degrade cannabis:

  • Light – Direct light can break down the terpenes and cannabinoids, so keeping it away from light in opaque containers is always recommended.
  • Moisture – All cannabis products are impacted by moisture levels, especially marijuana buds. You want them dry, but not too dry. Relative humidity (RH) between 59 and 63 is best.
  • Air – Be sure to store your cannabis products in air-tight containers that are the right size for your amount. Too much oxygen can dry it out and diminish the quality, while too little oxygen could cause mold or mildew to set in.
  • Temperature – Cool (not freezing) temperatures are best for cannabis products. The room temperature is fine. Also, never keep it in a vehicle for any length of time on a hot or cold day either as it will deteriorate quickly.
  • Mixed storage – you may be inclined to keep your accessories, bud varieties and edibles/oils/concentrates all in the same container, but doing so will negatively impact the taste, odour and overall quality; it’s best to keep everything stored separately.

Another consideration many people have when it comes to storage is how to minimize or eliminate strong odours. Much of the newer packaging of cannabis products has greatly improved the odour issue, but not completely. Luckily, there are new and effective storage products of all shapes, sizes and prices that keep those aromas at bay.

Security

If you’ve got kids or teens in the home, or even if they only visit on occasion, it’s essential to keep all cannabis products safely stored away and, ideally, locked up. Perhaps you’ve got housemates or curious friends that you just don’t quite trust having access to your stash. Investing in a locked bag or storage box will provide added security and peace of mind, and protect you – as well as those little loved ones. Most secure storage products also do double-duty by helping prolong the life and potency of your cannabis.

What’s next?

It’s never been easier to invest in proper storage for your cannabis to keep it at optimal quality, while also keeping it out of the wrong hands. If you want airtight, odour-controlled, locked, vacuum-sealed and/or humidity-regulated containers, we’ve got exactly what you’re looking for. Our selection ranges from sophisticated, stylish, discreet, hardy and clever…to just plain fun, while being highly functional and effective. Be sure to visit Ignite Barrie on Innisfil Street. Our expert staff is here to help and educate; come in today and let’s elevate your cannabis experience.

Rosin Pressing – Closing in on Safer Cannabis Concentrates

While cannabis concentrates aren’t new, there are always new developments that improve the accessibility, safety and quality of cannabis accessories and products, such as rosin pressing. People want products that are purer and healthier while offering some of the highest yields and greater results. This is exactly what solvent-free rosin pressing provides, and the good news is that’s it’s affordable and available nearby! Let’s learn more about the science and safety behind rosin pressing and see if it’s right for you.

How does it work?

Rosin is a high-potency, sticky, yellow/amber concentrate from the marijuana plant that is full of aromatic terpenes. Rosin can be extracted from the flower, kief, shake or even hash. The application of heat and pressure forces out the best part – the terpenes and cannabinoids that are part of the trichome glands of the plant. The better quality product you use, the higher quality rosin you can enjoy.

The key to producing rosin is in using the perfect combination of pressure and heat to best extract the oils from the flower while maintaining optimum humidity. While there are ways to DIY rosin pressing at home, the latest designs in hydraulic presses can apply 2 or more tonnes of pressure while keeping temperatures consistent and low – creating a potent, clean product.

Rosin vs. shatter

We are often asked about the difference between rosin and shatter, for which there are two major distinguishing features.

First, to make shatter, the process relies on the use of solvents to extract the cannabinoids from the marijuana flower such as butane, propane, alcohol or CO2 for example. These solvents often remain in residual amounts within the finished product, not only negatively impacting the flavour but also the overall safety of the consumer who may vape or smoke those leftover chemicals. Rosin, alternately, does not require the use of any chemicals so it’s a safer choice for savvy consumers.

Another difference between rosin and shatter is in texture and quality. While both are considered ‘dabs’, shatter typically has a more glass-like texture (hence the name) while rosin is more like a thick sap, with optimum flavour and aromas not found in the solvent-method extracts.

Rosin realities

Rosin is gaining in popularity because it has no chemicals, it’s safer to vapourize and it has higher quality and potency than other similar concentrates. Here are some helpful tips for anyone interested in rosin pressing:

  • The fresher the better – use your freshly picked buds (including home-grown) for the best rosin.
  • Quality over quantity – be sure to press only high-quality plants for higher potency and flavour.
  • Start small – it’s important when using cannabis to find products that are best for you, including concentrates.
  • Go with the pros – DIY or at-home rosin pressing often produces a poor-quality concentrate and can cause injuries and product waste. Bring your cannabis in to be professionally pressed using an industrial rosin press.

Whether you’re a seasoned ‘cannaisseur’ or ‘cannacurious’, there’s a lot to learn when it comes to the variety and safety of concentrate products and the science behind it. Here at Ignite in Barrie, we’re investing in our customers AND the latest technology by recently purchasing a 10-ton hydraulic rosin press. Bring in your cannabis and you can either wait or shop around while it’s being pressed or leave it with us. Our trusted, qualified staff can press up to 30 grams per sitting. We’re here to educate and support our community on the safe enjoyment of cannabis, so be sure to connect.

Still have questions about rosin pressing? Drop by Ignite today or leave your comments/questions below.