Storage isn’t the most riveting of subjects, even if what you’re storing is interesting to say the least. But when it comes to your product, it pays to take a moment to ensure that you’re taking all of the proper storage measures into account. In this industry, we’re working with a very sensitive product that can quickly degrade without the right kind of storage. For most of us, this will come down to choosing the right CVault container and an accommodating humidipak. It sounds simple enough but choosing the right storage solution for your product is as crucial as it is easy.
What’s Degrading your Product?
CVault storage containers and Boveda humidity packs help to control 3 of the 4 primary factors that degrade our prized commodity. These factors include:
Humidity: Easier to Control Than Ever Before
Humidity is arguably the most subtle of the 4 factors that can impact your cured plant material. But it can wreak havoc on your product, promoting the growth of mold and mildew that not only impact your product’s potency but can also make it dangerous to consume. Before humidipaks became so popular in our industry, controlling humidity seemed virtually impossible. Research indicates that the cured product you’re storing requires a relative humidity range between 59% and 63%. That’s a tight window, but humidity packs like those provided by Boveda take care of the work for you. You could subject your product to a moldy fate if the humidity jumps above 63% or dry it out into a trichome-sapped husk if the humidity drops below 59%. Humidity packs stand between your plant material and an undignified fate.
Light: The Fastest Way to Kill Potency
Wait, isn’t light good for plants? Actually, ultraviolet light will sap your cured plant material of its potency more aggressively than the other 4 factors discussed here. It just doesn’t get the same level of attention as some of the other factors because it’s relatively easy to control. Whether you’re using opaque glass jars, a stainless-steel CVault, or simply popping your transparent jars in a cupboard or other light-tight area, you’ve got the problem of the UV rays under control. Plastic pill bottles used to be a popular option, but fears of leaching toxins and plastic’s permeability to oxygen have relegated pop top bottles to the past.
Oxygen: Delaying the Inevitable
A factor that needs little introduction, oxygen is the most popularly acknowledged corrosive element for cured plant material because of its rapid draining of potency. While the damaging impact of oxygen can be dramatically slowed with airtight storage options, it can never be completely eradicated. While you can’t eternally preserve the potency of your product, you can at least extend its longevity with an airtight CVault or similar container.
Temperature: The Range to Avoid
Finally, the temperature range of 77°F to 86°F can also promote the growth of mold in your product. Even if your general storage environment isn’t reaching into that zone, you may want to check that you’re not storing your product near any appliances that radiate heat. Freezing your product can hurt its potency while refrigerating it can lead to temperature fluctuations that will promote mold growth. It may sound like a lot to remember but maintaining the right temperature doesn’t have to be difficult. Simply store your CVault or other storage containers in a cool dark environment.
Put Away the Glass Jars
Airtight glass jars were most likely your introduction to effective storage of your product. Glass jars are perfect for display purposes in dispensaries and, while they may not block out UV rays, they do an excellent job of keeping oxygen at bay. Glass is not as permeable to oxygen as plastic and it’s a hygienic material. But you can still do better and your product deserves the best. We’ve been touting the effectiveness of a CVault container supported by a Boveda humidipak for the entirety of this blog and we’re not about to stop now.
The Benefits of CVault Storage Containers
You’re most likely well-versed in the benefits of CVault since they’re arguably the most popular storage brand for our industry. But for anyone unfamiliar, CVault storage containers are stainless-steel pods or cylinders that are perfectly suited for the commodity with which we work every day. Since they’re crafted from opaque, hygienic, easy-to-clean stainless-steel, they have no problem blocking UV rays. CVault equip their containers with a clasping design with an airtight seal that keeps oxygen at bay. Available in a vast array of sizes that run the range from private use to commercial endeavors, it’s easy to see why our industry loves CVault. But the CVault can’t keep humidity under control and that’s where the Boveda humidity packs come in handy.
How Boveda Humidity Packs Work
Each CVault storage container is equipped with a built-in slot for a humidity pack. Boveda humidity packs are some of the most popular in the industry, but CVault containers will accommodate virtually any humidipack assuming it’s the correct size. You can expect your average humidity pack to last 2 – 3 months. Boveda gives you the choice between a relative humidity of 58% (great for personal use) or 62% (better for larger storage scenarios). Humidity packs used in our industry should offer 2-way humidity control, meaning that they not only absorb excess moisture but supply needed moisture when the storage environment becomes too dry. Your humidity pack is designed to regulate the humidity so that it is always at the relative humidity of the model you’ve selected. Mold won’t be able to thrive, and potency won’t be lost to dryness. However, humidity packs should not be used for concentrates and extracts since they are to be stored in completely different conditions.
You may be able to get by with airtight glass jars for personal use situations, but anything else will require an upgrade to your storage game. Fortunately, our industry is enjoying a golden age of storage thanks to brands like CVault and Boveda. It’s never been easier or more affordable to give your product the premium storage it deserves!