Although hemp flower has a shelf life of approximately eight months, many consumers find it dries out well before this time has passed. Dried-out hemp flower lose potency, aroma, and flavor, not to mention it’s hard to roll into a joint or pack into a bowl. Pre-rolled joints have a three-month shelf life, although similar to loose flower, can dry out and go bad before their time. Protect your hemp flower’s usability by keeping it fresh -for longer than a couple of days. How to Keep Hemp Flower Fresh Fresh hemp flower smells just as aromatic and tastes as flavorful on day 45 as it did the day the bag was opened. Although some consumers find it challenging to keep hemp flower fresh, implementing a few expert-recommended tips is all it takes to master hemp freshness. Keeping hemp flower fresh simply requires: The right temperatures The right humidity levels The right amount of light Correct storage Whether you’re a new consumer or a professional consumer still unsure about correctly storing your hemp, we’re here to guide you in the right direction with the information you need. Take in the expert advice below to ensure your hemp flower is fresh and tasty whenever you’re ready to consume. Start With Quality Hemp Flower Quality hemp flower tastes better, is more potent, and stays fresher longer when properly stored. Starting with quality hemp helps eliminate half the battle. Do not purchase flower from the first dispensary or company you run across. Profits concern some companies more than quality; avoid those names at all costs. Companies like Arete Hemp sell quality hemp flower and products at affordable pricing. Why sacrifice one for the other when we make buying quality hemp flower so easy? Low-quality hemp is merely a waste of your hard-earned money. Our quality hemp flower stays fresh longer than other products, tastes great, and takes you where you want to be after consumption. It’s okay to be choosy when buying hemp flower; don’t settle for less than the best. Temperature & Humidity Levels Ideally, storing hemp flower in temperatures lower than 70 degrees F is ideal to keep it aromatic, fresh, and smokable. Storing cannabis in temperatures higher or lower than 70 degrees F can cause it to dry out, stripping it of terpenes and cannabinoids. Extreme temperatures, whether too hot or too cold, damage hemp and cannabis flower. Keep the temperature inside your home in check by setting the thermostat at 69 degrees F or below. This temperature ensures maximum comfort and energy efficiency in the home while protecting hemp flower from degradation In dry climates, hemp flower dries out at far more rapid rates than it will in comfortable climates. Once the hemp flower begins to dry out, it loses its trichomes, aroma, and potency. In other words, it’s usable, though not worth the time. Mold can begin to breed In humid environments. Do not think hemp flower is safe from mold. Seeing mold grow on hemp flower is a nightmare turned into a reality but there are steps that can protect it from this sort of damage. A hygrometer can help monitor humidity levels in the home. This tool is especially important in homes where hemp is being grown, although beneficial in any home wishing to monitor humidity levels. Proper humidity levels range between 53% and 64%. Additionally, choosing mold-resistant strains such as Afghan or Durban Poison helps protect it against mold and protects its freshness. Dozens of mold-resistant Sativa, Indica, and hybrid strains are available for your consumption pleasure. Sunlight: Hemp’s Enemy UV rays really aren’t friendly to the world. Whilst not hemp flower’s biggest enemy, UV rays from the gorgeous sunshine definitely can contribute to problems with its freshness and potency. The solution is simply to store hemp flower out of direct sunlight. UV rays from the sunlight can very quickly degrade hemp flower. Many people store hemp flower inside glass jars they place in their bedroom closet or a drawer. Storing Hemp Flower Correctly The most important step in keeping hemp flower fresh is storing them properly. Hemp flower that is properly stored stays fresher, tastier, and more potent longer than improperly stored products. Specially designed air-tight containers are sold at dispensaries, online, and at head shops across the country. These containers do an awesome job of keeping out sunlight, humidity, and moisture. Specialty containers designed with extra UV protection are available for an extra cost. Using a container already available, such as a Mason jar, can protect hemp flower in the same way as a specialty container. Whether you opt to use a container already available in your home or purchase a specialty container designed to store hemp flower, ensure that it’s made of glass. Plastic containers affect the plant’s taste and aroma since it creates a static charge that causes the plant to lose its trichomes, the high concentration of cannabinoids and terpenes found on the tips of flower. Always store your glass jar of hemp flower in a dark, cool place. Color-tinted glass jars provide further protection against sunlight and heat -and add a layer of fun to hemp flower storage. Don’t believe the ‘experts’ that say storing hemp flower in the freezer preserves its freshness; conflicting temperatures degrade the flower and its potency. Don’t leave hemp flower inside a bong, bowl, or other accessories if the entire portion isn’t consumed. Never stuff hemp flower into the container. Whilst it may seem that stuffing flower inside the container and packing it as tightly as possible is ideal, the opposite is true. Packing the jar too tightly leaves little room for oxygen inside the container, which starves the plant and negatively impacts the quality. We recommend using different glass jars for different strains. Not only can you get creative and decorate the jars in order to easily differentiate between them, but you also ensure that each strain’s flavor is locked in and savored during consumption. If you purchase two strains or more or buy one of the fun THCa bundles, implement this tip! Hands Off Cannabis and hemp flower are beautiful creations. Their aromatic buds attract fingers, although touching flower damages your product and reduces its freshness and appeal. It’s difficult, but keeping your hands off hemp or cannabis flower until ready to consume it will also protect the remaining batch from degradation and damage, preserving its lifetime and enjoyment. How to Store Pre-Rolled Joints Pre-rolled joints are super convenient and perfect for anyone who may not be the best joint roller in the world. Just pop a pre-roll out of the pack, light, and enjoy. Pre-rolls work great for those experimenting with different strains. Enjoy a Moon Berry pre-roll today and a Gorilla Glue pre-roll tomorrow, all without committing to a large quantity of any particular strain. Use the same techniques to keep pre-rolls fresh as you use to keep loose flower fresh. Keep them stored in cool, dark environments without tons of humidity and the pre-rolls stay fresh much longer. While keeping pre-rolls in their package is fine, placing the package of pre-rolls in the aforementioned glass container further protects hemp flower pre-rolls against dry out and maximizes their freshness. Store pre-rolls in a cool, dark place Monitor humidity levels Consume pre-rolls within 30 days to ensure freshness Ground flower loses potency quicker than cannabis flowers no matter how it’s stored. How to Store Wax Concentrates Wax concentrates are extremely popular these days. Most people refer to using concentrates as dabbing. Several different forms of concentrates are available, including resin, rosin, and diamonds. Like hemp flower, concentrates can lose flavor and potency if not properly stored. Further, improperly stored concentrates go stale and can grow mold over time. And like hemp flower, storing wax concentrates like our deliciously potent 99.9% THCa Diamonds, the most extreme product on the market today, is fairly simple, although notably much different. Make sure to store concentrates in a cool, dark place away from heat and moisture. From there, the type of wax concentrate affects the best way to store the product. Shatter, resin, crumble, and wax are a few types of concentrates. Some concentrates may even thrive when stored in the freezer or refrigerator. Shatter: True to the name, shatter has a hard texture that shatters like glass. Store it in an airtight container to prevent moisture contamination as well as light degradation. It’s a good idea to fold shatter into parchment paper for extra protection before storing it inside another container. Wax: Compared to other concentrates, wax is oilier and looser. The potency and flavor of wax are harder to maintain than in other products. For this reason, proper storage of wax concentrates is extremely important. A matte black glass container helps protect wax concentrate from sunlight. We also suggest storing wax concentrates in this container inside the refrigerator. Crumble: With a cookie dough consistency, crumble is appropriately named. It’s one of the more popular forms of concentrates with potency as high as 90%. Store crumble inside an airtight glass container. Remember, plastic is the enemy of hemp! Live Resin: Flavorful and filled with high terpene content, live resin is best stored in the refrigerator. Moisture and humidity can deplete terpenes and many cannabinoids found in the live resin and cause it to become unstable. How to Store Edibles & Vapes Most people purchase edibles in small quantities and consume them quickly thereafter. Thus, storage solutions generally aren’t necessary. If you plan on purchasing or baking larger quantities of edibles that will require storage, here are a few pointers for success. Wrap edibles, such as brownies and our delicious Organic Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies before storing them in containers. Store edibles in air-tight containers To keep vape pens and vape juice fresh and flavorful, ensure it doesn’t come into contact with heat or light. It is best to store your device at room temperature to avoid degradation of the oil inside. Storing your Arete Hemp products correctly preserves the quality, potency, and enjoyment you’ll experience. Use the above tips to help you in this process.