Proper herb storage is extremely important if you want to get the most out of your vaporizing experience. You love your herbs and they love you back, and just like any good relationship, you get out of your experience what you put in (or keep out). Your herbs are delicate and sensitive; they’re lovers not fighters. The key to getting the most out of your vaporization experience is keeping them safe and in tip-top condition.
The Benefits of Good Herb Storage:
Keeping your herbs stored correctly has many benefits, not the least of which is that they will last longer! Proper herb storage will:
- Preserve the aroma and taste of your herbs
- Keep them dry and protected from humidity
- Disguise any odours
- Keep your herbs cool
- Lower the risk of mould and rot
- Increase the shelf life of your herbs
Storing herbs for Vaporization
When it comes to using your herbs for vaporization, keeping them stored well and as dry as possible is crucial for getting the best results. Generally, dryer product will produce better vapor, but you really can’t go past the taste of some truly fresh produce. Personal preference will dictate what condition you prefer to vape your herb at, but the video below provides some handy hints on getting the best possible performance.
Beat the Mould
Mouldy herbs are a major mood killer, not to mention kind of gross. If you enjoy using herbs regularly, chances are you’ve come across this problem at some point and had to throw out some or all of your supply. Bummer, right?
Mould in herbs is always related to moisture that gets trapped at some level of the storage process, whether your herbs were stored incorrectly or weren’t dry enough when you put them into the container. Mould can be detected as a white, spiderweb-like substance on the outside of flower buds, or white fluff or dark spots on leaves. You may also notice a musty or dank smell.
The best way to avoid mouldy herbs is to make sure they’re dry before you store them. If you think they could be a little dryer, or just want to make sure, placing your herbs on paper in a cool, dry spot is the gentlest way to get rid of any mould-causing moisture. When your herbs are nice and dry, the trick is to keep them that way! Using the right container and storing them in the optimal environment will keep your herbs happy and healthy for a long time.
5 Things to Avoid for Longer Lasting Herbs:
Some things will diminish or flat-out ruin the quality of your herbs. Here are your herbs’ five worst enemies and how to defeat them.
Enemy number one when it comes to your herbs. Moisture and herbs do not mix and can cause them to go mouldy in a matter of weeks or even days, making your herbs dangerous to inhale. But this is Australia, mate, and humidity levels can flip-flop faster than a politician’s promise.
Storing your herbs in an airtight jar will help, as well as investing in a humidity-controlled storage solution such as the Boveda Humidipak, which responds to changes in environment to keep moisture levels consistent.
Don’t go towards the light! Any light generates heat and can cause unwanted chemical reactions. Sunlight in particular can diminish the potency of the active ingredients in your herbs and affect their taste. Coloured glass like the SSV glass storage jar can offer UV protection and limit exposure.
The last thing you want is your herbs getting all hot under the collar and vaporizing when you’re not around to enjoy them. Heat can slowly leach the aroma and byproducts out of your herbs, so it’s best to keep them somewhere cool so they stay faithful.
If you keep your herbs around other pungent materials, such as garlic or coffee grounds, aromas can bleed into each other and affect the scent and taste of your herbs, so it’s best to keep them separated (i.e. out of the pantry). Of course, sometimes you want to mask the strong odour of the herbs themselves. A completely airtight container like the Vitavac will stop any smells getting in or out.
5. Other people:
When you have a good thing, sometimes everyone wants a piece of it. If you feel the need to keep your herbs away from greedy hands or prying eyes, a stealthy container like a can safe may be just the thing (don’t get confused!)
Herb Storage Do’s and Don’ts
DO store your herbs at room temperature (25°C) or below
DO use a good-quality (plastic or glass) airtight container to protect against moisture and mask odour
DO make sure your herbs are as dry as possible before you store them.
DON’T use a radiator, microwave or other heat source if you think your herbs need drying. Air-drying in a cool spot is best for preserving their quality.
DON’T store your herbs in cheap, low-quality plastic jars (film canisters, pill boxes, etc.) Low quality plastic can react with your herbs and alter their taste.
DON’T store herbs in the fridge or freezer. This can expose your herbs to humidity, diminish their quality, and well-stored herbs can last up to a year without freezing.