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Storing Cannabis… Plus Bondage and Support Tools

Keep your cannabis in pristine condition

HIGH EVERYONE! I was sitting here this fine morning along Oregon’s southern coast, vaping a delicious and potent Thai hybrid, and it dawned on me that my storage techniques could really help some of you out. Not everyone has the “problem” of needing to store cannabis for longer periods of time, but some of us do, like me included. I will share some skills I have learned over time to keep your cannabis uber fresh and pristine for years if necessary. Also, a couple of great and easy tools you can use for plant support and bondage indoors without having to mess with stretchy-tape and other tie-downs. Let’s get rolling my friends…

Some genetics never need any support help

If you have oscillating fans in your growing rooms and they are placed well, you likely won’t need to use support methods on your plants because the “wind” makes them sturdy. However, in some of our cases, like mine, where I grow in grow-tents it is hard to have such fans. Plants that are topped and flowering are usually the ones that need help the most, untopped plants normally just need a little support without needing any actual bondage holding individual branches in place. Some genetics create a lot more lignin (a type of polymer plants use for structural support/hardness/sturdiness) and will need no support at all even with no “wind” at all. But these are fairly rare, and it is more common to have cannabis plants that need support without sufficient “wind” blowing them around a bit.

Never aim fans directly at plants because this will hyper-dehydrate them; always use oscillating fans at a distance.

Sometimes just a plant stake placed well will work fine

Plant stakes can be a dowel, or bamboo, or the kind I use which are made from recycled plastic and are reusable basically forever—gotta love that. If you see your plant starting to lean you can place these in such a way as to provide support until harvest; as you can see in the photo. Don’t worry about hurting the plant by driving these stakes into the soil, I have never ever hurt a plant doing this before and I have done it many thousands of times in my life.

Additional support is often needed with topped plants

Forget having to do all the green stretchy tape stuff, or anything else that needs to be tied around branches. Get yourselves some extra long fuzzy (soft) pipe-cleaners. They are about a foot long and are the fastest and most easy way to support branches ever. Super easy to remove at harvest time, and reusable as well. As you can see in the photo a simple “hook” bend is all that is needed to hold most branches. The plant in the photo is heavy with seeds so she would bend badly or break branches in the final couple weeks before harvest, but this way, no worries.

 

Storing Quality Cannabis for Longer Periods

Best solution for cannabis storage for personal gardens

I don’t produce a ton of cannabis these days, and the most I ever have around I need to store is like a pound or so. I use a big cooler for this purpose placed in a cool room. Insulation is one key, so having the temperature vary only a few degrees over any 24-hour period is primo. You don’t absolutely need a cooler for this purpose, a basement would work well too. The two major factors when it comes to the degradation of your stored cannabis are heat and light, along with exposure to the open air in general. Remember how back in the olden days peeps would call basements “root cellars?” Well, storing roots and tubers well is right along the same methodology. Cool, dark, with small temperature changes.

Storing cannabis in jars is best, food grade plastic works alright too, but using more containers to store it in that are smaller in size each will really make a difference, resulting in constantly primo buds.

Think of your cannabis like ice cream; the more you open and close the container the more degraded it becomes. So, for this reason I recommend using smaller jars for storage and I use the jars that hold about 20-25 grams depending on bud size. Keep them in the dark, in a cool place that changes temperature very little over 24 hours, sealed up air tight, and you will have the most awesome cannabis waiting for you whenever you open a jar, even 18 months later, it’s just like it was fresh. So, check it out and see what you think. Adios for now everyone, cheers.

 

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