Science has determined that the best way to store and maintain marijuana over time is to… put it in the freezer? That makes a lot of sense.
The study was conducted in Italy with the goal of figuring out what effect factors like oxygen, light and temperature have on marijuana compounds (mainly THC, CBN, and CBD). The research analyzed 24 samples of cannabis over a period of four years. These samples were stored in four locations, all with different controlled conditions, and were later compared to each other for their THC, CBN, and CBD levels.
Final results concluded that marijuana levels, particularly THC and CBN, were heavily altered by outside factors. When marijuana is stored at room temperature, its THC levels lower while the CBN levels rise. When cannabis is refrigerated, the effects are similar, only slowed down. When cannabis is frozen, the THC levels stay the same, unaffected by the passage of time. Interestingly enough, cannabis’ CBD levels remained unaltered by time and storage conditions.
Studies like this one help scientists understand how cannabis and its compounds work. These results could be used for legal and scientific purposes.
On a more basic and useful level for us, studies like this help us take better care of our purchases, allowing consumers to store weed in an efficient way. If you’re traveling abroad and don’t want to get arrested at the airport, sneak that baggie in the freezer and when you’re back, it’ll be as good and as effective as if it were brand new.