Safety and Conservation Tips for Your Cannabis Products

Now that you are a regular medical cannabis patient, you need to think about preserving the quality of your cannabis products while keeping them safe from children, pets and house visitors. This article examines safety precautions that every medical cannabis patient needs to take. I also talk about how to conserve the integrity of your cannabis purchases.

Medical cannabis is sensitive to changes in temperature, exposure to air, heat, moisture and light. Here are 5 things to remember to get the most out of your medical cannabis flower:

  1. Cool place
  2. Humidity controlled
  3. Airtight
  4. Darkness
  5. Avoid temperature fluctuation

The best place to keep your medical cannabis is in a cool dark place. I have seen recommendations for keeping it in a basement or cellar. That may be problematic if those areas are very humid as moisture has a substantial deleterious effect on cannabis. A moist environment may cause the growth of both mold and bacteria. Keeping your cannabis in a place with the optimum humidity range of between 55% and 62% will preserve the cannabinoid and terpene content of your cannabis flower.

Airtight glass containers such as mason jars with a wire swing top are highly recommended. They will keep your cannabis from drying out due to air exposure. Mason jars come in an assortment of sizes, so choose one that your cannabis flower fills completely. The less your flower is exposed to any air, the better to avoid dryness . If you don’t have a mason jar, you can use a brown paper bag inside a plastic bag. Make sure you get as much air as possible out of both the paper and plastic bags.

  • Don’t use tin cans as containers
  • Don’t put your cannabis flower in a sandwich bag as the static created inside will pull off the trichomes.
  • Separate your strains so they don’t come in contact with each other. Those with strong taste and odors can negatively affect each other.
  • Don’t store it near appliances which give off heat
  • Don’t freeze your cannabis as that will cause the trichomes to freeze and easily fall off.
  • There appears to be disagreement about whether or not to refrigerate your cannabis. Some people recommend refrigeration. Others believe that the fluctuation in temperature caused by taking cannabis out of the refrigerature, leaving it at room temperature for an extended period and then returning it to the cold can affect its potency. It also may cause moisture to form.

Edibles can be safely kept in a Tupperware type container in sealed plastic bags.

Safety Precautions For Medical Cannabis Patients with Children and Pets 

  • Keep your medical cannabis out of sight and out of reach of children and pets
  • Do not leave it in common living spaces. Once you are finished medicating, return it to its containers and place it in a cabinet, drawer, top shelf of a closet or a locked box.
  • If you have very young children, placing it on a top shelf of a closet may suffice unless they are climbers
  • If you have older children, they are probably familiar with cannabis. You will probably need to talk to them about your medical cannabis usage. Engage them in age appropriate conversations which should be ongoing. Ask and answer questions without being judgmental. Explain to them why you use medical cannabis.
  • Talk to any visitors who may be carrying cannabis products. Let them know they must keep them out of sight in your home when your children and pets are present.
  • Use babysitters who are responsible, mature and understand that you are a medical cannabis patient.
  • Talk to the parents of your child’s friends to find out if they use cannabis products. If they do, ask them to make sure that they keep their cannabis products out of sight when your children are visiting.
  • If you have house cleaners, dog walkers, contractors, handymen, out of town guests and extended family members who have access to your home, you may want to purchase a lock box.
  • If you have pets, especially dogs, make sure you keep them away from your medical cannabis products. Dogs are attracted to cannabis much more than cats. They are much more sensitive to its effects than are humans. They can be affected by second hand smoke. They have also been known to eat roaches and drink bong water. While it is unlikely that ingesting cannabis will be life-threatening, they may experience some unpleasant side effects such as unsteadiness on their feet, sensitivity to sound and touch, slowing of the heart rate, lower of the body temperature, dilated eyes and dribbling urine.

If you choose to purchase a lock box, there are 2 types:

Types of Lock Boxes  

  1. Lock and Key Type
  2. Keyless Locking System

Lock Boxes Available at Bloom Medicinals Maryland

Stash Logix Silverton Small Black Bag

Adjustable and removable interior divider system 
Combination lock (3-digit programmable)
Lockable zippered bags
Rubber gasket sealing system
Foil lining
“Silver lining” easily cleanable, odor-trapping, and heat-resistant
Linen exterior fabric
Strain log book mobile phone app
Dimensions: 7.5” L x 4” W x 3 1/2” H

Stash Logix Silverton Medium Black Bag

It offers all the same features as the small bag with more space.
Dimensions: 8″ L x 7″ W x 4 1/4″ H

Bloom Stash Jar

A glass container with a silicon sleeve and screw on metal cap, this simple device will keep up to 4 oz of dry flower fresh and safe.
All new patients receive a free Stash Jar with their first purchase.
All current patients receive a free Stash Jar with a purchase of $175 or more.

Sources:
echoconnection.org, Taking Care of Your Cannabinoid and CBD Products, Andrea, Jan. 17, 2017
cannador.com, Weed Storage
childrenscolorado.org, Marijuana Safety in the Home