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Newly Prescribed Medical Cannabis? Helpful Storage Tips

Medical cannabis has precise health-related benefits. To maintain the quality of the cannabis and to ensure that it does not end up in the hands of someone it has not been prescribed to — you must store it properly. If you recently received a prescription for this treatment, learn more about how you should go about storing your cannabis.

Moisture Control

To protect the integrity and potency of cannabis, it is important that you store it in an area of your home where there is adequate moisture control. In short, the humidity should be in a neutral range. If the humidity is too low, the air will be too dry, which can weaken its chemical bonds, which can reduce its effectiveness. If the humidity is too high, the excess moisture can settle on the leaves and lead to mold growth, which will make them unsafe for use.

Airtight Storage

High amounts of oxygen and cannabis do not exactly blend well. The main problem with prolonged moisture exposure is the fact that oxygen can also alter the chemical structure of cannabis. When the chemical bonds start to break, the medicinal effect of the leaves greatly diminishes, which can render the treatment ineffective. Keep the treatment in airtight storage and only open the container when you need to remove some for treatment.

Limited Access

Medicinal cannabis is safe, but only for the individual to whom it has been prescribed. For this reason, it is very important to store this treatment in an area of your home that small children or pets do not have access to, such as a high cabinet. You should also avoid storing the treatment in a common area of your home, as someone with ill intentions may take your cannabis for illegal purposes. 

Ideal Temperature

You should also avoid storing cannabis in an area of your home that is associated with temperature extremes, such as the kitchen or the garage. Similar to too little humidity, high temperatures dry out the cannabis and negatively affect its effectiveness. Environments where the temperature is too low, such as the refrigerator, will also alter the structure of the plant. A good rule of thumb is to store the cannabis at the same temperature you would be comfortable in. If you are too hot or too cold, the temperature is also unlikely to be safe for your cannabis. 

Remember, proper storage ensures the quality of the medicinal treatment and keeps everyone safe. Be sure to follow the appropriate steps to store your medical cannabis appropriately.