There are many factors to consider when properly curing and storing your herb. One of the most crucial considerations is managing the relative humidity of the plant while it is stored in a container. Humidity is crucial to your plant for it determines how fast evaporation would occur. The lower the humidity, the higher the rate of evaporation and the more nutrients and water your plant can absorb. However, having too much moisture will increase the risk of contamination by mold or mildew. Having too little moisture, on the other hand, will cause the trichomes to dry out. The trichomes will become brittle and less effective as the essential oils that carry the nutrients and terpenes slowly degrade. In the time it takes to open and prepare herb for consumption, the plant can lose a detectable amount of moisture. Without a proper way to control and regulate the humidity inside your container, the plant will slowly dry over time thus making its juices less potent.
Luckily, there is a solution to avoid difficult and complicated techniques in maintaining the right humidity of your plant. This solution maintains the ideal relative humidity, and gives you a powerful tool to give your herb the best possible cure. Using humidity control products like Boveda 62 in the container allows you to swiftly replace lost moisture both in the air and in the plant, so the plant is in a state of maintaining its original quality. Boveda is the inventor and patent holder of the innovative two-way humidity control package. With its 62% relative humidity control product, Boveda has changed the way herb is cured, stored, and merchandised. When this herb is sealed in a container with Boveda’s two-way humidity control pack, it retains 15% more terpenes comparing to other containers without Boveda. So what are terpenes? Terpenes are the oils that give this herb its distinct aroma, which is secreted by the flower’s resin glands, the same ones that produce THC, CBD, and other chemicals that are responsible for giving this herb its unique consumption effects. In order to prevent the loss of terpenes, this herb needs the active two-way humidity control technology to add or remove moisture to maintain a controlled moisture environment through micro-evaporation. This will also prevent you to lose 10% of your inventory to evaporation.
When it comes to curing, it is best to store your herb in an environment with stable relative humidity. The ambient humidity is not much of a concern because the Boveda packs respond to conditions inside the container. The pack absorbs or releases moisture to maintain the ideal 62% inside the container. From there, your major concerns are temperature and light. Boveda activates its humidity adapting process based on temperature changes, but herbs should always be distanced from high temperatures to avoid decarboxylation. Decarboxylation is a process through which the herb becomes psychoactive thus releasing its full potential. This is highly recommended before consumption but not when it is going for storage. Heat is what ignites this process and that is why you should keep it away from any heat sources to produce a high-quality product. Therefore, a widely recommended practice throughout the industry is that you always store your herb in a cool dark place. While the Boveda pack is effective at removing excess moisture, growers should still dry cannabis the traditional way. When the branches are getting close to their target moisture content, is time to put the buds in containers with the Boveda pack to help adjust the perfect humidity level for the plant.