The Definitive Guide To Storing Shatter: Storage Tips & Tricks

The majority of cannabis products can be extremely tricky to store for the long haul. Luckily for us, cannabis concentrates such as shatter are actually quite easy to maintain. Did you know that incorrectly storing shatter can actually degrade the potency, flavour and overall effectiveness? In this guide, we’ll be going over all the tips, tricks and what you need to avoid to keep your shatter stash as fresh as possible. To learn how to properly preserve your stash, we first must understand what elements factor into degrading your shatter. For example, leaving your shatter out in direct sunlight is one of the primary ways concentrates can degrade. Here are the top three factors that could be affecting your shatter:

Containers

When storing shatter, it’s important to use an airtight container. This is because oxygen can convert THC into CBN, a metabolite that can lessen the psychoactive effects of cannabis. Additionally, not enough oxygen can raise humidity levels and lead to the growth of mold. An airtight container will help protect your shatter from these threats.

Sunlight

Believe it or not, sunlight is one of the main threats degrading your shatter. The powerful UVA and UVB rays from the sun break down chemical bonds in THC molecules, therefore it’s important to keep your shatter out of direct exposure so as not damage its potency or change how it tastes/smells. Studies done by Orange Photonics measured 0.5% losses with each hour spent under sunlight.

Temperatures

If you want your shatter to last as long and maintain its flavor, make sure that it’s stored in a cool dark place. High temperatures are terpenes biggest enemy; they’ll degrade if left out too long at higher altitudes or near open flame sources like candles. This is why many people preach about keeping concentrates away from such things- so we don’t lose any of those beautiful smells & flavours

How To Properly Store Shatter In 2 Simple Steps:

Step 1

Using opaque, air-tight containers are essential. When storing small amounts of shatter, silicone containers are a great option because they’re inexpensive and easy to find. However, if you tend to buy bulk shatter online and require a larger storage container, it’s fine to use an opaque glass container with parchment paper. Parchment paper will help prevent the shatter from sticking to the sides of the container and making a mess. Whichever type of container you choose, make sure it’s fully sealed before storing your shatter.

Step 2

Leading to our second tip, shatter is recommended to be stored in your freezer or refrigerator at a temperature no higher than 0° C. It’s cool, dark and extremely convenient. Due to the high content of dry soluble substances, the concentrates are not subject to microbiological deterioration during storage and do not require additional preservation methods. Most importantly of all, you don’t have to worry about it melting during summer!

 

Shatter Storage: Things To Avoid

As mentioned previously, incorrectly storing your shatter can be negatively affecting the potency, flavour and quality of your shatter. As you prepare to store your shatter, be sure to avoid these mistakes:
  • Avoid glass jars or plastic containers. Though some concentrates can be stored in glass jars, shatter generally isn’t one of them. Without using parchment paper, your shatter can stick to the sides of the container making it difficult to get out.
  • If you store your shatter in the freezer, be sure to give it some time to thaw out before use. Shatter is best kept at room temperature. 
  • Avoid high temperature areas. Not only can heat melt your precious concentrates, it can also cause terpenes to degrade.
 

Final Thoughts

Now that you know how to store your shatter, it’s important to remember that the quality of your product is directly related to the way you handle it. Make sure to always use a clean and dry environment when storing shatter, and keep it in a place where it will be safe from both children and pets. By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your shatter remains in top condition for as long as possible.  The post The Definitive Guide To Storing Shatter: Storage Tips & Tricks first appeared on The Weed Street Journal.