Cannabis packaging in Canada is standardized for your safety by Health Canada. That does not mean you can't take extra care for safety and longevity of your products.
1. Store Your Products Away From Pets and Children
This is a no-brainer. We all need to work together to keep pets and children safe. First, keep all cannabis in the original packages you receive them in. Why? Health Canada has created those labels for your safety. You will also want to store any cannabis products out of reach of tiny hands or paws. You may want to even invest in child-safety locks (or real locks, in case of youth and teens) on drawers and/or cupboards where you store your cannabis. Further, it's a great idea if you are purchasing air-tight containers to further product your products, that you look for one that has child-safety in mind.
2. Store Your Products in Cool Temperatures
Temperature is extremely important in the storage of cannabis. Similar to a fine wine, It is best aged in cool, dry and dark places. If the temperature is too warm the heat can cause essential oils and nutrients run to dry out, which can affect the potency and also provide a harsh smoking experience. While too much moisture can create a perfect environment for bacteria and mold to grow on your cannabis. Keep in mind that organic matter like mold and mildew thrive in temperatures of 25C to 30C so you ideally want to keep your cannabis in temperatures below this.
3. Keep Your Cannabis Out of Direct Sunlight/UV Rays
As many of us are already aware, the UV rays in sunlight have a negative breakdown a number of materials and direct exposure generally has a negative impact on most things in its way. The same is true for the impact that UV rays have on cannabis. A study conducted at the University of London in the 1970sconcluded that light was the single biggest factor in the degradation of cannabinoids. The same study also concluded that when stored under the proper condition cannabinoids can maintain stability for up to two years, though it can remain effective and safe to consume for a longer period of time as the essential oils tend to slowly break down over time. It is also important to note that storing your cannabis out of direct light will also help you control the temperature (which as mentioned before also affects the freshness and quality).
4. Store Your Cannabis in an Air Tight Container
While oxygen is super important while growing the plant, controlling the level of oxygen after it is harvested is extremely important. Too much oxygen can quicken the degradation of the cannabinoids, which will negatively impact its medicinal benefits. The best way to ensure too much oxygen doesn’t access your medical cannabis is to get yourself a high-quality air-tight storage container. A great option is Canadian brand Club Four20 as a part of the specially curated “Cannabis Kits” offers top of the line, scent proof, airtight, pharma grade, glass cannabis container (14 Gram Capacity). An additional benefit is that the container is also childproof. This ensures that children are unable to access your medical cannabis which provides added security for safe storage within your home.
If you are storing medical cannabis within your home please always ensure that it is within a childproof container, and stored out of reach of the children within your home.