At what humidity level should you store your cannabis?
I have a friend who always asks the server at a restaurant, “What’s your favorite thing on the menu?”
It’s not necessarily indecisiveness that’s driving her. She’s gathering insight from someone in-the-know to make a more educated decision. With more details, she can reason out if that pistachio crusted grouper is right for her.
So here are some tasty tidbits from Boveda, the experts on 2-Way Humidity Control for cannabis. The video will give you an overview of 58% and 62% RH. (You’re on your own about the grouper.)
Boveda 58% RH and 62% RH work the same way—they’re both humidity control packets that lock in a specific RH for storing cannabis.
Boveda’s patented 2-Way Humidity Control regulates moisture to protect the potency and flavor of your herbs. If your flower is dry, a Boveda packet releases purified water vapor. Too moist? Boveda’s natural, food-grade salts absorb ambient moisture into the pack. Your cannabis container will maintain the constant relative humidity level equal to the RH printed on the Boveda packet, whether it’s 58%RH or 62%RH.
But you might feel like we just left you hanging.
If Boveda 58% RH and 62% RH are both specifically designed for cannabis, how do you choose? To point you to the right humidity regulation for your cannabis, ask yourself two questions.
1) Where do you live?
Let Mother Nature be your guide. Most flower is grown and sold locally, so look to its growing climate to find the sweet spot for storage. People usually acclimate to the moisture level that their native environment bestows on their flower.
It should also depend on what you’re guarding against. Do you live in a climate with lots of ambient humidity? In that case you may prefer a 58% pack to protect against excessive moisture i.e. mold. If you live in a dryer climate, terpene retention is your biggest issue. When your flower goes dry, the trichromes that hold those precious terpenes are at risk. To guard against this, you may prefer a more humid 62% pack.
Use your surroundings to help you optimize your personal taste – which is what this is all about.
2) What do you smoke?
Indica versus Sativa. Blue Dream versus Sour Diesel. Your cannabis humidity preference might differ from strain to strain–some like it dry, some like it moist. While you can enjoy any strain at either, here’s how you can start honing in on your personal likes.
Create a Boveda test:
- Start with over-dry cannabis.
- Buy a 58% and 62% RH Boveda packet.
- Stash the same strain in two separate airtight containers (choose 2 of your favorite cannabis storage containers – CVault, Medtainer, or other airtight cannabis storage container) just make sure they’re the same.
- Place a Boveda into each container.
- Repeat the test with a new strain – see if your taste changes when your strain changes. (Chemistry class was never this fun!)
As you develop your palate, share your findings with other Boveda fans to help them choose between 58% RH and 62% RH.