Think storing cannabis post-cure in tightly closed jars, totes, bags and other containers is enough to protect terpenes from evaporating? Both terpenes and cannabioids are at risk when you store flower without a terpene shield.
Terpenes, the aromatic essential oils in cannabis responsible for the plant’s unique scent, flavor, and effects, reside with cannabinoids in the trichomes—those delicate, resinous outer “hairs” of the flower. Unprotected, trichomes can become brittle and break off. And with them go terpenes, THC, CBD, and all the other valuable properties of cannabis.
Terpenes are at risk post-cure
Post-cure, it’s important to maintain a precise relative humidity (RH) level in cannabis containers to avoid damaging trichomes and losing terpenes. Left to the chance, RH can dip or climb out of the ideal range for storing cannabis.
To keep flower in the safe zone—between 58% and 62% RH—cultivators and packagers use a terpene shield, like Boveda. Boveda is unique because its patented technology and saltwater solution create a monolayer of water molecules that shield delicate trichomes, so they can better protect themselves against damage. As a result, the monolayer prevents terpenes from evaporating as they’re handled during curing, storage, transport, and packaging.
Putting mason jars to the test: terpenes are at risk
Scientists at a cannabis testing facility in California:
- Filled two identical mason jars with the same cultivar of medical-grade cannabis.
- Placed Boveda in one jar 😊 Left Boveda out of the other jar 😒
- Sealed the jars.
- Tested the terpene levels after six weeks.
The cannabis protected by Boveda had 15% higher terpene and cannabinoid levels than cannabis without the Original Terpene Shield™
If your harvest could talk, it would ask you to save the terps
Hold on to moisture, hold on to your flower’s trichomes and terpenes! Trichomes house the therapeutic compounds exclusive to this amazing plant. Properly hydrated cannabis retains its medicinal efficacy, provides a better experience and doesn’t lose water weight to evaporation. Boveda’s patented technology adds or removes humidity to maintain the right moisture content for flower. Buds preserved by a terpene shield retain their color, flavor, aroma and potency.
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