This Is The Best Way To Store Marijuana For The Apocalypse, According To Science

This Is The Best Way To Store Marijuana For The Apocalypse, According To Science

[Canniseur: We’re surprised. All these years and all the pundits telling us how to store our stash and we listened. Turns out they were all wrong. This is real research. Find out how scientists figured out the best way to store your favorite flower.]

You may want to rethink how you’re storing your marijuana stash long-term.

Many enthusiasts will tell you the best place to keep cannabis is in an air-tight container stowed somewhere cool and dark. But according to the results of a new four-year study, the freezer may actually be a better place—especially if you’re concerned about maintaining that all-important THC content.

Researchers in Italy were interested in understanding how time and various storage conditions (involving light, oxygen and temperature) affected the chemical composition of high-potency cannabis products. Past studies have also investigated this topic, but the authors of new research published in Forensic Science International last week noted that the potency of cannabis in today’s market is “extremely different” from years past.

Using six cannabis products of herbal and resin materials (which were seized by law enforcement and given to researchers to analyze), the study’s authors created 24 primary samples.

After collecting information about how much THC, CBD and CBN (that is, cannabinol, another non-intoxicating component in cannabis that occurs when THC degrades over time) each sample contained, the researchers stored the samples in four controlled conditions for a period of four years.

The testing conditions differed by light exposure (whether it was light or dark 24 hours) and storage temperature (including at room temperature, refrigerated at 4 degrees Celsius or frozen at -20 degrees Celsius). Over the span of the study period, the samples were tested 14 times.

In a finding that will likely be unsurprising to anyone who has stumbled upon an old stash of cannabis stored in a sock drawer, the study determined that the amount of THC decreased—thus increasing the amount of CBN—in the samples stored at room temperature. In the first 100 days of data gathering, the THC in the marijuana stored in both light and dark spaces at room temperature had degraded by 13 percent and 11 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, the refrigerated cannabis did show some decline in THC and increase in CBN over time, though not nearly as pronounced as the samples kept at room temperature.

The THC content in the samples stored in below-freezing conditions, however, did not significantly change.

This finding indicates, as the authors write, “that freezing is the best storage condition to avoid the reduction of the cannabinoids content over time.”

As for CBD, the study found that the compound remained “relatively constant over time in all the considered samples.”

The authors point out that their findings could be important for forensic purposes. With their methods, they write, law enforcement may be able to figure out what the THC concentration might initially have been in degraded marijuana.

On a more basic level, the research could also help consumers better plan how to store their cannabis.

That said, with marijuana not exactly that hard to find—it’s not as if prohibition is very effective, and more states are legalizing cannabis stores in any case—most people probably won’t be seeking to intentionally store their supply for multi-year periods.

Unless, that is, you’re a prepper planning for hard times. In that case, just know that, according to this research, stuffing your stash in the freezer is best.

Photo courtesy of WeedPornDaily.

This Is The Best Way To Store Marijuana For The Apocalypse, According To Science was posted on Marijuana Moment.

Medical Marijuana Bill Passes Key Kentucky Committee

Medical Marijuana Bill Passes Key Kentucky Committee

[Editor’s Note: 8 in 10 Kentuckians believe in medical cannabis access. It looks like this may happen, although with way too many restrictions. Kentucky should look to Florida to see how certain restrictions are unjust to people in need.]

The Kentucky House Judiciary Committee voted on Wednesday afternoon to advance a bill that would legalize medical marijuana in the state.

House Bill 136, which has 43 cosponsors out of the chamber’s 100 total members, would establish a medical cannabis program under a newly named Department for Alcoholic Beverage and Cannabis Control. The state agency would be responsible for issuing licenses to qualifying patients, health care providers, cultivators, processors and dispensaries.

The vote to approve the legislation was 16 to 1.

Polling shows that roughly eight in 10 Kentuckians believe patients should be allowed to purchase and use marijuana if their doctor recommends it.

Gov. Matt Bevin (R) has also expressed support for medicinal cannabis use.

Last month, he told a community forum that if such a bill came to his desk, he would be “happy” to sign it because of the “incredible medicinal value associated with cannabis.” He also talked about a family member who died of cancer, adding that patients who could benefit from marijuana “should have the ability to use a natural drug that exists to provide relief … when it is needed, where it can be prescribed and regulated as we would other such drugs.”

The pathway to legalization, however, remains murky. Some lawmakers say they want to see more research first.

“Think about it,” Rep. Danny Bentley, a practicing pharmacist, said last year. “Opioids and nicotine were marketed as harmless and went on, by scientific evidence, to show that they killed people.”

In January, Bentley introduced House Concurrent Resolution 5, which calls on the federal government to step up its role in better understanding the effects of marijuana when used medicinally. He pushed a similar resolution last year.

Senate President Robert Stivers has also questioned marijuana’s medicinal value. In January, he called marijuana a “gateway drug.” A month earlier while speaking to the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, he compared the effects of marijuana to alcohol, suggesting that if people need to “relax” or “feel better,” they might enjoy a glass of Woodford Reserve bourbon.

Another opponent is the Kentucky Medical Association, which has stated it won’t support any medical marijuana legislation until “marijuana is approved for use by the FDA.”

In order to win broader support for the legislation, its sponsors agreed to remove provisions that would have allowed patients to grow up to six mature marijuana plants at home, and they added a specific list of qualifying medical conditions instead of allowing doctors to recommend cannabis to whomever they see fit.

With the Judiciary Committee’s favorable vote, HB 136 advances to the Rules Committee. There, lawmakers will decide whether the bill will be forwarded to the floor for all House members to vote on it.

For proponents, however, time is ticking: There are only five legislative days remaining in the short session.

Kentucky Lawmakers Call On Feds To Study Marijuana

Photo courtesy of Chris Wallis // Side Pocket Images.

Medical Marijuana Bill Passes Key Kentucky Committee was posted on Marijuana Moment.

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