Grab your pipes, vapes, and edibles. Summer is here! Now that the sun is out, more and more people are on the go. This article will help you take the right steps to get the most out of your products, and your summer cannabis experience.
Keep Your Cannabis Cool
If possible, it is best to keep cannabis at a temperature no higher than 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Anything hotter can start to change the flavor and aroma of your cannabis. More sensitive terpenes will start to evaporate and the flower will start to dry out as well. However, too much time in the heat will start to convert THC to CBN, which is a cannabinoid that is good at promoting appetite and works well as an anti-inflammatory with only mild psychoactive effects.
To get around this problem take only what you need when you have to leave the house in these hot summer temperatures. Even if it is only 70 degrees outside, the ambient temperature in a car can reach over 100 degrees easily in only half an hour. Any UV light that on your stash will also cause your cannabis to degrade and break down further, limiting your potential experience.
The best route to take? Store only what you plan to use for the day in a sealed bag so no UV light can reach your cannabis. If your stash is going to be in the heat for extended periods, consider putting an ice pack in your bag alongside your cannabis. Ensure that your cannabis is in an airtight container as you don’t want any moisture leaking into your flower. This will ensure you get your full flavor and high potential when you are ready to start smoking, and it will preserve your cannabis for longer if you do not smoke every while you’re out enjoying the summer.
Cartridge Use in the Summer Months
Cartridges are one of the most convenient options for the on the go cannabis user. With minimal smell and ease of use, who wouldn’t keep a pen handy? Just like with flower cannabis, cartridges need special consideration in the summer months for optimal enjoyment.
It is always a bad idea to leave a vape cartridge in a hot car. As mentioned regarding cannabis flower, it damages the quality and flavor of your product. Vape Cartridges have a few more risks involved when leaving them in the heat. High heat can cause the oil to thin out creating potential for the cartridge to leak through the casing and all over the interior of your vehicle. Not only is this not fun to clean but the smell will also permeate every pore of your vehicles interior. High heat can also cause the tank of the cartridge to warp or crack. Another risk involves the battery used to ignite your vape cartridge. Batteries sitting in high heat have the potential to explode and/or burst in to flames. It’s best to not even take the chance with your vape setup.
By: Brandon Bruhn