Find Your Perfect RH

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.

 

Let’s make cannabis connoisseurs out of everyone!

 

 

 

TAKE ME TO THE HERBAL STORE!

JORD Protects their Wood Watches with Boveda

But why in the world would a watch need Boveda?

Let’s have JORD CEO, Salman Shah explain it to you:

“Several years ago after launching our luxury brand of timepieces made from 100% wood I knew immediately I was dealing with a material that does not react or adapt the same as metal, rubber, or other materials that dominate the watch market.  Wood being a material that release or absorb moisture I wanted a way to keep our timepieces in a consistent and stable environment.  This lead to our design of the JORD Cedar Valet.  The box was designed around being a mini humidor for your JORD Watch.  When doing this I was trying to figure out ther different ways for which individuals keep moisture consistent in their Cigar boxes.

Boveda came across my desk and the fit just felt right.  Due to the nature of their product and being compact it really was a no brainer.  Working directly with the Boveda team on design and ideation was a perfect fit and now we are able to offer one of the most luxurious watch boxes on the market with a function.”

 

“Due to the nature of their product and being compact it really was a no brainer.  Working directly with the Boveda team on design and ideation was a perfect fit and now we are able to offer one of the most luxurious watch boxes on the market with a function.”

– Salman Shah, JORD CEO

 

Check out JORD’s impressive collection!

 

What Makes Boveda the Only Precision Humidity Control?

Two-way Humidity Control means the same thing to us today as it did when we patented the packaged version 20 years ago: The ability to add and/or remove moisture and still maintain a specific Relative Humidity (RH). It means acting on the environment instead of being at the mercy of it. It means specificity, reliability and predictability. 

But recently the term 2-way humidity “control” (or regulate) has been dumbed down to include the crude releasing or absorbing of moisture, whether the contents of your container needs it or not.

Think of your remote control. Would you be happy to punch in “62” and the TV goes to 80? No, you’d chuck the remote out a window with no concern whether it was open. If you set your thermostat to 68 in the summer but the furnace fires up, you’d make a thermostat-sized hole in your wall. Both those examples are analogs to what you get from non-Boveda 2-way humidity “control”. “Good enough” is satisfactory for some people. But not for us. And not for your valuable cigars, guitars or cannabis. 

What’s the not-secret ingredient only Boveda has patented to provide precision humidity control?

Salt. Science has known for 100’s of years that a saturated salt solution is the only way to provide the capacity to add and/or remove moisture and still maintain the specific intended RH. Boveda patented the packaged version of that science. Without salt, any humidity “control” only has a starting RH that changes wildly as soon as it gives up or absorbs water. That’s not specific, reliable or predictable. 

Boveda’s natural, food-grade salts are the brains that know when to absorb and when to release purified water vapor. It’s why you’ll only find Boveda in the cigar boxes of leading cigar makers and the packaging of the biggest cannabis brands. Boveda means precision.

No salt = no precision humidity control.

Take me to the Boveda store!

Redefining the Standard for Quality Cannabis

What does it mean to have a quality product?

Or does quality even matter anymore when there’s a $ store on every corner?  I believe that like everything else in the world, the definition of quality is relative and subjective and thus can be mere personal preference.

Yet for those of us who strive to define or redefine quality, the game still rages on.  A higher quality product draws a higher monetary value and there is almost always a bidder for every level of quality.  So in the world of Cannabis, what makes a quality flower?

In my opinion the four main factors in the creation of Cannabis that directly affect its quality are genetics, growing, trimming/curing, and preservation.

 

Genetics:

Genetics encompasses so many things, more every day as technology sharpens.  Heirloom or GMO?  Do you use feminized seeds or do you prefer to play “where’s waldo?”  The genetics of a Cannabis strain also identify the expected cannabinoid ratio of the plant as well as the terpene make up if grown to optimum health.  A strain’s genetics decides its smell, taste, and potency as well as how it affects you and your biology.  It could be argued that genetics are the #1 factor in deciding the quality of Cannabis.

 

Growing:

A seed with superior genetics can still rot if left to sweat while germinating.  Careful attention to detail is the gardener’s best tool and knowing what to look for takes time and practice. And a bit of failure too.  Many a gardening genius has suffered the woes of lost ladies in the throes of flowering.  Fertilizing, watering, light distribution, these are all things that must be managed daily or even several times a day.  Fans, C02 machines, ladybugs for spider mites!  The umbrella of products and techniques that growing Cannabis encompasses is vast to say the least.  I believe it could also be argued that how Cannabis is grown has the most effect on its quality.

 

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Trimming and Curing:

How much leaf is too much leaf to hug your glistening nug?  For some, trimming means everything and the hours perfecting some trimmers’ techniques leave them with aching hands and sticky fingers.  I’d trim all day long for free if I could take the latex gloves home with me!  It seems like the trim is all about aesthetics. But it can also be about taste and experience since smoked or vaped flower definitely tastes different than leaf.

A well-cured nug of Cannabis can mean the difference between a head ache and pure herbal bliss.  Proper curing is a time-consuming yet crucial oft-skipped step in the creation of quality Cannabis.  After proper drying you store your dried and trimmed buds inside an airtight glass jar to allow the sugars and organic terpenes to ripen, ferment, and break down the chlorophyll. This makes for a smoother, sweeter smoking and vaping experience.  Further conversion of cannabinoids occurs during this period as well so a good cure most definitely can affect more than just taste, but effect as well.  Once again, one could argue that the curing and trimming of the nug is a big part of what makes quality.  I’m here to say though, that I see a fourth aspect to add to your arsenal of tools for creating quality Cannabis.

 

 

 Preservation:

Growers have been judging dryness with such vague measurements as “when the stem easily snaps” for too long.  And many have suffered the loss of mold-covered medicine because they jarred it up while it still had too much moisture in it.  Now there is a product called Boveda that can control the relative humidity of your medicine for months and months.

Boveda packs work using a reverse-osmosis membrane. Inside is a solution of natural salts and purified water vapor either exudes or absorbs moisture to keep your nugs fresh and free from mold or harmful micro-organisms.  Studies have shown that Cannabis flowers can lose up to 15% of their terpene content when they are over-dried.  Boveda is now now the trusted product in two-way humidity control used to preserve everything from Humidors to Cannabis to Guitars.  They come in various sizes and RH levels which for Cannabis range between 58% and 62% relative humidity.

So since it’s all relative anyways, I’d love to know your opinion of what affects the quality of Cannabis.  Either way, we can now agree that the final step is always proper preservation and storage of your nugs.  And the best way to do that is with Boveda.

 

Find out more or try us out!

 

– Dianna Donnelly

Dianna Donnelly is a Cannabis educator, blogger, and free-lance writer living in Kingston, Ontario. She counsels new patients on the safe and effective use of medicinal cannabis and believes that with enough time, cannabis, and coconut oil she can heal the world.

Gateway to Health – From Pills to Plants

cannabis gatewayThe idea that Cannabis is a gateway drug is still very much ingrained in some of our minds.  I can’t help but agree. For me, this plant with my naturally occurring cannabinoid receptor system has been a gateway to many good things.  For people like myself, Cannabis is a gateway to sleep, smiles, sex, and good health just to name a few. 

 

In fact, the number of people switching from pills to plants is rising so quickly that heads are turning.

Gramma and Grampa are both on the herbal and the canes are flying out the window.  Children and seniors alike are going to legalizing clinics in droves so they can finally live free.

 

For each, living free means something different.  

For many, it means living pain-free and addiction-free for the first time in their lives.  I’m speaking of those in the midst of the opioid epidemic or even those on the cusp.  They are a faceless, yet growing statistic that we all read about daily. The thing is, there are faces to these statistics and they’re as common as your Gramma and Grampa. Doctors prescribe opioid pain medications to children and seniors every single day. Some are for simple procedures that used to require a popsicle and an aspirin when I was young!

 

With each dose of Cannabis oil, opioids get titrated down. Each puff of cannabis vapor quells aches, pains, tremors, and metal illnesses.

 

Is Cannabis a gateway drug even when it gets people off of hard drugs?

There’s a very good reason why Cannabinoids are replacing so many pharmaceuticals for so many conditions.  Not only does our endo (naturally occurring) cannabinoid system contribute to our immune system, improving our health, but it also has a way of lessening the negative bias a depressed, sick, or stressed brain can have.

As you know, different regions of the brain are responsible for different things. The two Cannabinoid receptors called CB1 and CB2 are in the region of the brain that controls our emotions. Cannabis turns your frown upside down and makes you giddy for a reason. A veteran friend of mine who recently changed from pills to plants told me he couldn’t believe how many emotions he felt now, where before he was numb. Opioids, and recently Acetaminophen in studies confirm their ability to deaden emotions.

 This can feel like a good thing and is often one of the reasons why people continue to take them.  When the side effects are this bad, numb is good.

Everyday I read testimonials of healing from new patients using this plant in its many forms.  Many enjoy the experimentation and subjective nature of it. You do have to start low and titrate slowly with whatever ingestion method you choose.  Many also report other health changes they weren’t expecting but welcomed gladly. With receptors in almost every single part of the body, it’s no wonder why this plant just does a body good!  So the next time you hear the rhetoric of Cannabis being a gateway drug, challenge them with your knowledge and remember to duck for flying canes!

– Dianna Donnelly

Dianna Donnelly is a Cannabis educator, blogger, and free-lance writer living in Kingston, Ontario. She counsels new patients on the safe and effective use of medicinal cannabis and believes that with enough time, cannabis, and coconut oil she can heal the world.

How to Season Your Humidor in One Step with Boveda

Shot glasses. Sponges. Distilled water. Bro, do you even season?

Are you prepping a new humidor or cleaning up after a party? Either one sounds like a chore. Seasoning your humidor does not have to be a part-time job—despite what you read on cigar forums. The science brains at Boveda have created an easy, one-step way to season a humi. Just toss a Boveda 84% RH Seasoning Humidor Packet into your new humidor. In two weeks, remove the packet. That’s it! Watch Boveda’s Rob Gagner show you how to season your humidor with Boveda. You can just sit back and use that shot glass for its intended purpose. Salud!

 

Remember, your cigars have to move out while you season your humidor!

Don’t mistreat your poor Olivas or Matildes. Prevent your precious cigars from drying out. Store them with a Boveda maintenance packet in a Boveda Humidor Bag or another sealed container for two weeks while the Boveda 84% RH seasons your humidor.

 

Why season your humidor with the Boveda 84 RH Seasoning Packet?

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  • Eliminates seasoning with messy sponges and distilled water.
  • Works in 14 days in one step with nothing else to add.
  • Delivers the only patented 2-way humidity control by automatically adding AND absorbing moisture.
  • Releases pure hyperfiltered water vapor, which won’t contaminate your cigar storage.

Like a great cigar aficionado, prepare to lock in the right moisture level after seasoning your humidor, whether it’s airtight, leaky, thin walled or glass topped. Patented Boveda packets maintain a precise RH for your humidor’s conditions—even if it lives in a desert or rainforest. Arturo Fuente, here you come!

 

Video: Which RH Level is right for your Humidor?

Website: Buy Boveda 84% RH Seasoning Packs right now!

 

– Dianna Donnelly

Dianna Donnelly is a Cannabis educator, blogger, and free-lance writer living in Kingston, Ontario. She counsels new patients on the safe and effective use of medicinal cannabis and believes that with enough time, cannabis, and coconut oil she can heal the world.

 

 

Bourgeois Believes in Boveda

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When is a name more than a name?

When your name is your brand. For world-class luthier Dana Bourgeois of Bourgeois Guitars, the care and precision that go into his work continues after you grace your collection with one of his guitars. Inside each Bourgeois sold in the US and Canada, you’ll find an offer for a free D’Addario Starter Kit (made by Boveda).

Here’s Dana himself to tell you why:
“We pride ourselves on using the finest materials, thoughtful design and advanced construction techniques. Without proper humidification, the integrity of even the finest guitar is continually at risk. We recommend Boveda to all of our customers because they are the simplest and most effective case humidification system on the market.  The long-life and no-water-needed aspect of the Boveda system makes it easy for players to maintain proper case humidify with very little fuss. We love Boveda!”

Click here to experience the zero-maintenance storage perfection so you can jam more and fuss less.

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Here’s our pal Evan Skopp (left) taking possession one of Dana Bourgeois’ (right) coveted creations.

Why is it Important to Season Your Humidor?

In the name of Rocky Patel,

please, please, please don’t store cigars in a new humidor without seasoning it first. Think it’s too complicated? Seasoning a humidor doesn’t have to be a CHEM 101 project. See how Boveda 84% RH Seasoning Packs will make your desktop humidor cigar-ready in just two weeks. (And all you have to do is toss it in.)


Can you skip humidor seasoning?

A new humidor is a like a vampire. Its dry wooden interior is thirsty. It will suck the moisture out of every unsuspecting Arturo Fuente it comes in contact with. Additionally, you’ll constantly battle low humidity levels that make for dry cigars and lousy smokes.

 

What if you season a humidor with distilled water? 

For a cigar aficionado, a humidor is an investment. Your humidor and its seal may not recover from improper seasoning with distilled water. Introducing 100% humidity to your humidor can shock the wood and literally cause damage. Why risk cracking, molding or warping the wood?

 

Why season your humidor with the Boveda 84 RH Seasoning Packet?

 Works in 14 days in one step with nothing else to add.
 Delivers the only patented 2-way humidity control by automatically adding AND absorbing moisture.
 Releases pure hyperfiltered water vapor, which won’t contaminate your cigar storage.

Whether your preferred smoke is La Flor Dominicana, Tatuaje, Padrón or another prestige cigar brand, let’s start off with a proper humidor seasoning.
Video: Step by step instructions on HOW to Season your Humidor.
Website: Buy Boveda 84% RH Seasoning Packs right now!

Why Boveda entered the fight against Opioid abuse.

How I Stopped My Phantom Limb Pain with Medical Marijuana

Frustrated by doctors wanting to curb your chronic pain with added prescription opiates? There might be a better solution—medical marijuana. If you’re cautious about using cannabis for pain management, so was a marijuana industry insider—until he tried it. Charles Rutherford is the Business Development Director for Boveda, Inc. Boveda produces humidity control packets that preserve the quality of marijuana for both producers and patients. Rutherford shared his personal journey with HelloMD about how medical marijuana eased his own pain after a life-changing motorcycle accident.

“In 2013 I was hit by a careless driver on my motorcycle and while I still walk with the grace of a ballerina, it resulted in amputation of my left foot. The phantom limb pain has been a constant reminder of the complexities of the human brain because of the pain I feel in a limb that no longer exists. The doctors’ only solution to deal with this pain was to give me more and more opiates,” Rutherford said. “Opioid abuse is not a road I wanted to go down, so I reluctantly turned to cannabis.” Since 1999, the amount of prescription opioids sold in the U.S. nearly quadrupled, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

“Opioid abuse is not a road I wanted to go down.”

 

“I live in Minnesota, which has a very strict medical marijuana program. Thankfully, I originally qualified under muscle spasms before chronic pain was added to the list of qualifying conditions. The funny thing is, even though I work with the marijuana industry at Boveda, I was very skeptical about using it as medicine. It was only when I was desperate to stop my own pain that I tried medical marijuana. It has been amazing seeing what it has done for my quality of life. I went from being a skeptic to a believer overnight.”

 

Ending the Stigma of Medical Marijuana

In states where medical marijuana is legal, hospitalizations related to opioid dependence or abuse dropped by 23%, according to a Drug and Alcohol Dependence study. Although Minnesota adopted a medical marijuana program in 2015, in two years over 5,700 patients are currently active in the registry, according to the Minnesota Department of Health’s Office of Medical Cannabis (OMC).

“Restrictions on qualifying conditions, participating doctors and comparatively expensive ingestion methods have kept medical marijuana out of reach for many people,” Rutherford said. “And there’s stigma that a cannabis patient looks, acts and votes a certain way.”

Rutherford is probably not what most people think of when they picture a marijuana user. He’s a business professional, NRA member, carry permit holder and competitive athlete who volunteers weekly at his church. When it comes to de-stigmatizing medical marijuana, finding the right messenger to share the right message is crucial.

 

 

“I encourage friends who have family members opposed to medical or recreational marijuana to tell my story. The efficacy of cannabis as a medicine transcends every single demographic. On paper, I should be opposed to cannabis. In reality, I’m a huge advocate.”

 

Replacing Highly Addictive Opiates with Medical Marijuana

Rutherford believes that marijuana legalization does not need to be a political issue.

“I believe in personal responsibility and that doesn’t stop with cannabis,” he said. “Sometimes the safest medical option for people is something that isn’t prescribed to them by a doctor, meaning cannabis. Yet the thing that can kill them, opioids, is what their doctor is handing out to them. Pain relief from marijuana has the very real ability to curb the huge epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose.”

“Showing how medicinal marijuana can help others is my personal passion. I’m on a crusade to learn how to care for marijuana and maintain its best health benefits.”

Keeping Medical Marijuana Safe for Patients

“My personal story and experience influences everything we do at Boveda in the marijuana category,” Rutherford said.

Also, Boveda works with individual patients and industrial clients. Leading brands use Boveda’s packets to maintain its safety and quality. Additionally, patients store their medical marijuana with Boveda packets, which add and absorb moisture and lock in an ideal humidity. For home use, Boveda also recently released a 58% humidity formula for people who want a lower RH for their marijuana.

Also, Boveda commissions testing to find how time and storage methods affect marijuana’s effectiveness. Rutherford said Boveda is hoping to learn:

  • What’s the best storage container for medicinal marijuana?
  • How long a patient can store marijuana and still maintain its healing benefits?
  • What’s the greatest amount of storage time for medical marijuana?
  • What’s the best curing method for marijuana?

 

Learn more about caring for medical marijuana with Boveda.

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How Strong Are Boveda Packs?

So you may have asked yourself…just how strong are those Boveda packs? After all, you’re putting them close to your beloved cigars, wooden instruments, or herbal medicine.

The answer to this question is: VERY STRONG.

Our own Charlie Rutherford attempts stepping his own boots on a Boveda pack to see how strong they are. “The 180 lb guy that I am, can stand here and put all my weight on it to the point where you can see my boot prints in it.”

Watch below as Charlie demonstrates the strength of a Boveda pack. Charlie explains the quality control efforts that are in place to ensure every Boveda coming in contact with your belongings lives up to our motto. No Mess, No Worries, Enjoy.

Native Roots Packaging Cannabis with Boveda

Starting September 29th, flower sold at Native Roots includes a Boveda pack in every container. A new movement in cannabis storage has begun.

Boveda’s patented 2-way precision humidity control adds or removes 100% pure water vapor to maintain the ideal moisture content in cannabis. The result? 15% higher terpene retention, safer, more effective flower and rejection of money lost to evaporation.

Why would a recognized leader do this? Leaders lead. Native Roots felt a duty to provide safer flower at a higher quality by packaging with Boveda. This trusted organization was not satisfied letting their exceptional flower decay on the shelf as it slowly dried out. Boveda in every container means your flower is still curing on the shelf as it patiently waits for you to come grab it.

To find out more about how Boveda lets you cure on the shelf visit this page. Or jump right to the Native Roots store locator to find the closest of 17 locations near you.

info@bovedainc.com
952.745.2905

3 Things We Wish People Understood About Cigars and Flavor

1. Fluctuations in humidity will cause cigars to lose essential oils and flavors.

Like fine wine, cigars are natural products that live, breathe and age. They’re loaded with natural oils and sugars that provide all the character, flavor and foundation for improving with age. In fact, we even speak of the marriage between wrapper, binder and filler, where the oils and sugars contribute to a harmonious whole. Aging and allowing cigars to develop the “bloom” as the oils and sugars mature makes us really appreciate the harmony of flavors in fine cigars. (This is the reason you bought the cigars in the first place.)

Caring for cigars properly, like all natural products, is essential for enjoying them as the cigar master intended. To do that, you need to know some of the basics about cigar care, and indeed, about cigar tobacco.

Tobacco is “hygroscopic,” meaning it has the ability to draw moisture from surrounding environments as well as give up moisture. Unfortunately, this makes it difficult to maintain the natural oils and sugars contained within the blend.

 

2. Neglecting to store cigars in a proper environment is a mistake. Don’t compound a mistake with another mistake.

The biggest doom to fine cigars are fluctuations and/or cycles in humidity. There are 2 major enemies that are trying to impend this doom upon your cigars at all times. The first enemy is the storing environment. The second enemy is any inferior product that attempts to control this environment.

In other words, humidity fluctuations arise with normal changes in ambient temperature and humidity. Whereas cycles in humidity occur when using any refillable humidification device.  Both are bad for your cigars.

The humidity inside your humidor spikes when filling any refillable device with water. This is then followed by a steady drop in humidity as the water evaporates. During each of these cycles, some of the natural oils and sugars contained within the cigar’s blend dissipate along with the moisture. This robs the cigar of its character, flavor and its foundation for improving with age.

Additionally, the jolt in humidity that happens when filling a refillable device with water creates an environment for your humidor to collect mold, mildew and bacteria. This not only can cause off-flavors in your cigars but can also cause degradation during the aging process.

 

3. How to wipe out fluctuations in humidity and age your cigars properly:

The answer is simple, Boveda. Before Boveda, all that cigar aficionados had to care for their precious cargo were one-way humidifiers like orange peels, lettuce heads, etc. (this all seems very old-fashioned to us). Two-way humidity control continually responds to the environment and maintains a very stable and precise RH (Relative Humidity). This stops fluctuations and extreme cycles these fluctuations put your cigars though. It is this balance that prevents loss of the natural oils, sugars and flavor as your cigars age.

See for yourself what proper humidification can do for your cigars!

Luke Chase
Marketing Associate

Is your dispensary curing on the shelf?

Or is their cannabis decaying on the shelf?

Did you know curing is the most critical part of cannabis cultivation? Curing is another term for aging. After hang-drying, a cultivator introduces cannabis to a container, ideally at a stable humidity level, for a time between a couple weeks to a few months.

A proper cure is essential for maximum patient safety, maximum quality (color, aroma, flavor) and maximum therapeutic benefits.

The thing is, few cultivators/dispensaries cure properly because demand is so high. They can easily provide pretty darn good cannabis now at the expense of providing really outstanding cannabis later. There’s a growing number of them now curing on the shelf by packaging cannabis with the world’s only precision 2-way humidity control – Boveda. Is your favorite dispensary doing it?

With Boveda everywhere flower is present, we’re adding and removing moisture to maintain a stable humidity level at the perfect curing humidity. That means your cannabis retains 15% more terpenes – the beneficial compounds you’re buying it for. So instead of cannabis losing quality on the shelf, Boveda in the containers is curing it – making it better.

Cultivators/Packagers/Processors across the country are starting to cure on the shelf with Boveda. If they’re not already, ask your favorite dispensary when they’re gonna start!

Charlie Rutherford

Business Development Director

Boveda in USA Today

The cannabis industry didn’t become one of the brightest spots in the economy by accident. A lot of enthusiastic people over decades have pushed and pulled cannabis to where it is today – on the verge of successfully implementing MMJ or adult use laws in more than half the states. Boveda feels a responsibility to do what we can to continue this momentum , so we’ve gotten more intentional than ever on spending time and money with organizations advancing the cannabis cause with various organizations.

One of those organizations is ATACH – American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp. We’re on the board with a fantastic group of other industry leaders to promote the expansion, protection and preservation of businesses in the legal cannabis and hemp markets.

In the most recent example, Boveda sponsored a very well-attended ATACH/DPA reception at the Democratic National Convention.

And USA Today was there to cover it. Check it out!

 

 

 

320-gram Boveda

You asked for it. And now it’s here.

Cigar fans have been asking for something bigger than our 60-gram Boveda.  Some fans wanted to further reduce the 57 seconds it takes every few months to change their humidor’s Boveda and some needed a more practical way to Boveda-fy large coolers, humidors and cabinets. We listened.

 

One 320g is the equivalent of five 60-gram Boveda (because the 60-gram are officially 67 grams). But the 320g isn’t just for large containers or humidors! Boveda can absolutely be used in small humidors for ultra-simple aging perfection because it will never humidify beyond the RH on the pack. As always, using more than the minimum Boveda amount will just last longer and work more efficiently.

Here’s the math:

  • *25 count humidor – One 60-gram lasts about 3 months. One 320g will last about a year.
  • *50 count – Two 60-gram lasts about 3 months. One 320g will now last about 6 months.
  • *100 count – Four 60-gram lasts about 3 months. One 320g will last about 5 months. Heck, toss another 320g in there for about a year of aging perfection!

 

Think of it like this: one 320g is good for up to 125 cigars in a wood humidor. Up to 250 in something more efficient, like a cooler or well-sealed wineador.

We’ll first release cigar-related RH levels before also releasing Herbal-friendly levels to make mass curing incredibly simple.

Stand by for even more new product announcements!

The Boveda Team

XIKAR adds private-labeled Boveda product to their portfolio.

There’s a second way to get your 2-way humidity control fix!

XIKAR manufactures award-winning cigar cutters and lighters, along with a line of 1-way humidification products. In the next couple months, XIKAR’s fantastic team of sales professionals will offer the complete range of Boveda’s award winning 2-way humidity control in levels from 62 to 84% in order to serve the widest possible variety of retail businesses across the country.

Here’s XIKAR’s version of Boveda!

Our current model of selling to retailers won’t change, you’ll just have another option to get Boveda.

As the inventors and patent holders of 2-way humidity control, we couldn’t be more thrilled to work with an outstanding organization like XIKAR and continue making Boveda the Global Leader in 2-way Humidity Control!

The Boveda Team

15% more terpene retention with Boveda.

After 8 years applying our patented 2-way humidity control ability to cannabis, we’re thankful for the countless global fans who trust Boveda for cannabis curing, storage and merchandising.

The world has known that Boveda is fantastic for cannabis, but now we have the first research on why. And it’s exciting.

As the only product that can control a specific humidity level in packaging, it’s Boveda’s duty to initiate research on the effects of different moisture levels for a number of things we protect. We pioneered research in tobacco, wooden instruments, food and now cannabis. We want to help the world determine what chemical changes happen when different humidity levels are applied to various organic materials, especially one as sensitive as cannabis.

The full text of the cannabis study can be found here, but here’s a summary:

Two identical jars of cannabis, one with Boveda, one without. After 6 weeks they tested the terpenes. The cannabis with Boveda had 15% more terpene retention than the jar without Boveda. That’s a very big deal. That means that even in great packaging/containers which hold in moisture, the indispensable therapeutic terpenes are micro-evaporating into the container’s head space (the air inside) faster if Boveda isn’t in there providing precision, active humidity control and slowing their loss.

This is just the first of more world’s-first testing. Evaluations are under way to discover so much more about how Boveda improves the safety, quality, smell and flavor of cannabis.

Thank you for making us the Global Leader in 2-way Humidity Control!

Charlie Rutherford, Business Development Director

 

Boveda to donate 50% of sales to CRA June 10-11th!

Every day, Cigar Rights of America is actively defending the rights of growers, manufacturers, retailers and consumers of premium cigars. With the FDA’s intention of regulating cigars, their work has never been more important.

Because we’re committed to the health of the cigar industry, we’ve decided to donate 50% of retail sales on June 10-11th to CRA. You heard that right, half of every dollar you spend at BovedaStore.com is going to CRA to help keep the FDA out of your humidor and your decisions.

There’s never been a better time to stock up on Boveda. Forward this to your family with your Father’s Day requests, forward it to your cigar pals and let them know.

And by all means, show your commitment to the rights of cigar fans and become a member of CRA.

Enjoy!

Charlie Rutherford, Business Development Director

Boveda will self-distribute in US tobacco market Jan 1, 2015

Beginning Jan 1, 2015, Boveda will be returning to their roots of working directly with US retailers by resuming their own distribution.

To continue as an authorized Boveda reseller, please visit BovedaWholesale.com and complete the short application. Accounts will be approved on Dec 31st for you to begin ordering Jan 1st. Due to the New Year’s holiday, orders will ship by January 5th.

Our short application process will ensure we have the correct address and contact information for your store(s) in order to inform our store locator and make it easy Boveda customers to find you.

Orders ship M-F, usually within 24 hours of order placement. You’ll receive a confirmation email once the order is placed and another when the order ships, including a tracking number for the shipment. Orders can be paid via credit/debit card or PayPal.

Your order history and shipment tracking is always available in your online account area. If you have any problems signing up for an account or ordering, you can always reach us at retailers@bovedainc.com

We’re looking forward to serving you directly again!

Charlie Rutherford, Business Development Director

Boveda Pro Tip of the Day

How do you simplify the simple? We write the date on the Boveda seal the first time we put them in our humidors/containers. Write on the seal gentling so you avoid any chance of puncturing the Boveda by pressing the pen too hard.

Writing the date on the Boveda makes it easy to know whether it’s time for replacements. Also, it reminds you how long they lasted. That way, you don’t have to take the time to physically handle all the Boveda and you don’t have to rely on memory to know the last time you replaced them. Enjoy!

Keep the cello or remove the cello?

One of the questions we’re most commonly asked on proper cigar storage is, “Leave the cello on or take it off?” Let’s cover what cello is and what purposes it serves.

Cellophane (cello) is an organic material commonly made from trees. It’s not always a clear film, but it almost always is when it relates to cigars. Cello transmits water vapor about 7 times slower than a naked cigar. This means a cello-wrapped cigar is less sensitive to shifting humidity levels than a naked cigar. For example, if you had two identical cigars stored in the same 70% humidor and put them on your desk in a dry environment, it would take 7 times longer for the naked cigar to turn into kindling.

For this reason alone, cello is a short insurance policy against humidity/temperature fluctuations. And with a Boveda in the box, these fluctuations are completely irrelevant for a much longer period. This is because Boveda is adding or removing moisture to maintain 69% in the box.

Cello also gives the delicate wrapper a small layer of physical protection. It shields the cigar wrapper from damage when you’re stocking your humidor or tossing one in your pocket. If you’re using gel/crystal/beads in your humidor, cello will reduce the chance of ruining your cigars. They are at risk from the 100% humidity they emit – because they can’t remove moisture.

Now the big question – does cello influence the flavor of a cigar? Scientifically, no. Given enough time, everything that happens to an unwrapped cigar happens to one with a cello sheath. But what about the smokers that swear cello does make a difference? Do you know why they do scientific studies with a placebo group? Because if you’re told you’re taking a medicine, you’re inclined to think it works, even if you’re taking the placebo. The really crazy thing is that if even when telling subjects they’re in the placebo group, they’re still inclined to perceive the intended effects!

So if you believe cigars are better without cello, then remove the cello. Cigars are a matter of mood, experience and going to a place in your mind, so we encourage you to go there – cello or not. It’s the same reason that smoking an Opus the day your dog dies won’t be as good a cigar as a dime store cigar on the day you win the lottery. Gray matter between your ears has a lot to do with cigars.

Why do some manufacturers use cello and others don’t? Part of it’s tradition. Cubans aren’t cello-ed. Since Cuba is still regarded the cigar mecca, if just for the traditions, there’s a certain feel to a box of cigars that aren’t in cello. It hearkens back the “old days” and the romance of cigars. It’s aspirational. It’s elegant. Padron and Tatuaje are just a couple that do this very well. At the same time, few brands have as rich a history as Fuente, yet wrapping and cello are together in many of their cigars.

Thankfully, personal preference will still persist. There’s no doubt cello serves an effective purpose, without a downside. But if you’re careful with your cigars and you’re storing them with the global leader in 2-way humidity control, the only thing you need to wonder about is when you’ll smoke the next one.

– Charlie