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. 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!
How I Stopped My Phantom Limb Pain with Cannabis
HelloMD spoke with Charles Rutherford of Boveda. Boveda leads the industry in humidity regulation technology and allows both producers and patients alike to preserve the quality of their cannabis products. Charles spoke to us about his personal journey with medical marijuana and his experience using cannabis to ease his nerve and phantom limb pain after losing his foot in a terrible motorcycle accident.
Do you use cannabis as a medicine?
Yes, but I never had fun with cannabis recreationally in my life, it wasn’t really for me. Three years ago I got hit by a careless driver on my motorcycle, and this resulted in the amputation of my left foot. Phantom limb pain and nerve pain have become a constant and painful problem for me. Yet, the doctors only means for me to deal with this pain was to give me more and more opiates.
Opioid abuse is not a road I wanted to go down. I live in Minnesota and we have a medical marijuana program, so I was able to try marijuana for my phantom limb pain. Because of cannabis I was able to stop using opioids because I could use marijuana for both the pain relief and it allows me to sleep at the end of the day.
The funny thing is, that even though we were operating our business within the cannabis industry, I was very skeptical about patients using cannabis as medicine. It was only due to my own desperation to stop my own pain that I eventually tried cannabis. It has been amazing what it has done for me. I went from being a skeptic to a believer overnight.
How did this influence you?
My personal story, and how cannabis helped me with phantom limb pain, informs everything we do at Boveda in relation to cannabis. I have a personal passion for medicinal cannabis and how it can help others. Through marijuana we can alleviate the huge epidemic of opioid addiction and death, so I have made it my own personal crusade to make sure that the flower stays in the best position it can be for people who do use it as a medicine.
I also work to help expand the knowledge and understanding of the industry. At Boveda we have commissioned a lot of testing so we can see what exactly is happening to the cannabis flower at different stages of storage and what is really the maximum storage time it can have. We are also looking to see if there is a best objective curing method and a best objective storing container, and since my story informs all of that, I would say that 95% of my attention is on cannabis.
What I have discovered is that people around me who were skeptical about cannabis and had a certain idea of what a ‘cannabis user’ looked like has completely changed. I am a competitive athlete, I still compete in skiing, golf, and mountain biking, I’m a professional, and I don’t ‘look’ like a cannabis user.
In my circle of influence that has definitely reverberated. People who have had certain feelings about cannabis and about what ‘those people’ (who use cannabis)’ look like or do, know that I am not any of those things. Since I don’t have a fear of sharing my story and I am not involved with a lot of things that the stereotypical marijuana user is, it is good at helping convert people to the idea that cannabis is a medicine and it can be used safely and effectively.
What about cannabis in Minnesota?
In Minnesota, we haven’t seen a lot of people go towards cannabis. I think there’s only maybe 1,100 people who are patients here in Minnesota. Because of some of the restrictions on what qualifies for medical marijuana, as well as restrictions on growing and administration methods, it has put it out of reach for a lot of people. I’m not sure if this kind of program will ever survive here, because of how it was put into place, which is a real shame.
What do you think about recreational use of cannabis?
The reality is, I come from a spot with personal beliefs of personal responsibility. I think people are being hurt by the status quo, so I think we shouldn’t be asking if we should legalize medical marijuana, but rather, are people getting hurt by the status quo?
Are we okay with people getting addicted to opioids? Are we okay with making the cheaper and logical leap after opioids, something that can kill people even faster, like heroine? Are we okay with people getting a medication that can kill them right from their doctor?
So, there is clearly a paradox in the status quo. The safest option for people medically is something that isn’t prescribed to them by a doctor, meaning marijuana. Yet the thing that can kill them, opioids, is what their doctor is handing out to them. I think people should have the ability to responsibly decide what they put inside their body and clearly cannabis is a safe and effective medicine.
How do we sway the negative stereotype of cannabis?
People need to tell their story of how marijuana has helped them. I encourage friends who have family members who are against medical or recreational marijuana to tell my story. I am a conservative, Republican, Christian who has volunteered at church every Sunday for the last six years. I am an NRA member, I carry a gun, I am a competitive athlete, and I am a professional. Those qualities don’t normally fit into what people see as a typical cannabis user, which is why my story, in addition to being a medical case, is a political case as well.
This is also what a cannabis user can look like. Marijuana legalization, however, does not have to be a political issue, because being a conservative I believe in personal responsibility. So once again, using cannabis responsibly is exactly what I believe in. Stories of people who don’t normally fit into the cannabis mold and show people that a cannabis user can be anyone are important. Peoples’ perceptions or prejudices may keep them from listening to certain people, so finding the right messenger to get the message to certain people is crucial.
Anything else you would like to add about Boveda?
Our product is unique and uniquely valuable. Boveda is being used by some big brands because they understand that it is the right thing to do for safety and quality of their cannabis. For personal use at home, we recently just released our 58% humidity formula for people who wanted a slightly lower humidity for their cannabis flowers. You just pop a Boveda pack in with your flowers and it adds or removes moisture as needed, then locks into the moisture that is encrypted into the Boveda pack.
Written and Posted by: HelloMD
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Native Roots Packages all Cannabis with Boveda
Starting September 29th, 100% of the 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, as needed, to maintain the ideal moisture content in cannabis. The result? 15% higher terpene retention, safer, more effective flower and elimination 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.
Is your dispensary curing 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.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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. It’s important to write on the seal 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 at a glance whether it’s time for replacements and 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 in the manufacturer’s supply chain. And with a Boveda in the box, these fluctuations are completely irrelevant for a much longer period, 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 for a dinner party. And if you’re using gel/crystal/beads in your humidor, cello will reduce the chance of ruining your cigars 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 subjects are told 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 many of their cigars are wrapped in cello.
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.