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!

 

 

 

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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. And if you set your cruise control to 65 but you end up getting a ticket going 90, you’ll be cursing your car when you write out that fat citation check. All those examples are analogs to what you get from non-Boveda 2-way humidity “control”. 

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. 

No salt = no precision humidity control.

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.

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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.

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 for trim?!

A producer in Humboldt feels strongly that even trim needs proper storage in order to retain the terpenes right up until processing. Here’s what he says:

“Trim and extract material exposed to humidity causes’ moisture to be absorbed in the material, resulting in extracts that deteriorate faster. Deterioration reduces extract efficacy and value to the manufacturer, the consumer, and every other link in the supply chain.

Placing a few Boveda in bags of fresh trim helps to create full flavored extracts with mouthwatering terpene profiles.”

Maxwell

Humboldt, CA

For questions, email info@bovedainc.com or call 952.745.2900. Or, if you’re ready to do your plants a favor, hit www.Bovedainc.com/herbal or www.BovedaWholesale.com for wholesale accounts.