5 Common Questions About Boveda for Herbal Medicine

How does Boveda work?
Science has known for over 100 years that certain salts mixed with water will naturally regulate humidity to a specific RH (relative humidity). We just patented the way to make it practical for packaging. Boveda only releases and absorbs 100% pure water vapor.

Why the different sized Boveda?
Boveda is available in 8gram, (2.5×2.75″) and 60gram (3.5×5.5″) sizes. The grams refer to the amount of liquid inside the Boveda. The size of the storage container and the amount of cannabis will influence how many and what size Boveda are needed.

How many and what size do I need for my container?
Because Boveda knows when to stop adding moisture, it’s impossible for them to humidify beyond the RH on the pack. Your only concern is using “enough”, so we recommend using the largest Boveda that will fit into a given container. Although you could get by with less, using more than the minimum will work more efficiently and last longer. For extra large containers, plan on using one 60g per pound.

Can I use Boveda to cure?
Absolutely. We still recommend you dry the plants with your normal method to a moisture content just below where you’d like them to cure. That way, your normal method does the heavy lifting and Boveda will fine-tune it.

Can Boveda touch the medicine?
Absolutely. Boveda won’t damage anything through direct contact. Bury it at the bottom, set it on top, or hide it in the middle, the Boveda is keeping the proper moisture content in the plant to maximize color, aroma, flavor and strength.

When do I replace the Boveda?
The life of any Boveda depends on how quickly it need to give up water vapor. It could be anywhere from weeks in a frequently opened container, to months if rarely opened. When a Boveda is completely dead, it will turn into a solid wafer. It’s just short of that, when there are few spots left, that you’ll want to replace.

What’s the shelf life on unused Boveda?
Left tightly closed in the original packaging, Boveda will have a 2 year shelf life, even if you’ve removed some from the original package. This is because Boveda packaging has a very high moisture barrier and you’re only making the Boveda “work” for the small amount of time the package has been opened.

Does Boveda make a storage container?
Boveda only makes moisture control packs, but there’s a growing number of container companies making containers specifically for use with Boveda.

Even after giving Boveda ample time in my container, I feel the plant is a little too moist.
There are some plants that respond better to a lower RH. As a result, we’ll be releasing a lower RH version by November. So based on plant type and personal preference, you might find our lower RH for cannabis even more to your liking.

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Standardized storage conditions a key to wider herbal medication acceptance?

Medical marijuana is struggling to gain wider municipal and federal acceptance. While standardized storage instructions may seem irrelevant to loosening laws against medical marijuana, it’s not insignificant. Consider that all other forms of medicine have printed storage instructions and many pills contain a desiccant – which removes all moisture from the pill bottle. Moisture is an enemy of pills, but the right amount is essential for the smell, taste, burn and effects of medical marijuana.

While industry-recognized storage standards won’t magically bring to medical marijuana the same level of acceptance of pills, it’s a crucial step in legitimizing cannabis as a valid treatment. Standard storage conditions will not only give medical cannabis more of the acceptance it needs, but standardizing the proper Rh (relative humidity) has the ancillary benefit of standardizing the moisture content of the medicine. And for something dispensed exclusively by weight, this is important in order to know what you’re getting.

As the global leader in 2-way precision moisture control, Boveda has tested various strains of cannabis to determine that the ideal moisture content where the medicine is in the best possible condition, is 59-63%. So we went into production with a 62% product that will add or remove moisture as necessary to achieve 62% within your storage container. And it lasts for months.

This is important because Boveda within a patient’s storage device means they can store their medicine indefinitely. Time isn’t the enemy of medical marijuana, but too little or too much moisture is. Because our 62% product is available in various sizes, it can be used in many different storage containers.

The path to wider legal acceptance may come in steps. And standardized storage is the easiest and most patient-centered step.

Charles Rutherford