Storing your cannabis concentrates and vape pens is just as important as properly storing your weed. In fact, it might be even more important to follow a few solid tips to keep your concentrates, well, solid. The consistency is incredibly temperature sensitive, and the texture requires a suitable container to ensure you get the most out of your dabs. If you are new to this particular type of extract or want to know the best ways to store live rosin vape pens, read on for our top tips and best practices.
Why Is Temperature Important for Live Rosin?
Above all else, the temperature is the most crucial factor in storing live rosin properly. After it’s been pressed, live rosin has about an hour before the texture and consistency begin to change. Although semi-stable at room temperature, live rosin is significantly impacted by temperatures reaching above 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Solventless extracts are best when kept cool. You can still smoke live rosin if it’s gone a little melty or turned into a battered crumble, but it will last much longer when stored in a cool place. This doesn’t mean you need to keep it in a freezer at all times, but even a dark drawer in a cool part of the house is helpful. Somewhere away from windows is also recommended.
If you live in a warm climate, you can store your live rosin in the fridge, but be sure it’s in an airtight container. The live rosin in your vape cart is a more stable form of live rosin and less susceptible to change due to temperature and other conditions. However, to maintain the freshest experience, we recommend you store your live rosin vape carts in the refrigerator, especially if you do not anticipate using them for a period of time.
What Happens to Live Rosin if Not Stored Properly?
As with all cannabis products, exposure to light, heat, and moisture will slowly degrade the terpene and cannabinoid content. Light and heat will reduce the THC potency dramatically, especially if exposed for long periods. Depending on the strain and exactly the way in which the live rosin was pressed, the impact of improper storage may vary. It can turn that beautiful concentrate into a gooey blob of sticky, icky mess or cause your vape carts to leak or malfunction. Not to mention, the flavor will start to diminish, and that terpene-rich aroma will fade away.
When exposed to outside moisture, live rosin is susceptible to mold and mildew. If you see any dark brown, blue, black, white, gray, or greenish spots – that’s mold. It goes without saying, but never smoke a moldy concentrate. While we mentioned storing live rosin in the fridge, it’s worth noting that this also puts it at risk for moisture as the hash condenses once you take it out. This is why it is essential to store it in an airtight container.
What Is the Shelf Life for Live Rosin
When stored properly, cannabis concentrates can last up to a year. This depends on whether you are deciding on long term or short-term storage. If you plan to keep your live rosin around the house in a container while you regularly dab it, you can expect it to stay fresh for up to a week. However, it’s best to place it in the fridge for longer storage, and you’ll have it around for up to a year or possibly longer.
Live rosin cartridges are a bit more stable than the concentrate itself. Because they are housed in an airtight tube, they are literally never exposed to oxygen. That said, it’s still best to keep your pen in a cool, dark place and always store it upright to prevent leaking. If you plan to hang onto the pen before you use it, put it in a sealed container in the fridge.
How to Store Live Rosin
The best way to get the most out of your live rosin is to store it properly. This means a mix of temperature, container, and environment to ensure it stays fresh and tastes excellent every time you sesh.
Type of Container
While there are a lot of opinions about this topic, there is one correct answer: Glass. Glass is hands-down the best material for concentrate storage. It’s also crucial that it has a resealable, airtight lid. There are plenty of options online if you need to buy a new container for your existing concentrates.
Many people choose silicone containers because it’s easy to scoop the hash out without too much sticking. However, some silicone may leach into the product over time, making it unsafe to dab. Also, silicone containers are not airtight. That is why it is best to AVOID using any silicone storage solutions.
When storing in the fridge, be sure to put your glass container inside another opaque bag or container to prevent light from getting in. Even the repetitive fridge light can break down cannabinoid and terpene content.
Live rosin cartridges are already stored in a glass container inside their vessel, so no need to worry about them! However, if you plan to store long term, remember to keep them upright and in a cool, dark place. The refrigerator is a perfectly fine place for long-term cartridge storage. Never store cartridges in the freezer, or you risk the hardware breaking down.
We know we’ve said it plenty of times already, but store your live rosin in a cool, dark place. This means away from window sills or hot kitchen appliances. Don’t keep your dabs in your car or leave them outdoors. Even sunlight coming in through the window and reaching your rosin on the coffee table can affect the quality.
Find a place like a dark cabinet, basement, drawer, or another chill area to store dabs when not in use. This is especially important if you live in a humid environment. Be careful when opening and closing containers; only have the lid off for as long as necessary to get the amount you need.
The same goes for carts. Keep them somewhere nice and cool, and always store them upright. Somehow vape pens always make their way into the bottom of bags and pockets, which are the ones with the most trouble. They are easily clogged and sometimes start leaking from being stored improperly. Store them upright.
Extending Shelf Life
The best thing you can do to extend the shelf life of live rosin is to store it in the refrigerator. You can do a few things to ensure it’s in good condition when you take it out. Depending on your quantity, you might need a large jar. Lay out a piece of parchment paper big enough to hold your rosin (and small enough to fit inside your container), and place it in the middle. You don’t need to wrap it up tightly, but the parchment paper will help you easily get the whole amount out of the jar when you’re ready to smoke it again.
Once the live rosin is inside the container, seal it as tightly as possible to ensure no air can get in. This is an excellent time to use a marker or sticker to write the date on the jar and any strain or testing information for future reference. Finally, place the container inside another container. It can be anything bigger than your original container, but it must be opaque to prevent any light from getting in.
Regarding cartridges, your best bet is to store them upright in an airtight container. Keep them as cool as possible. If you live in a very hot, humid climate, you might need to consider refrigeration to preserve quality. Follow the same guidelines as far as placing them in an opaque container, and make sure they will not be exposed to any light or heat.
Keep it Fresh
Live rosin is an incredible way to experience the flavor of fresh cannabis in a dab or vape pen. It’s made with fresh frozen cannabis, carefully pressed into resinous rosin. This type of concentrate is absolutely bursting with juicy flavor true to its strain and is a top choice for the utmost cannabis connoisseur. If you follow our tips and tricks, you can enjoy those tasty terps for up to a year.