When it comes to your cannabis stash, there are a few things to know. First and foremost — whatever form your cannabis takes, it needs to be stored well away from kids and pets. And if keeping it out of reach is step one, keeping your cannabis fresh and potent is definitely step two. You can do that easily enough by maintaining the right environment. When it comes to stashing your stash, here are the three big conditions to avoid. Environmental Enemies of Cannabis Heat: Surprise! Heat — the same thing that you deliberately use to enjoy cannabis in some forms — is really rough on its integrity. High temperatures will degrade your flower, oil, and tinctures before you can enjoy them. Maintaining a fairly consistent temperature is best to ensure potency, so think carefully before stashing your stuff in the little cupboard above the stove. Humidity: Too much humidity is seriously problematic, creating an ideal environment for mold or mildew on flower and wreaking havoc on things like cannabis capsules. A dry spot — i.e. not the bathroom — is a good idea. If you live in a humid environment, consider investing in a fan or dehumidifier to keep things nice and dry. Light: There’s a reason your cannabis tincture comes in a dark bottle. Light degrades cannabis in most forms, so keeping your products in a cool, dry, dark place will preserve their potency. Storage Containers The old-school baggy may be convenient, but it offers zero protection from damage. Plus, they won’t mask odors at all. A dark glass or metal container will lock in smells, keep out moisture, and protect your stash from light. For some products, like capsules, cartridges, and oils, the original packaging will work well, assuming you can keep them in a cool, dark place. Your favorite cannabis dispensary will probably have recommendations and even products specifically for keeping your cannabis good and potent, not to mention inaccessible to kids and pets. You can also jump online and see what the cannabis community suggests. Either way, make sure you’re stashing your cannabis stash properly!

Stashing Your Cannabis Stash — The 3 Big Conditions to Avoid

There are a few things to manage when you have a cannabis stash. First and foremost — whatever form your cannabis takes, it needs to be stored well away from kids and pets. And if keeping it out of reach is step one, keeping your cannabis fresh and potent is definitely step two. You can do that easily enough by maintaining the right environment. When it comes to stashing your stash, here are the three big conditions to avoid. Read more

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Cannabis Topicals and Other Tips for Seasonal Joint Pain

Seasonal joint pain may sound like an old wives’ tale, but it’s a very real experience for a lot of people. Research is limited, and the studies that have been done on seasonal joint pain is surprisingly contradictory. Still, the fact remains that aching joints can be exacerbated by changes in the weather, even if we don’t necessarily understand why. The good news? A cannabis topical can help soothe those aches and pains, whether they’re caused by wintry weather or barometric pressure changes. Try these tips for a well-rounded treatment plan. Read more

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I Can’t Sleep. Will Cannabis Help?

There’s something particularly miserable about struggling to fall or stay asleep. Good quality sleep is vital to function, and yet the vast majority of us don’t get it. The market for over-the-counter and prescription sleep aids is staggering — topping $69.5 billion worldwide in 2017 — and yet, we don’t seem to be sleeping any better. Chalk it up to stress, a scenario that creates the anxiety that makes us unable to shut off our brains come bedtime. Increasingly, people are turning to lifestyle changes and alternative treatment options to better manage the anxiety that creates the insomnia. Cannabis is one of them. Read more

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Why the Cannabis-Fitness Link is Kind of a Big Deal

The stereotype of the lazy stoner is routinely being challenged as legal recreational and medical cannabis markets continue to spread. And while scientific literature on pretty much anything related to cannabis is still minimal at best, there are studies out there. Interestingly — and in direct contrast to that persistent stereotype — research is linking cannabis use with lower body mass index and obesity risk and a higher propensity for exercise. Here’s what the research shows, and why the cannabis-fitness link is kind of a big deal. Read more