Learning proper storage techniques is crucial for cannabis businesses, especially those looking to succeed in the highly competitive and cutthroat cannabis concentrates segment. Storing cannabis flower isn’t difficult, but improper storage can steadily degrade the cannabis and even lead to the growth of mold. Concentrates, on the other hand, require high-quality storage techniques because they are more sensitive to degradation compared to flower and edibles.
Marijuana concentrates will begin to degrade quickly when exposed to the elements. This means that storing cannabis concentrates products poorly for even a couple of hours could severely degrade them and cause them to change color to black or brown as well as lose their potency and taste. Given the razor-thin profit margins in the concentrates segment, improper storage could have a significant impact on your bottom line.
Duke Barclay, the owner of The Fireplace, a cannabis store in Arcata, California, says that he keeps every concentrate that passes through his hands in a freezer. Once the products are moved onto the sales floor, they are perpetually stored in a small refrigerator. He says that until you plan on either selling or smoking any cannabis concentrate, storing it in a freezer would be best.
In cases where concentrates have lost potency due to improper storage or expiration, Barclay says that retailers are often faced with the choice of either selling the product at a lower cost or reaching out to their supplier for a refund. For instance, multistate cannabis cultivator and concentrate producer 710 Labs was forced to sell products at a 40% discount in the past after a freezer malfunction changed rosin consistency.
According to 710 sales manager Brennan Burke-Martin, retailers who choose not to invest in cold storage may end up sustaining losses down the line due to degraded concentrates. If his company had to sell at a reduced cost even with the necessary cold storage available, companies that don’t buy freezers or refrigerators to store their concentrates are even more likely to sustain losses.
Cold-storing concentrates by type based on how they are extracted is an efficient way to go. Solventless concentrates should be stored at less than -10 degrees in a freezer. 710 Labs recommends storing live rosin, persy rosin and water hash in a freezer under less than -10 degrees. Persy rosin sauce can be stored in a refrigerator or an air-conditioned room that doesn’t exceed 68 degrees.
Burke-Martin recommends that cannabis concentrates made through butane hash oil extraction such as shatter, badder and crumble, should be stored in an air-conditioned room at no more than 68 degrees. However, retailers should ensure they refrigerate or freeze live resin before it is sold.
It is prudent for retailers to know how best to store every kind of marijuana product from different companies such as Cannabis Strategic Ventures, Inc. (OTC: NUGS) because a storage method that is adequate for one product type may be woefully inadequate for another type of product.
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