Quality and Storage of Cannabis

Even when not in use, cannabis can be harmful to children and pets. That's why we recommend you leave your cannabis in its original, child-resistant packaging and keep it out of sight and out of reach, just as you do with prescription drugs. It is safest in a locked cabinet or drawer. If you grow your own plants, you also need to be careful about how easy they are to access. Not only can the plant itself be dangerous, poor air quality, pesticides and electrical hazards that may come along with indoor growing can spell trouble. Limit how many plants you cultivate (remember, the legal limit is four per household), and ensure you’re growing in a secure area.

Safe storage also pulls double duty, helping your cannabis products maintain their quality and freshness longer. Here are a few quick storage tips.

DO:

  • Store out of sunlight in a cool, dry place.
  • Vacuum seal containers to minimize oxygen exposure.
  • Keep strains separate to maintain their flavour profiles.

DON’T:

  • Store in the refrigerator. Not only is cannabis easily accessible, temperature and humidity changes can cause mold and mildew.
  • Use plastic bags for storage.
  • Store with grinders, pipes or other paraphernalia – scent, ash and resin will linger.

What should you do if someone in your household accidentally ingests cannabis? To be safe, call the Alberta Poison Centre immediately at 1-800-332-1414. Remember, cannabis plants aren’t the only potential danger: leftover roaches, butts, papers and residue can also harm curious children. Keep cannabis away from your pets, too – if they eat or drink any, call your vet immediately.