Stationary Storage – Hide Weed Smells Around The House
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Using the right containers
Containers can seriously save you when you’re trying to learn how to keep the weed smell-factor down. Most people I know like to keep their stash either somewhere secret, or somewhere pretty. You can still do both of those things, but without an airtight container somewhere in that mix, not only will your weed make the whole room/house smell like crazy, but your stash will get really stale really fast. Yes, even if you keep it in that sandwich baggie!
Any type of air exchange will equal out the moisture between the bud and the air around it. Even (or especially) in very humid climates, your weed can become extremely dry.
You see, in humid climates people often run air conditioning units which strip the water from the air when cooling it. This can lead to indoor humidity levels of 5-10 % which will dry out your weed with the quickness.
Hot, arid climates can do this too, and if you use a “swamp” cooler (or evaporative cooler, which is fancy talk for a huge humidifier with a fan) humidity levels inside your home can quickly reach 80+%… Which is also a terrible climate for your stash.
The container should have these features
- UV resistant
- Darkly colored or opaque
- Appropriately sized to your average stash
All, or most, of these requirements are easy to find in a single container if you know what to look for and where to find it. Hands down, my favorite and most recommended material for the container that houses your weed is glass. Colored glass with a UV coating and an airtight/watertight lid to get even more specific.
As long as the glass container has an airtight, watertight seal around the lid, and it’s made of a colored or opaque glass you will be doing great. Brown is my preferred color (it blocks more light than any other color of readily available glass), but dark blue or dark green will work well enough also. Stay away from clear or frosted white glass if you can.
Size does matter!
Making sure you get a jar that is appropriately sized to your average stash is also important. Putting two grams of weed into a gallon jar doesn’t keep that weed from being exposed to air… a ton of excess air already resides inside the jar. Get a jar that fits your average stash and doesn’t have much room left over, if you sometimes find yourself with a lot more, just snag a couple extra jars.
It’s always advisable to put your buds into a glass jar. Then, keep that jar inside your Stash Box to provide some extra help in keeping the light, air and other environmental factors away from your precious herbs. (Everyone who smokes weed should have a stash box! It’s a box, made of wood or metal, or plastic and you keep all your smoking supplies in it.)
Having a stash box is really handy. It lets you keep a bowl, some papers, a roller, a few screens and any other of your accessories inside one box, so they’re all in the same inconspicuous place. You should make it fit right in with its surrounding decor.
To make your own DIY stash box:
- First and foremost, you have to get the items you’ll need in order to put your stash box together.
- A Box – One of the most important things on this list to get perfectly right. Your stash box has to fit in with your decor, it has to be large enough to fit all your stuff, and durable enough to withstand a few stoner’s fumbles… In a perfect word, I would tell you that there is an airtight version of this box that I can recommend to you, but I haven’t yet found one. Wood is good, see through plastic is bad. Locking lid is good. Sealed with a lacquer or poly sealant is good. Cheap is bad! Here is a link to some fair priced boxes on Amazon – Stash Boxes CLICK HERE
- 4 Jars- I always tell people to keep 4 jars inside their stash box at all times. All of them glass, all of them brown, and all of them with airtight lids. Varying sizes that can hold a couple quarters, a few grams of kief , and a spare of any size you think you’ll need. This should cover your bases for normal smoking material. If it doesn’t, then get a bigger box and more jars!
- A Grinder – Mama P’s grinders have one so many awards for “world’s best grinder” that I think they’ve stopped keeping count. Keep your grinder clean, if you don’t, bad things will happen!
- Papers – Take your pick. If you smoke joints on occasion (or every day, like most of us!) then keep an extra stack of rolling papers inside your stash box.
- Roller – Get a good rolling machine. Don’t waste your time or money on one of those cheap plastic ones you find in gas stations. Just some advice!
- A Pipe - Again, take your pick. My choice is always a ROOR or an Illadelph glass piece. Go for high quality always.
- Screens – Ooh, ooh, ooh! I love ash-mouth, yeah me! I love it, please get more ashes and nasty shit inside my mouth…. HUH? …. I don’t think so! keep some extra screens around so this doesn’t happen to you and your friends, okay?
- Pipe Cleaners – A set of standard pipe cleaners is a must for anyone who prefers to sometimes smoke a bowl or a bubbler or even a small bong. If you have a smoking device other than papers in your stash box, you must have a set of pipe cleaners.
- Mini Bleach Cleaner- Just a little 3-4 oz. bottle of a bleach infused kitchen/bathroom cleaner will do the trick. Cleanliness is godliness.
- Polishing Cloth – Everyone wants their glass to be nice and pretty! But, there is another reason to keep a polishing cloth around. Microfiber polishing cloths can aid you immensely when trying to clean up oily residue left on your favorite glass pieces. Pipes, jars, you name it… If it’s glass, you should clean and polish it.
- Desiccant Packs – I go into detail in a later part in the series about these. Desiccant packs are the little white pouches you find in new shoes that help keep moisture and smell to a minimum. Click the following link to find good deals on desiccant packs.
- Silicone Strips - These will be used to help seal your box. They will be the best things to use when trying to make your stash box airtight. You can get some silicone strips at good prices using that link.
- Incense Sticks – I wrote down two choices for helping to cover up the smell in your stash box. Incense is my least favorite of the two, but it does work just as well. Make sure to remember to change them out periodically, cause they tend to get a little stale!
- Coffee Beans – Are the ‘other’ way of covering up smells inside your box that I was talking about. Coffee beans are actually used to “clear your smell palate” and leaving some fresh beans inside your box will help mask that skunk smell as good as any incense.
- Chewing Gum – If you leave a pack of gum, or some mints inside your stash box, you’ll never have an excuse for not having fresh breath after smoking. It’s important.
- Cologne – The last on the list, because I can go either way with this one. Sometimes it makes everything else in the box smell like cologne (even your weed if your jars aren’t air tight) but it can be a really handy thing to have around if you’re in a hurry and can’t smell like you just blazed.
- Then… You’ll have to put it together – Make sure that everything fits without being too snug. If you hear glass clinking on glass, then wrap a couple jars in your polishing cloth. Put your silicone strips on the sealing 4 edges of the lid of your box as to prevent any unnecessary exchange of air with the inside of the box.
- Pick a good place to put your box – There is an entire section coming up on “the best environment for your stash” that you should read before completing this step. Just know that picking the right place to keep your stash box is imperative to it’s stealth qualities.
Be mindful also to use different jars for different strains. It’s very hard to remove all the remnants of one strain from a jar before putting a different strain in. If you don’t use a new jar, the smells and flavors of the old strain can easily mix with the new, somewhat negating the need to try different strains at all. Mottled flavors and aromas are not desired, so buying a few different jars is well worth the small investment.
The best environment for your stash
Weed is a fickle flower. Like other herbs, when dried and cured, its stability, potency, taste, burn quality, smell and freshness are all heavily dependant on the environment you store it in. Environmental and situational tips on how to hide the smell of weed:
- Sunlight degrades the cannabinoids (psychoactive and other beneficial compounds) that are held inside the trichomes (crystals) on the flower buds. Direct or indirect contact with any light containing UVA or UVB rays (which includes most household lighting fixtures) can lessen the potency of your buds.
- Temperature and humidity can have serious effects on the freshness, taste, smell, burn quality and longevity of your stash too. Taking precautions against these environmental factors can do wonders for your stash.
- Keep your stuff in a cool dry place. And, yes, I know that not everyone has a humidity controlled room that constantly stays dark and at a temp of 68 degrees F … I just want you to be mindful not to sit your stash box in front of a window that gets sun.
- Don’t keep it up really high in a room, because it’s always hotter. Do not put your stash in the attic or in the hottest room of the house, or above a ceiling tile.
- Keep your stash in an airtight, light proof glass jar and keep it in a relatively cool, dry place in the house. This will keep your weed from stinking up the house and keep it fresh, potent and tasty for a long time to come.
Now, after you have your stuff in a glass jar and inside your stash box with all your other accessories, you want to keep it all from stinking up the room. Remember, weed has oils and resins on every bud. When you break it up in a grinder, the grinder will smell of weed. When you smoke out of your bowl, the bowl will smell of weed, etc. etc. Anything the weed touches will start to smell like that oh so familiar skunk! And keeping all of your accessories in one place could tend to stink up that area just a bit.
Stink Free Stash Box!
You could use a couple desiccant packets. What the hell is a desiccant packet you say? A desiccant packet is one of those little white pouches full of silicone beads that you find in new pairs of shoes and other new things when you open the box. These little packets soak up all the moisture and oils in the air, and with them, most of the smells. The Weedub box comes with plenty of them, but if you want to order them separately, click here to find out the ones I recommend.
You could also try and find a stash box with an airtight lid! (Very hard to find, but don’t worry!) You could improvise with some flat silicone strips in between all the edges of the lid and the box too.
Too even further help mask it, you could keep your stash box directly next to one of those plug in smell good thingies or even keep a couple incense sticks in the box.
Cleaning your accessories is a must too. Using degreaser, then bleach water is prefered and then finally following that up with a good wash with some dish soap. This is the only way I’ve found to get 99% of the lingering smell off of something that’s used over and over. This means ashtrays too.
A little cleaning can go a long way.
How to mask the smell of a LOT of weed
Keeping a large stash of weed at home can be kind of difficult. More than an ounce or two can take up a ton of room and can really smell strong.
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