Decomposition is the process where organic substances are broken down into simpler organic substances, like it or not, that process starts at the time of picking as the plant is no longer receiving nutrients from the roots. There are many important factors to take into account to prolong the shelf life of your cannabis such as light (UV exposure), temperature, relative humidity and oxygen.
Temperatures are down to you and your storage shipping department, but it is obvious that higher temperatures promote bacterial and mould growth on the product. Heat and light alone can cause your THC to degrade into CBN.
Decarboxylation is important depending on your intended use and converts your THCAs into THCs but storing your product at high temperatures for uncontrolled durations is obviously not good for the finished product.
Cannabis stored at high relative humidity absorbs moisture, making it possible for mould and bacteria growth. Conversely, cannabis stored at a low relative humidity is negatively impacted as the leaves and foliage dry out making them brittle. A dry product also causes a hot smoke at the time of consumption, changing the smoking qualities.
Oxygen, UV and Light
Your worst contributing factors to the degradation of cannabis are oxygen and UV light, the UV rays break down organic matter at a rapid rate, not only does this reduce the quality of your product but it also creates mass loss and could leave you open to short weight claims.
We look to prolong the shelf life of your floral clusters and the cannabinoids and terpenoids contained within by controlling each of these contributing factors.
Our liners stop the ingress of UV light, control the moisture levels by use of an EVOH layer and by sealing our liners that have a zero OTR (Oxygen Transfer Rate) under negative pressure and at 99% nitrogen saturation we are stopping the oxidisation of the plant.
We understand that the end of the shelf life of your product is an inevitability however by working in consultation with you to create the optimal packing environment we look to greatly extend the shelf life of your precious product.