Hemp Storage: How to Keep Your Vape Carts and Disposables Lasting Longer
Of all of the different ways to enjoy our favorite cannabinoids, vaping them continues to be the most popular by far. Whether you’re using a pre-filled vape cartridge or a disposable vape pen, you will be treated to fast-acting, potent effects for a deeply satisfying cannabinoid experience. Still, like all hemp products, vapes need to be stored in a specific way so that they can continue providing you with those effects that you’re seeking out. While vapes do stay fresh for quite a while, eventually they expire, and failing to store them properly can make them expire sooner than you may think.
Do Hemp Vaping Products Expire?
Yes, vaping products do expire. Cannabinoids and terpenes are organic compounds, and organic compounds break down after a certain period of time. Hemp extract is more stable than flower, which’s why it can last for a longer period of time – 2 years rather than about 6 months – but after those two years, your vapes are as good as useless. This isn’t because the vape oil goes bad like rotten milk, but because oxidization causes the compounds to break down and lose their effectiveness as well as their flavor. Plus, if you aren’t storing your vapes in the right way, they can expire even sooner.
What Can You Do to Keep Your Vape Carts and Disposables Fresh?
Once you purchase a new vape cart or disposable, you will want to be conscious of how you’re storing it from day one. How come? Because certain elements can damage the chemical compounds very quickly, such as extreme heat which affects their stability and structural integrity.
Vape carts and disposable vape pens can only provide thar hemp-based vaping experience that you so crave, if the contents are fresh. This is why it’s critical that vapes are stored properly when you’re not using them. Once those cannabinoids and terpenes break down, your cartridges and disposables are no longer going to satisfy you.
Fortunately, storing vape oils the right way really doesn’t get any easier. Just follow these tips below, and your carts and disposables will last for an extended amount of time.
Storage Tip #1: Keep Your Vape Carts and Disposables Away from Heat
Heat, like we said, destabilizes the compounds in the hemp plant, and so you want to strive to keep your vapes in a cool place at all times. That doesn’t mean cold – for example, there’s no need to keep your vaping products in the fridge, since that can actually cause them to crystallize. But, you do want to make sure they’re stored at room temperature or just slightly below whenever possible.
Storage Tip #2: Avoid Humidity
Humidity affects your vape oils in the same way that heat does. This is why we always tell our customers not to keep their products in the bathroom, where the humidity can change dramatically due to the shower. A dry area will prevent moisture from entering the product and negatively affecting the compounds.
Storage Tip #3: Place Them Somewhere Dark
The third natural element that can cause those compounds to break down quickly is bright light. Light encourages the compounds to break down at a faster rate, which means that your product could very well be useless just days after being stored in bright, direct light. Keep your vapes away from the windowsill, and anywhere else where it’s exposed to light at all times. A closet, drawer or cabinet is a great option since they’re always cool, dark and dry.
Storage Tip #4: Avoid the Temptation to Overbuy
When our favorite shop is holding a sale, it’s easy to go a little crazy, stocking up on tons of vapes while the prices are so low. But, this can backfire. Buying way more vapes than you’ll realistically get through in about 2 years means that you’ll end up throwing a lot of it out once it inevitably expires. Be fully conscious of how long it takes you to go through a single cartridge or disposable, and even take that into account when buying multiple vapes at a time. Also, we gotta mention, if you have too much product, you may not even have enough room to store all if it properly.
Storage Tip #5: Indoor Storage is Highly Recommended
It’s never, ever wise to keep your vapes outside. This includes keeping them in a car, or in an outdoor shed. The outdoor environment is far too unpredictable, with changes in heat, humidity and light directly impacting the quality of the compounds. Even keeping your vape on a deck table for the duration of an extremely hot, humid or sunny day can weaken the compounds.
Bonus Tip: Always Buy Fresh
Once you have a vape in your possession, it’s up to you to keep it fresh. But, if what you’re buying wasn’t sold to you fresh to begin with, there’s only so much you can do. Make sure to purchase from companies that have a strong reputation for the quality of their vapes, like ELYXR. Why? Well, it’s because this likely means that their product turnover rate is high enough that you’re never receiving a product that has been sitting on the shelves a few months before it expires.