Dry herb consumption has been prized by many for its benefits, both psychoactive and therapeutic.
The raw botanical plant matter holds different compounds that activate and provide cannabis both the prominent effects it’s known for.
However, your raw herbs are susceptible to the elements that may cause slight damage and reduction of its effects.
If you’re like most of us who simply want to maximize and make the most of your botanicals then you’re in the right place.
In this article, we’ll talk about 4 of the best ways you can make the best use of the material you have.
1. Plan it.
As weird as it may seem, planning your herb consumption will help you save money and make the most of your herbs.
It’s pretty much like buying in bulk, you save more when you buy big and then distribute the herbs during the days you’ll have to consume the herbs.
You can also find that planning not only saves the herbs but also puts you into the habit of organizing your sessions.
The more you stay organized the less likely it is for you to waste herbs by taking in too much or maybe smoking or vaping more than what you can take.
When you’re always on top of your sessions, you’ll always be on top of your spending and consumption.
You’ll also begin to have an overview of how much you spend on weed and the patterns which spike up your budget.
Planning your sessions can do great things for you and your herbs and conservation is just the start of it.
2. Store it.
When keeping your herbs, it’s best to store them in an air-tight container.
Air-tight containers prevent excessive air which can make the herbs either dry or extra moist which can either kill the terpenes or promote the growth and proliferation of bacteria and other microorganisms.
Your herbs will most likely go to waste should they be affected and are no longer good for consumption.
Not only that but it can also affect and contaminate other herbs you have in storage which is why it’s always good to observe proper storage practices when keeping a lot of herbs.
Use a storage container that blocks off light since light can be an agent of heat and heat can dry out the herbs.
Dried herbs are known to produce harsh outputs. To avoid this from happening, make sure to use a container that can ward off sunlight and even artificial light since it can easily damage the overall quality of the herbs you have.
Also, do not place your herbs in plastic containers and in places near appliances like microwave ovens and refrigerators.
The heat and the static electricity from these appliances can shock and fry the terpenes reducing its overall flavor and aroma as well as a little of its potency.
Herbs are favored over concentrates because of the number of terpenes it holds making the experience of consuming herbs more flavorful than those you’d get from consuming extracts.
Another way of how you can get the most of your herbs during storage is not to touch them frequently with your hands.
Germs and other bacteria can be transferred from your hands to the herbs which will damage them in the long run. If you can’t void touching them, make sure that you only touch the herbs moments before usage.
3. Vape it and not burn it.
One good way of maximizing the yield of your herbs is to vape it instead of smoking it.
See, when you smoke your herbs it reaches high-temperature levels that it gets to the point of combustion, when herbs are combusted and are burned, some of the active compounds are destroyed.
So, you’d end up consuming more herbs than you’re supposed to.
There are a lot of quality units on the market today like Exxus dry herb vapes, and these dry herb vaporizers are designed and are engineered to provide premium heating without ever destroying the active ingredients found on the herbs so you’ll get to experience all your materials have to offer.
One of the more famous ones are conduction and convection dry herb vaporizers.
Conduction vaporizers use a heated surface area to vaporize your botanicals. As the heated plate of steel or ceramic transfers its temperature to the herbs, the compounds are activated and are extracted to the vapors.
Convection vaporizers, on the other hand, use hot air to permeate and saturate the herbs. Other consumers favor convection heating because it has less likelihood of burning the herbs because no heating element comes into direct contact with the herbs.
4. Grind it.
Using grinders are a good way of maximizing not only the herbs themselves but also the amount of yield they’re capable of.
There are several varieties of grinders but the best ones are those that have 4 to 5 pieces which not only provides great grinding results but also have features that allow you to collect pollen from the herbs.
Also, some grinders are made from high-quality materials so even if they come into direct contact with the herbs, they won’t affect its taste and flavor.
Avoid grinders made from plastic and cheap metals. Use ones that are made from aircraft-grade aluminum which gives the grinder and your herbs the kind of protection it needs.
Make sure to grind your herbs so you can pack your vaporizers more and also so you can collect pollen which you can later use for edibles or sprinkles.
There are a lot of ways you can conserve and maximize the yield of your herbs. From storage to actual usage, these practices may vary from one individual to another.
We hope that this guide helped you in a way for you to get the most out of your select dry herb strains and other botanical plant matter.
Many consumers especially the connoisseurs go through the painstaking feat of taking care and tending to their own plant, so make sure you don’t waste it and maximize every part of it.