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With an ever-growing number of terpenes being researched for their pharmaceutical benefits within cannabis medication, not to mention the demands of the growing craft market internationally. Commercial growers are looking to maximise the quality and quantity of these hydrocarbons within their product. Sadly, drying and curing is not the end point of when these vital compounds can be adversely effected, even high quality packaging which is used for storage and finished product will lose an element of moisture to evaporation, with some estimates that up to 30% of flower moisture can be lost into packaging head space alone.
Packaging and design of the product play a significant part of the overall user experience, as well as the ultimate buy decision. Having a great product alone is not enough, as buyers are looking for something with a “look and feel” that they can relate to.
For example, in the U.S. (where cannabis remains federally illegal) more than 22% of cannabis consumption is by millenials. It is well documented that, in general, millennials care deeply about the ethos of a brand and what it stands for.
Active water management is the key factor when it comes to preserving the quality of the terpene profile on dried flower:
- Too moist, and the flower is susceptible to mould, yeast and bacterial pathogens.
- To dry, and the quality and quantity of the terpene profile is greatly diminished. This inevitably leads to the associated loss of potency, texture, aroma and flavours.
How to avoid this problem?
Our partners at Boveda have the perfect solution for this crucial part of quality control with their two-way active water control sachets. These industry leading products manage the active water content to remain within the optimum range of 52% RH to 62% RH as defined by ASTM international.
Boveda sachets features
The two-way membrane within the pack enables the natural products held within the sachet to remove or emit water vapour via reverse osmosis, thus maintaining the required active water level. This is achieved by coating the trichomes with precisely the right amount of moisture, thus locking in the terpenes and minimizing any loss, thus allowing you to control the active water to maintain the desired level. Studies have shown that Boveda sachets are substantially more effective than glycerin-based products, in some cases the requirement of up to six glycerin base sachets were needed to achieve the performance levels of one Boveda sachet.
There are a range of sizes available in the sachets, your requirement with be determined by the quantity of flower you need to manage. The sachets handle flower quantities from 3.5 g (1/8 oz) incrementally to 2.25 Kg (5 lbs) and multiple packs can be used for greater quantities. Your local Can-Hub representative can advise on the perfect choice for your requirements.