Everyone knows Boveda salt-based humidity control packs are the only way to protect cannabis from overdrying and save the terps. By creating a literal terpene shield around the cured and dried bud, Boveda ensures it stays as fresh and potent as the day it was packaged. But how exactly do you use Boveda humidity packs? Here is a quick guide!
WHICH SIZE BOVEDA SHOULD I PICK?
Boveda offers five different sizes perfect for everyone from the occasional consumer to the large-scale cultivator. Check out this breakdown:
1 gram humidity pack = up to 1/8th ounce/3.5 grams of medicine
4 gram humidity pack = up to 1 / 4 ounce/14 grams of medicine
8 gram humidity pack = up to 1 ounce/28 grams of medicine
67 gram humidity pack = 1 pound/450 grams of medicine
320 gram humidity pack = 5 pounds/2.25 kilograms of medicine
Remember, there is no such thing as “too much Boveda” - using more will simply allow it to work even longer!
WHICH RH LEVEL SHOULD I USE?
Boveda packs are available in two unique relative humidity (RH) levels: 58% and 62%. These are the ideal conditions for preserving cannabis - consider it the sweet spot where bud likes to stay. In fact, ASTM International, a global governing body dedicated to developing standards for all types of industries, agrees. They recently addressed water content in cannabis via ASTM D8197, declaring an RH level of 55%-65% to be ideal for achieving a water activity (aW) between 0.55-0.65. The ASTM also states salt-water packs (like those made by Boveda) are the best way to achieve and maintain the aW standard!
Overall, consumer preference is the main indicator of which RH level to choose - there is no better option. They’re both perfect! The main difference will be in the overall moisture content of the cannabis flower. It is important to remember not to combine different RH level packs in one container - it may actually reduce the efficiency of the product.
HOW DO I STORE MY CANNABIS WITH BOVEDA?
It’s simple! Remove the Boveda from the plastic wrapper. Do not puncture or cut the brown humidity pack itself. Open your airtight container and set the packet on top of or next to the loose bud. Reseal the container and discard the wrapper. While it may take up to three weeks for the monolayer terp shield to fully form, most consumers notice results in as little as 24 hours!
HOW DO I KNOW BOVEDA IS WORKING?
Boveda humidity packs start working as soon as they’re exposed to air. Bud with the ideal moisture content should be springy and sticky. When ground, a rich terpy aroma will hit your nose. If your cannabis is checking these boxes, the Boveda is doing its job.
HOW DO I KNOW WHEN IT'S TIME TO REPLACE BOVEDA?
Boveda packs solidify over time, become stiffer as they begin to expire. Typically, the corners will begin to harden first with usage. This is totally normal! However, if there are minimal soft spots left in the packet, it may be time to replace it. Humidity packs typically last anywhere from 2-6 months once in place, depending on which type of container you’re using and the outside environment.
Preserving your bud is easy with Boveda. Protect cannabis terpenes, maintain potency levels, prevent over-drying, and avoid mold with one simple solution. You’ll be glad you did!