Product Review: Does Cannador the Weed Humidor Keep Bud Sticky?
Product presumes you keep weed long enough for it to go stale.
As marijuana product technology advances, it caters more and more to a connoisseur lifestyle, with a focus on quality and precision. There are vape pens more expensive than an iPhone, with sleek, automobile-style design. Subscription services put artisan strains in excessive glass containers in mailboxes once a month. It’s easy to slag off high-end marketing as a parallel correlation between a growing cash-rich industry and a more 420-friendly yuppie culture—which, the entire luxury pitch so often is.
So which products are, or at least close to, necessary?
Very few, in my opinion. But my marijuana consumption leans toward a more-economical, weed-is-weed philosophy. Shit weed is shit weed, of course, but once you reach a certain level of quality, I don’t need any more bells or whistles. Give me some flower that will do the job and a pack of Zig-Zags, fuck it, an apple, I don’t care. I digress. When we received the Cannador, I rolled my eyes. It seemed a bit much.
Regardless, I took it home and gave it a shot because, well, fresh weed is tight. The Cannador is a well-crafted wooden box with reusable glass containers to store your weed while keeping the drug fresh. The product works similarly to a cigar humidor, regulating the humidity in the box with a rechargeable bead system.
I’m not entirely sure how this works, but you dip the little crystal-looking beads in water and voila, humidity regulation. Science! Apparently, the Cannador's bead system keeps the marijuana at a relative humidity (RH) level between 55 and 62 percent. An RH above 75 percent yields possible mold growth (and regular cigar humidors attain a higher RH).
It also helps to keep your marijuana, regardless of humidity, in a dark place, as regular plastic and glass containers let in damaging UV rays. The Cannador company has much more information on weed storage here if you require it.
The cannabis box comes in various qualities of wood and sizes, to hold anywhere from three to six containers. The edition shipped to KINDLAND had four containers, a nook for miscellaneous storage, and a locking mechanism in case you’ve got young potheads in training trying to filch your top shelf. Or mooching parents. This version of the Cannador will run you about $200, other models fluctuate in price by about $50 either direction. So does it work?
I’d just purchased two strains of weed from my local dispensary when we received the box. I kept one of the strains in its plastic bag on my nightstand, where I usually store my pot. I placed the other strain in a Cannador container and settled it in the box. Then I ignored that strain for about a week. When my non-Cannador weed was nearly done, and starting to crumble a bit, I checked on the boxed bud. It was markedly fresher and smelled as potent as the day I'd bought it. The nightstand pot also had the misfortune of being exposed to air each time I opened the bag to roll a joint, but that atmospheric degradation didn’t seem severe enough to account for this difference in quality.
My favorite use of the Cannador is its ability to reinvigorate weed on its way out. After I saw that it kept fresh weed fresh, I tried to breathe some life into a crusty old gram that was dry and dusty. After a week in the Cannador, it had clearly improved. It was like microwaving sweet, flowery leftovers.
If you’re into products like this, and have the money for it, I’d surely recommend the Cannador. For me? Well, I rarely buy enough pot at one time to necessitate keeping it fresh—I usually smoke it all before it starts to tarnish. And top-shelf weed accoutrements aren’t really my style. But if it’s yours, this is a good way to go, and the different sizes and styles are something to be desired. It’ll look great in your Silver Lake apartment.
Remember to keep it locked if the kiddies are around though. Or those mooching parents.