The fruits of Croptober have arrived

Don’t get me wrong,I love Croptober. It’s a vibe, as people work to get the full-term annual harvest chopped. But honestly, I like November a little better, when all the weed is done. 

It’s like the playoffs for me. So many of the new flavors we’ll see every year first start to get out there in November. It’s a lot more commercially viable to do mega phenohunts outside. From those hunts, we find obscure outlier flavor profiles that truly represent new and exciting tastes. 

There also is a lot of value for the consumer to be had in November. While some will wait to move their product until prices bounce after harvest season’s flood, plenty will have the preference for cash in hand as opposed to product. And those people will have killer deals on pot this month. 

But it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. Some of the deals and steals you’ll be seeing this month will attempt to push old products, not the state’s fresh 2023 wares that we are all so excited for. But it’s not too difficult to figure out which is which. 

Understanding Packaging Dates

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One of the biggest favors you can do yourself as you prepare to conquer November is to understand how old the weed you are looking at is. One of the biggest tips I can give you is, the packaging date is very different from the harvest date. Outdoor is much more likely to sit in storage for a bit than indoor cannabis. So that being said, that product that says it was packaged in March from an outdoor farm is, in reality, probably over a year old by now. Sure, there is a little bit of fresh mixed-light stuff, but a ton of what you see packaged at that time in spring is six months old. But anything packaged within the last three weeks and there is a decent shot you’re good. But even then, there are probably some dirty dogs packing up the last of what they had to move from last year.

Packaging and Storage

Buying in bulk is how you’re going to get the most out of the harvest. What it is stored in when you get it is critical. For myself personally, I do all my bulk storage in a larger Grove Bag; many people use them for bulk storage. Lots of times when you’re buying it from the homies, it might be in a turkey bag or ziplock. Now, if the weed is going to be perpetually in the dark in perfect temperature and humidity, that’s fine. But it probably isn’t, and light degrades weed, too. So the first thing you want to do is get the bulk into a big opaque jar. You can refill a coffee table jar from there; the most important thing is keeping the weed in darkness as much as you can in conditions close to 60/60. But sometimes geography is against you — weed is going to stay fresher in Venice than it is in Palm Springs. 

Where You Buy Your Pot

The infrastructure and geography of where you’re buying your weed, be it a homie or a dispensary, plays a big factor in all this, well beyond the regional climates. The longer weed sits in a shop that doesn’t take care of it properly, the worse off the consumer is going to be. So the equation that’s going to get you the freshest cannabis possible is a combination of packaging and harvest dates, geography, and dispensaries giving a damn. We wish you the best on your hunt for the harvest’s best pot!

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