Nitrogen Boosted Cannabis?
PUBLISHED OCTOBER 06, 2020
UPDATED DECEMBER 08, 2020
Nitrogen Infused Cannabis, What Could This Possibly Mean?
The last time I heard about nitrogen-infused cannabis was when cannabis was still considered illegal. Taught about how dangerous it was in D.A.R.E.
My eyes lit up when the Color Cannabis - Pedro's Sweet Sativa arrived in a bag for the first time, claiming it was 'Nitrogen Infused Cannabis. I had to do some digging.
Nitrogen-infused cannabis packaging is a great way to keep your cannabis fresher for longer, nitrogen being an inert gas meaning it cannot react with the cannabis flower while in the container. Heavier than oxygen, the nitrogen pushes the lighter air out, causing its air-tight effect.
But why would I need an air-tight seal on my cannabis?
Oxygen is notorious for absorbing electrons from anything in its path, like when apples turn brown, why your water taste stale in the morning, and more importantly, why oxygen degrades tetrahydrocannabinol into CBN, a mildly psychoactive compound in marijuana and is unique to the plant. This reaction with oxygen, called oxidation.
According to GasGeneral Solutions, science has proven that when the cannabis flower happens to be flushed with nitrogen, it not only keeps it fresh but is comparable to the nitrogen shot coffee beans for freshness. The nitrogen-infused packaging can preserve THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol) much better than current practices.
Does Nitrogen Infused Cannabis Pose New Health Benefits?
Using cannabis is a tool in your toolbox, either for medicinal use to ease pain and stimulate the appetite or for recreational use- something extremely sought-after relaxation in the world we live in today. The possible loss of THC or CBD by exposure lowers its total efficiency and effect on the body. Any distribution of weight can affect the THC and how the trichomes look.
Nitrogen flushed packaged marijuana is the only method any serious venture should consider when deciding to undertake all the hard work that goes into raising marijuana properly. Ensuring you get the best quality bud, every time.
Check out our Terpene Guide to find more about the possible health benefits of cannabis.
"Nitrogen flushing is currently the only known methodology for keeping marijuana rich in THC and CBD by stopping the oxidization process, and that’s exactly why all the best-known clinics, laboratories, and dispensaries of marijuana use nitrogen generators to flush-package their product."
Says Gas Generals, so why is nitrogen infused cannabis so popular elsewhere and not in British Columbia? The price? Extraction equipment?
Contact me if you have more information on this I would be very interested in learning more.
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Nitrogen Infused Packaging
While the idea of Nitrogen infused cannabis packaging is still behind in British Columbia, companies like N2pack LLC. They provide stunning nitrogen-infused packaging for your cannabis needs, words from N2pack
"N2 Cans are lined to protect terpenes and to prevent leaching. The type of can used for packaging is important to the quality of the product. N2 Packaging recommends food-grade lined cans for the packaging process. Cans provided through N2 meet U.S FDA regulations 21 CFR 175.300 for articles intended for use in contact with food. Our cans are lined to protect terpenes and to prevent leaching."
Their Environmental Consideration
Packaged cannabis is sensitive to temperature, and extreme conditions can affect the quality of the product. N2 Packaging recommends storing packaged cannabis at a consistent and acceptable temperature (ideally between 32-68°F.) Independent tests have indicated optimal storage temperature occurs at 58°F.
The ideal relative humidity (RH) range for a packaging operation room is between 55-62%. This range inhibits mold growth, yet guarantees product quality and resin integrity. A well-balanced moisture content in the immediate atmosphere will keep the product fluffy, aromatic, and potent before packaging. N2 Packaging recommends monitoring humidity in the packaging facility.
Water Activity (aW)
According to FDA food packaging guidelines, a portion of food at any pH that is not a Time/Temperature Control (TCS) food that is packaged with a water activity less than or equal to 0.92 will not support the growth of Clostridium botulinum spores. N2 Packaging recommends a water activity level of less than 0.65 for their packaging process.