You can expect cannabis seeds that have been sealed and properly stored to last for several years, and in many cases, longer. Seeds may be dormant, but they are still alive. Over enough time, they will lose their viability.
To release the seeds, simply break up the dried buds over a screen and they will fall out. You can release the seeds en masse by rubbing the flower between your fingers and lightly breaking it apart.
For both seeds and pollen that have been frozen long-term, it’s important to avoid defrosting until they are ready to be used. Fluctuations in temperature and moisture content will quickly destroy their viability, so maintain a steady temperature for as long as possible. Warming and freezing multiple times isn’t good.
Seed and Pollen Storage
For a cool environment, store seeds in either the refrigerator or freezer. Seeds need a consistent temperature without fluctuation to remain dormant long-term.
Sometimes a grower has to move on from a certain strain. Maybe you’ve been growing the same strain for a long time and it no longer makes as much money as it used to, or maybe you just want to mix it up and start growing something else and don’t have the space for it.
When collecting seed by hand, use a fine screen to help catch trichomes that will break off during the process. This material is valuable and it would be a shame to waste.
As mentioned above, the best way to reduce moisture in pollen is to mix it with flour. For long-term storage, it can be kept in a sealed vial or freezer bag. You can keep it in the refrigerator or freezer, though for optimal long-term storage, the colder the better.
Finally, stalked trichomes feature a spherical head that sits on a longer stalk. They sit higher above the tissue surface than their sessile counterparts. Stalked trichomes develop on flowers from sessile-like precursors as buds begin to emerge.
Now that you’ve collected your dry sift hash, it’s time to store it. Some hash-makers choose to store theirs in its powder form. This makes it easy to sprinkle into blunts and bong bowls.
You can incorporate dry sift hash into almost any means of inhaling or ingesting cannabis. Budding cannabis chefs can also decarboxylate the concentrate and use it when cooking up a batch of super-strong edibles. It’s fun to get creative with dry sift hash and explore all the ways you can incorporate it into your preferred consumption methods. Just know it’ll dramatically increase the potency of anything you introduce it to.
UNDERSTANDING DIFFERENT TYPES OF TRICHOMES
Remember when we talked about collecting dry sift hash in the kief compartment of a grinder? Well, this is a perfectly reasonable way to make your own supply, and doesn’t require any extra investment. The downside is quantity. You’ll have to grind up a lot of buds, and even then, the yield will be enough for maybe one or two joints.
Sessile trichomes feature a spherical head that sits on a short stalk. The head features a disk of secretory cells and storage cavities that hold metabolites.
Advanced microscopic imaging techniques offer a fascinating peek into the landscape of cannabis flowers. Using these tools, researchers have identified three types of glandular trichomes: bulbous, sessile, and stalked.
However, old-school concentrates like hash are just as popular as ever. Hash is ultimately a homogeneous mass of trichomes—structures that produce cannabinoids and terpenes. Traditionally, hash is made by hand-rolling dried and trimmed cannabis flowers. The resin collects on the surface of the hands and gradually forms a sphere. This type of hash provides a euphoric and intense high. You’ll commonly find it in dispensaries, coffeeshops, and cannabis clubs alike.