Cannabis flowers are most potent immediately after harvest and drying. Buds stored in darkness and under vacuum may retain potency long after harvest. Here is the full kit for storing bud under vacuum:
The first step is to drill or punch a small hole, maybe 1/16 inch, in the middle of the (wide mouth) ½ pint canning jar lid. A thin coating of vacuum grease is smeared on the metal surrounding the drilled hole. A smooth rubber rectangle is cut and placed on the hole and surrounding vacuum grease. Tape is placed as shown to keep the rubber in place. The rubber + tape + grease functions as a one-way air valve.
After bud has been dried, it is loaded into the ½ pint jar, ⅔ full. A thin coating of vaseline is applied to the jar rim and to the underside of the lid where it contacts the jar rim. Place the lid on the jar of bud. Apply a thin coat of vaseline to the rubber gasket on the underside of the FoodSaver white plastic vacuum adapter. The vacuum adapter will now slide easily over the edge of the covered ½ pint jar.
Procure a small rubber o-ring as shown on the tip of the hand vacuum pump. This o-ring will assist in sealing the system while a vacuum is being pulled. Apply a bit of vaseline to the o-ring and also to the small hole where the tip of the vacuum hand pump will be poked. Press the vacuum pump + o-ring into the FoodSaver hole while pumping a vacuum with the other hand. I have found that a vacuum of 550 mm is possible. The FoodSaver adapter will slide off the jar + lid easily.
Sometimes, despite being careful and clean, a vacuum may fail over time. This can be ascertained by inspecting for a concave shape in the modified lid.
Vacuum grease is like thick vaseline. Vaseline may be sufficient for sealing instead of vacuum grease.
Here is an o-ring
that will work.
Edited by clumsy, 25 September 2020 - 03:31 PM.