At first glance, it’s pretty obvious what a “stash box” is: it’s a place to stash away your weed and other cannabis accessories. But these days, a stash box has become much more: it’s a happy little miniature world of holistic pleasures. It’s a reflection of our personalities. It’s the first step in our ganja rituals.
In other words, the traits that set a good stash box apart from an ordinary one go beyond a simple ability to hold weed and accessories.
Your stash box should be:
- Aesthetically pleasing
- Well organized (and organizable)
Below, we cover the traits of a stash box that truly make it an indispensable part of your life.
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1. Storage Specs
First and foremost, your stash box must be able to store your CBD, weed, and any other smokable herb with great care. Because these plants do best in low light, airflow, and humidity environments, the first thing to look for is a stash box that’s a great long-term storage solution. This is true whether you’re a frequent or very occasional smoker.
You can lifehack your way around a good stash box by opting for small Tupperware, ziplock bags, or mason jars stored in a dark closet. But these things are only temporary solutions. A stash box is essential to ensure the proper humidity and low light (especially UV light in well-lit rooms).
2. Scent Masking
If there’s one thing that we all recognize about cannabis, it’s that delightful skunky odor. The smell varies by strain, but it’s always wonderful.
You never know who’s going to step through your front door. It could be a stoner neighbor or an FBI agent asking if you’ve seen your stoner neighbor lately; it could be your party animal cousin or your Russian Orthodox grandmother. You. Just. Never. Know.
A good stash box will mask the smell of cannabis from nosey noses. This is especially the case when you combine them with odor packs, which use substances like activated carbon to help trap smells. Some bags feature smell-proof technology to mask any scents.
You can also keep post-smoke spray in your stash box to clear the air after a session.
Note that not all herbs need to be bone-dry. If you dry out cannabis too much, it can be a disservice to the plant.
Most smokable herbs prefer relatively low humidity. For you and your stash box, this means finding a long-term storage solution that allows for two-way humidity control. A great product is a humidity control device that manages moisture only as needed. If it gets a bit too humid, the device will tamp down the moisture to ensure your precious bud doesn’t get stale, moldy, or lose its potency.
4. Room for Supplies
You can’t get by without certain essentials. Your preferred method of imbibing will determine what type of paraphernalia you need, but it usually includes at least some of the following:
- Rolling papers
- Lighter (single-use, Zippo, rechargeable, etc.)
- Multi-tool with a poker
- Rolling tray
- Tincture or oil
- Dab rig
- One-hitter plus dug-out
- Cleaning solution
5. The Stash Itself
What would a stash box be without its eponymous stash? Your box has to be able to keep goods secure and organized. You may prefer dry bud, hash, e-liquid, shatter, wax, or all of the above, but you have to be able to keep everything stocked and sorted.
There’s no wrong answer when it comes to choosing your aesthetic, and “Meh, I just don’t like it” is perfectly valid.
Over the past couple of years, stash boxes have become increasingly fancy. You can opt for a toolbox. You could use a tin cookie box. A jewelry box. It doesn’t matter as long as it works. However, there are several choices should you want to splurge a little on something nicer:
Wooden Stash boxes are beautiful. They have a classic look that blends in with furniture and home decor. This gives you the ability to use the stash box to hide your items in plain sight while adding style to your room. Handmade wooden stash boxes are extra special.
Metal Stash Box
It’s hard to go wrong with a well-built metal stash box. They’re built to stay in tip-top shape forever. They also prevent light from getting in and prevent odors from seeping out. You know it will hold its own if you drop it, no matter what surface it lands on.
You know those upscale suitcases you see wheeling around at the airport? They have hard sides and feature a gasket seal, which prevents the box from being crushed and keeps water (and odor) from getting in or out of your box. That’s great when you don’t want other people smelling what’s going on inside.
Made of wood, this type of box is ideal for keeping cannabis at the proper humidity. It’s akin to a cigar box, but note that a cigar box isn’t ideal for storing weed as cannabis needs lower humidity levels than tobacco. Plus, these boxes look stunning while they’re doing the good work of keeping your bud fresh.
7. Safety Features
You may have roommates you’d trust with your firstborn child, or you may be in a situation where you don’t want sticky fingers prying around your stash box. Your box can come with a reliable locking system to prevent anyone — roommates, kids, friends, enemies — from getting inside.
The locking mechanism could be a standard key lock, or it could feature some fancy new technology like a biometric lock. Either way, it’s good to play it safe when your instincts tell you to.
8. Juicy Extras
If you have leftover space in your box, it sure is nice to have a few extra tools on hand. Consider getting a stash box with enough room for a bottle of vasoconstricting eye drops to un-redden your eyes. Or throw some delicious high-protein munchies in there if that’s your thing.
You could also put some more good stuff like herbal tea, mouth spray (to combat the dreaded dry mouth), or candies.
No matter what stash box you choose, don’t feel weird about making it your own — regardless of how much effort or thought that takes!