Can Your Edibles Expire?
Can edibles go bad?
The answer is yes. Just like other food, most edibles have a shelf-life and expiration dates due to the inert ingredients. Just like you wouldn’t eat expired cookies or drink expired milk, steer clear of expired edibles simply because the food product might have spoiled. While it might not be growing mold, most likely it will be stale and gross.
Even if the non-cannabis ingredients haven’t soured, THC can break down. However, after six months or a year the potency of THC in edibles doesn’t decrease drastically. When this does happen, the THC converts to CBN, a cannabinoid known to make the user sleepy and groggy. Instead of feeling the high you want, you’ll most likely end up crashing on your couch.
How can you keep your edibles fresh and long-lasting? When purchasing store-bought products, only purchase what you can consume in a reasonable amount of time. Pay attention to expiration dates on the packaging. Don’t stock up on brownies and cookies for the next twelve months. Nobody wants to eat a year-old brownie, with or without weed.
Choose products with a longer shelf life. If you’re hoping to make your edibles last, look into products like gummies or hard candies which last longer than fresh-baked goods (even those sold in stores with preservatives).
Properly store your edibles. Don’t stash them in your weed box. If your edible is a baked product containing eggs or dairy, store it in the refrigerator or freezer. For gummies or hard candies, store them in a cool, dry place in a sealed container.
If you make your own edibles, pay attention to the spoilage rate for your base ingredients. Store your baked goods accordingly and consume them in a timely manner. If you’re hoping for a longer shelf-life, skip the brownies and purchase some gelatin to make your own gummies. Just make sure to store them like you would any other gummy candy.
While some stay-at-home mandates are being lifted and states are slowly opening up, the future is still uncertain. Instead of going to your nearest dispensary and stocking up on edibles for a second wave of quarantine, take advantage of the fact that cannabis qualifies as an essential business. Most dispensaries have remained open and some even offer delivery or curbside pickup for your cannabis needs. Even though you want to have some backup edibles in case of emergency, don’t hoard, and most importantly, don’t eat year-old brownies.The short answer: Yes. Here’s how to tell.
Old Cannabis Edibles – Do They Go Bad or Lose Potency?
When it comes to cannabis edibles there are a ton of questions – like how long they should take to kick in and how long the high will last. However, today we’re here to talk about a slightly less common but just as important question – how long do cannabis edibles last? Do they spoil any faster than normal food? Most importantly – do they lose potency over time?
How Long Will Edibles Last?
The shelf life of your edibles will vary greatly depending on what sort of edible you are dealing with. Though, in most cases you can expect that a cannabis edible will last about the same amount of time as its basic food counterpart.
For example, if your edible has dairy in it, then it is likely to spoil within the week. Anything you would normally refrigerate, expect to have it last between 5-7 days before it starts to take a turn for the worst. On the other hand, things like cookies, brownies and rice crispy treats are going to last a bit longer – with candies like lollipops, gummies and other hard candies carrying the longest shelf life.
If you find an old candy bar or batch of brownies in your freezer – should you eat them? Most edibles will last around six months in the freezer – but if it’s been longer than that, use your own judgement. Does it smell off? Can your palate handle stale cookies? Basically, you should use the same judgement you would when deciding if you would eat any other food when it comes to edibles.
Will My Edibles Lost Potency Over Time?
Now – the biggest question – will your edibles lose potency the longer you have them? While some may claim that they will lose potency over time, while others claim that edibles may become even more potent, lab testing has found no change in THC content – even a year after the “best by” date.
“You should always exercise caution when consuming any food product after its ‘use by’ or ‘best by’ date,” Love’s Oven spokesman Walter Nettles told Westword. “In all of our internal research on the subject, we at Love’s Oven haven’t found any degradation of THC in our products up to a year after this date. Although your edibles may not be as tasty as when they were first produced, their potent qualities should still be felt.”When it comes to cannabis edibles there are a ton of questions – like how long they should take to kick in and how long the high will last. However, today we’re here to talk about a slightly less common but just as important question – how long do cannabis edibles last? Do they spoil any faster than normal food? Most importantly – do they lose potency over time? ]]>