Can Marijuana Edibles Go Bad or Lose Potency?

How a product is formulated and the ingredients it contains also affect the shelf-life of an infused edible. When it comes to edibles, it’s important to consider how long it will last as a food product more so than worrying about the degradation of potency. It takes a long time for edibles to lose their potency, especially if you store them properly.

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The best thing to do with edibles when you get them is to put them in the refrigerator or freezer, depending on how many you have and how long you want them to keep. Generally, a dairy filled goodie will last around a week in the fridge, while you can keep many edibles for up to six months in the freezer.

Maybe even more than spoilage, however, you’re wondering about the potency of the edible and if it’s going to hold its mettle. The answer is a resounding yes. Some people even claim on social threads that the edibles they have get more potent the longer they go without being eaten.

Edibles lose little potency even over long periods of time. Many retailers have found that edibles maintain near-identical potency even up to a year after production. When it comes to the weed side of things, edibles are stable and you have little to worry about.

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.

Any food products infused with marijuana must be treated like how you treat its regular counterpart. Like the regular counterpart, there are factors that will lead the edibles to being spoiled. If it has any ingredient that can spoil the food such as dairy, then your edible will go bad in no time. Cookies and brownies with marijuana will last longer than others will. However, the longer you leave it untouched, the more it will become stale. Foods that are fruitless such as mints and candies are basically sugar. This will change after you infuse marijuana into it. You can keep them for a longer time though.

Any cannabis-infused edibles purchased in a licensed dispensary will have a “best-by” or “expiry” date on the label. Just like any food product, start by checking the date before making a purchase. Note that some edibles will have an expiry date as long as 12 months, while others can be intended for enjoyment sooner and have a best-by date of five or six months.

It’s also important to note that not all infused edibles are created equal. Some brands will use preservatives and artificial ingredients to help extend the shelf-life of their edibles to around 12 months. Often, you’ll find more preservatives in cannabis-infused gummies and chocolate than you will in baked goods like cookies or brownies.

Like the other foods you intend to preserve, edibles shall also be refrigerated or frozen to last longer. They need to be kept away from oxygen so their shelf lives will be prolonged for your imbing enjoyment.

Storing them in cold places like the fridge will make your edibles last for 5-7 days. If you want it to last longer, use saran wrap to wrap them and then add aluminum foil and place it in the freezer.    

When considering the potency of the edibles, it is recommended that you take precaution. Make sure that you consume your edibles before its expiration date. For your own safety, you need to be careful.

Although the tastiness of your edibles will not be as good as when it was produced, the potency quality of it will still be there. If you are not sure if your weed edible is still good, use the smell test. When you are in doubt, your senses are your best ally. If the smell is that bad, it might be better not to consume the edible anymore.

How To Store Edibles, Cannabutter, Or Oil?

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There are a few tips and tricks to maintain freshness and usability of your edibles:

  • The fridge is your best friend. Even with baked goods—which can last on the counter for a good amount of time—the fridge will extend the lifespan of your edibles by a good amount.
  • Avoid transparent containers—if there’s anything which will damage the cannabis element, it’s exposure to unnecessary light.
  • Write the date of production on edibles to keep track of how long you’ve had them.
  • Whenever possible, use airtight containers rather than loose bags and paper. Vacuum sealing is an even better option.
  • When consuming your edibles, cut off pieces, or portion it out with a scoop. Don’t bite out of it directly or double dip, and this will expose your edibles to bacteria from your mouth which will accelerate its degradation.
  • If you’re unsure whether an edible is still usable, check for the presence of mold and smell it carefully. Reheating past the 212°F can kill off early bacterial growth, though this will not protect you from mold.

Freezing is the most effective way to maintain your edibles for as long as possible. Frozen edibles should be stored in opaque containers to prevent light exposure. They should also be sealed in airtight containers to prevent damage from condensation.

You can also store your edibles in ziplock baggies. To do so, place your edible in the baggie, seal it shut but leave one corner open, and suck all the air out from that corner with your mouth. Once the baggie is tight around the edible, seal it shut. This a way to “vacuum pack” your edibles at home.

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