How long do edibles last before they go bad? Do they Expire? The short answer to these questions would be yes. Cannabis edibles all have a period where they stay fresh. In fact, anything and everything is bound to expire if they do not have preservatives added to the mix.
Edibles have seen a steady increase in popularity over the years due to its discreet nature and ease of use. Cannabis edibles offer users a solution to getting high without the harmful by-products from smoking.
Do Edibles Lose Potency Overtime?
Yes and no. For THC edibles, the potency will decrease with time. For CBD edibles, the fact that they are packed in CBD boxes makes it relatively stable and will not decrease potency much at all.
While these edibles may remain potent, it is not recommended to ingest old edibles. This is because the food that is mixed with cannabis will degrade long before the effects of THC and CBD.
Can You Eat Expired Edibles?
Even though edibles will still retain its THC and CBD levels, eating expired edibles could lead to feelings of discomfort or food poisoning—similar to eating expired food.
For example, brownies will start to go stale within a week. You can expect a similar timeline of freshness for edible brownies as well. The effects of cannabis will still be there but can leave a bad taste in your mouth.
To maximize the shelf life of an edible, the best way is to look at the infused food product. Edibles such as gummy bears and jelly bombs will last the longest because there is sugar in them. Even after the expiration date of sugar, it can still be used for cooking since sugar does not support any bacterial growth.
What is The Best Way to Store Edibles?
The best way to lengthen the shelf life of edibles is to keep them in the refrigerator. This is especially important for edibles that go bad faster such as egg, butter, or dairy. Storing edibles in a freezer is also a good way for maximum storage time as THC and CBD levels will not be killed from doing so.
For edibles like cannabis gummies, it should be kept in a tight-fitting container away from open air and the sun.
People tend to stock up on items like pasta and cans of food in their pantry. Our advice is not to do the same for edibles. Buy them as you need because all edibles have an expiration date on them.
The shelf life of edibles does vary depending on the kind of food infused in them. When properly stored, even raw weed has a shelf life of 6 months to a year.
If there’s one thing to take away from this article, it is that edibles will go bad long before the potency will.
At the end of the day, the choice of eating expired edibles is entirely up to you. If it tastes bad, then it’s a good idea to throw it out to avoid any stomach pains.
Also, use common sense! If there is mold or smells funky, throw it away!
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Brad loves writing about cannabis-related topics. He uses marijuana both medicinally and recreationally. He was born in Beautiful British Columbia and has lived in Vancouver for most of his life. When not writing, he can be found hiking up Grouse Mountain or having a drink with friends.