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Can Your Edibles Expire?

How safe are your expired edibles? Does THC break down over time?

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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.

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Cannabis Edibles FAQ – Top 10 Marijuana Edibles Questions Answered!

By Cheri Sicard

Judging from my emails, people have A LOT of questions about edible cannabis. So I thought, why not make a FAQ? Here are the top 10 questions I get asked about marijuana edibles in no particular order (not marijuana cooking, that’s a different topic, find info on cooking with cannabis here).

Do edibles expire?

It depends on what the edible is and what it is made from. Edibles are food and their shelf life rivals that of any similar unmedicated product.

Do edibles lose potency? How long are edibles good for?

These are the more important questions. As long as the food itself is good, you should be fine. Edibles lose little to no potency over time. In fact, I often recommend freezing not only marijuana butter and cannabis oil, but also unused edibles portions. It’s the best way to store cannabis edibles for when you really need/want them.

How long do edibles take to work?

It depends. Sometimes you can feel the effects in as little as 30 minutes, other times it can take an hour and a half or more.

How can I make edibles kick in faster?

Taking edibles on an empty stomach will usually make you feel the effects faster and more profoundly. Also, and this is just anecdotal, I find I feel the effects of fat-free, high sugar edibles faster than say baked goods. For instance a cannabis soda as opposed to a brownie. I also notice the effects from these edibles, while fast to come on, do not seem to last as long.

How long does an edibles buzz last?

Once again, it depends. Usually about an hour and a half, but it is not unusual for it to last twice that long or even longer.

Can you fly with edibles? How do I bring edibles on a plane?

While plenty of TSA agents have been regularly known to “look the other way,” many more do not. It is unfortunately still illegal to fly with marijuana and you are always taking a risk when doing so, even within legal states. That’s because aviation is still federally controlled and marijuana is still a Schedule I drug at the federal level.

What is a proper edibles dose?

Are you getting tired of hearing “it depends?” The truth is, there is no such thing as one ideal edible marijuana dose. People respond differently to cannabis, and not just a little bit differently, DRASTICALLY differently. While a 10 mg dose (the maximum per serving dose allowed for commercial edibles in the state of Colorado) might be perfectly reasonable for some people, many others will feel NOTHING from such a low dose. Some people need 50, or 100 mgs or even more. Edible marijuana dosing is HIGHLY individualized. Learn more about marijuana dosing here.

What can I do if I eat too much marijuana or feel too high?

First off, calm down. There is no such thing as a fatal marijuana overdose. That said it can feel mighty uncomfortable and be disorienting, you might even feel sick to your stomach. But there are things you can do to minimize the discomfort. Click for details.

Is it less expensive to make my own marijuana edibles, as opposed to buying them?

Yes! Even when you buy dispensary weed to cook with (I ran the numbers, see the result in the Economic of Edibles). If you grow you own, you almost can’t afford NOT to cook with marijuana!

I hate the taste of marijuana, what can I do if I want to use edible cannabis?

Flavor wise, not all edibles are created alike. Some have a strong “green” flavor of cannabis while in others it is barely noticeable. If you don’t enjoy the taste of cannabis, here are some suggestions:

  • Consider cannabis capsules instead of edibles. Available at many dispensaries in various potencies and strains, you swallow cannabis capsules like any vitamin pill and you are done. No flavor and far less calories than edibles.
  • Edibles made with cannabis extract oil (such as hash oils and CO2 oil) will carry far less flavor than those made with marijuana butter or cannabis oil.
  • Choose edibles with lots of other flavors and textures going on in order to mask the flavor of cannabis. The more delicately flavored the food, the more pronounced the cannabis flavor will be.
  • If you buy extremely potent edibles (if you live in a state that allows you to), such as Korova’s 1000mg black bar, you only need to eat a tiny amount to get a substantial dose. It may not be a great tasting edible, but at least you don’t need to eat much of it.
  • When cooking at home, making stronger marijuana butter and cannabis oil infusions lets you use less to get a proper dose. Less marijuana butter or oil in the food means less green flavor.
  • When cooking at home use kief instead of marijuana butter or oil made with plant material for less herbal flavor in the finished product.

Cannabis Edibles FAQ – Your Top 10 Marijuana Edibles Questions Answered!