Edibles should be treated like any other food. Follow your common sense and use your nose to sniff out any foul odors when in doubt.
Edibles have grown increasingly popular over the years, with people making their recipes at home and with cannabis companies producing hundreds of different flavors and styles. Now that people are trying to take better care of their lungs they might be foregoing other methods of consuming cannabis, especially during the pandemic, in order to stock up on edibles. Whether you’re making them yourself or purchasing them in bulk, it’s important to know how long these items can last.
The shelf life of edibles varies depending on what’s in them and how they were prepared. An edible made at home will presumably have a shorter lifespan than a preservative-heavy product made by a company to ensure it can last for longer periods of time (think Twinkie vs. homemade pound cake).
When purchasing edibles online or in a store, be sure to check their expiration dates. If you’re buying in bulk, use your freezer and fridge, which will increase the shelf life as with any other food. Edibles in the freezer, for instance, should last for up to 6 months, just like most other foods.
When it comes to making your own edibles and stocking up on them ahead of time, consider what you’re making and treat it as if there was no cannabis involved. There’s no reason why the presence of the plant should impact the shelf life of your product. There’s mixed data on THC potency. Some scientific studies claim that it tends to degrade slowly over time, while anecdotal evidence touts the powerful highs of old edibles.
Edibles should be treated like any other food. Follow your common sense and use your nose to sniff out any foul odors when in doubt. If the edible looks bad, smells off or has some moss on it, don’t eat it! Or eat it and see what happens. You’ve been warned.