Does weed go bad? Does weed expire? Here’s how long your marijuana will last
For theВ stoners who don’tВ burn through all their weed in a timely fashion вЂ” and those who get so high they forgot where they hid their stash вЂ” the same question arises: How long does weed last? DoesВ marijuanaВ go bad?В
Well, it depends what you mean by “bad.” The fact is, no matter what some bro on a message board told you, weed is never going to expire or rot quite the way milk and meat does. It’s also not going to get significantlyВ less potent or age like a fine wine if you hold onto it for a year. Even so, you might say that weed has something of an unspoken “bestВ usedВ by” date.
When you buy freshly cured marijuana,В there’s a little moisture to the buds that makes them springy and squishy. Over time, depending on how you store it, weed will either dry out or become too wet. Plastic sandwich bags can let moisture out, with the eventual result of weed thatВ crumblesВ and gives off harsh smoke. If you put your weed in the fridge or freezer, or leave it somewhere damp, it’s apt to grow mold вЂ” and it sure won’t burn well. Experts recommend keeping your stash in an airtight jar, at room temperature.
Naturally, desperate times call for desperate highs: Many peopleВ haveВ rolled up dry weed crumbsВ (known as “shake”) or scraped mold fromВ weed before packing it in their bong. That said, there’s nothing too pleasant about trying to get stoned either way вЂ” the taste will be awful, you’re probably going to cough a lotВ and accidentally smoking that mold can have some nasty consequences, including headaches, vomitingВ and diarrhea.В
All that is to say, if you find yourself questioning the age and freshness of your pot, do yourself a favor and just buy a new eighth.
For theВ stoners who don’tВ burn through all their weed in a timely fashion вЂ” and those who get so high they forgot where they hid their stash вЂ” the same question arises: How long does weed last? DoesВ marijuanaВ go bad?В Well, it depends what you meanвЂ¦
Does weed go bad? Here’s everything you need to know about consuming old marijuana.
Whether you stored it away intentionally or forgot about an old stash, most pot consumers have wondered whether or not their weed has gone badВ at some point. The short is answer is no вЂ” but that depends on your definition of “bad,” as well as the method in which you stored it.В
Technically, weed doesn’t go bad in the sense that it will have a negative effect on the user. Antique pot won’t poison you or have a dramatically different impact on your body. But its potency can certainly decrease or, at the least, be altered if not stored properly.В
MarijuanaВ plants have a number of chemical compounds known asВ cannabinoids present in their flowers. When these buds are dried out and subsequently heated, the cannabinoids are converted from biosynthetic acids into the weed’s psychoactive substances in a process known as decarboxylation. The most notable transformation is Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) into THC, which is the primary mind-altering property of cannabis.
According to the Colorado Pot Guide, THCA can be converted into a different cannabinoid called CBNA (and thus CBN) if the cannabis is exposed to excessive heat or sunlight. CBN is less psychoactive than THC, meaning its consumption does not get the user as high.
Additionally,В Merry Jane pointed out that overly dried-out weed can be uncomfortable to smoke, as it tends to burn the throat when inhaled. Lastly, weed that’s been overexposed to moisture can become moldy and have serious medical repercussions if consumed.В
In most cases, though, smoking aged weed won’t do anything other than giving you a lower high than usual. If stored right, marijuanaВ can remain fresh and potent for months or even years. Keeping it a glass or ceramic jar in a cool, dark and dry place will do wonders. And if you really want to ensure maximum freshness, consider vacuum-sealing it.В
Whether you stored it away intentionally or forgot about an old stash, most pot consumers have wondered whether or not their weed has gone badВ at some point. The short is answer is no вЂ” but that depends on your definition of "bad," as well as theвЂ¦