can you smoke old weed

No, You Won’t Get Sick From Smoking Old Pot

That old weed in the bottom of your drawer didn’t go bad, but it’s probably not as good anymore.

As one might expect, the internet hasn’t quite managed to come to an agreement on whether or not old weed is bad for you, whether it loses potency, or even if decades-old jazz cabbage can get you just as high as it would have back then. And even bonafide science on the effects and uses of the devil’s lettuce and its active ingredient, THC, is startlingly unreliable.

So for anyone who goes through the pockets of their old jeans or finds a crumpled plastic bag from god-knows-when hidden in their sock drawer, an attempt to find reliable advice on whether to pitch or smoke their old stash is like navigating a really relaxing minefield of conflicting information.

The good news is that they probably don’t need to worry about it.

The bad news is that unless they happened to store their broccoli under ideal conditions — in a sealed glass jar stored in a dark, temperature-controlled room — they probably won’t have much fun smoking it.

Old weed can’t spoil like expired milk or cheese — smoking it won’t make you sick. But that also means you can’t always tell off the bat whether it’s still any good.

One thing to look out for is whether the weed has lost its scent. Pot is a plant, so even if it doesn’t go bad, it does degrade over time. Good weed smells like weed or, if you’re in college, that skunk that keeps getting into the crawl space of your dorm. Older weed loses its scent as aromatic terpene oils drop in potency and the THC slowly degrades. Also, it will crumble in your hands.

On the other hand, if you accidentally left your stash somewhere damp, it may have grown some mold or fungus. If you see little white spots or you smell anything other than weed on your weed, throw it out. Old pot won’t hurt you, but mold will make you pretty damn sick.

Old edibles, however, are a different story. If you baked your pot into some brownies a few months ago and forgot about them in the back of your fridge, you should probably steer clear. There’s nothing special about old weed that you baked into brownies or other food.

But get this, food goes bad after a while.

So as far as getting high goes, you should treat your expired edibles like any other weed, though if it’s been in your fridge the whole time the THC might not have broken down as rapidly. The only thing to watch out for is if whatever you concocted has gone bad as well.

For what it’s worth, you can avoid this whole mess by just not leaving leftovers.

That old weed in the bottom of your drawer didn’t go bad, but it’s probably not as good anymore.

Can you smoke old weed

If only marijuana buds were like Halloween candy or Twinkies — wouldn’t it be lovely if our favorite plant had an infinite expiration date? But alas, all good things must come to an end, and cannabis is no exception. However, when we talk about weed “going bad,” it can mean a couple things.

When food goes “bad” or “rots,” it means that the microorganisms have arrived and they are flourishing. There’s bacteria and mold spores everywhere around you, all the time, landing on everything you eat. Sometimes that means you get Penicillin or sourdough bread. But usually it means your food has been overrun by harmful little colonizers. The gasses released by the food’s decomposition is what causes that smell. You know, the one in your fridge every time you swear you’re gonna use those ingredients to start cooking at home before you “accidentally” hit the drive-thru for the millionth time.

Luckily, unlike food, dried marijuana isn’t extremely attractive to most microorganisms (growing bud can be a different story, though. ). Weed that’s exposed to air, however, will quickly dry out over time, leading to harsher tokes and poor taste. But, it won’t make you sick.

Related: What Does Bad Weed Look Like?

Weed that’s over-exposed to moisture, on the other hand, can begin to grow mold, as that shit favors any sort of wet environment. And inhaling mold is, how would you say, “not recommended.” To keep your weed at optimal barometry, there’s still nothing trustier than a good old Mason jar — or one of these other great preservation tools.

And in some “wow imagine if we knew this 40 years ago news,” it turns out cannabis may even have antiseptic properties. So if you haven’t gotten around to that nug yet, it’s probably fine. But if it smells or tastes off, use your best judgement and toss it if need be. There’s no shame in letting go of what you love.

How long do we actually have before our stash goes stale? And is it safe to smoke dry, old reefer?