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How long do cannabis edibles stay fresh?

Edibles are already a staple of many people’s cannabis lineup, and lately, due to the pandemic, some may even be choosing to forgo smoking entirely and switch to edibles due to health concerns .

Much like rice, pasta, and toilet paper, perhaps you’re thinking about stocking up on enough edibles to last through your period of self-isolation, but unlike the former, edibles tend to be perishable. So you may be wondering—how long do edibles stay fresh?

Do edibles have a similar shelf life to regular foods?

According to Scott Riefler, Chief Science Officer at SōRSE Technology , the answer is yes. “If the cannabinoid is introduced in an appropriate manner … we would not expect it to alter the shelf life of the food platform itself.” Meaning, for example, that a cannabis-infused chocolate bar should last as long as a traditional one.

Starting from there, a lot will be common sense—check the best-by date on the package to ensure a nice long shelf life and maximum flavor and texture in the product, and pay extra attention to the expiration date, which will indicate when a product is no longer safe to consume. And much like foods found in every grocery store, edibles with preservatives will last longer than those that are preservative-free.

Overall, this is good news for those wanting to buy in bulk. “Most edibles have very good shelf life,” said Riefler. “If you are stocking up, we would suggest that for any food platform, that you not buy beyond six months ahead.”

But what about for those who are crafty in the kitchen and want to make their own edibles?

“First, consider the non-infused counterpart of what you are trying to make; think about how you store it and how long it takes you to consume it or use it. The cannabinoid content will not impact the shelf life of [the] food itself,” said Riefler.

Do edibles lose potency over time?

So how rapidly will potency in an edible degrade? Riefler explained, “ Potency of THC tends to degrade very slowly with time. The shelf date [or] expiration date speaks to the food platform, not the cannabinoid as an ingredient. If we are talking about a three to six month window of time, the potency should remain the same unless it’s being abused in storage … in edible form, THC will retain its efficacy up to six months.”

When asked if all cannabinoids are created equal, Riefler said “CBD is a very stable cannabinoid. In contrast, THC does degrade slowly over time.”

But what about the differences between various types of edibles?

“What can contribute to degradation is oxygen. In a material that is solid in form, like a gummy or lozenge, the availability of oxygen in the interior is much less than that of a bottle of a beverage,” said Riefler. “What also might accelerate loss of potency might include very acidic or basic environments. The method of presenting the cannabinoid into the edible matters.”

Check the label for other important info

Beyond the expiration date, the label on an edible, and any cannabis product, has a ton of other important information that consumers should check out, including guidelines on dosage amount and storage, nutritional value, and a batch number in case a product needs to be recalled. And if you have special dietary restrictions, definitely check out the label.

All in all, edibles can have a long shelf life and common sense is your best tool in deciding if something is past the point of safe consumption. Consider how long it will be until your next shopping trip, and feel safe stocking up by checking labels, expiration and best-by dates, and pay attention to proper storage.

Ever wonder how long it takes for an edible to go bad? Check out our guide on how long edibles last before you stock up.

Old Cannabis Edibles – Do They Go Bad or Lose Potency?

When it comes to cannabis edibles there are a ton of questions – like how long they should take to kick in and how long the high will last. However, today we’re here to talk about a slightly less common but just as important question – how long do cannabis edibles last? Do they spoil any faster than normal food? Most importantly – do they lose potency over time?

How Long Will Edibles Last?

The shelf life of your edibles will vary greatly depending on what sort of edible you are dealing with. Though, in most cases you can expect that a cannabis edible will last about the same amount of time as its basic food counterpart.

For example, if your edible has dairy in it, then it is likely to spoil within the week. Anything you would normally refrigerate, expect to have it last between 5-7 days before it starts to take a turn for the worst. On the other hand, things like cookies, brownies and rice crispy treats are going to last a bit longer – with candies like lollipops, gummies and other hard candies carrying the longest shelf life.

If you find an old candy bar or batch of brownies in your freezer – should you eat them? Most edibles will last around six months in the freezer – but if it’s been longer than that, use your own judgement. Does it smell off? Can your palate handle stale cookies? Basically, you should use the same judgement you would when deciding if you would eat any other food when it comes to edibles.

Will My Edibles Lost Potency Over Time?

Now – the biggest question – will your edibles lose potency the longer you have them? While some may claim that they will lose potency over time, while others claim that edibles may become even more potent, lab testing has found no change in THC content – even a year after the “best by” date.

“You should always exercise caution when consuming any food product after its ‘use by’ or ‘best by’ date,” Love’s Oven spokesman Walter Nettles told Westword. “In all of our internal research on the subject, we at Love’s Oven haven’t found any degradation of THC in our products up to a year after this date. Although your edibles may not be as tasty as when they were first produced, their potent qualities should still be felt.”

When it comes to cannabis edibles there are a ton of questions – like how long they should take to kick in and how long the high will last. However, today we’re here to talk about a slightly less common but just as important question – how long do cannabis edibles last? Do they spoil any faster than normal food? Most importantly – do they lose potency over time?