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. From what we can tell, the vast majority of the other ingredients in edibles will degrade long before the THC or CBD does. According to edibles companies we’ve spoken with in the past, cannabinoids won’t degrade in edibles for at least a year, and will likely last longer. 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?
Do edibles expire?
Generally speaking, edibles can last and still get you high 3-6 months from when they are made, with proper storage. After that, the food itself may get stale and the THC may start to degrade.
All edibles have different shelf lives, and those bought at a licensed store or dispensary will usually have an expiration date indicating when the product is no longer safe to consume.
Some baked goods, like brownies and cookies, may go stale in a week or so, while gummies can stay fresh for months. If you stock up on edibles, you can put some in the freezer if you don’t plan on consuming them soon. Simply thaw out before eating.
Do edibles have a similar shelf life to regular foods?
Making food with a cannabis infusion shouldn’t affect the food’s shelf life. Edibles should have the same shelf life as their non-cannabis counterparts: A weed gummy will go stale in the same amount of time as a regular gummy, as will a weed brownie compared to a regular brownie, and so on.
Like regular foods, edibles with preservatives will last longer than those without preservatives—this is one reason why gummies are so popular.
Determining shelf life with homemade edibles is the same—if making your own batch of weed brownies, they should last as long as regular brownies.
Ask a Stoner: Do Old Edibles Lose Potency?
Dear Tracy: From what we can tell, the vast majority of the other ingredients in edibles will degrade long before the THC or CBD does. According to edibles companies we’ve spoken with in the past, cannabinoids won’t degrade in edibles for at least a year, and will likely last longer. So even if those candies and other THC-infused goodies taste like crap after their best-by dates, they should still get you good and stoned. And for anyone who has ever eaten special mushrooms, eating a crappy-tasting edible should be a breeze.
Still, anything with dairy in it — cheesecake and milk chocolate, for example — will eventually spoil, even with refrigeration, so don’t sit on those items too long. Most baked goods, like most cookies and brownies, will last much longer than cheesecake, though they’ll obviously get stale after a week or so. It should be noted that freezing edibles won’t kill their THC or CBD, either, so put anything you’ve been nibbling slowly on ice.
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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.”
Evergreen Organix offers a variety of cannabis infused edibles – from cookies and brownies to multiple types of cereal treats, candy bars and other sweet treats. With low-dose and more potent edibles there is something for everyone, available in licensed dispensaries to adult consumers 21 and older and medical marijuana patients with valid state ID. Use WeedMaps.com to find Evergreen Organix edibles in a dispensary near you!