Can Edibles Go Bad

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As cannabis has become widely available, users have also diversified. Some people want a discreet or smokeless experience or just want to find relief thanks to different cannabinoids. Other people have started using them for recreation, like boosting their sex life or unwinding.

These are why many people have turned to edibles, products infused with hemp or cannabis-derived extracts. Besides being known for their strong potency and taking more time to “hit,” edibles are the perfect way to start with small doses.

While edibles are an excellent solution for a smokeless experience, you might want to know some basics to keep them fresh. 

For this, we’ve gathered a simple guide to help you get to keep your hemp-infused products fresh or at least have some cues on how to keep them from going bad for longer periods.

Key Takeaways

  • In general, edibles will stay fresh for up to 6 months. However, edibles like gummies and beverages will stay fresh longer than cookies or brownies.
  • The main reasons why edibles go bad are heat, light, moisture, and bacteria.
  • Stale flavors and no effects are the main indicators that an edible has gone bad. 
  • If you suspect an edible has gone bad, don’t consume it.

How Long Do Edibles Last and Stay Fresh?

This is a little bit tricky. While the shelf life of edibles generally stays between the 3 and 6 months window, it can vary depending on the product’s nature.

For example, gummies and drinks can last a little longer than products like cookies or brownies. That said, products bought from dispensaries and licensed stores will have a longer expiration date than local products.

Do Edibles Have a Similar Shelf Life to Regular Gummies?

Infusing food with cannabinoid extracts won’t necessarily change the product’s usual shelf life. This means that baked goods like cookies or brownies will have the same shelf life as their regular counterparts, which is usually a week or two before they go stale.

So, much like regular gummies, edibles will lose flavor in the same time as regular candy. This is also why some products like infused gummies will last longer than other edibles like brownies, as they can have preservatives that won’t let the candy go stale easily.

In addition, some cannabinoids, like HHC, have a much more stable structure, leading to a longer shelf life than Delta-9 THC or CBD products.

Reasons Edibles Can Expire

Like all foods, edibles can expire. However, most expired edibles will lose potency rather than the actual food rotting down. Some factors that might make hemp or cannabis-infused product lose their potency are heat, light, moisture, and bacteria.

Let’s explore each of them individually so you can keep your goodies from turning bad.

Heat

Warm temperatures can degrade certain cannabinoids, specifically CBD and some THC variants. And while keeping your gummies or brownies in the fridge, we don’t recommend freezing them as it can make your products also lose their potency.

Light

Exposure to light rays over long periods can also degrade cannabinoids. And some cannabinoids like Delta-9 THC will degrade to cannabinoids like CBN. So, avoid clear containers and keep your products in the dark to avoid this.

Moisture

Like most foods, bacteria and fungi love moisture on edibles. Unless you want your gummies to go bad, we recommend keeping them in a cool and dry place to avoid moisture. If you put your products in the fridge, you can always saran-wrap them or use a few parchment papers to reduce the moisture inside the container.

Bacteria

Lastly, bacteria can mess up your edibles. This is why keeping your products from direct sunlight or factors that can increase the chance for bacteria to thrive is the best option. 

So, the rule of thumb to keep hemp products from these small pests is to keep your products in a dry and dark place, and if you live in a place with warm weather, stock them in the back of your fridge.

Do Edibles Lose Potency Over Time?

Yes, products infused with cannabinoids can lose potency over time. While THC generally degrades slowly over time, other hemp-derived compounds like HHC have a longer shelf life.

In general, however, edibles can stay intact anywhere between the 3 and 6-month window if properly stored. This means it won’t get you as high or have fewer wellness effects and will probably be stale.

Other factors, like oxygen, can contribute to the degradation of psychoactive cannabinoids, specifically Delta-9 THC. Our top recommendation is to use air-tight bags or containers to keep them from going stale and to keep their potency.

How to Tell if Edibles are Bad

Well, in the worst-case scenario, you’ll be able to notice that your product is bad because of mold. In the best case, your edible won’t hit as hard as intended. So at least on the cannabinoid side of things, you might feel like it doesn’t really pack a punch.

Expired edibles like gummies or soda will typically just taste stale and lose their flavors, besides their potency. For fresher products, like baked goods, you’ll tell by the color, the taste, or even smell if it went bad pretty easily.

Lastly, if you suspect your edible has gone bad, it is best not to consume it. Specifically, if your product has dairy or eggs on it, they can attract harmful bacteria after their shelf life is gone. 

If you really must, you can freeze your edibles and then thaw them when you want to consume them, but this might result in less potency and flavor from certain products.

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Tips for Storing Cannabis Edibles 

As we stated above, bacteria and fungi love humidity and warm temperatures while stocking edibles. So, our main recommendation is to get an air-tight container to prevent temperature changes and moisture.

While see-through containers are useful, using opaque containers to keep your herb and edibles is the best option to prevent the light degradation of certain cannabinoids. 

Now, let’s talk about something a little controversial. We recommend that, unless you live in warm places, you don’t store your edibles in the fridge. Keeping edibles in the fridge is not a good idea in the long term because some cannabinoids are also temperature sensitive.

Lastly, you can wrap infused-baked goods with parchment paper before putting them in airtight containers. This helps to prevent moisture and light degradation, which both help to preserve your edibles for longer.

Where to Buy Quality Edibles

Now that we’ve visited the best tips and everything you’ve got to know about edibles, let’s look at some of our favorites. First, let’s go with our favorite non-psychoactive gummies derived from hemp.

If you want to try CBD, the CBD Gummies Mixed Flavors are a great way to start. With 25mg of CBD per gummy in a 12-pack with lots of different flavors, you can choose to take your cannabinoid dose discreetly whenever you want. And remember, these are fully non-psychoactive, so you can relax without feeling intoxicated.

For something a little lower on the psychoactive dose, you can try out our Delta-8 THC Gummies. These have 30mg of Delta-8 THC per gummy but are easy to slice into pieces for microdosing. They come in different flavors with citric acid coating, perfect for achieving your wellness goals.

Some people might prefer a little stronger dose. If you are interested in something a little stronger, you can get our fully hemp-derived Delta-9 Microdose Gummies in a mixed flavor pack. These come with 5mg of CBD and 5 mg of Delta-9 THC per edible, perfect to start taking THC for your wellness goals.

However, you can also try the Delta-9 THC Gummies Mixed Variety for something a little stronger or for chronic pain. These have 15mg of CBD and 15mg of legal, hemp-derived THC for a stronger dose.

If Delta-9 THC is not a good choice in your state, you can always try the HHC Gummies in the raspberry flavor with 25mg of this cannabinoid. Hexahydrocannabinol is believed to have 80% of THC’s potency while being fully legal at a federal level. 

Or, for a little mango flavor, you can try the Delta-10 THC Gummies in the mango flavor with 30mg of this cannabinoid per edible.

Thanks for stopping by! We’ve got a wide selection of Botany Farms gummies to try.

Delta 9 THC Gummies Watermelon

$35.00

Delta 8 THC Gummies Tropical Mix

$30.00

Delta 9 THC Gummies Mixed Variety

$35.00