Whether you found an old bag of weed in your closet, or you’re looking to buy some in bulk, you’re probably wondering how long cannabis is good for. You might be surprised to find out how long your weed stays good for depends greatly on what you’re storing and how you’re storing it. Here are a few tips to help you get the longest shelf life out of your stash and marijuana products.
Store It Based On Form
You shouldn’t store all your cannabis products the same way. Flower, edibles, vape pens, and weed concentrate need to be stored differently and appropriately to preserve their shelf life. Flower needs to be stored in a dark place where humidity is controlled easily.
Marijuana edibles are completely different but have some storage suggestions in common. How you store your weed edibles will depend on what type of consumable they are. If they’re candy, you can just keep them in their original package and away from direct sunlight. If you’re storing weed brownies, you can just keep the product in their original packaging.
How to Tell If Weed Has Gone Bad
Cannabis is a unique plant due to its cannabinoids and terpenes concentration. Over time, however, these terpenes and cannabinoids break down. As cannabis breaks down it begins to lose its potency. What this means for smokers is that the older weed gets, the less flavor and scent it will have. Generally, marijuana is considered too old to smoke when you notice that it has no taste and/or it loses its distinct smell.
There are also other ways to tell if your weed has gone bad. They including the following:
-It has mold on it
-Spongy and not as crunchy when broken apart
-Breaks into dust when pulled apart
-Has a rancid odor, instead of that “weed” smell
Ideal Cannabis Storage
If you store weed the right way, you’ll be surprised to find out how the buds stay good. When stored properly, weed should be good for six months to a year, though you really should try to consume it within six months.
In addition to being stored in an appropriate container; one that won’t allow the weed to get dried out or exposed to humidity, you also need to make sure your weed storage container isn’t exposed to light. Light can cause the weed to grow mold spores which make it go bad quickly.
The better you take care of your weed supply, the more confident that your stash will stay fresh longer, and will be safe to smoke when you’re ready to partake.