do edibles lose potency

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?

Cannabis Edibles FAQ – Top 10 Marijuana Edibles Questions Answered!

By Cheri Sicard

Judging from my emails, people have A LOT of questions about edible cannabis. So I thought, why not make a FAQ? Here are the top 10 questions I get asked about marijuana edibles in no particular order (not marijuana cooking, that’s a different topic, find info on cooking with cannabis here).

Do edibles expire?

It depends on what the edible is and what it is made from. Edibles are food and their shelf life rivals that of any similar unmedicated product.

Do edibles lose potency? How long are edibles good for?

These are the more important questions. As long as the food itself is good, you should be fine. Edibles lose little to no potency over time. In fact, I often recommend freezing not only marijuana butter and cannabis oil, but also unused edibles portions. It’s the best way to store cannabis edibles for when you really need/want them.

How long do edibles take to work?

It depends. Sometimes you can feel the effects in as little as 30 minutes, other times it can take an hour and a half or more.

How can I make edibles kick in faster?

Taking edibles on an empty stomach will usually make you feel the effects faster and more profoundly. Also, and this is just anecdotal, I find I feel the effects of fat-free, high sugar edibles faster than say baked goods. For instance a cannabis soda as opposed to a brownie. I also notice the effects from these edibles, while fast to come on, do not seem to last as long.

How long does an edibles buzz last?

Once again, it depends. Usually about an hour and a half, but it is not unusual for it to last twice that long or even longer.

Can you fly with edibles? How do I bring edibles on a plane?

While plenty of TSA agents have been regularly known to “look the other way,” many more do not. It is unfortunately still illegal to fly with marijuana and you are always taking a risk when doing so, even within legal states. That’s because aviation is still federally controlled and marijuana is still a Schedule I drug at the federal level.

What is a proper edibles dose?

Are you getting tired of hearing “it depends?” The truth is, there is no such thing as one ideal edible marijuana dose. People respond differently to cannabis, and not just a little bit differently, DRASTICALLY differently. While a 10 mg dose (the maximum per serving dose allowed for commercial edibles in the state of Colorado) might be perfectly reasonable for some people, many others will feel NOTHING from such a low dose. Some people need 50, or 100 mgs or even more. Edible marijuana dosing is HIGHLY individualized. Learn more about marijuana dosing here.

What can I do if I eat too much marijuana or feel too high?

First off, calm down. There is no such thing as a fatal marijuana overdose. That said it can feel mighty uncomfortable and be disorienting, you might even feel sick to your stomach. But there are things you can do to minimize the discomfort. Click for details.

Is it less expensive to make my own marijuana edibles, as opposed to buying them?

Yes! Even when you buy dispensary weed to cook with (I ran the numbers, see the result in the Economic of Edibles). If you grow you own, you almost can’t afford NOT to cook with marijuana!

I hate the taste of marijuana, what can I do if I want to use edible cannabis?

Flavor wise, not all edibles are created alike. Some have a strong “green” flavor of cannabis while in others it is barely noticeable. If you don’t enjoy the taste of cannabis, here are some suggestions:

  • Consider cannabis capsules instead of edibles. Available at many dispensaries in various potencies and strains, you swallow cannabis capsules like any vitamin pill and you are done. No flavor and far less calories than edibles.
  • Edibles made with cannabis extract oil (such as hash oils and CO2 oil) will carry far less flavor than those made with marijuana butter or cannabis oil.
  • Choose edibles with lots of other flavors and textures going on in order to mask the flavor of cannabis. The more delicately flavored the food, the more pronounced the cannabis flavor will be.
  • If you buy extremely potent edibles (if you live in a state that allows you to), such as Korova’s 1000mg black bar, you only need to eat a tiny amount to get a substantial dose. It may not be a great tasting edible, but at least you don’t need to eat much of it.
  • When cooking at home, making stronger marijuana butter and cannabis oil infusions lets you use less to get a proper dose. Less marijuana butter or oil in the food means less green flavor.
  • When cooking at home use kief instead of marijuana butter or oil made with plant material for less herbal flavor in the finished product.

Cannabis Edibles FAQ – Your Top 10 Marijuana Edibles Questions Answered!