Today’s question: does weed go bad or expire? I’m not here to encourage the use of weed, however if you are doing it for medical purposes and need answers, look no further. I might as well teach you how to properly store it and how to know if your weed has gone bad. Scroll down for detailed answers.
Weed, which is also known as marijuana or cannabis, is a psychoactive drug and medicine that is found in many parts of the world. Due to its mental and physical effects, it was made illegal to use, sell, and distribute weed in many countries around the world starting in the early 20th century and remains so to this day. While it is an illegal drug, it remains quite popular, as hundreds of millions of people have tried it at some point in their lives. Controversially, weed is used for some medicinal purposes and is sometimes a part of religious or spiritual ceremonies. Medical usages for cannabis have been increasingly legalized in many U.S. states, and different countries in North America and Western Europe. Some of the effects of marijuana include increased appetite, red eyes, less anxiety / stress, and temporary short-term memory loss.
While being the most popular illegal drug in the world, weed is also the oldest drug and was recorded as being discovered in the 3rd Century BC, which is over five thousand years ago. Weed as a product can be smoked, but also cooked and eaten by users. Weed cannot be found in just any supermarket or corner store. If you’re looking to use it for medical purposes, you can find it in specific dispensaries or even pharmacies with a note from your doctor. It’s important to be aware that marijuana use if it’s legal for medical and recreational purposes is tightly regulated. If you are willing to spend money on weed, you should want to get the most out of the product without it going stale on you. Would you be able to take the necessary steps with the product’s storage in order to conserve your weed for the long-term without any negative consequences? Can weed be stored for a while without any problems or setbacks? The ultimate question remains; does weed go bad?
Does Weed Go Bad Or Expire?
Unfortunately, the answer to this question is an affirmative yes. However, it doesn’t go bad or expire in the traditional sense, it does decrease in overall quality and substance as time passes by. Cannabis decreases in quality due to the loss of its oil content, which occurs naturally over time as the oil evaporates and loses its potency. If you would like to learn more about the storage process for weed, how long the shelf life would be for the product, and what are the signs to look for to clarify if you have good weed or bad weed, please keep on reading.
How To Store Weed
The most important thing to keep in mind when it comes to storing the weed properly is to make sure to keep it dry. In order to prevent it from spoiling prematurely, you need to limit or completely eliminate the exposure to outside elements such as heat, light, moisture, and water. Weed should also not be exposed to temperatures that are extremely cold or extremely warm. The temperature should remain around a normal average similar to room temperature, which would be best for the weed.
As for the best places to store the marijuana, I would recommend leaving it in a cabin, drawer, attic, or cellar where the product won’t be exposed to much light or any other kind of outside element. You want to make sure that it does not spoil at all so that you can get the same effects from the marijuana. The smell may fade but if you store it properly, the weed will never lose its’ effects and substance. It’s also important to consider storing the marijuana in a tightly sealed container or bag so that the oxygen won’t affect the product too much. You don’t have to store the marijuana in a refrigerator or a freezer but keeping a bag or container of it while having it closed will go a long way to protecting the weed from any outside elements such as heat and light.
Don’t put your weed in a plastic bag. Plastic bags have some static, which means this static draws the resin glands that you are trying to keep intact and protect. This reduces the weed’s potency slightly. If you don’t have any other bags or containers, use the plastic bags infrequently and for smaller quantities.
If you choose not to protect your weed from outside elements like heat and light, it is likely that your weed will go bad prematurely. In addition to the weed drying out due to the loss of its natural oil, it is likely that mold will also develop on the surface of the product over time. Mold is a result of the weed being exposed to moisture for a long period of time. Lastly, if weed is stored properly then the smell won’t be as strong as time goes by but the potency will still be as good as if you had bought the product yesterday.
Shelf Life of Weed
There are many different kinds and types of marijuana so the shelf life of this particular product may vary. There are also other factors to keep in mind such as the harvesting process, how the weed was dried and cured, and how it was stored after being processed.
Generally though, it is regarded that weed will have a shelf life of about one to two years if stored correctly. Obviously, this timeline is very broad so you can add and subtract a few months when it comes to the probable shelf life. However, the main point to keep in mind is that your weed will be good for a long time if you keep it in a cool, dark, and dry place as well as making sure that you tightly seal the product in a bag or container during the storage process.
Tips for Flavor
If your weed has passed its prime time and no longer tastes good all by itself and you don’t want to throw it away, you can put it in the freezer with a slice of your favorite fruit. Your weed will start to take on the flavor of the fruit, which enhances the flavor of the weed when smoked. You may enjoy the new taste better when your weed has decreased its quality and original taste.
Note: when weed is placed in the freezer, cannabis buds ( little trichomes) become like tiny icicles. Which means the freezing process makes them brittle and stiff, and really makes them break off the buds and fall off. Repeatedly handling the buds (taking them in and out of the freezer) will lessen the active ingredients that help to ease your pain or other symptoms you ‘re trying to address. So if you really dislike the taste of your old weed, you can put it in the freezer with a fruit slice, just know that your weed may become less effective.
Signs of Bad Weed
When it comes to spotting bad weed, there are a few signs to look out for involving the appearance, the smell, and the texture of the product. It’s important to be aware of the fact that weed usually has a dark green appearance so if you see whether or not there is any kind of discoloration including yellow blotches or the weed or if it looks light brown at some point, then that’s a bad sign that it’s too dried out.
Also, you should check the weed to see if there’s any mold forming on the surface. That’s a very bad sign and you should discard of the product immediately as it may be unsafe to smoke or consume because some forms of mold can cause cancer to develop. If you’re still looking for a sure sign, you may want to open up the package or container of weed and smell it. If the product has its’ original potent and noticeable smell, that’s a good sign. However, if the weed smells odorless or exceedingly funky, then you should get rid of it as soon as possible.
If you do decide to use marijuana, please do so responsibly. Moreover, put it away from the reach of children or pets.