As already mentioned in this blog, the patients who use cannabis to treat their disease may consume it as edibles, oils, creams, or smokes. And each of these varieties has a different effect on the human body.
The storage time of Cannabis products depends on many factors, such as conservation, temperature, and air humidity, just like most medicines and foods.
How Long Do Cannabis Products Last?
If the products are correctly used and stored, they can last from six months to one year. Here are some information about cannabis products and their expiration period!
- Dried Cannabis Flower: may last from six months to one year.
- Wax concentrates or oils: the wax can remain within its validity for several months, and the oils can last for a year or more when stored properly, it is, away from light and heat.
- Edibles: by containing other perishable products in their composition, they may last less, so it is always good to check their packaging and follow the storage steps.
- Creams and other products: these also last for more than a year, whenever stored as their packaging indication.
Always remember to ease your doubts with your supplier, because as mentioned before, each product depends on a certain temperature, humidity, and light to remain fresh and without risk of expiring.
How To Keep Cannabis Products Safe?
It is important to know that Cannabis has a healthy development in dry and dark environments. Under different conditions, it may no longer be recommended for use, causing loss of effectiveness and even health problems due to fungal reproduction.
Here are some tips on how to store your products:
Cannabis Flower and Buds
- Use glass jugs because they are neutral and don’t affect the cannabis taste or smell like plastic jars do;
- Do not store the products in the refrigerator or freezer, the very low temperature can cause mold and mildew, and cannabis can dry out and become brittle when frozen;
- Be sure to use jugs that can be closed in a vacuum to avoid contact with oxygen;
- Don’t store your products near heating appliances, as heat can reduce the effectiveness of cannabis;
- Don’t store cannabis, vape cartridges, and pipes together. Unwanted contaminations may occur.
Vape Pens and Cartridges
- Vape cartridges must be stored in fresh and dry places;
- In order not to avoid leakage, they must be stored standing;
- Be sure to clean your vape since dry oil can damage it;
- Opt for legal oils, since illegal ones are not safe and have an unstable potency;
- Leave your cannabis oil stored in its original container to prevent contamination.
- Pay attention to the ingredients that are combined with cannabis in the edibles. They can negatively affect cannabis’ properties.
- Unlike the cannabis flower, edibles don’t lose potency when cooled;
- With freezing, portions and dosages can be better managed, but not all foods can be frozen;
- Edible oils and butter may also be frozen so that their shelf life lasts longer;
- Use non-plastic utensils like glass or porcelain, for example.
Topicals & Cosmetics
- Although products such as creams and oils have printed expiration dates, it is necessary to store them in fresh and dry environments;
- It is not advisable to leave them near lampshades because the light can heat the products;
- As cannabis doesn’t get along with heating, leaving creams, cosmetics or oils inside the car can be a mistake;
- Products that initially come in plastic containers, such as shampoos, conditioners, and creams, resist humidity, so they are safe in the bathroom;
- If any cream or cannabis oil past the expiration date, talk to your doctor about the best way to dispose of them.
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Since cannabis is a natural material, products made with it may decompose and cause severe consequences for its consumers. Therefore, pay attention to the expiration date and learn the right way to store your cannabis products.
We already mentioned in another blog the possible contamination of vape cartridges and also the importance of testing cannabis. These articles are very interesting for reading so you can learn more about the problems of using unregulated cannabis.
Always seek to know how to store a particular product and, in the case of medicinal use, ask information from your doctor about how best to store the medicine.