As new states have started to legalize cannabis and the acceptance of marijuana continues to grow, more people are convinced to light up than ever before. However, not everyone is aware of how long weed can be stored.
In general, weed does not expire the way food does. As long as your weed is appropriately stored and sealed in an airtight container, it can last for years without degrading. Water-based products like edibles degrade over time, but they’re usually packaged in a much more durable way than other foods. They can last up to a year if prepared correctly.
A few things will make your weed lose potency faster than others: heat, light, moisture, or exposure to oxygen. You should store your cannabis in a cool, dark place.
How Long Does Weed Stay Fresh?
Would you notice a difference in quality if you were to smoke a joint right now and then a second joint after the first one was completely smoked? Would one joint be better or worse than the other?
The answer: it depends on the storage conditions. Cannabis needs to be appropriately stored to stay fresh and maintain its potency. The plant’s natural resins have terpenes and cannabinoids that break down when exposed to air, light, heat, or moisture.
Here are some tips for making sure your cannabis stays at its freshest:
- Use an airtight container. This will prevent any oxygen from getting into the container and cause your cannabis to lose its potency over time.
- Store it in a cool place that is not exposed to direct sunlight or UV rays from fluorescent bulbs (this can cause the resins on your buds to degrade). You want an area where the temperature is between 59-70 degrees Fahrenheit and humidity levels are between 45-55%. A good place for this might be under your sink or in an outdoor shed if you don’t have access inside your home for storage purposes (so long as there isn’t too much humidity outside).
Type of Storage
The type of weed storage you use makes a big difference in how long your weed will stay fresh. Vacuum-sealed bags are best because they exclude oxygen, the enemy of fresh weed. Glass jars are also good because they allow the buds to breathe while blocking light and oxygen.
Never store your weed in plastic bags. It may seem convenient, but they will only make your weed stale faster because they aren’t airtight.
Also, never keep your weed in a baggie or jar that you’ve left open for long periods. The more often you open it up, the more quickly the bud will dry out and lose its potency.
How Long Does Marijuana Stay Fresh?
The short answer is that marijuana will stay fresh for approximately one year if stored correctly. But this is just an estimate, and the honest answer depends on several factors.
- If you are storing your weed in its original sealed packaging, it will last longer than if you open up the packaging. When you open up your weed’s seal, more oxygen enters the package, which causes the THC levels to degrade over time.
- If you are storing your weed in a plastic container instead of a glass jar, it will last longer because plastic blocks out more light than glass does. So when you store marijuana in a glass jar, less light gets trapped inside, which degrades THC levels faster than if there were no light at all, like when using plastic containers or bags made from aluminum foil (which does not allow any light in).
How To Tell If The Weed Has Gone Bad?
There are many indicators that weed has gone bad, but the first thing you will want to look for is any discoloration. Look for any gray, green or black mold.
Moldy weed will smell funky and earthy, similar to how mushrooms smell.
- Sometimes you can feel its texture on your fingers while you’re breaking it up, but if not, there is always a visual inspection that can be done.
- The next thing to look for is moisture in your flower. If you have cannabis that is dried out and crumbly, then it won’t get much worse than that.
- If you have cannabis that is sticky or wet to the touch, then there is a good indication of mold growth. The last thing to look for would be to taste.
How To Check For Mold On Weed?
Mold is a fungus that can quickly ruin your stash of weed. It’s not the same as having stems and seeds in your stash, but it’s worse. Learning how to check for mold on weed is essential so you can spot it early before it spreads and ruins your entire stash.
You’ll want to check for mold on weed if you’re worried about a particular strain or had weed exposed to moisture, like rain or humidity, or any other type of contamination. You should also check for mold on weed if you’ve had it stored in an environment where it could have been exposed to mold, like a damp basement.
The first sign of mold on weed will be visible white spots on the surface of the bud. These spots may be small enough to barely noticeable at first, but they will grow over time. If you notice these spots, do not smoke the weed! It’s essential to stop smoking right away because inhaling any amount of mold-contaminated air can lead to serious health problems later on down the road.
Is It Safe To Smoke Weed Every Day?
There is no conclusive scientific evidence that smoking cannabis every day will cause you harm. However, smoking cannabis for a long time can adversely affect your health.
It’s also worth noting that how often you smoke marijuana doesn’t tell the whole story about how safe or unsafe it is to use cannabis. In addition to the frequency of consumption, other factors like the strain of marijuana used, the user’s age, and the method of consumption all play a part in determining how safe daily cannabis use is.
Short-Term Health Risks Of Smoking Cannabis Every Day
Like many other drugs, marijuana can affect people differently based on their individual circumstances. That said, there are some common short-term effects associated with smoking weed every day:
Dry Mouth And Throat
The psychoactive ingredient in marijuana (THC) causes this side effect. Drinking water or using saliva substitutes can help mitigate dry mouth and throat symptoms while using cannabis.
Increased Heart Rate
In many cases, these side effects are only temporary and will return to normal levels once you stop using marijuana. However, if you have an existing cardiovascular condition or are otherwise concerned about your heart health, it may be safer not to smoke weed every day.
Learning how to store your weed correctly is one of the most important things you can do for its quality. Proper storage will ensure your weed maintains maximum freshness and potency when it comes time to smoke it.
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