Yo, what’s good? It’s your boy Dan, and today we’re talking about something that’s been on my mind for a while now–how long do edibles last? I mean, we all know wine can age well and vodka can last for ages if stored correctly, but what about the green stuff?
When it comes to edibles, it all depends on the type and how it’s made. If it has dairy in it and has been left out for more than a few days, you’ll want to smell it before taking a chance because even that’s not foolproof. But if it’s vegan and made with a stable oil like coconut, it’s more likely to still be good, although it may have gone a bit stale.
So, what’s the best thing to do when you get your hands on some edibles? Put them in the fridge or freezer, depending on how many you have and how long you want them to keep, of course. Generally, a dairy-filled goodie will last around a week in the fridge while you can keep many edibles for up to six months in the freezer.
Now listen up y’all because celebrity chef Justin Khanna knows what he’s talking about. He said, “I wouldn’t go longer than 2 weeks! The cocoa butter will oxidize and if the temperature isn’t stable it can cause the chocolate to become untempered and the texture starts to feel mealy.” So there you have it folks, don’t wait too long!
But what about potency? This is something I’ve been wondering about myself. Some people even claim on social threads that the edibles they have get more potent the longer they go without being eaten. So, is this true or just some BS?
According to Matt Regusci, technical director of Cannabis Safety & Quality (CSQ), “Gummies have a very long shelf life. The same issues that would negatively alter the ‘quality’ of a gummy are the same things that would degrade THC potency: heat, light, and oxygen. The potency and quality of a gummy should last a full year if you keep your gummies in an airtight container and in a stored in a cool dark place.”
Hard candies and gummies likely last the longest without refrigeration or freezing. The gummies might lose their chewiness over time, but they’re not likely to spoil. Hard candies are the edible to stock up on if you’re going on a trip where you can’t be smoking but still want to be elevated.
For the most part, you’re just going to be using common sense with the aging edibles. If you see any mold? Toss it and get or make some more. If it’s stale? That’s you and your palate’s call. The smell test is another tried and true way – if it has a weird smell, toss it!
So there you have it, folks, the low down on how long edibles last. Remember to store them properly and use your common sense because no one wants to waste good chow!