We’re all pretty familiar with how to store food so that it doesn’t go bad or get stale. Storing cannabis edibles presents its own unique challenges. In addition to the usual food-storage concerns, like mold and staleness, there is also potency to consider. That’s right, edibles that are not properly stored can lose potency. Proper storage of cannabis edibles is essential to maintain their potency, flavor, and overall quality. In this blog post, we will discuss the best practices for storage to keep your edibles fresh.
Keep cannabis edibles in a cool, dark place
One of the most important things to consider when storing cannabis edibles is to keep them away from heat, light, and moisture. Heat can cause the cannabis-infused butter or oil used in the recipe to break down and lose potency, while light can cause the cannabinoids to degrade. Moisture can also lead to mold growth, which can be harmful to your health. Therefore, it is best to store cannabis edibles in a cool, dark place, such as a pantry or cupboard.
Store edibles in an airtight container
Another important factor to consider when storing cannabis edibles is to keep them in an airtight container. This will prevent air from entering the container, which can cause the edibles to dry out or become stale. It will also help to keep out moisture, which can cause mold growth and spoilage. Mason jars, Tupperware containers, or even vacuum-sealed bags are good options for storing cannabis edibles.
Label them properly
Labeling your cannabis edibles is also important to ensure that you know what you are consuming and when it was made. This is especially important if you make your own cannabis-infused edibles, as you will want to know the dosage and potency of each edible. Proper labeling can also help prevent accidental consumption by others who may not be aware that the food contains cannabis.
Keep them out of reach of children and pets
Cannabis edibles can be very tempting to children and pets due to their appearance and sweet flavors. Therefore, it is essential to store edibles in a place that is out of reach of children and pets. This can be a locked cabinet or high shelf. It is also a good idea to label the containers with a warning that the food contains cannabis.
Do not freeze them
Although freezing may seem like a good way to preserve cannabis edibles, it is not recommended. Freezing can cause the cannabis-infused butter or oil to separate from the food, which can affect the potency and taste. Freezing can also cause moisture to accumulate on the surface of the edibles, which can lead to mold growth and spoilage.
Use within a reasonable timeframe
Cannabis edibles, like any food product, have a limited shelf life. Therefore, it is essential to use them within a reasonable timeframe. The shelf life of cannabis edibles will depend on the type of food, the ingredients used, and the storage conditions. Generally, it is recommended to consume cannabis edibles within two to three weeks of making them, or within the expiration date if store-bought.
The Last Toke
In conclusion, proper storage of cannabis edibles is essential to maintain their potency, flavor, and overall quality. Keeping them in a cool, dark place, storing them in airtight containers, labeling them properly, keeping them out of reach of children and pets, not freezing them, and using them within a reasonable timeframe are all important factors to consider when storing cannabis edibles. By following these best practices, you can ensure that your cannabis edibles remain safe and enjoyable to consume. One of the budtenders at Frost would be happy to answer any questions you have about edible storage.