Cannabis edibles provide an easy and convenient way to get your dose of cannabinoids. Unlike smoking and vaping, which creates clouds and a distinct odor, eating or drinking a cannabis-infused product is much more discreet.
But what do you do with the edibles you haven’t eaten yet after you open the package? It’s not enough to store them in a cabinet out of reach of little hands and curious paws. However, sunlight, heat, moisture, and other contaminants like mold can ruin your products. Fortunately, we’ve got a few tips on how to store cannabis edibles to keep them fresh and delicious.
What Are the Best Containers to Store Your Cannabis Edibles In?
One of the last things you want when it comes to edibles like gummies, hard candies, and baked goods is airflow. Air can cause issues such as poor texture, moisture loss, and staleness. As such, one of the best places for them to stay while they’re waiting for you to eat them is in an airtight container.
What Temperature Should You Keep Your Edibles At?
Exposure to heat can degrade the effectiveness of your edibles and destroy their delicious flavor. It can also cause products like chocolate and candies to melt. While they can resolidify, they won’t have the same taste, texture, or effects.
In general, cooler temperatures are best. Edibles like gummies, hard candies, and chocolate from marijuana retail stores can live in a cabinet (again, in an airtight container), so long as the cabinet isn’t near a heat source. You can leave baked goods sealed in the pantry for a few days. If you want to store them longer, you can put them in the fridge or freezer. Shelf-stable drinks can live at room temperature in the pantry, but you should refrigerate them after opening.
What Are the Places to Avoid Keeping your Cannabis Edibles?
Heat, airflow, light, and moisture can all quickly degrade your favorite products, and these conditions can leave them tasting less than fresh. You’ll want to avoid the following places:
- Cabinets near heat sources like your fridge and stove
- Areas with exposure to sunlight
- Where your edibles can get exposed to moisture
- A fridge that you frequently open and close (resulting in drastic temperature fluctuations)
How Long Do Cannabis Edibles Last?
How long your cannabis edibles last will depend on the type of edibles they are:
- Baked goods can last a few days in the pantry, one to four weeks in the fridge, and up to a few months in the freezer.
- Shelf-stable drinks can last six to nine months unopened in the pantry.
- Infused oils can last six months to a year in a dark, cool cabinet.
- Dark chocolate can last up to a year wrapped in foil and stored in an airtight container (so long as you store it in a cool, dry, dark cabinet). Milk and white chocolate can last up to ten months.
- Hard candies typically last up to a year properly stored, and jelly or soft candies can stay fresh between six to nine months.
How Can You Tell If Your Edibles Have Gone Bad?
If you’re unsure of the quality of your edibles, there are a few signs you can look for that will provide clues as to whether or not your products have gone bad:
- Visible mold or mildew
- Condensation (moisture) in the storage container
- A brittle, dry, or rough texture
- Bad or odd smell
Keep Your Edibles Fresh
Proper storage is a must for all cannabis products, edibles included. By storing them correctly, you can help to ensure that they stay fresh. While they won’t last indefinitely, you can at least make sure that they’ll stay good for as long as possible.
Are you looking for high-quality edibles from a cannabis dispensary near Worcester? Check out the selection at Campfire Cannabis. We offer a broad selection of chews, chocolates, gummies, drops, and more. Visit Campfire Cannabis to find the products that best meet your needs and taste preferences.