Edibles are a fun and delicious way to consume cannabis, and like other food products, they have a shelf life! Depending on the type of edible you have, there will be varying storage recommendations and a different best before date. Here are some storage suggestions to avoid getting burned by stale or inedible cannabis edibles.
How To Store Gummies and Candies
These will last a while as sugar acts as a natural preservative, but air and fluctuation in temperatures can mess with the textures. These should be kept in an airtight container, in a cool and dry place. If you are handling caramels, they should be individually wrapped, or you may find yourself a large caramel clump in the future. Hard candies should last around a year, while anything softer should be good for around six to nine months.
How To Store Cannabis-Infused Baked Goods
Air is the enemy of baked goods. If not wrapped and stored in an airtight container, your cannabis-infused baked goods can grow hard and stale. Remember that there is still air in an airtight container, and you will want to remove all contact with air. If your baked goods are individually wrapped, great, if not, toss them in a sandwich bag and remove the air from the bag before sealing them in an airtight container. Baked goods have a shorter shelf life at around two weeks in a pantry, a month in the fridge, or around three months in the freezer.
How To Store Chocolate Edibles
Like regular chocolate, these will be sensitive to humidity and temperature. Make sure any leftovers are wrapped in foil and stored in a cool and dark place. You can also refrigerate chocolate to extend the shelf life by two to four months and will create a harmless sugar bloom on the surface. If placed in the fridge, ensure there is a proper label and a completely airtight container as chocolate will absorb flavours and smells from within your fridge. Dark Chocolate will last around a year, while milk and white chocolate are somewhere in the eight to ten months range.
The general idea is to keep your cannabis-infused edibles in a cool and dry place, with little exposure to air and light! Of course, edibles were made to be consumed, so you can always just consume them in a timely manner and grab more from your local cannabis dispensary when you need it!