Do you know that a properly stored cannabis tincture has an infinite lifetime? This curious fact raises a question whether all marijuana products can be stored for a long time. What if we leave them in an ideal environment undisturbed? This article will tell you the secrets of cannabis lifetime and the rules of storing it.
Unfortunately, the exceptional durability of marijuana tincture is a rare occasion. No matter how hard you try to preserve a brownie, for example, it will never last as long as a tincture does. However, there are some ways to take the most out of the products' shelf life.
The most important thing you need to remember is that marijuana derivatives have different expiration dates. The time depends on the used ingredients, preparation and extraction methods, and the storage conditions. Some elements are more sensitive to the compromising elements.
First of all, to improve the longevity of your infused products, you need to control three main elements—light, heat, and oxygen. You have to follow the three-step rule—dark, cool, and sealed. When it comes to infused products, refrigerators are the best solution. However, do not store flowers there as it may ruin the buds. Though a fridge itself can elongate shelf life, you cannot be cautious enough. To preserve the product better, place it in an opaque storage container and seal it. By the way, if you buy infusions at a good dispensary, they come in a suitable bag.
A fridge is not the only thing that can be a good “storage box” for your infused products. Freezers work as well. Unfortunately, not all goods benefit from this preservation but those that do last very long and remain in a perfect condition. Among such lucky devils are butters, oils, and some other prepared infusions.
Another aspect is plastic. Of course, marijuana products can be stored in a plastic bag, but the ideal solution is glass.
Considering that all cannabinoids degrade equally, other ingredients of the product play a great role. In storing edibles, the ingredients of the treat determine the longevity of the resulted product. For example, all baked edibles will expire sooner than candy or a chocolate bar. Generally, the expiration date of this type of cannabis-infused products remains the same as in a regular brownie or candy. Cooking oils are a completely another matter. They can last for months and even years if stored properly.
When you buy a product, look for the “best by” date on the package. If you are lucky, you will find the information about the required storage conditions as well. Never doubt to ask a budtender about this kind of details. When you cook at home, just rely on the shelf life of other used products.
Tinctures have the most benefits on this matter. Their shelf life is so long that you can keep them for years on end. According to the cannabis expert Ed Rosenthal, they can last indefinitely and remain as useful as before. He mentions that the ideal vessels for tinctures preservation are amber and blue Boston Round dipper bottles. Placing them in a fridge or a freezer, you create perfect conditions and reduce the minute degradation that may occur. Besides, you have to remember that pure alcohol distillations last longer that the tinctures that are made with glycerin.
To cut a long story short, keep your infused products sealed and place them in a fridge. And mind the fact that not all of them are meant to be stored at all. It is always better to eat a fresh cookie than keep it for weeks.