You lose track of your weed and it vanishes. It's a sad tale- before you find your supply months or years later, right when you need it. But, hold on, is this pot still good? Is it possible for marijuana to go bad? Is there such a thing as stale weed? All you need to remember is right here.
Many marijuana users have wondered if their cannabis has gone bad at some point, whether they purposely stored it away or forgot about an old stash. The short answer is no, but it depends on your idea of "bad" and the way you stored it. Weed doesn't go bad the way a container of mayonnaise or another food product does, but it can be stale or moldy(which has serious repercussions).
Does weed go bad, how to tell?
How does the old weed look?
It's definitely not going to be much fun to smoke your newly discovered stash if it doesn't look like marijuana anymore — just some dried-out powdery leaves. If your marijuana has a fuzzy white powder growing on it, it is moldy and should not be smoked unless you want to avoid heart and lung problems.
How does the old weed Sound?
Snaps, no crackles, should be heard when pulling apart your rediscovered weed in your hands, as this indicates that your weed is too dry. If your marijuana is quiet, it means it has a lot of moisture, and you should check for mold.
How does the old weed Smell?
Mold is most likely to blame if your old stash smells musty, like piss, or like a locker room. Bad storage or pesticide pollution cause chemical or plastic scents. Old marijuana does not smell as strong as it did the day you stowed it away and forgot about it, but it should be free of odors. Weed should have a distinct odor.
How does old weed Taste?
If your old stash appears to be mold-free and you plan to light some up, you'll be able to tell if it's really gone bad by the taste. It should also smell and taste like marijuana, with no off-flavors.
Does old weed negatively affect your health?
Weed does not technically go bad in the sense that it has a harmful impact on the consumer. The antique pot will not poison you or have a significant effect on your body. If you don't have any underlying illnesses, smoking old marijuana won't cause any significant health problems. However, if not stored correctly, its potency would most likely decrease or be altered. The taste and texture of older cannabis can also change.
Does moldy weed negatively affect your health?
Smoking moldy marijuana is unhealthy and, in some cases, fatal. People with immune system problems, asthma, or respiratory problems are the most vulnerable.
Smoking moldy marijuana has different effects depending on the form and amount of mold present. The most common side effects of smoking moldy cannabis are as follows:
- Increased trouble breathing
- Heart palpitation
- Aspergilloma - Mold growth in the lungs
- Pneumonitis - Inflammation of the walls of the alveoli in the lungs
How to check for moldy weed?
Mold can be difficult to detect unless you look very closely. White powdery or fuzzy spots, some of which may be very small, are the most common symptoms.
Moldy weed usually has a musty, hay-like aroma. It also has a slightly sour taste. Even if your weed isn't particularly old, a mold inspection is recommended. Bacteria and mold were discovered on 20 cannabis samples purchased from dispensaries and marijuana farmers in Northern California, according to researchers from the University of California, Davis.
Even if you just bought it, if it looks or smells wrong, it's best to chuck it.
How long does it stay fresh?
You can expect your cannabis to remain fresh for six months to a year if it's been properly cultivated, dried, cured, and stored.
You may be able to extend the timeline much further if you've done an outstanding job of storing your marijuana and are a little bit fortunate. It's possible that it'll be close to two years.
However, for the vast majority of marijuana users, the situation is far from ideal. Don't expect to get a full year out of your marijuana if you don't have humidity-controlled storage containers and assume your weed will be exposed to some light and the temperature will be less than ideal.
So, how long does it take for weed to grow? In general, aim to finish your marijuana within six months of buying it. However, if you've invested in high-quality storage equipment, you can extend the period to a year.
Why does Weed lose its potency?
Dried cannabis starts to lose its scent and potency over time. Weed loses roughly 16 percent of its THC after a year, according to some older research, and it just keeps falling from there.
The flowers of marijuana plants contain a variety of chemical compounds known as cannabinoids. Decarboxylation is the mechanism by which cannabinoids are transformed from biosynthetic acids to the psychoactive substances of the weed after they have been dried and heated.
If the cannabis is exposed to too much heat or sunlight, it can be transformed into a separate cannabinoid called CBNA (and thus CBN), according to the Colorado Pot Guide. Because CBN is less psychoactive than THC, it does not get the user as high.
Why does weed lose its taste and scent?
In essence, all of the chemicals that make marijuana unique degrade Many of the cannabinoids and terpenes present in cannabis slowly degrade and lose their potency over time.
Your bud loses taste and fragrance as the terpenes break down. As a result, old bud has a bland flavor and lacks the distinct, sharp odor that fresh cannabis is known for.
Old marijuana may have a harsh and unpleasant flavor. In this case, after the terpenes have broken down, the cannabis can no longer taste or smell as it should.
Merry Jane also stated that smoking excessively dried cannabis can be unpleasant because it tends to burn the throat when inhaled.
How should I be storing my weed, anyway?
Light, humidity, temperature, and oxygen can all influence the scent, taste, and potency potential of cannabis.
Here are some things to think about when storing cannabis to keep it safe and high-quality for as long as possible.
Also See: Here's How You Keep Your Weed Dry During Monsoons
Choose the appropriate container.
Ditch the plastic bags and containers. Plastic collects static, which can damage delicate trichomes (the small, crystal-like hairs on flowers that contain cannabinoids and terpenes) and reduce potency.
Also, little tins should be avoided because they let so much oxygen in. Your best bet is to use airtight glass pots, such as a mason jar. They don't have any static charge and help to keep oxygen exposure to a minimum. They're also cheap and quick to come by.
Watch the humidity
Weed thrives in a relative humidity range of 59 to 63 percent. Any higher than that and you risk trapping moisture, which can lead to mold formation. Anything less than this will cause your weed to dry out.
If you really want to get fancy, you can add humidity packs to your containers to help protect your stash. You can also take it a step further and store your marijuana in a humidor designed specifically for cannabis.
Keep it cool, dark, and dry
It's just as important, if not more important, to keep cannabis in a cool, dry location away from direct sunlight.
Cannabis can be damaged by direct sunlight, and too much heat can trap moisture and lead to mold growth.
Keeping it too cold, on the other hand, can cause it to dry out and lose its valuable trichomes, which is why the refrigerator and freezer are not recommended.
Keep cannabis in a quiet, cool place, such as a closet or refrigerator, where the temperature stays below 77°F (25°C).
Smoking aged cannabis, on the other hand, will almost always result in a lower high than normal. Marijuana can be kept fresh and potent for months or even years if properly stored. It will do wonders if you keep it in a glass or ceramic jar in a cool, quiet, and dry place. Consider vacuum-sealing it if you want to make sure it stays as new as possible.