Running out of cannabis product is a tragic scenario that one should never have to experience. Worse yet, is having to throw out cannabis products because you’ve neglected to properly store them. (Just set your money on fire, right now.) A well-stored and properly constituted cannabis product can have a very long shelf life. Here are some tips on how to properly store your cannabis concentrates to avoid degradation and compromised perishables.
Tip #1: Throw it in the fridge
Cannabinoids degrade under extreme conditions like exposure to heat, light, or oxygen. Improve the longevity of your cannabis concentrate by making sure your product is stored in a cool, dry place, and away from direct sunlight. Your fridge is the perfect place to store your cannabis concentrates for a prolonged life span. This storage trick works for edibles, tinctures, salves, balms, and cooking oils (does not work for cannabis flowers).
Tip #2: Dark storage containers
Another way to prolong the shelf-life of your cannabis concentrate is to store your product in a dark or opaque storage container. Typically, dispensaries or retailers will provide opaque plastic containers that can be sealed. If your cannabis concentrate is homemade, dark apothecary-style jars work really well. In general, dark glass containers work the best for long-term storage. Make sure you seal your container are jars–the less oxygen that can permeate, the better.
Tip #3: Check the expiration date
Proper storage can help prevent cannabinoids from degrading, but for some products, like edibles, there are other ingredients that will cause the product to expire relatively quickly. Always look for an expiration date on your cannabis edibles to figure out how much time you have. If you remove the packaging for your edible, be sure to write the expiration date somewhere on a Ziploc bag or on the tupperware you’re using for storage. Putting edibles in the freezer can help them stay fresh for a bit longer than the baker intended. But for safety reasons, we recommend not pushing that expiration date further than a few days even if stored in the freezer.
Cannabis-infused cooking oils and butters work well in the freezer too. Tinctures are fairly long-lasting on their own. If stored in a dark jar away from direct sunlight and extreme heat, tinctures can last indefinitely. Tinctures that are made with glycerins have a shorter shelf-life than those made with pure alcohol distillations.