Does Cannabis Lose Its Potency Over Time?

Does Cannabis Lose Its Potency Over Time?

If you have some older cannabis in a drawer or you are worried about your cannabis being less than fresh, you may also be wondering if your cannabis can lose its potency?

The easiest answer to that question is that most cannabis maintains a stable shelf life from 6 months up to a year in proper storage. When it is stored improperly it can collect moisture, mold, and decompose.

Quality Storage

Cannabis will age and the terpenes will continue to break down as soon as the plant is put into a container. When this happens, it is likely that the flavor and scent will be the first thing to go on your cannabis. The THC will also break down as well. After a full year, your cannabis loses roughly 16% of the total THC inside it.

Quality storage means making sure that the air and moisture cant get into the product. A pill container or sealed container with a proper seal is a good start. Cannabis also needs to be kept in a cool and dry place. If it is exposed to a warmer temperature, it can become moist and humid which can lead to mold growth.

Cannabis can also be too dry to consume after a time and this will lead to it breaking down into dust which can damage your lungs.

Making sure that you can store your cannabis in a cool and dry place is always a good choice. To enjoy the maximum benefits of your cannabis it is important to consider using your cannabis when it is fresh from the dispensary. Choosing to order in smaller amounts and ordering often is one of the best ways to ensure consistency with dosing. Rather than taking the risk, always trust in the quality and fresh cannabis.

This post was written by Flo Sugyatno, operations manager of LOCAL’d and cannabis expert. LOCAL’d is a helping hand to the companies that strengthen your community in the Washington, DC area. Helping them to grow through financial and promotional support, LOCAL’d is one of the best services for weed delivery in DC!