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How Long Will These Marijuana Products Last?

July 26, 2017

It’s important to learn the lifespan of your favorite edibles, concentrates, and other products so you know how long you have to use them before they should be thrown away. Here’s a helpful guide to reference the next time you’re wondering about whether a product is still good enough to use:


Over time, cannabis concentrates from weed shops in Denver will begin to lose their color. If you have concentrates that have darkened and become murky, you may question whether they are still safe to consume. There is no expiration date on concentrates, so they won’t go bad like a carton of milk will after a certain number of days. However, they will lose potency. Concentrates that have started to change color or crumble when you touch them are not nearly as potent as they once were. It’s up to you whether you want to use them anyway, or just toss them and buy fresh products. Learn more about the concentrate shelf life.


Similar to concentrates, the longer that you leave cannabis laying around, the less potent it will become. One study found that cannabis loses about 17% of its potency after being kept at room temperature for a period of one year. However, the cannabis will experience a more significant drop in potency if it is exposed to heat, high levels of humidity, and light. The cannabis may look and feel different as it is left to dry out. It’s very likely that cannabis that has not been consumed after several months will look browner than it initially was and will crumble when you touch it.


Edibles are a food product, so they should have a printed expiration date on the package. This is not the date that the cannabis will go bad, but rather the date that other ingredients used to make the product will. For example, edibles that contain eggs cannot be eaten past the expiration date of the eggs even though the cannabis content may still be safe to eat. Because of this, it’s important to pay close attention to the expiration date on your edibles. If you happen to find loose edibles at the bottom of your handbag or in one of your jacket’s pocket, don’t consume them if you do not know when they expire.


There typically won’t be expiration dates on topical products. However, many topical manufacturers recommend using their products within one year of purchasing them to achieve the most effective results. The product may lose some of its potency within this time, but it should still be effective in relieving pain in a targeted area. If you open the topical container and notice a strange smell, color, or consistency, it’s best not to apply it to your skin.

For more information on cannabis products, stop by Altitude Dispensary, one of the best weed shops in Denver. Our knowledgeable budtenders can help you find the right medical or recreational product to suit your needs. Contact Altitude Dispensary for more information today!