Much has been said about edible marijuana, with many issues surrounding proper packaging and how it can be kept out of the reach of children. Yet no one has really asked, what should you do if you have expired edibles? The obvious answer is to throw it out, but it’s a lot harder than it looks because edibles don’t really come cheap.
According to Denver’s Department of Environmental Health, eating expired edible pot will not necessarily make you sick. They just won’t be at their peak of freshness or quality.
“When it’s past its prime, it’s going to develop spoilage organisms, things that might cause mold, an off taste,” said spokeswoman Danica Lee. “But those are not the same types of organisms that make us sick.” She pointed out that organisms like E. coli and salmonella come from contamination and not decay.
It also won’t have an effect on its tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content, the ingredient that gets people high. “The THC level pretty much stays the same. What changes after the expiration date is the consistency of the edible product itself,” said Stan Zislis, owner of Silver Stem Fine Cannabis.
But those things don’t mean that one should sell or consume expired cannabis edibles. Weed sellers like Zislis destroy it according to state regulator guidelines. Those with expired edibles at home are advised to simply throw them in the trash.
However, if you’re not too keen on throwing away good money from the pricey pot products, Lee said you can preserve them for a longer period of time by freezing them.
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