What Happens to Old Cannabis?

Just like with everything else in the world, over time your cannabis starts to break down. Oxygen, water vapor, and temperature all play a part in breaking down the chemicals in marijuana which are what you benefit from. 

When exposed to the elements, the chemicals in marijuana begin to break down. The cannabinoids start to decompose and the terpenes become degraded. The older marijuana that you have lying around will probably have higher levels of CBN and less taste. CBN is a cannabinoid that doesn’t get you high on its own. 

Cannabis Buds

Speaking of getting you high on its own, THC is one of the chemicals which degrades over time. If the THC degrades, then your marijuana will lose its ability to get you high over time. 

You will see a diminishing return on your weed as it gets older. It will begin to have less and less of an effect. In addition, it will become “harsher” to smoke and taste less like the product you were expecting. So can you use old weed? Read on and we will explore this. 

Can you Use Cannabis Which is a Bit Old?

Time can wreak havoc on your marijuana. It can turn a bud that is potent and full of life into a dried-out husk which does little more than scratch your throat. This can be unpleasant, and downright uncomfortable. If you use old weed in a vape, you can mitigate some of these unwanted effects. Just be aware that old marijuana burns faster and does not produce as much vapor compared to fresh cannabis. 

So what can you still partake in old bud? It is complicated, but the short answer is yes. You will most likely not have as good a buzz. Also, you will probably not have a fantastic flavor to your weed. You can still smoke or vape old marijuana, but you will not get the same result you would from fresh bud. 

So what can you do about old marijuana? How can you help to stave off the effects of your bud aging? Let’s tackle that in the next section. 

If You Want to Enjoy Your Weed for A Long Time, You Must Store It Properly

So how do you keep your bud viable for as long as possible? How do you slow down the process of it breaking down? There is really only one way to preserve your marijuana over time. You will have to store your weed properly in order to preserve the beneficial effects of your marijuana, for as long as possible. 

You will need to make sure you have proper storage to mitigate the effects of humidity, temperature, light, loss of THC, loss of flavor, and the degradation of cannabinoids. Also, you do not want to store your weed in plastic as it can cause your weed to “sweat” and lose moisture. 

Buds in Jar

You will want to keep your weed out of exposure to the air also. By slowing down the conversion of THC to CBN, your cannabis can stay useful for longer periods of time. A good side effect of this is that you do not need to worry about using up all of your stock as quickly as possible. 

It should be noted that the period of time in which cannabis remains fresh has yet to be accurately identified. For this reason, you should always inspect your weed first after a long period of storage.

With proper storage, one can retain much of the consistency of cannabis and its derivatives. It is impossible to fully stop the effects of aging on marijuana. That being said, the process can be slowed as long as one eliminates the factors that are mainly responsible for the chemical change - UV light, humidity, heat, and oxygen.

What is the Ideal Temperature to Store Your Weed?

As mentioned earlier, you do not want your marijuana to be introduced to temperatures that are too hot. Having the temperature too high when you store your marijuana will hasten the breakdown of the marijuana. If you combine this with humidity, you are risking introducing mold to your stash. The ideal temperature to store your marijuana at is about 70 degrees F (21.1 degrees C). 

Thermometer

High temperatures can also dry out your marijuana and help to break down the compounds in your cannabis. This will lead to a loss of quality to your product. Keep in mind that the more of the compounds that degrade over time, the more ineffective your marijuana will become. 

You will want to store your weed in an airtight container. You will also want it to be a dark color or completely removed from direct light. If at all possible, do not store in a plastic container. Try to put your marijuana in a cool place. A refrigerator is better than it being exposed to hot temperatures. Lastly, if at all possible use a humidity control packet. Just make sure it is not toxic and follow the directions. There are packets that are specific to use with marijuana. 

Conclusion

The best way to preserve your cannabis, for as long as possible is to store it properly. This is the only way you can help to preserve the effectiveness of your weed. Nothing will stop it from degrading, but proper storage can stave off the effects of time. 

Jars

You will want to store your weed in an airtight container. You will also want it to be a dark color or completely removed from direct light. If at all possible, do not store it in a plastic container. Try to put your marijuana in a cool place. A refrigerator is better than it being exposed to hot temperatures. Lastly, if at all possible use a humidity control packet. Just make sure it is not toxic and follow the directions. There are packets that are specific to use with marijuana.