Expired Edibles – What’s the Deal?

Expired Edibles – What’s the Deal?

By Grow How

The subject of expiration dates is one that never fails to split both the public and indeed the public health community right down the middle. As far as some are concerned, expiration dates exist for a reason and should be heeded at all times for the sake of health and wellbeing. Others however remain adamant that expiration dates should be interpreted as guidelines only and are often utilised for no reason other to ensure that we throw stuff out prematurely and spend more money.


Mercifully, it’s usually pretty easy to tell when stuff has gone off. After all, rotten fruit is easy to spot, sour milk is pretty nauseating and when meat is past its best…well, it doesn’t exactly keep it a secret! But what about marijuana edibles? When it comes to the kinds of goodies that are now being sold completely legally in Colorado, exactly what are the experts saying about the expiration dates slapped on marijuana munchies?


Well, one of the fundamental requirements of anything edible sold in Colorado is of course that it features a clear expiration date. Unsurprisingly however, buyers in pretty large numbers are asking plenty of questions as to whether or not these expiration dates really mean anything, or whether it’s safe for the goods in question to be consumed longer than stated. And if it is, what kind of effect does passing its expiration date have on the THC content that does the job with marijuana edibles?   


The simple answer is, Denver's Department of Environmental Health is basically approaching marijuana edibles with the same rules and guidelines as all other foods.


As far as experts in the weed community are concerned, time itself shouldn’t actually have a great deal of impact or influence whatsoever over the THC level or quantity within an edible marijuana product. Instead, it’s the actual product into which the weed is baked that will determine whether or not it’s a good idea to eat it after its expiration date. Or in other words, rather than looking at marijuana edibles as a separate group of consumables entirely, the best advice is to forget there’s any weed in them and treat them as you would standard edibles.


The fact that there is pot in the recipe apparently is inconsequential, as far as expiration dates are concerned.


The simple fact of the matter is that when it comes to marijuana edibles, a variety of legal and legislative roadblocks across pretty much every Western territory have led to very little intensive research being carried out. The effects of smoking marijuana have been studied and documented for generations – marijuana edibles by contrast are a different story entirely. Which to a certain extent stands to reason, as consuming marijuana has always taken something of a distant backseat to smoking the stuff. Nevertheless, interest in marijuana edibles is accelerating by the day not only in Colorado, but all over the place.


In the absence of any conclusive findings with regard to the effects of marijuana edibles and safe use practices, the general consensus in the meantime is one that points to common sense caution. You start small, you wait and see what happens, you see how it all makes you feel and then you manage your future consumption accordingly. You don’t eat anything if you have no idea what’s in it, you try to avoid marijuana edibles in conjunction with alcohol and you never under any circumstances try to force anyone else into eating something they don’t want to.


Just don’t worry too much about the expiration dates – apparently they had nothing whatsoever to do with the weed itself.



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