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When you make cannabis tincture and it is appropriately stored, it can last indefinitely. This is one of those fun facts that you probably didn't know about. If you leave it in the stored container and location without any disturbance and it is stored in the ideal environment, it can definitely last for years with little or no degrading at all. On the contrary, even if you make cannabis infused edibles to perfection and store it in the perfect environment, it won't last for a very long time. And so that is the difference between the two. The same is true for other cannabis products.
Products that are infused with marijuana can differ as it relates to shelf life. However, in most cases, it depends on how these cannabis products are prepared, the ingredients being used, the storage conditions and what the product will be used for. In some cases, perishable ingredients are used, which makes it more susceptible to comprising components and so results in degradation. As it relates to storing infused cannabis products, we have provided some helpful tips and suggestions, which will apply to many of the scenarios used here to improve the product's longevity.
The Storage Consideration
If you are making cooking oil, balm, tincture, salve or edibles, it is safe to say that the cannabinoids are going to suffer degradation, if you put them under heat or light for a prolonged period of time. It is important to consider three important elements when storing your infused cannabis products. The condition, the container and the temperature are three of the distinct elements. In order words, make sure it is stored in a cool and dark place and make sure it is tightly sealed in a desired container. To maintain the right storage temperature, your refrigerator will work in all cases because it extends the shelf life and improves the condition of your cannabis products.
Make sure that your product is not exposed to oxygen, heat or light. For that reason, it must be adequately sealed in an opaque container so you can not only see inside, but so that less light can seep in. If you bought your infused products from a marijuana dispensary, it will be usually packaged and stored adequately. Maintain the same storage capabilities for your own cannabis products and if you have to use the product, be sure to put it back in its original packaged container. It is best to store in a glass container and not plastic container so you don't compromise the infused product over time.
Edibles and Oils
There are nuances to storing oils and edibles. Adequate storage is important so that cannabinoid degradation is eliminated. In terms of edibles there are some ingredients that will contribute to a specific expiration date, no matter how you store it. Things like breads, candies or baked goods are perishable. Luckily there are some cooking oils, for example that will last longer, if proper storage is done. When buying an infused marijuana product from a local dispensary, be sure to pay attention to the expiration date. If you are not sure, make sure you ask your budtender
Long Term Storage
Freezers are another option for long term storage of your cannabis products. This is true for perishable items. However, not every cannabis edible product will do well in a freezer. However, products like cooking oil and butter will extend their shelf life in a freezer.
Final Thoughts on The Best Ways to Store Various Cannabis Products
Portion out your cannabis butters and put them in ice cube trays and in the freezer. For tinctures, make sure the container is made of glass to reduce degradation. However, the use of pure alcohol is better than glycerins in your tinctures. In any event, the key is keeping your cannabis products away from heat, light and air. If you want to learn more about cannabis products, view our cannabis courses.