“Does weed go bad and unsafe to use at all?” Now you ask this question after discovering the package of weed you stored in your pantry for only God knows since when. You do not want the money that you spent on it go to waste if there is a single chance that you can use it safely. Now you are in a dilemma asking, “Should you use this weed, or should you throw it away?”
The answer to this question is it depends. It depends on the condition of the weed and your standard of what ‘bad’ means. Here are what most users’ definition of what ‘bad’ is to them.
Marijuana is not like any other food. It came right into your hands as a dried and cured goods. For this reason, microorganisms do not reside in it.
However, if your marijuana product is in the form of edibles, like brownies or cake, you should consider the shelf-life of the other ingredients to decide. Although marijuana per se will not cause you to have diarrhea, the different components might.
If your definition of bad is the loss of that high effect, then you should throw your weed away if it is legal in your country or state. Weeds lose or alter its potency as it becomes exposed to different environmental elements.
As you may already know, cannabis contains several compounds called cannabinoids. Heat can alter some of these compounds.
Before a grower makes it available in the market to get into your hands, the grower dried and cured it. Because of the drying process, the flowers have been exposed to heat, undergoing the buds into the method called decarboxylation.
Because of this process, the natural compound of weed, called tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA), will turn into THC, the desirable psychoactive property of marijuana.
However, if your weed becomes exposed to air and further heat sunlight, for example, this THCA will convert into cannabinol (CBN). The CBN is not as psychoactive as the THC. Thus, smoking it will possibly not get you high.
On a positive note, CBD provides a good sedative effect. For this reason, your weed can still be handy if you have a sleeping problem or if you need some help getting you a good sleep.
If weed becomes exposed to excessive heat, not only the heat transform your weed’s THCA to CBN, but it also makes smoking unpleasant to the users. Inhaling, it can be already unpleasant because of the burning sensation to the throat.
As mentioned, the old weed per se will not cause you any harm. However, it still depends on its condition because of the way on how you store it.
If molds are dwelling on your weed, better throw it away. It is the time when the answer to the question, “Does weed go bad?” is yes.
Smoking moldy weed can lead to unpleasant side effects, which can sometimes be fatal, especially to those with respiratory problems.
These side effects are:
As you notice, the level of the badness of your weed upon your discovery roots from the way how you stored it in the first place. If you kept it in a hot environment, it probably has already lost its potency. However, if you placed it in a humid climate, mold might already be dwelling on it.
For this reason, you should know how to store your weed so you can preserve its freshness for as long as possible.
The simplest way to store your weed correctly is to place it in a dry mason jar and keep it in a cool and dry place.
A study has been conducted when a cannabis lover experimented on his weed. He wanted to find out what would happen to his marijuana after storing it for five years.
After five years and getting the results from a lab, he found out that his weed still preserved a large amount of THC, although some of them already turned to CBN.
Its appearance and texture degraded. From lime green, the colors become dull and crunchier.
The terpenes are still present after five years, not changing the scent is still strong. However, the taste becomes harsh in the throat.
Also, the oldest cannabis that has been discovered was about 2700 years old. What is surprising about it is that it still contains a large amount of THC. According to the expert, it is due to the alkaline soil that helped preserve the weed.
Now that you know what typically happens to old weed, you can now use your judgment to answer the question, “Does weed go bad and unsafe to use?”