It’s no secret that buying bigger bags of CBD flowers can cost you less per gram. But when you overdo the bulk and you end up with a stash that’s just too big, you might find yourself wondering — does CBD flower expire?
The short answer is yes, CBD flowers can expire. But with a little know-how on proper storage techniques, you should be able to prolong your flower’s shelf life and outlive the ‘use by date on its packaging.
People tend to think that because CBD flower is dry, it probably won’t expire. But just like any other natural product, CBD flower has a shelf life that’s likely indicated on the product packaging.
As a general rule, your CBD flower should be good to use for up to 12 months or more since the day it was packaged. Vendors will indicate the ‘use by date on the package to guide your usage schedules and consumption.
But why exactly does CBD flower expire in the first place? Well, there are three major reasons why your CBD flower might no longer be viable for use.
However contrary to popular belief, it isn’t only an excess of water that could be damaging to your stash. Too little moisture can dry out the leaves and cause their organic compounds to fizzle out of existence. That’s why CBD flowers that are left in hot, exposed areas tend to produce harsh, painful smoke.
It’s particularly important to store CBD flowers properly to avoid unnecessary exposure to heat. Don’t take that as your cue however to store your stash in the freezer, which may present unique difficulties and problems in terms of maintaining stash integrity and quality.
CBD hemp flower that’s not used for years would have lost most of the organic compounds that give it its power. Of course, it doesn’t happen overnight. But degradation occurs regardless of whether you store your CBD flower properly.
Since most CBD flower is homogeneously green and organic, spotting mold might not be as simple as it seems. Small blotches of mold can evade your senses during a basic visual inspection. So it helps to really assess your stash, especially after a long bout in storage.
Here’s how to spot mold on your CBD flower:
Mold on the other hand is dry and dusty. In more advanced, developed contamination, mold may appear as spots with distinct gray and white sections and borders.
Generally, mold gives off an unpleasant smell that’s similar to hay. It may also seem musty or mildewy, depending on how you perceive the odor.
Since mold is dry and powdery, your hemp might also change in texture and feel if contaminated. What was once probably tacky to the touch might suddenly leave dusty remnants on your fingertips.
There are a number of storage practices you can put into action to extend the shelf-life of your CBD flower stash. These include:
Wear a pair of gloves or use a set of utensils to break off pieces that you intend to use. It also helps to take just enough for your dose so you don’t end up tossing unused CBD flowers back into the container.
On top of that, you might also want to avoid stowing your jars behind appliances like your fridge, oven, or other heat sources that could damage the terpenes with excessive temperatures.
Separate a week’s or a month’s portion in a mason jar for daily consumption. The rest of the bulk can be vacuum sealed and stored in a cool, dry place until you need to replenish your jar.
If you find that your CBD flower has gotten way too dry over the course of its stint in storage, you can rehydrate it with nothing more than a citrus peel. Take a strip of lemon, orange, or lime peel and toss it into your nug jar.
Seal the container and ‘burp’ the jar by releasing air once every twelve hours. Your dried hemp flower should be fresh and ready to use after about a day.
All good things come to an end, but with proper storage techniques, your CBD flower stash should last well after that use-by date. Make sure to keep your bulk buds in tip-top shape and preserve their precious chemistry by putting these storage best practices into action at your home.