Edibles have become a popular way to consume cannabis due to their convenience and discretion. However, like all food products, edibles also have an expiration date. Eating expired edibles can have adverse effects on your health, so it’s important to know what happens if you consume them past their expiration date.
Loss of Potency
The first thing that happens when edibles expire is a loss of potency. THC, the main psychoactive compound in cannabis, begins to break down over time, especially when exposed to light, air, and heat. As THC degrades, the effects of the edibles will become weaker or nonexistent. This means that you may not feel the desired effects of the edibles, or the effects may be much weaker than expected.
Risk of Bacterial Growth
Another risk of eating expired edibles is the potential for bacterial growth. As food products age, they become a breeding ground for bacteria and other microorganisms. This can lead to foodborne illnesses such as Salmonella, E. coli, or Listeria. Symptoms of these illnesses can include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever.
Mold growth is another risk associated with eating expired edibles. Mold can develop on the surface of the edibles or within the product, especially in humid or moist environments. Consuming mold can cause respiratory problems, allergic reactions, and even toxic effects. Moldy edibles should never be consumed, as they can cause serious health problems.
Changes in Taste and Texture
As edibles expire, they may also undergo changes in taste and texture. The food product may become stale, dry, or hard, making it unappetizing or difficult to chew. This can be a sign that the edibles are no longer safe to consume.
Reduced Shelf Life
Edibles typically have a shorter shelf life than other cannabis products, such as dried flower or concentrates. This is due to the fact that they are made with perishable ingredients, such as butter, oil, or flour. In general, edibles can last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, depending on the type of product and the storage conditions. However, consuming expired edibles can increase the risk of foodborne illnesses or other health problems.
Eating expired edibles can have adverse effects on your health. The potency of the edibles will decrease over time, making them less effective. There is also a risk of bacterial growth, mold development, changes in taste and texture, and reduced shelf life. To avoid these risks, it’s important to store edibles properly and check the expiration date before consuming them. If you are unsure whether an edible is safe to consume, it’s better to err on the side of caution and throw it away. As with all cannabis products, it’s important to consume edibles in a safe and responsible manner.