Freezing cannabis edibles – is it the best way to store them?

October 23, 2020

Recently, edibles have become a hot favorite for many cannabis consumers. They are absolutely delicious, highly potent, and definitely the most convenient as well as a discreet way to do marijuana. Given their long-lasting effects cannabis edibles are gaining much popularity among the medical cannabis patients across the world. Since the rollout of Cannabis 2.0 rules in last October, Canada has been witnessing a sharp increase in the demand for various cannabis edibles. The online dispensaries now sell a variety of edibles like candies, gummies, lozenges, muffins, cakes, brownies, cookies, tea and beverages to their customers. With the popularity of marijuana edibles rising so fast, there have been many questions and confusion about the edibles among the users. One of the most frequently asked questions is how to keep your stash of cannabis edibles fresh. What is the proper way to store cannabis edibles so that they don’t lose their potency or taste stale? Is freezing cannabis edibles a good idea? This post will clear all your confusions. Keep reading it to know the best ways of storing cannabis edibles and maximizing their shelf lives.

Cannabis edibles – how fast do they lose their potency?

This has happened to many of us. You’ve got a favorable deal for your choice of cannabis edibles and you’ve gone ahead and bought more than enough to last for months. Now, when the order is delivered you are at a fix – how to store the edibles so that they don’t lose their cannabinoid potency. Being food items, they also have a risk of getting stale and uneatable over time. Suddenly, your prized possession becomes a source of headache. Just chill! Here’s everything you need to know about storing cannabis edibles.

First, you need to know that cannabis edibles are more suitable for storing than dried or fresh cannabis buds. As the marijuana experts claim, if stored properly, the cannabis edibles rarely lose their potency for months, even up to a year after their manufacture.

So, there is no need to unnecessarily sweat over your hoard of edibles. It is absolutely safe to store away your favorites as long as you take some precautions. How about freezing cannabis edibles? Is that a proper way to store them? WE will come back to that very soon, but before that you need to learn the potential risk-factors that could affect the potency or other qualities of your edibles.

Things that could affect the cannabinoid potency and the taste of the stored edibles

  • Direct exposure to sun
  • Moisture and humidity
  • Unnecessary light
  • Excessive dry heat
  • Contamination
  • Bugs
  • Mold and bacterial growth

Freezing cannabis edibles – is it an effective way to store them?

Given the risk elements which could damage the potency of the cannabinoids and terpenes in the edibles as well as ruin their flavors, freezing cannabis edibles is the best way to keep them intact for months. As Cheri Sicard, a globally renowned cannabis chef and the author of best-selling books like The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Easy Freezer Meals and The Cannabis Gourmet Cookbook, says ‘freezing edibles makes good sense. You can portion control and save the rest for when you need it.’ This makes freezing cannabis edibles an ideal practice for medical marijuana patients so that they can ration their supply and not consume all of it at once. Refrigerate the edibles properly and they will last for a long period of time.

This is also true for the baked confections. You can extend the lifespan of your cannabis-infused brownies and cookies without them losing their potency or taste by simply storing them in your fridge. Sicard says, ‘Many edibles can be frozen for longer storage along with marijuana butter and oil.  But brownies are one of the easiest foods to freeze.’

Freezing cannabis edibles – the proper way to do it

Freezing is undoubtedly the best method of storing cannabis edibles for long time. However, there are a few things that you need to follow while refrigerating the edibles.

  • Only use opaque containers to protect the edibles from light exposure. If you are using glass jars to keep cannabis oil or butter, put the jar in an opaque bag and then store it in the fridge.
  • Your container must be completely airtight to prevent any moisture buildup or condensation.
  • Before your put them in a container for refrigeration, it is better to wrap your marijuana edibles in a clean parchment paper. You can always use foils or wax papers. But wrapping them in parchment papers will let them breathe a little and prevent them from getting soggy.
  • If you want to be extra careful, you can wrap individual items, portions or small quantities of the edibles in parchment papers, arrange those individually wrapped pieces inside a ziplock food bag, and then put the bag inside an airtight container to store in your fridge. Before you seal the ziplock bag, do not forget to squeeze all the air out of it. 
  • Always check the manufacturing date of the edibles so that you can keep a track of how long you have had them refrigerated.
  • If you’re unsure about whether it is still safe to consume the edibles which have been refrigerated for long, look for any signs of discoloration or molds. If you have them you need to discard them. If the products seem to have lost their original smell or feel too brittle and dry, it is better to avoid them.

If you follow our guidelines carefully, freezing cannabis edibles is certainly the most effective way to store cannabis edibles for months. In this way, you will never have to worry about going out of supply. Go ahead with the bulk purchases of cannabis edibles, refrigerate them properly, and enjoy the bliss of marijuana highs for long stretches of time.