If you’re like most cannabis users, you probably have some old cannabis sitting around in some sort of container or jar that you’re starting to think about.
You might think to yourself:
“Can I still use this?”
You might also be asking yourself:
“Can this still get me high, or has the potency worn off?”
These are great questions.
And in this blog post, you’re going to learn 5 uses for old cannabis that can help you to circumvent some of the problems that can arise.
As a general rule, cannabis will last about two years when stored properly.
Veriheal says it like this:
“Cannabis, like any plant or herb stored and used for consumption, has a shelf life. This means that cannabis can go bad, get moldy, and lose potency when stored improperly or simply from age.”
Here are some tips for how to maximize it even as it gets older—and as it spends more and more time on the back of your cannabis shelf.
1. You Can Vape It
If you have a cannabis vaporizer, you may be able to get more bang for your buck out of your old cannabis by vaping it as opposed to lighting it and smoking it that way—and the reason for this is pretty simple.
When you use combustion to create smoke and then inhale that smoke to consume the cannabis, you destroy a certain number of the cannabinoids.
However, vaping can help to preserve some of these cannabinoids.
So this can be a win-win scenario for that older weed that you’re not sure about.
2. Bake It Into Edibles
If in doubt, take that older cannabis and bake it into some brownies or cookies.
There’s nothing better than some amazing edibles.
And even if the cannabis is a bit past its peak date—as long as it’s not moldy or rotten, it’s not going to hurt you in your edibles.
Plus, there’s a chance that it might help to give you one of those amazing edible highs.
The worst-case scenario is that you still end up with some tasty treats to snack on.
3. Turn It Into Kief And Use It With Your Newer Bud
You can grind up your older cannabis, sift it into kief, and mix it with some new cannabis to really maximize whatever benefits it still has to offer.
If you’re worried that it’s not quite up to the task of giving you an awesome smoking experience all on its own anymore, that’s okay.
You can just sprinkle it on top of some of your newer buds and smoke it that way.
This will use up that older weed while also potentially giving you a powerful extra kick that you weren’t even expecting.
4. Share It With Your Friends
Sharing your older cannabis with your friends can be a fantastic way to get it used up so that you can go ahead and buy some new stuff as a replacement.
Have your friends over, pass out the old cannabis, grind it up, vape it, bake it, or do whatever you want to do with it.
But the main idea here is this…
If you enlist your friends in helping you to clear out some of that old bud, they’ll probably happily help you with the task.
And maybe they’ll even return the favor in the future.
5. Rehydrate It With A Citrus Peel
If your cannabis is getting older, it may also be getting dehydrated.
And this can affect the consistency and potency.
However, you can help to combat this by rehydrating it.
This can be accomplished in a number of ways.
But one of the best methods is to take some citrus peels (orange or lemon work the best) and store them in the container with the cannabis to help restore a bit of the lost moisture.
For best results, don’t leave them in the container for longer than 24 hours—as this could lead to a build-up of moisture that could produce mold.
There you have it.
5 of our favorite uses for old cannabis that you can start making use of today.
You definitely don’t need to fret about that old cannabis sitting on the shelf.
In fact, as long as it’s been properly sealed and isn’t over two years old, it might even have some fire left in it.
So give it a try.
And of course, if it smells weird or you detect any kind of mold or mildew, it’s always better to just throw it away.
Better safe than sorry!