Why Does It Matter to Store Delta-8 Properly?
When you don’t make the extra effort to store hemp products correctly, you will find yourself wasting money and having to replace them frequently.
And who wants to throw away products? No one.
It doesn’t take much time to make sure your items are properly stored, and when they are, you’ll have products that can last for up to a year.
With our tips below, you’ll combat losing flavor and effectiveness so that you can have more sessions.
Did you know that different Delta-8 THC products have a different shelf life? The challenge of storing each type correctly can become tricky, especially if you have no idea how long the product can last. Finding out the best ways for Delta-8 THC storage can increase the longevity of your products. The more you learn about the Delta-8 THC you purchase, the more responsible you can be with them.
Even when you purchase the best quality products on the market, you are only wasting your money if you aren’t properly storing them. To get the most out of your Delta-8 experience, fresher is better.
Shelf Life of Delta 8 THC Products
Each Delta-8 THC product has a different shelf life. Some last longer than others, like tinctures over edibles. The higher the concentration, the longer the product tends to last. You also have to be conscious of the other ingredients present in the product (like baked goods).
Delta-8 THC Tinctures
Shelf Life – Tinctures are a higher concentrated extract, much like vape cartridges and spirits. These products have an almost infinite shelf life if they have been made and preserved properly. These products degrade slowly over time, making them perfect for low-maintenance storage. In the right environment (cool and dark), the tincture can “chill” for a year or more without consequence.
Delta-8 Edibles – The shelf life of edibles depends on the type of ingredients used to make it and how it is stored. For example, many baked desserts use butter or other fats, which can break down the Delta-8 THC quicker. Pastries also tend to spoil if not consumed within a specific time.
How to Store Delta-8 Products
As stated above, storing your products properly is essential to maximizing their longevity and effectiveness.
And to do this, you’re going to need to know the basics of storing each item.
How to Store Delta-8 Gummies
As long as you keep it in a cool and dark place in your home, it will last far longer than you’d expect.
Additionally, continue to store it in its original packaging. Unless it didn’t come in a sealed container or the storage is damaged, it will do just fine.
If you remove it from the packaging it comes in, store it in a sealed plastic bag and then in a plastic container or glass jar.
Remember, hemp products are best when placed in a consistent environment. However, if you plan to bring your gummies to the beach, bring a cooler.
The cooler will keep your gummies intact and delicious. If you did throw it into your beach bag and left it out in the sun, it would turn into a gooey mess.
How to Store Delta-8 Baked Goods
When you buy Delta-8 baked goods, treat it like a store-bought bakery item.
If you plan to eat it within a few days after opening, it will do well wrapped in plastic and placed in a glass jar or plastic bag in a fridge.
However, if you would rather use your baked goods sporadically, it’s best to wrap it in wax paper and then place it in a plastic bag to put in the freezer. As long as it stays in the freezer, it can last six months.
What happens when you’re ready to take it out of the freezer?
Before you rush to eat it, set it on the counter to thaw for a few hours. Once it's ready, you can enjoy the taste and effectiveness of the product.
How to Store Delta-8 Carts
How annoying is it to have a cart that is plugged up? You don’t even have to answer this question…because we’ve been there.
But what if we told you it didn’t always have to be this way?
With our tips, it won’t be an issue again.
There are many reasons that a vape will clog, but it primarily stems from improper storage.
If you store your cart in a hot or cold area and then bring it to a location with the opposite temperature, the liquid will clog the vape.
Another factor is the position you place it in.
As convenient as it is to throw it in a purse or a bag when you’re on the go, take the extra moment to place it vertically at room temperature.
This combination will combat clogging, so when it’s time to inhale, you’ll be able to.
How to Store Delta 8 Distillate
Distillate is not a difficult product to store. Simply place it in a cabinet in your home that is away from light and in a temperature-consistent environment.
Delta-8 distillate can last up to a year and can be added to foods, flower, or mixed into drinks.
But this is not the product to travel with. So keep it at home to avoid having it lose its effectiveness.
How to Store Delta-8 Flower
If your hemp flower is in a plastic bag, you need to read this section and take notes.
Cannabis flower can lose quality quickly if they're not stored correctly. And let’s be frank, no one wants to buy Delta-8 Flower
and have them lose their aroma and effectiveness.
There needs to be a balance between the location, storage container, and humidity.
If your cannabis is stored in an area with high temperatures, it could further dry out the flower and reduce the trichomes and other active cannabinoids.
And in a humid environment, it could cause your cannabis to grow mold.
For the ideal setting, place your hemp flower in a glass container, away from light, in a dark and cool location.
How to Store Delta-8 Concentrate
Cannabis concentrates are for enthusiasts that enjoy leveling up their hemp game.
But as you’d imagine, a lot goes into preserving this type of product.
So before you make the purchase, you need to consider where you plan to store it.
The biggest variables to look out for are humidity, heat, and light.
For short-term storage, we recommend placing it in a small silicone container in a cool, dark place. Air is the enemy for concentrates, so only open the container when necessary.
Concentrates can last in a cabinet for up to a month.
For long-term storage, place it on parchment paper and then in a jar. And lastly, put it in the freezer until you’re ready for your next use.
Doing this will ultimately preserve the concentrates for up to a year.
How to Store Your Delta-8 THC Edibles Properly
There are different methods of storing Delta-8 THC, which may be effective for prolonging the life of the product in question. The storage method becomes most important when handling edibles because they have the shortest shelf life of most Delta-8 THC products.
Can You Freeze Edibles to Extend Shelf Life?
The rule of thumb when using edible Delta 8 THC products is to freeze the excess. At the correct temperature, frozen edibles can retain freshness for six months or more. This process similarly preserves the cannabinoids. You can use the freezer to store your edibles if you don’t plan on consuming them within their “Use By Date.”
Keep Delta-8 Out of Direct Light
All Delta-8 THC products should be kept out of direct light, not just edibles. Direct light can degrade the cannabinoid but is especially true for edibles and flower. Light breaks down the molecules and makes the product less potent. The ideal location would be room temperature or lower with total darkness. These conditions are especially true for any hemp-derived products.
Avoid Oxidation with Delta-8 Airtight Storage
Air is your edible Delta-8 THC product’s kryptonite. The air begins the oxidation process, which ruins the entire preservation process for edibles. Using containers that create a vacuum or airtight seal is the best way to preserve your products, especially if they will be consumed before the date specified for use. For the avid Delta 8 product consumers, your local retailer may sell containers specifically designed to keep your products fresh with a true vacuum seal.
Identify Spoiled Delta-8 Products
Even with some of the best storage practices, your products can (and will) go bad. If you have a product that you think has gone bad, look for the common signs. There are some different things to look for when looking at your products. If any of the following is true, throw them out immediately:
Your baked goods appear to be dry and odorless
Discoloration is present, or a strong mildew odor is present
Visual signs of mold or it is past the “Use By Date”
Try as you might, keeping your Delta-8 THC products perfectly preserved (especially edibles) might prove challenging. A lot of it is trial and error, depending on your experience with each of the products.
Does Delta-8 Expire?
Delta-8 products do expire.
And if you’re concerned about whether your products have, here are some characteristics to look for:
- Unusual smell
- No effects
If you notice that your product smells or has changed in color, do not consume it.
But if you did consume it, and there were little to no effects, that can also mean it expired.
Consuming expired products is not the end of the world, but it should be avoided.
Quality Matters in Delta-8 THC Storage
Quality over quantity is a good rule of thumb to use when looking at any type of cannabinoid product. The higher the quality, the better the product. The better the product, the easier the preservation process. Even with high quality, if you don’t respect the storage process, you might as well have bought the lower-quality product.
Think about it like this – you buy two gallons of milk, both with the same expiration date. The first gallon of milk is put in the refrigerator at the optimal temperature. The other gets forgotten in the trunk of the car on a 70-degree day. Which do you think is going to last longer? The same philosophy applies to Delta-8 and other cannabinoids.
When you put your Delta-8 THC products
in the right storage situation (cool and dark), you prolong the lifespan. Even though tinctures can last longer than edibles, you shouldn’t disrespect the storage process.
Storing Delta-8 products is like storing anything else. As long as you take the necessary time to store it and keep it in a set location, you won’t have any issues. And if you do plan to travel, try finding a place indoors that mirrors its last location.