Exactly how long do edibles last? – 8 things you need to know!
Can you eat weed? Yes, ingesting cannabis is one of the many wonderful ways to enjoy the good herb! If you’re new to the cannabis lifestyle, then you may be wondering, ‘What is an edible?’ An edible is any food baked with activated marijuana as an ingredient; edibles tend to have slow-building but powerful effects. If you just activated some weed by decarboxylating it, made yourself some cannabutter – or even powerfully potent hash butter – and then used your weedy or hashy butter to make weed cookies, or cannabutter brownies, or some trippy space cakes, then you’re going to want your cannabisized cookery to last, aren’t you? Of course you are; weed is kinda expensive and you want to be sure your edible marijuana treats, or medibles, are fresh and tasty for when you feel like a good ganja snack!
A newbie to the nug life may have many questions about weed edibles, such as ‘How long does it take for an edible to kick in?’, ‘How high can you get on medibles?’, ‘How long does an edible high last?’ and ‘How long do edibles last before they go bad?’ If you are a curious cannasseur or beginner ganja gourmet, we will attempt to inform you on how edibles are made, what edibles do, how long do edibles last, how to store edibles, and how long you can expect your high last; so if you munch to medicate or just want a stoney snack that will last a good long time then read on, wayward weed wonderer, and we will dish on the best ways to keep medibles edible.
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(Making weed cookies, image from From Seed to Supermeds on Instagram)
Edible marijuana can be a bit tricky. Sometimes inexperienced people underestimate medibles, thinking ‘seems like edibles not working, must eat more’ and so they do, but then the original dose kicks in – after they eat more – and they end up too high, feeling paranoid, nauseous or couch-locked into a coma. This is not what the Cannabis Brownie Administratoin had in mind! If you are wondering ‘How many mg of edibles should I eat?’ the best answer is to start small, no more than 10mg of edibles the first time, and wait an hour to an hour and a half to see which side effects of the thc content kick in before trying a little more. With medible marijuana treats, moderation is key – they can come on very strong and may also last longer than expected.
What is an edible exactly and how do they get you high? Edibles are food made with marijuana, and like all thc-heavy cannabis treats travel through the gastrointestinal system through a process called fluid cannabinoid pharmacokinetics. The decarboxylated, or activated, cannabinoids start out in your stomach, after you eat some weedy candy or a fudge brownie baked with cannabutter. Then your digesting ganja goodies pass through your intestines, move through the liver, enter your blood plasma, and finally reach your brain.
The length of the entire digestive process can mean that the effects of the medibles you just munched may not be felt for 45 to 90 minutes – it also depends upon what else you have in your digestive tract when you eat, your metabolism, activity level, etc. So that answers ‘how long does it take for an edible to kick in’? As far as how long do medibles stay in your system, that also depends on different factors such as your BMI (body mass index), how much you ate, your metabolism, and the potency of the pot strain used to bake the ‘baked’ goods – generally you will feel the effects for a minimum of two hours.
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How to Store Edibles:
Now, when it comes to pot ponderings like ‘How long does an edible last in terms of freshness?’, ‘Do edibles lose potency?’ and ‘Can you freeze edibles?’ the answers will again vary based on different considerations.
Let’s start with what is an edible and how does it get you high? Edibles are THC and cannabinoid infused food products like weed fudge, pot lollipops, the ever-popular cannabutter brownie, or any other baked good or confection that you make or buy – as long as activated ganja is an ingredient. The four types of edibles are sativa-only, indica-only, a hybrid mix of sativa and indica, and pure CBD. Edible potency and effects depend on the strain used to make the cannabutter or canna-veggie-oil which then becomes part of the dab brownies or cannabisized caramel edible or whatever the particular pot treat is. Butter or oil is first infused with cannabis because fats bind to THC and other cannabinoids and that way they can be more easily absorbed into your body. That’s why cannabutter, cannabis-infused vegetable oil or cannabis coconut oil is listed in most online edible recipes. So, you should refrigerate or freeze edibles just like you do other foods that are made with dairy products like butter, or oil-based products like weed wax brownies; caramelized cannabutter confections like pot lollipops and cannabisized caramel edibles can be stored at room temperature like any other candies.
How long does cannabutter last? A few weeks in regular refrigeration (our personal fridge freezes everything if it’s at the back of the shelves – so if you have an overachieving fridge like ours, a month to six weeks is probably safe enough) and cannabutter lasts up to six months if you freeze it.
Okay, sure, this box is originally meant to help you stash away your smoking accessories. But we also love the idea of using it to store your weed edibles!
The large Wood Box Amsterdam will look great in your kitchen and/or it will safely transport your edible treats to whatever gathering you’re headed to next!
This plain jane stock image is basic enough that you should be able to picture it sitting in your kitchen at home!
( Canna cigars , pipes, and weed with various edible treats, image from La Diabla 420 on Instagram)
How long do brownies last after you’ve baked a batch of marijuana fudge brownies? Refrigerated weedy brownies should be good for at least a couple of weeks before they go stale, like any other food; most cakes or cookies dry out and go stale the longer they are kept, or, they could become moldy under more humid conditions. If you store them at room temperature, put them in a sealed container, or even a cookie jar – but don’t expect them to last more than a week at best without refrigeration.
How long to cookies last in a Ziploc bag? Probably a day or two unrefrigerated, unless you store the baggie in a resealable container; weed cookies in a Ziploc bag will last over a week in the fridge.
Do edibles lose potency over time? Do edibles expire? Other than spoilage because they’re food, edibles should remain potent indefinitely as long as the food itself is edible. Freezing weed edibles is a good option for when you make a lots of pot nummies and want to save some for another time.
Good storage is important when you are wondering how to make weed last longer. Regular leaf does better stored in a cool, dark place in an airtight container. Baked goods made with weed are not too dissimilar – refrigerating or freezing weed edibles will ensure they last a decent amount of time and remain fresh longer.
Turn this Cheech and Chong Glass Stash Jar into a the perfect stash jar for your actual cookies!
With an airtight seal and made from sturdy borosilicate glass, this jar is great for stashing nugs, small cookies, or other tasty weedy treats!
Just imagine the jar in this stock photo filled with your weedy treats!
(Korova edibles weed cookies, image from Call The Dr on Instagram)
If you’ve ever seen some Korova edibles reviews online or in your favorite print weed mag, or if you have watched a Kaneh Co edibles review, or even saw a stoner friend with a packet of Cheeba Chews then you may be wondering where you can get your hands on some medibles to try, like from a dispensary or provisioning center. Korova edibles are for sale at over 700 California locations, so you would have to live in that state to pick up some of their 100mg THC edibles like minicookies that generally sell for $41; in Los Angelos, Kaneh Co edibles sell for $20 apiece for 100mg THC edibles like their brownies. Obviously, other recreational and medical marijuana states have medibles for sale in sizes ranging from 10mg edibles, 25mg edibles, or 100mg edibles. Some states like California are now regulating the amount of THC that can be contained in edible marijuana treats to 100mg, or 10mg per dose. We have run into new regulations decreasing the potency of edibles in our own home state of Michigan.
It increasingly appears that if you want edibles stronger than 100mg THC content, then you are going to have to bake your own.
(Making cannabutter for edibles, image from Hermeline 78 on Instagram)
Making Your own Edibles:
To get you started on your way to becoming a ganja gourmet, here is an easy recipe for cannabutter, along with a simple weed fudge recipe. Back in the opening paragraph, above, you’ll also find links to recipes here on Weed Republic for weed cookies, cannabutter brownies, and how to make super potent hash butter!
½ cup salted butter
¼ ounce weed, finely ground
- Start by melting the ½ cup salted butter on low heat in a saucepan, then add the ground pot, and simmer on low heat for 45 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Then use the cheesecloth to strain your butter, pouring it through the folded cheesecloth on the mesh kitchen strainer into a glass resealable jar with a tight-fitting lid. Use the mixing spoon to press the soggy green weed against the cheesecloth and wire strainer to squeeze out all of the butter. Once you are satisfied that you have every drop, then discard the inert pot plant matter.
- Once the butter cools, refrigerate until it is firm and then use as called for in your weed fudge recipe.
The recipe can be scaled for larger batches of cannabutter, for example 1 pound of butter, or 4 sticks, could be used with an ounce of marijuana, upping the simmer time to 60 minutes.
(Canna fudge or weed fudge, image from Diamond Delight Treats on Instagram)
And the weed fudge recipe:
13x9x2-inch serving dish
Large saucepan or kettle
4 cups sugar
Two small 5-ounce cans of evaporated milk
1 cup cannabutter (from above)
12-ounce package semi-sweet chocolate chips
7-ounce jar marshmallow crème
1 tsp vanilla extract
- First grease a 13x9x2-inch serving dish and set aside.
- Then add canna butter to the 4 cups sugar and the evaporated milk in a large saucepan or cooking pot and heat on medium-high, stirring constantly, until the mixture starts boiling.
- Immediately reduce your heat to medium, continuing to stir for about 12 minutes.
- Now remove your pan from the hot burner and stir in your 12-ounce package of semi-sweet chocolate chips, marshmallow crème and your teaspoon of vanilla – continuing to stir until everything is well-blended.
- Lastly, pour your molten liquid weed fudge into the greased 13x9x2-inch serving dish.
- Once the weed fudge cools down some, refrigerate your newly-made edible until firm, about an hour.
- Finally, slice weed fudge into bite-sized square chunks and serve.
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When it comes to ‘How long do edibles last’, the eight things you need to know are as follows:
So, number one, can you eat weed? Yes, weed can be eaten as medible marijuana or edibles. You are no longer left wondering ‘What is an edible?’ because you know that number two is that an edible is any baked good or candy that is made with cannabis as an ingredient. Neither should it be any longer mysterious ‘How long does it take for an edible to kick in?’, ‘How high can you get on medibles?’, or ‘How long does an edible high last?’ because you have learned that number three, edible effects may not reach full strength for 45 to 90 minutes depending on whatever else you may have eaten, your metabolism, or your activity level; number four, you have learned that the potency of your edible buzz will depend on the strain used to make the cannabutter, the dosage you ate (newbies should stick to 10mg bites at first), and your own metabolic rate; and, number five, you learned an edible high will likely last at least two hours on average.
If you’ve previously wondered ‘How long do edibles last unrefrigerated’ we can tell you that it depends on the type of edible food product – cannabutter-based food should be stored in the fridge for days to a few weeks, but you can freeze weed brownies or any pot treat and it should be good for up to six months. So, number six, using resealable containers in a cool or cold and dark environment is vital to how to preserve weed and how to store edibles. The seventh important fact is that you can buy edibles from a dispensary and they come in 10mg edibles, 25mg edibles, or 100mg sizes, usually. The eighth thing that you need to know is that you can also make your own weedy candy, or learn how to make pot cookies, caramel edibles, wax brownies from hash pucks, or fudge brownies made from cannabutter, and even pop out your own pot lollipops – the internet abounds with weed recipes and Weed Republic has brought you some good ones! So, go forth and munch you some marijuana muffins or suck on some cbd gummies, enjoying the slow-building and long-lasting effects of eating weed!
Here is one last vid on the pros and cons of eating weed edibles, restating some of the same info we’ve given you in this blog:
Researched and written by David and Leah Kaye Weathers.
Can you eat weed? Yes, ingesting cannabis is one of the many wonderful ways to enjoy the good herb! If you’re new to the cannabis lifestyle, then you may be wondering, ‘What is an edible?’ An edible is any food baked with activated marijuana as an ingredient; edibles tend to have slow-building but powerful effects. If
What Is Cannabutter? Benefits, Recipes, and Side Effects
Cannabis, also known as marijuana or weed, is a mind-altering drug that comes from either the Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica plant (1).
These plants have been widely used for centuries for both medicinal and recreational use.
While many people choose to smoke or vape cannabis, edibles have grown in popularity. These edibles often contain cannabutter — a cannabis-infused butter that can be purchased at a local cannabis dispensary or made at home.
Still, keep in mind that cannabis is illegal in many states and countries, so always check with your local government before using it or related products.
This article reviews cannabutter, including its main uses, how to make it, and common side effects.
As the name implies, cannabutter is a combination of cannabis and butter.
It’s most commonly used to make cannabis edibles, particularly baked goods like cookies and brownies.
Before buying or making cannabutter, you should decide what effects you’re hoping to experience.
Cannabis contains two main compounds known as cannabinoids — tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). THC is a psychoactive compound that leads to a high, while CBD is not mind-altering (1, 2 ).
Depending on its intended use, cannabutter may contain only CBD or both CBD and THC.
Cannabutter is cannabis-infused butter. It can contain only CBD, which isn’t psychoactive, or both CBD and THC, which gives it mind-altering properties.
Cannabis offers many health benefits and is becoming more accepted as a natural treatment for various diseases and ailments.
Cannabutter is a smoke-free option and can be used in different edible cannabis products, making it a popular choice.
May alleviate cancer-related symptoms
Many cancer treatments lead to undesired symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and pain, and a lot of research focuses on natural remedies to relieve them ( 3 ).
Cannabis has been used as a natural treatment for nausea and vomiting throughout history. In fact, its anti-nausea properties were one of its first discovered medical benefits ( 4 ).
Cannabis contains compounds called cannabinoids. They affect your body’s endocannabinoid system, which regulates various bodily processes, including mood, memory, and appetite ( 4 ).
While THC has been most extensively studied, it appears that other cannabinoids, such as CBD, may also help treat nausea and vomiting ( 4 ).
However, keep in mind that excessive cannabis use can lead to the same symptoms. Therefore, it’s important to work with a healthcare professional to ensure you’re using cannabis safely and effectively ( 5 ).
Finally, cannabis is widely prescribed to help treat cancer-related pain ( 5 ).
Cannabutter can be incorporated into foods, making it a useful, smoke-free, edible option for people with cancer.
Cannabis is commonly cited as an effective sleep aid.
One review noted that THC alone or combined with CBD improved sleep ( 6 ).
While the underlying mechanism needs more research, it appears that these two cannabinoids affect your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle and decrease pain-associated insomnia ( 7 ).
Still, there are concerns that overusing cannabis may lead to dependency as a sleep aid ( 6 , 7 ).
More quality research is needed to better understand the relationship between cannabis and sleep.
Cannabutter is a versatile, smoke-free cannabis product that can be used to improve sleep quality and help manage nausea, vomiting, and pain.
Though you can purchase cannabutter from a local dispensary in countries and states where cannabis is legal, many people choose to make their own.
To properly make cannabutter, follow these steps.
Step 1: Decarboxylation
It’s important to bake cannabis before making cannabutter.
In its raw form, it contains tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) and cannabidiolic acid (CBDA), which are the inactive versions of THC and CBD ( 2 , 8 ).
By heating these compounds, they undergo decarboxylation — also known as decarbing — and become the active compounds THC and CBD ( 2 , 8 ).
To activate THC and CBD, preheat your oven to 240°F (115°C) and place 1/2-ounce (14 grams) of cannabis onto a baking sheet. Allow it to cook for approximately 30–40 minutes.
If you’re using fresh cannabis, you may need to let it cook for up to 1 hour. Conversely, if you’re using older, drier cannabis, shorten the cooking time to around 20 minutes.
Be sure to stir and rotate the cannabis every 10 minutes to prevent burning. You will know it’s decarboxylated when its color changes from a bright green to a dark brown-green.
Finally, make sure your oven does not exceed 240°F (115°C), as this can destroy important oil compounds called terpenes. These compounds are responsible for the smell, flavor, and medicinal effects of the plant ( 9 ).
Step 2: Stovetop cooking
Once the cannabis has been activated, you need the following:
- 1/2 ounce (14 grams) decarboxylated cannabis
- 2 cups (500 ml) of water
- 2 sticks of butter (approximately 8 ounces or 225 grams)
- 1 medium-sized saucepan with a lid
- 1 wooden spoon
- 2 cheese cloths
- 1 medium-sized glass bowl or container
On very low heat, bring the water to a boil and then add the butter. Once the butter has completely melted, stir it well and add the cannabis to the mixture. Put the lid on and allow it to simmer for 3–4 hours.
Be sure to stir the mixture every 20–30 minutes to prevent burning. The mixture is done when it’s thick and glossy on the top.
Once it’s finished cooking, place two layers of cheesecloth over a glass bowl or container, pour the mixture onto the cheesecloth, and allow the liquid to drain through.
Let the remaining liquid cool at room temperature for 30–60 minutes, then place the bowl in the refrigerator until the butter has completely separated from the water and appears as a thick top layer.
Carefully scrape the butter from the bowl and place it in a separate container. Store it in the refrigerator for immediate or short-term use. Moreover, it can be kept in an air-tight container in the freezer for up to 6 months.
When making edible cannabis products at home, it’s best to use half cannabutter and half regular butter in most recipes. However, you may want to test smaller doses of cannabutter to prevent overconsumption.
To ensure you make cannabutter properly, follow the steps above exactly as outlined. If you don’t wish to experience psychoactive effects, be sure to use THC-free cannabis.
Though cannabutter is safe to eat, you should consider some important side effects.
Unlike smoking or vaping, finding an appropriate dosage for edible cannabis products can be difficult due to varying THC concentrations ( 10 , 11 , 12 ).
This variation is largely due to the quality of the cannabis used, preparation methods, or where the product was purchased ( 10 , 11 , 12 ).
Furthermore, edible cannabis products like cannabutter have longer latency periods, as they’re metabolized differently than inhalable cannabis products ( 10 , 11 ).
With edibles, it can take 30–90 minutes to notice effects, with reactions peaking around 2–4 hours. However, this depends on how much was consumed, as well as your gender, body weight, and metabolism ( 11 ).
In contrast, smoking or vaping cannabis takes effect within 20–30 minutes and usually wears off in 2–3 hours ( 10 , 11 ).
Since cannabutter is added to many baked goods and candy, it can be easy to unintentionally overconsume it due to the enjoyable flavor and unknown THC concentration ( 10 , 11 ).
Common side effects of edible cannabis include dry mouth, sleepiness, paranoia, impaired motor control, and altered senses. If overconsumed, you may experience hallucinations, delusions, or even psychosis (1, 13 ).
Finally, it’s important to securely store your cannabutter and other edible cannabis products since they often resemble candy, cookies, or other baked products.
This can pose a great risk to people who mistake these products for regular food. In fact, children under the age of 5 are at the highest risk of accidental exposure to edible cannabis products ( 14 ).
Using cannabutter doesn’t come without risks. It’s difficult to know the exact concentration of THC in your product, making it easier to overconsume.
Cannabutter is a cannabis-infused butter used to make edibles. This article reviews what cannabutter is, its main uses, how to make it, and common side effects.