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Does Marijuana Lose Its Potency Over Time?



Will my marijuana lose potency over time?


One of the first questions you may ask yourself when starting your medical marijuana journey is ‘does marijuana go bad?’ or ‘how long does marijuana last?’ Or maybe you found some old flower that you stored away some time ago, ‘is this still good to consume?’ Good question! How long does marijuana actually last?


With the right storage techniques, marijuana can last a long time. If you are buying medical marijuana that is harvested, dried and cured correctly you can expect your marijuana to last anywhere from 6 months to a year!


How does marijuana go bad?


Scientifically speaking, when marijuana ages, the cannabinoids and terpenes will slowly break down and lose their potency. This causes your marijuana to slowly lose its flavor and scent. Once the cannabinoids have broken down so will the THC; then your marijuana will ultimately lose its potency. However, with proper storage, you can slow this process down!


Proper storage is key!


Your marijuana can last you up to a whole year if it is stored correctly! We do, however, recommend following the expiration date provided on the packaging of your products for the best results.


Facts & tips on storage


  • After one year, marijuana loses almost 16% of its total THC.

  • If marijuana is exposed to warmer temperatures, it can become moist or humid which can develop mold. If marijuana gets mold it will feel spongy and doesn’t make any sound when pulling it apart. This is a sign to not consume!

  • On the other hand, your marijuana can also be ‘too dry’ to consume which you will notice if it breaks apart easily and turns into dust. At this point, it wouldn’t make much sense to consume it since it has lost all the important cannabinoids that are needed to treat medical conditions.


We can help!


If you are an Arkansas resident suffering from a medical condition you think may benefit cannabis, you're likely eligible for medical marijuana treatment. Click here to learn more about what Arkansas Marijuana Card's state-certified medical marijuana doctors can do for you, or give us a call at (844) 249-8714. Our friendly support team can walk you through the entire process and schedule you for an evaluation appointment.


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