Here’s the thing — everyone loves Delta-8 THC. It’s an all-natural hemp extract that has taken the world by storm. There’s not a place you can go where people aren’t talking about Delta-8 — Delta-8 Gummies, Delta-8 Vapes, Delta-8 Candy, and more. And why? Well, we all know why. Because thanks to Delta-8 THC, all of us can now feel the buzz and do so legally. Fresh, potent, and powerful euphoria is available right at our fingertips, hassle-free, and it is wonderful.
But all of that can change in an instant. We’ve told you that several states want to ban Delta-8 THC, and we weren’t kidding. After all, no one likes fun less than your local politician.
Don’t think it can happen to you? Well, then you haven’t been reading the news.
“My concern is that we have no idea what these products are,” said one president and chief scientific officer of an analytical testing firm in the northeastern United States. “Consumers are being used as guinea pigs. To me, that’s horrific.” Horrific! With words like that, you know politicians are gearing up to drop the ban hammer any day now. Somebody needs to protect the children!
In all seriousness, what’s really happening here is a little free-market competition. Delta-9 companies don’t like Delta-8 companies taking away their customers, so they start making baseless claims that Delta-8 is a scary, terrible, horrific compound. We all know that couldn’t be farther from the truth. As a hemp-derived product, Delta-8 THC is one of the safest cannabinoids around. And like its cousin, Delta-9, there’s been no reports of anyone having anything horrific happen to them.
But that doesn’t stop your local politician from working the masses up into a rage. To date, several states have already banned Delta-8 THC, and several more are trying. The good news is, Delta-8 THC remains federally legal, and many states have refused to ban it. And anyone worried about unsafe products only has to check out our CBD Lab Reports to know that we keep everyone safe and secure at Diamond CBD with third-party testing.
Still, all of this talk of banning Delta-8 THC got us thinking. What if you need to stash some away for a while? What if your state legislature succeeds in banning Delta-8, and you need to store some for the winter? What’s the best way to store your favorite cannabinoid for the long haul without it going bad?
We spoke with our team of experts here at Diamond CBD to learn everything you need to know about this important topic. So, as we love to say, grab some Delta-8, sit back, and let’s learn how to store your favorite cannabinoid, so it lasts.
How to Make Sure Your Delta-8 Edibles Last Through the Winter
So what if you’re a big fan of Delta-8 gummies? Or maybe you love Delta-8 THC chocolates? Better still, you may love Delta-8 THC candies? Whichever edible is your favorite, if you’re looking to stock up on some long-term, you want to ensure that you can do so without your product getting skunked. No one wants to spend lots of cash on some cannabinoids, only to find out they’re no good after a couple of months.
Well, the good news is that Delta-8 THC has a surprisingly long shelf-life, at least when talking about edibles. So here’s the thing — we don’t have too much research on the topic per se. However, we can infer a lot from what we know about other cannabinoids. For example, we know that Delta-8 THC is a degraded form of Delta-9.
In other words, leave your Delta-9 sitting out too long, and you end up with some Delta-8. Since Delta-8 is already degraded, it actually has a pretty long shelf-life of its own — longer than Delta-9 or CBD. Some researchers estimate that Delta-8 THC edibles can last anywhere from 1.5 to two years if stored properly.
How do you store Delta-8 THC edibles properly?
First things first, keep your Delta-8 THC edibles in a sealed container. When cannabinoids come in contact with the air, they fall victim to the process of oxidation, which can degrade them. Keeping your Delta-8 sealed will also keep it fresh and prevent degradation. Also, keep your Delta-8 in a cool, dark place. You want to avoid moist or humid areas of your home and store your edibles in a nice dry spot.
In fact, one of the best places to store your Delta-8 THC edibles is your refrigerator.
How to Store Your Delta-8 THC Vapes for the Long-Term
Now say you’re not a fan of edibles — there’s nothing wrong with that; not all of us are. You’re the type of person that prefers Delta-8 THC vape products, be it Liquid Gold Vape Cartridges, or 10X Delta-8 Vape Pens, or one of the other wonderful Delta-8 vape products we have on hand here at Diamond CBD. Now imagine a time when you have to stock up and save them for the long-term.
What do you do?
Well, here’s the good news — unlike Delta-8 edibles, vape products don’t suffer from oxidation as much. That means storage isn’t as tricky when it comes to your favorite Delta-8 vape products. According to our team of experts, as long as you store your vapes in a cool, dark place, they will hold their sweet, delicious flavor for up to two years!
Now, one of the best ways to ensure the long-term goodness of all of your Delta-8 THC products, be it edibles or vapes, is actually to store them in the freezer. That’s right, when you pack them on ice, you can guarantee the long-lasting freshness of your favorite products.
What About Expired Delta-8 Products?
Finally, we come to the question of expired Delta-8 THC products. What happens if your Delta-8 THC goes past its sell-by date? Well, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is your Delta-8 THC won’t cause you any harm. Taking expired Delta-8 isn’t like eating expired meat. The bad news, however, is pretty bad.
Expired Delta-8 THC will lose its potency. Chances are you won’t feel the buzz the farther away you get from the sell-by date on the package. That’s why it’s always best to freeze your Delta-8 for long-term storage.
So, while we all hope that our state legislators will never ban Delta-8 THC, we all need to be prepared. It never hurts to keep a small stash of extra stored away somewhere — and stored correctly. And, if you can, stick some in the freezer for the future. Still, for now, most of us can enjoy Delta-8 THC the way it was meant to be enjoyed — legally and on our own terms.