You may want to consider giving CBD-only products a try if you’re looking to reap the potential health benefits of cannabis. However, THC does have some benefits that CBD doesn’t seem to have, so this switch isn’t viable for everyone. Keep in mind that tolerance might be unavoidable for some folks. If you find that you’re prone to developing a high tolerance, consider coming up with a plan to take regular T breaks as needed.
It’s pretty normal to develop a tolerance to cannabis if you use it often. In most cases, taking a T break for a week or two will reset your tolerance. If that’s not an option, consider switching to products that are lower in THC or reducing your cannabis consumption. Keep in mind that cannabis tolerance can sometimes be a sign of cannabis use disorder. If you’re concerned about your cannabis use, you have options: Have an open and honest conversation with your healthcare provider. Call SAMHSA’s national helpline at 800-662-HELP (4357), or use their online treatment locater. Find a support group through the Support Group Project. Sian Ferguson is a freelance writer and editor based in Cape Town, South Africa. Her writing covers issues relating to social justice, cannabis, and health.
Weed doesn’t go bad the way a jar of mayo or some other food product might, but it can definitely be “off” or even moldy. Old weed likely won’t lead to any serious health issues if you don’t have any underlying conditions. It can, however, have a noticeable drop in potency, which can be a big deal if you’re using it for medical purposes. Older weed can also undergo changes in taste and texture. When stored properly (more on this later), dried cannabis keeps for 6 months to 1 year. Over time, it begins to lose its aroma and potency. According to some older research, weed loses roughly 16 percent of its THC after 1 year, and it just keeps dropping from there: 26 percent THC lost after 2 years 34 percent THC lost after 3 years 41 percent THC lost after 4 years. Weed that’s past its prime will smell different or lose its aroma entirely. Some weed might even smell and taste harsh when it’s been sitting too long. Its appearance can also give you a clue as to whether or not it’s old. Fresh weed shouldn’t crumble or feel spongy when you break it off. If it does, it’s old and either too dry or too moist. Consuming it shouldn’t harm you, but be prepared for changes in texture and potency. The exception is weed that’s grown mold, which could potentially make you sick. Mold is often hard to see unless you look very closely. It typically looks like white powdery or fuzzy spots, some of which can be pretty small. Even if your weed isn’t super old, it’s best to do a mold inspection. A study by researchers from University of California, Davis found bacteria and mold on 20 cannabis samples bought from dispensaries and pot growers in Northern California. Mold on weed isn’t likely to cause major health problems, but it can lead to nausea, vomiting, and coughing. In people with weakened immune systems, inhaling smoke or vapors from weed containing bacteria or fungi could cause serious illness or even death. If it looks or smells off, then you’re better off tossing it, even if you just bought it. Light, humidity, temperature, and oxygen can all mess with cannabis and affect its aroma, taste, and potency potential. Here’s what to consider when storing weed to help keep it fresh and maintain its quality for as long as possible.
Plastic holds static that can affect delicate trichomes — the tiny, crystal-like hairs on flowers that produce cannabinoids and terpenes — and mess with potency. And forget those funny little tins, too, because they let in too much oxygen. Glass jars with an airtight seal, like mason jars, are the way to go. They don’t have any static charge and limit oxygen exposure. Most dispensaries also sell containers designed to keep weed fresh for as long as possible. If you have kids or pets in your household, invest in a child- and pet-proof container. Weed is best kept at a relative humidity of 59 to 63 percent.
Any higher and you run the risk of trapping moisture, which can lead to the growth of mold. To help you preserve your stash, you can add humidity packs to your containers if you really want to get fancy. You can also go the extra mile and store your weed in a humidor made specifically for cannabis.