Storing Delta-10-THC: How to Keep D10 Fresh for Ages

by Kat Austin April 18, 2023 4 min read

Storing Delta-10-THC: How to Keep D10 Fresh for Ages - Vida Optima™

Cannabis degrades quickly, but manufactured THC products are usually more shelf stable. This is especially true for hemp-derived THC products like Delta-10 since they are already oxidized to some extent and therefore less susceptible to degradation.

Of course, you still need to take care to store your Delta-10 products so that they stay fresh for as long as possible. The question is, how do you do it? Great question.

Here’s everything you need to know about how to store Delta-10-THC to keep it fresh and potent:

Table of Contents
Does Delta-8-THC Degrade Like Delta-9-THC?
Storing Delta-8-THC isn’t Complicated
How Long Can You Store Delta-8?
How to Know When Your Delta-8 Has Gone Bad
Resources

Key Takeaways

  • Delta-8-THC doesn’t degrade quickly like some other cannabinoids, and its shelf stable properties may be promising for pharmaceutical applications in the future.
  • You can prevent spoilage by storing correctly, like avoiding sunlight and high temperatures.
  • There are various markers that may help you decide if your Delta-8 has spoiled, like weird smells or colors.
  • In general, Delta-8 will last for a while if stored correctly, so you should be good to buy in bulk and store a variety of products for later use.

Does Delta-10-THC Degrade Like Delta-9-THC?

You may already know that Delta-9-THC degrades overtime, especially when exposed to sunlight, warm conditions, and oxygen. For that reason, it’s important to store cannabis material and Delta-9 products under proper conditions to preserve them for longer periods of time. But does Delta-10 degrade the same way?

Nope! Delta-9 and Delta-10 are similar in many ways, but they aren’t identical. Thanks to the way that Delta-10 is made, Delta-10 is a slightly degraded form of Delta-9, meaning it's already more stable in its natural form.

The same is true for some other hemp-THC products. For instance, one study notes that Delta-8 is more stable than Delta-9 for similar reasons. According to this study “the major chemical difference between them is that delta-9-THC is easily oxidized to the biologically inactive cannabinol (CBN); delta-8-THC is stable, does not oxidize to cannabinol and has a very long shelf life.”

Because Delta-10-THC is already a “degraded” cannabinoid, it isn’t quite as sensitive to the elements. For that reason, it’s being considered as a more shelf-stable solution than traditional THC. Some experts believe that this may make certain hemp-THC products, like Delta-8-THC, more useful for various pharmaceutical applications since it will last longer on the shelf without losing any of its beneficial properties.

Storing Delta-10-THC is Easy

Since Delta-10 isn’t very fragile, storing Delta-10-THC is pretty straightforward. Still, there are some things you can take into account to lower the chance that anything in your Delta-10-THC product may degrade or ruin, especially other cannabinoids or terpenes.

Many of these storing techniques are similar to the ones that work for Delta-10 Consider storing Delta-10-THC in an airtight container in a dark area away from direct sunlight. You can also store certain edibles (like excess baked goods) in the freezer. Other edibles, like candies, should stay in their individual wrappers until you’re ready to enjoy them.

In general, you just want to avoid exposing any cannabinoid products to extreme temperatures, water, or direct sunlight, and you don’t want to let them dry out.

How Long Can You Store Delta-10-THC?

So you know how and where to store your Delta-10-THC, but how long will it keep?

Like we said earlier, Delta-10 has a lengthy shelf life. In fact, Delta-10 may last on the shelf for years at a time.

Of course, not all hemp products are made to last for years and years, but you should still be able to keep your Delta-10 products (if stored properly) fresh for quite some time.

The actual shelf life of individual products will vary, and you should pay close attention to any expiration dates on the products you buy. This is especially important since Delta-10 products may contain other compounds, like various minor cannabinoids, terpenes, flavors, and more.

Delta-10 vaporizers and concentrates are not very prone to oxidation, so they generally last for a long time. Certain hemp THC edibles, like hard candies and gummies, are generally less susceptible to oxidation. Some of the more delicate Delta-10 edibles (like cookies or brownies) and flowers are a bit different since they will oxidize over time, and they may have a naturally shorter shelf life.

Still, if you keep your Delta-10 in a sealed container in a cool, dark place, you should have no problem storing it for six months to a year.

That means you can buy in bulk when you see a great sale, or you can buy a wide variety of Delta-10 at a time to keep a small stockpile of options without worry that it will expire before you can use it all up.

How to Know When Your Delta-10 Has Gone Bad

If you haven’t always stored Delta-10 correctly, or you have some Delta-10 products that have gone unused for a while, you may wonder if they’re still any good. Here’s how to tell if your Delta-10 products are going bad:

  • They’re weak or ineffective. This one seems obvious, but it may be tempting to just take more to try and reach the desired effects. If you know the product is past its prime and it doesn’t seem to be working like it should, it may be degraded.
  • Check the color. Oxidation can cause discoloration over time. For instance, vape oil may darken, or flower may look dull or pale.
  • Smell it. As the THC content of material degrades, so does the smell. If you can’t smell any “cannabis” smell, the terpenes in the product may have degraded. For edibles and other product styles, if it smells rancid, it probably is.
  • Look for an expiration date. This may be on the packaging or original container. You may also be able to ask the manufacturer if you have the batch number. The expiration date is one of the best ways to tell whether your Delta-10 product is safe to use.
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Resources

  1. “An efficient new cannabinoid antiemetic in pediatric oncology” https://druglibrary.net/olsen/HEMP/IHA/iha02210.html

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