Storing Delta 8 THC Properly (+3 Mistakes to Avoid)

by Kat Austin March 09, 2021 10 min read

Storing Delta 8 THC Properly (+3 Mistakes to Avoid) - Vida Optima™

If you’re familiar with high-THC cannabis, you know that fresh cannabis flower degrades very quickly and loses potency over time. That’s because Delta-9 degrades into CBN, a cannabinoid that may make you sleepy and relaxed, but not high.

But what about Delta-8? Does Delta-8 expire like Delta-9? And if so, how should you be storing Delta-8-THC so that it stays fresh for as long as possible?

Follow us as we lay out everything you need to know about how to store Delta 8 THC, including the products in our Elev8 Collection, plus some common mistakes to avoid.

Let's jump in:

Delta-8 Shelf Life Table of Contents

Does Delta-8 Degrade Like Delta-9?
Does Delta-8 Go Bad?
Storing Delta-8-THC: The Basics
What is the Shelf Life of Delta-8-THC?
How to Know When Your Delta-8 Has Gone Bad
Will Spoiled Delta-8 Make You Sick?

Key Takeaways

  • Delta-8-THC stores easily. It doesn’t degrade quickly like some other cannabinoids.
  • 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.

Delta-8-THC Shelf Life: Does Delta-8 Go Bad?

A handful of Delta-8 hemp flower, a form of delta-8 that expires more quickly than many other THC products.

Transitional cannabinoids, like Delta-9-THC, degrade over time, 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-8 expire and degrade the same way?

Nope! Delta-8 is Much More Shelf Stable

Delta-9 and Delta-8 are similar in many ways, but they aren’t identical.

As one study notes “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.”

In fact, Delta-8-THC is more similar to CBN than to Delta-9 in this way—it’s already a degraded form of other cannabinoids.

That’s right! Delta-8-THC is already a “degraded” cannabinoid, meaning 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 Delta-8-THC useful for various pharmaceutical applications since it will last longer on the shelf without losing any of its beneficial properties.

So, Does Delta-8 Go Bad?

Delta-8 is already degraded, but it will still expire eventually. There are a few ways you can determine if your Delta-8 products have turned (more on that below), but first let's take a look at how you should store Delta-8-THC to prevent spoilage:

How to Store Delta-8-THC Properly 

A variety of Delta-8-THC cookies and chocolates that may have a shorter shelf life than other Delta-8 products.

Since Delta-8 isn’t very fragile, storing Delta-8-THC is pretty straightforward. Still, there are some things you can take into account to lower the chance that anything in your Delta-8-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-9 so they may feel familiar. Different Delta-8 products will have a different shelf life and different storage needs. Here's a breakdown of how to store your delta-8 by product type:

Where to Store Delta-8 Vape Cartridges

Consider storing Delta-8-THC vape cartridges in an airtight container in a dark area away from direct sunlight when not in use.

Generally, vape cartridges are made to protect the extract material from oxidation over time, meaning they will stay fresh even when carried in your bag or pocket. Vape cartridges are already built to last, but you can extend the shelf life of your product by keeping it in a cool, dark place.

Our Delta-8-THC Vape Carts are sealed in high-quality glass and ceramic cartridges, so they keep fresh without much extra thought.

Where to Store Your Delta 8 Tinctures

Tinctures, especially those bottles in a dark glass bottle, are another product that is designed to last. Tinctures likely have the longest shelf life of all Delta-8 products, but you can still store them in a cool place away from sunlight (like a medicine cabinet) when not in use to make them last even longer.

For a long-lasting, precise dosing option, check out our Elev8 Tincture

Where to Store Delta-8 Gummies and Edibles

Certain edibles (like excess baked goods) may do well when stored in the freezer inside an airtight container. This applies mostly to edibles that are not individually wrapped. Other edibles, like candies, should stay in their individual wrappers until you’re ready to enjoy them.

Most items need to be stored in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight to protect the integrity of the THC material. While a room temperature area that is away from sunlight (like a pantry) may do the trick for certain Delta-8 gummies and hard candies, softer candies and chews may melt more easily. If you have issues with melting, consider storing your Delta-8 edibles in the refrigerator.

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.

If individually wrapped, pre-portioned edibles sound like a dream, our Delta-8 Caramels and Hard Candies are the long-lasting dosing option you need. 

Mistakes To Avoid When Storing Delta-8 

Although storing Delta 8 is a simple process, there are a few common mistakes people make that make lead to Delta-8 spoiling more quickly. Avoid the following:

1. Leaving Delta-8 in Your Car

While it's easy to forget things while you're in a hurry, forgetting your Delta-8 products in the car could be a crucial misstep. Your car's temperature likely fluctuates heavily over a 24 hour period, so you could be looking at disaster. The hot sun will degrade Delta-8 or melt gummies, while freezing temperatures may ruin the quality of oils or concentrates. Always keep your Delta-8 in a temperature controlled environment and never in your trunk or glove box. 

2. Storing Delta-8 Edibles in the Cabinet 

Edibles are the fastest spoiling type of hemp products, so it's especially important to store Delta-8 Edibles properly. Certain edibles may do better in the fridge instead of the cabinet. This is true for baked goods, candies, chocolate, and more. Use your best judgement, but the fridge is usually a safe place for Delta-8 products.

3. Repackaging Delta-8 Products 

It may be tempting to remove your Delta-8 products from their original package, but don't! If you purchase from a quality distributor, your Delta-8 products should be packaged in durable, air tight, resealable packages. Taking it out of the package is unnecessary and may expose the Delta-8 to elements that cause it to degrade. Plus, the dosage and potency info should be on the label, and you'll want to keep that handy anyways. 

What is the Shelf Life of Delta-8-THC?

So you know how and where to store your Delta-8-THC, but how long will it keep? What's the general shelf life of Delta-8?

Like we said earlier, Delta-8 has a lengthy shelf life, and researchers think it could eventually be useful for pharmaceutical products that may sit on the shelf for years.

Of course, not all hemp products are made to last for years and years, but you should still be able to keep your Delta-8 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-8 products may contain other compounds, like various minor cannabinoidsterpenes, flavors, and more.

Still, if you keep your Delta-8 in a sealed container in a dark, cool 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-8 at a time to keep a small stockpile of options without worry that it will expire before you can use it all up.

A close up of Delta-8-THC vaporizers accompanied by Delta-8 flower

Do Delta-8 Carts Expire?

Delta-8 vaporizers and concentrates are not very prone to oxidation, so they generally last for a long time. They do eventually expire, however. Carts generally carry an expiration date that is at least a year after the manufacturing date.

Do Delta-8 Tinctures Expire?

Delta-8-THC tinctures are the longest-lasting Delta-8 product on the market, but they still expire eventually. Generally, a tincture may have an expiration date that is up to two years after the manufacturing date.

Do Delta-8 Gummies Expire?

Certain Delta-8-THC edibles, like hard candies and gummies, are generally less susceptible to oxidation than other edibles. Some of the more delicate Delta-8 edibles (like cookies or brownies) and flower are a bit different since they will oxidize over time, and they may have a naturally shorter shelf life.

Gummies do still expire, but the expiration date is usually 1 year to 18 months after manufacturing. For most people, that's plenty of time to enjoy a bottle of THC gummies.

How to Know When Your Delta-8 Has Gone Bad

If you haven’t always stored Delta-8 correctly, or you have some Delta-8 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-8 products are going bad:

Two Delta-8 gummies in prime condition, not showing any signs of spoilage.

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 as it should, it may be degraded, meaning the potency is much lower than it should be.

The color is off.

Oxidation can cause discoloration over time. For instance, vape oil may darken, or flowers may look dull or pale.

It smells weird.

As the THC content of the 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.

It's past its expiration date.

This is the most obvious and the most important marker for spoiled Delta-8 products. The expiration date should 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-8 product is safe to use.

Will Spoiled Delta-8 Make You Sick?

If you're wondering if Delta-8 that is past its prime will make you ill, the answer is both yes and no.

Delta-8 itself isn't going to become noxious just because it degrades. However, other oils and ingredients used in the product may spoil. Many oils will make you sick once they go rancid, and the same is true for many food-based ingredients.

In general, you should make plans to use all of your THC products before they lose potency or spoil. Once they are spoiled or expired, just toss them out to be safe.

To Wrap Up 

Understanding the shelf life and proper storage of Delta-8 THC is crucial for maintaining its potency and quality. Unlike Delta-9 THC, Delta-8 is more stable and less prone to degradation, making it a more shelf-stable option for long-term use. 

By storing Delta-8 products correctly—away from sunlight, in cool conditions, and in airtight containers—you can significantly extend their life. Pay attention to the product's expiration date and signs of spoilage, like changes in color or odor.

With proper storage, you can enjoy the full benefits of your Delta-8 products from theElev8 Collection, ensuring they remain effective and safe for use over time.

Frequently Asked Questions 

How do you store Delta-8?

To maintain the potency and quality of Delta-8 products, store them in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight. Ideal locations include a pantry, cabinet, or drawer. For some products, like gummies, refrigeration can be beneficial to preserve freshness and potency.

Does Delta-8 need to be refrigerated?

Refrigeration is not always necessary but can be beneficial, especially for Delta-8 edibles like gummies. If left in direct sunlight or warm conditions, Delta-8 products may degrade faster. Storing in the fridge helps extend the shelf life of many Delta-8 products.

How long does Delta-8 stay good?

The shelf life of Delta-8 products depends on the type. Delta-8 tinctures generally have the longest shelf life, lasting around two years. Vape cartridges typically last for about a year, while edibles vary depending on their ingredients and storage conditions. Storing these products in cool, dark places can help maintain their freshness.

Can Delta-8 oil go bad?

Yes, Delta-8 oil can go bad, although it has a relatively long shelf life. Generally, Delta-8 THC oil can last up to two years. The shelf life can vary depending on the specific product and its ingredients. Proper storage in a cool, dark place helps extend the shelf life of Delta-8 oil.

What happens if you freeze Delta-8?

Freezing Delta-8 products can lead to changes in texture, especially with edibles like gummies. However, it can also extend shelf life by slowing down the degradation process. If you choose to freeze, make sure to seal products tightly to prevent moisture from getting in. Allow them to return to room temperature before use for the best experience.

Are there any signs that Delta-8 has gone bad?

Signs that Delta-8 products have gone bad include changes in color, texture, or smell. For edibles, if they appear moldy or have a rancid smell, they should be discarded. For tinctures or oils, separation or an off odor can indicate spoilage. Always check the expiration date and use within a reasonable timeframe for optimal safety and potency.

FAQ - Does Delta 8 Expire?

How long does Delta 8 last before it goes bad?

Delta 8 THC products generally have a shelf life of 1 to 2 years when stored properly. Exposure to light, heat, and air can accelerate degradation, so it’s best to keep Delta 8 products in a cool, dark, and airtight environment to maximize their longevity.

What happens when Delta 8 gets old?

When Delta 8 THC gets old, it can lose potency and effectiveness. The chemical structure may degrade over time, leading to reduced psychoactive effects and potential changes in taste or aroma.

What is the shelf life of Delta 8 flower?

Delta 8 flower typically has a shelf life of about 6 months to a year if stored correctly in a cool, dark, and airtight container. Proper storage can help maintain its potency and flavor for a longer period.

Does delta 8 degrade?

Yes, Delta 8 THC degrades over time, especially when exposed to light, heat, and air. Degradation leads to a decrease in potency and may alter the product's overall effectiveness and flavor.

Is expired Delta 8 safe?

Expired Delta 8 THC is generally safe to consume, but it may not be as effective due to reduced potency. However, if the product shows signs of mold, a significant change in color, or an off smell, it is best to avoid using it to prevent potential health risks.

What happens if you take expired gummies?

Taking expired Delta 8 gummies may result in a less potent effect. While the cannabinoids may not be as strong, consuming expired gummies is unlikely to cause harm unless they show signs of spoilage, such as mold or a rancid odor. Always check for these signs before consumption.


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