Two years in the past I used to be on a weed tour in Washington state once I was given a bit of hashish historical past: a mylar bag with two grams of flower harvested July third, 2014—a number of the first-ever authorized weed offered in Washington. 

The pressure was Pitbull, from CannaSol, and the weed was so first-ever-legal, the model title on the bag was actually “Authorized Weed.”

With such an historic artifact in my fingers, I knew I needed to smoke it. I made a decision I’d wait till July third, 2019 to smoke it and see if five-year-old weed nonetheless will get you excessive. However as a result of I’m a stoner, I forgot whereas smoking more energizing, higher weed, and the date sailed.

So on yr six, on their own in my condominium throughout a world pandemic, it was time to lastly crack that dangerous boy open.

Weed packaging in 2014. (Courtesy of Dante Jordan)

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Earlier than I smoked the pattern, I believed it will be a good suggestion to get it examined for cannabinoids and terpenes, so I took the batch to Confidence Analytics, certainly one of Washington state’s premier hashish testing labs. They went wild as a result of they really examined that Pitbull pattern when it was harvested again in 2014. 

Initially, the Pitbull pattern examined at about 14% THC, with no terpene knowledge supplied. After we examined the pattern once more on September 19, 2020, it examined at about 8% THC, with dominant quantities of terpinolene, pinene, and caryophyllene.

My expertise smoking six-year-old weed

Six-year-old Pitbull about to get examined. (Courtesy of Confidence Analytics)

Pitbull is an indica. It was bred by crossing P-91 with Sugar Plum, and its buds usually produce a candy and fruity terpene profile. Folks usually say the smoke tastes tropical and skunky, and Leafly reviewers say it makes them really feel relaxed, glad, and sleepy.

Whereas Pitbull is anticipated to be candy and scrumptious, the one-gram joint of 2014 weed I smoked was something however that. For those who’re questioning if age impacts the style of weed, the reply is: positively. And never within the “Napa Valley classic wine” means, however within the “Oh my god, nah, put that out” means.

My first sniff of six-year-old weed gave me two ideas: both the terps are fully gone and that is simply the scent of outdated, dried up weed, or when Pitbull is freshly cured, its aroma is earthy with a slight trace of citrus. One toke confirmed me it was the previous.

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Although the six-year-old weed smoke was surprisingly clean, the style completely sucked. The flavour was a mixture of mint and menthol, which are actually my prime two most disliked flavors of something, and it left me judging cigarette people who smoke much more than I do already.

Given its age, I anticipated the weed to style horrible, however its results have been a shock. Although I wasn’t anyplace close to stoned, I used to be barely excessive sufficient to inform that when that Pitbull was contemporary, it was positively some cake. The excessive left me with a considerably sleepy haze within the head that made me wish to take an influence nap.

So does six-year-old weed nonetheless work? Completely. It has THC in it and THC will get you excessive, so even the smallest quantity will nonetheless yield some adjustments in your physique. Nonetheless, the older the weed, the much less cannabinoids and terpenes in it, which implies results can be weakened.

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Weed’s basic shelf life 

I personally don’t purchase something that was harvested over three months in the past. Often once I do, the weed is totally tasteless and the results fall so flat I’m left questioning why I hold spending my hard-earned cash on rolling the dispensary cube. 

“We’ve performed research on [cannabis] that was examined 180 days down the road, and there’s a drop in time on cannabinoids that we’ve seen. There was speak of the [Washington state Liquor and Cannabis Board] placing a shelf life of 1 yr on [Certificates of Analysis], nevertheless it by no means handed,” stated Pat Reynolds, Operations Director for Confidence Analytics.

Although it’s doable for weed over three months outdated to nonetheless be prime quality, flower must be saved in correct situations, not in bins below the counter or within the again room.

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How do you retailer weed long run?

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Be certain to retailer your weed correctly. (Leafly)

Storing hashish in a cool surroundings, inside an hermetic container is the transfer. It ensures your hashish doesn’t get dried out, which retains the flower’s trichomes from flaking off. Correct storage preserves high quality, i.e., retains these cannabinoids and terpenes from depleting, so even months later, you’ll be able to nonetheless get pleasure from high-quality weed. 

With advances in expertise which have include legalization, many producers use darkish, temperature-controlled rooms to retailer hashish for lengthy durations of time. At residence, glass mason jars in a darkish cupboard work wonders for weed preservation. 

Simply yesterday I smoked a blunt of homegrown Smarties that was harvested over a yr in the past. It obtained me so excessive I instantly went residence and took a five-hour nap. And it had simply been saved inside an hermetic bin in a chilly storage house.

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Danté Jordan is a former member of the Leafly Topic Matter Skilled crew, and present freelance author, video producer, and media advisor specializing in hashish tradition, strains, merchandise, schooling, and every thing else associated to that lil’ inexperienced flower. Contact him at dantenetworks(at)gmail(dotcom), or dante_jordan on Instagram. His web site is www.dantejordan.com.

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