Most people who smoke weed are familiar with regular cannabis vapes and carts. But since delta 8 has taken over the cannabis market, delta 8 vape carts are becoming almost as popular as their delta 9 THC predecessors. Providing a smooth, tasty smoking experience while coming in a wide selection of flavors, strains, and styles, delta 8 vape cartridges are a great way for many people to enjoy delta 8 THC.
We know that delta 8 vapes are a potent and convenient way to enjoy the cannabinoid, but do delta 8 THC carts expire? Because of their recent popularity, this has led many people to wonder, “do delta 8 vapes go bad?”
Let’s take a look at the shelf life of delta 8 vape carts, whether or not delta 8 cartridges go bad, as well as a couple of ways to keep your delta 8 vapes fresher for longer.
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What is the Shelf Life of a Delta 8 THC Vape Cartridge?
Delta 8 shelf life in general will be very similar to regular THC. For edibles, since they are primarily food items, it will depend on the exact type of food item it is. Baked goods like brownies and cookies should be eaten within one to two weeks, while gummies like sour worms and gummy bears will last anywhere from 6 to 24 months depending on the specific ingredients and preservatives. As far as raw bud, weed flower can last up to 2 years if you make sure to practice proper weed storage.
A delta 8 cart shelf life will depend primarily on each company and individual product since some companies put different preservatives in their products than other companies. This means that each product will have its own expiration date or “best by” date, which is the most important piece of information you’ll have about the shelf life of your delta 8 carts.
On average, the shelf life of a delta 8 vape cart is around 2 to 3 months. There are a few things that you should do when properly storing delta 8 cartridges, including:
Keep your delta 8 carts away from high heat. High heat can break down the chemical integrity of the delta 8 vape oil making it less potent. This also exposes a risk of leakage into the battery which can damage your vape and even be potentially dangerous to inhale. Always make sure to keep your vapes out of hot cars, direct sunlight, and away from prolonged body heat (aka keeping it in your pocket for too long.)
Keep your delta 8 vapes in a dark place. Direct sunlight will not only damage your delta 8 vape oil from the heat, but the UV rays will begin to break down the chemical compounds inside the vape oil. In some cases, if the delta 8 vape cartridge is left in the sun long enough, it can break down to a point where it becomes almost completely impotent.
Keep your delta 8 vape carts away from open air. When exposed to direct oxygen, delta 8 vape oil will begin the process of oxidation which will degrade the potency and clarity of the delta 8 THC inside.
So, now that we know the relative shelf life of a delta 8 vape cart, we need to know: do delta 8 carts expire?
Do Delta 8 Carts Go Bad?
Do delta 8 THC carts go bad? Since the contents of delta 8 carts aren’t food-based like edibles or a leafy green like bud, they don’t go bad or spoil in the same way that their organic counterparts would.
Technically, delta 8 vape carts can expire in the sense that they won’t be as effective as they would be within the “use by” window, but they don’t “go bad” in the sense that they will rot or in any way be harmful for you to consume. So, take a sigh of relief if you’re here because you smoked an expired delta 8 vape and now you’re panicking thinking you might be in danger. The only thing you’re in danger of is not getting the high you were looking for!
Fake vs Real Vape Cartridges
We want you to know how to properly store your delta 8 vape carts for maximum shelf life, but it’s also important to note that the tips we’ve given you only apply to legitimate, legal, and safe delta 8 vape products. Unfortunately, because cannabis isn’t legal everywhere on a state level in the United States, this has opened up an opportunity for fake vape carts to enter the scene.
And as we’ve seen in the news in recent years, fake vape cartridges are extremely dangerous and have even been fatal. Here at Delta Munchies our lab tests and safety are of the utmost importance, so we would never want you to be in a situation where you may be smoking a fake delta 8 cart.
Fake vs Real Vape Carts
Delta 8 vape carts will oftentimes come with a flavor, but the flavor should not be overwhelming nor burnt tasting. Many times counterfeit vape sellers will cut their product with other oils, many of which are easily identifiable by their “burnt” flavor.
Always pay attention to color. While cannabis oil does have a natural spectrum of color, there are limitations to that spectrum. Delta 8 vape oil can range anywhere from a bright amber color to completely clear. Make sure the vape oil in the delta 8 vape cart that you buy matches the color of the oil on the company’s official website.
Make sure that the company you’re buying from is legitimate, verified, and transparent in their lab testing results. Even if an online retailer looks legit, there are manufacturers who use subpar products in their delta 8 vapes that they don’t want you to know about.
Once you’re sure you have a legit delta 8 vape cart, you’ll follow these simple rules for vape longevity: keep it in a cool, dark, airtight place. Use your delta 8 vapes before their “best by” date, and you’re good to go!