Can the six 12 months previous weed nonetheless get you excessive?


Two years ago I was on a weed tour in Washington State when I was given a piece of cannabis history: a mylar bag of two grams of flower that was harvested on July 3, 2014 – some of the first legal weeds to that were sold in Washington.

The strain was Pitbull by CannaSol, and the weed was so legal that the brand name on the bag literally read “Legal Weed.”

With such a historical artifact in my hands, I knew I had to smoke it. I decided to wait until July 3rd, 2019 to smoke and see if the five year old weed still get you up. But because I’m a stoner, I forgot while smoking fresher, better weed and sailing the date.

In the sixth year, all alone in my apartment during a global pandemic, it was time to finally break up with this bad boy.

Weed packing in 2014. (Courtesy Dante Jordan)

Has THC gone down in six years?

Before smoking the sample, I thought it was a good idea to have it tested for cannabinoids and terpenes. So I took the batch to Confidence Analytics, one of the premier cannabis testing labs in Washington state. They went wild because they actually tested this pit bull sample when it was harvested in 2014.

Originally, the pit bull sample was tested at around 14% THC with no terpene data provided. When we tested the sample again on September 19, 2020, it was tested at around 8% THC with dominant amounts of terpinolene, pinene and caryophyllene.

My experience of smoking six year old weed

The six-year-old pit bull is about to be tested. (Courtesy Confidence Analytics)

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

While pitbull is supposed to be cute and tasty, the 2014 one-gram joint I smoked was anything but that. If you’re wondering if age affects the taste of weeds, the answer is definitely definitely. And not the “Napa Valley Vintage Wine” way, but the “Oh my god, no, erase that” way.

My first whiff of six year old weed gave me two thoughts: either the terps are completely gone and this is just the smell of old, dried out weeds, or if pitbull is freshly cured, its aroma is earthy with a slight hint of citrus. A token showed me that it was the former.


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Though the six year old weed smoke was surprisingly soft, the taste was absolutely sucking. The aroma was a mix of mint and menthol, which are literally my two most unpopular aromas, and it made me judge cigarette smokers even more than I already have.

Given its age, I expected the weed to taste terrible, but its effects were surprising. While I wasn’t nearly stoned, I was easily high enough to say it was definitely cake when that pit bull was fresh. The high left a somewhat sleepy haze in my head that made me take a nap.

Are the six year old weeds still working? Absolutely. It contains THC and THC will get you up so even the smallest amount will still create some changes in your body. The older the weed, the fewer cannabinoids and terpenes it contains, which means the effects are lessened.


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General shelf life of weed

Personally, I don’t buy anything that was harvested over three months ago. When I do, the weeds are usually completely tasteless and the effects drop so flat that I wonder why I have to keep spending my hard-earned money on rolling the pharmacy over and over again.

“We have done studies about [cannabis] That was tested 180 days later, and there’s a time drop in cannabinoids that we’ve seen. There was talk of the [Washington state Liquor and Cannabis Board] One year shelf life [Certificates of Analysis], but it never passed, ”said Pat Reynolds, operations director for confidence analytics.

While it is possible that weeds older than three months may still be of high quality, the flower must be stored in suitable conditions, not in containers under the counter or in the back room.


How long have my weeds been good? Leafly’s guide to cannabis storage

How do you store weeds in the long term?

Storage of cannabisMake sure you store your weeds properly. (Leafly)

Storing cannabis in a cool environment in an airtight container is all the rage. It ensures that your cannabis doesn’t dry out, which prevents the flower’s trichomes from flaking. Proper storage ensures that the quality is preserved, i.e. the cannabinoids and terpenes are not used up, so you can still enjoy high-quality weeds months later.

Because of the technological advances that came with legalization, many manufacturers are using dark, temperature-controlled rooms to store cannabis for extended periods of time. At home, mason jars do wonders for weed control in a dark closet.

Just yesterday I smoked a blunt home-grown smarties that was harvested over a year ago. It got me so high that I immediately went home and took a five hour nap. And it had just been stored in an airtight container in a cold garage.

Dante Jordan

Danté Jordan is a former member of the Leafly Subject Matter Expert team and is currently a freelance writer, video producer, and media consultant specializing in cannabis culture, strains, products, education, and everything else related to this little green flower. Contact him at dantenetworks (at) gmail (dotcom) or dante_jordan on Instagram. His website is www.dantejordan.com.

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