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What is the Shelf Life of Decarboxylated Cannabis? 

By Cheri Sicard
March 10, 2021

Dear Cheri,

Thank you for taking my question. I recently came into several pounds to make butter with. Usually I am scrambling to find some.   If I separate the product and weigh out portions then decarboxylate it will it extend the shelf life or should I just decarb as I use?   I only make around a pound of butter a month.  Thank you again for helping me.

My first instinct was to say decarb as you use it, but I was not sure if there is actually a reason for this.  So rather than go by my gut, I consulted an expert, Shanel Lindsay, inventor of the Ardent Nova and Ardent FX decarboxylators.  

Shanel confirmed my instinct.  Although it is not major, there is in fact slight degradation with time.  Likewise, I would debarb as needed rather than doing it all in advance.

Ardent is great about lab testing their results, and they did not disappoint on this.  Click here to access their lab tests that put this to the test.

If you need to store cannabis long term, this article discusses some good long term storage solutions.

Also know that you can make infused butter or oil in advance and store in the freezer for longer shelf life.  See this article for details.

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