What happens if you eat expired gummy edibles?


In this brief article, we will answer the question, “What happens if you eat expired gummy edibles?” the shelf-life, storage, time required to reach the feeling of highness, and amount of gummy edibles that can be consumed.

What happens if you eat expired gummy edibles?

If you eat expired gummy edibles, you would not fall sick. It is important to note that expired gummy edibles have a chance of developing mold. It might also develop an off odor or taste. 

Expired gummy edibles would not retain the freshness as they had once before. It might also become firmer in texture and lose its softness. The THC ingredient present in the gummy edibles though would not change.

What is the shelf-life of the edibles?

The shelf-life of the edibles would depend on the ingredients present in the edibles. If the edible contain milk as an ingredient, it is likely to get spoilt more quickly and the shelf-life would be just a week.

If you have refrigerated the gummy edibles, they would last for 5-7 days before beginning to lose their quality or freshness. 

If the edibles have been present in your freezer for longer than six months, it is better to use your instincts to decide whether to consume them or not. Observe, smell, or taste the gummy edibles to check whether they have got spoilt.

The THC levels in the edibles though would not change and usually remain intact. It may remain intact even a year after its best-by date.

It is important to not consume the edibles if it has passed the use-by date. The use-by date would be an indicator of the safety of the product. As a result, it would not be safe to consume the product past its use-by date.

Even if the THC does break down, it will break down to a cannabinoid (CBN), which is known to induce sleep in the individual. As a result, you would not feel high but sleepy instead.

If the gummy edibles contain vegan substitutes like coconut oil it might last longer but after a while might taste stale. Ingredients like chocolate added to the edibles can also shorten the shelf-life of the edibles.

If the edibles contain stuff like salt, paprika, or pepper, it is likely to last longer as well.

How to store the gummy edibles?

  • Avoid stashing the edibles or placing them in a weed box. Storing them appropriately is important to prolong their shelf-life.
  • Place the edibles in the fridge or freezer if it contains milk products or eggs as it can spoil easily if it is kept at room temperature for a long time.
  • If you are preparing the gummies at home, use gelatin to make the gummy edibles. This would help in increasing the shelf-life of gummy edibles.
  • The edibles should be stored in airtight packages or containers.
  • You can store the gummy edibles at temperatures ranging from 55 to 70℉.
  • If you wish to store the gummy edibles for a long time, store them in the freezer.

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How long would it take to get high after consuming the edibles?

It depends on the type of edibles that you have consumed. It can take an hour approximately for the feeling of high to kick in. This can last for around 5-12 hours approximately. 

If the levels of THC present in the edibles are high, you would get high quite quickly. Chewable edibles can take longer to get you high as it has to be first absorbed in the digestive system and then enter the bloodstream.

Consuming even small traces of edibles can get some individuals high. Avoid overeating the edibles though. Wait for 24 hours before taking in the next set.

How much gummy edibles need to be consumed?

A single gummy edible contains 10 milligrams of THC. The manufacturer might also list the CBD or THC content on the package of the gummy edibles. Avoid consuming more than 10 mg a day.

If you are an amateur, start by consuming low doses of 2.5 to 5 mgs only. Also, avoid making the edibles at home as edibles need to be infused with a particular amount of THCs only. As a result, it is recommended to buy the edibles from the shop.


In this brief article, we have answered the question, “What happens if you eat expired gummy edibles?”  the shelf-life, storage, time required to reach the feeling of highness, and amount of gummy edibles that can be consumed.