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Shelf stability
The sell-by date is used for foods that
require special storage such as milk or
meats. It represents the last date the
product should be purchased, but how
long it remains safe to consume is based
on the consumer's storage method.
The shelf life stated on the label is
often significantly shorter than reality
stated on a product labeled " sell by "
or " best by. " However, there could be
microbial issues if a product is past its
expiration date.
Cannabis edibles have a shelf life similar
to their non-cannabis counterparts,
Riefler said. THC and other cannabinoids
don't go bad-but they do slowly lose
their potency over time, so most infused
products are labeled with a best-by date
rather than an expiration date.
" If you have eaten a cannabis edible
past its best-by date, you shouldn't be
concerned, " Riefler said. " If you have
consumed something that is past its
expiration date, you need to be aware of
the potential microbial issues. "
According to Hathaway, the three
pillars of shelf-life stability for cannabisinfused
products are:
* Microbial stability: Is my product
safe to eat for its full shelf life?
* Chemical stability: Does the
THC/CBD content of my product
stay the same throughout its shelf
life and stay within the allowed
variance range defined by my state's
legal program?
* Physical stability: Do the flavor,
texture or other sensory attributes
change over time?
" Chemical stability is an aspect of
shelf life that gets extra attention in
the cannabis space, as that is the main
factor that will determine how much
THC, CBD or other cannabinoids are
present at the time of consumption, "
Hathaway said.
" Physical stability is often intertwined
with a product's chemical and microstability,
which is why all three are
important to monitor over time, " Hathaway
said. " All three aspects can be controlled
and even predicted by a sufficient
Cannabis distillates have a long shelf life. THC does not go bad, but it does lose its potency over time.
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understanding of the product formulation,
production process and packaging. "
Knowledge around how to create
and evaluate shelf-life stability of
food and beverage products is wellestablished
through decades of research
and experience, Hathaway said. But
because the cannabis industry is so
young, scientists are still learning some
of the fundamental attributes about
incorporating CBD and THC into food
and beverage products, he said.
" Formalized, properly designed
research studies can finally be conducted
by reputable researchers, which will
continue to add to this knowledge base, "
Hathaway said. " The industry continues
to rapidly evolve its learnings, which will
only continue to accelerate as legalization
spreads to new states and countries. "
90 Marijuana Business Magazine | August 2020
CHECKING STABLILITY
Testing for shelf stability before
launching any product is essential to
ensure you're providing a consistent
and safe experience for your customers,
regardless of whether the product they
purchased was produced yesterday or is
at the end of its shelf life, Hathaway said.
Graham Farrar, CEO of Carpinteria,
California-based Glass House Farms,
said test results are good for 12 months.
He said producers of cannabis products
should be asking:
* What is the legal lifespan of a
product?
* What is the quality lifespan of a
product?
" Flower is probably the most sensitive, "
Farrar said, adding that flower dries out
and loses its potency over time.

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