Hexahydrocannabinol (HHC) took no time becoming one of the most sought-after components of the hemp plant. That’s largely thanks to its striking similarities to delta 9 THC, even when it comes to the way it gets users high. HHC vapes, such as vape cartridges and disposable vape pens, are the most popular way to get those effects out of this cannabinoid. Plus, vapes even offer a lot of wonderful strains to choose from so that users can further customize the high to their liking.
But, like all hemp-based products, HHC vapes can lose their effectiveness if you fail to store them properly, which is why storage is such a critical part of being an HHC enthusiast.
Do HHC Vapes and Disposables Go Bad?
So, yes, HHC vapes do have an expiration date of about 2 years when stored properly, which reflects how long it takes until the compounds in the vaping product start to degrade. Once they do degrade, they don’t go bad in the sense that they’re dangerous to consume, but what does happen is that they lose their effectiveness.
However, at the end of the day, if you don’t store your product properly, then it can expire prematurely. How quickly it expires depends on just how badly it was stored. In order to know if your product has expired, there are a few things that you can look for.
- First, check to see if the color, texture or aroma are different from how they were when you first purchased the product.
- Another more obvious giveaway is that the product is no longer giving you the same effects, which would mean that the hexahydrocannabinol in the product has degraded due to age.
- If your product is expired, then time to throw it out and replace it.
How to Keep Those HHC Vapes Fresh
The bottom line is that if you want to enjoy HHC vapes and HHC products to the fullest, you’re going to need to make sure that you’re storing them correctly. Even the finest vaping products on the market, made with the most potent levels of the cannabinoid, will disappoint you if you’re not following these simple tips below.
Tip #1: Dark, Dry, and Cool is the Way to Go
Basically, all hemp products, including HHC vapes, will need to be kept in an area that’s dark, cool and dry at all times. This can be a closet, or a drawer or cupboard in your home. Light, humidity, and heat all play a role in causing the compounds in those vapes to degrade, and so you need to be very careful about where those vapes stay when not in use. Avoid sunny areas of the house, and bathrooms where the shower use causes the humidity levels to rise.
The ideal storage temperature for a hemp-based vape cartridge and disposable/rechargeable vape pen in general is about 70°F. Higher temps have an identical effect on oil as they do on flower - it degrades and no longer has the same potency. You can store cartridges and vape pens in the fridge. However, no need to run the prospect of getting condensed moisture issues. Most certainly though, DO NOT freeze your vape carts or vape pens.
Tip #2: An Airtight Seal is Critical
Keep your HHC vaping products in their original package until you’re ready to actually vape them. Once they’re out of their packaging, the oxygen that enters the vape oil through the mouthpiece can slowly degrade what’s inside. Also, consider keeping cartridges in a resealable bag when you’re not vaping them.
Tip #3: Keep Your HHC Indoors
No HHC vape products should ever be kept outdoors, even overnight. While this won’t interfere with their safety, it can change their consistency and potency. HHC vapes left in a hot car for a whole day can expire quickly, as can vapes left in your yard or even in a shed. There’s just too much variation in humidity, light, and heat that can all negatively affect the quality of the product.
Tip #4: Don’t Buy More Than You Need
We know that it’s exciting when a company that makes HHC products offers a sale, where you can stock up on tons of carts while saving a lot of money. But, if you’re not going to use all of those vape carts within 2 years, then you’re going to end up throwing out a lot of product. Instead, be realistic when buying cartridges, knowing how long it takes you to go through each one.
A Little Extra Info For You When Buying Fresh HHC Vapes
Besides making a point to store your HHC products properly, you also need to pay attention to who you’re buying it from, due to some companies selling poorly made formulas, or products that’re close to expiring, and so it doesn’t matter how well you store them since they’re already well on their way to losing their effectiveness.
Find a company with a solid reputation, as they’re more likely to have a high product turnover rate which means that their products are never sitting in the warehouse for too long. Also, make sure that they use clean extraction methods and exceptional ingredients, as both of these aspects preserve the stability of the cannabinoid itself, as well as the other ingredients.
At Binoid, all of our hemp products are made using the best methods and ingredients, and our product turnover rate is very high so that products are always sold fresh.
Extra Precaution/Safety Measure: Good idea to buy a vape cartridge storage case for your equipment. Vape pens/batteries usually come with a case.
Don’t Forget to Lock Your HHC Vapes Up!
Always best to lock up all of your cannabis supplies, but especially any type of vaping hardware. Doing so ensures that your supplies avoid direct sunlight, which, as we mentioned earlier, is bad for the vape oil. Additionally, if you have kids, locking your vapes is particularly critical. Many vape pens aren’t overly complicated to work, and it would be simple for a youngster to take an illicit puff. Not something any of us want to see happen.
Ensure Your HHC Vapes are Properly Stored in Order to Keep Calm and Continue Vaping On
It goes without saying that expired HHC is going to result in disappointment, not to mention wasted money. If those compounds have broken down, you’ll never be able to enjoy the full potential of hexahydrocannabinol (HHC) and terpenes. But, good news is, it doesn’t take a lot of work to keep those compounds fresh for as long as possible. The key is keeping your vapes away from heat, light and humidity, and buying them only from companies such as Binoid with a great reputation for selling fresh, top-quality HHC products.
Lastly, employ caution when storing a vape cartridge and/or disposable/rechargeable vape pen. Often, with cartridges, these are assembled from somewhat fragile material like Pyrex glass, and depending on the manufacturer, could be easy to crack or completely damage. Broken vape cartridges can lead to leaks, which in turn, ruin your cartridge. For this reason, they (carts and disposable/rechargeable vape pens) should be kept in a vertical (upright) position rather than lying on their side or being placed without care.