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In this article we take a look at whether or not your CBD oil has expired and how to ensure that your CBD products don’t go bad. We also explain how to store your CBD in order keep it effective for as long as possible.
First off, to make the most of your CBD oil, you have to put some effort into storing it correctly. If not, your CBD can expire or go bad. Likewise, it is important to be able to tell whether or not your product still is effective and good to use.
The good news is that there are actionable steps you can take to keep your CBD products fresh so that they last longer and work harder for you.
In case it’s been a while since you last reached for that bag of gummies or tincture bottle in your cabinet, and you’re wondering, “When does CBD expire?”, you should understand the signs of expiration and what is in the oil.
What’s in the CBD Oil?
Naturally, CBD oil contains the non-psychoactive cannabinoid called cannabidiol (CBD)… But it also contain a few more ingredients that act as carriers, flavoring and more.
Most often, CBD products include a carrier oil like MCT Oil, grapeseed oil or a similar vehicle like cocoa butter. When created and stored correctly, these products have a shelf life that can be several years.
Unfortunately, some other ingredients in your CBD product may be less shelf-stable and more perishable than other. So always check out the bottle for an expiration date just to be sure. This is especially important in the case of CBD edibles.
Store your CBD products in a cool, dark place and in it’s original container to ensure that the shelf-life is as long as possible.
CBD Oil: Does It Expire?
The good news is that it doesn’t “expire” in the same sense as your milk sitting in the fridge. Cannabidiol oil may go bad in that it loses potency and stability over time if improperly stored.
One study even showed that storing such products in cool, dark conditions can increase stability.
How long does it take for CBD oil to expire?
Generally speaking, it’s safe to stick with products that are no more than 1-2 years old. This length can vary based on things like ingredients, packaging, and storage location.
Why CBD Can Go Bad
Eventually and like with most other products, cannabidiol oil will go bad – even the best brands and highest prices. That’s just a natural part of time passing, oxidation, and regular use.
However, when kept properly, it can have a long shelf life while providing you with all its intended benefits.
Also, note that we tend to get worked up over the term “expired,” thinking that ingesting an expired product will make you sick. It’s not quite the same with CBD. An expired product means it’s not smelling, tasting, or acting in the way initially intended.
When we refer to cannabidiol oil expiring, what we mean is that the compound loses potency over time as the extracts and carrier oils begin to degrade.
How to Tell If Your CBD Oil Has Expired
Wondering if it’s still safe to use your CBD oil..?
There are a few ways to tell if your CBD oil has expired or is on the verge of expiration.
The main two signs come from the oil’s taste, and appearance.
If your bottle of CBD oil was clear when you first got it, keep an eye out for a murky or cloudy appearance after a while. For a better look, you can hold the bottle up to the light to determine its viability.
If you can’t tell by appearance but you feel that the taste is acidic or unpleasant is a sign that it’s time to toss it and get a new bottle.
Likewise, if you normally feel strong effects when using a CBD product but now the effects are close to none, odds are it may have gone past its prime.
3 Steps To Keeping CBD Oil Fresh
Follow these steps to preserve freshness:
- Store in a cool, dark place. To extend the life of your CBD oil, you can think of it like other food or wellness products. Ideally, you should keep it in a cool, dark place. Your pantry or bathroom medicine cabinet are both great storage places.
- Cool and re-heat. Some people prefer to keep their oil in a cooler place, like a refrigerator. Keep in mind this may cause the oil to thicken as it cools. To melt it back down, place the bottom of the bottle within a cup of warm water before use.
- Keep the original packaging. Another tip is keeping the product in its original packaging. This method reduces the amount of airflow and limits oxidative stress, which can lead to faster degradation.
How Packaging Affects Freshness
The way a manufacturer chooses to package its CBD oil can make a significant impact on how long the product stays fresh. The most important things to keep in mind are protecting the oil from air, light, and heat.
Each aspect plays its role in the breakdown and degradation of compounds like CBD oil.
Oils and tinctures from GetEvoke come in dark bottles complete with dropper lids for easy access. This makes sure that the oil stays well protected from the elements without putting added effort on your part.
Additionally, we pack all our products in a cardboard outer packaging that further helps preserve the content during transit and storage.
Most CBD oil manufacturers will place an expiration or “best if used by” date on their packaging. You can use this date to gauge how long you can count on your product to stay fresh. By paying close attention to this date and implementing the tips listed above, you’ll be able to enjoy your CBD oil for potentially years to come.