Like all foods, CBD oils have an expiration date. If you don’t store them properly, they can spoil quickly. In this article, we’ll discuss how long CBD oil stays effective, and what affects its shelf life. We’ll also look at how to store CBD oil properly.
CBD oils usually last fine for one to two years, but it depends on many factors. Here are some of the ones that most affect the shelf life of your CBD oil:
It’s not just CBD, but other ingredients as well. The overall shelf life of a CBD product is usually determined by the ingredient that expires the fastest. While the CBD in a product can last for two years, the product itself will only be good for a few months if it has an ingredient with a low shelf life. For CBD oils, the critical ingredient may be the carrier oil, which is usually olive oil, coconut oil or MCT oil. All have a relatively long shelf life, unlike hemp seed oil or other cold-pressed seed oils.
- Extraction methods
Of the different extraction methods, CO2 and steam extraction have the longest shelf life because CBD comes out cleaner and more chemically stable. Solvent extraction, on the other hand, is the least preferred method. It can introduce harmful by-products such as residual solvents into the CBD oil. This affects both quality and shelf life.
- Airtight packaging
Exposure to UV rays from the sun or oxygen in the air can easily degrade CBD and reduce its potency. To prolong the oil’s shelf life, the packaging should protect it from these elements. The bottle must be dark in color to block UV rays and airtight to protect the product from oxygen.
- Proper storage
The way CBD oil is stored also significantly affects its shelf life. You may have bought the best CBD oil on the market, but if you don’t store it properly, expect it to degrade quickly. Store it in a cool, dark place along with other dietary supplements and make sure the cap is completely sealed before storing. If you plan to store CBD oil for more than a few months before using it, be sure to put it in the refrigerator to extend its shelf life even further.
CBD is generally best stored in the refrigerator. To protect it from light, you can wrap the bottle in foil or leave it in the box. Refrigeration may result in some thickening of the CBD oil, as the low temperature can solidify some oils into a solid state. Then allow the oil to thaw at room temperature before using.
Definitely do not store CBD oil in cabinets near windows or electrical appliances that give off heat (refrigerator, stove, oven, toaster, microwave).
Finally, let’s put your mind at ease. Even if CBD oil goes bad, the health risk is minimal because it is taken in really small amounts. On the other hand, it probably won’t have any more effects.
If you want to keep CBD oil fresh as long as possible after opening, we recommend looking for CBD oil that is not made from cold-pressed oils. Those made with hemp oil will last a year at most, but you can check this by smelling. If you choose the right oil and storage method, it will last up to 2 years.. If you find that the oil has changed its smell, it is better not to use it anymore.
Published by Kotelnik29/11/2022