As a consumer, you can store your CBD properly to help prolong its viable shelf life. Specifically, avoid light, heat, excess exposure to air, and moisture.
When purchasing from a reputable manufacturer, certain precautions have likely been taken to extend the shelf-life of your CBD oil. For example, pure CBD oil is best, without added ingredients that can diminish the life expectancy of the product. Many manufacturers use dark green glass bottles for packaging, to reduce or eliminate exposure to light or sunlight. The extraction method is also important, as CO2 extraction is considered to be the gold standard for CBD manufacturing, and also promotes a longer shelf life. Also, consider the delivery method. For example, softgels tend to last longer than capsules since they are fully sealed and airtight.
On average, a bottle of CBD oil will be good for approximately 14 to 24 months. Don’t worry if you have some CBD that’s older than this, though. CBD that’s past its prime won’t typically spoil, turn rancid, or make you sick; however, it may begin to lose potency once it’s expired. Over time, the CBD can begin to oxidize and break down (and evaporate), making it less effective as compared to when it was fresh.
Consumer Considerations for Extended Shelf Life
As far as how much CBD to keep on-hand, CBD has an approximate shelf life of 14 to 24 months. If you’re using a full dropper or more on a daily basis, you’ll typically experience cost savings by purchasing the largest bottle available from your trusted manufacturer or retailer. It’s also a good idea to have a backup bottle, just in case your main supply is dropped, broken, lost, left behind, or lent to a friend. You’ll want to stock up somewhat, but don’t keep more CBD oil than you could use in a year since a bottle typically lasts for one to two years before it begins to lose potency.
How much CBD oil you need will depend on your personal dosing and frequency. Many individuals take CBD consistently, on a daily basis, as this provides the most reliable results.
It seems everyone lately is talking about cannabidiol, CBD oil, or hemp oil. Full spectrum CBD oil is a natural substance that is extracted from industrial hemp, and is federally legal as it contains no more than trace amounts (<0.3%) of THC, the substance responsible for providing marijuana’s “high.”
CBD works in an integrated manner with the body’s own ECS (Endocannabinoid System), a kind of complex communication system among cells, that works toward maintaining a state of homeostasis within the body.
However, since there are different levels of THC in marijuana and hemp their roles are usually different. Historically, people have used hemp for its fibers and seeds as much as for its cannabinoids. Marijuana however, is mostly recreational, though it too has medical uses. The main practical difference these days is the legality of each plant. Hemp is federally legal, while marijuana is not.
Cannabidiol is a chemical compound in the cannabis sativa plant. It is a natural substance that is used in products such as edibles or oils to impart a feeling of relaxation. Unlike THC, CBD does not cause an intoxicated feeling. If anything, it causes users to simply feel relaxed.
Hemp vs Marijuana
If a year has elapsed and your CBD oil product doesn’t taste or smell strange, then you might be able to take it as usual. With that said, it would be best to discard any CBD oil product that has exceeded 24 months.
Each CBD brand or manufacturer puts its spin on the entire process. Typically, the specific technique that they apply at each stage establishes the final product’s quality and its level of cannabinoids. Of course all of this also establishes the CBD oil shelf life.
Before using a CBD oil product, it would be prudent to note the actual date you opened it. That way, you will be able to check once 12 months have elapsed if you haven’t used it up.
The aroma and flavor of CBD oil may become unpleasant over time, transforming from earthy to skunky. You can also observe visual changes in the oil, which may turn cloudy over time. Likewise, the texture of CBD oil will change and the oil may appear thicker and lose its smooth consistency. Lastly, a change in color indicates that the CBD oil is no longer fresh.
Tinted bottles prevent damaging sunlight from penetrating and hastening the product’s expiration date. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
The general rule of thumb is that CBD oil has a shelf life ranging from 14 months to two years, depending on how the product is stored. Direct sunlight and intense heat are two factors that can cause a bottle of CBD oil to go bad before its expiration date. Higher-quality products tend to last longer, especially those that have been minimally processed like full-spectrum CBD oil. Pure CBD oil may last longer than flavored oils since any added ingredients have a shelf life of their own that could be shorter than the shelf life of the CBD.
Can old CBD oil make you sick?
Here are answers to some common questions about CBD longevity, including how to extend the shelf life of CBD oil.
Manufacturers know that cool, dark places are optimal for storing CBD oil, which is why many of the best products are packaged in glass bottles tinted green. Dark green bottles prevent damaging sunlight from penetrating and hastening the product’s expiration date. Refrigerating CBD oil is not necessary. In fact, the most favorable environment may just be room temperature, or 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
A bottle of high-quality CBD oil can be expensive, and if you’re like us, you want to make that liquid gold last as long as possible. If you’re only using a few drops a day, it could be many months or even a year before you use up the entire bottle. Which might leave you asking yourself, “Does CBD oil expire?”
Here are some pointers to keep CBD oil fresh until the upper end of the shelf-life range (24 months):