Does CBD Oil Expire?
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.
Does CBD Oil Expire, How Much CBD Oil Should I Buy At a Time?
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.
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 Long Does CBD Oil Last?
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.
Manufacturing Considerations for Extended Shelf Life
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.
Consumer Considerations for Extended Shelf Life
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.
- Store CBD in a cool, dark place like drawer or cabinet. If using capsules or softgels, continue to store them in the original, airtight container.
- Store tincture bottles upright and don’t leave your bottles open, as air can also contribute to faster oxidation.
- Don’t store your CBD near the radiator, oven, stove, or windowsill.
- It’s best not to keep CBD in your car, especially if you live in an area that experiences extreme temperatures and/or intense sunlight.