Does CBD oil expire?
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- How long does CBD oil last?
- Does CBD oil go bad?
- What is the best way to store CBD oil?
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 answers to some common questions about CBD longevity, including how to extend the shelf life of CBD oil.
How long does CBD oil last?
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.
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. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
It’s also a good idea to be aware of what extraction process was used to make the product. Many cannabis experts agree that the CO2 method is best for producing premium oil that stays potent longer because the hemp or cannabis compounds remain stable during this type of extraction. Other methods may destabilize the compounds, potentially creating a lower-quality bottle of CBD oil with a shorter shelf life.
Any CBD product — whether it’s top-shelf or bargain-priced — should have an expiration date clearly printed on the label. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires such labeling for consumer protection, so steer clear of any CBD products (or any products for that matter) that are not in compliance.
Does CBD oil go bad?
CBD oil can lose its potency if stored improperly or kept for longer than two years. Weak CBD oil means that the cannabinoids have broken down and don’t function at peak levels in the body. So, an older bottle is less likely to deliver any of the potential therapeutic effects of CBD oil, such as pain relief.
How do I know if CBD oil has gone bad?
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.
Can old CBD oil make you sick?
CBD oil does not spoil or turn rancid like milk or other oils, so you are unlikely to become ill if you consume a small amount of the product past its prime. This is especially true if you are microdosing. But to be on the safe side, toss any bottles that have been improperly stored or sitting in your medicine cabinet for longer than two years.
What is the best way to store 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.
Tinted bottles prevent damaging sunlight from penetrating and hastening the product’s expiration date. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
How can I make CBD oil last longer?
Here are some pointers to keep CBD oil fresh until the upper end of the shelf-life range (24 months):
- Open the bottle only when in use, then reseal the cap tightly. Oxidation is a foe of CBD and will shorten the shelf life.
- Keep CBD soft gels and capsules in their original bottle, ensuring that containers are consistently airtight.
- Store bottles upright rather than horizontally.
- Find the coolest, darkest place in your home to store CBD oils and tinctures. Drawers, cabinets, a pantry, and the cellar all make ideal CBD storage centers.
- Try not to store your CBD in a room where you use a humidifier, as excessive moisture can encourage mold to form.
- Do not store CBD oil near a window. Direct sunlight will accelerate the expiration date of any CBD product.
- Keep CBD oil away from all warm places in your home, such as radiators and ovens. Likewise, don’t store CBD oil in your purse or pocket for long periods. Any warm place can be a breeding ground for bacteria.
- If you’re using a spoon or a dropper to dole out the CBD, make sure the utensil is clean. Don’t “double dip” a spoon, as you can introduce harmful bacteria and contaminate the oil.
When it comes to keeping your CBD oil potent, Dr. Bonni Goldstein, a medical adviser to Weedmaps and director of Canna-Centers in Lawndale, California, sums it up best: “Shelf life for most products is about one year, although the storage conditions are important. Minimizing exposure to heat and light can help extend the shelf life.”
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Can You Tell if Hemp Oil is Rancid?
Like many other packaged natural products, hemp oil has a shelf life. How long the oil will last once you break the seal depends on a number of factors including room temperature and exposure to light. At this point, the primary question is, “how do you know if hemp oil is rancid?”
How long can hemp oil last?
Before we can look at the key indicators that show CBD oil might have gone bad, let us take a step back and ask, “How long was it manufactured to last?”
Notably, there is no specific answer to the question because different formulations cause varying shelf lives. However, most hemp oils out there have a range of one to two years . If your oil reaches the end of its life, the compounds break down, rendering it less efficient.
But many people do not even have to worry about the shelf life because they exhaust their oils long before hitting 25% of the shelf life. For example, if you have a bottle of 300mg of CBD and take a regular dose of 10mg, you will use the entire bottle in about four weeks. This is way ahead of the expected expiry date. However, it is still crucial to know how to identify rancid hemp oil so that you do not buy expired products.
Signs that hemp oil has gone rancid
One thing you need to appreciate when it comes to hemp oil is that it is natural. This means that with time, especially if kept poorly, it will get spoiled. So here are the signs to look out for:
- Hemp oil that has changed color
When hemp oil expires, its components start degrading, resulting in a change of color and texture. The right color of hemp oil varies from white (nano-liposomal CBD) to clear to dark brown. Therefore, if you note the formation of a foggy precipitate in the bottle, chances are that it has expired. Simply throw that bottle away.
- Change in smell
When natural products start decomposing, they can generate a foul smell. This is especially likely to happen if your CBD oil is stored poorly. If you notice a change in smell from the normal smell of the CBD, it is an indication that it is bad and should be disposed of.
- The hemp oil has expired on the seller’s shelf
As we have pointed out, the recommended shelf life of most hemp oils is one to two years. Therefore, if you are purchasing the oil, the first place to check is the expiry date. If the shelf life has passed or is approaching, do not buy it! Instead, it’s best if you focus on selecting oils that are fresh for optimal use.
- Incredibly low price
Not to imply that all cheap CBD oils are rancid, but when offered a price that is too good to be true, it is best to double-check the product. A dealer may sell poor quality or expired hemp oil at suspiciously low rates. Therefore, take a closer look and ask the following questions: When was the hemp oil made? Who is the manufacturer? Does the manufacturer subject the hemp oil to third party testing ?
How to preserve your CBD properly
Now that you know the signs of rancid hemp oil, here are the best ways to store it without losing its potency.
- Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions
Notably, all CBD-based products are not created equal. For example, there are manufacturers who use organic solvents for oil extraction, while others use more advanced technology, such as supercritical CO2 extraction . Because of these dynamics, each manufacturer has a set of instructions and tips that can help to keep the product stable. Most CBD oil manufacturers are not performing proper testing and are simply guessing the ‘Best By’ date, leaving your product vulnerable when it gets to you.
- Store in a cool place away from heat
- Do not leave hemp oil sitting for too long
One of the best ways of staying away from bad CBD oil is by purchasing the right quantities. No need to stockpile CBD oil. Instead, order in moderation.
- Prevent exposure to air
If air gets into your CBD oil, it can cause degradation and reduction of shelf life, so ensure the oil is kept in airtight bottles. After use, make sure to seal the bottle completely to limit air getting in.
- Store in a cool place away from heat
The main secret to keeping your hemp oil in top condition is ensuring it stays in a temperature-controlled environment. It’s best to keep the oil from changes in surrounding conditions, especially heat, light, and moisture.
Notably, because the oil comes in the form of a carrier liquid, consider storing it the same way you would for coconut or olive oil – simply cool and dry. (Never freeze!)
When hemp oil goes rancid, it’s best to throw it away. These guidelines have demonstrated how to identify bad oil and how to keep your supplies stored properly. Simply buy high-quality oil, avoid contamination, and keep in a dry, temperature-controlled place.
Miron glass is an excellent choice for the storage of hemp oil.
Most products decay or deteriorate in natural light, especially sunlight, which accelerates the process of molecular decay in natural compounds. But dark-colored Miron glass blocks the complete spectrum of visible light with the exception of violet, ultraviolet and infrared light. Miron glass is exceptionally good for storing and preserving the contents of any product that has a high sensitivity to light with minimal or no degradation for long periods of time.
RESET Bioscience’s Shelf Life
RESET Bioscience has a proven shelf-life of over a year for the water based drops that it offers. We bottle all of our products in Micron glass in order to continue to preserve it long after it’s bought. To determine your RESET water based drop’s best by date, check the lot number on the bottle on the bottle and match it to a Certificate of Analysis to determine when you should consider buying a new bottle of RESET water based drops! (Even though we all know you’ll love it too much to let it go passed the best by date!)
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Like many other packaged natural products, hemp oil has a shelf life. How long the oil will last once you break the seal depends on a number of factors…