Here are some pointers to keep CBD oil fresh until the upper end of the shelf-life range (24 months):
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.
Here are answers to some common questions about CBD longevity, including how to extend the shelf life of CBD oil.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Consumer 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.
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.
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.
To accommodate this duration period, it’s common to see people in CBD communities choose to take a morning and evening dose daily, particularly for ongoing issues, such as anxiety or chronic pain.
The effects of CBD will differ from user to user, especially depending on the user’s reasons for taking it. Those who are taking CBD oil to treat pain, particularly pain caused by inflammation, have been reported to feel noticeable effects quickly if enough CBD oil is taken. Its effect on other ailments, such as anxiety, can be more difficult to measure, with many describing the feeling as being calming, and ‘taking the edge off’.
How long do the effects of CBD last?
Unfortunately we’ve seen some suppliers and informational sites recommend you take CBD on an empty stomach. This does result in the effects being felt more quickly, however, due to how CBD is metabolised by the digestive system, less will end up in your bloodstream if taken without food, so this is not the best way to take the product.
Another interesting finding of the study was the absence of THC when the patients were tested:
Taking this sound advice, it’s recommended that you continue to experiment sensibly with different dosage levels before giving up if you don’t feel any effect from the first few times taking a low dose. Try changing your dosages incrementally, rather than suddenly, and keeping note of any changes you notice.