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Does CBD Oil Expire?

Last Updated on 28th October 2020

Can CBD Oil & CBD Products Expire?

CBD oil is becoming increasingly more popular in the UK. Most people who consume it will commonly take it sublingually (under the tongue) every morning as they wake up. With bottles for general retail being found in 10 or 30ml quantities.

As such, with regular use, these will be consumed within a month or two meaning you won’t have to worry about the shelf-life of your product.

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However, if you have purchased a big bottle or if you use CBD quite infrequently, then you may need to worry about preventing your CBD from degrading. Fortunately for you, there is many steps that you can take to ensure that you don’t waste your hard-earned money.

CBD Oil Shelf Life

From the point when CBD has been extracted from the cannabis plant and place into a carrier oil, its shelf-life will generally be around 2 years when stored in the conditions stated on the bottle – this will be in a cool, dark and dry place. To abide by these rules, you must: –

  • Keep out of direct sunlight – You may have noticed that bottles of CBD tinctures will come in brown glass bottles, to minimize light exposure.
  • Keep in a cool place – This can be achieved by keeping it refrigerated or at the very least keeping the bottle out of direct sunlight and away from any potential heat sources. In the unlikely event that you are storing CBD for multiple years then it is possible to store in the freezer (just ensure it has fully thawed before us). If CBD isn’t kept cool the CBD will gradually convert into other cannabinoids which will cause the strength of your CBD oil to drop.
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  • Minimize exposure to air – Air can slowly deteriorate your CBD product. You may have noticed that all CBD oil product comes in air-tight containers. This means that when using it, you should minimise the amount of time that the lid is off and to ensure when the lid is returned to the product it is completely screwed on.
  • Store upright – This might sound quite simple but ensure that the bottle is stored upright as intended. If the bottle isn’t then the CBD may come into contact will other materials other than the glass bottle, such as plastic lids or the dropper pipettes at the top of the bottle, for example.
  • Avoid contamination – If your CBD comes with a pipette dropper for using sublingually (under the tongue), then ensure that you don’t touch the dropper into your mouth. This could pass germs into the liquid which may deteriorate. Also ensure that you have clean and dry hands prior to using CBD-based products to reduce germs and water entering the product. If your CBD oil has no pipette dropper, you may consider transferring your dose onto a spoon before ingesting.

How Can You Preserve CBD?

Some general tips for keeping your CBD at the best quality are:

  • Reading the manufacture instructions – Not all CBD-based products are created equally, some have different concentrations of cannabinoids and may contain different carrier oils such coconut oil or vegetable oil. All these factors mean that each bottle will have a different shelf-life and different tips from the manufacture to ensure the product stays as intended.
  • Regularly check the product – If your cannabis-based product has gone bad, you will be able to tell by either smelling the product or checking the appearance to see if it has gone rancid or not. The product may have lost potency whilst not going off or mouldy, so this technique won’t necessarily work in all cases, but will keep you from ingesting something that won’t make you ill. A CBD product that has deteriorated will generally go from a clear colour to a fuller, darker colour.
  • Keep out of the reach of children – It goes without saying that you should be keeping your supplements and medicines out of the reach of children, and this also goes for your CBD oil. Whilst CBD doesn’t have a known point in which you can overdose and won’t cause your children to get ‘high’ or ‘stoned’, it is safe practice and will also stop children from potentially contaminating your product.
  • Only freeze when necessary – To ensure that you can also use your CBD product, don’t always store in sub-zero conditions. This will stop you wasting time in thawing it every time you need to use it.
  • Throw product away if expired – If your product has gone over the manufacture’s expiry date (and you haven’t ensured it won’t go off by freezing it) then this means that they can no longer guarantee the product is safe to use. The better method would be ensuring you have used it completely prior to this date.

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With only the smallest amount of care and attention, you can ensure that your CBD-based products stay at the highest quality for the longest amount of time.

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When Does CBD Oil Expire?

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When Does CBD Oil Expire?

Natural products have a shelf life and CBD oil is no exception. If you’ve been using CBD oil for a while you may not have ever seen it go off— or it’s used up before it can. So how long does it take for CBD oil to go bad?

CBD oil has a long shelf life of between one and two years. It’s a natural product, which means it will always go bad eventually. It can either spoil (go bad because of bacteria) or go stale (because of air and/or sunlight). Stale CBD can still be taken but may not have all the beneficial effects of fresh oil. Spoiled oil must be replaced.

So, how can you tell when CBD oil goes bad? And what can you do to keep it fresh for longer? Read on to find out.

When Does CBD Oil Go Bad?

So, CBD oil goes off after around a year. If it’s kept at room temperature in a cool place, unopened, one year is a rough estimate. Two years is if it’s kept cool in a fridge. This slows the breakdown of any foodstuff or supplement.

There are two ways in which CBD oil can go bad. The first is through spoiling, i.e. contact with bacteria, which then proliferate and eat what they can in the product. When bacteria get into something—anything—it will keep reproducing for as long as there’s food. Because there are lots of natural compounds for them to eat in CBD oil, they can spoil it. This has the usual smell you associate with spoiled things.

The second is natural degradation, where the molecules in the product break down not in response to bacteria, but sunlight and heat. If you have herbs and spices in your pantry, then this is something you will have experienced before. The product loses its colour and its flavour and might become dry and unpalatable. Something similar can happen to CBD oil, too.

The better the conditions you keep your CBD oil in, the longer it will last. You, therefore, have a lot of control over the process.

Does CBD Oil Have a Best Before or Use By Date?

There are two parts to every shelf life: the ‘best before’, and the ‘use by’. It’s important to understand the difference between the two, so you know how long you can use your oil for.

‘Best before’ refers to the time during which the oil (or any other product) is fresh. If you keep the product past the best before date, you can still use it, and it should still be fine. But it might not taste as fresh as it used to, perhaps because it’s begun to break down.

The ‘use by’ date is more important. It refers to the time at which the product will become unusable. This could be because the product has likely gone rancid/spoiled, at which point you won’t be able to consume it, and it may even hurt you. It could also be because its active ingredients have completely broken down. Once this happens, there’s no point taking the oil.

The issue is that not all CBD oil is the same. Some are distilled through different processes, for example.

How Long Does CBD Oil Last Once Opened?

This depends on a number of factors. The first is how much air is in the bottle of CBD. The more air, the more quickly the bottle will go off. The air reacts with the oil and makes it go stale, but this doesn’t happen overnight.

The closer the bottle is to being completely used, the more air and less oil there is, so the quicker it will go stale. Once opened, the process takes a year. But when the bottle is almost used, it can take just months.

The effect is worse if the bottle is an open one, i.e. it doesn’t have a built-in dropper. If the bottle is open, this also allows bacteria to enter the bottle more easily. This is something you want to avoid. If it’s an open bottle without a dripper to seal it off, then putting anything unsterilised inside like your finger will make it go off much quicker.

How to Tell CBD Oil Has Gone Bad

There are two main ways to tell whether CBD oil has gone bad.

The first of these is the smell. Natural degradation of a product usually causes it to change its smell, and in the case of products that you eat, its flavour. CBD oil is the same. Over time, the cannabinoid and aromatic phenol molecules inside break down into smaller parts. This leads to its smell gradually disappearing.

If the product is going off because of bacteria, you can expect a similar rancid smell to other consumable products. This is caused by the gases that bacteria create when they eat their way through natural products. If the smell is present, you will definitely notice it. Needless to say, if you were to taste it, it wouldn’t taste very nice.

Aside from the smell and taste, you may also tell that CBD oil has gone bad from its appearance. The same process as described above also causes the appearance of the oil to change from clear to murky. This applies both to full spectrum and broad spectrum CBD oils.

What to Do When CBD Oil Goes Bad

If the product is spoiled by bacteria, throw it away. By microwaving it or cooking it you would kill the bacteria inside, as can be done with food before a certain point. But in doing so you would destroy the compounds that make CBD oil what it is. Your oil would end up useless—so don’t bother. Throw it away and start again.

A product that’s simply old rather than bad may still be usable. It’s not clear exactly how CBD oil breaks down over time. But if it’s like other foodstuffs, then the chemicals like CBD are breaking down into smaller pieces. This will likely make them less effective. As such, you may not get the full effects of CBD if you take it when it’s gone a little stale.

If you do plan on buying more CBD oil, you should consider buying a smaller bottle next time. People that forget to take the occasional dose, or only want to take small doses, will take their time to finish a bottle. By buying a smaller one, you will ensure that it won’t go off before you’re finished.

Alternatively, if you’ve only just bought the product, you could always make use of the company’s returns policy

How to Stop CBD Oil Going Bad

It’s surprisingly easy to stop products going bad, provided that you know how. Below are all the best ways to stop CBD oil from going off.

  • 1) Store the product somewhere cool. The most important thing to do is to keep the product cool. Heat breaks down chemical bonds and causes bacteria to grow. Both are bad. Ideally, keep your CBD oil in a drawer away from any heat sources.
  • 2) Store the product away from direct sunlight. The warmth of the sun is powerful. Even just one afternoon in the sunshine can warm up a product to the point where it goes bad. So, again, keep your CBD oil stored somewhere like a drawer or cupboard where light can’t reach it.
  • 3) Don’t open the bottle unless you need to. If your product is still sealed, there should be no bacteria inside it. And often, the only ‘air’ inside is nitrogen which keeps things fresh. Opening a bottle before you use it allows both air and bacteria inside.

Most importantly, remember to take your CBD oil regularly. Normal-sized doses of CBD oil will allow you to get through a bottle long before it’s supposed to go off. If you use your product at a regular pace, then you won’t have any problems with it going bad.

Should You Keep CBD Oil in the Fridge?

The fridge is a good place to keep CBD. Like a cupboard drawer, it keeps the oil away from natural light. This slows the breakdown of the product.

If the bottle is open, then bacteria may have been introduced into it. If this is the case, then keeping the oil at fridge temperature rather than room temperature is a good idea. This ensures that the bacteria are much slower to reproduce and render the product unusable.

The coldness of the fridge won’t have any negative effects on your CBD oil. The only issue is that you may find it too cool to take, especially if you have sensitive teeth or gums. You may, therefore, want to allow a spoonful to warm to room temperature before taking it (but don’t heat it, as this will break down the beneficial cannabinoids and phenols of the product).

If you take a regular CBD dose, there won’t be any need to keep it in the fridge. You will take your supplement quick enough that it won’t get the chance to go off, even at room temperature.

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