Shelf Life is defined as the length of time for which an item remains usable, fit for consumption, or saleable.
Everything that we consume has a shelf life, and CBD is not excluded from this.
But what is the shelf life of CBD oil? And can it become less effective over time?
These are some of the topics we’ll cover in this article. Let’s dive in!
How To Determine The Shelf Life of CBD Oil?
There are multiple factors that go into the shelf life of CBD oil. How long it will last is determined by factors such as the quality of CBD oil, how it is packaged, and how the consumer stores their CBD products. Let’s learn more about each!
Higher quality products typically tend to last longer, no matter what they are. Think of how much longer high-quality clothes last, for example. CBD oil is the same way!
The type of hemp and the methods used to extract the CBD from the hemp both play a role in the shelf life of the final product. CBD oil that comes from high-quality hemp, in premium growing conditions, using the best extraction methods will have a much longer shelf life than CBD oil that comes from industrial hemp using unsafe extraction methods.
How the CBD oil is packaged also plays a role in the shelf life of the product! Glass bottles that are a darker color, such as amber or blue, will help the oil have a longer shelf life. The darker colors help protect from light and heat, which both play a role in the breakdown of cannabinoids and terpenes.
Light, heat, and even exposed air play a role in the shelf life of your CBD oil, we can know that proper storage is key to getting the longest shelf life possible. Storing your CBD in a dark and cooler environment is going to help you get the longest shelf life out of your CBD oil!
Best Ways To Store Your CBD Oil
The biggest potential enemies of any CBD product are all the same. Heat, light, and exposure to air are the biggest culprits of a shorter than normal shelf life. You can store your CBD oil however you’d like, but keep those in mind if you want it to last as long as possible.
Store Your CBD Oil Away From Light and Heat
If you want your CBD oil to have the longest shelf life possible, it is important to store it in a cool, dry, dark place. Try and avoid areas that have direct sunlight, such as a shelf near a window, or in a cabinet with an appliance that produces heat.
Light is the single greatest factor with the loss of cannabinoids. Exposure to sunlight and even artificial light can significantly speed up the degradation process of CBD.
Heat is another factor that can cause slight changes to the chemical composition of your CBD oil. Cooler temperatures help maintains the freshness of the cannabinoids and overall product!
The best option would be to keep all CBD oils in a cabinet or pantry that doesn’t exceed 70 degrees Fahrenheit. If that is not an option, another possibility is to store it in a refrigerator. While CBD oil is meant to be able to be stored at room temperature, there are people that recommend storing it in a fridge to really improve shelf life!
When it comes to keeping your CBD oil away from light and heat, here are some tips:
- Don’t store it near appliances that radiate heat such as a stove, range, oven, etc.
- Avoid leaving it in vehicles for long periods of time that are in direct sunlight.
- Avoid leaving it near windows where it is exposed to direct sunlight.
Store Your CBD Oil To Avoid Air Exposure
Most CBD oil bottles are designed to be airtight so they prevent air exposure. The same as light and heat, air exposure can play a role in the breakdown of CBD and other natural cannabinoids.
Oxidative stress in the process in which oxygen exposure can slowly cause changes to the chemical composition of certain products. What that being said, even when you are using your CBD oil regularly, as long as you’re storing it properly, you should find that it lasts for at least a year.
Since the bottle your CBD comes in is designed to prevent air exposure, we recommend that you keep it in its original bottle and fully close it after each use.
When Stored Properly, What’s The Shelf Life Of CBD Oil?
Well, we just talked about a lot, without really answering the main question yet. If you follow the best storage methods, you will find that the shelf life of your CBD oil is anywhere from 1 – 2 years.
As time passes, the concentrates in the oil will begin to change and you may see a change in color. The oil is still safe to consume, but it may just be less potent. Note, this shouldn’t start to happen anytime soon after you get your CBD oil, and you’ll start to potentially notice this after the 1 – 2 year mark.
The methods you should follow are storing your oil in a dark, dry, and cool place. The more you adhere to these, the longer your CBD oil will last!