Are you worried about the shelf life of your CBD oil? This article will help you better understand the best practices of storing CBD products to ensure your products stay better for longer and work their best. 

CBD oil’s longevity heavily relies on factors such as the quality of the product, the ingredients most importantly how the product has been packaged.

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How to tell if my CBD Oil has expired?

How long can you store CBD Oil?

Tips for Storing CBD Oil

Is expired CBD unsafe for consumption? 

How to tell if my CBD oil has expired?

The easiest way to check if your product is expired is to check the expiration date on the outside of your packaging. Generally, you can expect these to be printed or stickered onto the bottom or outer box of your CBD oil. It’s essential to check the expiration date of your CBD oil before you use it. You also want to make sure that you don’t purchase CBD oil that’s close to expiry; otherwise, you could potentially be getting a product that won’t work as well as it’s designed to. 

Like all-natural oils, exposure to extreme temperatures, whether hot or cold, can potentially impact your products shelf-life. We always recommend that customers store their CBD oil products in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight in order to keep their products fresh and working well. 

CBD oil is manufactured in a variety of different ways, contingent on complying to local regulations. A full-spectrum CBD oil in the United States will have a different composition to an CBD isolate based oil that is sold locally in Hong Kong. These differences can lead to significant variety in how long CBD oil can last depending on it’s composition. For some oils, if exposed to cold temperatures for an extended period of time may turn cloudy. It’s always best to check directly with the brand themselves if you have any concerns about your products or their expiry.

CBD oil boasts a nutty, earthy, or grassy flavour that might not be to everyone’s tastes if left unflavoured. However, using your nose may be one way to tell if your product is expired. Expired CBD oil will taste different, usually rancid or sour, with a strong, pungent smell. Therefore if you ever have any doubts, it’s always advisable to taste a small amount of CBD oil to test whether it has expired. 

How long can you store CBD Oil?

The CBD within your CBD oil won’t last forever. If you leave your products open for a period of time, say six months of so, the active CBD within your product may break down. This doesn’t mean that the product isn’t safe for consumption, but essentially over time, your CBD will slowly decrease in its effectiveness. Oil that remains unopened may last up to two years, contingent on the specific product and brand. Once the ingredients begin to break down, your CBD may become less effective.

Ensure to check the label behind every CBD product, especially the section that features a printed “best before” date on both the packaging and the bottle itself in order to understand your product’s shelf life.

Tips for storing CBD oil

It is vital to note that storing CBD oil in a cool place does not mean being placed inside your refrigerator! Storing your product in room temperature is generally the most ideal place to keep it! It’s important to keep your CBD oil in an airtight container, which means ensuring its original packaging is secured. Just make sure it’s not exposed to heat or kept directly underneath the sun.

glass bottles for CBD oil

Glass bottles and opaque containers protect CBD products from sunlight and environmental factors like heat and moisture, keeping them fresh longer hence why most CBD oil products are kept in brown bottles! The Sun’s rays destroy cannabinoids, so UV-protected bottles are vital for all CBD storage. Most people store their product in the original packaging to keep its flavour and quality intact, but following the manufacturer’s storage recommendations is advisable.

Is expired CBD safe for consumption? 

It’s worth noting that different products from different brands carry with them their own specific shelf-life, and this blog serves to be informative but not definitive. It is always worth consulting the shelf-life of your particular product or the brand itself to ensure your products are safe to consume. 

Follow this guide to keep your CBD will stay fresh and potent for as long as you need. With a little bit of care, you can preserve the freshness and potency of your CBD product for as long as you need it. Remember to keep it in a cool, dark, dry place far away from light and air.  

However, if you still have questions regarding the storing of CBD, talk to our team of knowledgeable staff via email or in-store at the Found Cafe in the heart of Sheung Wan. They can answer any of your questions and help you shop our range of CBD  products that match your needs and individual preferences.