Does CBD oil expire?

by Edward J. Ross

There is a current rave about CBD and any products that have it as their principal ingredient. Due to the recent interest brands and people (mostly vegetarians) have found in CBD, you will probably find it at every corner you look; in coffee shops, bakeries, restaurants, your local drug store, etc.

The advantages of CBD oil are no longer telltales. People are starting to realize that it solves various health-related issues. As the use of this oil cut across multiple countries, the burning questions on people's minds are: Does CBD oil expire? How can I store CBD oils? How long does CBD oil last? How can I tell if it has expired? Does it lose its benefits overtime?' 

These questions are valid and necessary to enjoy your CBD oil fully. This article will answer and dissect every question you have on CBD oil.

What You Need To Know About CBD

CBD, which is short for Cannabidiol, is one of the constituents of marijuana and hemp. It is a primary chemical compound that is isolated from other compounds in marijuana. Taking CBD doesn't result in a "high" feeling, unlike the other compound in marijuana called Delta-6 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

CBD doesn't show up when a drug test is done except if the person used a CBD product with massive THC trace amounts. CBD incites a relaxing and calming effect on its users. It is known to help out with several health issues like chronic pain, joint pains, anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, epilepsy, menstrual cramps, and some say it prevent any disease.

Many people use CBD products to treat, cure, or prevent different ailments. The serving size for CBD products is not fixed and depends on the purpose of taking it. There are several carrier oils for CBD, and they are olive oil, hemp seed oil, and MCT coconut oil.

CBD is of three types, which include: full-spectrum and broad-spectrum, and CBD isolate. Isolate is a type of CBD without any other cannabinoids, while full-spectrum contains all cannabinoids, including THC. Broad-spectrum, on the other hand, has all cannabinoids that occur naturally in hemp, excluding THC. CBD products come in various forms like oils & tinctures, gummies, oral pills, and powder form.

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Factors That Determine The Longevity of CBD Oil

Most times, people tend to abandon their medications after seeing visible improvement results during treatment; the same thing tends to happen when people use CBD oil. After treatment, they only remember it when another occurs. When that time comes, they might find themselves asking "if it is still good for use" or "does CBD oil expires?", Yes, CBD products and CBD oil will go bad over time. This is why one needs to understand the things that determine its longevity. 

The shelf life of CBD oil is about 14 - 24 months. This average depends on the brand one gets; the expiration date is usually specified on the product. Occasionally. CBD oils have been known to spoil suddenly; this usually occurs when the CBD oil has a short shelf life. Below are factors that determine how long CBD oil can last:

  • Extraction Process 

The process for compounds extraction from the hemp plant plays a significant role in how long CBD oil last. A proper extraction method has to be done to get highly effective and pure CBD oil. There are several known extraction processes, which are, but not limited to:

  • Solvent-based Extraction:

Solvent-based extraction involves soaking or washing over the hemp plant in a solvent. The solvent can be food grade like ethanol, or it can be further distilled to separate the CBD oil, or hydrocarbons e.g, butane, which is then refined to remove most of the solvent. 

  • Steam Distillation:

This method has been used for other oil extractions and applies still to cannabinoids. It involves steaming the hemp plant to free volatile compounds. The vapor is usually filled with the desired compound and then cooled and condensed to separate water from the oil. 

  • Co2 Extraction: 

Co2 stands for carbon dioxide, and it is used to pull out cannabinoids and other compounds from the raw hemp.

  • Olive Oil Method:

In this method, olive oil as a natural solvent is used for the extraction of CBD. The raw hemp is heated to a specific temperature, added to the oil, and then heated again. Olive does not evaporate, so the result would not be as concentrated as those of hydrocarbons.

Cannabis experts have affirmed that the Co2 method of extraction is the best way to produce good quality oils that last longer. Compounds during this method are relatively stable. Other forms would most likely destabilize the compounds, reducing the purity and the length of life of CBD oil. The method of extraction will determine if that bottle of CBD oil will have a longer shelf life.

  • Method of storage

The way CBD oil is stored determines how long it would last. Bad storage of CBD oil might result in its going bad before the expiration date. Research says that you should store CBD oil at room temperature. It shouldn't be close to heat and direct sunlight. Store your CBD oil properly to extend the shelf life.

  • Quality and Brand of the CBD oil 

The grade of the CBD oil plays a significant role in its lifespan. High-quality oil can last as long as 24 months. The quality is also dependent on the type of CBD oil and the method of extraction used.

Depending on the brand of CBD oil product gotten, one should be able to tell the quality product. Trusted CBD brands should always be one's first option, so he/she can get a long-lasting bottle of CBD oil. Lower-quality oil will not last.

Signs of a Spoilt CBD Oil 

Just the way milk changes when spoilt, CBD oil also changes. Improper storage of CBD oil can cause its expiration to occur before two years or even before 14 months. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has mandated that every product specifies its expiration date; this rule is enforced to protect consumers.

There are several signs one can use to know when it goes bad. The physical appearance changes; It might start to look cloudy and murky. The texture becomes thicker and loses its smoothness. The flavor and aroma become unpleasant, from earthy to funky.

Ways to Preserve and Elongate the Shelf Life of CBD Oil

Most manufacturers are aware that CBD product storage must happen in a cool, dark place; this is why the oil's packaging is generally in dark tinted glass bottles. The tinted glass bottles protect the oil from direct sunlight, which would hasten its expiration. #

The bottle does not have to be refrigerated; it can be left at room temperature of about 60 - 70 degree Fahrenheit. The idea is that, even when refrigerated, the oil bottle shouldn't be heated but kept to cool down.

The following ways would help preserve your CBD oil until the typical shelf life of two years reaches:

  • Always store your CBD products in dark, cold places.
  • CBD oil bottle should be stood upright and not horizontally.
  • After opening the bottle for use, make sure it is tightly closed; this helps extend CBD oil products' shelf life.
  • Store your CBD oil away from warm places.
  • CBD oil may go bad if the window keeps the bottle. It risks the chances of being exposed to direct sunlight.
  • Avoid exposing any CBD product to air. Oxygen can somehow affect the chemical balance and doesn't make it last longer.

What Happens When You Use Old CBD oil?

You might have the fear that using old CBD oil is likely to make you sick, just like taking spoilt milk, but unlike milk, CBD oil doesn't turn rancid. It would only lack potency and will most likely lose its quality and benefits after it has exceeded its two-year shelf life.

Although it might taste horrible, expired CBD won't have any negative impact on the body. To be safe, dispose of all CBD products that have gone beyond their expiry date.

Conclusion

My final thoughts on how to store CBD bottles is by following the necessary steps, which are: keeping it at the right temperature, a cool dark place, and avoiding intense heat and sunlight.

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