Do CBD Products Expire? – Here is Everything You Need to Know About the Shelf Life of Cannabidiol
When it comes to getting the best value for your money in the CBD industry, it is almost always cheaper to buy a single product with a high cannabidiol concentration instead of multiple smaller ones. Whether it is a hemp tincture or CBD capsules, you might be thinking about their shelf life and the consequences of consuming expired CBD.
First of all, the good news: consuming expired cannabidiol will not cause any adverse effects. It will not make you sick, as CBD does not turn rancid. However, cannabidiol products do have an expiry date, not because they might be harmful after it but because their potency diminishes with time.
As a rule of thumb, pure CO2-extracted CBD oils have a shelf life of one to two years. The speed with which cannabidiol loses its potency depends on several factors, notably their manufacturing process, any additives that might be present, as well as their packaging.
While CBD tinctures kept under optimal conditions can preserve their effectiveness for 12 to 24 months, softgels can last even longer. Like other substances, cannabidiol naturally oxidizes and evaporates with the pass of time, but this process is significantly slowed down when it is not directly exposed to the elements.
Although taking expiring CBD will not cause any issues, you certainly want all your cannabidiol products to be as potent as possible. There are a few things you can do to make sure your tinctures and extracts last long and keep providing you the calm and relaxation you need.
The first and perhaps most important tip is to buy only high-quality CBD extracts from verified companies. Cannabidiol products made from high-quality hemp plants and extracted using CO2 methods are more effective and have a longer shelf life than others made in suboptimal conditions. Pure CBD oil lasts longer than extracts containing artificial ingredients or chemicals that might cause it to oxidate faster.
Almost every CBD tincture available in the market comes in dark crystal bottles so that the oil is exposed to as little light as possible. In order to preserve your CBD oils and make them last longer, it is vital to store them in a place with no natural or artificial light and a cool temperature. Keeping a CBD tincture inside your car or right by the window of your house is definitely not a good idea.
Most CBD capsules and softgels come in airtight containers, which help preserve them in optimal conditions for longer. In order to extend the shelf life of your cannabidiol products, make sure to keep them in their original packaging. If you use hemp oils, make sure to keep the bottles upright and tightly closed, as oxygen is the primary driver of CBD oxidation.
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