As with all packaged products, CBD oil has a limited window of time during which it is most safe and effective. But determining the shelf life is not straightforward, and there are various factors that contribute to how long CBD oil will last. It could depend on the quality of the source material that is used, or the way in which the final product is packaged and stored.
What can you do to increase the lifespan of your CBD products?
You can increase the lifespan of your CBD products by taking good care of them. You need to protect against exposure to extreme cold, heat and humidity to help preserve the botanical constituents. By storing your CBD oil products with care, you will maintain their freshness and make them last longer. But you should also take note that it is important to factor in the brand or type of CBD product.
Though it is not a reliable guideline, the average shelf life of CBD oil lies somewhere between 14 and 24 months. No matter how well you store it, if your product is more than two years old, you should probably look to replace it.
How extraction method impacts on CBD oil shelf life
In a nutshell, the quality of the end product will reflect the quality of the source product, regardless of extraction method. There is an inextricable link between the quality of the source material and what you’re left with after extraction.
So, how should I store it?
With any concentrate, the biggest perceived threats are the same: temperature, light, exposure to air and time. The degradation of your CBD oil is caused by these things, and the best way to store your product will generally be a cool, dark, dry environment, with no exposure to any atmospheric contaminants.
– Don’t store it near a window where direct sunlight can reach it.
– Don’t keep it near a cooker or oven, as this could heat up the oil.
-Avoid leaving in your car, as this can lead to extremes of heat or cold.
– Keep it in its original container, and always close the lid tightly to avoid prolonged air exposure.
With proper storage, your CBD oil should keep for at least a year. If you use the oil regularly, you should have nothing to worry about because you will use it up well before it reaches its expiration date. The pantry is a good storage location, or if you plan to keep it longer then the fridge can be a good option. In any case, your product should have an expiration date on it, and by storing it properly you should get the most out of its lifespan.