Does CBD Oil Go Bad?

October 12, 2018

Yes, CBD products can lose freshness over time, but you can help preserve their integrity by storing them in the right place.

Now that you have purchased CBD products from Dixie Botanicals®, you may be curious as to how long you can keep them before they spoil.

If you’ve made CBD a part of your daily training regimen, there’s little chance that your product will expire before it’s time to replace it with a fresh one. If you’ve discovered a long-forgotten CBD product, however, the CBD oil may have started to degrade, reducing its potency.

You can extend the life of your CBD products by storing them in a place where they are protected from certain elements that contribute to the degradation process.

Here we discuss whether CBD oil goes bad, some tips on how to tell, and how you can help ensure your CBD products retain their integrity and remain fresh.

Does CBD Oil Go Bad?

Over time CBD oil does spoil, meaning that the cannabinoids and other compounds found in hemp gradually degrade. Once CBD oil has been extracted from the stalks and seeds of hemp, its optimal freshness zone becomes a finite window.

This breakdown process won’t make your CBD oil product toxic or dangerous, but it will impact its potency and its interaction with your systems.

With most of our consumers using our CBD oil products a part of their everyday athletic training or health regimen, it’s rare to have concerns about expiration dates because they are replacing their products with fresh ones on a regular basis.

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How Can You Tell if Your CBD Oil Went Bad?

Depending on the type of product, you may be able to tell that the CBD oil product has lost its freshness or become rancid by its appearance and smell.

In some cases, a liquid CBD oil product that has started to degrade will appear murkier than it did before. You may notice the product’s clarity has been replaced with some cloudiness.

Often times, the loss in freshness is noticeable because of a difference in odor and flavor. As cannabinoids and other hemp-derived compounds degrade, you will notice a change in smell over time. Rancidity can cause CBD oil to taste bad.

How Long Does CBD Oil Last?

CBD oil products are shelf-stable and stay fresh for a relatively long time, provided they are stored properly. In most cases, an opened CBD oil product will typically stay fresh for six months to a couple of years.

To give you an idea of how long our CBD products will maintain their freshness, Dixie Botanicals® CBD oil products come with an expiration date attached to their specific batch number listed on the package.

Generally, this expiration date is about two years from when a product was manufactured, but it can vary slightly depending on the type of product.

Tips on How to Preserve Your CBD Oil Longer

Taking a little bit of care to ensure that you store your CBD oil products properly will help maintain their freshness and improve their shelf life. While there’s nothing that can keep CBD oil from eventually degrading, its freshness can be extended by limiting its exposure to certain elements.

Even if you’re sure you’re going to use a product before its expiration date, keeping it in a place that is cool, dark, and dry can ensure that you are getting the most out of your CBD products from Dixie Botanicals®.

Ideally, you want to store your CBD products at temperatures that do not exceed 70F degrees. Prolonged exposure to higher temperatures will cause cannabinoids like CBD to degrade. Conversely, exposure to extreme cold may make some types of CBD oil products, such as liquid extracts, turn solid so that they’re hard to administer.

Exposure to light and heat can cause CBD oil to degrade, reducing its potency. We package many of our products with preservation in mind. Our  Dew Drop tinctures, for example, are packaged in brown glass bottles to minimize exposure to light.

Dixie Botanicals® CBD products are also packaged in airtight containers to help minimize exposure to the outside air. Like light and heat, elevated exposure to oxygen can stimulate the rapid breakdown of natural cannabinoids like CBD. Try to keep your CBD products in their original containers, and if you must transfer them, make sure the new container is adequate for long-term storage.

Dry pantries and kitchen cabinets are perfect places for keeping your CBD oil products, provided they are not near a source of heat like your stove. Other good options include a medicine cabinet, an office desk or bedside drawer, or a locker.

CBD products can also be taken with you wherever you go. Just be sure you keep them out of direct sunlight and not leave them anywhere that can get particularly hot, such as in a car in the summer.

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More to Learn About CBD Oil

You can find more information about hemp-derived CBD oil products, and the Dixie Botanicals® line of products by visiting our blog.

Get started with CBD from Dixie Botanicals® today through the HempMeds® online shop.