Does CBD Oil Expire: What You Need to Know?

Like many other consumable products, CBD (or cannabidiol) oil does have a shelf life, but it can be difficult to state exactly what that shelf life is. Are there things we can control that make it last longer?

Can you extend the shelf life and expiration date by taking preventive measures? Or does purchasing the highest-quality CBD oil make all the difference?

How Long is CBD-Shelf Life?

The general rule of thumb is that CBD oil has a shelf life ranging from 14 to 24 months, depending on how the product is stored. Direct sunlight and intense heat are two factors that can cause a bottle of CBD oil to go bad before its expiration date.

If you’re using a full dropper or more on a daily basis, you’ll typically experience cost savings by purchasing the largest bottle available from your trusted manufacturer or retailer. Many retailers will tell you to throw out CBD oil you’ve had more than a year — since a bottle typically lasts for one to two years before it begins to lose potency.

But higher-quality products like Smilyn CBD tinctures tend to last longer, particularly due to it being broad-spectrum CBD oil. At Smilyn Wellness, we pride ourselves on transparency and formulations that use only the best ingredients, which means better carrier oils, flavoring, packaging, and, most importantly, better CBD.

How To Know If Your CBD Is Expired

How do you know if your CBD is in fact — expired? Here’s what to look for:

  • Expiration Date: Even though proper storage will preserve the shelf life of your CBD products, they will eventually expire. If applicable, always check the expiration date.
  • Appearance: The temperature of which you store your oil could impact how it looks. For instance, being in a refrigerator can give it a cloudy look. Don’t let the appearance make you alarmed.
  • Taste: Trust your taste buds. CBD oil can have an earthy or grassy taste, especially if it’s unflavored. If something doesn’t taste quite right when you use it, there’s a good chance it has expired. A rancid taste is a sure sign it’s too old. The good news is that expired CBD oil won’t hurt you, so a quick sample won’t cause any harm.

Consumer Considerations for Extended Shelf Life

As a consumer, it is important to properly store CBD to help prolong its viable shelf life. Specifically, avoid light, heat, excess exposure to air, and moisture.

  • Store CBD in a cool, dark place like drawer or cabinet. If using CBD softgels, continue to store them in the original, airtight container.
  • Store tincture bottles upright and don’t leave your bottles open, as air can also contribute to faster oxidation.
  • Don’t store your CBD near heat sources such as radiator, oven, stove, or windowsill.
  • Do not keep CBD in your car
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