We love to answer questions such as, “What is the best way to store my CBD oil?” because these are the kinds of questions that really help you get the most out of the products we sell. There are some obvious benefits associated with this question too:
In my mind, all these things come to mind when buying CBD.
The idea that buying a product you believe in might mean that you're interested in making the most of it. It's like the old adage of Native Americans using every part of the buffalo. You want to understand every aspect of what you're buying to get the very most out of it.
It's important to know how to find a good CBD product and pay the right price. It's also important to take care of it once in your possession. CBD oil and its constituents are, after all, organic compounds subject to decomposition over time. There are a few factors that can speed up degradation:
All of these have different degradation affects. So here is our guide on how to store your CBD properly.
Set and Setting
The best way to store your CBD oil is in an upright position in a spot with a stable temperature away from extreme light, heat, or moisture. A dry pantry is a perfect place for storing your CBD oil.
This is probably the most common option. Whereas another option is, of course, to store your CBD oil in your refrigerator. While this is not required, many people like to do this because they believe it will ensure a longer shelf life for their CBD oil. However, there's a slight issue with this technique if placed incorrectly.
Swinging doors of refrigerators are okay, but if the CBD gets knocked on the side, there could be issues. Some of the child lock safety lids are also fairly adult proof. Always make sure to completely seal the lid as you risk a spill or lack of childproofing.
Another drawback of storing CBD oil in your refrigerator is that if the CBD oil gets too cold, it may thicken to the point where you need to heat it a little before use. In most cases, one can just run the bottle carefully under some hot water. However, some CBD, if frozen will have trouble solidifying.
Most CBD brands that are high quality will be unable to resolidify as per the processes used to create the oil itself.
How Long Can I store CBD Before It Expires?
If you properly store your CBD oil, you should find that it lasts for about one to two years. Many people who use CBD regularly will have nothing to worry about since they take CBD oil often enough that they are replacing it with a fresh bottle on a regular basis.
When you are deciding how to store your CBD oil, be aware of the carrier liquid your CBD oil is in. All CBD and hemp extracts come in a carrier liquid within which the concentrated cannabinoid extract is diluted.
CBD Expiration Dates:
CBD oils typically expire within two years from the date when the oil was first extracted or manufactured. Most CBD products will come with an expiration date printed somewhere on the packaging. It's these extended time periods where you really should know if the product has been stored in prime conditions.
Common carrier liquids are coconut oil, MCT oil, olive oil, and hemp seed oil. So all you need to do is store your CBD oil in the same way as you would store your bottle of olive oil or coconut oil.
I store my CBD oil in a dark cabinet at around room temperature alongside all of my other salad and cooking oils. If I have a bottle that I want to keep for a very long time (longer than about a year), I will store it in my fridge to get as long of a shelf life as possible.
Sunlight Degrades CBD
There's a reason that CBD is sold in tincture bottles that are dark and opaque. This is a safeguard by the manufacturer to avoid CBD expose to sunlight. The spectrum of UV light can break down CBD and other constituent compounds.
Air Travel and Storage
Of course, those of us that use CBD on a regular basis will want to fly with our tincture. This is already difficult due to FDA and TSA regulations.
Therefore, it is important to know where your tincture of oil is going to be stored and at what temperature.
Check out our guide on flying with CBD to learn more.
Full-spectrum CBD Oil
One of the most beneficial kinds of CBD and contains hundreds of beneficial components – in addition to CBD – that are subject to faster degradation when exposed to a variety of factors.
Some of these components decompose into smaller substances whereas others decompose into their constituent atoms.
Decomposed compounds are not as active as their parent compounds and in some cases not effective at all. Thus the importance of storing CBD oil properly.
Hopefully, you found this article on the best way to store your CBD oil helpful. If you want to learn how to get the most out of CBD oil then continue to check back on our social media pages and this blog.