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CBD works in an integrated manner with the body’s own ECS (Endocannabinoid System), a kind of complex communication system among cells, that works toward maintaining a state of homeostasis within the body.

It seems everyone lately is talking about cannabidiol, CBD oil, or hemp oil. Full spectrum CBD oil is a natural substance that is extracted from industrial hemp, and is federally legal as it contains no more than trace amounts (<0.3%) of THC, the substance responsible for providing marijuana’s “high.”

Does CBD Oil Expire, How Much CBD Oil Should I Buy At a Time?

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

When purchasing from a reputable manufacturer, certain precautions have likely been taken to extend the shelf-life of your CBD oil. For example, pure CBD oil is best, without added ingredients that can diminish the life expectancy of the product. Many manufacturers use dark green glass bottles for packaging, to reduce or eliminate exposure to light or sunlight. The extraction method is also important, as CO2 extraction is considered to be the gold standard for CBD manufacturing, and also promotes a longer shelf life. Also, consider the delivery method. For example, softgels tend to last longer than capsules since they are fully sealed and airtight.

As far as how much CBD to keep on-hand, CBD has an approximate shelf life of 14 to 24 months. 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. It’s also a good idea to have a backup bottle, just in case your main supply is dropped, broken, lost, left behind, or lent to a friend. You’ll want to stock up somewhat, but don’t keep more CBD oil than you could use in a year since a bottle typically lasts for one to two years before it begins to lose potency.

The aroma and flavor of CBD oil may become unpleasant over time, transforming from earthy to skunky. You can also observe visual changes in the oil, which may turn cloudy over time. Likewise, the texture of CBD oil will change and the oil may appear thicker and lose its smooth consistency. Lastly, a change in color indicates that the CBD oil is no longer fresh.

Manufacturers know that cool, dark places are optimal for storing CBD oil, which is why many of the best products are packaged in glass bottles tinted green. Dark green bottles prevent damaging sunlight from penetrating and hastening the product’s expiration date. Refrigerating CBD oil is not necessary. In fact, the most favorable environment may just be room temperature, or 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

A bottle of high-quality CBD oil can be expensive, and if you’re like us, you want to make that liquid gold last as long as possible. If you’re only using a few drops a day, it could be many months or even a year before you use up the entire bottle. Which might leave you asking yourself, “Does CBD oil expire?”

Can old CBD oil make you sick?

The general rule of thumb is that CBD oil has a shelf life ranging from 14 months to two years, 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. Higher-quality products tend to last longer, especially those that have been minimally processed like full-spectrum CBD oil. Pure CBD oil may last longer than flavored oils since any added ingredients have a shelf life of their own that could be shorter than the shelf life of the CBD.

Tinted bottles prevent damaging sunlight from penetrating and hastening the product’s expiration date. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

Any CBD product — whether it’s top-shelf or bargain-priced — should have an expiration date clearly printed on the label. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires such labeling for consumer protection, so steer clear of any CBD products (or any products for that matter) that are not in compliance.

The general rule of thumb is that CBD oil has a shelf life ranging from 14 months to two years, depending on how the product is stored. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

This depends on a number of factors. The first is how much air is in the bottle of CBD. The more air, the more quickly the bottle will go off. The air reacts with the oil and makes it go stale, but this doesn’t happen overnight.

So, CBD oil goes off after around a year. If it’s kept at room temperature in a cool place, unopened, one year is a rough estimate. Two years is if it’s kept cool in a fridge. This slows the breakdown of any foodstuff or supplement.

How Long Does CBD Oil Last Once Opened?

There are two main ways to tell whether CBD oil has gone bad.

The issue is that not all CBD oil is the same. Some are distilled through different processes, for example.

Aside from the smell and taste, you may also tell that CBD oil has gone bad from its appearance. The same process as described above also causes the appearance of the oil to change from clear to murky. This applies both to full spectrum and broad spectrum CBD oils.