CBD is a phytocannabinoid produced by cannabis-related plants such as hemp and marijuana. It is harvested from the hemp plant's leaves, flowers, and roots, cleared for production in 2018.
Federal law allows CBD to be sourced from hemp with less than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol by weight, and any amount above that is considered marijuana. Nonetheless, CBD has potential benefits to human health, and ongoing research studies indicate that it might be beneficial in treating mental issues such as insomnia, anxiety, stress, and depression, and skin-related issues like acne, psoriasis, skin inflammation, and damage done by free radicals. However, it is important to note that CBD is effective against these illnesses since it interacts with the body through the endocannabinoid system, specifically through various receptors found abundantly in the brain and the body.
Cannabidiol, like any other food product, does expire and has an average shelf life lasting between eighteen and twenty months. However, CBD tinctures are known to have the longest shelf life spanning up to two years, whereas CBD oil has an average shelf life of one and a half years. The shelf life of CBD greatly affects its shelf life and its rate of degradation. Like any other organic compound, CBD is affected by temperature and sunlight. These two factors greatly accelerate the rate of degradation and decomposition of CBD molecules. Exposure to sunlight, especially bright sources of light that are intense with ultraviolet rays, affects the chemical composition of CBD. It results in fewer CBD molecules available for uptake by the body, which might lead the user to administer higher dosages to experience its effects. The temperature, on the other, affects its content level, especially since CBD is mostly prepared using carrier oils. CBD oils have a relatively lower boiling point than most carrier oils; thus, exposing CBD to temperatures higher than twenty-two degrees might result in some CBD evaporating. It will lead to a lower concentration in the packaged CBD and may affect the user's dosage as it may be ineffective. CBD is susceptible to oxidation, especially if the storage container is left open for long periods. Oxidation decomposes CBD into its acidic form, which is ineffective and may render the whole product useless. However, with proper storage, one can extend the shelf life of any CBD product to utilize its maximum benefits. The following are methods one can use to extend the shelf life of CBD products:
Sunlight emits infrared and ultraviolet rays, which cause CBD stem cells to change. CBD is photosensitive, so it degrades when it comes into contact with these rays. Cannabinoids are harmed and lose their potency. Keep all CBD oils in the shade, in a cupboard, or in the refrigerator to avoid this issue. For the record, artificial light has no negative effects on CBD.
Give your CBD oil a cool environment if you want it to last long because cannabinoids do not tolerate high temperatures well and lose active ingredients when exposed to them. It is best to keep the products below 21°C. Please put it in the freezer for longer storage (several months), but only defrost it once.
Humidity is critical in the long-term preservation of CBD. Keep your CBD oil away from contact with water. It is why mold destroys and renders your products unusable. Ensure the container is free of water and fog when storing your product. Always use the original container to avoid water seeping into the oil.
The best advice is to keep one's CBD oil in its container and tightly close the cap. It is due to invisible molecules in the air that act on CBD and degrades the plant's cannabinoids. One of them is oxygen. To avoid losing the flavor of your CBD oil, keep it in an airtight container that you properly close after each use.
In rare instances, CBD products might spoil before their said expiry date. It may be due to pure packaging or poor product handling while being transported. One can check for the following signs to check if the CBD is still viable for use or has spoilt.
CBD oil can appear clear, white, dark brown, or dark green depending on the hemp extract and carrier oil used. If the carrier oil is MCT coconut oil, it may be cloudy, especially if kept in a cool place. When the oil becomes chunky or brown at room temperature, it may indicate that the CBD is beginning to degrade. Examine the liquid in the light for any irregularities, such as cloudiness at room temperature.
CBD oil has a bitter-earthy aroma and flavor. Some have described it as "nuttyutty" or "grassy." Normally, these oils have a neutral flavor but taste sour when they go bad. Buying older carrier oils saves money to buy CBD from a reputable supplier.
CBD is an organic product, and as such, it is susceptible to degradation and eventually expires over time. Most CBD oils last between eighteen and twenty months, whereas CBD tinctures have the longest shelf life. It is important to store CBD products away from sunlight, sources of heat, away from humidity, and far from children to avoid accidental ingestion.