Has your oil or tincture passed its expiration date? Should you throw it away, or is it still safe to use? Can expired products make you sick or are they totally ineffective?
Before you throw out your expired CBD products, here are some ways to avoid wasting CBD oil.
Do Oil-Based CBD Products Expire?
Yes. Any CBD product should display an expiration date on its label, which is an FDA guideline requirement. Before you purchase a CBD oil or tincture, check its expiration date to see if you have enough time to consume what you’re about to buy before it goes bad.
Oil-based CBD products last between 12 and 24 months, but a number of factors determine the expiration date.
The Extraction Method
The extraction method that was used to turn the hemp plant material into an oil determines its shelf life. The CO2 extraction method is considered the best way to preserve the chemical integrity of the plant, ensuring that each compound remains stable. A more stable chemical composition means a longer shelf life, as it takes a lot longer for those compounds to break down.
Meanwhile, certain solvent methods will result in a shorter shelf life because these methods result in less stable products.
Additional ingredients affect the shelf life of a CBD oil or tincture. If a CBD oil contains a flavoring additive that has a shelf life of one year, that means that the entire product only has a shelf life of one year. A product’s shelf life is determined by the ingredient with the shortest shelf life.
How Long It’s Been Since the CBD Oil Was Extracted
Expiration dates are determined by the date the CBD oil is extracted. If a CBD product has been on a shelf for six months before you purchased it, its expiration date will be sooner.
Is Expired CBD Dangerous to Consume?
Technically, expired CBD tinctures and oils aren’t dangerous to consume, as long as the products don’t also contain ingredients such as foods that decompose over time. So no, you probably don’t have to worry about getting sick from using a tincture that expired last month.
Is Expired CBD Still Effective?
Expired CBD will probably not be as effective because the compounds in the oil slowly break down and evaporate. This means that the potency of the product decreases over time.
How Can I Tell if My CBD Product Has Expired?
Look to see if the formula has separated. This separation occurs because the chemical compounds have broken down and detached from each other, resulting in a less homogenized product.
How Can I Make My CBD Product Last as Long as Possible?
No one wants to use expired CBD. However, you can help your CBD oil or tincture last longer than it should.
Good Storage Is Important
Proper storage is important. Light and heat both promote oxidization, a process that causes the molecules of the potentially beneficial compounds to break down rapidly, causing evaporation and destabilization.
Oxidization can make your CBD product lose its effectiveness, which is why it’s recommended to store oil-based CBD products in a cool, dark place such as a drawer, cabinet or closet.
Purchase CBD as Needed
Purchase CBD when you need it and intend to use it. Unless you really think that you can use multiple bottles within the timeframe of the expiration date, you’ll just end up wasting good-quality, expensive CBD.
Fresh CBD Is the Best
While CBD products do expire, that doesn’t mean that they are dangerous to consume. You still want to have the most effective, fresh CBD product possible. Store your bottles properly and never purchase more than you need at any given time.