What’s The Shelf Life of CBD Oil?

Generally, the shelf life of CBD oil products is at least one year if kept in a cool, dark place. Ideally somewhere that’s less than 77 degrees Fahrenheit.

The actual shelf life of your particular product can vary depending on a few factors including where you store it, the type of product and the carrier oil. Some people have reported a shelf life of a few months whereas others say their products have lasted up to two years.

Some manufacturers print an expiration date on their product. You can also contact the manufacturer of your specific product to ask them how long it can be expected to last.

A few other tips when it comes to prolonging the life of your CBD oil products:

  • Avoid storing your products where they will be subject to heat or light as those elements can degrade the product quicker.
  • Refrigeration is typically not necessary unless specified in the product instructions.
  • The carrier oil in CBD oil drops will go rancid long before the CBD itself does. We’ve heard from users that products with hemp seed oil as the carrier oil can go bad faster than products with other carrier oils such as coconut oil or MCT oil.

If you’re concerned that your product may have gone bad, smell it. If it smells rancid, then you’ll probably want to throw it out. Just like milk, you’ll usually know it’s gone bad just by taking a whiff.

Brian Peterson is a consumer advocate for users of CBD oil products and the lead administrator of the CBD Oil Users Group on Facebook. He first learned about CBD oil in 2013 from reviews of users on social media. He has immersed himself in the industry since then. This includes founding the CBDOilUsers.com website and the largest CBD oil group on Facebook. His passion is educating people about CBD oil products and the most reputable companies in the industry.

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