Storing CBD oil really isn’t hard – at all. I don’t want you to read this article thinking “Oh boy, I have to do a lot of things to extend the shelf life of my CBD oils!” This isn’t the case 🙂 CBD oil does provide a lot of benefits, but (unfortunately) it doesn’t come cheap. As with any other purchase, we want to make sure it’s kept in a way to maximize it’s shelf life. CBD oil is really easy to keep, but there are a few things to keep in mind in when storing CBD oil to extend it’s shelf life as long as possible. In this article, we will be looking at some methods you can use when storing your CBD oils.
H.A.L.T When Storing Your CBD Oil!
For those of you that don’t already know, I used to be in the Army. The military is great at making acronyms to help people remember all of the required information better. For the discussions of storing CBD oil, I’ve come up with a useful acronym: HALT. Heat, air, light, and time ( hence the acronym HALT) are all factors that also contribute to the deterioration of cannabinoids. The best way to store your CBD oil is in an environment that is cool, dry, and dark. A lot of users recommend the refrigerator because it provides a cool, airtight environment with optimal conditions.
There really isn’t much to mention about heat, besides the obvious. Excess exposure to heat isn’t necessarily good for storing your CBD oil. If you can, store the CBD oil in an area that is about room temperature. CBD oil is typically made by heating a carrier oil (New Phase Blends always uses organic MCT oil) to roughly 70 degrees Celsius and mixing in cannabinoid extracts. If the oil is exposed to high levels of heat, it can come out of suspension. This simply means the carrier oil will separate from the CBD extract, leaving an inconsistent product.
It is one thing to avoid heat and sunlight and another to prevent air exposure. After all, the air is found everywhere. Although CBD oil products are contained in airtight containers, a certain level of air exposure cannot be avoided since you must open the bottle to use the product. As the air gets inside, it will cause the product to deteriorate over time. The exposure to oxygen results in oxidation stress; it is the same reason you cannot eat the leftovers that have been sitting in your refrigerator for three months.
Storing CBD oil in a cold environment?
When you refrigerate CBD oil, it helps to prolong its shelf life. While the fridge is a possible storage solution for CBD oil, you should keep in mind that each method of storing CBD oil has its pros and cons. Each of them provides an environment without light, heat, air, and moisture. The refrigeration may result in the thickening of the oil due to the excessive col temperature which would make it harder to get into and out of the 1mL dropper. This can be corrected if you run the bottle under hot water for a few seconds. If you freeze the bottle, it causes the oil to thicken and then become cloudy. Aside from this, you can often correct this by warming the bottle. The cloudiness should not affect the quality, or change the longevity of the product, but it does make it look really weird. The cloudiness is actually tiny crystals of cannabinoids (similar to how THC is crystallized) that fell out of suspension in the carrier oil. You can read more about this phenomenon here if it interests you. Both the freezer and refrigerator provide an environment without moisture or light, and are air tight (when closed). Therefore, they can help in extending the maximum shelf life of the CBD oil. Editor’s note: I would not recommend freezing your CBD oil.
Storing CBD oil at room temperature.
You don’t NEED to refrigerate your CBD oil, but it is important for you to be very careful when storing it at room temperature. Generally, there is a need to always store CBD oil at a temperature of around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Excess exposure to higher temperatures will lead to the deterioration of the cannabinoids and terpenes contained in the bottle. Some safe locations for storing CBD oil are the dark pantries, like closets and drawers. The temperatures typically remain cool in areas like this. The important thing is to prevent any areas exposed to direct sunlight, such as windowsills, counter tops, and high shelves where there is an exposure to the sun. It is also pertinent to avoid areas where artificial sources of heat may be a problem. For instance, keep the bottle a little distance from your range, oven, heating vents, and stove. This is because heat can react with the minerals in the oil, changing the molecular composition of the solution and possibly causing it to deteriorate.
How lighting affects storing CBD oil.
Research has shown that exposure to light is the most significant contributor to cannabinoid deterioration. When you are shopping for CBD oil, you can give yourself a good advantage by examining the packaging. Some CBD oils are sold in bottles that are designed to reduce exposure of light, hence reducing the risk of sunlight deterioration. For instance, amber glass bottles provide excellent UV protection. When shopping for CBD oil, always look out for the bottle labeled ”amber,” ”UV protection,” or ”sun protection” – if it’s not in a box. Storing CBD oil in a purely clear container is likely to promote the changing of colors very quickly, if it hasn’t already. Take a look at an example of some New Phase Blends distributor samples that got exposed to an LED lamp left on over night:
When appropriately storing CBD oil, you can expect to reach a shelf life of up to around two years. Most people should consume their CBD products by then, but that’s just an example of how long you can actually store your CBD. The total life span of the product will differ depending on the process of manufacturing and ingredients involved. Proper storage makes the difference between a product that remains good for six months or two years. The time factor, obviously, cannot be avoided (we wish it could, don’t we?!). However, the shelf life can be extended if you follow some of these tips for storing CBD oil. Without getting too deep into CBD extraction and how it works, there is one method of extraction that provides a shorter shelf life than other: ethanol extraction. Ethanol extraction has been used for the longest amount of time, but it’s definitely not the best method and it can lead to a reduced shelf-life when storing CBD oil. Read more about the art of CBD extraction here. While it remains a high-quality method, extraction using ethanol may produce oil that contains contaminants like chlorophyll. This may result in the reduction of the shelf life of the product.
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