Originally Posted on 13th April 2020
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!”
Fortunately, this isn’t the case with CBD. However, you still need to be mindful about storing your CBD oil properly to prevent it from becoming cloudy.
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As with any other perishable product, there are basic steps you should take to extend the shelf life of your CBD oil. In this article, we will be looking at some practices you can follow to store your CBD safely.
4 Letters to Remember When Storing Your CBD Oil: H.A.L.T.
For those of you who don’t already know, I am a military veteran.
The military is great at creating acronyms to help people remember information better. For the purpose of storing CBD oil, I’ve come up with a useful acronym of my own: H.A.L.T., which stands for heat, air, light, and time.
These are the four factors that contribute to the deterioration of cannabinoids.
There really isn’t much to mention about heat besides the obvious. Excess exposure to heat isn’t good for your CBD oil — or any other perishable wellness product, for that matter. If you can, store your CBD in an area that is about room temperature.
If the oil is exposed to high levels of heat, it can come out of suspension. This simply means the carrier oil has separated from the CBD extract, causing it to become cloudy.
This doesn’t affect the quality of the product, but it does make it more difficult to properly dose your CBD oil with a dropper. Be sure to read our guide on what to do with cloudy CBD oil to learn more about this problem and how to fix it.
It is one thing to avoid heat and sunlight and another to prevent air exposure. After all, air is everywhere.
Although most CBD oils come in airtight bottles, a certain level of air exposure cannot be avoided. After all, you need to open the bottle to use the product. But as more air enters the bottle, it will cause the CBD oil to deteriorate over time. Exposure to oxygen results in oxidative stress. It is the same reason you cannot eat leftovers that have been sitting in your refrigerator for three months.
Storing CBD in a Cold Environment
Refrigerating CBD oil helps prolong its shelf life. While the fridge is a possible storage solution for CBD oil, keep in mind that any method of storing CBD oil has its pros and cons.
For instance, refrigeration can result in the thickening of the oil due to the cold. This can make extracting your CBD oil with the dropper harder. To fix this problem, you can run the bottle under hot water for a few seconds.
One thing you don’t want to do is freeze your CBD. This can cause the oil to thicken and become cloudy.
Keeping CBD Products at Room Temperature
If you prefer to keep your CBD oil at room temperature, you’ll need to pick a place that’s dark and away from heat. At New Phase Blends, we recommend storing our oils at a room temperature of around 70°F (21°C). Prolonged exposure to higher temperatures will lead to the deterioration of the cannabinoids and terpenes in the oil.
Some safe locations for storing CBD are dark pantries, cupboards, closets, and drawers. The temperatures in these places typically remain cool. Keep the bottle away from things like your oven, heating vents, and stove. This is because heat can react with the minerals in the oil, changing the molecular composition of the solution.
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Avoid keeping your CBD oil in places exposed to direct sunlight, such as windowsills, countertops, and high shelves. It’s also a good idea to avoid storing your CBD in places with artificial sources of heat, such as shelves with constant lighting.
Research shows that exposure to light is the most significant contributor to cannabinoid deterioration. This is also the reason why CBD is typically sold in amber glass bottles, which provide excellent UV protection and reduce the risk of the oil being exposed to light.
When shopping for CBD oil, it’s a good idea to check if it comes in a bottle labeled ”amber,” ”UV protection,” or ”sun protection.”
Storing CBD oil in a clear container is likely to cause the CBD oil to change colors quickly. Take a look at an example of some New Phase Blends distributor samples that come in clear bottles. You’ll see that some of them have changed colors — a LED light left on overnight is the culprit.
While these oils remain safe to ingest, who would want to see that? I know I wouldn’t.
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If you store your CBD oil properly, you can expect it to reach a shelf life of up to two years. This time factor, obviously, cannot be avoided. However, the shelf life of your CBD can be maximized if you follow the CBD storage tips in this guide.
Aside from proper storage, the total life span of a CBD product will depend on the manufacturing process and ingredients involved.
Without getting too deep into the science of CBD extraction, there is one extraction that creates CBD with a shorter lifespan: ethanol extraction. Ethanol extraction is simple and can be done at home with basic supply sand tools. But it’s definitely not the best method for creating long-lasting CBD.
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Extraction using ethanol may produce CBD oil with contaminants like chlorophyll, which can reduce the product’s shelf life.
Key Takeaways for Storing Your CBD Oil
So, there you have it. Keep the acronym H.A.L.T. in mind when storing your CBD oil and other CBD products like balms, creams, and edibles. Again, that’s:
If you keep these factors in mind when storing your CBD products, you cannot go wrong. Thankfully, CBD is a simple product to store, and its shelf life can reach over two years if stored properly.
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