So, CBD oil has made its way into your life, becoming a part of your everyday routine. But how do you ensure that your CBD oil maintains its integrity, remaining usable and potent for as long as possible? Here we will outline all you need to know about storing CBD oils and supplements.
How to store CBD oil
Storing CBD oil isn’t hard, but there are three main elements you need to consider to get the most out of its shelf life. We’ll examine each and discuss how you can protect your CBD oil to keep it in the best possible condition.
To understand how light affects CBD, we need to know a bit about how light works. Visible light represents a narrow band of rays on the electromagnetic spectrum; these waves are around us all the time, but we can only see a handful. Sunlight is full of visible light, but it also contains rays that fall to either side of the visible spectrum: infrared rays, and UV rays.
UV rays are high-intensity rays past the violet end of the visible spectrum (hence their name: “ultraviolet”). UV rays aren’t just bad for our skin—they also contribute significantly to the breakdown of CBD. To protect your CBD oil from light degradation, make sure to store it in a dark location, like a cupboard or fridge.
Air contains a complex blend of molecules that can react with CBD, including nitrogen, oxygen, and carbon dioxide. Of the three, oxygen causes the most damage to CBD. CBD oil will last significantly longer if it remains in an airtight container.
High temperatures are another factor that can break down those all-important CBD molecules. To maintain its integrity, you should store your CBD oil below 21°C. For long-term storage, freezing isn’t a bad idea, and won’t do any damage to your CBD oil. That being said, CBD oil has a generous shelf life, and if you plan on using it regularly, freezing and unfreezing won’t be very convenient!
Should CBD oil be refrigerated?
The fridge is one of the best places to store CBD oil as it’s cold, dark and airtight. The cooler temperatures help protect essential terpenes and cannabinoids in your CBD oil, but don’t be surprised if your oil starts to separate. If it does, make sure to shake it well before each use. The natural separation under cooler temperatures won’t damage the efficacy of CBD in any way.
How long can you store CBD oil?
CBD oil is a perishable product, which means it won’t last forever if you don’t use it. However, stored correctly, CBD oil should last at least six months after opening. The oil remains usable after this time, but the active ingredients will start to break down.
If it’s been more than six months, the CBD oil will start to change colour and get darker. It’s still safe to use, but its potency may have diminished and you may need a higher dose to experience the same effects. All Dr Watson CBD products feature a printed “best before” date on the packaging.
What’s the best way to store other CBD products?
• CBD capsules
CBD capsules contain CBD oil, but feature a few key differences when it comes to storage. Unlike loose oil, softgels have a layer of protection against the elements, particularly air. Having said that, if you’d like to extend the shelf life of your capsules, store them in a secure, lightproof container. You can usually store CBD softgel capsules at room temperature in cupboards, drawers, etc.
• CBD supplements
You should store liquid supplements containing CBD with additional ingredients in a cool, dark place in airtight, UV-protected containers; and to be safe, you should also refrigerate.
How to store CBD oil—bottom line
If you follow the above guidelines and principles for storing CBD, your beloved cannabinoid should remain fresh and potent for as long as you need it. Just keep in mind temperature, light, and air, and you’ll be fine!
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