How long does CBD Oil last once opened?

After you have purchased your brand-new bottle of CBD oil, let's shed some light on these simple yet important questions, and also share our tips on how store CBD oil.

27 February 2022

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How long does CBD oil last once opened?

When asking the questions ‘How long does CBD oil last once opened?’ or even ‘Does CBD oil expire’ – it is crucial to know the difference between best before and the expiry date. Like most food supplements, CBD Oil DropsĀ  will have a best before date. The best before date typically refers to the gradual reduction in potency that may occur over time once the product has reached the date. An expiry date signifies that the product is not safe to consume once the product has reached the aforementioned expiry date.

In the UK, CBD oil is typically considered to have a shelf life of two years. However, it is important to understand that this does not necessarily mean the oil is no longer safe to use after this time.

It is also worth noting that the exact shelf life of CBD oil can vary depending on the specific product. Therefore, it is always best to refer to the manufacturer’s instructions and guidelines for proper storage and usage of the oil. By following these guidelines, users can ensure that their CBD oil maintains its potency for as long as possible.

Does CBD oil expire?

The term “expire” is typically used to describe something that comes to an end or stops being in use after a fixed period of time. While CBD oil does have a best before date, it does not necessarily expire in the traditional sense of the word – meaning CBD oil can still be safely consumed after its best before date. However, the potency of the CBD may gradually decrease over time, which is a common occurrence for most food supplements.

It is worth noting that CBD oil is typically designed to maintain its potency for up to two years. While the efficacy of the oil may gradually decrease after this time, it will not occur before the best before date if the CBD oil is kept in the recommended conditions.

Therefore, if you are wondering does CBD oil go off, this is not likely to happen as long as you have stored the CBD oil properly and you are not too much past the best before date. Its potency can gradually decrease over time, however, if stored properly and used within its best before date, CBD oil can still provide its intended supportive effects for an extended period of time.

How to store CBD oil

The shelf life of CBD oil is influenced by several factors that impact its potency and overall quality, so knowing how to store CBD oil properly will help you to keep your CBD oil at its best for longer.

  • Store it in a cool, dry place: CBD oil drops should be kept in a cool, dry place away from heat, and humidity. Exposure to heat can cause the oil to break down and lose potency. Great places to store your CBD oil drops include cupboard and pantries.
  • Store away from direct sunlight and other bright light sources: Light will also contribute to the faster deterioration of CBD, and this is why our CBD Oil Drops come in dark amber bottles that allow very little light through, and in a separate tube that the oil should be kept in to protect it from light.
  • Keep the lid tightly sealed: When you’re not using your CBD oil drops, be sure to keep the lid tightly sealed. This will help prevent air from getting inside the container, which can cause the oil to oxidise and lose potency. If your CBD oil drops come with a dropper, be sure to store the dropper with the same container it originated from to avoid contamination.
  • Store the product upright: If your CBD oil bottles are stored sideways or upside down, it is possible that the contents of the bottle will seep into cap or the dropper itself. Most pipette droppers will use rubber for the bulb (the part in which you pinch to extract the oil). When oil seeps into this bulb, the rubber will expand as it absorbs the oil, making it more difficult to extract the CBD oil. This in turn, will render the pipette fairly inconvenient as you may be unable to fill the entirety of the pipette itself, providing you with inconsistent dosage.

In summary, while it may be unavoidable to stop your CBD oil drops from losing potency over time, taking steps to ensure proper storage can help prolong the shelf life and maintain the efficacy of your CBD oil drops, and it will have a real impact on how long the CBD oil lasts once opened.