If you’re going to spend good money on a high-quality supplement for therapeutic purposes, you at least want to know that it’s going to go the distance. Right now, Americans are spending upwards of $35 billion each year on conventional OTC vitamins and minerals. Despite having been around for a comparatively short period of time, the market for CBD products is now valued in excess of $7.1 billion.
That’s a lot of money being spent on something research suggests a lot of people still don’t fully understand. In terms of the applications of CBD, the most effective consumption methods and so on, there’s still a fair amount of debate and disagreement among users.
The same can also be said for shelf-stability and the eventual expiration of CBD, which many forget to take into account.
Particularly if you plan on buying a decent quantity of CBD in one batch to save money, it’s worth knowing it’s still going to get the job done when you use it. But what happens if the CBD oil you buy sits unused for several years?
Will it still have the intended effect, or even be safe?
The Shelf Life of CBD
Jumping straight to the conclusion, the answer is pretty simple – nothing lasts forever. Precisely why each and every CBD product you buy without exception will feature a clearly indicated expiry date.
This will either indicate the estimated expiry date of the product at the time you purchase it, or how long it will remain fresh and usable after the package is opened.
Unsurprisingly, the exact shelf life of any given CBD product will vary significantly in accordance with the type of product you’re talking about. If you pick up a bunch of fresh CBD cannabis flowers with the intention of smoking them, they’ll need to be handled with kid gloves. They’ll also have a relatively finite shelf life, given how the potency of cannabis flowers in general has a tendency to deteriorate relatively quickly.
By contrast, CBD oil supplied in an appropriately robust container will last way, WAY longer. Factors that can influence the shelf life of CBD include the type of container it is stored in, the quality of the oil in general, the extraction/manufacturing process and the presence of any other ingredients or compounds in the oil.
If there’s a single ingredient in the mix with a shorter shelf life than the CBD oil, it will compromise the longevity of the product as a whole.
Signs Your CBD Oil is Off
Picking up on the signs of CBD oil that’s gone bad isn’t particularly difficult. Often times, you’ll notice that the oil that was once clear has become somewhat cloudy or discolored. You may also pick up on an unusual taste or smell, which in both instances indicates your oil is past its prime.
As it stands, there’s very little evidence to suggest that consuming CBD products that are out of date poses any direct risk to human health. However, the same cannot necessarily be said for the long list of ingredients that sometimes make their way into lower-quality CBD products.
In any case, CBD is like THC in that it loses its potency and effectiveness over time. Precisely why it’s advisable to only ever buy as much as you intend to use in the near future, rather than allowing it to gather dust in a corner of the room indefinitely.