CBD products should be treated the same as any other health product you own. To be more specific, it should be stored correctly to preserve the shelf-life, ensuring you use it for as long as possible. This requires some knowledge on keeping CBD, along with why it’s important and what happens when CBD products are incorrectly stored away. We’ve created this guide to tell you everything you need to know on this topic!
Best practices for storing CBD products
The precise method for storing CBD products can vary depending on the specific product in question. We’ll discuss this later, but let’s look at the general best practices for storing CBD before we do.
Realistically, there are three main things to worry about:
Each of these things harms CBD as a substance. For instance, air can degrade CBD because the different molecules react with it. Mainly, oxygen is the main culprit as it can break down your CBD, decreasing its potency. Therefore, if CBD is exposed to air for too long, it will not last as long as it should.
Secondly, too much light exposure can be detrimental to CBD. Sunlight is another big problem, largely thanks to the presence of UV rays. By now, most people are aware of how damaging UV rays can be for human beings. You’ve also probably noticed that objects fade when exposed to the sun for too long, and this is also thanks to the UV rays. When CBD comes into contact with these rays, the light will break it down. Again, this significantly reduces its shelf-life.
Finally, the temperature can play a role in either increasing or decreasing CBD longevity. The higher the temperature, the more damaging it will be for CBD. This is one of the reasons why people struggle to use CBD oil when cooking. It’s believed that the boiling point of CBD is around 320 degrees Fahrenheit, at which point it starts evaporating, and the molecules break down. While you won’t see this temperature from storing your CBD, it’s still worth noting that your product will start to degrade if the conditions are too hot.
In conclusion, the ideal place to store CBD is in a cool, dark, airtight place. Most CBD products come in airtight packaging, but you can always put them in your airtight container if you wish. Then, it’s best to store them in a kitchen cupboard – or possibly in your fridge. CBD can be refrigerated, and it helps to prolong the shelf-life of some products. However, it isn’t essential – keep them out of the sunlight and away from heat.
How do specific CBD products differ?
A quick look on our website will show a wide variety of CBD products available to buy. This includes:
- CBD oils/tinctures
- CBD topicals
- CBD soft gels
- CBD gummies
Naturally, these products are all different in how they are formed. Therefore, they possess different environmental tolerances. In essence, some products stand up to air/light/temperature better than others. Thus, the storage conditions can be changed slightly.
Storing CBD oil
You can refer to the previous instructions if you want to store CBD oil or tinctures. The fact that the product is a liquid means it’s at risk of being damaged by all three main problems. Many people choose to store their CBD oils in the fridge for greater longevity.
Storing CBD topicals
CBD topicals are similar to CBD oil, but they usually come in cream form. Again, you will need to store them in a cool, dark place. The good thing is that most creams are sealed in airtight packaging, so they’re already equipped for long-term storage.
Storing CBD soft gels
Softgels, or capsules, are the most comfortable CBD product to store. Due to the way they’re created, there’s typically a protective layer that encases CBD oil. You’re supposed to put them in your mouth and swallow them, and the casing dissolves in your digestive system, so the oil is released. Nevertheless, it does mean that you don’t have to worry about oxidation from the air as much. Even if the cap is left off the container, it can still last very long. You should always close the lid after using your products and follow the other storage instructions listed above. You won’t need to store these in the fridge; a cupboard or drawer will be fine.
Storing CBD gummies
Storage for these products is pretty much the same as CBD oils. They need protection from all three of the main issues, and storing them in a fridge is preferred. Seeing as this product will be eaten, it tends to have a naturally lower shelf-life than others.
What happens when CBD products are incorrectly stored?
If your CBD products aren’t stored properly, they will eventually go off. CBD itself is shown to have an average shelf-life of between 1-2 years. However, many factors need to be considered when you look at that statement. For one, the brand of CBD is a huge factor, while your storage practices also affect. When incorrectly stored, the shelf-life of your CBD can go down dramatically – to the point where it might not last a few months.
What can happen if you accidentally take CBD that’s expired? Thankfully, it’s not something that spoils or goes bad – like dairy products and other perishable foods. As such, the chances of you getting sick are slim. Instead, expired and degraded CBD loses its potency. So, you’re unlikely to see the benefits of CBD if you’re taking an expired product. This is one of the main reasons to store your products correctly, as you’ll take something without seeing its real benefits!
In conclusion, the correct way to store CBD products is in an airtight container away from direct sunlight and a cool place. The fridge is an excellent place to store oils, creams, and gummies, but you can get away with keeping everything in cupboards, cabinets, or drawers. When you’re CBD isn’t stored correctly, it will lose its potency, potentially reaching a stage where it’s pointless to take it. So, make sure you follow the advice in this guide to keep your CBD for longer!