CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the most common cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. It’s growing popularity is largely due to its anti-inflammatory
CBD won’t get you high because it doesn’t react with your body the same way THC does. It’s non-psychoactive and anti-inflammatory, making it a great option for pain and inflammation related complaints.
CBD from hemp, legalized in the US by the 2018 Farm Bill, can be used as a tincture, salve, or even as a tea. However, it’s often sold as a pure oil.
Can CBD Oil Go Bad?
CBD Oil, like any oil, can go bad. Generally speaking, CBD oil goes bad after 1-2 years, though it largely depends on the product itself.
If CBD is mixed with other substances (like in a salve) it will go bad after a year or so. Pure CBD oil lasts longer.
CBD is a naturally occurring compound, so it won’t last forever. Eventually, the compound begins to decompose and will “go bad.”
How To Tell If Your CBD Oil Is Bad
If you’re concerned that your CBD products are bad, here are a few things to check:
The expiration date
While it may seem like a no-brainer, sometimes our minds play tricks on us. If you’re concerned that your CBD may be rancid, check out the expiration date.
While the expiration date isn’t a hard and fast rule with CBD, it does give you a good idea about when you should expect to stop seeing effective results.
One of the easiest ways to tell if your CBD oil has gone bad is by the smell. If you’ve ever smelled rancid oil, the smell is similar when CBD goes bad.
Sometimes people think CBD always smells rancid, so if your olfactory senses aren’t a fan from the beginning, look for changes in the smell of your CBD product over time.
CBD Oil often starts out with a goldish-yellow sort of color. As CBD oil starts to go bad, the color may change to a darker amber or brown color.
Again, look for significant changes to be an indication of CBD oil going bad.
Another way to check if your CBD oil is bad is to notice the texture. CBD oil is smooth, opaque, and flows freely. As CBD oil starts to go bad, you may notice it starts to get cloudy or dingy. If your CBD oil looks like a murky pond, chances are your CBD oil is bad.
I Think My Cbd Oil Is Bad – Is It Still Safe To Use?
Each product is different, and so is your body’s reaction to different types of CBD. Generally speaking, CBD oil that has gone bad won’t be unsafe to use, but you likely won’t see effective (if any) results.
You may not get sick, but you also won’t start feeling better.
How Can I Make My CBD Oil Last Longer?
Ready to get started? Here are 5 tips to help your CBD oil last longer
Buy high-quality, full-spectrum CBD oil
CBD oil isn’t regulated by the FDA, so its important to purchase an independently verified, high-quality CBD oil, just like all those found in our shop.
Avoid contaminating the CBD
Use clean hands and utensils each time you use your CBD. Avoid putting anything into the bottle where you store your CBD oil.
Buy only what you need
Don’t buy large amounts of CBD oil just because it seems like a good deal. Buy only what you’ll need over the next few months. Remember, you can always buy more [good] CBD oil, but you can’t reinstate CBD oil that’s gone rancid.
Store in a cool, dark place
Dark bottles in a cool, dark place are the best way to keep your CBD oil in its best shape.
Don’t be afraid to use the CBD oil you’ve purchased. The more you use it, the more effective it will be for you. And when you don’t try to make it last for the rest of your life, you can replace it before it goes bad.