Does CBD Expire?

As a premium and pure plant extract, CBD isn’t a cheap supplement so it’s understandable that you won’t want to throw any away. If you’ve bought a large bottle and you’re only taking a few drops every day, you might be surprised at just how long it lasts.

But you might be asking yourself the questions: does CBD expire? Will it make me ill if I take CBD oil that’s old?

Check out our guide below for everything you need to know.

There’s no definitive single answer to the question “does CBD expire?” because it depends on a number of factors. However, as a general rule of thumb you can expect it to last from 14-24 months.

Heat and light are the two main enemies of CBD and if exposed to extremes of these, your CBD won’t last as long. Keeping your CBD in a cool, dark cupboard will help to preserve it for as long as possible.

Pure CBD oil could last longer than flavoured CBD oil. This is because the flavours may have a shorter expiration date than the CBD.

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Will Old CBD Oil Make You Ill?

You won’t find CBD turning rancid like milk or cream, even if it’s old. Therefore, if you accidentally take some CBD that’s very old, there’s almost no chance that it will make you ill. Instead, you might notice that you don’t get the same benefits from old CBD oil compared to a fresher batch.

However, you are unlikely to take old CBD because the flavour would change considerably. The smell and flavour may be unpleasant, and the oil could appear cloudy. It’s not likely that you would consume much of this type of oil!

How Will I Know if CBD Has Gone Bad?

As described above, there will be changes in the colour, smell and general appearance of the CBD which will give an indication that it is past its best. You should also see an expiry date on any of the CBD products you purchase.

Top Tips to Make Your CBD Last Longer

There are a few measures you can take to help your CBD stay in prime condition for as long as possible. These include:

  • Only open the bottle when you need it and make sure you reseal it tightly after
  • Store any bottles upright, not lying on their side
  • Use the original containers for CBD gummies and capsules, making sure the lids are on tightly
  • Keep your CBD away from any windows or sunlight
  • Don’t store your CBD near a heat source, such as a radiator
  • Although it’s fine to carry in a bag or pocket, don’t keep it there for long periods
  • Store your CBD in the coolest, darkest cupboard in your home
  • Don’t leave your CBD in a room with a humidifier as the moisture encourages mould growth
  • If you’re using a dropper or other implement, don’t double-dip as this introduces bacteria