You’d like to participate in the new CBD craze that’s sweeping the country, but you may have some questions. How long can you keep your goodies in your cupboard? Is there a difference between the types of CBD products and their respective shelf lives? We have all the info you need right here!
What is CBD, and Where Can I Buy It?
The good news is you can find CBD products online, at most health food stores, vitamin shops, and even cafes and coffee shops. But what is CBD, and why is it so popular?
CBD is a cannabinoid that is found in both hemp and cannabis plants. Many people use it for its potential benefits, ranging from helping with chronic pain, inflammation, and sleep problems to skin problems, and cancer.
How can CBD potentially do all those things? Well, researchers believe that some of CBD’s potential benefits come from its ability to interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS primary function is that of keeping homeostasis in the body. For example, it makes sure the immune and nervous systems work at their highest potential.
ECS has a network of receptors placed throughout the body and it uses these receptors to send messages to the brain. The ECS uses the body’s endocannabinoids to send these messages up to the brain. Although you can’t get endocannabinoids from outside sources like food, you can supply the ECS with additional CBD, which it can use instead of endocannabinoids!
Can CBD Expire?
Generally, when a product expires, it means that it has become spoiled, damaged, or ineffective. There are many types of CBD products, and there is a difference in the ways they are affected by time.
Products that consist of CBD oil, like tinctures, capsules, and vapes are likely to last for up to 12 months. When those expire, they will predominantly loose some or all of their potency. So using an expired CBD oil will not get you the benefits you want.
If you are looking at CBD oil-infused products, like edibles or beverages, you can expect the products to expire similarly to regular food. It is always recommended to check the packaging for expiration dates because you are risking running into things like food poisoning from eating spoiled foods.
How To Tell If Your CBD is Expired
One of the easiest ways to tell if your CBD product has expired is by visual examination. Expired CBD oil will often appear murky and cloudy. Additionally, CBD oil products will start tasting and smelling a bit off. You can certainly use that as a clue that the CBD product is not fresh.
Another ironclad way to tell your product has gone bad - check the packaging for expiration dates!
How To Preserve CBD Oil
If you want to ensure your CBD product will last for a long time, there are a few things you could do. Storing CBD in a cool, dry, and dark place like your pantry can help ensure freshness and longevity.
Avoid air exposure by keeping CBD in its original packaging until it you are ready to use it. Most manufacturers put their products in packages that prevent air and light exposure.
And there you have it. Although CBD, like most things in life, can’t last for ever - you can take steps to get the most out of your product and replace it when the time is right!