Whether you’re eating food or taking medicine, almost any product that a human consumes will have an expiration date. But what about your cannabinoid products? Does CBD go bad? We will explain expiration dates and CBD products.
The first thing to know is that CBD does not go “bad” in the way that milk or meat do. If you take it years after it’s been produced, it most likely won’t make you sick or cause you harm. You don’t have to keep a close watch on these products like you would other things you consume. But we would still not recommend
But that doesn’t necessarily mean that CBD products keep their freshness forever. These products, particularly after they’re opened, will begin changing due to exposure to oxygen, changes in temperature and other factors. This means products can begin changing in taste, which a user may find unpleasant. Or the CBD itself will begin degrading, meaning a user will not feel its effects quite as much as it would if the product was still fresh.
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How long does it take for CBD to go bad?
It depends on the exact brand and product, but typically CBD will expire after one to two years. Most products should label an expiration date, but as we said above, this simply means the product isn’t as fresh anymore, not that it can cause harm.
Let’s get specific: How long will CBD Oil last?
How can you tell if CBD’s gone bad?
The easiest way to tell if CBD’s gone bad is by looking at it. If the color has changed from when you originally purchased it, such as oil going from a golden-brown color to a murkier brown, then you should know it has gone bad. Alternatively, oils and other products may smell off if they’ve gone bad, and not smell quite as fresh as it once did.
What’s the best way to store CBD?
Keeping your CBD away from light is the best way to keep it from going bad for as long as possible. Pop it in the refrigerator for the ideal conditions for your CBD.
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Is CBD a cure all? No. But we think it has the potential to help a wide array of issues.
So, yes it does go bad. But that only means its taste and potency decrease over time. You don’t have to worry about it poisoning you and getting you sick.
Joseph has been writing and editing for a wide variety of publications over the last decade. His most notable roles were at Playboy, where he helped relaunch the iconic brand’s digital arm and Civilized — where he has written extensively about all aspects of CBD.