Does CBD Oil Go Bad Or Expire?
If you buy CBD oil in Australia, you may wonder whether or not it can go bad? Learn how to store and keep your CBD oil cool and safe to avoid it expiring sooner!
The use of cannabidiol (CBD) has always been controversial in Australia and the rest of the world. Being derived from the cannabis plant, medicinal CBD oil has been reported to have many health benefits including the possibility of helping cure different medical conditions.
A purified form of CBD oil called Epidiolex was approved by the TGA for treating two types of epilepsy. But the use of CBD oil and other forms of cannabis are still under ongoing medical research and studies.
What exactly is medicinal CBD oil?
Cannabidiol is a compound of the cannabis plant that has been found to be non-psychoactive.
Unlike other compounds that have mind-altering effects, CBD has only been shown to cause significant changes in the body including the ability to help treat medical conditions.
These conditions can be migraine, chronic pain, cancer, allergies or asthma, cluster headaches, arthritis or joint pain, nausea, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and epilepsy.
How long does medicinal CBD oil last?
When it comes to CBD oil, the general shelf life is between 14 months to 2 years depending on the quality of the product and how it’s stored. Like a lot of oil-based products, intense heat and direct sunlight are two of the biggest factors that cause CBD oil to go bad even before its expiration date.
Full-spectrum CBD oil and other minimally processed varieties last longer than flavored oils because they don’t have the additives that could make the shelf life shorter.
The method of extraction also plays a role in determining the shelf life of CBD oil. Most cannabis experts would agree that the CO2 method is still the best for not only producing premium quality CBD oil but also help it last longer.
When buying CBD oil, it’s also important to make sure that it has an expiration date clearly printed on the label. In fact, the FDA requires all CBD products to provide an expiration date and other important product information.
How can you tell if CBD oil has already gone bad?
If stored improperly or kept for more than two years, CBD oil will start to offer less therapeutic benefits due to the cannabinoids breaking down. One of the easiest ways to tell that medicinal CBD oil has already gone bad is to smell and taste it.
You’ll notice the bad smell once you open the bottle and the taste could get skanky too. You will also see that bad CBD oil will look cloudy and its texture will become thicker than fresh CBD oil.
So what if you accidentally ingested old CBD oil? The good news is, you won’t feel ill or even experience anything unusual if you only consumed a small amount.
But since old CBD oil won’t give you any benefits anymore, it’s best to throw away old bottles and make sure that you are properly storing new ones in the cabinet to avoid heat and direct exposure to sunlight to make them last a lot longer.
Have you had any experience in Australia with CBD oil going off, bad or expiring sooner than you expected? Let us know in the comments!
James is an experienced writer and legal cannabis advocate in Australia. He answers all the questions about business, legalisation and medicinal cannabis.
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