Does CBD go bad?
We are often asked this question, so thought we would write a blog to bring you a little additional information we hope you will find useful!
In order to answer this question, we need to look at the CBD structure. CBD oil is a chemical compound and hemp plant extract. The main ingredient is CBD itself; however, there are also traces of carrier oils, terpenes and other natural cannabinoids present.
CBD comes in different forms. The most common of them all is the CBD tinature, an oily cannabidiol usually administered under the tongue.
So the big question! Does CBD expire…?
The short answer is yes it does, same as any other natural food source, nothing lasts forever. However, let us look at some of the variables that can influence the time it takes for expiration and why some may expire quicker than others.
For easier reading, we have broken this down into a series of points below:
A trusted brand can be a good Indicator of Longevity.
CBD oil is currently not regulated which means there are a range of sellers out there and some may try to sell you inferior quality products which are ineffective and have very little shelf life. For this reason, it is best to look at products that come recommended.
Watch out for nasty additives.
Many CBD oils on the market will contain a form of flavouring and artificial sweetener, now although the CBD oil itself may have a tested shelf life, the added food flavourings are often never tested and can cause your oil to go rancid before the stated expiry date on the bottle.
Compare against other CBD oils.
You can compare how long a particular CBD product can last compared against similar CBD products. For example, CBD oil such as ours with a “full spectrum” oil will be higher quality. In addition, where and how hemp is grown is crucial, having that tractability of the product will provide that extra assurance.
Longevity does not always mean good quality!
On the face of it, a CBD oil may appear to have a long shelf life, however that does not mean the safety is up to standard. CBD is currently an emerging industry; many manufacturers out there use questionable processes. For example, some CBD oil products use toxic solvents such as propane or butane. Now this may extend the shelf life of the oil, but you have to ask yourself if you are happy to consume these toxins?
Kokoro as a brand are proud to say our oil is 100% certified organic, extracted using a cold press method to keep the oil as close to nature as possible, and has no additional nasties added to it.
Check for a Certificate of Analysis.
Any good quality brand will ensure their oil is independently lab tested and will proudly display the results of their Certificate of Analysis. The Certificate of Analysis (COA) ensures that the CBD oil is everything that it claims to be. If the company you are buying from do not provide this as standard then you should not be afraid to question this.
Check the expiry date on your CBD oil bottle.
Each bottle of CBD oil will have an expiration date. You should always check this date before consuming the product and try to finish the bottle prior to this date. We do not recommend using out-of-date CBD oil and it is always best to buy a fresh bottle if you really want to experience the benefits of this potent oil.
Our final thoughts.
We think you should approach CBD oil as you would with any food produce you buy from the supermarket, always check for a trusted brand and look at the quality of the product. A quality product may cost a little more due to the extraction process used and care taken to produce a premium crop and that is no bad thing if it means you are consuming a quality product and gain confidence that you are avoiding any harmful additives.
We hope you have found this blog insightful. As always if you have any questions related to CBD, please do reach out for a chat.