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May 13, 2020

Can CBD Oil Expire? How to Preserve Shelf Life

A frequently asked question by new CBD oil consumers is, “Can my CBD oil expire?” The quick answer is yes, CBD can expire, it does have a shelf life. So how long CBD oil consumable products lasts depends on a variety of different factors. Quality, packaging, and storage all play a crucial role in determining how long your CBD product will last and not go bad.

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Quality of the CBD Oil

No matter what product you buy, quality items tend to last longer. Cars, appliances, clothes…you name it. Common sense tells you that a quality product will last longer. A bottle of CBD oil is no different.

The quality of the hemp plant the CBD was extracted from, as well as the method used to derive it, can both have a significant effect on the shelf life of the final product. CBD hemp extract from a high-quality sustainably farmed plants in nutrient-rich soil extracted using state-of-the-art CO2 extraction method will have a much longer shelf life than low-quality CBD oil extracted from weak industrial hemp grown in unfit conditions. The CO2 extraction process is ideally performed in GMP certified facility. Look for CBD oils that are formulated with hemp that has been farmed in the United States.

CBD Lab Testing

The CoA or Third Party Lab testing reports can give you a wealth of information about the bottle you are buying. CBD products are tested for CBD content, chemicals pesticides, THC, and when the product was produced. Most CBD products have a shelf life of one to two years. When reviewing when the CBD oil products were manufactured, you will also be able to see the expiration date. Reputable CBD brands, like Palm Organix, will have their third party test results posted on their website, as well as accessible from the QR code on the bottle. Additionally, the expiration date may be printed on the bottom of the bottle. People should always look for a high-quality product that has an easily identifiable expiration date.

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CBD Oil Packaging

Packaging is yet another important factor that will determine how long your CBD will last. CBD tinctures will store best in amber or blue glass bottles. Softgels or capsules and should also be packaged in an amber bottle, however, plastic is sufficient for this type of CBD product. Plastic bottles are also acceptable for other CBD products such as topicals, creams, and lotions.

These colored bottles protect the CBD oil against exposure to the elements, which all have a role in the breakdown of cannabinoids, as well as terpenes. Packaging really does matter and plays an integral role in the shelf life of your CBD. Make sure the CBD oil bottle you are buying are also sealed in an airtight container to preserve the cannabidiol inside.

Storage of Your CBD Oil


Exposure to heat can play a significant role in the shelf life of CBD oil, proper storage is crucial. In order to prolong a long shelf life of CBD, it’s best to avoid these elements as much as possible when storing your CBD oil, to extend the shelf life of your product.

The best place to store your CBD oil is in a dark cool place, out of direct sunlight. CBD exposed to direct sunlight or intense heat, will have a shorter shelf life. A place like a medicine cabinet or or other cool dark place is ideal for helping CBD oil's shelf life last longer.

There is no need to refrigerate your CBD oil, keeping it at room temperature is just fine. You definitely do not want to keep your product in a hot place, such as a car, or near an over where the heat may cause the oil to go rancid and expire sooner than expected. Warmer temperatures can cause slight changes to the chemical composition of your CBD oil. While this won’t render your CBD useless, it can diminish the quality a bit and cause your oil to become somewhat cloudy.

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Research shows that exposure to light is one of the greatest factors in the loss of cannabinoids in CBD. Exposure to sunlight or even artificial light can rapidly speed up the degradation process of CBD oil. While it certainly is tempting to display your bottle of CBD oil on a sunny kitchen window ledge, doing so should be avoided at all costs.

Additionally, CBD tinctures will have a carrier oil such as coconut oil, MCT oil, or olive oil, which can be affected by direct light. The best way to store your CBD in a dark place to help the CBD oil last.


As discussed earlier, the packaging of a product is important to keep CBD fresh for up to 24 months. Once opened, air will have an effect on your CBD product. Try to keep CBD sealed until ready for use to avoid an unnecessarily long time exposure to air. Another factor affecting your CBD oil's shelf life is humidity. It is best to store CBD oil in a dry place.

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Signs CBD has Gone Bad

There are a few things that will signal your CBD natural products have gone bad. If the old CBD oil has an unusual texture, odor, or has become cloudy there is a good chance that oil has gone bad and you should get rid of it. Expired CBD oil can make you sick. Users should discontinue use immediately and check the expiration date. If you recently purchased the CBD, and the CBD oil expired, you should return the bottle or products to the vendor. High-quality CBD oil companies will offer a money back guarantee on their CBD hemp extract products.


People use CBD to help promote their health and wellness. How long does CBD oil last will depend on using quality CBD products from premium brands. CBD should last two years so always check the expiration date before purchasing, or the Lab results if you are buying CBD bottle online. For best results, and to extend the shelf life, give your CBD oil the proper attention it deserves by ensuring it’s stored properly, and there’s no reason you won’t be able to use the CBD oil for months.

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Palm Organix CBD oil

Palm Organix CBD oil company sells premium broad-spectrum CBD oil and other hemp derived CBD products at affordable price. Every batch of product is third party tested with results posted on the website, and by the QR code. Our tinctures are bottled in amber glass bottles and are sealed by the manufacturer. We also carry a full line of CBD capsules, CBD gummies, CBD topical products, and CBD for pets.

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