Products that contain CBD have varying shelf lives. While some products can last for months, others only last a few days and this is why a lot of care has to be taken when storing or transporting them.
The shelf life of different products depends on a lot of factors including how they are prepared, the ingredients they contain, the packaging material, and the usage formulation.
Knowing how to store specific products can help keep them fresh for longer and help you avoid wastage.
Edibles are very perishable because they contain other ingredients such as chocolate and eggs. To ensure your edibles remain fresh for longer, store them in a dark, cool place. Also, try to keep them away from contaminants that can make them go bad faster. Wax paper and aluminum foil work really well, especially where you store edibles wrapped in these materials in airtight bags. Avoid plastic as that can ruin their flavor and consistency.
Many manufacturers suggest that you store your CBD oils in a cool, dark place. While many might interpret that to mean storing them in the refrigerator, that is not necessary. A temperature of 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit is usually recommended. These temperatures keep the CBD oil at a viscosity that makes it easy to use. Because heat degrades CBD oil, ensure that you do not store your oils near sources of heat. When storing oils, avoid direct sunlight, sources of heat like stoves and ovens, or leaving your CBD oils inside a car.
Tinctures last longer than most other CBD products if they are stored the right way. Tinctures lose their potency slowest when they are stored in the refrigerator. When stored in the freezer, CBD tinctures lose their potency even slower and can remain very potent until you finish consuming them.
Topical ointments that contain CBD have become very popular in recent years. As with edibles, they should be stored in clean and dark places. The good news is that most ointments, creams, and lotions come with airtight locks which removes the need for additional storage materials. Storing them in a cool place away from heat sources slows down the breaking down of their active ingredients, helping them remain viable for longer.
Butter and Cooking Oils
CBD-infused oils are olive or coconut oils that contain CBD. It is recommended that you store them in the refrigerator in airtight bottles. During use, try not to use the oils on high heat or in the microwave. This is because CBD degrades at higher temperatures and the oils will lose their potency at such high heat. To ensure the oil does not overheat, mix it with a little water before using it. All the instructions above also apply for butter infused with CBD.
While the instructions for storing CBD-infused products are similar for different products, there are specific instructions that still apply to different products.
To ensure your products remain potent as long as possible, follow the storage instructions for the specific products you use.
Also, check the expiration dates for products like tinctures and edibles before buying to ensure you have long enough to use the products before they go bad or lose their potency.