Checking the best-before date is generally advised for most food items and for CBD, it is no different. So if you haven't done so yet, now might be a good time to start! Did you look at the best-before date the last time you bought CBD oil?
When you buy Nordic Oil products, the expiry date is always visible for legal reasons.
The following article will not only give you an answer to the question of whether CBD oil can expire, but will also bring clarity to the following points:
- How important is the best before date?
- Can CBD oil go bad?
- What can cause CBD oil to expire?
- How should CBD oil be stored?
Let's get started...
Can CBD oil expire?
Yes, CBD oil can expire. It is therefore advisable to store CBD oil in a dark and cool area. If there is a change in taste or smell, the CBD oil should not be used any further.
Heat, light and exposure to air all affect the quality of CBD oil. In short, like all consumer goods, CBD oil can degrade and CBD oil also has an expiry date.
If a hemp or cannabis product is exposed to light, heat or air oxidation, cannabis can lose its effect. The same applies to the terpenes contained within; these can also lose their potency. As a result, the taste, smell and texture can change due to improper storage.
The result: The product no longer has the same benefit and may not achieve the desired results.
What is the shelf life of CBD oil?
CBD oil has a long shelf life as long as it remains unopened. Once opened, it is advisable to use the CBD oil within 6 months. This is because, as discussed, CBD oil is sensitive to light and air.
Where can I find the expiry date of my CBD oil?
The expiry date of any CBD oil should be clearly stated on the packaging. In the case of Nordic Oil CBD oils, the expiry date is clearly stated on the bottom of the packaging as well as on the bottle's label itself.
If you ingest CBD oil that has already expired, you may experience unwanted side effects. In the worst case, it can cause an upset stomach. Fatal side effects have never been observed.
Therefore, it is important that you only take CBD oil that is still in an unspoiled or unopened state.
How important is the best before date?
Food products are generally processed in one or more ways to keep the intended chemical composition intact. This is done both to maintain good quality, as well as to ensure food safety.
All food has an expiry date. The best before date, or expiry date, is a date set in advance. After this date, the food should no longer be used or consumed.
In simple words, the expiry date is the shelf life of a food product, which informs the consumer of the month and year by which the product should be consumed. This period is set by the manufacturer based on tests or laboratory reports.
After the specified period, the product is generally no longer suitable for consumption. Subsequently, the product may become unsuitable for safe consumption due to quality and safety changes.
In addition to the best before date, you may also find the following terms:
To consume by- date informs mainly about the safety of the product, not the quality.
After opening- date informs about the duration until which the product should be consumed after opening the seal. This duration can be a minimum time, provided it is stored properly.
What factors determine the best before date?
Four fundamental factors could have an impact on the quality of the products. These are:
- Exposure to air and storage
Weather conditions play a significant role in changing product quality. This is a fairly simple matter that could be observed in everyday life. Light, cold, heat and air all affect the food we eat.
A common solution to address all these four factors is storage. Proper storage can make food safer for consumption throughout its shelf life.
For example, studies have shown that plastic water bottles left in a car in high heat are no longer safe for consumption afterwards, as the plastic reacts with heat and releases harmful substances into the water contained in the bottle.
In addition, once opened, food should be well sealed and stored at the correct temperature as indicated on the packaging. Half-closed lids and opened packages can also lead to premature expiry.
What can cause CBD oil to expire?
- Carrier oils
- Extraction method
- Pesticides, metals, wax, harmful chemicals.
All of the above factors are essential to producing safe, high quality CBD products. Even more, quality assurance of each process leads to a longer shelf life.
How CBD oil is produced affects its shelf life
The shelf life of CBD oil is also influenced by how it is produced.
There are different methods to extract CBD from hemp. For example, the use of solvents such as hexane or butane, CO2 extraction, extraction with alcohol, these are some of the most commonly used methods.
Studies have shown that CO2 extraction is the best so far and this is because of the following advantages:
- Environmentally friendly
- Less toxic compared to extraction using fossil fuels
- Better quality and taste end product
In addition, the CO2 extraction method is considered the most advanced and widely used method to extract cannabinoids from the plant. These methods come in two types: subcritical and supercritical. These differ in temperature and pressure.
The CO2 extraction method mainly allows for an extended shelf life of the CBD oil.
How should CBD oil be stored?
- Store the oil in a dark, dry and cool place.
- Keep away from light and heat (do not store next to a window)
- Never store your CBD products in the car
- If you live in hot or humid zones, you can store them in the fridge (do not freeze)
- If your CBD oil is viscous due to cold temperatures, you can place the bottle in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes. It should then become liquid again
- After opening, please make sure that the lid is tightly closed. This will prevent leakage.
- Keep out of reach of children and pets.
- Read the instructions provided on each Nordic Oil product package, which includes storage instructions
CBD is a non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant. Various CBD products can be obtained from the plant, including CBD oils, crystals, liquids, tinctures, capsules, topical creams, etc.
Cannabinoid, CBD for short, is one of the 144 different cannabinoids isolated from cannabis, and each of them shows different effects depending on the extraction method used.
About Nordic Oil products
According to a study, accurate information about CBD oil composition is crucial for consumers.
Nordic Oil takes responsibility for putting CBD products safely into the hands of consumers so that the beneficial potential of cannabinoids is more freely accessible.
- Nordic Oil products are classified as food supplements made from industrial hemp
- All our products contain detailed information on the expiry date, shelf life, instructions for storage after opening, dosage and product characteristics on the packaging
Nordic Oil CBD oils in the concentrations 5%, 15% and 20% have a shelf life of up to two years. Once opened, they should be used within six months.
The same applies to the liposomal multivitamin with CBD: this lasts up to two years, but it should also be used within two months.
In addition to the expiry date and the date of use, Nordic Oil provides storage instructions for each product. Our products are supplied in dark tinted glass which prevents light penetration. Be sure to store them in a cool, dark and dry place where your CBD oils are safe.