How To Store CBD Oil Correctly?

Jun 14, 2020

So, you’ve bought your CBD oil but now you are wondering where to keep it? In the fridge? In a cupboard? Or under your mattress? Here at The CBD Planet UK we will give you a few tips we’ve found from our long use of CBD oil and how to keep them effective for longer!

Why Is It Important To Store My CBD Oil Correctly?

If you don’t choose to store your CBD oil correctly you could experience a reduction in your products effectiveness. Storing it in a dry, cool, dark place will in turn improve its longevity and keep you enjoying the health benefits CBD can offer. CBD is a natural product therefore can break down due to air exposure, light and heat.

Where Should I Put My CBD Oil?

CBD much like other natural products can degenerate if it isn’t cared for. Here at The CBD Planet UK we recommend the best storage is within the fridge. If for whatever reason you cannot keep your CBD oil in the fridge,  a cool, dark place such as a cupboard out of arm’s reach should suffice. To summarise, our top 3 tips for storing CBD oil are:

  • Keep CBD oil away from direct light (try not to leave it in sunlight on windowsills as this will degrade the quality of the cannabinoids) 
  • Keep CBD oil away from heat (don’t leave it in cupboards close to household appliances such as ovens or even radiators)
  • Keep CBD oil away from air (air tight containers are key and dont leave them open for prolonged periods of time)

How Long Will My CBD Oil Last?

All CBD oil brands and products will have a different use by date and shelf life will vary due to their quality and packaging. Typically, CBD oil that is stored correctly will last around 18-24 months since it is bottled. Different products will differ:

  • CBD Tincture – Will maintain its cannabinoid concentration for around six months if stored correctly.
  • CBD Oils – Products that have undergone no heating process will have a shorter shelf life due to the carrier oils they contain.

CBD oil products that have a mix of raw items such as raw hemp oil or raw full spectrum hemp paste will have a short shelf life due to their manufacturing process. CBD raw products undergo a decarboxylation, this is just a fancy word for the heating process that manufacturers use. This heating process turns precursor acids into the compounds we are familiar with such as CBD and in turn naturally extends the shelf life and longevity of the CBD.

All of the CBD products we sell here at The CBD Planet UK will be accompanied with a use by date and lab report so you can understand its ingredients and its shelf life.

Do I Need To Refrigerate My CBD Oil?

Air tight, dark and sealed are the key things to remember when storing your CBD oil, so surely the fridge ticks all of these boxes? If you don’t have small children, we recommend the fridge for all CBD oil storage as the maintenance of a stable temperature is paramount to preventing damage to the cannabinoids, and as a result will cause the CBD to last longer and prevent degradation.

If you have small children though, we would recommend a medicine cabinet or a pantry due to a number of reasons, but the main one being that it becomes out of sight and mind of those little hands. If you have small children they may become inquisitive into the new bottle that you’ve placed into the fridge.

What About Putting CBD Oil In The Freezer?

Freezing CBD oil can be an effective method to preserve your CBD over a longer period of time. One of the main things to consider before freezing is the carrier oil your CBD product is mixed with. Oil for example will thicken and even freeze if left in the freezer over a long period. We would therefore recommend running the bottle underneath warm water or leaving it at room temperature to enable the carrier oil to return to its original state and consistency, as this will have thickened in the freezer.

Final Thoughts

Purchasing high quality CBD products will be worth its weight in gold when it comes to the storing process. A low quality product is likely to degrade and lose potency fast whereas a reputable high quality brand will remain effective for at least 18-24 months if stored correctly. It’s important to remember to store your CBD in a location that is dry, dark and air tight. The bottle should come with a use by date but these dates can be prolonged if refrigerated or placed in the freezer. All of the CBD products we sell here at The CBD Planet UK are sourced from high quality brands held in a high regard from across the CBD sector.

If you have any further questions regarding the storage of your CBD products feel free to contact us!

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