If you’re not sure how to store CBD oil, so it lasts a long time and maintains its original quality, find out everything you need to know in this article.
Thankfully, it’s not complicated – but there are a few do’s and don’ts. At a glance, we’ll cover:
- How to store CBD oil – top tips
- Can you keep CBD oil in the fridge long-term?
- Can you keep CBD oil in the freezer?
- How long does CBD oil last?
- How to store CBD oil when flying
- How do you store other CBD products?
If you’re looking to learn more about CBD oil, check out some of the other articles in our blog section. It leaves no stone unturned in its detailed coverage of the fascinating world of CBD.
Without further ado, this is how to look after your CBD oil:
How to store CBD oil – top tips
CBD oil is straightforward to store. Wherever you keep it, just make sure that your products are:
- Away from light
Keep CBD products away from direct sunlight in particular – sunlight contains ultraviolet (UV) rays. These are high-intensity hot waves that can contribute significantly to the deterioration of CBD oil.
If that seems surprising, bear in mind that UV rays are the reason why we put on suncream when the weather’s hot. They consist of UVA rays, which play a part in the premature ageing of skin, as well as UVB rays, which can cause sunburn and skin cancer.
To keep your CBD away from light exposure, store it in a cool and dark place – for example, a cupboard. Also, keep the product in its container, assuming it’s opaque – a good provider will always put the product in high-quality packaging, designed to keep out bright light.
- Not exposed to air or moisture
Oxygen is another factor which can lead to the breakdown of CBD oil, according to a well-established research study by J W Fairbairn, J A Liebmann and M G Rowan.
It explains that “air oxidation did lead to significant losses”, so it’s important to keep CBD in a dry place away from moisture – again, a cupboard is fine for this.
Air also contains nitrogen and carbon dioxide, which can contribute to the damage caused to your CBD products.
All you need to do is keep your CBD oil in its original packaging, as long as it’s airtight. Again, a reputable supplier will always ensure this. When you buy it, check that the seal isn’t broken and after using it, close the cap tightly.
- Stored at 20℃ or below
High temperatures can spoil CBD, but keeping it at 20℃ or under won’t harm it.
Usually, this won’t need much planning – in the UK for example, room temperature is usually 20℃ or lower.
Bear in mind though that some rooms in your home will be hotter than others, especially during summer. Also, if you live in a warm climate, the room temperature will rise above 20℃, so in order to store CBD oil when your home is hot – keep it in the fridge.
Can you keep CBD oil in the fridge long-term?
If in general, you prefer to store your CBD oil in the fridge rather than in a cupboard, that’s fine. Fridges are airtight, cool and dark – when the door is closed.
There isn’t any evidence that keeping it in the fridge will increase the shelf life, but it won’t do any harm either.
Two things to know though, before you put CBD oil in the fridge, are:
- The oil may separate slightly, but that’s no problem – it won’t affect the potency, just shake it before you use it
- The oil may thicken – again, don’t worry, it will return to its original liquid state if you leave it at room temperature for a while
That’s how to store CBD oil overall – but if you’re leaning towards refrigeration, you may be wondering if the freezer is an option too.
Can you keep CBD oil in the freezer?
Yes, you can store CBD oil in the freezer. As you would expect though, if it thickens in the fridge, of course it will in the freezer too. It may go cloudy as well.
In this hardened state, when you eventually take it out, you won’t be able to dispense the oil until you’ve left it at room temperature for a long time.
Freezing CBD oil is an option if you don’t mind waiting for it to defrost. If you’ve bought CBD oil in bulk, this is certainly one way to keep all your products within their shelf life, but just be aware that even at room temperature, it takes a long time for CBD oil to expire.
How long does CBD oil last?
For the most accurate answer, check the ‘best before’ or expiration date on your product, but in general:
- Unopened CBD should last for up to two years if stored correctly, according to the aforementioned research
- Opened CBD should keep its current appearance and taste for up to six months, if stored correctly – it’s still usable for longer than that though
The above depends on the quality of the product, the manufacturing process used, the carrier oil used and so on. For more information about how to tell if CBD is expired, take a look at our recent article.
How to store CBD oil when flying
When thinking about how to store CBD oil, don’t leave it to the last minute if you want to take it with you on holiday.
If you’re travelling with hand luggage only, all your liquids will need to be in bottles no larger than 100ml and fit in a single, see-through, sealable bag too. Most CBD oil on sale won’t be in big bottles, but just remember it’s tricky to free up some space in those small plastic bags.
If you’re putting CBD oil in the hold, wrap it up well to avoid any risk of damage or spillage. Consider adding a layer of aluminium foil wrapping too, for extra protection from heat, in case the temperature fluctuates on the plane.
Also, keep in mind that some countries have made it illegal to enter with CBD oil. Read our comprehensive guide which answers can you take CBD oil in the UK – also, Alternative Airlines has put together a list of countries where CBD is legal.
How do you store other CBD products?
That’s all you need to know about how to store CBD oil, but what about other product types? Here’s a quick guide:
- Capsules: The above still applies, but CBD capsules also have an extra layer of protection against the elements, helping to preserve them long-term
- Creams: Again, store in a cool, dark and dry place – but while the natural ingredients found in skincare products shorten the shelf life, avoid the freezer because extreme temperature changes make them split
- Edibles: These have the shortest shelf life, so consume soon – edibles will typically deteriorate faster once opened and you’ll need to keep some in the fridge, or freezer
Always check the product label for storage instructions and also be aware of the expiry date given by the manufacturer.
Summary: how to store CBD oil
Keep CBD oil in a dark, dry and cool environment to maximise the shelf life and avoid any risk of your product deteriorating.
Most people keep it in a cupboard – it’s out of the light, shouldn’t be damp and should stay at room temperature, unless you live in a hot country, in which case you’ll need to keep your CBD oil in the fridge. You could also consider using the freezer.
CBD oil is perishable, but it should last a long time if it’s stored correctly. It will stay in good condition if you follow the above – and familiarise yourself with the manufacturer’s storage instructions.