Cannabinoids are known to break down and lose potency over time, meaning that expired CBD oil won't provide the same therapeutic effects as a fresh product. CBD oil has a shelf life of 12 to 18 months, depending on its quality and storage conditions. After this period, the cannabinoids start to degrade and the oil expires. Poor storage conditions or exceeding the two-year prime time limit can also cause CBD oil to lose its potency.
It's important to read the product label and Certificate of Analysis (COA) to find out when the CBD oil expires. If the texture of the oil becomes hazy or cloudy, it's likely that the cannabinoids and terpenes have started to break down, indicating that the oil is about to go bad. If you plan to take your CBD daily, you may be able to get more out of a larger bottle as it will last longer. Pure CBD oil lasts longer than flavored versions since any added ingredients have their own shelf life, which could be shorter than that of CBD.
To preserve the freshness of your CBD oil and its health benefits, it's best to store it in an airtight container in a cool, dark and dry place. If you intend to store it long-term (more than a year), you can keep it in your unopened refrigerator for up to 3 years. Finally, a color change from intense to pale and dark is another sign that CBD oil has had better days.