What is the shelf life of hemp oil
The short answer is, if stored correctly, an unopened bottle of our hemp oil will last 14 months from the date of production. The long answer is there are several factors that can influence the shelf life of hemp oil. The major ones are how the seed is pressed, how the oil is packaged and how the oil is stored.
Pressing hemp oil to extend shelf life
Since the essential fatty acids in hemp are very susceptible to degradation and rancidity, producing a shelf stable oil starts with being very careful at the production stage. By ensuring that the oil has had minimal exposure to heat and to oxygen, the production of the oil ensures that the goodness that was available in the raw seed is retained in our virgin cold-pressed hemp oil. We do this through a production process that protects the essential fatty acids from exposure to oxygen by replacing the “air” in the production environment with pure nitrogen. In addition to protecting the oil from oxidation, we also ensure that the oil is kept well below the allowable temperatures required to be able to call the oil cold-pressed. These two factors enable us to produce a product that is as close as possible to mimicking the seed in it’s ability to safeguard the oil. You might consider our method better, since seeds can get broken, allowing oxygen to access the oils.
Sealed jugs devoid of oxygen extend shelf life
The oxygen free environment doesn’t stop at the pressing stage, we continue it right through to the bottling stage where the oil is maintained oxygen free and then the last bit of space in the top of the filled bottle is also replaced with nitrogen before the bottle is sealed with a foil topper and the lid is put on. These extra steps ensure that the oil will remain fresh for a long period of time after it has been placed in the bottle, literally for many months allowing us to set a best before date of 14 months from the date of manufacture.
Cold storage of the oil extends shelf life
Keep your oil cold. While we maintain an environment that is consistently lower than 15 C for short term storage of the products, we highly recommend you storing your oil in the freezer for longer term storage. One of the many wonderful benefits of hemp oil is that it will not turn to a solid at the temperatures reached in your home freezer so you can keep you oil there and it will still pour for you. There may be some separation of the naturally occurring waxes but this will just result in some cloudiness and is not something to be concerned about. It will not affect flavour or consistency when the oil warms.
Keep your oil cold and out of the light
The two things you need to be aware of after you get your oil is that you should keep it cool and out of the sunlight. Store the oil in the freezer for long term storage and in the fridge in the short term. The oil can withstand moderate temperatures, for instance while being shipped, without any significant degradation. For long term storage, just ensure you maintain a cold temperature.
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How to store CBD products correctly
You probably know, finding high-quality CBD can be a challenge and when you’ve finally discovered a product which works for you, how do you store the stuff, so that it retains its potency and doesn’t turn rancid?
Like anything natural we consume, CBD and other cannabinoids are subject to degrading over time. Light, heat and air can breakdown cannabis compounds, and it’s why most CBD hemp oil is placed in a dark and airtight bottle.
Taking the right steps to look after your oil will help maintain the cannabinoid profile along with ensuring it doesn’t taste foul before you reach the end of the bottle!
Let’s take a more in-depth look at how best to preserve your CBD oil.
How should you store your CBD oil?
Tinctures are the most common way to use cannabidiol, where hemp extract is diluted in a carrier oil such as hemp seed oil or MCT coconut oil.
Research Indicates that light exposure is the most significant factor in the deterioration of cannabinoids, closely followed by exposure to air.
As a result, keeping your oil in an airtight tincture bottle, stored in a cool and dark place is vital to ensure product stability. It’s the reason why some people choose to refrigerate CBD oil, as it ticks all the right boxes for optimal storage.
That might make you wonder, does CBD oil need to be refrigerated? Not necessarily, but it is the easiest way to store your purchase without looking for somewhere else cool and dark!
If you are looking for other places to keep your CBD a cool cabinet away from light, a dry pantry, the basement or cellar are all ideal locations to store your CBD oil.
What is the shelf life of CBD oil?
Depending on the exact type of CBD oil, you have shelf life can vary. The quality, packaging and storage of the oil can all alter the period your bottle stays fresh for.
On average, your new bottle of CBD can be kept fresh for between 18-24 months since bottling with the right storage and if it is unopened. Once open, a CBD tincture will maintain its cannabinoid concentration and overall profile for around six months, assuming you keep the bottle stored in an appropriate place.
However, products which are considered raw, i.e. undergo no heating and are minimally processed, can have a shorter shelf life due to natural changes in the oil and in particular the carrier oil.
For example, raw CBD hemp oil is usually a mix of raw full spectrum hemp paste combined with raw hemp seed oil. This product will likely have a shorter shelf life than another CBD oil which has undergone some further processing by way of decarboxylation (heating).
Activating the CBD extract found in the hemp paste through heating turns precursor acids into the compounds we are familiar with such as CBD or THC. This process naturally extends the shelf life and the durability of the CBD cannabis oil.
Nature & Bloom CBD oils are labelled with a best before date for ease. Just take a glance and ensure you use your CBD before this date for the best results.
Why CBD oil gets out of date
You might be asking does CBD oil expire? Yes, CBD oil has an expiry or best before date, which is the date until which the product is expected to remain stable and useable.
After this period the CBD oil may change taste and consistency; and as a result, it’s suggested you don’t use the item after the expiry date as with anything else you would ingest.
To give you visibility of how long our CBD oil will maintain its freshness, Nature & Bloom CBD oil comes with an expiry date. You can find this information listed directly next to or above the batch number located on the bottle.
You have your CBD at hand, now how do you store it to ensure it retains its shelf life? We have a few suggestions for you to best store your CBD right here!