How to store CBD Oil
CBD oil can last a whole six months once opened, and 1-2 years if left unopened. Here we explain how to store your CBD with care, ensuring it is able to live out its shelf life.
Keeping CBD oil in the following conditions helps it keep its potency and freshness for as long as possible, preventing it from going to waste.
Keep your CBD oil away from sunlight
Studies have shown that light exposure is the most significant feature in the deterioration of cannabinoids. Sunlight is full of visible light, but it also contains rays that fall to either side of the visible spectrum: infrared and UV rays. The latter are high-intensity rays past the violet end of the visible spectrum. Although each Dragonfly bottle is protected with dark glass to reduce light exposure, UV rays can still get through. The light contributes to the breakdown of CBD to the point that the potency is reduced, and in severe cases, the cannabinoid content disappears entirely.
If you want to preserve the freshness of your CBD oil, a simple tip is to treat it in the same way you would olive oil, coconut oil and other cooking oils. Keep the lid tight, the bottle away from direct sunlight and store the oil in a dark place.
Prevent excess air and other contaminants getting inside
Exposure to air can also contribute to CBD deterioration. There are many ways to prevent this. The first is to keep CBD oil in its original packaging for as long as possible. In other words, don’t open it until you plan to use it. With regular ingestion, six months should be plenty of time to consume it anyway.
Our high quality CBD oil is packaged in medical grade, airtight glass bottles. Once opened, air will inevitably get in. This is why, after every use, make sure you close the bottle properly. Other contaminants, such as bacteria, can easily find their way into your oil without prior caution. To avoid this, get into the habit of cleaning your dropper after every use. This ensures it’s clean before it touches the rest of the oil when you put it inside.
Store your CBD oil in a cool place
It’s essential to protect the oil from excess heat. The oil is fine at room temperature (16 to 21°C), and can be kept in cupboards and pantries with little risk of deterioration. But this question arises a lot: should you store CBD oil in the fridge? The answer is yes.
Fridges are ideal because they meet every criteria: they’re dark, cool, and airtight. The natural separation under cooler temperatures won’t damage the efficacy of CBD in any way.
In fact, the cooler temperatures reduce the risk of the terpenes and cannabinoids in the CBD from being damaged.