You’ve done it. You’re diving in and finding a multitude of health benefits from your CBD. Hopefully you’re finding relief and better health from your product. But have you thought about how to keep it performing at an optimal level?
The good news is, CBD never really goes bad in the sense that it would hurt its consumer. What would actually happen over time without proper storage is a simple loss of potency. Which is great. But if you’re investing in the product, surely you want to get the most out of it.
The first way to make sure you get the most out of your oil is to check with the manufacturer about their production practices. What do they do to keep their oil pure? And pay attention to expiration dates before you buy.
After that it’s pretty simple. Don’t expose your oils to too much heat or light or air. Keep your CBD oil in a cold dark pantry. If you so choose, you could also store them in the refrigerator. This isn’t necessary and some crystallization will occur from the cold (which is easily remedied with some warm water over the container) but it is an option if you don’t have a cold dark pantry and degradation is a real concern.In ideal conditions, pure hemp oil lasts for 14 months on the shelf.
If you’re concerned your oil has degraded or lost potency, you can check for a few telling signs. Is the oil murky even after being removed from cold storage? Has the smell or taste altered over time? If it tastes or smell like rancid oil, again, it won’t hurt you, but it is no longer at its best.
The best thing you can do to get the most out of your oil is to just use it! But if storage is necessary, just remember to keep it cool and dark.
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