Should CBD Oil Be Refrigerated?
Don’t you just love that answer?
It really does with CBD and we’ll explain why below.
This can affect how long CBD lasts and whether it expires or not.
This can also affect the effectiveness.
Not to mention the smell.
We’re talking about two different outcomes, however.
It depends on what type of CBD you are using and what the base oil is.
We’ll get into that below.
First, a lay of the CBD land.
Quick intro to what CBD is actually made of
We’ll walk through how we get to the finished product as this affects how to store it.
You start with industrial hemp which legally must have a THC level below .3%
We actually craft CBD with zero THC since there are some issues there (anxiety, drug test, changes to the brain structure, addiction, etc).
See CBD versus THC to understand just how different they are.
You then run extractions to remove contaminants, certain plant materials, etc.
If you jump off at this point, you have hemp oil as a finished product.
To continue, you then extract more CBD itself and add it back into hemp oil.
You now probably have “full-spectrum” CBD
If we continue to extract only the CBD itself as a resin or even crystal and add that to a base oil, you then have CBD isolate.
Check out CBD isolate versus full spectrum as there are definitely differences there.
Where we jump off affects refrigeration.
The general rule is this…
The more plant material in the bottle, the greater the need for refrigeration!
This makes sense since anything organic can break down with time.
The CBD itself is just a chemical substance so it wouldn’t “go bad” any faster than salt or pepper might be sitting on your counter.
It IS in a base oil, however, so we need to take that into account.
We’ll discuss that below, but first. a quick note on full-spectrum versus CBD isolate.
Does having CBD isolate versus CBD full spectrum affect refrigeration
Full-spectrum will have more of the original plant material in addition to CBD.
Anything that comes from the ground will eventually go bad.
Think of fruit or vegetables.
Industrial hemp is no different.
If we’re including more of the plant material, that’s going to merit different handling of the resulting oil (generally called hemp oil).
Contrary to everything you hear out there, we actually prefer CBD isolate for two critical reasons.
CBD isolate is less likely to cause issues for people with allergy or histamine issues
This is a huge issue for 40-60% of the population (and growing. More on type of CBD and histamine here.
More importantly, the research is primarily based on CBD by itself.
Until those two things change, CBD isolate is the cleanest way to get the benefits of CBD that are showing everywhere in the research.
What about refrigeration?
Does CBD full spectrum need to be refrigerated?
It’s best to refrigerate full spectrum CBD once opened.
Otherwise, it will get goopy, slightly smelly, and expire more quickly.
Generally speaking, if refrigerated, full-spectrum is best used in about 6 months depending on the base oil.
We’ve discussed extensively why we prefer CBD isolate here.
Does CBD isolate need to be refrigerated?
Does CBD isolate like Indigo Naturals need to be refrigerated?
Generally speaking, CBD isolate should be stored in the often-cited “cool, dry, and dark” setting.
Your pantry is great for this or in a cupboard.
Think of olive oil. Or coconut oil.
Those are usually the base oils that the CBD isolate is added to.
You can really go based on the refrigeration rules for the base oil since CBD itself is pretty stable.
The CBD base oil and refrigeration?
We discussed above how full-spectrum CBD should be refrigerated since more of the plant material is still there.
For CBD isolate, you can basically look at the rules for the base oil.
- CBD isolate in MCT (extracted from coconut oil) – refrigeration is not needed
- CBD isolate in olive oil – refrigeration is not needed
Those are the two most common.
MCT oil is the cleanest in terms of allergies and coconut oil.
Also, it’s very important these days that olive oil is sourced in California due to issues outside the US in terms of purity.
We prefer MCT since it doesn’t have a taste profile and the medium-chain triglycerides are ideal fat carriers for the CBD itself.
You can learn more about that in our Should CBD Taken With Food article.
So. we don’t need to refrigerate the CBD isolate.
How do we store it?
How to properly store CBD oil
For CBD isolate, store it in a cool, dark, and dry space.
At IndigoNaturals, we already package CBD in a light protecting, dark amber bottle for this reason.
Sun and other strong lights can break it down more quickly.
Heat can as well.
Pantries or cupboards are ideal.
The CBD isolate is a much more stable form of CBD in case you want to take the bottle with you in a purse or backpack.
You never know when you’ll need a spot use of CBD (date, meeting, ex-husband, etc).
CBD isolate works better on the go without the need to refrigerate.
Always work with a doctor or naturopath with any supplement!
The information provided here is not intended to treat an illness or substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from a qualified healthcare provider.
The rules for refrigeration of CBD depend on what type of CBD you have! Find out here.
What Is The Best Way To Store CBD Oil?
Oct 20, 2017 · 2 min read
I love to answer questions such as, “What is the best way to store my CBD oil?” because these are the kinds of questions that really help you get the most out of CBD.
The best way to store your CBD oil is in an upright position in a spot with a stable temperature away from extreme light, heat, or moisture. A dry pantry is a perfect place for storing your CBD oil.
Another option is of course to store your CBD oil in your refrigerator. While this is not required, many people like to do this because they believe it will ensure a longer shelf life for their CBD oil.
You may notice that one drawback of storing CBD oil in your refrigerator is that if the CBD oil gets too cold, it may thicken to the point where you need to heat it a little before use. No problem — you can just run the bottle carefully under some hot water.
If you properly store your CBD oil, you should find that it lasts for about one year. Many people who use CBD regularly will have nothing to worry about since they take CBD oil often enough that they are replacing it with a fresh bottle on a regular basis.
When you are deciding how to store your CBD oil, be aware of the carrier liquid your CBD oil is in. All CBD and hemp extracts come in a carrier liquid within which the concentrated cannabinoid extract is diluted.
Common carrier liquids are coconut oil, MCT oil, olive oil, and hemp seed oil. So all you need to do is store your CBD oil in the same way as you would store your bottle of olive oil or coconut oil.
I store my CBD oil in a dark cabinet at around room temperature alongside all of my other salad and cooking oils. If I have a bottle that I want to keep for a very long time (longer than about a year), I will store it in my fridge to get as long of a shelf life as possible.
Hopefully you found this article on the best way to store your CBD oil helpful. If you want to learn how to get the most out of CBD oil or how to get the best CBD oil, visit the CBD School.
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