How to Store CBD And Make It Last

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If left completely undisturbed in an ideal environment, a CBD-infused tincture has the capability to last for years with little to no degradation whatsoever! This is not the case, however, for all CBD-infused products. 

For example, even the most expertly crafted CBD edible has a drastically shorter shelf life in comparison and will be quickly rendered inedible even if stored under proper conditions. This article is going to explain how to store different CBD-infused products to maximum shelf-life and efficiency.

Did you know? If properly made, a well stored cannabidiol (CBD) tincture has practically an indefinite shelf life?

CBD-infused products have vastly differing shelf lives – dependent widely of the intended use of the product, ingredients that were incorporated, how the product was prepared, its intended use, and storage conditions. 

While all cannabinoids are able to withstand degradation under similar conditions, often times infused products involve more unstable and (in some cases) perishable ingredients that may be much more sensitive to compromising elements. When it comes to properly storing infused products, there are a few helpful tips that can be applied to most scenarios which will greatly improve the longevity of your favorite cannabis-infused creations!

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The three key virtues of storing any cannabinoid-infused products are: tightly sealed, cooler temperatures, and a dark environment.

Typical Expiration Dates

All Diamond CBD oils and other products have a written expiration date right on the package. This date is usually anywhere from one to two years from the product’s manufacture date, though this may vary slightly depending on the type of product being used. 

Many consumers who use CBD products regularly do not have to worry about the product expiring because they consume enough CBD oil often enough that they are able to replace their products with fresh ones regularly. However, there are select people who find themselves in need of product storage, whether it be due to infrequent or inconsistent use or the purchase of products in bulk. Other consumers have chosen to create their own CBD-infused goods from the comfort of their home – typically resulting in bigger batches.

The three key virtues of storing any cannabinoid-infused products are: 

  • Tightly sealed
  • Cooler temperatures
  • Dark environment
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Freezing CBD infusions like cooking oils, butters, and many other pre-prepared cooking ingredients, can drastically extend the product’s shelf life and allow it to be stored for a longer term.

The Best Way to Store CBD-Infused Products

Whether it be an edible, tincture, balm, salve, or cooking oil – all cannabinoids are prone to degradation under similar extreme conditions, which involve prolonged exposure to the elements (light, heat, and oxygen). The best way to store infused products is to ensure that each of these elements are well-controlled.  

In regard to temperature control, refrigerators have proven to be a universal solution for storing any cannabis-infused creation. However, this method is ineffective for the storing of flower, which will degrade its cannabinoids. Virtually all cannabis-infused products, when stored in a refrigerator, will experience an elongated shelf life and improved conditions.

The three key virtues of storing any cannabinoid-infused products are: tightly sealed, cooler temperatures, and a dark environment.

To avoid exposure to oxygen and light, it is paramount to always air seal your infused products in opaque storage containers – which are specifically designed to fight against light and air exposure. If you purchase an infusion from a state-sanctioned dispensary or retailer, oftentimes the containers that they are packaged in are an adequate storage device. It would be good practice to keep all infused products stored in their original containers – but if you must transfer its contents, be sure that each of your products are well labeled. Always elect to store your cannabis-related products in glass, especially for long-term storage, because plastic bags and containers may compromise the product over time.

The Nuances of Storing CBD Oil and Edibles

Proper storage techniques over time can all but eliminate the threat of degradation of the cannabinoids. It is important to note, however, that not all infusions are created equal. In almost every scenario, there are other ingredients involved in the creation of the product that can be a big contributor to the products expiration date.  

Let’s examine CBD-infused edibles as an example. The perishability of edible infusions can vary greatly from one product to the next. Pastries, bread, and other baked food will almost always expire sooner than a hard candy or chocolate treat. Conversely, certain cooking oils have the ability to last for months or even years if stored properly.

If you have purchased a CBD-infused product it would be wise to immediately check for a “best by” date – which widely takes into consideration the various ingredients that are present in the product as well as their perishability. 

Freezing CBD infusions like cooking oils, butters, and many other pre-prepared cooking ingredients, can drastically extend the product’s shelf life and allow it to be stored for a longer term.

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A good way to properly store various infused cooking oils is to pair them with other herbs and then freeze them using an ice cube tray.

Storing CBD-Infused Products Long-Term

Similar to the refrigeration method, freezers also prove to be a great option when it comes down to storing these perishable infusions. Freezing certain infusions like cooking oils, butters, and many other pre-prepared cooking ingredients, can drastically extend the product’s shelf life and allow it to be stored for a longer term.

A good way to properly store various infused cooking oils is to pair them with other herbs and then freeze them using an ice cube tray. Cannabis butters (cannabutter) can also be portioned and then frozen in this same way for a long-term storage solution. Even baked goods such as breads (that would otherwise rapidly degrade under room temperatures) can be frozen to drastically extend its shelf life. Simply thaw these products whenever you are ready for their use and enjoy!

Keeping your CBD and other cannabis-infused products away from excess heat, air, and light will help keep them fresher longer as well as maintain their potency. 

Tinctures are at the top of the list of longest-lasting orally consumable CBD-infused products. Stored under ideal conditions, an expertly-made tincture has the ability to last indefinitely according to grower, author, and cannabis expert Ed Rosenthal. 

In his book “Beyond Buds,” Rosenthal states that either amber or blue Boston Round dripper bottles are most ideal for tincture storage, and that freezers and refrigerators will infinitely reduce any minute degradation that could occur. Keep in mind that CBD-infused tinctures that were prepared using glycerin will degrade and expire far more quickly than pure alcohol distillations. A well-stored and undisturbed alcohol infusion has the capability of lasting for years or even decades before significant degradation occurs.

In Summary

Keeping your CBD and other cannabis-infused products away from excess heat, air, and light will help keep them fresher longer as well as maintain their potency. Storing your infusions in an opaque storage containers before refrigeration or freezing almost always guarantees an increased shelf life and a maintained potency. Keep in mind that not all products are designed to last indefinitely and that the perishability of your products will almost always be dependent upon other added ingredients. Always check CBD-infused products for a “best by” date and then store them somewhere in your home that follows the product’s recommended conditions.