If you’re thinking about starting a CBD company or adding CBD to your retail line, you may have wondered about its shelf life. Knowing how long you have to move products off your shelf is important. It directly impacts your profits and losses. Plus, once products expire, they may not be safe for human consumption. In this article, we’ll discuss the shelf life of CBD products and what factors go into determining their longevity.
What Is the Shelf Life for CBD Products?
Most researchers and product formulators agree that the average shelf life for CBD is about 1-2 years. To be on the safe side, many manufacturers will state that their products expire within a year. Expired CBD is not harmful to ingest (as far as we know), but the product does lose potency. We’re still learning about the degradation of CBD at this time.
However, it’s important to note that while CBD itself may not expire, other ingredients can. Therefore, CBD edibles, food, and beverage may expire sooner than a year. It’s always best to look at the manufacturer’s label.
Factors that Affect Shelf Life
1 year is the average shelf life for CBD products. But it may be shorter or longer, depending on the product. Many factors can affect the shelf life of products, including:
How to Maximize the Shelf Life of Your Products
The longer you have to sell your products, the greater your chances are of making a profit. Here are some tips for how to properly store your CBD products.
1. Avoid Light
Light accelerates the degradation of both CBD and terpenes. Store your products in a cool, dark place, such as a cabinet, refrigerator, pantry, or cupboard. While it may be tempting to display your products in a sunny area of your store, it’s best not to.
2. Keep Heat Away
The best way to maximize the longevity of your CBD products is to keep them far away from heat sources. The cooler your products are, the longer they’ll last. And they’ll look better too. Exposure to heat can cause oil to become cloudy.
3. Use Air-Tight Containers
Another great way to make your products last longer is by using air-tight containers. Exposure to oxygen causes CBD products to break down rapidly. Leave them in the original containers, and make sure that the caps are tight.
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