How to Tell If CBD Oil is Expired
While the exact process by which CBD oil degrades varies by product, there are several simple ways to determine whether your CBD has gone bad. These include:
1. Smell and Taste (Musky Smell)
High-quality CBD oils typically have a bitter-earthy smell and flavor that some people describe as “nutty” or “grassy.” If you notice your CBD oil is musky and tastes rancid, this is a sign it has gone bad.
2. Color and Texture
CBD oils may look murky if they are stored in a cold area, but this should return to normal consistency after a few minutes at room temperature. If the color is brown or dark, this could be a sign that your CBD has degraded and you should throw it away.
3. Change in Color and Texture
If you notice that your CBD oil is changing color or has become thick, this is another warning that it has gone bad. It isn’t necessarily the case, however, that it’s expired; CBD can lose its effectiveness as it ages and be affected by heat and sunlight.
Pure CBD oils that are used in vaporizers can begin to crystallize, or form crystals, over time. This is a natural process that happens when the sugars and fatty acids in the CBD are bound together.
The best way to know when your CBD oil has gone bad is to check the expiration date and the label, as well as the texture and color of the bottle. If it’s past the date, it is best to get a new bottle of CBD oil and store it in a cool and dark place.