How much time do you have before your CBD gummies start to turn? Dive into this complete guide on gummy shelf life. With CBD being so popular right now, a lot of us are tempted to stock up on as many CBD-infused goodies as possible in order to experience all of the different ways to consume this compound. However, before you do that, it’s important to know that CBD, like all organic goods, has an expiration date. That means that y
CBD Gummies Expiration
For people who struggle to tolerate the hemp smoking experience, the market offers edibles. Developed for customers who want to get their daily CBD dose without having to assail their lungs with smoke, edibles come in all sorts of forms. The most popular? Good ol’ gummies.
CBD gummies envelop all of that precious hemp chemistry in a tasty, chewy, fruit-flavored package that’s easy to enjoy. But just like any food product, CBD gummies don’t last forever. So if you were thinking about buying in bulk, make sure to read through this guide first.
Do CBD Gummies Expire?
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Yes, like any other food product, CBD gummies will expire after a certain period of time. However, there’s no specific number that tells us how long a batch will last before it kicks the bucket. That’s because gummy formulations vary from vendor to vendor. So some may last longer than others.
Generally, however, experts assert that CBD gummies should last about a year if we’re talking about the efficacy of the hemp chemistry it carries. That simply means the gummy candy itself might still taste good. But the CBD chemistry it contains could be totally lost by the one-year mark.
Depending on the formulation and the addition of things like preservatives, it’s possible for certain CBD gummies to last as long as two years. Again, the gummy could remain edible long after that, but the CBD itself might dwindle in terms of effects.
How to Tell if CBD Gummies are Expired
Interestingly, not all vendors put a best before date on their CBD gummies. So when buying a batch of CBD gummies (especially online) you probably won’t have enough information to determine exactly how long you have until they turn.
On the plus side, CBD gummies don’t necessarily expire. Unlike CBD chocolates that actually go bad, CBD gummies simply change in terms of texture and taste, but might otherwise still seem edible.
So how can you tell if your CBD gummies have expired? Watch out for these markers:
- Stale, dry texture
- Bitter aftertaste or a general change in flavor
- Little to no actual effects
On top of that, you might also experience a few negative bodily reactions to your intake of old CBD gummies. And we’re getting into that in the next segment.
What Happens When You Eat Expired CBD Gummies?
You’re not going to have to brace yourself for a visit to the ER, that’s for sure. Eating expired CBD gummies won’t cause too much of an issue in terms of acute effects. Sure, you probably won’t feel too good. But that happens after eating anything that’s past its best before date.
Here’s what you can expect after downing a dose of expired CBD gummies:
- Stomach pain
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Very low hemp-related benefits or none at all
If you suspect that your CBD gummies have gone bad, there’s, unfortunately, no way to salvage them. And that would seem reasonable since you can’t really restore the CBD content anyway. So your best bet would be to simply toss out the batch and buy a fresh stash.
How to Extend CBD Gummies Shelf Life
Unbeknown to most hemp enthusiasts, some storage practices actually speed up the process of CBD gummy degradation. Conversely, some storage practices can extend your gummies’ shelf life.
So to keep your CBD gummies fresh for longer, here’s what you can do:
Use an Airtight Container
A tight seal on your CBD gummy container can help prevent contaminants from getting in and all of that CBD goodness from getting out. If your CBD gummies come in a resealable mylar bag, then you might want to put them into your own airtight jar or tub.
Keep Away from Heat and Sunlight
UV rays and excess heat can actually cause rapid cannabinoid degradation. So most hemp enthusiasts would recommend keeping your CBD gummies away from direct heat and sunlight. A cool, dry place like a kitchen cupboard or a drawer on your nightstand would be the perfect place for your CBD gummy stash.
If you make your own CBD gummies at home, then refrigeration might be necessary. But for storebought, refrigeration could prove to be an added hassle. Taking them out means having to thaw them slightly to achieve a gummy consistency. And storing in a cold fridge could cause unnecessary moisture build-up that speeds up degradation.
What to Do When Buying CBD Gummies
CBD gummies’ shelf life starts as soon as they complete the manufacturing process. So if you want to make sure that your gummies have the longest shelf life possible, it’s important to practice these tips when you buy your stash in the first place:
Ask for New Stock
Don’t just grab the stuff on display. CBD gummies that sit outside on store shelves might be exposed to heat and UV light at some time throughout the day. It’s also possible that they keep out gummies that are older so they get purchased first. Always ask for new stock from the back room to get newer, fresher products.
Inquire About Expiration Dates
Not all vendors have expiration information for their CBD gummies, but it doesn’t hurt to ask. Some vendors volunteer the information by placing the date on the labels. If you’re buying online, you can send a message to their support team to find out just how long the gummies have before they turn.
Be Wary of Sales
Some vendors put products on sale to get rid of them before they go bad. So if you find deeply discounted CBD gummies through a vendor whether on or offline, make it a point to ask about expiration dates first.
More often than not, these are tactics they use to make a profit off of old stock so they won’t have to incur losses by tossing them out.
Learn Brand-Specific Storage Practices
Some brands might recommend their own storage pointers to extend the life of your CBD gummies. In this case, you’re going to want to ask exactly how they recommend that you keep your CBD gummy stash to keep them fresh. Some might actually require refrigeration after opening, while others call for room temperature storage.
Keep Your CBD Gummies Fresh
All good things come to an end, and that holds true for CBD gummies. If you were hoping to keep your gummy stash fresh for as long as possible, make sure to keep these tips in mind. It also doesn’t hurt to practice a few tactics to get your hands on fresh CBD gummies straight out of the store.
Can Taking CBD Past Its Expiration Date Decrease Its Potency?
With CBD being so popular right now, a lot of us are tempted to stock up on as many CBD-infused goodies as possible in order to experience all of the different ways to consume this compound. However, before you do that, it’s important to know that CBD, like all organic goods, has an expiration date. That means that your CBD will only be good for so long a period of time until it’s no longer worth taking.
So, when does CBD expire? And, what happens when you take expired CBD? We’ll be covering all of that and more.
What Happens When You Take Expired CBD?
First, let’s get one thing out of the way. Taking expired CBD doesn’t mean that you’re exposing yourself to bodily harm. When we think of expiration dates, we often think of food items that can develop harmful bacteria as they sit in your refrigerator. However, CBD products contain a concentrated hemp extract without the plant material that’s prone to decomposition. Therefore, expired CBD shouldn’t make you sick.
However, expired CBD can disappoint you tremendously. That’s because as CBD ages, its potency level decreases, similar to the way that medications become less and less potent as they sit in the medicine cabinet. This means that taking expired CBD will likely be less effective than what you’re used to.
Typically, CBD lasts for about two years, give or take. The exact length of time before CBD expires has to do with the extraction method used to produce the hemp concentrate, as well as the ingredients with which the CBD has been mixed in order to produce a particular type of product, whether it be an edible, vape oil or something else.
Also, CBD can technically expire sooner than the expiration date that’s printed on the label due to improper storage. Two things that can cause CBD to lose potency at a faster rate are light and heat. This is due to oxidization. Oxidization breaks down the molecules in CBD, making them gradually weaker as the formula becomes less stable. CBD that’s been extracted using a subpar method can make the compound molecules fairly unstable to begin with, which is why we suggest opting for CBD products that were extracted using the CO2 method, as this is considered superior to the rest.
How to Avoid Taking Expired CBD
Now that you know that CBD can absolutely decrease in potency once it’s passed the expiration date, let’s talk about what you can do to make sure that you never take weak, expired hemp products.
Tip #1: Check the Expiration Date Before Purchasing
First, always check the expiration date of a CBD product prior to purchasing it. Just because a store is selling a CBD product doesn’t automatically mean that the expiration date is two years from the purchase date. Store owners make mistakes, and sometimes they sell hemp products that are due to expire within a short period of time. If the expiration date isn’t printed on the package for whatever reason, check the batch number on the packaging and contact the company to ask them when that particular batch is due to expire.
Tip #2: Only Buy as Much as You Need
It’s also wise to only buy as much CBD as you need, rather than stocking up on a ton of products that will last you well beyond two years. Inevitably, buying too much CBD means that you won’t be able to use it all up before it expires, which will result in a waste of money. Most CBD users buy as much as they’ll need for a month. This way, they’re always using up their CBD before it expires.
Tip #3: Store Your CBD Correctly
Another key factor is proper storage. Like we said earlier, due to the natural oxidization process of molecules found in CBD’s compounds, light and heat negatively impact the formula, causing it to expire sooner than the expiration date. So, avoid bright light and high heat when it comes to your CBD. If you can, store your CBD products in a place that maintains a dark and cool atmosphere such as a drawer, cabinet or closet. We urge you to avoid keeping your CBD in front of a bright, sunny window or in a car, especially during the summer months.
Avoid Low-Quality CBD Products
The best thing that you can do is make sure you only buy high-quality CBD products from reputable companies. Low-quality CBD is more likely to expire sooner for a couple of reasons. For one thing, low-quality CBD was likely extracted using a cheap extraction process that leads to a less stable end product. Additionally, low-quality CBD products can contain synthetic additives that aid in the breakdown of the molecules in hemp.
Use the Tips Above to Avoid Taking or Letting Your CBD Expire
While expired CBD isn’t necessarily dangerous to take, it probably won’t give you the strong hemp experience that you’re looking for due to the fact that its potency decreases with age. This means that it’s important to take your CBD products before the expiration date that’s printed on the packaging.