So, CBD has made its way into your life—it has become a part of your daily regime. But how do you ensure that your CBD maintains its integrity, and remains usable for as long as possible?
Storing CBD isn’t hard, but there are three main elements you need to consider; if you do, your CBD will get the most out of its shelf life. The three factors are temperature, light, and air. We’ll examine each in turn, and discuss how you can protect your CBD from their worst ravages.
Before we get into how temperature affects the breakdown of CBD, we need to know a bit more about how CBD breaks down. CBD breaks down when the bonds holding the molecule together degrade, producing other molecules.
High temperatures are one factor that can break down those important molecular bonds. CBD should always be stored at temperatures under 21°C. Refrigeration is even better. For long-term storage, freezing isn’t a bad idea, though you, of course, won’t want to be freezing and unfreezing CBD you plan to use regularly.
To understand how light affects CBD, we need to know a bit about how light works. Visible light represents a narrow band of rays on the electromagnetic spectrum; these waves are around us all the time, and there’s only a certain band of them that we can see. Sunlight is full of visible light, but it also contains rays that fall to either side of the visible spectrum: infrared rays, and UV rays.
UV rays are high-intensity rays past the violet end of the visible spectrum (thus their name: “ultraviolet”) and are known for their destabilising effect on organic molecules. They’re what cause the negative effects of sun damage, and they’re responsible for much of the breakdown of CBD molecules over time. To protect your CBD from their devastation, make sure to store it in an area that is dark, such as a cupboard or fridge when closed.
Air contains a complex composition of molecules that can react with your CBD: nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide, and argon. Oxygen is the one that offers the most problems here. Oxygen can react with CBD in what’s called oxidation reactions, causing your CBD to break down much faster than if it were sealed up. Do your CBD a favour and make sure it remains in an airtight container.
Where to store your CBD products will vary depending on what kind of product you have. We’ll go through some varieties, and cross-reference them with common storage options.
• CBD oil
You’ll want to store good old-fashioned CBD oil in a cold or cool place, protected from UV rays, with little exposure to air. If it’s meant to last for more than a few weeks, it should be refrigerated when not in use.
• CBD capsules
CBD capsules are similar to oil, with a few key differences: unlike loose oil, capsules have a layer of protection against the elements, especially air.
That being said, the protective layer of capsules can lead manufacturers to get complacent. Many capsules can still be exposed to the elements when bought. If you’d like to extend the shelf-life of your capsules, ensure they are held within a secure, lightproof container. Capsules can usually be stored at room temperature on shelves or in drawers and cupboards.
• Liquid supplements: CBD with vitamins, melatonin, etc.
Liquid supplements that contain CBD with additional ingredients should be stored in a cool, dark place in airtight, UV-protected containers; and to be safe, you should refrigerate.
• CBD creams
Most CBD creams will come in packaging designed for proper storage. Still, they should be stored somewhere cool, dark, and dry to keep the components at their best.
If you follow the above guidelines and principles for storing CBD, your beloved cannabinoid should remain fresh and potent for as long as you need it. Just keep in mind: temperature, light, and air, and you’ll be fine!