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Does CBD Expire?

Published February 8, 2021

A common question consumers have about hemp products is whether or not they expire. If you have wondered this, rest assured, this article will teach you how to extend the lifespan of your products, as well as identifying if they should be tossed or saved.

Does CBD Expire?

cbd flower in a jarCannabinoids do not expire, but the quality and effectiveness will deteriorate over time, which is why you should know how long you expect to use your products.

Hemp-infused baked goods and gummies can maintain their flavor, potency, and taste if stored correctly. But hemp flower can lose this far quicker, which means if you want the ideal experience, it is best to use it sooner rather than later.

CBD Flower

CBD flower is one of the easiest products to diminish. But it offers a different experience than other consumption methods, which is why it continues to be favored by so many.

Although it’s a bit of a challenge to conserve it, additional measures can be taken to keep it from degrading as quickly.

The best way to prolong its quality is by storing it in a cool, dry place away from sunlight, inside a glass container. This combination will keep the oxygen and light from turning it brittle and dry while also keeping your house odor-free.

If you notice that your flower starts to change color and lose its scent, it is probably not as strong or flavorful as it once was.

CBD Tinctures

cbd tincture dropper in mouth

CBD tinctures can last for a while, but they should be replaced after being on the shelf for a year. 


Like olive oil or any other oil you have in your home, it should be placed in a cool, dark location. After a few months, you might need to adjust the amount you consume because it can lose its strength after being stored for an extended period. 


If the oil starts to thicken or has an unpleasant flavor, it likely has expired and should be thrown away.

Edibles and Crumbles

Edibles are relatively easy to figure out if they are spoiled or not.

From looking at the color, smell, and taste, you can determine if the product has reached its limit.

Fortunately, gummies can survive longer without losing too much flavor and strength. But to preserve it, you need to store it in airtight containers, followed by a similar environment as suggested in previous sections.

For baked goods, they can spoil faster, so keep them off the shelves and in a refrigerator or freezer. To learn more about freezing edibles, check out this in-depth guide on storage methods that extend the life of your products. 

Key Factors of How Long CBD Products Last

Each CBD product has its own shelf-life. But some other factors can play a large role in its effectiveness, taste, and expiration.

  • Quality of product
  • Packaging
  • Ingredients

It’s no surprise that higher-quality products last longer. Why? Because the  manufacturer uses top-notch ingredients and premium hemp flower, low-quality CBD will leave you with a poor product that degrades much faster.

Shopping from manufacturers like Hometown Hero will ensure that the ingredients and the extraction method used will not negatively affect the quality or shelf-life. In addition to this, our products come in durable and child-resistant packaging.

If you plan on using your product longer than a week, we recommend transporting into an airtight container for future use.

How to Tell If CBD Gone Bad

Not all hemp products come with an expiration date, and if yours doesn’t, it can be difficult to decide whether it has gone bad or not.

While there isn’t an exact science as to when a product has reached its shelf-life, there are some indicators to look for:

  • Smell 
  • Color
  • Texture
  • Taste

It is not uncommon to have edibles stale over time, but that doesn’t mean it is spoiled.

But if your products start to have an off-putting smell, change in color, weird texture, or an unenjoyable taste, throw it out.

Can Old Or Bad CBD Make You Sick? 

Expired CBD is not likely to make you sick, depending on the kind of product. If it is a tincture or gummies, then chances are, it has lost its effectiveness, but beyond that, they shouldn’t have any major negative effect. However, the  best thing to do is to throw it out when you’re in doubt.

However, baked goods that have begun to mold may cause you to become ill. For best results, avoid using products that have shown any of the signs above. 

Storage Tips for CBD Products

When it comes to preserving the strength and freshness of CBD oil, edibles, and hemp flower, it has to be stored appropriately.

Taking the extra time to place it in the correct environment will protect it from being wasted.

Some tips for extending the life of your hemp products:

  • Keep it at a stable temperature. Ideally, around 60 to 70°F (16 to 21°C)
  • Store it away from sunlight, such as in a drawer, pantry, or closet
  • Don’t travel with products unless you have to
  • Store your edibles in the fridge or freezer if you are using them sporadically
  • Do not put your hemp flower in the fridge. Instead, store it in an airtight glass container in a closet or cabinet

Our CBD Products

blueberry cbd gummies

Every product we make is designed to last, and to do this—it starts with the quality of the ingredients we use.


We don’t believe in taking short-cuts, which is why our products are made with American-grown hemp and are lab-certified with a certificate of analysis (COA) to showcase the cannabinoid profile and results for safety.


Our online store is filled with an array of hemp products to choose from, but if you like CBD, we have the perfect product—Select Spectrum.


Select Spectrum isn’t entirely a CBD product. However, it contains a 1:1 ratio of CBD to hemp-derived Delta-9 that allows you to experience the entourage effect.


But if edibles aren’t your cup of tea, you can purchase high-quality CBD flower and shake.


Whichever item you choose, you will find when you shop with us—the opportunities are endless.

Final Thoughts

Choosing a product that is made with quality is the first step of having your CBD last. The next part is storing the items correctly and in a stable environment. Without doing this, your merchandise will expire, and it will consequently hurt your wallet.

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