Does CBD Oil Expire?

This article has been reviewed and approved for accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Holman, a certified orthopaedic surgeon with more than 30 years of experience and dedication for helping patients with holistic treatments.

Much like when you think about the condiments in the back of your refrigerator, you may be wondering whether the CBD oil you bought years ago is still safe to ingest. For those who like to savor their oils, elixirs, and tinctures and those who have simply forgotten them in the back of a drawer, the same question applies: Does CBD oil expire? And what happens if it goes bad? 

So, does CBD oil expire?

All good things must come to an end, and CBD oil is no exception. Just like any other supplement, CBD oil does expire. Most CBD products have a shelf life of a year or two. Name-brand, high-quality CBD products, like coconut oils, may have an expiry date printed on the packaging or label if it’s necessary. CBD oil shelf life depends on factors such as the ingredients, processes, and storage.


The number one factor impacting the shelf life of your CBD product is its ingredients. CBD gummies, for example, may expire sooner than a topical gel. Mold and other contaminants may also be present in low-quality CBD oils that haven’t been thoroughly tested.


The safest and cleanest extraction method for CBD uses CO2, but some manufacturers may use alcohol or butane, which can leave a trace. This can affect the shelf life of your product.


Like most food products, CBD oil should be stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. This may prevent it from spoiling early.

What is the shelf life of Ojai Energetics products? 

How long does a bottle of CBD oil last? Around a year or two. How long does a bottle of Ojai Energetics Full Spectrum Hemp Elixir last? Many of our customers use a bottle a month for optimal endocannabinoid system health. 

Suggestions aside, a bottle of our elixir has a shelf life of one year opened and two years unopened—refrigeration optional. Shortly after this period, the elixir won’t spoil, but it will lose some of its potency.

It’s much the same for Ojai Energetics Sports Gel, which has a shelf life of two years but is perfectly safe to use after this period.

Our CBD Coconut Oil has an expiration date listed on the product via a label or stamp.

Can CBD oil go bad?

Unlike milk or cooking oils, properly preserved CBD oil won’t turn rancid. But how long does CBD oil stay good? The cannabinoids within it break down after a roughly two-year time span, but the oil will likely appear the same as it did the day you bought it. A few customers have noted a gelling effect after not using our full-spectrum elixir for an extended time, but this isn’t anything to worry about.

The shelf life of CBD oil tells you how long it will keep its advertised potency. As mentioned, expiry dates may differ between products, and a CBD tincture shelf life may be less than a CO2-extracted, oil-based hemp product. Basically, an older bottle is less capable of delivering any potential therapeutic effects than something fresh.

How do I know if CBD oil has gone bad?

If you can’t remember how long ago you purchased your product, you may be relieved to discover there are a few primary indicators of expired CBD oil.

You’re not feeling the CBD effects

There are multiple bell curves of optimal dosage – please see our dosage guide to get better info but a higher dosage can be less effective than a lower dosage. Also if you are going through more oxidative stress for whatever reason- your body may need more CBD than normal. 

Will expired oil make me sick?

It’s very unlikely that a product that has passed its expiration date will make you sick, especially since you’re only taking small doses at a time. Still, there’s no point in taking something that doesn’t deliver any desired effects. Use your own judgment and proceed with caution.

Does CBD oil need to be refrigerated? 

While we’re not advocating against keeping CBD oil in the fridge—and there’s certainly no harm—Ojai Energetics products do not have to be refrigerated. The only reason refrigeration would be necessary is in the unlikely scenario that there are no other cool and dry storage areas in your home.

How can I store CBD oil to make it last longer?

Whether you’re an infrequent CBD user or you buy in bulk to avoid shipping expenses, you’ll want to keep your CBD oil in a cool, dry place away from sunlight. This is because heat can accelerate the breakdown of active cannabinoids and terpenes, reducing the effectiveness of your oil. A drawer or cupboard is your best option, but a shelf or handbag may also be suitable.

What should I do if my CBD oil has expired?

The safest and most effective option is to simply purchase new CBD oil. Before you repurchase the same product, consider why you let your oil expire in the first place. Did you feel it wasn’t working? Was it not working fast enough? 

Here at Ojai Energetics, we stand out from the crowd with our patented water-soluble technology. We’ve developed one of the fastest-acting CBD oils on the market, helping users feel the benefits in 30 seconds, not 30 minutes. Our incredibly bioavailable full-spectrum range also delivers the desired effects with a lower dosage than other commercially available products. So if you’re in the market for a new CBD oil, give Ojai Energetics a try!