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Does CBD Oil Have an Expiration Date?

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CBD oil is considered heaven-sent to most people. Apart from helping treat and alleviate chronic pain and other health conditions, this miracle oil of sorts is said to provide other numerous benefits to users. With this product gaining popularity and momentum in different parts of the globe, many individuals are stockpiling cannabidiol in their homes. There are many resources such as this free CBD reference ebook that are popping up to help anyone who wants to learn more about this wonderful compound.

While many individuals get excited over new products and releases in the market, this leaves buyers wondering just how long they can prolong their cannabidiol oil products and if these really do expire. After all, these aren’t the cheapest options on the market, with potency and brand name being one of the purveyors of higher price tags these days.

For those who have recently gotten into the groove of purchasing CBD, you may be interested in reading more about the shelf life and expiration date of these items. Not only will you learn more about the proper storage methods, but also how the quality of oils, process, and packaging also come into play in preserving the lifespan of these products.

CBD Oil – What is It and What Does it Do?

Cannabidiol, or CBD for short, is a type of chemical compound called cannabinoid derived from the cannabis plant. Extracted from the cannabis plant, this is filled with terpenes, carrier oils, and natural cannabinoids coming to play in the mix. Making CBD oil is done by mixing the extract with carrier oils.

Unlike other cannabis or marijuana sources, cannabidiol products do not induce psychotic effects or that unwanted high in users. This is because it does not contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound responsible for intoxication.

This product commonly used for managing anxiety and depression, as well as treating chronic pain. It has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties that help relieve pain and reduce stress. It is also used in treating neurological disorders such as epilepsy and multiple sclerosis.

The Shelf Life of CBD Oil – Does it Expire?

As with other types of oils, you should know that cannabidiol does go bad. It has an expiration date of 12 to 24 months or 1 to 2 years. Beyond this, the product can lose its potency, flavor, and quality. At times, such oil-based products can even turn rancid.

Cannabidiol extract is potent in itself. When mixed with other ingredients, such as carrier oils like that of coconut oil or hemp oil, the risk of degradation lies not with the cannabidiol extract, but with the carrier oils or the base liquid itself.

The quality of the plants the extracts were derived from, however, should not be easily dismissed, especially when this plays a significant role in affecting the overall shelf life of the product. Those that are extracted from high-quality and hemp and grown in ample conditions are said to last longer than those using industrial hemp.

The packaging should also be in dark or colored bottles to protect the product against heat, air, and light, all of which work to break down the product over time. Lastly, your way of storing also affects the product’s shelf life, so, to ensure that your beloved CBD oil stays potent as possible, keep this away from sunlight.

Proper Storage to Prolong CBD Oil’s Shelf Life

Storing these goods are easy. To help prolong its shelf life and avoid carrier ingredients and oils from going rancid, make sure to store these in a cool, dry place. Don’t place it in a sunny corner of your room or a hot space in your kitchen.

What most people do these days is storing their CBD products on their bedside table or in their pantry – all away from sunlight or direct (or indirect) heat.

The Bottom Line

Now that you know that CBD oil expires, you can take extra precautions to help prolong its life. Who knows, with these simple tricks, you might just be able to extend its freshness and potency for around two years – that is, if you don’t finish it before that.

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Is It Safe to Use CBD While Pregnant?

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The use of CBD oil has been all the rage in recent years, thanks to its treatment and relief from a number of ailments including stress and pain. From lotions to beauty treatments, CBD therapeutic products are popping up everywhere. So it’s no surprise that pregnant mamas might reach for a CBD salve to help alleviate any of their uncomfortable pregnancy symptoms, like anxiety, nausea and sore feet.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid in the family of cannabinoids that can be found in marijuana.  Unlike THC — which is marijuana’s most active ingredient that leaves you feeling high — CBD is touted for its medicinal usage without leaving you feeling buzzed. “It is the sister that stays home and cleans the house, while the THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid, is the life of the party,” Dr. Mary Clifton, M.D., an NYC-based CBD and Cannabis expert, tells SheKnows.

Why Pregnant Women Might Want to Try it

“While there are pharmaceutical treatments for all these ailments, many health-conscious women want to use more natural treatments wherever possible. As a plant-based supplement, an increasing number of pregnant women are interested in CBD products,” Dr. Cheryl Bugailiskis, Cannabis Specialist at Heally, tells SheKnows.

The reasons are valid.

Clinical research has shown that CBD has demonstrated to relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety as well as insomnia.

However, says Bugailiskis, the use of CBD during pregnancy remains “controversial.”

Why it’s controversial

“The FDA released a warning in October 2019 cautioning against the use of cannabis products, including CBD, while pregnant,” says Bugailiskis. “While CBD research remains limited at this time, some animal studies have shown impairment of fetuses when CBD was used. Lack of regulation of CBD products is also a concern – while reputable providers offer quality products, less scrupulous ones have been found to sell products contaminated with harmful chemicals.”

According to Dr. Sarah Melancon, Ph.D, a sociologist and clinical sexologist, who has done extensive research on CBD, sexuality and pregnancy, CBD increases the signaling of the cannabinoid anandamide (AEA), and, as a result, has a dose-dependent effect on aspects related to reproduction, “which is cause for concern,” she says. Melancon says high levels of AEA are associated with miscarriage in humans, particularly in the first trimester. “On the other hand, low levels of AEA help with implantation and placenta development,” she says. “AEA levels stay low during pregnancy, rising during the third trimester of pregnancy 2-4x and are connected with labor onset.” According to Melancon women with preterm labor/birth have higher levels of AEA, and even among premature births, “those with the highest levels of AEA delivered fastest.”

Since CBD can elevate AEA levels, Melancon says using CBD during pregnancy has the potential to cause miscarriage in the first trimester, as well as increased risk of preterm labor and birth.

“This is especially concerning, because many women may be using CBD before they know they are pregnant, which may be contributing to miscarriages,” she says. “More research is needed, but at present a better-safe-than-sorry approach is warranted.”

Studies that are available regarding CBD and pregnancy include women who have chosen to use cannabis during their pregnancies. These studies “support that the use of cannabinoids result in intrauterine growth retardation  — stunting the growth of the unborn baby,” says Clifton.

“At this point, studies suggest that there is not only risk to the growth to the fetus in general, but also that early exposure to cannabinoids may impact the developing brain,” she says. “Pregnant women should avoid the use of cannabinoid formulations.” While the research on CBD has remained limited, according to Clifton, the studies done “are consistent that the growth of the baby is affected.”

What can pregnant women use instead?

“There are a number of things that stimulate and balance the tone of encodcannabinoid system (ECS),” says Clifton. “Pinene, for example, from pine trees or more commonly pine nuts or basil, is excellent for the ECS. Limonene from lemons and other citrus is also delicious and helpful.  Beta Caryophyllene and the extracts from black pepper support the tone of the ECS marvelously.” She recommends talking with your essential oils expert — as well as those at Boomer Natural Wellness — since they carry products “that support ECS tone without exposure to cannabinoids.”

Looking for something completely natural and safe? Bugailiski says that “many women swear by ginger tea or candies to alleviate nausea. Some herbal teas and natural supplements can help with insomnia, and therapy is always an excellent option for dealing with depression or anxiety.”

A version of this story was published March 2020.

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How CBD Can Help You Cope with the Pandemic

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Here’s How to Use CBD Safely Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

While the current pandemic has caused many businesses, both small and large, to shut down, CBD products have received an unusually large amount of attention and an increase in sales volume. Although still not fully mainstream, CBD is growing increasingly popular during these difficult times as a coping method for many people.

There is a multitude of reasons behind stress during the Covid-19 pandemic, ranging from potential health problems to business shutdowns and job layoffs. Families are divided, businesses are struggling, and the public is living in fear as a whole. With the increase in anxiety, stress, and other mental health issues, CBD has become a focal point in their management. Even other areas of the world such as CBD Oil Costa Rica are taking leaps into the CBD realm to cope with the pandemic.

CBD and Stress

First, it is important that we clear some things up. CBD does not relieve stress and anxiety the way that THC in Cannabis, commonly known as Marijuana, does. CBD does not create a high feeling and does not have any psychoactive effects. CBD works by interacting with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in your body. Cortisol is known as the stress hormone. Increased levels of Cortisol can lead to stress, anxiety, and other mental health issues. CBD works by lowering the levels of Cortisol in your blood, thus reducing the effects that stress is having on your brain and body.

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CBD has also been proven to increase the production of Serotonin in the brain, which works hand in hand with the lowering of Cortisol. CBD eases anxiety and creates a more relaxed state of mind, which is especially important in the current situation.

Surprisingly, a group that has particularly benefited from incorporating CBD into their daily routine has proven to be students, both high school and college. Northwestern University has reported that the trend of their students using CBD to manage the stress associated with their college workload has significantly increased during the course of the pandemic. The uncertainty of the job market post-graduation in combination with the stress of virtual learning is driving students to find alternatives to stress and anxiety management other than medication.

CBD and Health

Health is a trending topic during the pandemic, as expected more people are searching for ways to not only boost their immunity but also treat their current conditions in a more natural and safer way that does not compromise their immune system. CBD has become the go-to choice for many people struggling with epilepsy, due to its anti-convulsant properties, as well as those struggling with illnesses that are caused by the inflammation of the body, such as IBS and arthritis. CBD lowers inflammation in the body and affects your brain receptors that are responsible for managing pain. It is a great option for those that are struggling with chronic pain or migraines. There have not been many negative side-effects reported as a result of the use of CBD, although more studies are being conducted to ensure the safety of the treatment.

CBD has become even more popular during the course of the pandemic as it is a safe and effective way to help you deal with the increased stress while also working to manage ongoing conditions you may be suffering with. CBD is a natural option for those that have trouble dealing with the pressures that the Covid-19 pandemic creates.

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5 Common CBD Vaping Mistakes

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CBD Vaping Mistakes

Vaping is one of the most preferred ways to consume CBD. However, if you’re a beginner, there will be a tendency to commit one or a few of these CBD Vaping mistakes. Watch this video to have a better idea of how to vape CBD in the proper way.

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