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What Drugs Shouldn’t Be Taken with CBD?

September 21st, 2020 by David Kranker

Drugs that shouldn't be taken with CBD

CBD, or cannabidiol, has become incredibly popular in recent years. After the production of industrial hemp was legalized in the United States, CBD products became readily available in big box stores and even local pharmacies. But how do you know that it is safe for you to take CBD?

CBD is one of many naturally occurring compounds — known as cannabinoids — found in the cannabis plant. Like anything else that you may ingest, CBD has the potential to interact with other medications, supplements and substances. That is why it is critical to consult with your doctor before adding anything new to your diet.

Research on how CBD interacts with particular drugs is still ongoing. A good rule of thumb when it comes to CBD is to avoid taking it if your medicine has a “grapefruit warning.” If your doctor does give the green light for you to use CBD, be sure to shop for high quality products through a trusted source — such as Green Wellness Life.

How CBD May Interact with Certain Drugs

When you ingest any substance, whether it is a prescription medication, street drug, supplement, over-the-counter medicine, or alcohol, your body must metabolize it. This is the process of breaking down the substance. Drug metabolism happens throughout the body, but primarily occurs in the liver.

Our body makes specific enzymes, cytochrome P450 (CYP450) that convert foreign substances so that they can be eliminated from the body. Certain medications or substances may affect CYP450, by slowing down or speeding up the metabolism of drugs. This can change how your body processes medications, supplements, and other substances.

CYP450 is a broader term for a group of enzymes responsible for metabolizing drugs and other substances. The enzyme CYP3A4 is responsible for metalizing several cannabinoids, including CBD. When CYP34A processes CBD, it may interfere with the enzyme’s ability to process other substances.

This is important because CYP34A is responsible for metabolizing approximately 60% of the medications that we take. When CBD inhibits the work of this enzyme, it may not be able to effectively metabolize other medications. Similarly, many medications inhibit CYP34A, making it more difficult for your body to process CBD.

The end result is that medications — or CBD — may not work in the way that they are supposed to, or produce the intended result. If the medication is metabolized too slowly, it may remain in your system for longer than it should, causing side effects. If it is metabolized too quickly, then it may not have a chance to work properly. This is known as a drug interaction.

Which Drugs May Interact with CBD?

Research is still ongoing on how CBD may affect certain drugs. Several studies on the interaction between certain epilepsy medications and CBD found that CBD may increase the levels of clobazam and desmethlyclobazam in patients’ bodies. If you are on any anti-epileptic medication, check with your doctor about whether it is safe to take CBD.

One method that you may use to avoid an interaction between CBD and your medications is to avoid CBD if your medicine has what is known as a “grapefruit warning.” Consuming grapefruit, grapefruit juice, and similar citrus fruits while taking certain medications can cause a higher concentration of those drugs in your system. This may lead to unwanted side effects, or even an overdose.

There are more than 85 drugs that are known to interact with grapefruit, pomelos, tangelos, and Seville oranges. The chemicals in these fruits are known to inhibit CYP34A, just as CBD does. For this reason, if you shouldn’t eat grapefruit while on a particular medicine, then you should also avoid CBD.

There are broad categories of drugs that are known to interact with grapefruit — and may also interact with CBD, including:

  • antibiotics
  • antimicrobials
  • blood thinners
  • medications that treat cancer
  • antihistamines
  • immunosuppressants
  • antiepileptic drugs (AEDs)
  • blood pressure medications
  • medications to lower cholesterol
  • corticosteroids
  • erectile dysfunction medicines
  • prostate medications
  • GI medications, such as to treat GERD or nausea
  • heart rhythm medications
  • mood medications, such as to treat anxiety, depression, or mood disorders
  • pain medications

If your medication falls into one of these classes, check the label or packaging for a grapefruit warning. Some specific medicines within these groups may not have a known negative interaction with grapefruit. If you have any questions, consult with your doctor.

Should I Take CBD?

CBD is considered to be safe, with few side effects. However, you should talk to your doctor first if you are considering trying CBD to alleviate symptoms of a condition or experience the overall general wellness benefits.

Your healthcare provider can help you determine if it is safe to take CBD in conjunction with your current medications. They may even order blood work to make sure that you are getting the proper levels of medication while taking CBD. Depending on their experience with CBD, your physician may also be able to suggest a particular product, serving size, or schedule for taking CBD.

If you are currently taking prescription or over-the-counter medications for any medical or mental health condition, do not stop taking them in order to try CBD. Consult with your doctor about using CBD, how it may interact with your medications, and only stop these medicines if your doctor says that it is safe to do so.

You may also ask your doctor about using topical CBD products, which typically do not enter the bloodstream. A CBD lotion, cream, or salve applied to an affected area may be a way to take advantage of the benefits of CBD without it affecting how your body processes your other medicines. Keep in mind that topical products that are designed to be transdermal, like some CBD patches, may still cause an interaction.

How to Buy CBD from a Trusted Source

If you have talked to your doctor about using CBD, and are confident that it will not negatively affect the medications that you take, you may be ready to take the next step. But with so many CBD products on the market, it can be hard to know where to start. We are here to help.

At Green Wellness Life, we only offer independently tested CBD products made from hemp grown in the United States. You can trust the quality of the CBD that we sell — and verify it yourself by reviewing test results. To learn more about CBD or for assistance with selecting a product that is right for you, reach out today at 888-772-7875, or email us at any time.

Tried & True CBD Products To Consider

While we are always here to help you select the right CBD product for you, we also wanted to include some of our favorite products for your consideration. If you’re new to CBD the sheer number of brands and types of products available can be overwhelming. We’ve selected a few favorites based on our own experiences and the experiences and feedback provided by our customers.

Papa & Barkley Releaf CBD Drops

Releaf CBD DropsPapa & Barkley’s Releaf CBD Drops combine the benefits of full spectrum CBD with a delicious lemongrass ginger flavor. The tincture is easy to take, which makes it great to work into a daily routine. The drops are also produced using a whole plant infusion process, which allows your body to metabolize the cannabinoids faster.

WYLD CBD Gummies

WYLD CBD GummiesWYLD CBD Gummies are delicious edibles designed for snackers. The gummies contain broad spectrum CBD combined with real fruit. There are no artificial flavors or coloring and the gummies come in two different flavors: lemon and raspberry. We’ve tried a lot of gummies and we feel WYLD gummies are hands down some of the best tasting CBD gummies available.

Endoca Hemp CBD Whipped Body Butter

Endoca’s whipped body butter adds a smooth, moisturizing texture to your skin. It’s great for targeted pain relief, workout recovery, burn relief, and relief from skin irritation or inflammation. The body butter may be able to help with acne, eczema, psoriasis, and a number of other skin-related conditions.

Social CBD Transdermal Patch

Social’s CBD Patch is a transdermal patch, which means it does get absorbed into the body. The patch is high-strength and comes in 20 and 60mg CBD options. CBD from the patch is released over 12 to 24 hours, which allows you to earn the calm and relaxing effects of CBD over a decent duration of time. It can provide targeted relief in the general area where it is applied.

For more product recommendations or to learn more about CBD and what it can do for you, do not hesitate to call 888-772-7875, press the live chat button, or fill out a contact form to speak with one of our CBD product experts.


Does CBD Oil Contain THC?

September 16th, 2020 by David Kranker

Does CBD Oil Contain THC

CBD has become incredibly popular in the United States in recent years. In 2018, the United States legalized the production of hemp. This led to an explosion of CBD products available online, in stores, and elsewhere.

CBD has been linked to a number of health and wellness benefits. While research in the field is still in its infancy, a number of scientific studies have found that taking CBD may help to alleviate anxiety, reduce pain and inflammation, and even boost sleep.

If you are interested in CBD for these or other reasons, you may be curious about what exactly CBD is — and whether it contains THC (the psychoactive component of marijuana). Read on to learn more about CBD, including how you can buy safe, high-quality products from a trusted source.

What Is CBD, and Where Does It Come From?

CBD is the name commonly used for cannabidiol. It is a natural compound known as a cannabinoid. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is another type of cannabinoid.

Both CBD and THC have beneficial properties. However, THC is psychoactive, which produces a feeling of being high. CBD doesn’t make you feel stoned or high.

CBD can be extracted from either the hemp or the cannabis plant. Cannabis is a genus of plants that has three species: indica, sativa, and ruderalis. Hemp is a sativa species, while cannabis can be any of the three species.

In the United States, the production of hemp is regulated by the federal government. By law, hemp can contain no more than 0.3% THC. As a result, CBD that is produced from industrial hemp grown in the U.S. does not have an intoxicating effect.

In some states, the production of cannabis is also legal. In these states, CBD may be extracted from cannabis. These CBD products may contain more than 0.3% THC, and may make you feel high, depending on the level of THC. On average, marijuana contains anywhere from 1 to 5% THC.

Does CBD Oil Have THC?

Some CBD oils may contain THC. Specifically, if you live in a state where cannabis is legal, you may be able to purchase CBD oil made from cannabis that has THC. Otherwise, when buying CBD products made from full spectrum (whole plant) hemp grown in the United States, there may be up to 0.3% THC.

When shopping for CBD products, you can specifically search for products that contain 0 THC. While the trace amounts of THC found in most CBD products (0.3% or less) won’t make you feel stoned, buying a THC-free product can guarantee that you won’t produce a false positive on a drug test. Zero THC products will be categorized as “isolate” or “broad spectrum” products.

Because CBD products are not regulated, products may be mislabeled. A 2017 study found that 42.85% of CBD products sold online contained greater amounts of CBD than advertised. That it is why it is crucial to only purchase CBD products that have been independently tested by a third party laboratory.

You can learn more about the THC content of a particular CBD oil by reviewing its certificate of analysis (COA). You can review these test results by going to the manufacturer’s website and entering the batch number into the COA search function. Among other things, the COA will tell you the THC content of a particular product. If you shop with Green Wellness Life, all of our product test results are available for review online and a link to them can be found on each product page.

Full Spectrum Vs. Broad Spectrum & Isolate

If you’ve researched CBD products, you’ve likely come across the terms full spectrum, broad spectrum, and isolate. These terms refer to which cannabinoids are included in the extract.

  • Full spectrum CBD includes all of the cannabinoids that are naturally occurring in the cannabis plant. This means that full spectrum CBD does include some THC.
  • Broad spectrum CBD includes all of the cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant except THC.
  • Isolate CBD products only include CBD.

If you’re looking for a product with no THC, you’ll want to look for a broad spectrum or full spectrum product.

Will I Test Positive for Marijuana If I Use CBD Oil?

Cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD, are stored in the body’s fat. For this reason, their presence may show up on a drug test several days or even weeks after you last used them.

Most standard drug tests look for chemicals related to THC — not CBD. These tests typically have a cut-off value so that trace amounts of THC will not trigger a positive test. There are some drug tests that are sensitive to CBD, however, so if you have concerns about being tested for the presence of CBD, you may want to avoid CBD products entirely.

CBD oil may still contain some amount of THC — up to 0.3% with products made from hemp, and potentially a higher amount for products made from cannabis. Very small amounts of THC found in CBD oil derived from industrial hemp should not result in a positive drug test. However, if you are worried about being drug tested, you may want to opt for a THC-free product.

To make sure that a CBD product does not contain THC — or that it only contains trace amounts — you can do several things.

  1. Read the product information to figure out if the CBD came from hemp or cannabis.
  2. Only buy products that are made from hemp grown in the United States.
  3. Look for broad spectrum or isolate CBD products.
  4. Review lab results from the manufacturer to verify the product’s contents.
  5. Don’t buy a CBD product if it was not independently tested, or if the company does not make the test results available for your review.
  6. Only shop for CBD from reliable sources.

Our CBD Product Recommendations

There are an overwhelming number of CBD products available on the market and it can be difficult to know where to start if you’re new to CBD. We’ve taken our own experiences and combined them with customer reviews to provide you with a list of CBD product recommendations by use.

Whether you’re looking for something that contains THC or something that does not contain THC, we’ve got you covered. Each of the products below is appropriately labeled. Full spectrum products contain THC, while broad spectrum and isolate products do not.

CBD For Pain

  1. Endoca Raw Hemp Oil Drops (Full Spectrum)
  2. Social CBD Transdermal Patch (Isolate)
  3. cbdMD CBD Freeze Roller (Broad Spectrum)

CBD For Recovery

  1. Medterra CBD Tincture (Isolate)
  2. Pure Ratios 96 Hour CBD Patch (Full Spectrum)
  3. Social Recover CBD Capsules (Isolate)

CBD For Self-Care

  1. Bluebird Botanicals CBD Lotion (Full Spectrum)
  2. Empower CBD Soaking Salts (Isolate)
  3. CBDfx CBD Face Mask (Broad Spectrum)

CBD For Stress

  1. Social CBD Drops (Isolate)
  2. Medterra CBD Calm Gummies (Isolate)
  3. Charlotte’s Web CBD Calm Gummies (Full Spectrum)

CBD For Mood

  1. Hemplucid Water Soluble CBD Tincture (Full Spectrum)
  2. cbdMD Bath Bombs (Broad Spectrum)
  3. Medterra CBD Capsules (Isolate)

Ready to Buy CBD? We’re Here to Help.

There are a number of benefits associated with CBD. If you’re interested in trying CBD, we are here to help. While we aren’t doctors and cannot diagnose or treat any condition, we can work with you to find a CBD product that meets your needs.

At Green Wellness Life, all of our products are made from industrial hemp grown in the United States. Each product that we sell has also been independently tested for content and quality. If you need help picking out a CBD product or simply want to learn more, call us at 888-772-7875 or get in touch via our online contact form.


Does CBD Oil Make You Hungry?

September 4th, 2020 by David Kranker

Does CBD Make You Hungry

If you’re considering CBD while also trying to lose weight, you may be concerned that CBD will make you eat more. Does CBD induce hunger? Cannabis is widely known for its appetite-boosting properties. Many people don’t realize that the plant family is comprised of hundreds of compounds, and not all of them are capable of inducing ‘the munchies’.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are the two most widely-studied compounds of the cannabis plant. While THC is known for its psychoactive effects, it is equally well-known for its ability to trigger hunger. Because CBD and THC are both popular cannabinoids, the two can sometimes be conflated.

How Does THC Trigger Appetite?

THC is directly responsible for stimulating appetite in the human body. It does so by binding and interacting with the CB1 receptors in the endocannabinoid system. In contrast to CB2 receptors (which are mostly found in the peripheral organs), CB1 receptors are concentrated in the brain and central nervous system.

The CB1 receptors play a large role in regulating hunger and appetite. In fact, they can be found in areas of the brain that influence the way we feel and perceive food. These areas include the hypothalamus and basal ganglia. The hypothalamus regulates appetite and controls the onset of sensations like hunger and thirst.The basal ganglia is the reward system of the brain and it creates the sensation of pleasure derived from eating.

In addition to interacting with CB1 receptors, THC also stimulates the production of a hormone known as ghrelin. Ghrelin is a hunger hormone that is released when the stomach is empty. When ghrelin is produced when the stomach isn’t empty, you can feel hungry even when you’re not.

It is through the above interactions that THC triggers appetite when introduced into the body. Unlike THC, CBD primarily interacts with the CB2 receptors and does not interact with the CB1 receptors the same way THC does. This means that CBD won’t get you high and also won’t lead to the feeling of having the munchies.

Does CBD Impact Appetite At All?

Studies surrounding CBD and appetite have yielded mixed results. In a study of 117 children being treated with CBD for epilepsy, 30% of parents reported a significant increase in their child’s appetite. Additionally, a review of 2,409 people who used CBD found that 6.35% of study participants experienced increased hunger as a side effect. On the other hand, a study of 23 children with Dravet syndrome being treated with CBD found that some children experienced increases in appetite while others experienced decreases. A 2012 study by the University of Reading also observed that cannabidiol could diminish food cravings by suppressing our body’s pleasure signals.

While CBD doesn’t induce the munchies, it does still interact with the endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for balancing many important functions. If your body is out of balance the result could be an overactive or underactive appetite, in which case, CBD could help to stimulate increases or decreases in appetite.

In fact, the endocannabinoid system has been found to be largely responsible for controlling gut functions. Maintaining gut health is incredibly important for overall health and well-being. The gut communicates directly with the brain and also influences the immune system, mood level, and more. When your gut is not healthy the following conditions could arise:

  • Brain fog
  • Weight gain
  • Digestive issues like bloating and cramps
  • Constipation
  • Loose bowel movements
  • Food allergies
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Feelings of exhaustion

CB1 and CB2 receptors help regulate inflammation in the gut. The endocannabinoid system also aids in helping the gut communicate with the brain. Thus CBD could help to improve gut health, which could indirectly result in healthy weight gain or healthy weight loss if appetite was out of balance.

Not All CBD Is Created Equal

It’s important to note that not all CBD is the same. If you’re interested in trying CBD, you’ll want to buy CBD products that are both legal and safe. Green Wellness Life was founded with the goal of being the most trusted CBD provider on the internet. All of our products are independently tested in third party labs to ensure there are no contaminants, the CBD levels listed on the product are accurate, and the THC level is below 0.3%. All of the lab results for each of our products are available on the site.

We aren’t healthcare professionals and cannot diagnose or treat any medical condition, but we can offer you the latest research on the science of CBD. Be sure to consult with your doctor before adding CBD or any supplement to your routine.

You can use our product finder to find the product that will best suit your needs. Our staff is more than happy to assist you in your search. You can contact us by calling (888) 772-7875 or by filling out a contact form.


Will CBD Make You Tired?

August 24th, 2020 by David Kranker

Will CBD Make You Tired?

Nearly 30% of all Americans suffer from some type of sleep disruption. Whether you have full-blown insomnia or simply struggle getting to sleep sometimes, you may have considered a range of options to treat your sleep issues. Unfortunately, many common treatments for sleep problems can have a sedative effect, leaving you groggy and drowsy the next day.

CBD is associated with getting a better night of sleep. Its sleep-promoting effects are likely due to its ability to relieve underlying conditions that cause sleep disruptions, like chronic pain and anxiety. CBD has very few side effects, and because it isn’t a sedative, it won’t make you tired during the day. In fact, studies have shown that CBD may actually make you more alert.

Whether you are considering CBD to help you sleep better or to help alleviate symptoms of another issue, you don’t have to worry that taking CBD will make you drowsy. While the science on CBD is still emerging, it shows remarkable promise in a number of areas — and won’t make you feel tired.

What Is CBD?

Cannabidiol — more commonly referred to as CBD — is one of the primary cannabinoids that is found in the cannabis plant. Cannabinoids are naturally occurring compounds that interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is responsible for helping our bodies maintain stability or balance (known as homeostasis).

Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is another cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. While THC has a number of health benefits, it also has a psychoactive effect and can make a person feel “high.” CBD is non psychoactive, so it won’t produce these same effects.

CBD is also legal in all 50 states, unlike THC. The 2018 Farm Bill legalized the production of industrial hemp in the United States. This hemp — and the products made from it — must contain no more than 0.3% THC to be legal.

Research on CBD and the ECS is still developing. Scientists have speculated that CBD may bind to receptors within the ECS, or that it may boost the presence of endocannabinoids in people who have a deficiency. Whatever the underlying mechanism of action may be, preliminary research has demonstrated that CBD has the potential to boost health and wellness in a number of ways.

Can CBD Help Me Sleep?

CBD may be useful in helping to combat insomnia, a sleep disorder that may make it hard to fall asleep, stay asleep, or both. Insomnia has a number of potential causes, including:

  • Stress
  • Acute pain
  • A traumatic event
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Chronic pain, such as from arthritis
  • Sleep apnea
  • Substance use
  • Diabetes

CBD may help with sleep by addressing the root cause of sleeplessness. For example, preliminary research suggests that CBD can help with anxiety and sleep issues. A 2019 study of 72 adults with anxiety and/or poor sleep found that the majority of patients experienced relief from both problems within the first month of taking CBD. Importantly, the study’s authors found that CBD has very few side effects, particularly in comparison to psychiatric drugs that are commonly used to address anxiety and sleep issues.

Other studies have found that CBD may:

CBD is not a sedative. Instead, it helps people who struggle with sleep by providing relief for the issue that is causing their insomnia.

Will CBD Make Me Drowsy During the Day?

Although taking CBD may help you fall asleep and stay asleep, it won’t cause grogginess during the day. That is because — unlike many prescription and over-the-counter medications — CBD does not produce a sedative effect. Instead, it appears to interact with the ECS to reduce the symptoms of physical and mental health conditions (like anxiety) that are known to interfere with sleep.

More significantly, CBD may actually promote wakefulness. According to a 2014 review, CBD may actually help to manage sleepiness. The authors found that CBD may increase alertness and may have therapeutic use for sleep disorders that cause excessive daytime sleepiness.

In 2017, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania found that low doses of CBD can have a stimulating effect, while higher doses can help individuals have a higher quality of sleep. When a person gets “better” sleep, they are less likely to be drowsy during the day.

Importantly, there is a significant difference between THC and CBD when it comes to both sleep and drowsiness. While THC may improve sleep during the short-term, it can have a sedative effect, leading to grogginess and drowsiness during the day.

In contrast, CBD won’t make you tired during the day — and may even make you more alert. By allowing you to get a full night of high-quality sleep, you are less likely to be drowsy during the day when you take CBD. You may also find that you are more wakeful when taking CBD.

Considering CBD? We’re Here to Help.

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who struggle with sleep, CBD can help you get a good night of sleep by easing symptoms of the condition(s) that are interfering with your rest. Taking CBD won’t make you tired during the day. In low amounts, CBD may actually make you more alert.

Green Wellness Life offers a full range of high quality CBD products, each of which has been independently tested. We aren’t healthcare professionals and cannot diagnose or treat any medical condition, but we can offer you the latest research on the science of CBD. Be sure to consult with your doctor before adding CBD or any supplement to your routine.

If you’re interested in trying CBD, use our product finder to find an edible, tincture, oil, or topical that works for your needs. We’re also available to answer your questions via telephone, (888) 772-7875, or by email.


Does CBD Oil Go Bad?

July 13th, 2020 by David Kranker

Does CBD Oil Go Bad?

As consumers, we are used to checking expiration dates on food, medicine, and even products like sunscreen. We know that many products can spoil at some point, whether that means that your milk has curdled, your bread has gone moldy, or you get a bad sunburn from expired sunscreen. The same is true for products like CBD oil.

Like many other products, CBD oil has a shelf life of between 1 and 2 years. The longevity of CBD oil is based on the quality of the product, how it is packaged, and how it is stored. While expired CBD oil is unlikely to make you sick, it may be less effective.

If you are in the market for CBD oil, it is important to understand what it is, how it is made, and how to take care of it in order to extend its shelf life. Below, we outline what you need to know about how to use CBD oil — and when you should toss it.

What Is CBD Oil?

CBD — or cannabidiol — is a naturally-occurring compound found in the cannabis plant. It is a type of cannabinoid that may interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is responsible for maintaining homeostasis, or balance, in the human body. Another well-known cannabinoid, THC, is also found in cannabis. However, unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive and will not cause a sensation of getting high.

CBD oil is made by extracting the CBD itself from the cannabis plant. The CBD is then diluted with a carrier oil, such as coconut, olive, or hemp oil. CBD oils are taken by placing the oil under the tongue with a dropper.

CBD oil, like other CBD products, is becoming popular in the wellness communities due to preliminary research that indicates that it may promote health. Recent studies have found that CBD oil may:

While more research is needed to determine exactly how CBD may benefit these and other conditions, initial studies show promise for the use of CBD oil.

Does CBD Oil Expire?

If you have decided to purchase CBD oil, you may have questions about whether it will go bad — particularly if you decide to buy a bigger bottle of capsules, a larger tincture, or a higher quantity of CBD products. Every CBD product has an expiration or “best by” date. In most cases, the shelf life of CBD oil is 1 to 2 years.

There are several factors that impact the shelf life of CBD oil. First, and perhaps most importantly, the quality of the product will affect its longevity. Quality is determined by how the CBD was extracted, the type of carrier oil used, and whether any other ingredients (such as flavorings) were added to the oil.

There are several types of extraction methods that may be used to extract CBD from the plant material. If lower cost methods are used, such as solvents, there may be some impurities in the finished product that cause the CBD oil to degrade more quickly. The CO2 extraction method is the gold standard for CBD, allowing the compounds to remain stable and extending the shelf life.

The type of carrier oil used and any other additives will also affect the longevity of the CBD oil. Generally, the shelf life of the finished product will depend on when the individual components expire. If an additive (such as flavoring) has a shelf life of 1 year, then the product as a whole would expire in 1 year.

The second factor that affects the shelf life of CBD is packaging. Even the highest quality CBD oil will degrade more quickly if it is put in packaging that does not protect it. Tinctures are best sold in blue or amber dropper bottles; the colored bottles protect the product from exposure to heat, light and air, all of which contribute to the breakdown of cannabinoids.

Third, the way that you store your CBD oil will affect its shelf life. Exposure to heat, light and air can cause your CBD oil to go bad more quickly. Properly store your CBD oil by keeping it away from light and heat — such as in the refrigerator — and making sure to close the lid tightly after each use.

Because CBD oil can go bad, particularly if it isn’t stored properly, it is important to only buy as much as you need. You may be tempted to buy a large quantity to take advantage of a deal. However, unless you know that you will regularly use the product and consume it all within 1 to 2 years of purchase, it is best to buy smaller quantities more often.

Is My CBD Oil Safe to Use?

If your CBD oil is past its expiration or “best by” date, you may wonder if it is still safe to consume. Consuming expired CBD oil will generally not make you sick. However, CBD oil that is past its expiration date may be less potent and effective.

Of course, the expiration date is not the only way to determine if a product is safe to use. Before ingesting any product or supplement, particularly one past its expiration date, take a few moments to examine it.

The texture and color of the product may indicate that your CBD oil has gone bad. For example, if your CBD oil is murky or has changed color, the compounds may have broken down or the oil may have separated from the compounds. However, if you store your CBD oil in the refrigerator, it may be thicker and appear to be murky when it is still chilled. Allow your oil to come to room temperature before making a decision about whether to use it.

The smell and taste of your oil may also indicate that it has gone bad. If your CBD oil smells rancid or tastes much worse than usual, it probably has gone bad. In this situation, you should toss the oil and purchase a new product.

Buying High Quality CBD Oil

If you have done the research and decided that CBD oil is right for you, the next step is to choose a product that meets your standards for quality and safety. At Green Wellness Life, we offer a full array of CBD products, including an extensive line of CBD oils, that are designed to meet your needs. All of our products are independently tested for quality and purity, and are made from American-grown hemp.

While we are not medical professionals and cannot diagnose or treat any condition, we can offer you the latest research on CBD, as well as our own insights on the best CBD products. If you have questions about CBD or need help finding a product, you can call us at 1-888-772-7875 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, or email us at any time.


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