Does CBG Oil Expire? Average Shelf Life and How to Extend
CBG oil is a cannabis compound that has recently gained staggering amounts of attention after Dr. Sanjay Gupta spoke about this compound on the CNN show “Weed 2”. CBG stands for cannabigerol, and it’s just one of 60+ compounds found in the cannabis plant.
The reason why this has gotten so much buzz lately is that it contains powerful anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and immuno-modulating properties. Gupta said that research showed that CBG oil might be effective as a cancer preventative, as well as being able to treat cases of childhood epilepsy that have not responded to traditional medicine.
This is manufactured in the same way as other cannabis oils. The main difference is that it isn’t extracted via CO2, but instead with ethanol or pentane (a liquid petroleum product). It’s made by extracting cannabis plants using these flammable solvents, which are then evaporated until only the essential cannabis compounds remain.
How long does CBG last?
The short answer is that CBG doesn’t really expire, but will slowly degrade in quality over time. After a certain period of time, the CBG will lose potency and its cannabinoids may start to break down.
How long can you store oil?
As for how long does CBG oil lasts in your possession, the answer is about 2 years from the day it was manufactured. It’s been observed that even after 2 years, CBG retains much of its cannabinoid content, so buyer beware. The degradation of quality occurs very slowly over time, so there’s no need to be concerned unless your CBG gives off a strange smell or consistency. If this happens upon opening it up, then being extra cautious is recommended.
CBG oil that has been manufactured for medical purposes doesn’t expire, since it was never meant to be consumed in the first place. This is why CBG will not state an expiration date on the label.
How to store your CBG oil?
Storage is very important when it comes to cannabis goods, both medicinal and recreational. If you want your oil’s cannabinoids to stay in their purest form for as long as possible, then there are simple storage tips you should follow. First of all, avoid exposing the oil to air for extended amounts of time because this will cause oxidation (the breaking down of organic molecules). It’s also best to keep the temperature low when storing cannabis products if they’re not refrigerated, as higher temperatures will speed up the degradation process.
The best way to store oil is to take and place it into an airtight container with a screw cap. Then place this very small container inside a larger glass jar that contains other, already opened cannabis products. This helps keep out unwanted chemicals that may sneak in when you least expect it. After filling up your larger jar with months’ worth of concentrated oil, just put the lid on tight and store all of these goods in your coolest dark cabinet.
Don’t worry about expired because if stored correctly, cannabinoids don’t expire. However over time, cannabinoids will slowly break down, so be sure not to stock up so much that you have more oil than you can use before it starts degrading.
Can I freeze my CBG oil?
The short answer is yes. If your CBG has been exposed to air for a long period of time and begins to smell or look different from when it was manufactured, then this would be a good idea because freezing the cannabinoid profile in its purest form will preserve THC levels which is beneficial in activating patient’s endocannabinoid systems more easily.
How to use CBG after the expiration date?
If you find yourself with some CBG oil that is passed its expiration date, there’s no need for concern if it doesn’t change color and/or consistency. CBD oil never actually expires; it just loses potency over time. If your CBG oil has turned into a dark amber-golden color or smells off, then don’t use it and throw it out because this means that whatever cannabinoids were inside have broken down and can cause some damage to your body. However, there is no way of knowing when exactly the cannabinoid profile started breaking down, so be diligent about how much you open up at one time.
Does smoking expire CBG oil make you high?
No, there is a negligible amount of THC in CBG oil and it’s not enough to get you high. CBG oil is different than other cannabinoids because it doesn’t contain phytocannabinoids like THC or CBD that are psychoactive, so expired CBG will not give you the same effect as it did when manufactured. It just contains CBG, CBN, CBC, and some minor amounts of acidic cannabinoids which may only activate the endocannabinoid system slightly at this time.