How to Properly Store Your CBD Oil (and other CBD products)


Whether you’ve used CBD for years or are just beginning to discover some of the many benefits it contains. 

It’s important to know that properly storing your CBD oil products will help you keep reaping the benefits of this non-psychoactive cannabinoid.

Properly storing your CBD products not only helps preserve their potency, but also the vital cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and other elements that make CBD such a sought-out wellness product. 

3 Things to Keep in Mind When You Want to Properly Store Your CBD Oil

Knowing how to best store your CBD oil will ensure you’re getting the best results when taking it.

1. Keep CBD Out of Direct Light

Prevent cbd from contacting direct sunlight

The most optimal to keep your CBD oil and other products is in a place that’s dark, dry, and cool. Cannabinoids like CBD last the longest in cold conditions.

A pantry is a common place to store CBD products. 

The refrigerator is another great location to keep your CBD since it’s even cooler. 

If you do decide to store your CBD oil in the fridge and find it becomes too thick to dispense from the dropper, simply run the bottle under warm water and you’ll be good to go.

If you’re using your CBD every day, avoid putting your CBD oil and other products in the freezer. 

Although CBD products will last the longest in your freezer since it’s the coldest place in your home, it won’t be convenient to have to thaw your CBD every day when it’s time to use it. 

Keep the freezer option for long-term storage of your CBD.

What you want to avoid is putting CBD oil, capsules, and other products in direct sunlight (like on a counter near a sunny window), as doing so can cause your CBD to degrade.


2. Keep Your Products Away from Heat Exposure

Heat is another way to ruin your stash of CBD, which is why it’s vital you keep your CBD products away from exposure to extreme heat. 

Keep it out of cupboards near appliances that give off heat and out of the direct heat (and light) of the sun.

If you live in a hotter climate, the best place to store CBD is in the refrigerator (especially if you don’t have AC).

Basically, you want to keep your CBD in the coldest conditions you can while still making it easy for you to use your CBD. 

That’s why the fridge is one of the best options.

3. Prevent Exposure to Air

Similar to light and heat, air can degrade your CBD. Most CBD products come in air tight containers (like a supplement bottle or oral applicator) that are designed specifically to prevent exposure to air. 

Your best bet is to keep your CBD oil and other products in the same packaging they came in for quality assurance. 

After each use, make sure that you’ve tightly sealed the packaging so as not to let any air in.

Final Thoughts

Storage of CBDs

When you know how to properly store your CBD, it will typically last up to one year. If you’re already using CBD on the reg, though, this isn’t something you should have to worry about. 

If you do have a bottle you want to hang onto for longer than a year, keeping it in the refrigerator or freezer is your best bet.

Here at CBD School, some of us keep our CBD oil in a dark cabinet with our salad and cooking oils. 

Others keep their CBD oil with their other wellness supplements stored in a dark cupboard away from heat and light.

Products should ideally be stored in an upright position.

If you ever find your CBD oil to have a rancid or questionable smell, don’t risk it. Get rid of it and replace it with a fresh product.

  • Adam Sinaw says:

    Thanks super informative!

  • Glad you found it helpful, Adam! 🙂

  • Linda says:

    In your description there is a error instead of think it should read thick

    If you do decide to store your CBD oil in the fridge and find it becomes too think ( the word should be ” thick”) to dispense from the dropper,

  • Thanks Linda! Good catch 🙂

  • Deb Casey says:


    Today someone told me not to store any CBD products in plastic. I have some CBD salve that I have in plastic. Do I need to put the salve in glass or a tin instead? Thank you

  • Hi Deb. Thanks for your question. You can use plastic or glass. We prefer glass to plastic as it seems to keep everything fresher from food to all supplements and products.

    But why did the person at the store say plastic was not good? Curious to know 🙂

  • Liz says:

    I sent a 90 year old friend a sample of my cbd lotion for her arthritis. I put it in the mailbox not thinking about the heat. It was 112 degrees that day in AZ, even hotter in that mailbox. Would that cause harmful effects?

  • Hi Liz – was it there long in the heat? If it’s a lotion, it might be OK but generally it’s best keep it away from extreme heat like that as it can degrade the cannabinoid content.

  • R says:

    Hi there, I have a similar question to Liz. I ordered some cbd tincture(full spectrum in mct oil) and it ended up sitting in the hot mailbox in 90 degree heat for about 3-4 hours. Do you think it is still safe to consume? I imagine this ends up being a common problem for those who live in warm climates.
    Thanks- R

  • Hi. Great question. I don’t think this would be a problem at all as it wasn’t that long that it was in the heat.

    But to be sure, if you notice an off putting smell or anything that doesn’t look right about the product, I would reach out to the brand to see their thoughts on it.

    Never consume a product which you don’t think is safe.

  • David says:

    I read that Oil’s are sensitive to changes in temperature, oxygen, and light. So can I store my oil in my balcony? the temperature outside varies from -2°C to +15°C per day, but winter is coming so i’m thinking it will varie from -10°C to +5°C.

  • Hi David. That should be fine! You just want to keep it away from extreme heat or light, which can destroy the cannabinoids. The cold is good 🙂

  • Amanda says:

    What about metal tins?

  • Hi Amanda. Sounds ok. Which kind of tins do you mean?

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