It’s often asked if CBD products should be refrigerated. With some products, it’s okay to do. With others, it’s still possible but using them might have to be done a little differently. In this guide we’ll go through the different types of CBD products that are the most popular and chat about whether to refrigerate them or not.
If you’re asking, should you refrigerate CBD oil products and have tinctures on hand, there are a few things to know. Yes, you can refrigerate your CBD tinctures, that is okay to do. When you need to use them, however, you may need to run the bottle under warm water or let it sit out for a little while. The oil, as with other oils, can solidify or thicken when it’s chilled.
Refrigerating tinctures is something that can be done if it isn’t one that you use on a daily basis.
When running the bottle of refrigerated CBD tincture under water to loosen the oils make sure that the water is not too hot. Warm water will work well for this as it gently warms the liquid inside the bottle.
Remember to shake the tincture bottle well before filling the dropper with your dose. Before shaking the bottle make sure to squeeze the dropper’s top to release any liquid that may be within the dropper back into bottle. This helps ensure that all of the ingredients are equally redistributed in the mixture.
CBD vape should not be refrigerated. Doing so can cause damage to the heating elements and the cartridge/disposable pen. CBD vape devices are also designed to heat quickly, which will not allow the ingredients in the liquid to properly mix themselves backup and properly distribute through the device.
It is best to store your CBD vape devices with the mouthpiece facing downward. Keep them somewhere that light does not shine right on it. It’s also best to keep your vape away from heat. This is all to protect the integrity of the device as well as the liquid contents.
CBD capsules can be stored in the refrigerator if you wish. It is not necessary. If you order capsules that are not in an opaque bottle, it may be a good idea to keep them in the fridge just to keep them away from heat and light.
CBD edibles of many kinds can be stored in the refrigerator. If you like CBD-infused baked goods and live in an area where it’s humid, the fridge is a great place for your edibles. Microwaving them after being in the refrigerator is not the best idea. The microwave can heat the edibles too quickly and may be too hot for the delicate cannabinoids. Use indirect heat, such as placing the edible on a baking rack over a pan of simmering water. This will gently warm the edible and protect the cannabinoids.
If you have a CBD edible sauce, make sure it is refrigerated after opening it. If you are using CBD salad dressing it’s ideal to use the same method as with CBD tinctures – run the bottle under warm water to loosen the oils inside the bottle gently.
There are several different types of CBD topicals. Creams and lotions, even salves and rubs, can be refrigerated. This may also make the application process easier and more enjoyable. Applying a cool cream or lotion to your skin can be refreshing.
If you are using a liquid topical such as a massage oil or serum, it is best to follow the suggestions for gently warming CBD tinctures. It can be difficult to get a solidified or thickened oil serum or massage oil to apply evenly.
Roll on topicals should not be refrigerated. The rollers can malfunction if solidified or thickened oils build-up inside them. They my stop working or not distribute the CBD formula inside properly. It’s best to store roll-on CBD topicals in a cool, dark and dry place.
If you come across a gel CBD topical, it’s also ideal to warm them under warm water so that the gel comes out of the tube a little easier. Make sure to follow the storage suggestions on the packaging when it comes to CBD gels.
Transdermal patches should not be refrigerated. Doing so can prevent the adhesive on them from sticking to your skin. When using transdermal CBD patches, make sure that you are cleaning the area first. Make sure you’re using a new location daily.
CBD Flower and Pre-rolls
CBD flower and pre-rolls don’t necessarily need to be refrigerated. They are fine in a cool, dark and dry place. As with tinctures and vape, you want to keep them out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources until you’re ready to use them.
You can use these products in dry herb vaporizers and use them again to make CBD-infused tea, topicals and CBD butter/infused oils. When making CBD butter you’ll use an equal amount of ground CBD flower and butter. Place them into a crockpot and turn the setting to low. If your crockpot has a setting for “keep warm” that is a better option as it’s just gentle heat. Do not stir the flower and butter. Leave them in the crockpot for 3 hours and then strain it through cheesecloth.
You can use your CBD butter on toast, popcorn, on top of grilled proteins, tossed into cooked and still warm pasta and on top of your vegetables, to give you a few ideas.
In Closing – General CBD Product Storage Tips
Sure, it’s okay to store some of your CBD products in the refrigerator, but not all of them need to be. The thing to keep in mind is to store your CBD products way from heat and light. This is the best way. If you have any questions about properly storing your CBD products, please do not hesitate to email us at [email protected], send us a message on social media, and text or call us at 760-493-4367. We are here to help.