cbd oil for my vape is turning brown

Why Cannabis Oil Darkens Over Time

Ever held onto an oil cartridge for an extended period of time? If so, you have likely noticed a change in the oil’s color.

First, don’t panic! This phenomenon is natural. Like all natural products, cannabis oil contains bioactive ingredients that will change overtime.

Because our oils do not contain any form of additives or preservatives, they are vulnerable to the basic laws of chemistry. A change in color does not mean a compromise in oil quality, but a natural chemical reaction to time, heat, and sun exposure. Each time you use your vape, you are exposing the oil to heat and oxygen: two elements that make oxidation happen, which is the prime contributor to the natural darkening process. In sum, a darkening of your oil does not indicate it is no longer effective.

That being said, oils do have a shelf life. After some months, there is a slight decline in the quality of oil. After about a year, the oil’s chemical structure begins to degrade, changing the texture and viscosity of the oil. Eventually, vibrant clear oils become murky and dark in color, no matter the quality of the oil upon purchase. Your high will also be less predictable in quality and effects the longer you wait to use your product. While Kurvana oil has no official expiration date, we recommend using your cartridge within six months of purchase.

For the best vape experience possible, remember to:

AVOID leaving your cartridge in direct sunlight. This can help keep your cartridge from accelerated darkening or leakage.

AVOID leaving your cartridge in heat, such as a hot cars or getting stoned in the sauna. This will help keep your cartridge from accelerated darkening or leakage.

TRY to store your cartridge in a cool, dry, and dark or low-light place to ensure the longest shelf life.

TRY to use a Kurvana branded battery for the best vape experience. If you use a different battery, set it to a 3.2 voltage for Originals and Infusions, and 3.5-3.7 volts for ASCND.

TRY to use your Kurvana cartridge within the first month of purchase.

Why is My Cannabis Oil Darkening?

If you witness the oil in your vaporizer cartridges turning brown or black, you might wonder about the cause. Have no fear. Most of the time, this is a perfectly natural occurrence, if you purchase your carts from a reputable, legal source. As is the case with most preservative-free food, the darkening of vape carts is due to two main reasons: heat and oxygen. Each time you take a draw of your vape, you expose your cartridge to these factors, which will eventually turn the oil a darker color.

This natural occurrence in your vaporizer cartridge is known as oxidation, which is defined exactly as it sounds: when a substance gains oxygen. A darkening vaporizer cartridge means you are exposing your carts to the basic laws of chemistry.

Just as all food has a shelf life, so do your vaporizer cartridges. The viscosity and potency of the oil in even the highest quality vaporizer cartridges will begin to decline with time. Additionally, the medicated effects you feel will be less predictable, and your inhalation will be less pleasant the older your cartridges.

Tips for an Optimal Vape Cart Experience

  • Only purchase legal vape carts that are free of additives or cutting agents.
  • Everything expires. It is best to consume your vaporizer cartridges within the first months following purchase. Avoid cartridges that are a year or older.
  • Keep your vaporizer cartridges out of unnecessary heat. Remember, heat will degrade the quality of your oil, so never leave them in environments with high heat, such as your car on a hot day.
  • Don’t leave your vape carts in direct sunlight. The vitamin D from sunlight is great for humans, but light degrades the quality and potency of the oil inside vape carts.
  • Store your vaporizer cartridges in an area that is dark and relatively cool. This will maximize shelf life.

Oxidation, or browning, as well as the slow degradation of the oil in your vaporizer cartridges, is natural. However, if you follow the tips above, you should have no issues safely and responsibly enjoying your cartridges.