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As Rae explained, you could have two CBD oils, both in 30 milliliter bottles. But one contains 3,000 milligrams of CBD and the other contains 6,000 milligrams of CBD. In this example, the stronger oil is the one with 6,000 milligrams of CBD per 30 milliliter container. In fact, it’s twice as strong, so you’d have to take twice as much of the less potent oil to achieve the same dose. And if the stronger CBD oil is less than twice as much as the weaker version, you’re saving yourself money by going with the more potent bottle.
From a lab technician’s perspective, however, determining CBD oil strength looks a little different. According to Myron Ronay, CEO of BelCosta Labs , manufacturers test for strength at every stage of the supply chain. They test the industrial hemp plants for CBD potency, then the initial “crude” oil and again at each stage of distillation. CBD oil manufacturers do this to ensure quality, consistency and legal compliance. But it’s a test of the final product that determines what gets printed on the label.
Green Roads — 3,500 milligrams Pharmacist Formulated CBD Oil (60 milliliters)
A high-potency CBD oil like this allows you to fine-tune your dosage. Each drop contains a little more than 8 milligrams of CBD. With four or five drops, and you’ve reached that 35-milligram-per-dose benchmark. A 0.5 milliliter dose would deliver 84 milligrams of CBD.
Sometimes, however, packages will tell you what percentage of CBD contained in the oil. This is where things can get confusing. A label may say that the CBD in the product is 99% pure if it contains a CBD isolate, or 70% if it contains a distillate. This tells you the strength of the CBD in the oil, but it doesn’t tell you how potent the CBD oil is by volume. And that means you won’t be able to tell how strong a dose is, so it’s important to find where the package indicates how much CBD it contains in milligrams.
At minimum, CBD oil consists of these two essential ingredients: cannabidiol and a carrier oil. But most products contain much more. Depending on the source of the CBD and how it gets extracted, concentrated, and processed, CBD oils can contain other cannabinoids such as THC and plant compounds including terpenes, flavonoids and other phytonutrients . The carrier oil can also add other ingredients to the oil, especially if derived from hemp or cannabis. Finally, some manufacturers might add aromatic ingredients such as essential oils to their finished products.
High-potency CBD oils in particular amplify concerns about contamination. As Ronay explained, concentrating for potency involves concentrating everything else in and on the hemp plant, too. “How do you know what’s in it or what’s safe? People are looking for a cure and for health and facing the unknown,” Ronay said.
When we talk about the strength or concentration of CBD, we’re referring to how many milligrams of CBD a given product contains. If we take our 500mg CBD oil (10ml) as an example, it contains 2.5mg per drop, while our 1000mg oil contains 5mg. As the milligrams of CBD increases, so too does the potency.
To truly benefit from CBD, you need to listen to your body and adjust the concentration and/or frequency accordingly.
CBD softgel capsules
• 3000mg CBD softgel capsules: 50mg CBD per capsule
• 4000mg CBD softgel capsules: 66.6mg CBD per capsule
Despite the straightforward nature of CBD capsules, it takes a short while for them to take effect. Just like CBD oil taken orally, capsules have to pass through the digestive system before they start working. Fortunately, the effects of CBD capsules last several hours, so it’s easier to fit them in around work or social activities.
With our key watch-outs covered, it’s time to move on to the factors that affect how much CBD you’ll need to take. Remember, though, these factors are important, but they aren’t definitive, so think of them as guidelines rather than rules.
• 3000mg CBD oil: 15mg CBD per drop
• 4000mg CBD oil: 20mg CBD per drop