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A guide to CBD strength ratings – what do the numbers actually mean?
Have you ever bought a CBD product and even after a few weeks of use didn’t get any benefit from it? Maybe it wasn’t as strong as the label implied!
Users of CBD products, especially new users, sometimes find themselves struggling to figure out how strong a CBD product really is from the information on the label. Sometimes it’s not just as straight forward as reading the number of milligrams.
This guide helps provide some insight into what the numbers on the label actually mean.
- If you just want the short and quick version, then please watch the video explainer with our co-founder Julian a little further below.
- If you’re just looking to convert the milligrams of your CBD oil to the percentage strength rating then use our calculator widget below, or see the conversion table further down the article.
- If you want a more in depth explanation of what the numbers actually mean then please read on below!
CBD Stength Calculator – convert milligrams to percent
500mg, 1000mg, 2.5%, 8% – these are all examples of the kind of figures that are given on the labels of CBD products. But what do they mean when you’re trying to determine the strength of a product?
Well the number of mg typically refers to the total absolute amount of cannabinoids in the product (note this isn’t necessarily the same as the total amount of CBD, but we’ll come back to that later).
Milligrams of CBD alone doesn’t actually equal the CBD oil strength
What often confuses people with this milligram figure is they assume that this alone is the strength of the product, but it really isn’t, especially if you measure your doses by number of drops. In our experience most people measure doses in drops (or droppers) so understanding what the true strength of the CBD product you use is really important.
This is because there’s something else that must be taken into account – the volume of the product container. No-one really thinks about this but there are a range of typical bottle sizes that CBD oil is sold in – 10ml, 30ml, 60ml, even 100ml. (As an aisde, many of you reading this are from the US where fluid ounces are common – to convert fluid ounces to ml, just multiply by 30)
So knowing the volume of the bottle is crucial too
For example if you have a 10ml bottle of CBD Oil which has 1000mg stated on the label, and a 20ml bottle that is also stated as 1000mg, then these two bottles actually have different strengths despite containing the same amount of CBD.
Drop for drop the 20ml bottle is only half as strong as the 10ml bottle. Yes they both contain the same overall amount of cannabinoids, but if you measure your dose in drops like most of us, then you’re only getting half the amount of CBD when using say 5 drops of the 20ml product versus 5 drops of the 10ml size product.
In other words, the same amount of CBD has been diluted into a much larger volume of carrier oil, so each drop contains less.
Confusing? It certainly is! So how can we get a true measure of CBD oil strength? This is why another metric is also very important and is given by some suppliers (including CBDology) on the label – a percentage.
Percentage strength figure is the best measure of strength
The percentage given on the label represents the concentration, i.e. the true measure of the drop-for-drop strength of a product.
To continue the example above, and trying to avoid any overly heavy maths, 1000mg of cannabinoids/CBD in a 10ml bottle is a concentration of 10%.
Therefore, 1000mg in a 20ml bottle is a 5% concentration – therefore drop for drop it’s only half as strong as the 10% oil despite containing the same 1000mg amount of CBD.
Another example would be CBDology’s entry level strength CBD oil – on the label we give the figures “2.75%” and “275mg CBD per 10ml”. So the entire 10ml bottle contains 275mg CBD and therefore the concentration of CBD within the carrier oil is 2.75%.
So the percentage concentration is actually more important than the total overall milligrams in assessing the strength of a CBD product. 2000mg sounds like a very strong CBD product right? Well yes it is if it’s in a 10ml bottle, but not so much if it’s in a 100ml bottle! The former is 20% strength and the latter is just 2% strength.
Here is our handy conversion table to calculate the percent from the mg of CBD on the label and the bottle size. Using this table you can find and compare the percentage concentration of two different bottles that just give the strength as a milligram value. All you need to know is the milligram total and bottle volume from the labels.
As an aside, in our opinion, anything less than 2.5% isn’t strong enough for most people, unless you’re buying it for your pets to use.
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(*You’re unlikely to find any oil that is 60% strength, it’s very hard to dissolve that amount of CBD in the given volume of carrier oil.)
So in summary, if you already measure your doses by calculating the exact milligrams of CBD that you’re taking then you don’t have to worry about percentages because you’ll already be adjusting your dose with stronger or weaker CBD products by taking a lesser or greater volume of the product respectively.
But most people measure their doses in drops, droppers, or millilitres and if you do that then the percentage concentration is crucial to be aware of, otherwise you might be taking a larger or smaller dose of CBD in milligrams than you intended.
Now earlier in the article I mentioned that the milligram rating of a product is typically the total overall amount of cannabinoids in the product.
In particular, suppliers of full spectrum and broad spectrum CBD products may well be referring to the overall amount of cannabinoids.
So a 1000mg / 10% CBD oil might in fact contain 600mg CBD and 400mg CBDa, rather than 1000mg CBD. This is important to know because some cannabinoids like CBDa have far fewer proven benefits than CBD itself.
Therefore the product in this example may not be giving the benefits someone anticipates if they’re used to a different product that did actually contain 1000mg CBD, such as CBDology’s 10% product.
CBDology always list the total amount of CBD itself to avoid any confusion, and so that customers always know how much CBD they’re using – 1,000mg is always 1,000mg CBD with our products.
Hopefully this guide has helped clear up some of the confusion surrounding the strength of CBD products and proves useful to readers going forward.
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The video below is a review of our 10% CBD Oil by an independent blogger, SatOnMyButt Reviews, and is worth a watch.
Full Spectrum Tincture CBD Oil
From the bottle design, dropper and the potent oil itself, our full spectrum CBD oil tincture is expertly crafted and really packs a punch. At JustCBD we are known for our high quality, organic ingredients, and our full spectrum tincture is no exception. With full-spectrum tinctures, you get to appreciate all of the ingredients in the hemp plant – not just CBD.
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What Is Full Spectrum CBD Oil?
Full spectrum CBD oil contains all the compounds found in cannabis, including but not limited to cannabidiol (CBD), cannabinol (CBN), terpenes and other cannabinol. It is known to have many health benefits for humans.
How does full spectrum CBD oil make me feel?
Full spectrum CBD oil has a subtle effect on the mind and body. It can help you to become more relaxed, centred and grounded during your day-to-day activities. Taking daily doses of CBD can improve your concentration, making it easier to get through your day. In addition, it is known to have a calming effect on the mind and body.
It can also help with pain relief as well as helping you become less anxious or stressed.
When a person takes full spectrum CBD oil it has varying effects on the body depending on the individual’s needs. Your body will use CBD to help heal any areas you’re having problems with. In general, people experience a sense of relief, relaxation, and balance when they take CBD.
Difference Between Full Spectrum CBD Oil Vs Regular CBD Oil?
There are three main types of cannabidiol or CBD. These are broad-spectrum CBD, CBD isolate, which is a pure form of CBD and full spectrum CBD, which contains other parts of the cannabis plant. Unlike regular hemp oil, full spectrum oil encompasses all the cannabis plant compounds. This makes full spectrum oil more potent with stronger effects on the body. Researchers have discovered that the benefits of CBD oil are more prominent when it has multiple compounds from the cannabis plant, including CBD, CBD, CBN, CBDA work together. This is known as the ‘entourage effect,’ making full spectrum oil a premium CBD product.
In contrast, CBD isolate, or regular CBD oil contains very little or no other cannabinoids.
Benefits of full spectrum oil vs hemp oil?
Full spectrum oil is packed full of all of the cannabis plant’s natural and most beneficial properties, including CBD and over 100 cannabinoids as well as flavonoids and terpenes. In contrast, CBD isolates or regular hemp oil only contain one cannabinoid, which is CBD.
Here are some of the benefits of full spectrum CBD oil:
• Relaxes body and mind
• May relieve pain and discomfort (CBD should not be used to treat medical conditions, please consult a physician before using CBD)
• May improve sleep cycles
• May have many other health benefits found online and in published medical studies.
If you choose to take full spectrum CBD over hemp oil the plant’s many compounds synchronize together, which in effect, boosts the overall benefits to your body and mind. When the different cannabis compounds work in harmony together, the resulting effect is far more powerful than a single cannabinoid on its own. The mix of cannabinoids is what sets full spectrum CBD oil apart from the rest.
Regular hemp oil is a pure form of CBD and can be a good option for new CBD users who wish to experiment. Hemp oil is also refined meaning it doesn’t have a discernible taste or odor to it.
Hemp oil gets its benefits due to its high content of polyunsaturated fatty acids. These are alpha-linolenic acid, linoleic acid and gamma-linolenic acid.
Here are some of the benefits of regular hemp oil:
• Improved skin
• May help with pain relief (CBD should not be used to treat medical conditions, please consult a physician before using CBD)
• Helps to reduce inflammation
• No taste or odor
Both regular hemp oil and full spectrum CBD oil have their benefits. Although preliminary research is looking very positive, it’s important to note that more research is needed into the full benefits and effects of CBD on humans. As well as the role CBD will play going forward in treating a variety of different health conditions and disorders.
Types of Full Spectrum Oil for Sale
Here at JustCBD we offer our Full Spectrum CBD oil in six different strengths. Including 50mg, 100mg, 250mg, 550mg, 1000mg and 1500mg. Each bottle is 30ml.
What is your correct dose for you?
A common dosage of CBD is between 20 – 40 mg however the optimum dose will vary depending on the individual and their needs. The dosage you take will largely depend on the CBD product you’re using. CBD gummies, pills and capsules generally tell you how much CBD is in each item on the containers they come in. For instance, a CBD pill might contain 5 mg of CBD per pill.
If you choose to use CBD oils they generally come in dropper bottles. You can work out how much CBD you’ll get in a single drop. Armed with that information you can then decide how many drops to have each time.
Our Full Spectrum CBD Oil comes in six strengths including 50mg, 100mg, 250mg, 550mg, 1000mg and 1500mg. The bottles themselves are 30ml and the eyedropper is 1/ml. To work out how much CBD you’ll get in one full eyedropper you need to divide 30 by the mg of CBD in that particular bottle.
For example, if you purchased our 100mg bottle you need to divide 30 by 100 which equals 33.33mg. This means you’ll get 33.33mg of CBD in one full dropper.
For our JustCBD full spectrum CBD oil tinctures we recommend having 10 -30 mg per dose. Of course this amount will depend on your preferences and tolerance levels. In most clinical studies the dosages range from 20mg to 1,500 mg per day. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) typical dosages in clinical trials are between 100 and 800 milligrams per day.
Recent studies and research into CBD and its effects on humans have found that, even in high doses of 1500 mg per day, CBD is well tolerated by humans. There are very few recorded side effects to taking CBD. The World Health Organization (WHO) have reported that in general, people tolerate CBD well.
If you have any underlying health conditions, always speak to a healthcare professional before taking any new products. They should be able to advise you on the correct dosage for you as well as any potential risks.
How often should I take full spectrum CBD oil?
How often you take your full spectrum CBD oil is down to your individual circumstances. Always start small and increase the frequency of your doses over time. A lot of people like to take one dose in the morning, one at lunchtime and one just before bed. If you find your body is responding well to the CBD, you can increase the frequency.
Start Slowly If you’re new to CBD it’s always best to begin with a little dose to see how your body reacts and work your way up to a higher one. As a general guide you can start at 20 to 40 mg per day. Try that dosage for one week so you can assess how you feel and then increase the dosage by 5 mg if necessary. Continue with this dosage routine until the CBD is having a positive effect on your symptoms.
In general, the CBD reaches your bloodstream between 20-45 minutes after taking it. So please be patient and enjoy the relaxing experience.
Here’s an example of how this dosage routine might work. If you suffer with severe pain start with a daily 40 mg dosage of CBD. Only take the 40 mg on days when your pain is very high. After a week at that dose, reassess how you’re feeling. If you think need more, increase the dosage to 45 mg per day. After the second week you can then go up to 50 mg if needed. It’s at this point that the CBD should be having a positive effect on your body.
We’d advise keeping track of the CBD dosage you’re on and noting any changes in your body and mind.
Main factors that affect dosing
The ideal dosage of CBD for you will vary depending on a variety of factors and your reason for taking CBD in the first place.
Here are some other factors to consider before taking CBD:
You need to consider your body weight before deciding on your CBD dosage. In clinical trials doctors calculate the dose per kg to body weight. Therefore, people that weigh less should take smaller doses than a person that weighs more.
As a rough guide if you weigh between 100 – 130 lbs a low dose of CBD would be 10-17mg, a medium dose would be 21 -25mg and a high dose would be 30 – 37 mg. If you weigh between 190 – 220 lbs a low dose would be 35 -39 mg, a medium dose would be 42 – 50mg and a high dose would be 52 – 58 mg. If you weigh 280 lbs or over a low dose would be 53mg+, a medium dose would be 75mg+ and a high dose would be 90mg+.
Everybody has a different tolerance level to CBD. In general, a person that regularly consumes CBD will have a higher tolerance level than someone that doesn’t. If you’re new to CBD we suggest building up your tolerance overtime. If you find you are not that affected by CBD increase your dosage.
The reason you’re using the CBD product
How much CBD you take will depend on the reason you’re taking CBD in the first place. For example, people with certain conditions such as epilepsy may need to take higher doses compared to a person that is taking CBD for anxiety. By considering the reason you’re taking CBD you can tailor your dosage for your needs. The concentration of CBD in the product
Another important factor to consider is the concentration level of CBD in the product you’re using. CBD capsules and pills contain a specific dosage in each individual product whereas oils and tinctures are slightly more varied. Always check the concentration levels of the product before you begin taking it.
The type of CBD product you’re using
The type of CBD products you’re using can have an impact on the dosage you require. Edible and oil-based CBD products must pass through the digestive system before entering the bloodstream this means they take slightly longer to take effect. Vapes, however, bypass the digestive system meaning the CBD will enter your system much faster.
The amount of alcohol you regularly consume can have an impact on your CBD dosage. The same applies for other central nervous system depressants such as barbiturates, benzodiazepines, and other sleep medications. These types of depressants can cause the sedation effect of the CBD to amplify, which can cause drowsiness. If you use these types of central nervous system depressants, it is advised to take a lower dose of CBD. Always consult your doctor before mixing CBD with medications.
If you take regular medication you need to check that it’s safe for you to use CBD in conjunction with your medication as well as the correct dosage. As CBD is a biologically active compound some medications, especially sleep medications may alter the effect that CBD has on the body. Extra care should be taken if you regularly take opioids, antidepressants, antipsychotics, or antihistamines. Always speak to your doctor or healthcare provider before taking CBD.
Why JustCBD’s Full Spectrum CBD Tincture Oil?
What’s the appeal of a full spectrum tincture oil? Unlike other CBD products, you’re getting a full range of cannabinoids, and all of the rich goodness of the hemp plant. Some even say CBD works better alongside these additional cannabis components. Our full-bodied full spectrum tincture oil contains MCT oil, CBD, phytocannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes, which brings on even more of the healing, soothing benefits of the hemp plant. Of course, high quality, pure ingredients are essential to reap all of the benefits of a full spectrum tincture oil, and at JustCBD, we’re honest and transparent about what goes into all of our products. Don’t take our word for it – our customers rave about the potency and quality of our full spectrum CBD tincture oils, especially the lack of an unpleasant aftertaste. And we manufacture our bottles to a high standard, meaning you’re not wasting precious oil drops on a poorly crafted bottle design.
Our promise to you
You can trust our CBD full spectrum tincture oils are always from the purest and finest quality ingredients.
Our full spectrum CBD tincture oils are completely free from unwanted chemicals, such as the ones found in pesticides.