One of the very first things to consider after finding an organic, GMP-certified, third party laboratory tested CBD product is, how strong is it? Determining the right potency to purchase for your CBD gummies or CBD oil is an important factor in identifying the right CBD product for you because strength will determine CBD oil strength and potency do not mean the same thing. Find out more about what you need to know when taking a CBD product.
What Are The Benefits of High Potency CBD Oil?
One of the very first things to consider after finding an organic, GMP-certified, third party laboratory tested CBD product is, how strong is it?
Determining the right potency to purchase for your CBD gummies or CBD oil is an important factor in identifying the right CBD product for you because strength will determine the price as well as the strength of the therapeutic effect. However, just because you see a product that has a high potency of CBD, doesn’t mean you should take it at face value.
This guide will take a deep dive into what high potency CBD is, the benefits of high potency CBD oil, the downsides of high potency CBD oil, who should buy high potency CBD oil, and include recommendations of our favorite high potency CBD products.
What is high potency CBD?
High Potency CBD contains high concentrations (over 3,000MG) of the cannabinoid, cannabidiol (CBD). However, potency is a bit more nuanced than just a high number listed on a CBD oil bottle. In order to take a closer look at what high potency CBD is, let’s break down the two factors that determine potency: CBD strength and CBD extract type.
When it comes to CBD, the term potency is really referencing strength. The strength of the CBD in any given CBD product is commonly displayed on the front label, shown as a number followed by the miligram (MG) unit of measurement, for example: 12,000MG CBD oil.
Standard CBD oils come in strengths from 500MG-3,000MG, with high potencies of up to 15,000MG (or more!). If you see an incredibly inflated number, like an 80,000MG CBD oil marked at a low price, it probably isn’t CBD. Check out our article on Amazon’s Fake CBD oil to learn more about this marking up tactic.
CBD extract type
A factor that has a profound effect on the potency of a CBD product is the extract type. The 3 most popular CBD extract types are: full spectrum CBD, broad spectrum CBD, and isolate CBD. Cannabinoids are the natural plant components that make up the hemp plant: CBD, CBG, CBN, THC (under .3%), and over 100 more. CBD is the most widely popularized cannabinoid, but it isn’t the only cannabinoid. The reason why extract type affects the potency of a CBD product is because each extract naturally contains more or less cannabinoids.
- Full Spectrum CBD: This extract type is the most cannabinoid-rich, with the full spectrum of hemp’s natural cannabinoid content completely intact. This whole-plant extract is known for creating the entourage effect, a term coined by scientists for how plant molecules interact and bump up the functioning of each other for maximum benefit. For this reason, this extract could be seen as the most potent, as most experts agree that CBD on its own is going to be less effective overall than a full spectrum product containing the same amount of CBD.
- Broad Spectrum CBD: This extract type is cannabinoid-rich like full spectrum CBD, but has the THC removed. However, this type of CBD is still seen as potent and capable of the entourage effect. It’s a great option for those who are not a fan of the cannabinoid THC for work related or sensitivity purposes.
- CBD Isolate: CBD isolate only contains the cannabinoid, CBD. This extract can offer a high dose of CBD, but doesn’t offer a full plant, holistic approach to hemp and is not capable of the entourage effect. Though this extract can be bought in high concentrations, it is debatable whether it can truly offer the potency and effect of a full spectrum or broad spectrum product that offers all of hemp’s cannabinoids.
What is considered a high potency dose of CBD?
By general standards, a 25MG dose of CBD in one sitting can be considered a high potency CBD dose. However, CBD is known to affect each person differently, due to its unique interaction with our body’s endocannabinoid system. For example, one may experience a deeply therapeutic effect with as little as 5MG of full spectrum CBD, while others may not feel anything.
For this reason, we recommend that each person start first with a low dose of CBD to track how they feel. For more personalized dosing recommendations, check out our comprehensive CBD dosage guide created by Dr. Thomas Macsay before diving into a high potency CBD dosage.
What are the benefits of high potency CBD oil?
More bang for your buck
Buying a CBD oil with a higher CBD content might cost more in the moment, but can save you money in the long run. With a high potency CBD oil, you’ll need a smaller dose, less often because a little will go a much longer way. If you’re someone who uses CBD frequently, a high potency CBD oil can help you to spend less money per dose and you won’t have to reorder as frequently.
Ability to scale to severity
A high potency CBD oil gives you the opportunity to significantly boost your CBD dosage. As many people come to CBD with varying issues of discomfort, high potency CBD oil allows for individuals to scale their dosage in order to meet their needs. For example, a person experiencing a high degree of pain would need to take a few dropper fulls of 500MG CBD oil, whereas simply ¼ of a dropper of a 5000MG high potency CBD oil would do the trick.
Potency meets quality
A common concern we hear from our customers is that they’re nervous to try a high potency CBD oil because they worry that a higher potency full spectrum CBD oil means a higher natural THC content. There are legal limits in place on THC allowance, and all CBD products must contain under the legal limit of .3% THC. Therefore, you can always trust that our high potency CBD products will indeed contain more CBD, but still stay true to legal limits of under .3% THC.
Be sure to view the lab results on any high potency CBD product you purchase in order to confirm the product is high potency and low in THC content. As a note, all Neurogan lab results are available for every product in the listing, log-in to view. Additionally, check-out broad-spectrum CBD oil if you experience THC sensitivity.
What are the downsides to high potency CBD oil?
We wouldn’t be being honest if we only focused on the positive aspects of high potency CBD. As with any medicinal herb, irresponsible use or the investment in a cheap product can lead to the following downsides:
We wish we could say that all high potency CBD oil is created equally, but it’s definitely not. Early last year, we performed independent laboratory testing on CBD oils listed with strengths of up to 80,000MG and were disheartened to find that many CBD oils are falsely marketed. This leads us to wonder, what else is not being listed when it comes to these products?
Unfortunately, there aren’t any legitimate laws or rules in place when it comes to CBD, which means that if you go shopping for CBD without doing your homework, you risk coming into contact with pesticides, chemical fertilizer, and heavy metal contaminants. If the CBD is a concentrated high potency, non-regulated product, we can’t help but wonder what other nasty components might also be highly concentrated, too.
With high potency CBD oils, comes the higher risk of CBD overdose. But to be clear, it’s highly unlikely that one would overdose on cannabis or CBD products. In fact, no more than a handful of people die every year with high levels of cannabis in their system.
With that being said there are certain signs and symptoms that some might consider symptomatic of an overdose, or better yet, an adverse reaction to CBD. The symptoms one may experience include dry mouth, vomiting, decreased appetite, low blood pressure, and diarrhea. However, if you’re already taking a larger dose and feeling comfortable, then you shouldn’t be at risk for an overdose.
Who should buy high potency CBD oil?
High potency CBD oil is not intended for first time CBD oil users. High potency CBD is intended for those experiencing a great level of discomfort, or those whom are familiar with CBD and ready to raise their dose. High potency CBD oil offers a strengthened effect of CBD’s best benefits:
- A soothing sense of calm & relaxation
- Mental comfort & mood improvement
- Positive support for a natural sleep cycle
- Relief from joint & muscle pain
Our 3 Favorite High Potency CBD Products
1. High Potency CBD Gummies (25MG-45MG)
CBD gummy squares have become our best-selling CBD product; with 7 fruity flavors, 3 strengths, and your choice of broad spectrum or full spectrum CBD. By purchasing either our 25MG or 45MG CBD gummy squares, you’re choosing high potency CBD gummies ready to pack a punch. 25MG suits those looking for strength in their dose, and 45MG is intended for those with prior CBD experience looking for a greater potency in their daily CBD intake. Effects kick-in after 30-90 minutes and last for a total of up to 7 hours.
2. High Potency CBD Softgels (2400MG)
Gel capsules are perfect for those who want a dose of high potency CBD, but aren’t fond of the taste of CBD. Gel capsules are 100% vegan and organic, contain the CBD extract of your choice, broad spectrum or full spectrum, and are suspended in an MCT carrier oil for maximum bioavailability and absorption. Capsules are great for everyday use, long-lasting and slow-released for up to 7 hours of relief.
3. High Potency CBD Oil (3,000-12,000MG)
With our wide selection of full spectrum and broad spectrum CBD oils, there’s no doubt you can find the perfect high potency CBD oil for you. Choose the best strength for your needs: 3,000MG,4,000MG, 5,000MG, 8,000MG, or 12,000MG. CBD oil is meant to be taken sublingually so it sets in quick, providing relief within 10-20 minutes of ingestion and lasting for up to 6 hours. These CBD oils are so strong that we do not recommend them for first time CBD users. If you feel that you’re ready for a high potency CBD oil, start with a lower high-potency CBD oil and work your way up rather than purchasing one that is too strong. These CBD oils are so potent that we do not recommend them for first time CBD users and strongly encourage you to shake the bottle well before ingesting.
High potency CBD products offer greater strength and therapeutic effects than other CBD products, making them a great option for those with CBD experience under their belt. Neurogan proudly produces the highest CBD oil strengths on the market with outdoor grown hemp,third party laboratory test results available on every product, and a 30-day satisfaction guarantee to make sure you find the right CBD product for you.
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How Is CBD Oil Strength and Potency Measured?
When considering the potency of a CBD product, most people believe it’s all about the strength of the cannabidiol (CBD) in the product. Certainly, CBD oil strength is a significant factor—if there’s not enough, it won’t absorb in the bloodstream for the sought-after effects.
But when discussing potency, what we’re really talking about is efficacy, aren’t we? And that involves a lot more than this cannabis compound’s strength. Both formulation and delivery are important factors and then, how well the CBD interacts with your endocannabinoid system (ECS).
In this article, we’ll discuss what you need to know about strength, potency, and the factors that contribute to a CBD oil’s efficacy. First, let’s do a quick review of what CBD oil is.
What Is CBD Oil?
CBD oil comes in four types: isolate, distillate, broad-spectrum, and full-spectrum. Each type contains cannabidiol and an oil carrier. The oil carrier is a kind of healthy fat, most commonly cold-pressed hemp seed oil, but some brands may use coconut oil, olive oil, or grapeseed oil.
CBD isolate has only these two ingredients. The kind of oil and amount of CBD can vary, but it’s the purest kind of CBD oil—around 99% CBD crystal suspended in oil.
Distillation is an extraction process that separates and refines cannabinoids at a molecular level. It begins with crude extraction and then refines from there to remove more and more plant compounds until there is roughly 80% CBD. The remaining amount of the extraction will consist of traces of terpenes, minor cannabinoids, and other plant compounds.
Broad-spectrum, however, describes full-spectrum CBD that has had the THC removed. You may also see it expressed as ‘THC Free’ on a label.
Brand extract full-spectrum cannabis oils to preserve the greatest range of beneficial cannabinoids (including THC), terpenes, flavonoids, and other phytonutrients. In the U.S., full-spectrum CBD oil is legal as long as it contains .3% or less THC.
If you’re curious about the efficacy of CBD oil for pain, check out our page here for more information.
How Do You Measure Cannabinoid Strength?
The label may tell you the percentage of CBD in your oil, but that isn’t strength. This reflects more the purity of the CBD in the product. You need to know how much CBD, in milligrams, is in the bottle, so you can divide that by the amount you take to see how much CBD is in your dose.
According to Adie Rae, a cannabis researcher at Legacy Health, for high-potency CBD oil you need at least 35 milligrams per serving. If you are taking an isolate, or pure CBD product, the highest mg/ml amount is going to be the most potent and the most cost-effective.
CBD oil on its own requires higher strength to produce the intended effects and according to Dr. Alex Capano, chief science officer for Ananda Health. “Dosing for CBD is highly individualized and depends on many factors, including personal endocannabinoid tone and why you are using CBD.”
Regarding full or broad-spectrum CBD oil, potency has more to do with a CBD oil’s efficacy than its strength. And all of this has to do with the formulation. Scientists believe full-spectrum CBD oil to be more effective at lower doses than CBD isolate because of what experts call “the entourage effect.”
When you present different cannabinoids like CBD, THC, CBG, CBC, THCV, CBN, and whole-plant players like terpenes and cannaflavins, they work synergistically to optimize relief and well-being.
Initial research strongly suggests that cannabis plant compounds interact synergistically with receptors in the ECS. A 2017 study demonstrated that low doses of THC and CBD have the potential to treat neuropathic pain in mice. Dr. Ethan Russo has conducted studies that suggest both cannabinoid-cannabinoid synergistic interactions and cannabinoid-terpenoid interactions exist.
Delivery Format Can Affect CBD Oil Potency
When swallowed, CBD has poor bioavailability. If your CBD oil does not absorb into your bloodstream very well, its strength will not matter, and potency goes out the window. You can gulp dozens of mg/ml, but it will only absorb up to a certain amount.
The way around this is the delivery format. Tinctures that you take sublingually (under your tongue for 30-60 seconds) will enter your bloodstream through glands in your mouth, bypassing your gut and your liver. And, this is where the majority of CBD oil is obliterated or ushered out like waste.
Liposomal CBD, like Puffin Hemp, is a powerhouse of potency. Liposomes are little healthy fat bubbles that bypass the dangerous environment of the gut and liver. They deliver CBD into the bloodstream at a much higher rate than regular CBD. You can take a lot less liposomal CBD than regular CBD and have much more effective results because companies craft liposomal full-spectrum CBD to be stronger, more efficacious.
If you only need a baseline of CBD (we recommend Ananda Hemp Full Spectrum Softgels) for overall preventative health and wellbeing, swallowing a high-quality CBD oil daily is fine. But if you need potency, you have to think of sublingual tinctures or liposomal CBD oil.
Quality Can Affect Your CBD’s Potency
Whatever a label says, quality matters most — especially in terms of CBD oil strength. There are several things to keep in mind when shopping for a CBD oil.
It’s important to know where a brand sources its hemp from because hemp is a bio-accumulator. This means it cleans out soil by leaching impurities from it. The hemp plant literally has properties to purify the soil, making it a wonderful option not just for consumers, but for the environment, too.
You should always have proof your product was tested. Make sure it has a certificate of analysis (COA, which should be available either with the product or on the manufacturer’s or seller’s website.
Mislabeling can be a problem, which is another reason to confirm there is a COA for your product. In a 2018 study on the effects of artisanal CBD for the treatment of epilepsy, researchers stated that a key concern and challenge to their results was the variability that mislabeled CBD products introduced.
Good brands will make all of this information, their practices, processes and the source of their ingredients available. Their team will have backgrounds in science, hemp experience, and food-manufacturing know-how.
The Takeaway About CBD Oil Potency
Remember to look for a full-spectrum CBD oil in tincture form, which goes under the tongue or a liposomal form that you swallow. Always choose a high-quality product you can verify yourself.