How To Work Out CBD Strength and Percentage - Understanding CBD Products
By now we all know of the potential benefits of CBD, whether it be for anxiety, arthritis, depression or even fibromyalgia but buying the right CBD product will be key to have a successful CBD journey.
Unfortunately it’s not all sun and roses, there are some CBD brands out there mislabelling their CBD products and charging premiums. They know new-comers may be fooled into thinking they are buying a 'high strength' CBD. When in fact, the actual strength is lower than it seems. For example, a bottle may be labelled as 1000mg CBD but once you look at the content it’s actually 600mg CBD and 400mg CBDA. Sneaky tactics like this are immoral and unwanted in this already unregulated industry and it’s our job to inform anyone interested in buying and using CBD.
So to avoid any money being wasted - and no one likes that - I've written this blog post to help you make an more informed decision when buying your CBD.
Knowing your CBD strength/potency.
I'm going to keep this one short and sweet. The CBD space is confusing enough as it is for new comers, so I'll get straight to the point.
In order to select the right strength, first you need to know how potency (strength) is measured. On most CBD products, you’ll see two measurements: mg (milligrams) and ml (millilitres). Milligrams refer to the concentration of CBD in the bottle, and millilitres refer to the size of the bottle itself.
Ultimately the CBD percentage (strength) is most important number, not the actual mg content. This is because CBD % strength varies depending on the bottle size and mg content. If we keep CBD concentration (mg) constant and increase the bottle size (ml) then the overall CBD % strength will decrease.
Example, a 10ml CBD bottle containing 1000mg works out to be 10% CBD strength but a 30ml CBD bottle containing the same 1000mg, works out to be 3.3% CBD strength. So at first glance the bigger 30ml bottle may look like the better option but in fact, it's a 1/3 of the strength and usually costs much more! You will need to take 3 times more drops of the 30ml bottle to achieve the same dosage as the 10ml bottle. For people that don’t like the taste of CBD oil, a higher strength CBD bottle may be the better option as you will need to consume fewer drops to reach the desired mg target.
Now let's say you have a 10ml bottle containing 2000mg CBD, that works out to be a 20% strength (high CBD content). For a 30ml bottle to have the same strength it would need to contain 6000mg, now this could really burn a hole in your pocket!
With all these different measurements, you can see how someone may get confused or purchase CBD oil that is weaker than they anticipated. Our CBD oil range comes in four strengths 5%, 10%, 15% and 20%.
How to calculate CBD strength?
When you are looking at CBD products, if you want to know how to work out the CBD % or mg content, you can use these simple formulas below:
Turning mg content into CBD %:
The calculation: mg/(1000 x ml) = CBD %
In our example we will use a 500mg CBD 10ml bottle. So, we divide the total mg (500) by the result of 1000x10, that will give us a CBD strength of 5%.
If we use the same 500mg CBD but this time it's in a 20ml bottle, the strength would be 2.5% CBD and therefore you would need to take twice as much as the 10ml bottle to reach the same dosage.
Turning CBD % into mg content:
The calculation: CBD % x (1000 x ml) = mg content
For example, we have a 5% CBD strength 10ml bottle, so lets work out the mg content.
(1000 x 10ml) x 5% = 500mg CBD
Just multiply 1000 by the bottle size of 10ml and then times that by the CBD strength of 5% resulting in a mg content of 500mg.
That’s it! Working out the CBD potency/strength is as easy as that.
There are so many ways people consume CBD, from oils to gummies and vapes to creams. Much of it comes down to personal preference and experimenting with what works best for you.
You can apply CBD in a number of ways, with different dosages for different medical conditions. How much CBD you take and when, really comes down to what works best for you and it will require some trial and error.
If this is your first time using CBD, it may be best to go for CBD oil as the sublingual method is the easiest way to measure CBD dosage and it’s great for CBD absorption. Tip: put CBD drops under the tongue and hold for 60 seconds before swallowing.
We recommend our 1000mg Full Spectrum CBD Oil.
Please note, if you have regular drug tests at work, we recommend you use Broad Spectrum CBD, as that contains no THC. Our Full Spectrum CBD has very small traces of THC, less than 0.2%, and it might not even show up but sometimes it's best to be safe than sorry.
What happens if you take too much CBD?
Unlike traditional medicine in the form of pills, CBD is known to be relatively safe and has fewer side effects although there is less research around CBD. If you take too much CBD, you may feel drowsy and tired (so don’t operate a vehicle), but this isn’t guaranteed, no known harm has come from this side effect and it’s short term.
If your body isn’t used to a sudden intake of CBD, consuming CBD may cause stomach upset. This is a normal biological response whenever something foreign enters the body the first few times, and once the stomach realizes CBD isn’t an irritant, nausea should pass. You may also experience dry mouth and a change in appetite.
Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed this blog post. With continued research and anecdotal evidence, we will understand CBD better and can hope for a better, healthier future.
If you decide to try CBD, talk with your doctor — if for no other reason than to make sure it won’t affect other medications you are taking.
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