CBD Strength: Understanding the Different Potencies of CBD Products
At CBD UK, we often get asked "What is your strongest CBD product". Our answer is always "why are you looking for a strong CBD product". 99% of the time, the customer is looking for a super-strong CBD product to help with things like Pain Relief, Poor Sleep or even Anxiety.
As we explain to any customer looking for a strong CBD Oil or strong CBD product, "CBD doesn't always work that way". We don't deny that taking more "mg" of CBD will increase the effects, but it's just not that simple.
Different Strengths of CBD
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound found in hemp plants and is
known for its many potential health benefits. Although it cannot be sold in the UK under any medical claims at all, it is now widely accepted worldwide by medical professionals to help with various conditions. Medical CBD is available in the UK via prescription, although this is quite rare at the minute. This may change in the future.
CBD strength refers to the amount of CBD in a product and is usually measured in milligrams (mg). When shopping for CBD products, you may see strengths listed as 300mg, 500mg, 1000mg, and so on. The higher the number, the more CBD is in the product.
Labelling should always include the amount/drop in CBD oils. Calculating CBD content/drop isn't as hard as it may first appear. On average, a 10ml bottle of CBD contains approximately 200 drops in total. If the label says it contains 1000mg of CBD/bottle, that is a simple calculation of 1000 divided by 200. That gives you 5(mg)/drop. A 1500mg strength bottle (sometimes labelled as 15%), will be 1500/200 giving you 7.5mg/drop.
Once you know the strength, we recommend starting with around 10-20mg once a day and seeing how you get on. After a couple of days, if you need to increase your dosage, just take 1-2 drops more/day. You should find that you reach a point where you start to feel the benefits. This often doesn't have to be huge amounts and we also need to state that the Food Standards Agency (FSA), recommend not taking more than 70mg/day. This used to be a lot higher and there is a lot of confusion in the industry, how this figure became so low?
Why are there so many different CBD strengths?
There are several factors that determine the strength of a CBD product, including:
The type of hemp plant used: The CBD content of hemp plants can vary greatly, depending on the strain and growing conditions. Some plants contain more CBD than others, which affects the strength of the final product.
The extraction method used: Different extraction methods can produce different levels of CBD. Some methods are more effective at extracting CBD than others, which can result in a higher or lower strength product.
The formula used: Different manufacturers may use different formulas to make their products, which can affect the strength. Some products may contain additional ingredients that dilute the CBD, resulting in a lower strength product.
When choosing a CBD product, it is important to understand the strength to ensure that you are getting the right amount for your needs. Here are a few things to consider:
Purpose: The strength of the product you choose will depend on why you are using CBD. If you are using it for mild symptoms, a lower strength product may be enough. However, if you are using it for more severe symptoms, you may need a higher strength product.
Dosage: The recommended dosage of CBD varies depending on the strength of the product. A higher strength product will require a lower dosage, while a lower strength product will require a higher dosage.
Budget: Higher strength products are typically more expensive than lower strength products. Consider your budget when choosing a product to ensure that you are getting the best value for your money.
Understanding CBD strength is crucial for
choosing the right product for your needs, but selecting a quality trusted brand and the right product is just as important! Be sure to consider your purpose,
dosage, and budget when making your decision. As always, it's best to consult
with a healthcare professional before starting to use CBD products. If you have any questions, please fell free to get in touch by clicking this link
Pure CBD v Full Spectrum CBD
Full spectrum CBD refers to a type of CBD product that contains all the naturally occurring compounds found in the hemp plant, including CBD, terpenes, flavonoids, and other cannabinoids, such as THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Unlike isolated or synthetic CBD, full spectrum CBD is not made from just one compound, but rather from the whole plant, giving it a broader range of effects and benefits.
The magic behind Full Spectrum CBD is that the different compounds in the hemp plant act together in a synergistic manner. This is known as the “entourage effect”. This interaction helps all the canabinoids enhance each other's benefits and effects. This means that the different compounds in full spectrum CBD products may offer a wider range of benefits than isolated CBD, such as improved relief, reduced anxiety/improved mood, better sleep, and a stronger immune system.
Pure CBD Oil is where all the other Cannabinoids have been removed leaving only pure CBD (or CBG). Although this seems like it would make the end product, a less of a product, it doesn't have to. Things like CBG Oil are amazing at helping with Relaxation and Sleep so don't look at them as a lesser product. They just aren't.
Why does CBD vary in price?
CBD products can vary greatly in price due to several factors, including:
Quality of the hemp plant: High-quality hemp plants that are grown using sustainable and organic methods tend to be more expensive than lower quality plants. The quality of the hemp plant affects the final product, so higher quality hemp plants result in more expensive CBD products.
Extraction method: Different extraction methods can produce different levels of CBD, and some methods are more expensive than others. CO2 extraction, for example, is considered to be the gold standard in CBD extraction, but it is also more expensive than other methods.
Brand reputation: Some brands are more established and have a better reputation than others. Brands that have invested in research and development, third-party testing, and marketing tend to have higher prices.
Potency: Higher potency products, meaning those with more milligrams of CBD per serving, tend to be more expensive than lower potency products. This is because more CBD requires more raw materials and processing.
Packaging and marketing: The packaging and marketing of a CBD product can also impact its price. Products that come in high-end packaging with a lot of marketing behind them tend to be more expensive. If you see a CBD Oil on Facebook for £10, what you will get is a low quality, low-strength (if the product contains any CBD) and possibly, an unsafe product.
*A few years ago, one of the UK's leading CBD bodies purchased 6 budget CBD Oils from eBay. After lab-testing these 6 products, 3 were found to contain zero CBD and the other 3 were found to contain less than helf the stated amount?
The price of CBD products can vary widely depending on several factors, including the quality of the hemp plant, the extraction method, the brand reputation, potency, and packaging and marketing. When choosing a CBD product, it's important to consider not only the price but also the quality and reputation of the brand, and to choose a reputable brand that provides third-party testing results.
How much CBD should I take?
Like we said earlier, less is often more so start with a few drops (approx 10-20mg) and see what happens. Then slowly increase until you start to feel any improvements.