We found that starting a CBD oil regimen can be difficult due to the lack of transparency on the labels of products. To help, we’ve broken down the main components to give you a better understanding.
When considering which CBD oil to choose, there are a few points you should consider. We’ve listed out these criteria below along with a picture of our product as an example.
This is the total number of milligrams of CBD in the bottle, which is always a proportion of the oil in the bottle as a whole. The amount of CBD is highly important as this tells you how much of the active ingredient you are actually buying.
The concentration, or percentage, is the proportion of the oil in the bottle (and indeed in each drop) that is pure CBD. The lower the percentage, the lower the concentration of CBD per drop – and vice versa. If you’re only looking for a small daily dose of CBD, you’ll want to choose a bottle with a low percentage – say 5%. If you’re looking for a higher dose of CBD, you’ll want to choose one with a higher percentage – say 15%. This information is really important when deciding the strength of the dose you want to take. If you’re just starting out or don’t yet have much experience with CBD, try taking a lower concentration per drop to begin with.
Size of bottle
Very simply put, this is the total volume of oil in the bottle in milliliters. Most bottles commonly contain 10 ml, 20 ml or 30 ml. The total volume is made up of two major components:
- CBD – the amount of oil that is pure CBD extract
- Carrier oil – the oil that is blended with the CBD extract
With full-spectrum CBD extracts, there are also small quantities of other cannabinoids – other active ingredients found in hemp that have their own health benefits and properties.
CBD per drop
This may not appear on all CBD oil labels, but it is included on Hempscious products to ensure transparency about the amount of CBD per drop in milligrams. This is calculated through a formula that takes into account the CBD amount, concentration and number of drops in the bottle.
THC is the psychoactive part of the hemp plant that can cause a “high” feeling. In general, users want the health benefits of CBD without the feeling caused by THC so while there is a trace of THC left in the oil, it has a much lower percentage than the CBD. The concentration of THC in Hempscious’s bottles is generally under 0.2%.
All CBD oils contain a so-called carrier oil – in fact, this is the majority of the oil found in most bottles. CBD extract would be too strong for the body to process without being diluted by a carrier oil; CBD also needs to be in the presence of fat to be effectively absorbed by the body. These carrier oils include hemp-seed oil, coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil and many others. Hempscious’s bottles use coconut oil as the carrier because it’s one of the easiest oils to digest, so it allows the CBD to be quickly released into the blood stream.