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Understanding the Significance of CBD Content and Concentration

Written By Ellese Symons Jul 13th 2022
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When purchasing CBD and trying to determine how much product to take, there are several numbers you will want to consider, particularly when selecting CBD tinctures. You will want to know the total amount of product in the bottle, the total CBD content of that product, and the amount of hemp oil required to achieve your desired dosage.

Many people are initially confused, or intimidated, by having to deal with so many numbers. You may appreciate knowing that the math is actually quite simple. Once you understand how and why these numbers are relevant, the rest is easy. We can help you understand the significance of the amount of CBD in your hemp oil product and help you break down those numbers.

CBD Content Should be Clearly Identified in Milligrams

CBD is the scientific abbreviation for one of the many potentially beneficial cannabinoids found in hemp oil, cannabidiol. WhileCBD oil” and “hemp oil” are used interchangeably within our industry, it’s the hemp oil that contains CBD.

When purchasing any product containing CBD, you have to be careful; it’s not enough for a product vendor to claim their product contains CBD. There are simply too many companies infusing products with insignificant amounts of CBD in order to profit from the increasing interest in hemp oil products.

A product that contains a significant amount of CBD will clearly identify the CBD content in milligrams. If the product you are investigating does not specify the total amount of CBD it contains, there is a good chance that it is either made with hemp seed oil, which does not contain CBD, or contains too little CBD to provide any potential benefit.

If the CBD content is not clearly specified in milligrams (mg), it’s time to select a different product. The most reputable CBD companies also provide access to third-party test results so consumers can verify the purity and potency of their selection.

Determining the Amount of CBD in Your Bottle

When you are purchasing a CBD tincture, it’s important to remember that the size of the bottle, the amount of hemp oil the bottle contains, has little to do with how much CBD is available in the bottle you select. Bigger is not always better. If you find an unusually large bottle of CBD at a lower than average price, take a look at how many milligrams of CBD is in that bottle. Chances are that the potency is quite low for the money.

The total amount of liquid in a bottle of CBD oil is stated in milliliters (ml). You may have noticed that CBD tinctures of varying levels of potency are all presented in bottles of the same size. A 5000mg tincture comes in the same size bottle as a 250mg tincture. When you select a higher concentration, you will need to take less product per dose.

Determining the amount of CBD in Your Dropper

CBD tinctures are commonly sold in 15-30ml bottles. Each full dropper of hemp oil holds approximately one ml of liquid. You can easily approximate how many milligrams of CBD are in each dropper by dividing the total amount of CBD in your product by the number of milliliters of tincture in the bottle. Let’s use a 30ml bottle in the following example:

  • Product A contains 250mg ÷ 30 = 8.3mg per dropper
  • Product B contains 500mg ÷ 30 = 16.7mg per dropper
  • Product C contains 1000mg ÷ 30 = 33.3mg per dropper
  • Product D contains 2500mg ÷ 30 = 83.3mg per dropper
  • Product E contains 5000mg ÷ 30 = 166.7mg per dropper

A single dosage of CBD is measured in milligrams. Many people start with the commonly recommend dosage of 5-10mg of CBD every 3-4 hours, increasing their dosage gradually until they find their ideal. While it is often recommended to aim for 30-60mg per day, everybody is unique; you may find you need more or less. Since you now know how to determine how much CBD is in a ml of hemp oil, it’s going to be much easier to determine how much CBD oil to use at a time.

Breaking It Down into Milligrams per Drop

If you were trying to measure a dosage of 10mg, you could take a full dropper of 250-milligram tincture and still be a bit low on the mark, or you could try estimating just over a third of a dropper of a 500mg product. You have that option, but many people prefer a more precise dosing method. You can be assured of consistent dosing by determining how many milligrams of CBD are in a drop of your hemp oil tincture.

Once you know that there are around 40 drops in a ml of CBD oil, determining the amount of cannabidiol in each drop of your tincture is easy. Here’s how a millimeter of product breaks down per drop:

  • Product A contains 250mg ÷ 30 = 8.3mg per dropper ÷ 40 drops per ml = 0.2mg/drop
  • Product B contains 500mg ÷ 30 = 16.7mg per dropper ÷ 40 drops per ml = 0.4mg/drop
  • Product C contains 1000mg ÷ 30 = 33.3mg per dropper ÷ 40 drops per ml = 0.8mg/drop
  • Product D contains 2500mg ÷ 30 = 83.3mg per dropper ÷ 40 drops per ml = 2.1mg/drop
  • Product E contains 5000mg ÷ 30 = 166.7mg per dropper ÷ 40 drops per ml = 4.2mg/drop

As you can see, the cannabidiol concentration in your product has a significant impact on how much of your CBD tincture you will need to use per dose. If you were to select product A, the 250mg bottle, you would need to count out 50 drops, that’s over a ml of product. With the 2500mg tincture, you only need to use five drops. Many CBD enthusiasts find it much more convenient, and cost-effective, to use a CBD tincture with a higher concentration of CBD.

Understanding the CBD Content of CBD Capsules and Softgels

CBD tinctures should be labeled to reflect the total amount of CBD in the product package. If you have spent any time viewing CBD capsules or gummies, you may have noticed that most product manufacturers clearly state how many mg of CBD are contained in each fruity edible or capsule. The measuring and calculating is already done for you. Since the commonly recommended daily dosage of CBD is 30-60mg per day, it’s easy to plan accordingly when selecting your product. Consider the total CBD content and item count in the following products:

  • Product A 25mg capsules X 30 (count) = 750mg total CBD (30-day supply)
  • Product B 30mg softgels X 30 (count) =900mg total CBD (30-day supply)
  • Product C 30mg softgels X 60 (count) =1800mg total CBD (60-day supply)

If you plan on taking 25-30mg of CBD once each day, a 30-count package will last about a month, and a 60 count package will last two months. Obviously, if you discover that your ideal dosage is closer to the upper end of the recommendations, a 60-count bottle will still offer the convenience of ordering once each month.

The CBD Content of CBD Isolate, Topicals, and CBD Vape Products

When you select a CBD topical ointment or skincare cream, you should still have easy access to the amount of CBD in your product of choice. Remember that the number of milligrams you see reflects the total amount of CBD in the product, not the concentration per use. If the number of milligrams is not clearly stated, there is not likely to be enough CBD in the product to trigger any noticeable results. In general, it’s best not to purchase CBD until you find a vendor willing to provide this essential information.

For those who are interested in CBD isolate or CBD vape, the numbers are fairly easy to remember. CBD isolate contains 1000mg of CBD per gram. Half a gram of CBD isolate contains 500mg of CBD.

A 200mg vape cartridge will deliver approximately 2mg of CBD per puff, based on 100 puffs per tank. Don’t let that low mg per puff number dampen your interest in vaping CBD. Cannabidiol has excellent bioavailability when vaped because it bypasses the digestive processes. Most who vape CBD find they need significantly less product (as compared to tinctures or capsules) to achieve their desired result.

Understanding CBD Content and Concentration Can Help You Make Informed Decisions

CBD is just one of the many components of hemp oil; it’s the non-psychoactive cannabinoid that influences the receptors of your endocannabinoid system. It’s the amount of CBD in hemp oil that you are paying for. Here’s a brief recap of the numbers you need to know.

  • Know how many milligrams (mg) of CBD are in your product
  • Determine how many milliliters (ml) of tincture the bottle contains
  • Divide the number of mg of CBD by the number of ml in your bottle to determine mg per ml
  • Divide the mg per ml (a single dropper) by 40 to determine the approximate number of mg per drop

Now you will easily be able to determine how many drops of CBD oil to take per dose. Simply hold the tincture under your tongue for 30-60 seconds to allow the CBD to absorb before swallowing.

Selecting High-Quality Products at a Reasonable Price

You can further investigate the value of the products under your consideration by determining the cost per mg of CBD. Dividing the product cost by the number of milligrams of CBD it contains will allow you to determine your cost per milligram. Knowing the cost per milligram can help you find the best product concentration to fit your budget, and help you determine if the products you select are fairly priced.

At CBDistillery, we believe everyone should have access to the potential health and wellness benefits of hemp CBD. That’s why we feel it’s essential to provide quality hemp-derived products at fair prices. Visit CBDistillery to view our impressive selection of CBD tinctures, softgels, gummies, vape products, and CBD pet tinctures. All CBDistillery products are third-party verified for content purity and potency.