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What CBD Strength Is Best for You?

Written By Ellese Symons Jul 13th 2022
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You have a lot of decisions to make when choosing your first CBD product. As you browse through a seemingly endless number of options, you might naturally wonder how you’ll ever feel confident enough to commit to a purchase. We get it. You want a product that fits your lifestyle and a CBD strength that suits your needs. You deserve that.

You also deserve to have enough reliable information to make an informed purchasing decision. If you’re interested in the health and wellness potential of hemp-derived CBD but having difficulty deciding which product to start with, knowing the finer points about CBD strength, product potency, and serving sizes could help lead you toward the CBD product that’s right for you.

Are You Ready to Start Narrowing Your Options?

Before getting too far into CBD strengths, first, consider eliminating a few products from your search parameters. When purchasing for the first time, you’ll likely want to stick with one of the three main product types, full spectrum, broad spectrum, or products made with CBD isolate powder. All three have a unique set of features and benefits based on the following cannabinoid profiles.

Full Spectrum CBD Products

Full spectrum CBD gives you all the additional cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes, and other phytonutrients in the same ratios found in nature, including trace amounts of THC. Full spectrum CBD is often considered more potent than other options because of the way each cannabinoid contributes to an “entourage effect.”

Broad Spectrum CBD Products

Broad spectrum CBD gives you many of the same cannabinoids and terpenes as full spectrum, but the THC is reduced to non-detectable levels during extraction processes. Since most of the additional cannabinoids and terpenes remain intact, broad spectrum CBD retains the flavor and aroma of natural hemp and also contains enough additional cannabinoids and terpenes for an entourage effect.

Pure CBD Isolate Products

CBD isolate powder is the purest form of CBD you’ll find. All the additional cannabinoids, terpenes, and other unwanted plant components are removed during extraction and processing. All that remains is a flavorless, odorless powder that’s nearly 100% pure CBD (cannabidiol). CBD products made with isolate powder are popular with CBD users who don’t care for the flavor or aroma of natural hemp.

Understanding the Basics of Product Potency

Some first-time CBD users prefer sticking with CBD capsules and gummies, products that deliver a consistent, premeasured serving of CBD. While that’s always an option, many others prefer starting with a product that allows them the opportunity to find the ideal CBD serving size for their needs. That’s why CBD tinctures are considered one of the best options for people using hemp-derived CBD products for the first time.

As you browse your options, you’ll notice that CBDistillery® CBD Oil Tinctures are sold in 30 ml bottles. Each full spectrum, broad spectrum, and pure CBD isolate tincture is available in several different strengths. On each product label, you’ll see two important numbers, the total amount of CBD in the bottle and a smaller number that tells you how much CBD is in each 1ml (1 dropper) serving.

Why CBD Oil Tincture Strength Matters

Shopping for CBD is a little different than shopping for shampoo, toothpaste, or body wash. For those products, value is determined by the cost per fluid ounce. When you buy a CBD oil tincture, you’re paying for the amount of CBD in the bottle, not how many ounces of liquid that bottle holds.

Although you’ll see serving size suggestions printed on the label, using a CBD tincture gives you a distinct advantage over CBD capsules and gummies, the ability to determine the smallest amount of CBD you need to get the effects you’re hoping for. How? By starting with a small amount of CBD and increasing serving sizes gradually until you achieve your desired results.

Selecting the CBD Oil Tincture That’s Right for You

Based on the feedback of nearly 2000 survey respondents, most CBD users report favorable results using CBDistillery® CBD products for relaxation, better sleep, and to help with inflammation, pain, and stiffness after physical activity. An impressive 88% also tell us that CBD can help with mild or temporary anxiety.

But if you’re new to CBD, it’s important to realize that it can take time to find your ideal serving size, an amount of CBD best suited to your needs. However, most CBD users report achieving their best results within 7-14 days of consistent use. As you consider the CBD strength of each of our four options, you’ll likely notice how easy it is to adjust your serving sizes based on product potency.1

Regular Strength CBD Oil Tinctures – 500mg CBD Per Bottle

When you choose a regular strength CBDistillery® tincture, each 30ml bottle gives you 500mg of our pure, potent, hemp-derived CBD. Since there are 30 ml of liquid per bottle, each 1ml (1 dropper) serving gives you 17mg. Since each full dropper holds 20 drops, that breaks down to .83 mg of CBD per drop. Assuming your ideal serving size is 30 ml, you would need nearly 2 full droppers of CBDistillery® 500mg Full Spectrum CBD Oil Tincture, so each 500 mg bottle would give you about 15 servings.

Extra Strength CBD Oil Tinctures – 1000mg CBD Per Bottle

A 30ml bottle of any CBDistillery® Extra Strength CBD Oil Tincture contains 1000 mg of CBD. That breaks down to 33 mg per 1 ml dropper, or 1.67 mg per drop. If you assume the same ideal 30 mg serving size, you’ll only need 1 ml of our CBDistillery® 1000mg Broad Spectrum CBD Oil Tincture to achieve the same results as a 2ml serving of our regular strength (500mg) tincture. CBDistillery Extra Strength 1000mg CBD Oil Tinctures are available in full spectrum, broad spectrum, pure CBD isolate, and Full Spectrum Mango.

Maximum Strength CBD Oil Tinctures – 2500mg CBD Per Bottle

When you choose a maximum strength CBDistillery® 2500mg Full Spectrum CBD Oil Tincture, each 1ml serving gives you 83 mg of CBD, and amount that breaks down to 3.8 mg of CBD per drop. At the same presumed serving size, you’d only need about 8 drops of a maximum strength tincture to accomplish the same goal provided by a full dropper of an extra-strength formula. At this CBD strength, a 30 ml bottle would give you about 83 (30 mg=8 drop) servings.

Max Plus Strength CBD Oil Tincture – 5000mg CBD Per Bottle

A 30ml bottle of CBDistillery® Max Plus Strength CBD Oil Tincture gives you 5000mg of our full spectrum CBD. That breaks down to 167mg of CBD per 1ml serving. Based on the average of 20 drops per ml, each drop of CBDistillery® 5000mg Full Spectrum CBD Oil Tincture contains about 8mg of CBD, or more precisely, 8.35 mg. If your ideal serving size is 30 mg of CBD, you would only need about 4 drops per serving. At that serving size, you would get nearly 167 servings per bottle.

Are Tinctures Always the Better Option for First-Time CBD Users?

When you purchase CBDistillery CBD products, you’ll see serving size suggestions printed on the label. Although you’re looking at an amount of CBD that seems to work well for most people, that amount could be significantly more or considerably less than the amount of CBD that works best for you. But using a tincture isn’t the only way to start with a smaller than average serving size.

Although using a CBD oil tincture makes the discovery process easier, you also have the option of starting with half (or quarter) of a CBDistillery® 30mg Broad Spectrum CBD Anytime Gummy or a partial packet of a Daytime Synergy Drink Mix. Although increasing your serving sizes drop by drop over time is a very precise way to determine individual serving sizes, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with sticking with product options that give you a pre-measured, consistent serving of CBD. If you’re drawn to the convenience and portability of CBDistillery® 30mg Broad Spectrum CBD Softgels, that’s what you should try.

Are You Ready to Choose a CBD Strength?

Once you know the significance of product strength and optimal serving sizes, it’s much easier to refine your search and narrow your options. If you’d like to learn more about how CBD works or some of the many ways you might benefit, visit CBDistillery to download The Ultimate CBD User Guide or browse our #CBDMOVEMENT™ Blog. Then consider browsing our selection of CBD, CBG, and CBN products. All CBDistillery® non-GMO hemp-derived CBD products are third-party tested, Leaping Bunny certified, and backed by our 60-Day Satisfaction Guarantee.


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