Disclaimer: Only a licensed health professional can properly advise you as to whether cannabidiol (CBD) may be appropriate for you and the optimal amount, so we must legally encourage you to seek professional medical advice before beginning to use CBD.
With that said and in the spirit of educating our visitors, we want to provide a framework for understanding the product labeling on CBD products to help you better understand what you’re purchasing and just how much CBD is in that product.
Research and Anecdotes
In regard to how much CBD to take, many first-time users hear advice from well-meaning friends who have used CBD in the past or even the vendors they purchase their products from. It’s important to keep in mind that, just like any other supplement, CBD affects everyone differently. Your weight, digestion and other characteristics can all play a factor into how much CBD you might want to use. As a general suggestion often heard in the CBD community, consider to “start low and go slow” when first trying CBD.
CBD can be consumed in a few different ways – sublingual tinctures, vape, capsules, and edibles – and we will discuss each of these.
Tinctures & Oils
Tinctures and oils are alcohols or oils infused with CBD. These have two important numbers: a) the total amount of CBD present in the bottle, usually listed in milligrams (mg), and the total amount of liquid in the bottle, usually listed in milliliters (mL).
The amount of CBD in a single product usually ranges between 250 mg to 5,000 mg of CBD. This is the total amount of CBD in the bottle, not in each dropper or serving.
The product’s CBD concentration is a measure of how much CBD (mg) is present in a single mL of liquid. A simple way to determine the product’s potency is to divide the CBD concentration (mg) by the total product volume (mL).
However, a more relatable value is likely the amount of CBD by concentration represented as a percent. In the very same way that you’ll see alcohol by volume (ABV) on your favorite beer, the CBD by volume is in the same vein and is meant to be a quick way to determine CBD concentration without doing any math in your head.*
At Halso, we’ve already done the work for you and each of our tinctures and oils will list the CBD by volume percent.
Even if we don’t carry the product, we’ve made a CBD Concentration calculator that you can use to easily find out how much CBD by volume is present in a tincture and the estimated amount of CBD within each drop.
Tincture products usually include a 1 mL dropper* in the cap, and these droppers produce approximately 0.05 ml of solution per drop.
*A baby medication dropper can be used to precisely measure your amount, if necessary.
Interested in understanding how to calculate the CBD concentration percent by volume?
Tincture Comparison Chart – Receptra Naturals Full Spectrum Tincture vs. NuLeaf Naturals Full Spectrum Tincture
|Brand||Receptra Naturals||NuLeaf Naturals|
|Product Name||Full Spectrum CBD Tincture||Full Spectrum CBD Oil|
|CBD Quantity (total)||2,000 mg||240 mg|
|Volume of Product (mL)||30 mL||5 mL|
|CBD Concentration %
(Assuming density is 1 g/mL)
|How much CBD (mL) is in 1 drop?
(Assuming 1 drop = 0.05 mL)
|3.33 mg||2.4 mg|
Whereas tinctures are meant to be taken under the tongue, vape juices are made to be inhaled using a vaping device. The liquid is placed in the device’s cartridge and smoked – similar to a nicotine pen.
Like tinctures, CBD vape oil comes in a wide range of concentrations going as low as 10 mg and as high as 1,000 mg. As demonstrated with tinctures above, you should consider the CBD potency (concentration/volume), which can help you judge the relative concentrations of different vape juice products.
It’s difficult to accurately measure the amount with vape products since the amount ingested will vary based on how hard you draw on the vape pen.
Capsules & Edibles
Of all the CBD products, edibles and capsules provide the most precise amount of CBD, which shows as simply the number of milligrams listed. If you eat half of the edible, well, then you will have consumed half of the listed milligrams. If you take an entire capsule, you will have consumed the amount of milligrams listed as per capsule.
Topical Salves, Lotions & Creams
Typically used to help with pain, inflammation and even eczema, CBD lotions, creams, and salves range in concentrations between 25 mg and 800 mg – with the most common strength being around 500 mg per container.
The amount you receive with topical creams depends on how much of the product you apply, and, unlike other CBD products, the results are localized, not systemic.
Remember that it’s safest to “start low and go slow”, especially when you’re new to CBD.
Rather than taking larger amounts all at once, start with small amounts throughout the day. Give the amount time to work before taking the next and keep track of how you’re feeling and adjust the amount as necessary.