Users of CBD products, especially new users, sometimes find themselves struggling to figure out how strong a CBD product really is from the information on the label. Sometimes it’s not just as straight forward as reading the number of milligrams.
500mg, 1000mg, 2.5%, 8% – are all examples of the kind of figures that are given on the labels of CBD products. But what do they mean when you’re trying to determine the strength of a product?
The number of mg typically refers to the total absolute amount of cannabinoids in the product (note this isn’t necessarily the same as the total amount of CBD). Most people measure doses in drops so understanding what the true strength of the CBD product you use is important. This is because there’s another variable that must be taken into account – the volume of the product container.
For example if you have a 10ml bottle of CBD Oil which has 1000mg stated on the label, and a 20ml bottle that is also stated as 1000mg, then those two bottles have different strengths.
Drop for drop and ml for ml, the 20ml bottle is only half as strong as the 10ml bottle. Yes they both contain the same overall amount of cannabinoids, but if you measure your dose in drops or ml’s then you’re getting only half the amount of CBD when using the 20ml product.
Percentages are also given by suppliers. The percentage given represents the concentration, i.e. the true measure of the drop-for-drop strength of a product. For example, 1000mg of cannabinoids/CBD in a 10ml bottle is a concentration of 10%. 1000mg in a 20ml bottle is a 5% concentration.