How to Read a CBD Label. CBD products are available for a variety of needs. But CBD users can have a hard time reading a CBD label, both online or in stores. Check out this guide to reading CBD labels correctly.
A Guide of How to Read a CBD Label.
Why is CBD popular?
Cannabidiol or CBD is the second most important cannabinoid produced by the cannabis plant after THC. And in recent years, its consumption is on the rise. The main reason is that CBD offers a wide range of health benefits. And unlike THC, it is not psychoactive, so it does not cause intoxication or side effects. In addition, it is legal.
For example, in the United States, a 2019 Gallup poll survey  found that about 14% of its population consumes CBD, including for medicinal purposes. CBD actually interacts with various body systems, specifically via the intracannabinoid system. This is made up of endocannabinoids, the receivers to which cannabinoids attach, as well as the enzymes responsible for breaking down the cannabinoids.
Both CBD and other phytocannabinoids (cannabinoids produced by cannabis) attach properly to cannabinoid receivers as soon as they penetrate the body. Once they reach these receptors, cannabinoids produce a wide range of effects. And these effects depend on which receptors they activate. Among the properties of CBD, according to studies, are the reduction of pain, the reduction of epileptic seizures, the reduction of depression and anxiety.
Online shopping and The CBD Label
When purchasing a product containing CBD online, the most important thing is the CBD labeling. In addition, of course, we must trust brands with recognized prestige so as not to be tricked. Thus, once we have found a good manufacturer, we will have the opportunity to buy the product directly from the manufacturer or in a store that distributes it.
Sometimes the CBD labels on products can be very confusing. Since they are products that have not been on the market for a long time, people are still getting used to them and do not have any knowledge about them yet. But that doesn’t mean you should buy any CBD product randomly, it’s a good idea to learn a little more about it. It’s no more complicated than buying cannabis seeds based on what you want.
The CBD Label
The key is the ingredients. And more specifically, the concentration of CBD they contain. Although it is becoming common in many cosmetics that do not include it. But it is important when the CBD product is ingested as in the case of e-liquids. Finding the information on how many milligrams of CBD it contains will help us tailor the doses to our needs.
In general, CBD labels indicate the total number of milligrams of CBD. So, for example, a 10 ml bottle of oil containing 1000 mg of CBD would be a 10% CBD oil. Another thing that many consumers will want to know is the origin of the CBD. And in this case, the vast majority of CBD is derived from hemp, which is cannabis plants containing less than 0.3% THC.
What’s interesting to know is whether the oil or e-liquid is a full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or single spectrum.
- Full-spectrum: contains CBD, minor cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and traces of THC.
- Broad-spectrum: contains cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids, but no trace of THC.
- Isolated spectrum: this is pure CBD, from which all other compounds have been removed to obtain a crystalline powder.
A 2015 study by the Hebrew University of Israel compared the medical potential of a single CBD molecule to that of a whole plant extract rich in CBD. The conclusion was that the whole plant extract had greater medical value than the single-molecule CBD extract. This is known as the “Entourage Effect”.
CBD Oil Base
When you buy CBD oil online, you should know that it is only made from a vegetable oil base and a concentration of cannabis extract. Although it is only a few drops to be consumed per day, many people also want to know the origin of the vegetable oil.
Generally, a good virgin olive oil or hemp seed oil is used. The latter has a stronger taste than olive oil. But in the end, it’s the CBD that’s important.
Another important aspect to consider is that the label states that it contains CBD. Many manufacturers use the words “hemp extract” or “hemp oil”, but they do not actually contain CBD, but are made with hemp seed oil.
Important CBD Label Data
The data on CBD labels is also important, such as lot number, date of manufacture, and some type of third-party certification, such as a COA that tests the accuracy of what the label says.
Dosage of CBD
We assume that CBD is a safe substance. In the United States, for example, CBD has what doctors call a “favorable safety profile”.
This means that its consumption does not alter important factors such as heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature and does not affect psychological functions. But when it comes to finding the most effective dosage of CBD for each individual, we find that there are not enough studies on this subject. The effects of CBD can be very different for each individual. This may be related to genetic mutations in our cannabinoid receptors, which cause variations in the body’s response to CBD.
For example, a variation in the CB1 receptor between two people can cause them to react differently to the same dose of CBD. There are also other factors that determine the effectiveness of a dose of CBD. From the type of product to the way it is consumed, to the physiology of the consumer.
The Dosage in Milligrams of CBD
A dose of up to 1,500 milligrams of CBD (1.5 grams) per day has been shown to be tolerable, even over long periods of time. But there is no need for such excessive doses. And it’s not for buying a super concentrated oil online without knowing if you’ll need it. Ideally, you should start with a product with a low concentration of CBD. For example, a CBD oil with a concentration of 5%. This means that each milliliter of oil contains 50 milligrams of CBD.
The dosage of these oils is done in sublingual drops. And each milliliter of oil contains about 25 drops. So each drop contains 2 milligrams of CBD. Start with 3-4 drops 3 times a day, testing the effects. If necessary, you can either increase the dose or switch to a more concentrated oil. There are oils with a concentration of up to 40% CBD.
When buying CBD products online, it’s important to know what you’re buying and if what you’re buying is really what you want and need. Learning to read CBD labels will help everyone make the right decision.
In addition to this guide for how to read CBD labels, find more helpful CBD information in the CBD Guides.
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1. GALLUP POLL SOCIAL SERIES: CONSUMPTION HABITS, 2019,https://news.gallup.com/file/poll/263729/190807CBDProducts.pdf