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High strength, super strength, ultra strength… with so many different types of CBD available, which one is best for your needs? Dr. Sarah Brewer explains. Trying to find the best strength of CBD oil for yourself? In this guide, we explain different CBD strengths — and how to choose the one that will be the best fit for your needs. Wondering what is the best strength CBD oil to take? Check out this simple how-to guide that explains serving sizes and dosage formulations.

What strength CBD should I take?

High strength, super strength, ultra strength… with so many different types of CBD available, which one is best for your needs? Dr. Sarah Brewer explains.

When you first start taking CBD, you’re usually advised to ‘start low and go slow’. This is because some people appear to metabolise CBD more slowly than others, and need only a low dose to notice an effect.

Gradually increase the dose if you need to; you may want to revisit your dose each week, for example, until you find a level that works best for you. The CBD dose at which you finally arrive will vary depending on the strength of the product, how you respond, and the reason you are taking it.

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High strength CBD oil products

Those new to CBD will tend to start with a product that provides less than 10mg per dose. If you prefer to take a capsule, then a typical starting product will provide 6.4mg of a ‘high-strength’ oil in which CBD is blended with olive and hemp oil. If you are taking the product to promote general wellbeing, you may only need to take one of these – for example at night. When necessary, you can increase the dose to two or three capsules, spread at intervals throughout the day.

If you prefer to take drops, then a typical starting product will contain CBD infused into a carrier oil to provide an overall strength of, for example, 2.75%. This means that CBD makes up 2.75% of the total product and the other listed ingredients, such as hemp seed oil, make up the remaining 97.25%. The usual dose ranges from one to eight drops, up to three times daily.

For rapid absorption, hold the drops under your tongue for a couple of minutes before swallowing. If needed, the dose can be increased to the manufacturer’s recommended maximum (e.g. 25 drops daily) taken at regular intervals throughout the day.

If the maximum dose of a high strength product does not meet your needs, you may want to switch to a super strength product.

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Super strength CBD oil products

When it comes to super strength capsules, these usually provide 15mg CBD per capsule, and the recommended dose is one to two capsules taken daily with water. These capsules therefore provide a maximum of 30mg CBD per day.

A bottle of super strength CBD oil drops will typically contain a CBD concentration of around 5%. This means that CBD makes up 5% of the total product and the other listed ingredients, such as hemp seed oil, make up the remaining 95%. Because super strength CBD drops are more concentrated, you get a higher amount per drop.

A typical dose is one to seven drops up to three times daily, which you hold in your mouth for a while before swallowing. Do not exceed the manufacturer’s maximum recommended intake (for example, 21 super strength drops) spread throughout the day.

If you find that you need to take a lot of drops per day, you may prefer to switch to a more concentrated oil. Not only will this reduce the number of drops you need, it will likely save you money.

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Ultra strength CBD oil products

Ultra strength CBD oil drops are usually more than twice as potent as super strength drops and typically have a 10-11% CBD concentration. These are ideal for experienced users who want to increase their dose or take fewer drops or capsules during the day.

The disadvantage of some strong CBD products is that, the more concentrated they get, the stronger and more grassy they taste. You can get around this by choosing a product that is filter-clear: this produces a purified oil with a less strong taste.

Adding a flavour such as peppermint will also help to ensure the CBD oil tastes pleasant. All Healthspan’s CBD drops products are filter-clear and peppermint-flavoured.

See our CBD information page for a comparison of Healthspan’s CBD products.

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Does ultra strength CBD oil get you high?

No, CBD oil does not get you high. CBD (cannabidiol) is extracted from industrial hemp plants that naturally contain only trace amounts of the psychoactive molecule THC, which is responsible for the ‘high’ or ‘stoned’ effects of marijuana.

Good-quality CBD supplements that are made to pharmaceutical standards contain only traces of THC. This will be confirmed by independent laboratory tests for each batch, as well as a certificate of testing provided via a clickable link on the manufacturer’s website.

What is the maximum dose you can take?

In the UK, the FSA recommends that CBD should not be used at doses above 70mg per day. 1

In any case, do not exceed the manufacturer’s recommended dose (such as 30mg per day for Healthspan’s CBD Oil Capsules 900mg) without talking to your doctor.

Watch points

Always follow the manufacturer’s guidance on the dose and frequency of use of their product, as this guidance is based on the CBD concentration present. Do not exceed the manufacturer’s recommended dose except under medical advice and supervision.

If you have any medical conditions or are taking any prescribed drugs, always speak to your doctor before using CBD and check for interactions with your medication. If you are taking an over-the-counter medicine, ask your pharmacist’s advice. If they are unable to help, there is a useful drugs interaction checker which includes cannabidiol at drugs.com.

If you are subjected to drug testing, for example at work or because you take part in an elite competitive sport, it’s important to know that any CBD product can contain a trace of the cannabinoid THC. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has banned all cannabinoids except for cannabidiol (CBD). 2

A potential substitute for those worried about drug testing is the ‘CBD alternative’ PEA: Healthspan sells this under the name of Elite PEA+ Sport (which is also batch-tested for competing athletes).

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Dr Sarah Brewer is Healthspan’s Medical Director and holds degrees in Natural Sciences, Surgery and Medicine from the University of Cambridge. Having worked as a GP and hospital doctor, Dr Sarah now holds an MSc in Nutritional Medicine from the University of Surrey and specialises in nutrition. She is also an award-winning writer and author.

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CBD Oil Strength – Which Concentration Should You Choose?

Trying to find the right CBD oil strength for your situation can be difficult, especially when some brands define the benefits of CBD with their potency. For instance, products like 150 mg or 300 mg are better suited for pets and lightweight users, whereas concentrations of 2000 or 3000 mg are formulated to address the needs of people who whey more than 225 lbs.

But what does that tell you? After all, people use CBD oil for different purposes, so CBD oil strength may not necessarily be the driving factor behind its effectiveness.

So, how do you pick the best CBD strength for yourself?

What factors should you take into consideration?

CBD Strength: Explaining the Differences

If you check out Gold Bee’s CBD oils, you’ll notice that we focus on high-strength CBD oils. That’s because higher CBD strengths usually mean a lower cost per mg of CBD. That being said, we also stock some low-strength products, such as 25 mg gummies or 10 mg honey sticks; that’s because we cater to all types of CBD consumers.

There are a few questions you should ask yourself if you want to decide what CBD strength will be your best match:

What Does the Strength of CBD Oil Mean?

When shopping for CBD oil, always read the product’s label to ensure how much CBD is in the product and how much CBD it offers in one milliliter.

For example, the Gold Bee 1200 mg CBD oil contains “1200 mg” of total CBD, so it tells you how much CBD you’d get if you swallowed the entire content (which we don’t recommend). However, if you want to get the CBD concentration per serving, you need to calculate the amount of CBD per milliliter.

Our CBD oil comes in 30-mL bottles, so all you need to do is simple math: divide 1200 mg by 30 mL — and there you have it, 40 mg of CBD/mL.

At Gold Bee, we always list the amount of CBD in a single serving on the back of the container to make it easier for new consumers to choose the best format and strength for their needs.

Does CBD Strength Refer to Pure CBD?

Since the CBD market is unregulated in labeling guidelines, many companies are very ‘liberal’ in their statements about the strength of their CBD oil.

For instance, some companies will tell you that their products contain 3000 mg of PHYTONUTRIENTS from hemp, which doesn’t tell you about the exact CBD content.

If you want to make sure that the number of milligrams on the bottle refers to the amount of CBD, opt for products that say, for example, “1200 mg of CBD”. The certificate of analysis (CoA) from a third-party laboratory will provide information about the levels of other phytonutrients in your CBD oil — but what matters is the actual CBD strength.

It’s a different story if you’re buying CBD oil that uses isolate — such products don’t contain any other hemp compounds, so if the bottle says 1000 mg, it refers to pure CBD.

At Gold Bee, we only use full-spectrum or broad-spectrum CBD because we’re advocates of the entourage effect (learn more about the entourage effect HERE). Our bottles state how much CBD is in the bottle and per serving — the rest is available in the lab reports of our CBD oils, which we send on request to our customers.

How Different Delivery Methods Affect CBD Strength

CBD comes in different forms, including oils, gummies, capsules, honey sticks, and even pet products.

The delivery method of CBD can have a profound impact on its strengths.

You can take CBD either through: sublingual use, oral consumption, inhalation, or absorption through the skin. All those methods require CBD to be broken down before it gets released into the bloodstream. The amount of CBD that your body can use after metabolizing CBD in the liver and gut determines the product’s bioavailability.

Here’s a short explanation of how different consumption methods affect CBD oil’s strength.

Oral Consumption

Whether through gummies, honey sticks, or capsules, Swallowing CBD offers the lowest bioavailability because it passes through your digestive system before reaching the bloodstream. Oral products can be useful if you’re looking for steady and long-lasting effects because it lasts for up to 8 hours.

Sublingual Use

Sublingual use refers to products like CBD oils or spray. When you apply CBD under the tongue, it absorbs through the mucous membrane after holding it for 30 to 60 seconds before swallowing. Sublingual products have higher bioavailability than oral forms; they kick in faster and will also hang around with you for 4–6 hours.

Inhalation

Inhalation, through smoking or vaping, offers the highest bioavailability of all consumption methods since your lungs contain many blood vessels designed to absorb gases. As a result, this method produces a faster and stronger effect, but its duration is shorter-lived, usually lasting up to 4 hours.

Topical Application

The bioavailability of topical CBD products depends on the formula you use. Standard topicals like lotions, creams, and bath bombs don’t absorb into your bloodstream at all, but since your ski also has endocannabinoid receptors, you can still benefit from topical application.

However, CBD transdermal patches use a different mechanism of action. If you leave it for a few hours, the CBD will slowly work its way through the skin and reach the bloodstream, potentially making it the strongest delivery method of all.

What CBD Oil Strength Should I Use?

Much as we’d love to give you a simple answer, choosing the right strength for your situation is more complicated. Research on CBD is in an early stage right now, so this is not an exact science. That being said, there are a few things you can do to determine what CBD will be effective in your case.

Your Weight Matters for the Strength of CBD Oil

This is true for all health supplements that you take. That’s why our CBD oils for pets are roughly half as potent as our low-strength 1200 mg CBD oil. So if you’re a big bruiser, you may want to start at a higher CBD strength than if you’re a lightweight user.

CBD Can Take Time to Work

Another thing to keep in mind when choosing the strength of your CBD oil is that not all of its effects can be noticed right away. While some people report significant improvements on first use, many others find that the positive effects of CBD creep up on them after, say, 2 weeks of consistent consumption.

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That’s the reason we advise our customers to start slow. As you probably have noticed, a low-strength CBD oil is also a cheaper one, so if you find it beneficial for your health, then it can be helpful for your budget, too. Try taking a low CBD oil strength every morning and evening, keep a dosage log, monitor your body’s response, and gradually increase the dose if necessary.

Establishing the Best CBD Routine with Different Strengths of CBD Oil

Last but not least, you should establish a CBD routine that will help you get the most out of your supplementation. Consumers pick different CBD strengths because they use CBD for different reasons. For example, an individual who takes CBD for daily support of the endocannabinoid system will probably benefit from lower strengths than a person whose goal is to alleviate strong physical discomfort.

Daily CBD for General Support

As mentioned earlier, the best way to maintain a daily CBD regimen is to incorporate it into your existing routine. For example, if you take supplements every morning, you can add CBD capsules to the set. Or, if you want to balance the stimulating effects of your morning coffee, try adding a few drops of CBD oil for a smoother vibe.

CBD for Post-Workout Recovery

If you work out every day or have a particularly demanding physical activity like a hiking trip or home repair, you might want to opt for stronger CBD oils to aid in recovery. In addition, joint and muscle aches can be alleviated with CBD oils or topicals. Therefore, the difference in CBD strengths is an important factor when choosing a product to suit your lifestyle.

CBD for Sleep

Being exposed to many stimuli throughout the day can also place a lot of burden on your mind, negatively affecting your circadian rhythm. Maintaining normal sleep patterns is paramount for your well-being, so if you have difficulty getting a restful night, our high-strength CBD oil or CBD gummies could lend a hand. In addition, higher doses of CBD have sedative-like effects because they temporarily lower blood pressure; they can also take the edge off your stress.

Ask Your Doctor About Different CBD Oil Strengths

We can only provide general information about CBD oil strengths. The truth is, you know yourself better than anyone else so that a little trial-and-error will be inevitable.

Fortunately, you can reach out to health professionals who have some experience in using CBD. Consulting a doctor is also a good idea if you want to avoid potentially negative interactions with certain medications. For example, CBD interacts with many pharmaceutical substances because it uses the same group of enzymes to reach the bloodstream.

Final Thoughts: Which CBD Oil Strength Is the Best for You?

Choosing between different strengths of CBD oils can be a hard nut to crack. CBD comes in different forms, all each affects your body’s response differently. Once you’ve made up your mind on the format, take a moment to map out your goals with CBD, as this is another paramount factor for your final decision.

From there, make sure you know how much CBD is in the bottle and a single serving. Doing so will help you decide if your supplementation with a particular strength will be cost-effective in the long run.

If you want to grasp different CBD strengths better, spend some time researching the studies examining the efficacy of specific dosages on larger groups of people.

What CBD strength do you use in your routine? Do you prefer lower concentrations or buy CBD only if it has upwards of 1000 mg per bottle? Let us know in the comment section!

How to Determine Which CBD Oil Potency Fits You [BEGINNERS GUIDE]

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Deciding to use CBD oil as a natural therapy is one thing, but figuring out which brand to use, what CBD oil strength or concentration to use, and how much CBD to actually take is another thing altogether. With all of the products out there to choose from and their confusing labels, it can be a nightmare trying to determine which is best for you.

In this article, we go over how to choose the right strength CBD oil, depending on what you’re trying to find relief from. Thousands of people everyday use CBD as a therapy for a range of issues, but it is important to have an idea of the right concentration to use in order to get the best results.

Of course, we always remind readers that most CBD products on the market are not approved by the FDA, and are not recognized as drugs or medicines. The only exception is Epidiolex, which is a prescription cannabidiol drug used to treat two rare forms of epilepsy.

With this in mind, none of the information we provide here in this article should be interpreted as medical advice. If at all possible, arrange an appointment to speak with a healthcare professional about the proper use and dosing of CBD oil.

Different Strengths/Potencies of CBD Oil

There are dozens of CBD manufacturers out there to choose from, and most offer oils in at least two or three different potencies or concentrations. Which concentration you choose should depend on what you’re looking to get out of the product.

CBD hemp oil potencies can range anywhere from 100mg to upwards of 5,000mg for a single 30 mL (1 oz) bottle, which is considered industry standard size. A 300 mg bottle would generally be regarded as a low-potency option. Based on cost alone, this is a popular strength range most people start out on.

It is recommended you start with a low potency product first, at least until you gauge how your body reacts to the CBD. Because everybody’s biochemistry is different, not everyone will react the same or get the same therapeutic effects from CBD oil or other CBD products.

Also, starting with the lowest potency oil lets you adequately gauge how much CBD it takes to garner positive results. If you’re trying to find relief from pain, for example, and you jump right into a high-strength 1,000 mg+ bottle, you’ll have no idea how much it took to provide relief — even if it ends up working well for you.

If you start with a lower-strength option, on the other hand, you can start with a small 1-2 mg dose. Yet, if that doesn’t work, you can increase to a 3, 4, or 5 mg dose and see what that does. If you jump straight into a heavy 50+ mg dose and receive adequate results, you’ll never know if a smaller dose would’ve worked just as well, which would have saved you money.

CBD Oil Strength Explained

Before we discuss dosing, in this section, ‘CBD oil strength explained,’ we will highlight some important things to know about different CBD oil strengths.

The bottle size that the CBD oil comes in has to be taken into account when calculating its potency. Let’s look at a straightforward example first. You have two different 30ml CBD oil bottles; one contains 300mg of CBD and the other 600mg. In this case, the 300mg bottle contains 10mg of CBD per ml, and the 600mg bottle contains 20mg per ml.

Now, here is another example where the bottle size is significant. Suppose there are two bottles of CBD oil; both have 300mg of CBD. However, one bottle contains 15ml of liquid, while the other has 30ml. In this case, the smaller 15ml bottle’s CBD concentration is double that of its 30ml counterpart with 20mg of CBD per ml against 10mg.

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So, if you are looking for the strongest CBD oil you can find, bear in mind that the bottle’s size needs to be taken into account. The good news is that many leading CBD brands, such as PureKana and Premium Jane, list the milligram of CBD per serving on their packaging, as well as on the product pages of their respective websites.

CBD oil dosage: 300mg, 600mg, and 1000mg options

Like we said, once you start using CBD oil more frequently and are able to gauge how much you need, you can jump up to the more high-potency products as needed. For reference, doses typically range anywhere from 5 mg to 100+ mg in a single day.

Here is a quick rundown of three common CBD oil potencies, and what the majority of people use them for.

Low-potency CBD oil (300 mg)

This is relatively low-potency oil and is a good option for individuals who are just starting out or who may be sensitive to CBD (and/or cannabis in general). Some people have a more active endocannabinoid system than do others, so they will naturally not require as strong of an oil.

A low-strength 300 mg bottle is a good option to take as a daily supplement. Many people take a single daily dose of it for boosted general health, and also to help lower stress levels.

A single serving of a 300 mg (30 mL) bottle of CBD oil is equivalent to 1 mL (20 drops) of oil. This translates to a 10 mg dose of CBD. Many people won’t use a full dose though, and will instead use as little as 5-7 drops of oil, which translates to about a 5-6 mg dose.

Mid-potency CBD oil (600 mg)

A 600 mg hemp oil is a good “step-up” option for people who find they’re having to take large (and/or multiple) doses of a lower potency. In general, a lot of people use products in this strength range for things like anxiety and day-to-day pain. A single dose would still be defined as 20 drops (1 mL) of oil, but instead of containing 10 mg of CBD, a 600 mg bottle would contain 20 mg per serving.

High-potency CBD oil (1,000 mg)

The 1,000 mg range is on the upper end of the potency scale for most CBD oil companies. Products in this strength range are commonly used for sleep issues, deep muscle soreness, migraines, and day-to-day stress and anxiety.

Just like the 300 and 600 mg products, most 1,000mg hemp oils come in a 30 mL bottle. A single 20-drop serving equates to a CBD dose of approximately 33.3mg. In most instances, users won’t have much use for a higher-strength product than this. Here’s a basic table summarizing which CBD oil strength may be best for you:

CBD OIL DOSAGE TABLE

POTENCY BOTTLE SIZE AMOUNT OF CBD IN A
SINGLE 1 mL (20 drop) DOSE
WHAT TO USE IT FOR
300 mg 30 mL 10 mg General wellness and day-to-day health
600 mg 30 mL 20 mg Moderate stress, discomfort, inflammation, and mild pain/soreness
1,000 mg 30 mL 33.3 mg Sleep issues, daily stress, anxiety, or depression, day-to-day pain and inflammation

What CBD Oil Should I Buy?

After reading through the first few sections of this article, you might still be wondering, what CBD oil should I buy? Unfortunately, there’s not one single answer that applies to everybody. Every one of us is different, so we will not all respond in the same way to CBD.

To begin with, ask yourself, why do I want to take CBD? Is it for pain relief, sleep improvement, or to address a mood disorder like anxiety? If it is for any of those reasons, you could discuss this with your doctor to see if CBD is right for you.

Here are a few things to consider when asking yourself, ‘what CBD oil should I buy?’

Body Size Matters for CBD Oil Potency

As mentioned, we recommend starting with a very low dose of CBD to gauge its effects. Of course, not everyone has the same body size and weight. Therefore, a 220lb heavyweight boxer will need a higher dose of CBD than a 126lb jockey.

Still, though, even for people with a higher than average BMI, we recommend starting with a relatively low dose before increasing if necessary.

Potency Options

Earlier, we touched on how CBD oil comes in various bottle sizes containing different concentrations of CBD. The key thing to look out for is the milligram of CBD per serving figure. It will tell you how potent that particular CBD oil is. The CBD oil dosage table above is an excellent guide to figuring out what CBD oil potency you could begin with.

Understanding what you need.…

CBD Results Can Take Time

Do not get discouraged if you do not see immediate results after consuming CBD oil. Bear in mind that it may take some time for you to notice CBD oil’s effects, particularly if you begin with a very low dose.

Be patient, and allow time for the CBD to work. If you are still not seeing satisfactory results, ask yourself if it is time to increase the dose slightly. If in any doubt, consult your physician for dosing-related advice.

How to Choose CBD Oil Strengths

Knowing how to choose a CBD oil that is right for you is not a straightforward process. Hopefully, after reading this article, however, you will have a better understanding of different CBD oil strengths, what potency is most suitable for beginners, and for addressing specific conditions.

If shopping online, be sure to go to the CBD product page of the brand’s website to learn more about the different CBD oils they have on offer.

Final Thoughts on Understanding Which Potency CBD Oil to Take

The main thing to consider when figuring out how to find the right strength CBD oil is to realize that everyone’s internal biochemistry is different. While your friend may be able to ease her stress with just a single 3 mg serving, you may require several times that much in order to obtain the same results. Or, you may not find any relief at all. This is why it’s important to start with the smallest possible dose and work up from there.

Also, make sure you understand that most CBD products on the market are not recognized as medicine. The only FDA-approved clinical use for CBD is in the treatment of Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (two rare forms of pediatric epilepsy).

Because of this, you’ll notice that regardless of strength or potency most all CBD oils on the market put a label on their products that say something like, “this product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.”

Lastly, don’t hesitate to speak with a marijuana doctor or healthcare professional about using CBD oil. It is not our goal for any of the information in this article to be taken as clinical advice, or as a medical recommendation. If you live in a state with legalized medical marijuana, make sure you take full advantage of the resources available to you. Getting a licensed MMJ card is easier than it has ever been before, and it could well be an excellent solution for long-term health.

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