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How to Read CBD Product Labels

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At this point, we can all agree that CBD has a strong potential for health benefits. We believe that an empowered consumer enters the space with knowledge to make the most informed choice(s). In regards to CBD, there is a lot of information available and a lot of questions that need answering.

CBD Basics

Whether you are purchasing a CBD tincture or a CBD pain balm or any product with CBD in it, the label should include the following information: The amount of CBD mg in the product as well as the net wt of the product.

The product’s company website should include information such as the source of the CBD and how the CBD is extracted.

Warning: There is a lot of dirty CBD out there from non-reputable farms as well as from China and the extraction methods are toxic and harmful to the environment.

Third party test results of the CBD on any product you buy should be available upon request.

CBD Extraction Methods

How CBD is extracted from hemp is an important topic. As mentioned above, harmful extraction methods leave toxic residue on the CBD itself as well as harm the environment. Supercritical CO2 extraction is cleanest all around. Supercritical extraction uses carbon dioxide under pressure and low temperatures to maintain the purity of the medicinal oil.

Other extraction methods include oil which is kind to the environment however, the end product has a shorter shelf life. There is also ethanol which is effective but some question whether or not it destroys some of the plants qualities during the extraction.

Cordial Organics uses CBD extracted by supercritical CO2 exclusively.

How can I calculate how much CBD is per use when the label describes the whole CBD amount?

When it comes to calculating how much CBD you receive from a liquid tincture, the math is relatively straightforward. Take our Balance CBD tincture for example: There is 600 mg of CBD in a 1 oz. bottle. A 1 oz. bottle has 30 full droppers. That means each dropper-full holds 20 mg of CBD.

The calibrated dropper in every bottle of Cordial Organics Balance offers even further accuracy in dosing.

When calculating the CBD per use amount of a balm, like our Restore which offers 300 mg CBD per 1.5 oz. tin, we use this formula: Estimating that the average application in a balm is .75 g, each application results in 5 mg of CBD.

I have heard a debate about Cannabis CBD vs Hemp CBD. Can you explain this?

Yes, let’s clear this up once and for all: CBD is a molecule from cannabis. Hemp is a variety of cannabis. CBD from cannabis and hemp are exactly the same. The molecule CBD does not change from one plant to another.

What is whole flower CBD? What is CBD isolate? What is full spectrum?

Whole Flower CBD extract includes not only CBD but the secondary compounds such as terpenes and flavonoids.

CBD Isolate is the CBD molecule isolated in purity.

Full Spectrum describes the inclusion of many cannabis compounds not unlike the term Whole Flower CBD.

Next Up: What are terpenes? Please explain flavonoids to me. What is the endocannabinoid system and why is it relevant in the CBD conversation? Is one CBD extract better than another when we talk about whole flower, isolate, and full spectrum?

We understand that understanding the complexities of CBD and how it engages with your body can be confusing. Hopefully this post begins to offer some understanding. Still have questions? Leave them in the comments below.

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