One of the most confusing parts when buying CBD is understanding what the label says. Because the world of CBD is largely unregulated, CBD manufacturers are relatively free to present their labels as they want. It is up to consumers to gauge the quality, potency, and purity of the CBD products they are buying.
Respectable CBD brands will display all the relevant information to show their customers how quality CBD products are superior to cheaper but less optimal products.
This handy guide will help you read a CBD label and choose the right product for you.
The first thing that a label should display is the name of the manufacturer and the brand of the CBD product.
Ideally, the label should include the manufacturer’s website, where you will find more information regarding the product, its origin, and the method of production. A website should also display the Certificate of Analysis (CoA) for each CBD product batch.
Total Amount of CBD and Dosage
The next important piece of information is the dosage. This can be tricky and could require a bit of math on your side.
CBD labels usually state the total amount of CBD in the bottle or package. You will read something like ‘1,500 mg CBD’ or ‘500 mg CBD’. This is the CBD you would be taking if you consumed the full bottle in one go (which you shouldn’t, or you’d be risking side effects like dry mouth, nausea, and diarrhea).
The label should also state the total bottle size. Let’s say that the bottle size is 50 ml and the total amount of CBD is 1,500 mg. For every 1 ml you are consuming, you will be getting 30 mg of CBD since 1,500/50= 30 mg.
If you have a dropper that doses 1 ml, as most droppers do, you will be getting 30 mg of CBD for every drop of oil you consume. In this case, the bottle contains 50 servings of 30 mg of CBD each.
Sometimes numbers can be numbing. Savvy manufacturers know this and may attempt to trick you. Let’s say you have to choose between the aforementioned bottle and another competing CBD product that contains 1,000 mg of CBD in a 20 ml bottle. Let’s do the math: 1,000/20= 50 mg. The second bottle gives you more CBD for every drop you take, as it’s more potent.
CBD Price Per mg
You have to be careful to get the most out of your money. Don’t you want to know how much CBD your dollars are buying? With the right CBD label, you can make that calculation.
Let’s say a CBD product contains 1,000 mg of CBD and costs 65 dollars. Your cost per mg of CBD is 65/1000=0.065.
Compare CBD product prices like that to evaluate the true cost of your Hemp product.
Type of CBD
The CBD label should clearly present the type of CBD. There are four main choices: Full-Spectrum, broad-spectrum, CBD distillate, and CBD isolate. People looking for the full effect of Hemp should choose a Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil product to make the most of all the beneficial components working together—the so-called entourage effect.
Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil contains CBD as well as all of the 540 phytonutrients found in Hemp. That means more than 110 cannabinoids, including CBC, CBN, CBG, CBDV, CBDA, THCV, and more. It also has hundreds of terpenes—the aromatic essential oils of Hemp, as well as antioxidant flavonoids, in addition to minerals and vitamins.
In this case, Full-Spectrum CBD contains traces of THC—the psychotropic cannabinoid responsible for giving marijuana users a sense of “high”—but always below the 0.3% federal threshold. Such low THC levels don’t have an intoxicating effect.
Synchronicity’s Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil lets you feel the True Entourage Effect™.
Broad-spectrum CBD oil is similar to Full-Spectrum but without any THC. Broad-spectrum CBD has eliminated THC altogether while still keeping most of the other compounds.
Sometimes, CBD manufacturers want to create a product with specific properties, for example, a CBD oil with a strong lemon flavor. They can do this by using CBD distillate—a product that only contains cannabinoids—and adding a specific aromatic terpene (limonene) to it.
CBD producers can retain CBD while eliminating all the other botanical compounds of Hemp. That means that CBD isolate only contains CBD and none of Hemp’s other phytonutrients.
Aside from CBD and the rest of Hemp’s botanical compounds, your CBD product will usually contain other ingredients as well. These should be clearly listed on the label.
Ingredients include carrier oils like hemp seed oil, coconut oil, MCT, or olive oil. You might also see other natural ingredients such as lavender oil, arnica, or jojoba oil.
Some products like edibles and gummies contain colorings, flavorings, and sweeteners. Check these carefully to make sure you are not allergic to any of them.
Gummies contain glycerin, which should also be mentioned on the label. Additionally, vegan consumers will want to know if the gelatin used comes from animals.
Hemp, Hemp Seed Oil, and Cannabidiol
Some dishonest manufacturers may try to trick you into thinking their products contain CBD when they don’t.
Your CBD product should clearly state it contains cannabidiol, which is the name for CBD.
Some products are made with hemp seed oil. Hempseed oil is made from the seeds of Hemp. While Hemp seeds contain helpful omega-3 and omega-6 and have valuable nutritional properties, they do not contain any cannabinoids. Only the leaves, flowers, and stalks of Hemp contain cannabinoids and CBD.
Therefore, hemp seed oil is not CBD oil.
Do you ever look at the lot number of any products you purchase? Probably not, because it’s usually immaterial. However, lot numbers in CBD products can be essential.
First of all, the presence of a lot number tells you that the producer is meticulous and has organized the production process in a careful and controlled way. It testifies to the manufacturer’s accountability.
Likewise, the lot number of a CBD product will help you check the Certificate of Analysis that should accompany this particular lot. When responsible producers make a CBD batch, they test the product to make sure it complies with the law and is pure, clean, and potent. Each batch carries its own CoA. Here at Synchronicity, you can check online the Certificate of Analysis for all of our products using nothing but the Lot Number.
The CBD world is largely unsupervised and unregulated. The presence of a lot number helps you check the CBD product you are buying and is also a sign you are buying from a reputable brand.
The CBD product label should also disclose the origin of the Hemp used to produce it. The best Hemp is produced in the United States, Canada, or Western Europe. Hemp growers in these countries follow strict procedures and need to be licensed and supervised. This means their Industrial Hemp is cleaner and of better quality than the competition.
Our Hemp is produced locally in Colorado and Iowa under our supervision. We have even developed our own Hemp plant called CBDRx18. CBDRx18 consistently produces 400% more cannabinoids and 500% more terpenes than any other Hemp Oil company’s plants.
Hemp’s origin matters a lot, as Hemp is often used for phytoremediation—the practice of cleaning up soils contaminated by heavy metals, fertilizers, and other pollutants—in some parts of the world, particularly in Asia. Any CBD product produced from such Hemp may have such pollutants in it.
Hemp or Marijuana
Industrial Hemp has been legalized throughout the United States at the federal level. Marijuana, which also belongs to the cannabis genus, contains higher concentrations of THC, often exceeding 40%. Marijuana is classified as a Schedule 1 drug and is illegal at the federal level.
Some states like Colorado, California, Oregon, Illinois, Maine, and Michigan have legalized the recreational use of marijuana. CBD products there could be produced from either Industrial Hemp or marijuana.
Your CBD product should make it clear whether it’s produced from Industrial Hemp or marijuana. The importance of this distinction lies in the THC content.
The THC content on your CBD product label is crucial.
For your product to be legal at the federal level, it must contain less than 0.3% THC in dry weight.
CBD produced from marijuana plants could display higher THC content, which could show up in a drug test. It could also intoxicate you, which is the usual effect of THC on the brain.
A reputable CBD brand will specify the date of manufacture. CBD tends to degrade over time, so you don’t want to buy a CBD product that has been sitting on a shelf for months. The manufacturing date will tell how old the CBD product is. The fresher, the better.
Notice also the kind of bottle used. Since CBD will degrade faster under direct sunlight, avoid transparent bottles and opt for tinted glass ones. This will also tell you right away how serious a manufacturer is about their products.
CBD tends to interact with medication, particularly drugs that are metabolized by the liver and the CYP450 enzyme.
While there is no space on the label to state all the drugs CBD may interact with, a warning label will remind you to check with your doctor if you take other medication, even over the counter.
Again, such a warning label is a sign of care and attention to detail from the CBD manufacturer.
CBD Extraction Method
Your CBD product should mention the extraction method used. The most common CBD extraction methods are CO2 and ethanol.
Here at Synchronicity, we have developed our own extraction method called LipidTrans™, which does not involve any harsh solvents or chemicals.
Instead, we double-infuse whole-plant Hemp in coconut oil and let the carrier oil absorb all of Hemp’s wellness and wholesomeness. LipidTrans™ delivers a superior product that is clear of solvents and residual chemicals, letting the full integrity of Hemp seep into our Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil—what we call Wellness Through Oneness™.
The CBD Product Label Tells You Everything You Need To Know
The label of your CBD product tells you everything you need to know about the Hemp product you are about to consume. When you know what you are looking for, you are empowered to make the best choice for your health targets and overall well-being.
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