How Are CBD Oil Strength and Potency Measured?

Have you ever purchased hemp oil and found that it was rather ineffective? If so, you may be under the impression that CBD oils generally fall well short of the hype they generate. However, it could simply be a case of the product containing far less of the cannabinoid than you realize.

Let’s face it, when you Google “CBD oil Australia” and see all the results, are you clear on what the cannabidiol concentration listed on the label means? One of the issues is that some brands include the total CBD content on the label while others only outline the strength in percentages.

It is easy to get confused when you see a hemp oil with 1,500mg or a 5% concentration. What does this mean in relation to the likely strength and potency of the product? This article provides the answer.

More Mg Doesn’t Always Mean More Strength

When buying CBD oils, it’s easy to assume that bottle A, with 2,000mg of the cannabinoid, is stronger than bottle B, with 1,000mg. After all, there is twice as much cannabidiol in bottle A than in B. In reality, you must also consider the bottle’s volume.

What if bottle A contains 100ml of liquid, while bottle B has just 30ml? This means there is 20mg of CBD per ml of liquid in A (2000 / 100) and 33.33mg of CBD per ml in B (1000 / 30). All of a sudden, it becomes clear that bottle B has a significantly higher concentration, about 66.66% more, to be exact!

If the above seems confusing, let us explain a little more. Suppose that both products come with 1ml droppers, each providing 20 drops of oil. With bottle A, a full dropper contains 20mg of cannabidiol or 1mg per drop. With bottle B, a full dropper contains 33.33mg of CBD or close to 1.7mg a drop.

Many people don’t particularly like the texture of CBD oils nor care for the bitter, earthy taste. In this instance, choosing bottle B makes more sense. Then again, most brands add natural flavouring to their hemp oil range, ensuring it tastes downright delicious. In this case, you may not object to consuming more mint chocolate CBD oil!

What About Hemp Oil Percentage?

One can argue that the percentage of CBD oils is the best metric for gauging strength as it offers a drop-by-drop measurement. It can take a while to calculate the strength of a hemp oil if the brand doesn’t offer the information. However, you only need the volume of liquid and amount of CBD in a bottle to find out.

However, to save you long, tedious calculations, we can tell you that the industry standard offering, 1,000mg of CBD in 30ml of liquid, has a strength of 3.33%. If there is 1,000mg of CBD in 10ml of liquid, the percentage is 10%. 3,000mg of CBD in 10ml of liquid offers a 30% strength, which is among the strongest you’ll find on the market.

It gets hard to dissolve large amounts of CBD in small volumes of carrier oil, so you probably won’t see many products with a higher percentage than 30%.

As for “potency,” one could argue that it relates to the efficacy of any given hemp oil. As such, this is a subjective measurement that varies from one person to the next. There is a possibility that CBD oils simply won’t have the desired effect on you regardless of how much you take.

It is rare that a significant amount of cannabidiol doesn’t have an impact, but it can happen. This doesn’t mean that the product is ‘bad.’ It could just mean that hemp oil isn’t for you. Of course, there is always a danger that the CBD oil is low-quality. In that case, try up to three different reputable brands to determine whether you got a poor standard hemp oil or that the cannabinoid isn’t likely to give you the benefits others claim.

CBD Oil Strength & Potency: Conclusion

Hopefully, the information in this article makes it easier to calculate the strength of the CBD oils you buy. Pay attention to the amount of cannabidiol per ml and remember that the industry standard concentration is about 33.33mg of CBD per ml or 3.33%. However, you could still feel certain benefits at a lower percentage if the product is of the highest quality.