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. 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. Interested in CBD but not quite sure what the best CBD oil strength is? Not to worry. We’re here to clear up any confusion so you can make an informed decision when tending to your personal wellness needs with CBD. One thing to keep in mind: The best CBD oil strength will be different for everyone, depending on their
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.
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 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, 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.
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.
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!
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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CBD Oil Capsules 900mg
Our strongest CBD oil capsules
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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.
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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What’s the Best CBD Oil Strength?
Interested in CBD but not quite sure what the best CBD oil strength is? Not to worry. We’re here to clear up any confusion so you can make an informed decision when tending to your personal wellness needs with CBD.
One thing to keep in mind: The best CBD oil strength will be different for everyone, depending on their unique needs. Here we’ll take a look at the different options when it comes to CBD oil strength, what it all means, and how to determine the best CBD oil strength for you.
What Does CBD Oil Strength Mean?
If you’ve shopped around online or in person for CBD oil, you’re probably well aware of the many options to choose from. Aside from the countless different companies that carry an array of CBD products, you’ve got bottle sizes, flavors and strengths to choose from.
Referring to CBD oil strength is simply another way to discuss CBD oil potency.
How exactly do you determine the strength of a CBD product you might be interested in? The process is typically pretty straightforward. Read the label of the product to see how much CBD it contains.
Most product labels make it easy. They clearly state how many milligrams of CBD are in the bottle, as well as how many milligrams are contained in each 1ml serving size.
Take two different 30ml bottles of CBD oil tinctures, for example. One bottle contains 1000mg CBD, while the other contains 500mg CBD. The stronger tincture would be the bottle that contains 1000mg CBD. The 1000mg bottle contains twice the CBD per 30ml as the 500mg bottle, meaning you’d have to take twice the serving size of the 500mg bottle to achieve the same effects.
CBD oil is available in an array of different strengths that can range from 100mg all the way up to 6000mg or more. The lower the milligram count per millileter, the lower the strength of the oil.
Why Does CBD Oil Strength Matter?
CBD oil strength influences the efficacy of a product—the ability the product has to produce an intended or desired result. Higher CBD strengths can lead to increased effects.
There are different degrees of efficacy when it comes to various types of CBD products. While research is limited, experts tend to agree that CBD isolate oil is likely less effective than a full or broad spectrum CBD oil of the same strength. Why? It all comes down to the various compounds present in each.
CBD isolate is pure CBD in its isolated form, meaning all other cannabis compounds have been removed. Full and broad spectrum CBD oils, on the other hand, contain a host of other beneficial cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids that lend to the entourage effect, which is believed to help promote the effects CBD is famous for.
CBD Oil Strength and Optimal Serving Size
When considering the best CBD oil strength, your ideal serving size is also something you’ll want to think about.
When it comes to using CBD, there is no official serving size for everyone. A serving size that works well for one person doesn’t necessarily offer the same results for someone else. How exactly do you determine the best CBD serving size to fit your personal needs?
There are several factors that can help determine a beneficial serving size. Your metabolism, sex, height and weight can impact the way you experience a certain serving of CBD.
Your reason for using CBD also has a huge influence on the best CBD oil strength for you. Higher strengths of CBD might be best for someone who typically uses a larger serving size, while lower strength CBD oil could be beneficial for someone who takes a smaller serving size.
What Is the Best CBD Oil Strength?
Now that you understand more about what CBD oil strength is, it can be easier to determine the best CBD oil strength to fit your individual needs.
Remember that standard serving sizes haven’t been established for taking CBD. There are, however, some general guidelines you might follow when considering the best CBD oil strength and serving size to meet your own needs.
If you’ve never used CBD oil before, it’s typically recommended to start low and go slow. This means that you’ll want to start off by taking smaller serving sizes and slowly increasing them until you experience the effects you’re looking for. Gradually increasing the serving size of CBD oil is a great way to determine what works best for you, as well as the best CBD oil strength you’ll ultimately want to purchase.
Let’s look at a 150lb person, for example. Some standard CBD serving sizes might look something like this:
- Low strength: 15-20mg
- Medium strength: 45-50mg
- High strength: 90-100mg
You’ll also want to think about why you’re taking CBD in the first place, as different strengths might benefit different needs. The following are some general guidelines for the best CBD oil strength based on different reasons people might take CBD:
- General wellness: Low strength.
- Sleep support: Medium to high strength.
- Supporting a balanced sense of well-being: Medium to high strength.
- More serious concerns: High strength.
Determining the Best CBD Oil Strength
Keeping the above in mind, you’ll have an overall idea of what the best CBD oil strength might be for you. It’s recommended that anyone new to CBD should start with a lower serving size. The strength of your CBD oil will influence the serving size you take.
The first thing you’ll want to do is determine the strength of your CBD oil. Two things to look for are:
- Bottle size: CBD typically comes in a 30ml bottle, but there are smaller and larger bottles available.
- Amount of CBD contained in the bottle: This will usually be listed in milligrams, such as 150mg, 300mg, 600mg, 1000mg, 1500mg, etc.
Here we’ll use a couple different examples to gain a better understanding.
Let’s first use our lowest strength CBD oil that contains 225mg CBD oil as an example. The bottle is 30ml, meaning each 1ml dropper contains 7.5mg of CBD. If you were just starting out with CBD, this might be a good option for a low strength oil. Remember, it’s usually recommended to start low and gradually increase your serving size until you find that sweet spot that fits your needs.
Someone who is familiar with CBD and has determined that a larger serving size is best for them might turn to a higher strength oil. For this example, we’ll use our highest strength CBD oil that contains 1350mg of CBD. The bottle is 30ml, meaning each 1ml dropper contains 45mg of CBD. In this case, taking two 1ml droppers would provide 90mg of CBD, which could be considered a “high” strength of CBD oil. One dropperful would satisfy those looking for a medium strength.
Keeping these examples in mind, the best CBD oil strength really depends on the serving size that fits your needs. If you find taking a small serving works best for you, a lower strength oil may suit your needs.
If you discover that a higher serving size is more fitting, a higher strength CBD oil would probably be better. Why? If you use a higher serving size with a lower strength product, you’d have to take several milliliters to achieve the effects you’re looking for.
Higher strength CBD oil is more expensive than a lower strength oil but can be more cost efficient in the long run, depending on how much and how often it’s used.
Final Thoughts About CBD Oil Strength
When it comes to the “best” CBD oil strength, everyone is different. Determining your own best strength is totally dependent on the serving size that works best for you.
If you find that 100mg a day is your own personal sweet spot, you might find that a higher strength option is best. This way, you don’t have to take half the bottle of a lower strength CBD oil to achieve the effects you’re looking for.
Someone who has found that 15mg of CBD a day works best for them might be better off with a lower strength CBD oil. In this case, a 450mg bottle that contains 15mg per 1ml serving would last them about a month.
The best CBD oil strength is as individual as the person who uses it. We all have different needs and turn to CBD for various reasons. The best CBD oil strength for someone who prefers a high serving of CBD each day will be far different from someone who uses a low serving of CBD a few times a week.
Still have questions about the best CBD oil strength for you? Feel free to comment below or contact us at any time. We’re always here to help and want to make sure your CBD experience is the best it can possibly be.
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Joy Smith is Joy Organics Co-founder and visionary. After her own life-changing experience with CBD, Joy started Joy Organics to create a line of sustainable and premium CBD products consumers could trust. Before founding Joy Organics, Joy worked as an itinerant speaker, traveling to over four continents to empower women across the globe.