You have decided you want to give CBD oil a try! Great decision! But did you know there are several varieties and methods of consumption for CBD? Well, in case you were unsure of what those differences are or weren’t even aware there were differences at all, this article will help guide you through all the variations in type, ingestion, and strengths. All of these differences can affect the CBD in the product and how the CBD reacts with your body, so naturally, these are important details to understand when deciding which CBD product is right for you. To answer the question: “Are there different kinds of CBD oil?” in short. YES many different ones out there to choose between.
1. CBD carrier oil
What does carrier oil mean?
The carrier oil acts as a solvent to dissolve the compounds of the hemp plant to make them easier to use.
This concept isn’t unique to CBD products. The same concept applies when making Robinson’s drink by dissolving the flavored liquid into water, or when making soapy water to wash the dishes.
The only difference here is that a fat is used instead of water. This is because cannabinoids are soluble in oils and fats instead of water.
So a carrier oil is an oil that the CBD extract is added to. It can be either Hemp seed Oil, Olive oil, MCT or any other oil. The most common oils used in the CBD industry is hemp seed oil, MCT or and tasteless coconut oil.
Refined CBD oil
Refined oil has a cleaner appearance, with a lighter color, and does not contain small particles. Refining is a relatively complex process that includes treatment with chemical compounds and at high temperatures, reaching up to 270 degrees Celsius. The process removes most of the vitamins contained in the oil, as well as other health beneficial substances. Also lost in the process are Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, which are the ingredients that give hemp oil the title of the most balanced oil. Refined CBD oil has a softer and rounder taste and can not be classified as bitter.
4. CBD oil strength
Percentages vs Milligrams
When dealing with a raw oil or purified oil, you will need to know a little bit about dosing and percentages. The right dose really depends on the individual, as well as the reason for taking it in the first place. Because there is no general guideline of milligrams per unit of weight, people often start with 10mg of CBD twice a day, and if that isn’t working, then they increase incrementally from there.
We have also been asked on a number of occasions about how to tell how many milligrams of CBD is in a bottle. In order to figure this out, you need to know that there are 1000 milligrams in each gram, and depending on the percentage, you can then tell how many milligrams of CBD is in the CBD oil bottle you are looking at. For instance, if you have 1000 mg CBD in a 10ml bottle that is 10% CBD. Because a 10ml bottle has 200 drops, that will be 5mg CBD per drop.
Use the formula as follows:
mg / 200
For example, a 25% CBD oil in 10ml bottle with 200 drops = 2500 / 200 = 12.5mg CBD/ drop
5. CBD dosage
The most common dose of CBD is 20 – 40 mg per dose. Some people take much less (as low as 1 mg), others take much higher (up to 100 mg).
Depending on the strength of the product you’re using, this could be anywhere from a few drops to several milliliters of oil. It could also involve anywhere from 1 – 5 capsules.
The truth is that the optimal dose of CBD is different for everybody.
It’s common for two people with identical weight to respond very differently to the same dose of CBD. One person may find the ideal dose for them is 30 mg of CBD, while the other responds better to just 10 mg.
The ideal dose of CBD for you depends on a variety of factors, including:
- Your size and weight
- The severity of the condition you’re treating
- Your tolerance to CBD
- Your individual body chemistry
- The potency of the CBD oil, capsules, edible, or other CBD products you’re using
The best way to find the right dose for your body is to start with a very low dose (2 mg, for example) and increasing by 2-5 mg per dose until you find what works best for you.
Calculating the Dose of CBD By Weight & Strength:
- Low strength → 2 mg per 10 kg
- Medium strength → 7 mg per 10 kg
- High strength → 13 mg per 10 kg
It’s important to note that this measurement is in pure CBD, not CBD oil.