We have received a lot of messages from readers, asking for more coverage on CBD oil and especially how to know to identify quality CBD oil. Ido, director of quality control at “CANABD”, and a very friendly and energetic person was willing to share with us some of his professional secrets:
Can you tell us a little about who you are and how you became acquainted with CBD oil?
“My name is Ido Greenberg. I am in charge of quality checking on “CANABD”. The largest CBD producer in Israel, but surprisingly I did not first know CBD through my field of work. In fact, it was through a friend suffering from anxiety and sleep problems who told me how he tried this amazing “magical” drug and how his life changed because of it.
At first I did not attach much meaning to it. That’s true, he does seem much calmer, but he still talked about an extract made from the controversial cannabis plant. I did not know exactly what to do with all this, but when I also began to suffer from sleepless nights… it was enough to pique my curiosity.
I decided to research this new molecule and learned that it is great for treating pain and that it is 100% legal, will never stun you and has no side effects at all. I could see why CBD is becoming so popular so I decided to check it out for myself.
Did it help?
‘You could say it changed my life completely. I started using the oil in small doses and gradually increased the dose until I got to the right level for me, I felt much more balanced, the little anxieties disappeared and I started sleeping like a baby. At that point, I also made a professional change and started working in the field. “
What did you discover as an expert on CBD products?
“I was very lucky,” he smiled, “more than 80% of the products out there contain almost no CBD. This means that they have little to no effect. And that’s why people perceive it as a gimmick product, one that has no real value and does not affect them at all. For the avoidance of doubt studies have found that only 3% of all CBD users report lack of effect on the body. So quality CBD has an effect that is definitely felt. “
Kind of cheating, is the CBD oil market unregulated?
‘No, this market, like the supplement market, is not regulated at all. You can find inferior and high quality products, sitting next to each other on the shelf in the UK and Europe without any real difference. Misleading labeling is a real problem so yes, if you really want to understand what drug you are buying, you must dig a little and read the fine print on the labels and understand what they mean.
‘ I always see dosage numbers on the labels. How can it be ?
‘Yes, there is always a dose. But it’s a bit complicated… Some brands display the amount of CBD on the packaging by weight and not in percentages. This creates the illusion that there is a nice dose of CBD in the oil. But if you convert it to percentages, you realize that there is almost none.
‘ So how do you know what quantity is there?
‘It needs to be calculated. It’s not a sophisticated calculation or anything like that, it’s just knowing what the right dose is for you and making the adjustment yourself.
” Can you explain how to calculate?
‘Look at this label for example,
• Capacity of the bottle = 15 ml (volume)
• amount of CBD (weight) = 270 mg
The content of all the liquid in the bottle is in milliliters (15) but the CBD is in grams (270), which is a much larger number so it makes it look like there is a lot of CBD in the bottle. But really there is not. 15 milliliters is actually 15,000 milligrams.
Now 270 out of 15,000 are only 0.018 mg – which is only 1.8% concentration.
Very low concentration, probably without effect.
‘Look at another example:
Labeling 300 mg and attaching it to “maximum strength” makes you automatically think that there is a high concentration of CBD here. But let’s break it down:
• Capacity of the bottle = 30 ml (volume)
• Amount of cannabidiol (weight) = 300 mg
30 milliliters is actually 30,000 milligrams Now 300 out of 30,000 are only 0.01 mg – which is only 1% concentration. Here too there is almost no CBD “
To regain my faith a bit… Give me an example of a high quality product.
When a product meets strict regulations and quality control measures, they will provide the measurements both in weight and in percentages. In this line of products for example, even the lowest CBD concentration is over 5%.
• Capacity of the bottle = 10 ml (volume)
• Amount of cannabidiol (weight) = 1200 mg
And it is clearly written that the concentration of fiber in the product is 12%
This is 12 times the amount of CBD from the previous product we reviewed
Is the percentage the same when measuring for a drop and not for the whole bottle?
One drop has about 0.05 ml (ie a 10 ml bottle has about 200 drops)
If you want to measure the amount of CBD in each drop, calculate it as follows:
1) Product 1: 15 ml contains about 300 drops. So if we divide the total amount of CBD in the product by the number of drops, 270/300 = 0.9mg Cannabidiol per drop.
2) Product 2: 30 ml = about 600 drops, then 300/600 = 0.5 mg of cannabidiol per drop.
3) Product 3: 10 ml = about 200 drops, then 1200/200 = 6mg Cannabidiol per drop.
This information is super important. It is hard to believe that the difference between such high quality and low quality CBD products is so significant.
‘Make sure you get your money’s worth when you buy any CBD product. Many of them contain almost zero CBD and are therefore ineffective. There are a lot of good products out there, you just have to do the basic research.
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