How much CBD are you really paying for? Milligrams per millilitres and the mysteries of CBD Oil labels explained.

Is 10ml of 10% CBD oil the equivalent of 1000mg of CBD? Are you being short-changed by CBD cowboys?

Quite often, we find the labels on CBD Oil products both online and in retail locations across the UK confusing or even misleading. Typically you will find labels advertising 1000mg or 10% CBD in 10ml of oil. But are you really getting 1000mg of CBD when buying a 10ml 10% CBD oil? To get to the truth, let's dive into the metric of mass volume density to explain what you are really paying for when buying CBD oil.

So what is density? Density is a measure of mass divided by volume typically calculated in kilograms (one thousand grams) or milligrams (one-thousandth of a gram) divided by cubic meters or cubic centimetres using metric units (kg/m3 or mg/cm3). So when a product is labelled as 10ml 10% CBD oil, you need to take into account the mass volume density of the oil first before working out the amount of pure CBD contained within.

Household cooking oil typically has a density of around 830 to 920 kilograms per cubic meter, or 830 to 920kg/m3, which means 1 millilitre (1ml) of oil typically has a mass volume density of 830 to 920 milligrams per cubic centimetre (830 to 920mg/cm3). And because water has a mass volume density of 1000mg/cm3, we assume (incorrectly) our 10ml 10% CBD oil contains 1000mg of CBD.

So when the label of a 10ml bottle of CBD oil claims to have 10% or 1000mg of CBD, what they are really claiming is the density values of water instead of oil. The CBD you are actually paying for is anywhere from 830 to 920 milligrams (mg) of pure CBD in a 10ml 10% CBD oil from these products.

Considering many of the CBD oils on the market cost anywhere between £50 to £70, and is made with a mixture of CBD isolate and medium-chain triglyceride (MTC) oil, you are essentially paying a massive premium on the MTC oil that usually cost as little as £30 a litre on Amazon

BBC news article recently reported that the "Centre for Medical Cannabis blind-tested 30 products advertising themselves as CBD." and that "Only 38% of the products tested had levels of CBD within 10% of the amount advertised on the bottle".

So next time when buying CBD oil, instead of being short-changed by opportunists trying to make a quick profit, why not try our 99.6% cannabidiol (CBD) Isolate Powder instead? We guarantee each bottle of our CBD isolate powder contains at least 1000mg of pure CBD, so you get what you pay for instead of flushing money down the toilet.

Even better, our CBD isolate is so pure that it melts at 66 degrees Celsius, or 151 degrees Fahrenheit. So if you decide to make your own affordable CBD oil at home next time, remember to give it some heat and blend all that CBD goodness into whichever oil YOU choose to add.

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Better understanding of Cannabidiol (CBD) needs transparency and honesty

CBD, generally considered as safe for humans by the World Health Organisation (WHO) is not considered a controlled substance at international or national (UK) level by the UK government but is facing a dual challenge of scepticism and high cost which could be preventing those who can benefit most from doing so.

On the Harvard Medical School’s Health Blog, Dr. Peter Grinspoon has recently stated, “We need more research but CBD may prove to be an option for managing anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain.” Over in the UK, the NHS has recently decided not to prescribe cannabis derived products for certain conditions because of concerns over cost and uncertainty over long term benefits. While it is understandable why it could take some time before CBD products are prescribed for free, a lack of understanding and prohibitive costs in the commercial sector are also holding back the benefits from private UK consumers.

CBD derived products are still prohibitively expensive for many people to afford and confusion currently exists over what CBD is. In the race to offer CBD products far and wide, many vendors are artificially inflating costs and confusing the general public with false claims and irresponsible marketing. Consumers don’t know what to look for in CBD based products and there are too many products being sold with just trace amounts of CBD. Worse yet, some products even contain illegal levels of THC which are not currently permitted for personal consumption, furthering confusion.

In Chinese culture, the wellness benefits of cannabis plants have been understood for thousands of years, but in the West it is still in its early stages. True acceptance will only come from more people trying out products for themselves and having open conversations with friends, relatives and trusted people and sharing their experiences. CBD also has the potential to significantly help certain groups, such as elderly people and those with highly active lifestyles.

For understanding to evolve, consumers should speak more openly to providers about their claims. They should pay close attention to the purity of CBD used in the product, the amount of active CBD per milligram (g) or millilitre (ml) and the other ingredients to avoid being duped. They can also benefit from price check between different suppliers, including checking CBD wellness retailers online, to make sure they get the best long term value.

Cannabis, Hemp and Cannabidiol (CBD), what’s the difference?

Do you find it confusing when people mention Cannabis, Hemp, CBD and wonder what they are talking about? What’s the difference? Let’s explore the scientific classification and uses in modern culture today.

Scientific classification

Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica, Cannabis Ruderalis are all species of the Cannabis genus.

Cannabis Sativa L.

First classified in 1753 by Carl Linnaeus (The L at the end of Cannabis Sativa L.) was originally cultivated in Asia thousands of years ago.

Sativa is a Latin botanical adjective that means “things that are cultivated”.

Cannabis Indica

Producing large amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the stuff that gets you high as a kite, Cannabis Indica was named by Jean-Baptiste Lamarck in 1785 based on his descriptions of the plant specimens collected in India.

Cannabis Ruderalis

Descriptions of Cannabis Ruderalis were first published in 1924 by Russian botanist D. E. Janischewsky. Ruderalis, rūdera in Latin means rubble, lump, or crumpled piece of bronze, refers to species of plants first to colonise land after a disturbance.

Cultural reference

Throughout history, culture, politics and prohibition, the humble Cannabis plant has received some pretty strange but also familiar names that are often confusing and misunderstood. Here, we group them into the most common typical uses and associated names across the world.

Cannabis, Marijuana, Weed, Ganja, Grass, Kaya, Charas, Hashish, Dagga, Gbana, Pantagruelion, Medical Cannabis, Recreational Cannabis, 大麻, 麻

Some of the names used may sound foreign and alien, but they all terms used to describe Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa L. plants with high percentage of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) a psychotropic compound for medical or recreational reasons.

Hemp, Hennep, Chanvre, 麻

Fibre, diapers, paper, clothing, handbags, shoes, rope, soap, shampoo, lotions, oils, hemp is everywhere. But it’s all produced from the Cannabis Sativa L. plants cultivated to produce low amounts of THC (less than 0.2% by plant weight) for commercial and environmental reasons.

Cannabidiol (CBD), 大麻二酚

Pure refined Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-intoxicating phytocannabinoid that is a crystal powder at room temperature and melts at 66 degrees Celsius, 151 degrees Fahrenheit. It is often extracted from Cannabis Sativa L. Hemp plants with naturally high percentage of CBD for dietary and wellness reasons.

Do you know of other cultural or scientific references?

Each time someone mentions these words in context, we develop a new conscious idea of what it means. So if you know other old or new meanings, please let us know in the comments below.