Published on: 01/11/16
When you’re out shopping for groceries, you know how to compare costs. You’ll look at the price and compare it to the volume or weight of the products offered. Sometimes it’s even broken down for you.
But how do you calculate CBD oil prices? We did the groundwork to help get you CBD savvy before your next purchase.
Quality is Key – Where Does your CBD Come From?
Before you calculate price, you must first take into consideration something as equally important. The quality of your oils is integral to the results you get from your CBD.
CBD brands will either:
- Extract CBD from hemp – maintains all the beneficial components of the plant
- Use isolated forms of CBD – leaves out all the cofactors in the hemp plant
- Use lab made CBD
Whether you choose a whole plant extract, isolated, or lab-made CBD product is completely up to you. In any case, you’re most likely to find CBD in products such as oils or tinctures.
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What's in your CBD oil?
Popular CBD Oils and tinctures sometimes use carrier oils which dilutes the CBD. So, technically most of what you find inside your CBD product is actually oil or some other dilutant.
Though this is industry standard, ask yourself this: is a bigger bottle going to give you better value?
Picture this: You’re dying for a coffee, so you stop in at a cafe. Longing for that punchy, bittersweet hit of caffeine. You go up to the counter and order a coffee. Lucky you, there’s a special offer, so the barista tells you: "Get a large for the price of a regular." So you think, why not? You deserve it, plus it costs the same as the regular size anyway.
When you sit down at your table, and your coffee arrives, you go to taste it, but all you taste is warm milk. So you ask the barista where the caffeine went, and the barista says– Oh, we don’t add any extra espresso to the larger sizes. You’re just getting some extra milk.
Now you have to drink all that extra milk just to get the caffeine hit you were after. Not ideal!
It’s the same for CBD products. Companies selling large products at lower costs sounds great, but this doesn’t ensure that you’re really getting the best value for your money. It’s the CBD, not the carrier oil, you want after all.
Since CBD is the active ingredient, the volume of the product you buy doesn’t really matter as much as the percentage of the CBD it contains, and how much of the active ingredient makes its way into your body.
Yes, while percentages of CBD is important, so is the amount of the active ingredient that reaches the point in the body it is needed. This is called bioavailability.
Apart from intravenous administration – which is not currently an option for us CBD lovers – suppositories are the most bioavailable products on the market. Medication, left to dissolve in the rectum or vagina permeates the thin membrane and is carried on via the blood vessels to where it is needed.
Yet, for many, the thought of having to insert pill-shaped medication into the rectum or vagina is wholly unnerving.
To those, we say toughen up! This method is second to none when it comes to efficacy, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness for CBD administration.
Suppositories bypass many of the processes that metabolize CBD in other methods of administration: such as oral with capsules, sublingual with oil drops or topical with creams and ointments. Suppositories are made even more valuable by its rapid onset of effects, which ranges at around 15-20 minutes. Far quicker than oral administration.
In order to make sure you are being cost-effective, you’ll want to be sure that your body needs a higher percentage of CBD. Using lower strength products and working your doses up using up-titration, is the best way to tell where your CBD ‘sweet spot’ is.
Have you’ve tried the 3% and are ready to move up to 15%, read on.
If not, scroll down to the next heading and come back when you’re ready. We’ll still be here!
Where to Start when Looking for CBD?
You may need to use far less of the higher dose than you were using previously. If you go from our 3% to our 15%, you’re basically going from 1mg of CBD per drop to 5mg of CBD per drop.
This may mean going from:
3% = 5 x 1 drop a day
15% = 1 x 1 drop a day and working your way up until you feel the required effects.
Your body may not be used to this amount of CBD, so take caution when you first start on a higher percentage.
How to Find the Price of CBD
You can work this out with the help of some simple calculations. Just follow the simple equation below:
$ ÷ MG = CBD $ per ML
CBD Rip-offs Alive and Well
Where your CBD comes from and the quality of the raw plant should be crucial in your decision-making process.
A Dutch study that tested the cannabinoid content in a range of brands came out with some unfortunate results. The study found that many of the brands came out with different CBD content than what was stated on the bottles. In fact, 7 brands out of the 46 products tested had no detectable cannabinoid content whatsoever.
So simply doing some math might not be enough. You also need to do your homework.
By knowing the CBD hemp industry and hemp CBD products, you will be far more capable of ensuring safety and value is maintained in the next CBD products you buy.
Use this checklist below to ensure you’re getting what you bargain for.
|DO buy if you can tick these boxes||DO NOT buy if you tick these boxes|
Disclaimer: Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Endoca and its staff. This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or cure. Endoca CBD products have not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).