CBD Oils, What Should Be On the Label?

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. Today I’m wrapping up my deep dig into CBD, cannabinoids & endocannabinoids. As I’ve already mentioned, the Cannabis industry is not yet regulated. This lack of government regulation means there is no standard for the labels of Cannabis products, including CBD oils & tinctures.

A CBD product label should tell you the total amount of CBD in the product. This is commonly displayed as the amount of CBD in milligrams. This is the amount of CBD in the entire bottle, but it’s not a measurement of the product’s strength or potency.

Most CBD oils & tinctures come in 0.5 ounce (15 ml), 1 ounce (30 ml), or 3.3 ounce (100 ml) sizes. To calculate a products potency, divide the total amount of CBD in the bottle by the size of the bottle in millilitres. For example, a 30 millilitre bottle with 750 milligrams of CBD has a potency of 25 milligrams per millilitre (mg/ml). So that means a 30 ml bottle with 1000 mg of CBD has the same potency as a 15 ml bottle with 500 mg of CBD. In both bottles, there are 33.3 milligrams of CBD per millilitre.

A label should tell you if the product is full spectrum, broad spectrum or an isolate.  If not that information should be online on the company’s product page, also look for a third party analysis report.

Some labels have a recommended serving size, but it’s not written in stone. When trying any new CBD product, it’s best to start with a small amount & increase slowly until you find what’s best for your good dog.

A CBD product label should also tell you what other ingredients are in the product, such as which carrier oil was used. The most common carrier oils used with CBD tinctures & oils are coconut MCT oil, hemp seed oil & olive oil.

The product label should also list other ingredients, including any other beneficial herbs, artificial colors, sweeteners or flavors. Be sure to check the ingredients before purchasing a product if you have any dietary preferences or allergies.

I hope I’ve shed some light on this budding new industry. To sum up, do your due diligence, always look for a third party analysis certificate & most importantly, reach out to the company if you still have questions. Reputable companies will be more than happy to educate you.

Below are links to this whole deep dig series.

CEO Olivia

Part 1 – CBDs, Cannabinoids, Endocannabinoids & Canines

Part 2 – What is Cannabis?

Part 3 – How CBD Is Extracted?

Part 4 – CBD Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum & Isolates

Part 5 – CBD Oils & Tinctures, What’s In the Bottle?

Part 6 – Understanding a CBD Certificate of Analysis

Part 7 – CBD Oils, What Should Be On the Label?

Understanding a CBD Certificate of Analysis

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here continuing my deep dig into CBD, cannabinoids & endocannabinoids. Today I’m barking about understanding the impawtance of third party analysis certificate (COA) that any trustworthy CBD company should have public access to. If you see a company not providing COA’s, you’d best keep on walking.

When you see a COA, you’re going to see a lot of information, for example:

    • Cannabinoids: These are the naturally occurring compounds found primarily in the flowers & leaves of the hemp plant. CBD & THC are measured as well as several other cannabinoids, such as CBG, CBN & CBC. COA will tell you exactly how much.
    • Microbial: This test ensures that the product doesn’t have microbiological contamination such as bacteria (E. Coli or Salmonella), yeast or molds.
    • Residual Solvents & Heavy Metals:  Many hemp-derived CBD products don’t pass tests for things like Lead, methyl mercury or arsenic because of the soil they were grown in. Cannabis should be grown on farms that have passed extensive soil & water testing.
    • Pesticides: Anything you spray on a cannabis plant will show up in tests. Hopefully, that means no pesticides will be found in the product COA. You want purity.

Not every lab use the same units of measurement. Some labs test for mg per mL, some test for parts per million, while yet other tests are based on percentages. Before you can understand the lab results, it is important to know which method of measurement the lab used, the amount of the product provided for the testing & the actual sample size.

Here is an example of what a Certificate of Analysis looks like.

Next week I’ll be finishing off this deep dig by sniffing out how to interpret the label on a CBD oil or tincture bottle & compare what the label claims are to the COA results. I know this has been a confusing journey at times but I hope when we’re done you’ll be able to confidently make the best choice when buying a CBD oil, tincture or extract for your good dog.

CEO Olivia

Part 1 – CBDs, Cannabinoids, Endocannabinoids & Canines

Part 2 – What is Cannabis?

Part 3 – How CBD Is Extracted?

Part 4 – CBD Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum & Isolates

Part 5 – CBD Oils & Tinctures, What’s In the Bottle?

Part 6 – Understanding a CBD Certificate of Analysis

Part 7 – CBD Oils, What Should Be On the Label?

 

CBD Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum & Isolates

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. Today we’re continuing our deep dig into CBD, canabinoids & endocanabinoids. CBD oils & tinctures are made from both hemp & marijuana. The difference being oils made from hemp will have virtually no THC present, while oils made from Marijuana will.

CBD oils & tinctures are classified as full spectrum, broad spectrum or an isolate, depending on the purpose of the final product.

Full-spectrum means it contains all phytochemicals naturally found in the plant, including CBD, THC, trace cannabinoids, terpenes, & essential oils. Full-spectrum extracts from hemp have a negligible THC content —  below 0.3%, while extracts from marijuana will have different levels of THC depending on their purpose.

The full spectrum of the active compounds extracted from hemp work together to amplify the health benefits of each individual cannabinoid. This phenomenon is referred to as the entourage effect which I’ll explain below.

Broad-spectrum extracts also contain multiple cannabinoids, terpenes, & essential oils, they also produce the “entourage effect,” however all the THC has been removed.

CBD isolate is made by removing everything but the cannabidiol (CBD). The advantage of using CBD isolate is the high concentration of CBD per serving. Isolates are usually 99% pure, meaning that one gram of isolate powder carries about 990 mg of CBD. With isolates, there’s no entourage effect.

What’s this “entourage effect”? It refers to the synergy achieved by all the components in cannabis interacting together to enhance the potential benefits of the plant.

Now that we’ve sorted that out, next week I’ll sniff out how to decide which product is right for your good dog.

CEO Olivia

Part 1 – CBDs, Cannabinoids, Endocannabinoids & Canines

Part 2 – What is Cannabis?

Part 3 – How CBD Is Extracted?

Part 4 – CBD Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum & Isolates

Part 5 – CBD Oils & Tinctures, What’s In the Bottle?

Part 6 – Understanding a CBD Certificate of Analysis

Part 7 – CBD Oils, What Should Be On the Label?