How to Read CBD Labels

Deciding to try CBD products and experience their magical benefits is the first step to your new wellness journey.

The second and perhaps the most important step is researching and finding the right product for your specific needs. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as you may wish. Reading the labels on CBD creams, capsules, oils, tinctures, etc can especially be overwhelming for novices.

Even worse, the FDA does not approve CBD products. It’s not a surprise to come across falsely advertised and incorrectly labeled CBD products. We’re here to teach you how to read CBD labels and what to look for in your CBD oil so you can make an informed decision.

CBD Label Requirements

CBD users need to be shrewd readers in order to be sure of the kind of products they are purchasing. You’ll need to be keen to distinguish the genuine from the faulty products.

When it comes to CBD label requirements, they vary distinctively from one state and country to another. Currently, label regulations are provided by the state and medical cannabis programs. CBD and its derivatives remain federally unregulated.

However, CBD companies and products are now designing their labels to look like federal dietary supplements and ingredients. You should avoid CBD product labels that are not state-licensed or don’t appear like a well-established food label.

1. CBD Dosage

Luckily, determining the CBD dosage in your product or bottle is not rocket science. Most companies indicate the CBD dosage of their products on its labeling. These include the total amount of CBD in the bottle or packaging in milligrams (mg), the serving size, the total number of servings, and CBD dosage per serving.

2. CBD milligrams

The way the amount of CBD in milligrams is presented varies per product brand. The best CBD companies indicate the number of servings and the amount of CBD per serving on their packaging. This way, you can determine the potency of your product and know how much to consume.

With CBD capsules and gummies, most brands will indicate the amount of CBD in each piece. One CBD gummy or capsule is considered one serving size, and the number of servings refers to the total number of gummies/capsules in your packaging.

3. CBD Profile

A trustworthy CBD brand will indicate CBD oil ingredients on the product labeling. Some CBD products may contain THC and other compounds, while others only contain CBD in its purest form. THC is the psychoactive compound in cannabis that delivers intoxicating and psychoactive effects.  

The form of CBD to consume entirely depends on you and your needs. For instance, products that contain CBD, THC traces, terpenes, and other cannabinoids are said to be the most potent. That’s because, according to scientists, these compounds work in synergy to create an entourage effect that provides the maximum benefits of the hemp plant.

Consider the following on your product labeling:

  • CBD isolate products that contain pure CBD only, without any other compounds.
  • CBD broad-spectrum products that contain CBD, terpenes, flavonoids, and other cannabinoids minus THC. Ideal for people looking to experience the best of the hemp plant without any effects of THC.
  • CBD full-spectrum products that have all the naturally occurring compounds of the hemp plant, including 0.3% THC. Best for people looking to experience all benefits of the hemp plant.

4. Hemp Source

You should also check to see if a company indicates where their CBD was sourced. CBD meant for adult use and medicinal purposes is extracted from plants that are carefully grown to yield more potent effects, stronger aromas, flavors, and terpenes. Such CBD may also contain some amounts of THC.

Additionally, safe CBD products are sourced from high-quality hemp plants that are organically grown. This means impurities like pesticides and heavy metals won’t contaminate your CBD.

5. Manufacturing Date

CBD may degrade with time. It’s important to check your CBD creams, capsules, edibles, or oils manufacturing date. CBD tinctures and edibles should be taken within a few months.[adsense]

6. CBD Lab Test Results

It’s important to know how to read CBD lab test results. This way you’ll be sure of the safety and potency of your CBD product. Keenly go through a product’s certificate of analysis (COA), provided by a third-party testing lab. By comparing the CBD profile on the product, labeling against its COA you can determine the accuracy and trustworthiness of the company. Medicinal cannabis companies are legally required to avail a third-party CBD certification. Avoid those that don’t provide one.

The Bottom Line

Avoid buying products from companies that label them as ‘hemp extracts’ or ‘hemp-derived oil.’ Such products are likely not to contain any CBD, and the manufacturer does not claim to deliver any CBD at all. By going through this quick guide on how to read CBD labels, you’ll find your CBD shopping experience more fun and fulfilling.