How to Read a CBD Label

CBD is quickly becoming the go-to ingredient in an increasing number of products. Much like kale, acai berry, and other “superfoods,” CBD is often billed as a certified cure-all, able to tackle issues like acne, insomnia, muscle pain, and more.

While growing evidence supports CBD claims, the primary issue is a lack of oversight. Currently, the FDA does not regulate CBD products, so manufacturers and sellers can practically say whatever they want.

As a consumer, you need to be careful about everything you put into your body. So, before buying CBD cream, oil, or gummies, it’s crucial to understand what’s inside. So, with that in mind, let’s discuss how to read a CBD label.


One of the main challenges of CBD products is that the potency of each item can vary from one person to the next. For example, one dose of CBD oil may offer substantial effects for one individual but not another.

Before taking any CBD supplements, you need to know what the manufacturer considers a dose. Are doses measured in milligrams, grams, or some other metric? Is there a way for you to verify a dose (i.e., with a metered syringe or dropper)? How many doses are recommended?

If the label doesn’t get into these details, you’re left trying to figure it all out on your own. While there are no reported cases of CBD overdoses, you need to be careful about how CBD affects your body. Ideally, you should start with small amounts and work your way up.

Milligrams of CBD

CBD products are not pure cannabidiol. Even CBD oil has other ingredients and fillers to make it more appetizing. The label should mention how many milligrams of CBD is in a single dose. This number reflects the product’s potency. As a rule, the higher the number, the fewer doses you’ll need to feel any effects.

Type of CBD Used

There are three ways for manufacturers to extract CBD from the hemp plant. By law, hemp has to contain no more than 0.3% of THC, so there’s almost no risk of getting high. Still, the extraction process matters. Here’s a quick overview of each option:

  • Full-Spectrum CBD - Most people recommend this type because the cannabis plant has many unique ingredients that work as a whole. In this case, manufacturers use the entire plant to create CBD. So, there are trace amounts of THC (again, not enough to get you high).

  • Broad-Spectrum CBD - To avoid any potential confusion, broad-spectrum CBD removes all traces of THC but leaves the rest of the cannabinoids and terpenes within the plant.

  • CBD Isolate - This process extracts just the CBD and nothing else. While isolate products may be more potent, you’re missing the health benefits of the other parts of the hemp plant.

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