How to Read a CBD Product Label

CBD product labels can be confusing and complicated when one is considering trying CBD products for the first time. For example, it can be easy to confuse the total CBD amount contained in one bottle of a CBD product with the volume of the bottle itself.  

Other frequently asked questions that  potential CBD consumers may ask:

  1. Is the whole bottle CBD or is it mixed with something else?
  2. Is the amount of CBD on the front of the bottle per serving?
  3. If the CBD is the same but a bottle is larger, does that mean that it’s better?

This guide will help CBD consumers better understand how to read CBD product labeling, learn what the labeling means, and understand what matters most when shopping for CBD products.

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What is on a CBD product label?

On CBD product labels, the front of the bottle will have the total contents of CBD per bottle displayed in milligrams (mg). This is the actual total amount of CBD in the entire bottle. There is also a measurement of milliliters (ml) per bottle displayed on the front product label. This is the  volume of the bottle and not the total amount of CBD. The total volume listed and the total CBD amount are independent of one another.

The back of the product label will have a breakdown of ingredients in the bottle of CBD. This means that the back of the label will usually have a manufacturer recommended serving size and there will be a certain number of servings in the bottle.

If the bottle is 30 ml and the serving size is 1 ml, that means there are 30 servings in the bottle, and that each serving contains 1/30th of the total amount of CBD shown on the front of the product label.

Total CBD per bottle vs. volume labeling

On the front of every CBD product label from nu-x®, and most other brands, is an indication of the “total CBD” per bottle. This is referring to the total CBD in the bottle and not the volume of the bottle in milliliters. The total milligrams of CBD contained in the bottle can be divided into servings and yield a “CBD per serving” amount.

For example, if there is 1000 mg of CBD total in a 10 ml bottle and the serving size is indicated as  1 ml, then 1000 mg of CBD divided by 10 ml equals a total of 100 mg of CBD per serving.

The purity and quality of the CBD contents listed depend on the manufacturing methods used during extraction and production. nu-x® CBD products are expertly crafted and tested in our in-house laboratory and also tested by third-party labs to verify the quantity and quality of the CBD in the bottle.

Hemp oil vs. CBD oil

Another common question when it comes to looking at CBD product labels is if the product has hemp oil or CBD oil. Many customers may think hemp oil and CBD oil are the same thing, but they are not.

The difference is that hemp oil may not contain CBD unless the source material and extraction method was chosen specifically to both contain and preserve the CBD content. A product may list both hemp oil and CBD in its contents.  This usually indicates that the hemp oil is being used as a carrier oil for the CBD.

CBD Extraction

CBD must be carefully extracted from the stems, and flowers of the source material. When the extraction is performed, crucial & precise methods must be followed or the CBD’s quality may be significantly decreased. This is a primary difference between many of the brands on the market that are sold listing “hemp oil” as an ingredient, and brands that are extracting and selling authentic, top-quality CBD formulations.

How this affects the product label

The information presented above is directly related to how you read a product label because if there is both hemp oil and hemp-derived CBD, then the product contains a meaningful amount of CBD. If the bottle states that there is only hemp oil, this may be an indication that there is no significant amount of CBD in the product.

Verified testing, performed by third party labs, for CBD will reveal if the product actually contains the amount of CBD in the bottle as is being claimed on the label. This testing is performed by an unbiased third-party lab as a best practice for reputable CBD brands. If the extraction is performed improperly, the CBD content claimed on the label and the CBD content revealed through third-party testing may differ significantly.

nu-x® CBD extraction methods are performed to the highest quality standards to ensure that the CBD in our products is to the specifications listed on the bottle. Furthermore, nu-x’s commitment to transparency is evident in the test results provided for each and every nu-x® product.

Labeling Pure Spectrum, Isolate, and Broad Spectrum CBD

Now, this brings us to the questions regarding the different types of CBD that can be produced.

There are 3 different types of CBD:

  1. Full-spectrum
  2. CBD isolate
  3. Broad-spectrum

Full Spectrum CBD is CBD that has been extracted in such a way as to preserve all of the various cannabinoids and terpenes that were originally present in the source material. The CBD molecule is not isolated from  the other compounds present. Usually, Full Spectrum CBD is sourced from industrial hemp source material that naturally contains no more than 0.3% THC content.

The extraction methods used in preparing a CBD isolate combines like molecules of the plant’s contents  separating and isolating only the CBD molecule as the other compounds are drawn to the chemically similar substance. CBD isolate is the most pure form of CBD available, with the trade off for this purity being that it does not contain any of the other naturally occurring compounds found within the source material.

Broad-spectrum is considered to be the best of both worlds, having the terpenes, pure isolate CBD and it’s compound. You may find that there is hemp oil listed on the bottle, but it is important to remember that hemp oil is not equivalent to CBD unless the extraction methods needed to derive the CBD from the industrial hemp plants are used.

What to remember about CBD product labeling

Reading a CBD product label can be quite confusing and it’s important to have accurate information. The team at nu-x® has extensive CBD knowledge and exercise the most reputable practices found in the CBD industry. nu-x® has spent countless hours researching and compiling data to support the products we sell and list all the lab results online.

Please reach out to the nu-x® CBD experts for any questions you may have about our products or labels.