The most confusing thing about choosing a CBD product might be decoding the labels. With little regulation in the still-new hemp industry, it can be hard to compare apples to apples when reading CBD product packaging. At Green Gorilla, we want to make it easier for you to find what you’re looking for and understand what you’re buying.
CBD Potency and Dosage
Two of the most important things to look at when reading a CBD product label are potency and dosage. Most CBD product labels state the concentration of CBD in milligrams somewhere on the package. The first thing to decipher is whether this number refers to the amount of CBD per dose, or the amount of CBD in the entire package. Knowing how much CBD you’re getting, and how much is in each dose or serving, is crucial to understanding which product is best for your needs. Green Gorilla products clearly state the amount of CBD in the entire package on the front of the label, and the suggested dose per serving on the back.
Hemp Extract vs CBD
When reading a CBD product label, it’s important to discern whether the potency information refers to the amount of hemp extract, or to the amount of active CBD in the product. Some CBD products are made with full-spectrum whole plant hemp extract, which contains a variety of cannabinoids, terpenes, and polyphenols found in the hemp plant, as well as CBD. The potency of full-spectrum whole plant CBD products describes the amount of hemp extract in the product, which only contains a portion of active CBD. And the percentage of active CBD found in hemp extract can vary from product to product. Other CBD products are made with pure CBD, so the potency listed on the package refers to the amount of active CBD inside.
For example, Green Gorilla offers both pure as well as full-spectrum whole plant CBD products. Our 1200mg Full-Spectrum Whole Plant CBD Oil contains 1200mg of hemp extract per bottle. Our hemp extract contains about 25% CBD, so each bottle contains 300mg of active CBD. Alternatively, Green Gorilla’s 600mg Pure CBD Oil contains 600mg of active CBD per bottle and it also makes it more bioavailable (less compounds to process) for the body . All potency and dosing information is clearly stated on our product labels.
Look for Quality
After you find the potency and type of CBD product that suits your needs, it’s important to ensure that the product is lab tested by independent third-party labs to verify that the information stated on the label is true. In such a new and unregulated market, independent third-party lab testing is the only way to confirm that what you see is what you get. Other things to look for to make sure you’re getting a high quality product is organic certification and certified good manufacturing practices. Green Gorilla is the first and one of very few hemp CBD brands to be certified organic by the USDA. We also conduct independent third-party lab testing on all of our products and follow good manufacturing practices.