Deciding how much to take
Dr Julie Moltke, a GP, expert in cannabinoid science and editor-in-chief of wellness and cannabis culture website Dosage explains:
‘It does involve light mathematics! Most labels advertise a percentage on the front, usually from 3% up to 15%. But this can be misleading – is this CBD or overall cannabinoid content? Instead, look for how many milligrams (mg) of CBD are in the whole bottle. For example, let’s say a 30ml bottle of oil has 1,500mg CBD. We know a pipette-full of oil is about 1ml and 20 drops. So that amount will give you 50mg CBD, and one drop has 2.5mg. Some product labels do the maths for you. If you choose a capsule, it’s easier still. “Start low and go slow” is my advice. Begin with one or two drops, with just a few mg of CBD, twice a day. You can gradually add more and see how you feel.’
Which Oils to try?
CBD oils can vary in strength and flavour. With an ever growing market for products, we have recommended 6 different brands you may like to try.
Cubid CBD Peppermint Oil Drops, £35/330mg per 30ml
A broad-spectrum THC-free blend made from sustainably sourced hemp, Cubid products contain CBD and other cannabinoids. The minty flavour is great if you’re not a fan of the hempy taste. There are 600 drops per bottle, with 0.55mg CBD per drop. Also available with 660mg CBD per 30ml.
Healthspan Super Strength CBD Oil, £34.95/30 x 450mg capsules
If you prefer a capsule to a dropper, these natural supplements are pesticide and herbicide free. Healthspan is a member of the Cannabis Trades Association UK, a body that ensures legal and ethical CBD trading standards. One capsule contains 15mg CBD.
Endoca Raw Hemp Oil Drops 15% CBD + CBD-A, £119/10ml
As recommended by Dr Dani Gordon to her clients. Endoca is an organically certified Scandinavian oil, produced under pharmaceutical control for a guaranteed accurate concentration of CBD. Vegan, gluten-free and non-GMO, this contains 300 mini-drops per bottle, with 5ml per drop.
Dragonfly CBD Oil, £69.95/ 1,000mg per 10ml
A leading brand, this is guaranteed to contain the stated dose. Organic and THC-free, it’s described as narrow spectrum, meaning it’s filtered CBD with all other cannabinoids reduced or removed. There are 200 drops per bottle with 5mg CBD per drop. Also available in 300mg and 500mg CBD strengths.
Kloris Superior Organic Full Spectrum 5% CBD Oil, £45.99/ 500mg per 10ml
Products are third-party lab tested and the certificates can be viewed online. The oil contains European organically grown Cannabis Sativa L extracts, is GMO-free, gluten-free and suitable for vegans. Clean, natural taste. There are 200 drops per bottle with 1mg CBD per drop.
Grass & Co Ease CBD Oil Blend, £39.50/500mg per 10ml
This company specialises in mixing CBD oil with other botanicals – the Ease organic and THC-free oil also contains ginger, turmeric and orange to improve the taste. There are 200 drops per bottle with 1mg per drop. Also available in a 1,000mg per 10ml strength.