CBD Knowledge: How to read a CBD product label

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Reading labels for CBD products can be confusing.  There are currently no standards when it comes to how CBD is referenced on product labels which can make it confusing when comparing different brands.

CBD may be listed as:

  • Cannabidiol
  • Phytocannabinoids
  • Full-spectrum hemp extract
  • PCR (phytocannabinoid rich)
  • PCR hemp extracts

Just to name a few.  CBD is often confused with hemp extract and are at times used synonymously, but in fact they are different and it’s important to know the difference.

Hemp extract is an oil derived from the stalks and seeds of the industrial hemp plant containing many cannabinoids or compounds such as cannabidiol (CBD), terpenes, minerals, and more.  In order to get CBD and other compounds from the plant, they must be separated in a process called extraction.

The manufacturers are not required to add the milligrams of CBD to the labels or to list out the CBD amounts versus the total hemp extract, however, many brands have become transparent with their customers and have added the CBD milligrams to their labels.

Below are three unique CBD tincture labels from various brands to show the difference between similar product labels and how to determine the amount of CBD per serving.

In the label example below, this product shows that there is 86mg of hemp extract (hemp oil), and 50mg of phytocannabinoids (CBD) per serving.

In the label example below, this product shows that there is 13mg of hemp oil (hemp extract), and 3mg of cannabidiol (CBD) per serving.

In the label example below, this product only shows the total amount of CBD in the bottle, 500mg, and this is listed as Full Spectrum Hemp Extract.  Full Spectrum Hemp Extract is made up of hundreds of cannabinoids embedded in the cannabis plant such as terpenes, vitamins and minerals. To figure out the amount of CBD per serving, the suggested use is 0.5 – 1 ML 2x/Day, which equals =

(    500 mg of CBD       /       30 ml     )              x                 0.5 (ml)           = 8.33 (mg)

Per Bottle                Total Bottle Size                  Serving Size            Amount of CBD per 0.5ml

These labels are only just a small sampling of the CBD tinctures sold at Lhasa OMS. If you have any questions regarding the CBD products we carry or their labels please contact us at 1 (800) 722-8775 or

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