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  • February 5, 2019
  • by Dean Pagliaro

    Though full-spectrum CBD is still derived from the hemp plant and technically legal under the farm bill, it doesn’t go through the rigorous extraction processes that isolates do and may still contain small traces of THC (less than .3%). It’s not enough to alter your cognition, but it could still be in your system.

    Most brands use extensive extraction methods (usually via CO2 or heating) to get the excess stuff out and preserve only the helpful cannabinoids and terpenes. Most times, the only extra ingredients will be hemp oil or coconut oil, plus other added seeds and fruits.

    As for the dosage you should take, it depends on a few key factors including tolerance, weight, and the intended use. For example, someone with severe chronic pain will probably need a higher dose than someone who needs help falling asleep. Most online vendors will give dosage recommendations for each of their products, and Medium has a great deep dive into CBD concentrations if you want more details.

    It’s up to you to decide what works for your situation. We know this is a lot of information to take in, but we’ll help by telling you which of our favorite brands have THC-free options, full spectrum options, or both.

    Price wise, there’s more to look at than simply comparing the price of two different 30-capsule bottles. A bottle of 30 capsules may be cheaper on one site than the other, but this may be because the cheaper site’s capsules are less potent and require two pills to feel the same effect as taking one pill from the other site.

    The price-per-dose is how to really find out if you’re getting your money’s worth. Aside from telling you where prices start on each site, we’ll list the cost effectiveness as the “true price.” To calculate it, just take the price of the product divided by the total dosage in milligrams. For instance, if a bottle of 30 capsules contains a total of 500 mg and the price is $44.95, the price per mg is around $0.09 (which is a great price, BTW.) Math!

    Let’s get shopping.