How do high strength CBD oils work? Why do people take them? Is there really any advantage at hitting so high? Let’s get around to examining these essential topics.
There’s no industry standard figure for what constitutes ‘high strength’ but the general consensus is that anything over 1,500mg up to a whopping 10,000mg fits into this category.
These specialist products serve primarily for a niche market of users who want to ensure they’re taking a large amount of CBD relative to more common, lower strengths.
We won’t concentrate too much on what’s a correct dosage and how to discover it – that’s a topic of debate in its own right! But generally speaking, the accepted advice is to start low and build up towards finding your ‘sweet spot’.
A common question often asked by new users is ‘why not just start at a very high dose?’. Well, there’s no reason not to, but the truth is that some are incredibly and unnecessarily expensive.
If your effective dose is a mere 100mg or so a day, why not use the highest quality oil of that concentration instead of needlessly taking fifteen times that amount? There are no side effects for doing so – besides damaging your bank balance!
Brands vary widely in terms of quality.
Who Takes The Highest Strength CBD Oils?
Not just the rich! We always stress that people take CBD oils for many reasons, but there’s no guarantee it will always be helpful.
It certainly won’t do any harm, but we strongly encourage you to consult with your doctor beforehand, and never trust reviews that offer medical advice or promises.
Many use higher strength products because they believe it can help with a wide range of issues – ranging from psychological issues through to physical ailments and even post-workout recovery. A recent spike of interest has been people giving it to their pets!
Generally speaking, most people take this concentration because they’ve found lower doses to not be effective and wish to experiment at higher doses.
After all, even if you feel the benefits from a lower dose who is to say it may not become even better higher up the chain?
Of the countless studies that have been undertaken by CBD researchers, the only one we will use in a very general sense here is a series of trials undertaken in the USA a decade or so ago.
They suggested that very high strength CBD oils were reportedly effective for people with severe depression or anxiety. It was a small sample and cannot be taken as a valid fact – but it’s one of the reasons why some people invest in high strength oils.
What To Look Out For
It’s essential to look for oils that clearly label the exact milligram of concentration.
It’s not such a big issue here in the UK, but in the US there’s some confusion with manufacturers who list a percentage as the concentration (possibly luring people who associate a percentage of strength with the level of purity).
Keep an eye out and stay clear of these – new products are being launched and imported every day at the moment.
OK, now for the good news! The pedigree of the manufacturer is crucial – regardless of strength – but especially so for oral oil drops.
Look for those who are certifiably organic, use ideally olive oil as the base (this retains the integrity of the CBD over time), use third party batch testing to ensure the strength is as advertised, and employ 100% natural extraction methods from top quality hemp. VSAVI meet, if not exceed, all of these expectations.
Both of these are well-established companies who use all of the above in their manufacturing processes and will provide certification on demand to demonstrate the quality of their high strength ranges.
They also offer plenty of genuinely useful advice if you’re new to the scene, especially in terms of dosage (lower quality companies will push overconsumption quite blatantly).
Always remember that CBD is an incredibly personal thing.
Any effects are going to vary from person to person. For instance, some people become ‘tolerant’ on lower doses and then decide they need to increase their consumption or strength to feel the same effects.
If you need to take a higher dose, we highly recommend the products at the top of this page. At this level, there’s no point in skimping!
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