CBD oil has recently become one of the most popular natural medicines on the market, especially now the CBD products have been approved by the FDA as a medicine for certain forms of epilepsy.
People also use CBD oil to improve their overall health and to ease their pain, anxiety, etc. Cannabis, CBD, Hemp, and Marijuana are all widely misunderstood, so here are the basics:
CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is one of the non-psychoactive cannabinoids found in Cannabis plants. THC is the psychoactive component found in Cannabis plants. “Cannabis” is a widely misunderstood term.
Cannabis is a scientific term that includes both Hemp and Marijuana, which are two different types of plants. CBD products extracted from industrial Hemp plants can be purchased in all 50 states of the US, and they contain between 0%-0.3% of THC.CBD Hemp oil has no psychoactive effects.
CBD products from Marijuana plants can only be purchased in specific states because it contains more than 0.3% of THC, so there is a chance for some psychoactive effects. It is always best to double check the amount of CBD and THC in the products that you buy.
We will be focusing on liquid CBD oil (for ingestion), which is usually sold in bottles, dropper bottles, or syringes. I’ve been through the long, tedious, and frustrating process of using CBD oil.
I’m sure many other CBD oil users have been through the same frustrating process as me. It’s all very stressful. I am used to taking prescription and over-the-counter medications. I’m used to everything being researched, dosed, calculated, and outlined for me.
I decided that I was tired of this confusing CBD oil process. I’m a biologist, so I spent hours working with others and using my research and math skills to do all the work for you and create a CBD Hemp Oil Calculator App!
How To Find The Right Type of CBD Oil for You?
Before I go into how to use the app, you first need to choose a type of CBD oil. I legally can’t tell you what brand or concentration of CBD oil you should buy, but I can give you advice.
I am a biologist, not a medical professional. It is always recommended that you talk with a medical professional about these sorts of things. It may seem intimidating, but it is worth it in the end.
You need to make sure your current medications are not going to be affected by CBD. It is always best to double check that you won’t be hurting yourself (or your family/pets) from mixing medicines incorrectly.
Don’t worry about what your doctor will think of you for using CBD oil, they are professionals, and their goal is to help you.
If you aren’t comfortable talking to your doctor about it, try talking to a licensed pharmacist at the local grocery store or drug store.
When it comes to doing internet searches, the main thing is to be careful! It is not as simple as typing in “what is the best brand of CBD oil?” It all depends on your budget, the severity of your symptoms, and your general preferences. You should not go into it with a ‘one size fits all’ approach.
If you have no idea where to start, you can use these general steps:
- Talk to a doctor. They’ll probably recommend a specific brand and concentration.
- Do some online searches for CBD oil companies, and choose about 3-5 reputable brands to look into. You may see a lot of “Top 10” lists. These lists are usually biased, but there are some good ones out there. If you are looking for organic companies only, make sure to include that in your search. Just remember that organic usually means more expensive.
- Next, you need to narrow it down to 1 brand. You need to do research into each of the 3-5 brands that you chose. Make sure that each of the company’s CBD oil test results is publicly available on their website. There are many scams where companies claim they have a lot of CBD in their products, but they actually have no CBD.
If you can’t find the amount of ‘CBD’ or ‘hemp extract’ anywhere on the website or in the nutritional facts, that is not a good sign. You need to know how much CBD you are going to be taking.
There are also many dangerous chemicals out there. Cannabis plants love to soak up metals/pesticides/herbicides, so testing is imperative. Do not buy from a brand that does not include test results. If they say, “contact customer service for test results”, that could mean they are hiding something in the results, or they don’t have any test results at all. Be cautious.
- After you’ve chosen 1 brand, you need to find the right concentration. Most brands have different concentrations of CBD oil to choose from. If you plan on using CBD oil for something serious or severe, make sure to get a product with a high amount of CBD. If you are using CBD oil for something mild, make sure to get something with lower amounts of CBD.
So, you chose your brand and concentration of CBD oil. You order, and it arrives at your doorstep. Now what? This is where CBD oil is most confusing for people. Like I said above, we are used to everything being researched, dosed, calculated, and outlined in a chart for us. CBD oil doesn’t have anything like that since it isn’t technically a “medicine”.
Because of that, I started a company called Accugentix. Our first product is the CBD Hemp Oil Calculator app, which helps you find your dose and converts it into the correct number of drops and mL. We are also working on other products for Cannabis oil.
Using The CBD Hemp Oil Calculator App
Disclaimer: this app is only for liquid CBD oils, this app requires internet connection/wifi, and this app does not save any of your data.
The CBD Hemp Oil Calculator app is for beginners and current users of CBD oil. It is necessarily a step-by-step guide for you to figure out your dose and to convert that dose into drops (for a dropper bottle) and mL (for a syringe).
The number of drops and mL varies depending on the type of bottle or syringe you buy. 1 drop from a 15% CBD bottle has way more CBD in it than 1 drop from a 3% bottle. The math can be complicated, which is exactly why we created the app.
We legally can’t help you find a brand, but we already inputted information for 3 popular brands of CBD oil (more are coming soon). So far Charlotte’s Web, Elixinol, and Endoca are already in the app.
These are just favourite brands, there are many more brands out there that people use, so we added the Universal Calculator function. The Universal Calculator can be used for any liquid brand of CBD oil. Below is a snapshot of the main page of the app.
The app helps you through the whole process of inputting the brand information (if you are using the 3 brands listed above you skip this step), it enables you to find your dose, and then it converts that dose to drops and mL. You use the “?” symbol next to each line to guide you through each of the steps (As shown below).
When it comes to the “CBD dose” step. You can click the question mark, and it helps you find your dose. We legally can’t recommend a dose to you. All we can do is provide resources to help you choose a dose.
As shown below, we explain that you should talk to a licensed doctor about your dose. We also explain that one way to dose CBD oil is called micro-dosing, where you start with 1 milligram and gradually increase your dose.
Some people don’t want to use micro-dosing, so we also made a quick dosing form for you to fill out. It gives you a general dose to start with based on your weight and the severity of your condition.
After inputting the brand information and selecting your dose, you press “Calculate”, and it converts you brand info/dose into the number of drops from a dropper and the mL for a syringe.
To see more about how to use the app, watch out a video tutorial on the following video:
The app is available on the App Store and Google Play Store.
Google Play Store Link:
FDA Disclaimer – These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Please talk with your healthcare professional before using any product. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.