Make the most cost-efficient CBD purchases for your budget! It’s easier than you may think, learn all about the average cost of CBD and what affects these prices below!
Cannabidiol (CBD) has certainly become one of the hottest wellness trends on earth. In South Africa, consumers are seeing CBD products popping up all around them – in chemists, supermarkets, spas and corner stores. Of course, curious newcomers are forgiven for raising eyebrows at something sold in such small quantities and varying so wildly in cost.
However, understanding how to buy the most cost-effective CBD to improve your quality of life can really help budget-conscious South Africans get more bang for their buck. The first thing to note is that producing and testing medical-grade cannabis extracts, to ensure the highest quality of CBD and lower quantities of THC (so that you won’t feel any psychoactive effects like “getting high”), is far more expensive than harvesting recreational cannabis.
Where a product is produced can also affect its cost. For example, organically-derived international products will cost more to import and distribute than local brands. While CBD can be expensive to produce depending on the location, production process and multiple formulas, this also means that you can choose between different kinds of CBD potencies in a wide variety of products. Depending on what your medical practitioner advises, you’ll be looking for either:
- Low-potency CBD = 0-300mg
- Mid-potency CBD = 300-600mg
- High-potency CBD = 600mg+
How to make the most cost-effective choice? The best advice anyone can give you when you’re shopping for CBD is to always read the labels and packaging. You should assess two specific things upfront before buying anything:
- Is it a lab-tested product? CBD needs to have passed stringent restrictions and regulations through third-party lab testing. If it’s not lab-tested, consider another brand.
- If quality is certified, then you can check for the amount of CBD in the product in milligrams? Why? Because there is a really easy formula you can use to assess the cost efficiency of these products: price ÷ total mg CBD = price per mg.
For example, if a product costs R400 and contains 250 mg of CBD, the cost divided by the content = R1,60 per mg of CBD.
Now you can assess the cost vs potency of any CBD item with the proper information displayed on its label, packaging or online product description. Why is this important? Because once you know the cost per CBD mg in a product, you can also weigh this up against its “bioavailability”. This is a measure of how easily a substance can be absorbed by your body. Products with higher bioavailability often offer higher absorption of the CBD.
So, for example, a product with a low potency but two or three times higher bioavailability, ultimately offers a higher absorption-rate of the CBD into your body. In pharmacology, this is considered more cost-effective than using a high-potency item with a lower absorption rate.
The main draw towards CBD oils stems from the compound’s many potential health benefits. People may choose to supplement with CBD to help with inflammation and pain, anxiety and stress, and even sleep quality. In this regard, remember to always consult with your physician before buying and dosing with CBD oil.
If you’re supplementing for a specific health reason, it becomes even more important to source yourself the best quality extracts possible. When it comes to cost, in South Africa, CBD tinctures can range from R1 to R3 per mg. However, something to keep in mind when you’re shopping is that the more CBD a specific product contains, the cheaper it is going to generally cost you per mg.
When it comes to convenience, CBD oil capsules or softgels are extremely popular for dosing on-the-go! You can expect the same price-range as oils, R1 to R3 per mg. However, when you use CBD oil and tinctures, you can only get a fairly accurate idea of the dosage you’re taking. But with CBD oil capsules, you know exactly how much you’re taking each time. Pure CBD oil does not taste bad, but it definitely does have a distinct flavour that some people describe as earthy. CBD capsules provide a completely flavourless and odourless option.
There is still a lot of confusion regarding CBD oil and vaping. Technically speaking, “CBD vape oil” isn’t usually oil-based. A more accurate term for it would be CBD vape juice, or CBD e-liquid. You can buy 100% natural, 99%+ pure CBD, that contains no THC and 0% nicotine to vape. This means that they are non-psychoactive (won’t get you high) and non-addictive. In terms of cost, CBD vape oils generally range from as high as R5 to as low as R1 per mg of CBD. This can be heavily affected by whether it is an imported brand or not.
CBD oil cartridges are also one of the most cost-effective options in terms of cost and bioavailability. They can go for anywhere from R1,50 to R3,50 per mg depending on the size and cost of your juice for refilling the pod.
CBD creams, balms and topicals are mostly designed for localized skin treatment and pain relief. These products are a popular choice for athletes and individuals suffering from joint pain. They are not really considered the most cost-effective option for CBD supplementation, since they come with much lower bioavailability than other products like oils and vapes. That being said, there are also CBD patches available, which can offer a higher absorption rate and cost anywhere from R5 to R12 per mg of CBD.
When you’re buying CBD for pets, you can generally assume the same cost per mg as the other types of items for humans above. The difference isn’t usually in price for pets, these types of CBD products have simply been specially formulated for their specific physiological factors rather than ours.
Besides comparing prices per mg rather than bottle size, buying more at a time to create a cheaper cost per mg and considering bioavailability, shopping from a credible store like ours provides better value for your money. Keep an eye on our CBD specials to catch exciting deals on some of your favourite products!
For your information, all of our CBD items have the cost per mg and extensive product descriptions readily displayed in the additional information tab on our website. After all, we want our customers to only get the purest CBD oil possible and never be at risk of buying snake oil or synthetics.
Our online shop offers full-spectrum CBD products that have less than 0.2% THC (i.e. no psychoactive properties). Would you like to know more about buying CBD? Read through some of our most frequently asked questions. Remember to also consult with a licensed medical practitioner before introducing any new CBD supplements to your daily diet. This consultation is also the perfect opportunity to discuss an ideal dosage for you specifically.