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How Much Does Medical CBD Oil Cost?
The price of CBD oil can be a concern for newbies in the field. A small amount of CBD oil can run up to $500.
CBD oil can be purchased in different bottles from 30ml, 60mls, etc. Prices could range from $50 to $500. Many people are left wondering why CBD oil is so expensive.
What is the reason for these differences? And, most importantly, what does CBD oil actually cost?
This is not an easy task. It can be costly to produce CBD with many additional costs. There are also multiple CBD formulas.
The potency of a bottle can significantly impact the cost, even though it is the same size as a smaller bottle with more CBD. Here’s a guide to the various types of CBD and what you can expect to pay.
Here are some other articles that may interest you:
Let’s dive right into how much Australians pay for their CBD oil products.
Table of Contents.
What is CBD or Cannabidiol oil?
CBD oil is a carrier oil that contains cannabidiol (CBD), such as Hemp Seed Oil or Olive Oil. Other cannabinoids may be found in some oils.
Some capsules or carrier oils can cause adverse reactions in patients with autoimmune conditions or people who have allergies. CBD Isolate, which is 99% pure CBD, maybe a better choice.
Medical Cannabis oils must adhere to strict manufacturing standards and be sold in a controlled environment.
The concentrations of CBD or THC must also be managed well to ensure consistency and easy calculation of dosages. Black market products are not likely to be consistent.
Read more about what cannabidiol (CBD) is here!
Package Details Labelling of CBD Oil and Packaging Details
The price of each CBD oil product depends on the ingredients. Your CBD oil bottle or box will include the number of cannabinoids listed in mg.
Australia has strict regulations for medical-grade cannabis and CBD oils.
They must adhere to strict standards, such as clearly labelling ingredients and active ingredient concentrations (often in mg/mL or milligrams per millilitre) on product packaging.
You can’t be sure that your cannabis oil contains any active ingredients if it doesn’t list how many milligrams.
You may be sceptical about products purchased online from overseas. However, they may seem to be medical-grade, even though Australian regulatory authorities have not approved them.
It is crucial to determine the oil’s total cannabinoids content when evaluating value for money.
A product with a higher concentration of mg cannabinoids per millilitre of oil will have more medication. A product must be labelled with the amount of mg of cannabis oil per mL to meet TGA standards.
How CBD Oil’s ratio of THC and CBD determines the price
To determine CBD oil price, look at the amount of THC and CBD in the oil.
THC(8) is known to be less psychoactive than CBD. A higher ratio of CBD to THC can result in less psychoactive effects.
Cannabis oils may contain CBD and THC, or both.
You can often find that CBD oil includes other cannabinoids like THC.
The bottles will list the ratio, such as:
- THC 20.10 CBD Oil: where it includes 20% of THC and 10% of CBD. The remaining 30% is hemp/olive oil or something similar.
- THC 5.20 CBD Oil: where it includes 5% of THC and 20% of CBD. The remaining 75% is hemp/olive oil or something similar.
The important thing to note here is that most CBD oils have a ratio of CBD, other cannabinoids like THC, and then you have the generic carrier oil.
There are many different CBD oil products with varying ratios of cannabinoids, and even custom products made through a compounding process, read more here!. Talk to your doctor or a health professional to find the best ratio for you.
How much does your CBD oil cost?
Divide the price of CBD oil by its total mg to determine the cost per milligram.
A bottle of CBD oil costs $150, and it contains 3,000 mg total CBD. This gives you $0.05 per mg.
Different brands have different prices. The CBD oil average cost is $0.05 to $0.20 per milligram of CBD. You’re probably overpaying if you pay more than 20 cents for each mg of CBD.
Using the prices per milligram (mg) of each cannabinoid, both THC and CBD, you will find that CBD is priced between $0.10 and $0.55 per mg in each comparison bottle.
The combination of CBD and THC oil products are typically more expensive. You can expect to pay $0.15 to $0.55 per mg for combination oils (CBD & THC).
A bottle may only have a percentage or an m/mL indication (instead of total CBD content), so you will need to calculate the total CBD content.
Read more about calculating the cost of medicinal CBD oil per bottle or mg/ml here!
You pay per milligram of cannabinoids per bottle
For $100, a 30ml CBD oil bottle has a CBD (cannabinoid), content of 50 mg/ml. The total CBD content of the bottle is 1,500mg. The cost per mg of CBD is approximately $0.066.
Summary price for medicinal marijuana: CBD oil with 50mg/ml = $0.6 cents per milligram = $100 for a 30ml CBD oil bottle.
The cost of medical CBD oil per day, week or month
Now we know the cost of CBD and how to estimate other cannabinoids prices in Australia, we can figure out how much we should take.
As CBD oil is used for medicinal purposes, each person and their medical condition is different. The daily, weekly and monthly cost of CBD oil will vary per person, but we can still get a good idea.
The above example shows a 30ml CBD oil bottle containing 50mg/ml. You can choose from many different dosage options depending on what your prescription says.
A doctor or an authorised prescriber can discuss the dosage required to treat your medical condition. Through this conversation, you will be able to understand how much CBD oil will cost you.
Talking with your doctor may reveal that you have been prescribed CBD oil at 100mg/ml. Each bottle contains 30mls. While the product and dosage might change, the calculation remains the same.
The cost of a 10ml bottle of CBD oil
In this example, we will take a quick look at the estimated cost of a small 10ml bottle of CBD oil.
- The 10ml CBD oil bottle may have 250mg of the CBD cannabinoid inside
- The bottle is priced at $100
- The price per mg: $100/250mg = $0.40
- Every mg of CBD in this bottle is $0.40
The cost of a 60ml bottle of CBD oil
In this example, we will take a quick look at the estimated cost of a larger 60ml bottle of CBD oil.
- The 60ml CBD oil bottle has 500mg of CBD
- The price of the 60ml bottle is $220
- The price per mg: $220/500mg = $0.44
- Every mg of CBD in this bottle is $0.44
We can now easily see which bottle is better value for money, so you can make an educated choice when you are looking at the different CBD oils.
The average monthly cost of CBD oil is estimated to be between $150-400 in Australia. Every situation is different, but the prices for medicinal CBD oil products have never been more affordable.
Conclusion: How much does medical CBD oil in Australia cost?
This article aims to discuss the price of CBD oil in Australia and the best method to calculate the cost per millilitre (ml) or milligram (mg).
Each CBD oil product and brand is priced differently, but we can easily break down the cost per mg with some basic math.
Factors affecting CBD oil prices
CBD oil may seem like a more expensive wellness supplement, but it’s not. CBD oil is trusted because it has been manufactured using high-quality quality control methods that are not required for other dietary supplements.
Here are some factors that affect the overall price of Australian CBD oil products:
It is important to know where the hemp plant came from. The best CBD companies source their industrial hemp products from domestic hemp farms. Hemp is the best choice for high-quality CBD oil. However, organically grown hemp, or hemp from ethical sources, will be more expensive, particularly certified organic hemp, which is more expensive to grow.
Type and strength of CBD extract
Products with CBD in higher concentrations or strengths are generally more expensive, but they offer better value.
Because they are cheaper per mg of CBD, this is a good thing. You can save money by purchasing bulk toilet paper to save money. In addition, a strong CBD oil will last longer than weaker options.
Price can also be affected by the type of CBD product. A full-spectrum product, for example, maybe more expensive than a CBD isolate product or a broad-spectrum product. This is because additional distillation and purification have been done to remove plant compounds such as THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).
CBD oil that is THC-free and non-psychoactive are good options for those who have to submit to drug testing.
Full-spectrum CBD oils may offer a more powerful option for people who do not need to undergo regular drug testing. However, full-spectrum CBD oils may produce an entourage effect which may prove to be more beneficial in elevating general health.
Third party testing
Third-party lab testing is mandatory for all CBD-derived products, regardless of whether you are buying CBD oils online. This is not an inexpensive process and can result in more expensive products. External testing can provide greater proof of safety and quality for brands and their products.
Please let us know your thoughts on the price of CBD oil in Australia! How much does it cost you every day or each week?
This article was researched using these and other references:
- The price of medicinal cannabis products (CBD OIL) – Health WA
- The cost of medicinal cannabis in Melbourne, Victoria (CBD OIL) – Better Health Victoria
- Contacting cannabis companies about the price of CBD oil – APH.gov.au
- Parliamentary report on the cost of medicinal cannabis products – APH.gov.au
- The funding and cost of medicinal cannabis – DVA.gov.au
- The price of hemp and cannabis oils – FoodStandards.gov.au
James is an experienced writer and legal cannabis advocate in Australia. He answers all the questions about business, legalisation and medicinal cannabis.
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The High Cost Of CBD: Why Is CBD Expensive?
Why is CBD so darn expensive? We wanted to take a closer look at the high cost of CBD.
CBD is expensive! There’s no getting around the fact that when you buy CBD your pocket book’s going to take a bit of a hit.
On average, we see the price of CBD per milligram around $.15. If a standard 30-milliliter tincture contains 500 milligrams of CBD, you can expect to pay around $75.00, not including tax and possibly shipping for online shoppers.
That might be acceptable for some, but cash-strapped consumers may not have the disposable income to keep up with a consistent dosing regimen needed to manage their ailments. When this happens, patients may end up looking to inferior CBD products that can be incorrectly labeled, impure, or even unsafe rather than lab tested, high-quality CBD.
CBD oil helps so many people, but why is CBD expensive? We took a closer look at some of the costs that go into making the supplement.
If you’re curious as to why CBD is so costly, read on because we’re going to breakdown the costs associated with CBD products, and provide tips on stretching your CBD dollar as far as possible.
EXPENSES BEGIN BEFORE THE FIRST HEMP SEED IS PLANTED
As with any agricultural farming, the first set of costs are the land and farming and cultivation costs such as; seeds, labor, cultivation equipment, state, city, and county licenses, etc.
With regards to farming hemp (and marijuana) there are additional reporting and testing costs over other agriculture due to the nature of what’s being planted and each state has their own set of requirements and costs. These costs can be as low as $25 in Vermont and as high as $500-$1000 depending on whether the license is for a grower or hander, plus a $5.00 per acre fee. To get a better idea of costs, we recently published an article overviewing the hemp market for Nevada, Vermont, Oregon, and Wisconsin.
Some states also have specific licenses or certification programs for hemp seed distributors and producers. Click to read each state’s hemp statutes.
THE HIGH COST OF HARVESTING AND EXTRACTION
Once the hemp plants reach maturity it’s time to harvest them. According to coolbean.info, the cost to harvest an acre of hemp in Minnesota will run between $300 to $600 per acre. This is down substantially from 2017 when the cost averaged between $970 to $2,500 per acre.
Once the harvest is complete, the hemp plant stem needs to have the various components separated with a machine called a decorticator. This machine can run upwards of $2 million.
After decortication, the next step will be to extract the cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, etc. from the plant. The two most popular methods of extractions are through a Supercritical CO2 extraction or an ethanol extraction with CO2 extraction becoming the standard.
According to Cannabis Business Executive, a CO2 extraction machine can cost around $135,000 to $150,000 plus $20,000 to $35,000 for a rotary evaporator and centrifuge.
Of course these machine costs are in addition to the buildings, infrastructure, labor, and the raw materials for those not growing their own.
FROM EXTRACTION TO PACKAGING
Once the cannabinoids, terpenes, and other plant materials are extracted from the cannabis or hemp plant, there are still a number of steps needed before the CBD reaches store shelves.
What is initially extracted is a cannabis concentrate that has contains acids that need to be decarboxylated. The cost for a decarboxylation oven cost around $5,000 to $7,000 for ovens that have a capacity of 10 cubic feet and can go up to 38 cubic feet.
After the concentrate is decarboxylated, what’s left is full spectrum cannabinoid oil. Full of all the cannabis plants cannabinoids, including CBD, terpenes, and the plants chlorophyll, lipids and waxes. When it comes to the “entourage effect,” this is the best option.
However, not everyone wants the plant materials and/or the THC. Many patients prefer oil with higher concentrations of cannabidiol (CBD) and not concerned with plant properties or THC. To remove the plant properties, the CBD concentrate will first be winterized to isolate and remove the unwanted compounds, followed by distillation to further ‘clean’ the oil. If THC is being removed, the distilled concentrate will then go through a chromatography machine. Cost for the equipment to perform these functions can grow to the hundreds of thousands plus the labor to run them.
THIRD-PARTY LAB TESTING IS VITAL, BUT ADDS TO THE COST OF CBD
Once complete, the finished product now needs to be tested to prove product purity and concentration. There are a variety of tests available. Following are a list of services by a well known testing facility in Arizona.
- 10 cannabinoids ($50/bottle)
- Mold and fungus screening ($25/bottle)
- 19 Residual Solvents ($35/bottle)
- 41 Terpenes ($40/bottle)
- Moisture Content ($15/bottle)
- 4 Microbial Analyses ($40/each count)
- Custom Services
After testing, the CBD concentrates are bottled, packaged and prepared for delivery to their distributors to sell.
LEGAL EXPENSES, BANKING, & OTHER FACTORS INCREASE COST OF CBD
Obviously the largest costs come from the manufacturing side, but we can’t forget about the product distributors who have their own set of operating costs. Operating costs themselves are just a part of doing business. But operating costs for cannabis companies can be twice, even three times as much. In addition, due to the ‘gray’ area of cannabis and hemp laws, CBD companies must take extra precautions to insure they are protected. This, of course, adds to the cost of CBD.
Other factors that increase the cost of CBD include retaining a lawyer, hiring an in-house compliance officer, and the complicated nature of banking and insurance in the hemp and cannabis industries.
Let’s take a look at the bare minimum of operating costs a CBD company is going to incur.
A general liability business insurance policy for cannabis companies can easily amount to $500 to $700 per month! This same insurance policy for a non-cannabis company would only be about $700 for a year!
Credit Card Processing
Credit card and banking options are very limited for cannabis companies. In order to accept credit cards for hemp purchases distributors need to sign up with merchants specializing in ‘high risk’ processing. Costs with these processors can be exorbitant. In some cases they can run hundreds of dollars per month.
If a high-risk domestic merchant cannot help, distributors are then forced to look off shore for credit card processing. These don’t come cheap. Off shore processors will normally require a business to incorporate in the country that processes the cards. Incorporating in the UK costs roughly $500 plus monthly fees that can also run in the hundreds per month. These are in addition to the higher-than-normal monthly processing fees for the service.
Bank accounts and business loans are not available to cannabis companies, which means they need to find unique, and sometimes costly, places to store their cash and have access to it for payroll and other business related expenses. Again, this often results in the opening of costly offshore accounts.
In-House Compliance Officers
Since the state level requirements for CBD derived from hemp and marijuana differ, CBD companies usually have someone in-house make sure the company is adhering to each state’s regulations. They also make sure all the products meet the specific states allowed THC percentage. In most cases, this is 0.3 percent THC or less. They also monitor the percentage of CBD contained in the products are inline with the product labels.
An article from ProjectCBD.org states that according to the FDA, 69 percent of CBD products are mislabeled. In-house compliance officers work to insure this doesn’t happen.
A company selling CBD better have an attorney. If not, they’re taking big risks. Attorneys will help insure companies are acting in compliance and keeping up with the ever-changing state laws on cannabis.
Countless stories have come to surface about CBD companies getting hassled by police, and in come cases even getting arrested! A good attorney can help insure business owners’ rights are not being violated and assist in navigating the gray areas of cannabis law. Attorneys will also help set up a legal corporation and the operating agreement of said corporation.
CBD AS A STATUS SYMBOL
Perception impacts price. Premium pricing techniques are often used when trying to reflect the exclusivity of a product. CBD is mix of both.
While numerous factors make CBD expensive, there are a number of special discounts and CBD assistance programs available to people with low incomes, the disabled, and military veterans among others.
Let’s face it; there is a certain level of mystique and sexiness associated with CBD. The thought of consuming a product that borders on breaking the law presents a sense of danger and excitement. These factors absolutely have an affect on the price of a product, especially for a new product that can also heal! Companies know this and definitely price accordingly.
The good news is in time, when the ‘newness’ wears off and more companies come to market, prices should go down.
SAVING MONEY ON THE COST OF CBD
Regardless of where CBD prices are currently at, there are things consumers can do to stretch their dollar and reduce the cost of CBD.
The first thing a user can do is to try and cut back on their CBD daily doses. When it comes to CBD more is not better, less is best. The easiest way to cut back is to consume slightly less with each dose. For example, if you normally take 15mg of CBD twice per day, try decreasing each dose to 11 or 12 milligrams each time. This simple move will save roughly 5 milligrams of CBD each day. Our bet is your body will not even miss those 5mg. In case it does, you can always increase the dosage back to 15 mg.
Switch to a lower grade CBD. Experienced CBD users know the term full spectrum all too well. Full spectrum CBD oil is the preferred choice for many, but doesn’t mean it’s the only choice. CBD isolate is definitely a lower grade product, but it does work quite well. In fact, many of the ‘full spectrum’ products actually contain only a small amount of true full spectrum oil and are mixed with an isolate.
Lastly, there are a number of CBD companies that offer discounts to active military and veterans, the disabled and those with low income. We plan to collect some of the best assistance programs into an upcoming article. In the meantime, we recommend searching Google for “CBD assistance program” or check with your preferred CBD brand.
WHY IS CBD EXPENSIVE? SOME FINAL THOUGHTS
Most of you reading this know that both CBD and industrial hemp were officially legalized this past December under the 2018 Farm Bill.
With this legalization, we’re expecting sweeping reform to take place throughout the hemp industry. It’s safe to say that many companies are eagerly waiting to get in the CBD business. The floodgates will open. From banking and insurance companies to new hemp manufacturers, distributors and retailers, costs across the board should decrease.
Immense pressure is being put on the powers that be to provide federal regulations on CBD products that create quality standards industry-wide. That could get things moving towards lowering costs, too.