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10 Best CBD Oils Reviewed & Ranked by Dr. Zora

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CBD oil is extracted from the industrial hemp plant — a member of the Cannabis family of plants and a cousin to marijuana.

Research into the benefits of CBD has just begun, but the studies that have been done and reports from patients and other users of CBD indicate that it can be used to benefit or relieve pain, anxiety, depression, seizure disorders, and insomnia.

Legally, CBD oil cannot have more than 0.3% THC in it — most simply put, CBD oil will not get you high because it simply doesn’t have enough THC — the psychoactive cannabinoid — in it to have those psychoactive effects.

For more in-depth information on CBD make sure to read my complete beginner’s guide to CBD.

How I Chose the Ones to Review

You hear about CBD products everywhere and you can buy them almost everywhere — CBD oils, capsules, gelcaps, creams, lotions, balms, vapes, bath bombs, and gummies.

Even CBD for your dogs and cats!

There are so many different ways to get CBD — and many ways to use it, there are bound to be some better products than others. But, how can you tell?

How can you tell what is hype and what is not, what is a valid use and what is not — and are you getting value for your money?

There are lots of reviews out there, but this one is done by a practicing naturopathic physician with both clinical and personal experience with CBD.

The oils I chose to review are ones that patients and colleagues have used and have found to be reliable and effective.

Products from the following companies were bought online and ranked:


Lazarus Naturals

NuLeaf

Charlotte’s Web

Flora Sophia

RE Botanicals

Green Roads

CBDistillery

CBDPure

Plant Alchemy

JustCBD

Medix

cbdMD

Eureka


Of these 13 companies, I chose 10 to look at more closely. Why? 

Well, some choices were obvious based on their “Best” category.  Others — like CBDistillery — was included because it had the best labeling — and labeling is very important to let you what how much CBD you are actually getting per dose.

These 10 products were evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Quality
  • Transparency/Accuracy
  • Value
  • User/Website Experience
  • Customer Service

(Keep scrolling for an in-depth look into each one of these products.)

Company NameQualityTransparency/AccuracyValueUser/Website ExperienceCustomer Service
Lazarus Naturals54554
NuLeaf55445
Charlotte's Web55554
Flora Sophia54545
RE Botanicals55555
Green Roads54444
CBDistillery54543
CBDPure44554
Plant Alchemy55444
JustCBD54444

10 Best CBD Oil Products

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1. Lazarus Naturals

Lazarus Naturals Chocolate Mint Flavored High Potency Full Spectrum Cbd Tincture

Overview
Overall Rating4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)
Available ExtractsFull Spectrum, CBD Isolate
Cost$0.03-0.05 / mg
Discount AvailableYes
3rd Party TestingYes
Available Potency
  • 15 mg/mL
  • 50 mg/mL
Pros
  • Ethanol extraction
  • Lab reports available
  • 30-day, no questions asked return policy
  • Free shipping in the US.
  • Helpful customer service
  • Kudos for an employee-owned company and the discounts for those in need.
Cons
  • Would like to see CO­2 extraction offered
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Lazarus Naturals, based in Portland, Oregon has long been a favorite of the Pacific Northwest. It’s an employee-owned company and stands out by giving generous discounts to members of the military, people with long-term disabilities and low-income individuals.

Lazarus Naturals also has a 30-day, no questions asked return policy and free shipping in the US.

The company states “CBD promotes restful sleep, supports healthy cartilage and joint function, relieves occasional nausea, enhances relaxation and has other beneficial effects.”

They are associated with all leading industry groups (eg.  Oregon Hemp Industries, Oregon Cannabis, American Herbal Products, and the US Hemp roundtable).

Their website has some of the more interesting blog articles on diverse CBD-related topics. They also have some of the best knowledge-based information on CBD around.

All of their hemp is locally sourced, 2018 Farm Bill compliant, organically grown hemp and they have both full and broad-spectrum oils, along with capsules, isolates, massage oils, scented balms, pet oils.

They also carry CBD in RSO (Rick Simpson Oil), which is a concentrated cannabis oil. This product will contain some THC.

They also carry oils in flavors — including French Vanilla Mocha which is definitely a “hit”!

Lazarus Naturals carries both full-spectrum and CBD Isolate oils at $0.05/mg CBD. Lab reports can be scanned using the QR code on the bottle.

Their extraction method is a traditional ethanol extraction. And — they use a child-proof cap on their bottles.

Customer service was polite, helpful and responsive. Lots to like about Lazarus!

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2. NuLeaf

Nuleaf Cbd Oil

Overview
Overall Rating4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)
Available ExtractsFull Spectrum
Cost$0.16 / mg
Discount AvailableYes
3rd Party TestingYes
Available Potency
  • 50 mg/mL
Pros
  • CO2 extractionLab reports available
  • Helpful but not convincing customer service
  • One of the most diverse assistance programs around—covering veterans, 1st responders, low income, disabled, NFP groups and educators
Cons
  • Only one potency available, would like to see more—though if you know what you are doing, you can dilute the 50mg/mL (a nice, high concentration) to lower potency levels as needed.
  • For returns, you have to pay the shipping costs and the products have to be un-unused and unopened
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NuLeaf is a Denver-based company and uses CO2 extraction protocols on all their organic, non-GMO and locally sourced hemp — and they are members of the Certified Hemp Association.

They carry full-spectrum oils and pet oils.

The company provides solid, accurate information and sells both online and in brick-and-mortar stores.

The dropper for the 240mg CBD (in 5 mL) has a useful curved tip — making it easier to drop under the tongue and the bottle is childproofed.

All products are 3rd party tested — the results are easy to find after entering your batch number.

My bottle of full spectrum CBD came in at 0.11% THC with no heavy metal contamination, no microbes, solvents or pesticides. The geek in me was pleased to see a terpene profile.

NuLeaf’s information pages were well-done, informative and accurate.

They do have a rather limited selection, but what they do, they do well.

All are full-spectrum and at 50mg/mL of CBD with three different sized bottles (5, 15 and 30mL) available as well as 50 mL and 100 mL bottle at 50mg/mL that are great for dispensing. The cost per mg of CBD was $0.16.

The company offers a 30-day return policy, but the product must be unopened — this was one negative with NuLeaf and while they tried, customer service did not convince me that this policy helped customers.

I get it, but I’m from the school of “The customer is always right”.

Their oil has a nice, clean, hempy taste — it may take a while for some to get used to it, though.

Buy on Nuleafnaturals.com

3. Charlotte’s Web

Charlottes Web 30 Ml Tincture Extra Strength

Overview
Overall Rating4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
Available ExtractsFull Spectrum, CBD Isolate
Cost$0.05-$0.19 (100mL)
Discount AvailableYes
3rd Party TestingYes
Available Potency
  • 7 mg/mL
  • 17 mg/mL
  • 60 mg/mL
  • 100 mg/mL
Pros
  • CW is US Hemp Authority certified, one of a handful of companies.
  • Free ground shipping in the US for orders greater than $74.99 and are carried in brick-and-mortar stores in N. America, Brazil, Europe and Australia
  • Full & broad-spectrum CBD oils and CBD isolate oils.
  • Ethanol and CO2 extraction
  • Lab reports available
  • Helpful customer service
Cons
  • Not much of a negative, but why flavor oils with olive oil?
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Charlotte’s Web, a family-based company in Colorado and one of the few publicly traded CBD companies (Toronto Stock Exchange, CWEB) was also one of the first to produce hemp with high levels of CBD.

They were approached by the parents of a little girl (Charlotte) with a rare form of medication-resistant epilepsy.  The Stanley Brothers, who had a long history with hemp and farming, named their high-CBD hemp after her — and after using the oil, her seizures have drastically been reduced.

One could even argue that her treatment with CBD was a pivotal point in the way mainstream medicine viewed CBD.

Not only is Charlotte’s Web one of the originals — it remains one of the best sources of CBD oils. Their hemp is privately and organically grown — and they are currently awaiting USDA organic certification.

This process, by the way, can take a very long time.

They use both CO2 and ethanol extraction methods and provide both full and broad-spectrum oils as well as CBD isolates.

Flavored oils include lemon twist, chocolate mint, orange blossom and — to my mind, oddly — olive oil.

Other products include gummies, capsules, balms, creams, pet oils, pet chewies, pet gummies, and CBD isolate in oil.

Charlotte’s Web is a great company with great products — they back up their products with a very reasonable guarantee:

“All products carry a 30-day customer satisfaction guarantee. If you are not satisfied with any of these products, simply return the unused portion of the product. If we receive a returned product within 30 days, we will issue a full refund.”

They have a veteran’s and 1st responder’s discount program and a rewards and subscription program. They also support responsible agricultural practices as well as foundations that support entrepreneurial women, children, and families.

The chocolate-mint taste really was chocolaty and minty!

Buy on Charlottesweb.com

4. Flora Sophia

Flora Sophia Cbd Oil

Overview
Overall Rating4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)
Available ExtractsFull Spectrum CBD, Full Spectrum CBG
Cost$0.07/mg
Discount AvailableYes
3rd Party TestingYes, but reports not accessible unless requested specifically
Available Potency
  • 23 mg/mL,
  • 40 mg/mL
  • 60 mg/mL
Pros
  • Full spectrum CBD oils and CBG oil
  • $0.05-0.19/mg CBD
  • Ethanol and CO2 extraction
  • They guarantee that what you see is what you get +/- 10%.
  • They also sell in larger volumes under the Chronic Care Program.
  • Customer service did the best they could with me. I am a geek, want details (often technical details) and have been known to question like a prosecutor! They definitely tried!
Cons
  • 3rd party tested but lab reports not available unless specifically requested
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Full disclosure: there’s a large part of me involved with traditional herbal medicines.

This is just one reason, however, that Flora Sophia gets high ratings. They grow their own organic hemp, extract with ethanol and CO2 and guarantee their CBD levels to within 10%.

All batches are tested, but no results are currently available — someone in customer service told me they hope to make those tests available.

Flora Sophia carries high-quality, full spectrum, CBD along with CBD-honey sticks, topicals and — wait for it — solid hemp-based perfumes. These are obviously not for everyone, but again, the traditional herbalist in me loved the idea.

Flora Sophia also has a Chronic Care Program for those who require larger amounts of CBD.

They are based in Talent, Oregon and have leadership with a combined experience of over 25 years in growing medicinal plants, neurosciences, and nutrition.

It is the only company I am aware of that also produces another cannabinoid — CBG or cannabigerol, an “up-and-coming” cannabinoid that may be most useful as an anti-inflammatory, as a neuroprotectant and it may be showing some actual real anti-cancer effects.

I am not ready to recommend it for any specific patient — but I like the idea that it is available and, once more research is completed, I will know where to get it.

Flora Sophia oils are natural — and have a hemp-ful, nice taste.

Buy on Florasophiabotanicals.com

5. RE Botanicals

Re Botanicals 30 Ml Tincture Peppermint Flavor

Overview
Overall Rating5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
Available ExtractsFull Spectrum
Cost$0.11/mg
Discount AvailableYes
3rd Party TestingYes
Potency
  • 15 mg/mL
  • 25 mg/mL
  • 50 mg/mL
Pros
  • Cane sugar alcohol extraction
  • 3rd party tested. Results available online or by QR scan
  • Good and informative customer service
  • Those topical oils applied with a roller-ball bottle can help you sleep (lavender), feel more alert (ginger-lime) and may help with nausea, anxiety and depression (peppermint)
Cons
  • None, really though I have not seen the data on using the cane sugar alcohol and cannot be certain that it is better than ethanol.
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RE Botanicals is a USDA certified organic grower — their products are also certified glyphosate residue-free. Their extracts are obtained by a slight modification of the traditional ethanol extraction methods, using organic cane alcohol instead.

They produce non-GMO full-spectrum extracts, packaged at a USDA NOP certified facility.

Oils are also vegan and paleo-friendly. There is also a store locator on the website — enter your zip code and find stores near you!

The oils come in three potencies: 15, 25 and 50 mg/mL and the 15- and 25 mg/mL varieties come in the MOST peppermint-y flavor around!

The founder of RE Botanicals has published books on hemp and has been involved in home composting, natural healing methods, forestry, and hemp production. The company is significantly involved in promoting regenerative agriculture practices, donating 1% of profits to promote these practices. This company knows its hemp!

The company gives seniors and military members and veterans a 15% discount and a 30-day unconditional guarantee (Well — unconditional excepting the exceptions…)

RE Botanicals also sells capsules and pet products as well as CBD oils for topical application, pairing CBD with lavender, peppermint and ginger lime with a roller-ball bottle for easy application.

Buy on Rebotanicals.com

6. Green Roads

Green Roads Cbd Oil

Overview
Overall Rating4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
Available ExtractsBroad Spectrum
Cost$0.27/mg
Discount AvailableYes
3rd Party TestingYes - very accessible. All info on the same webpage
Potency
  • 7 mg/mL
  • 17 mg/mL
  • 23 mg/mL
  • 33 mg/mL
  • 37 mg/mL
  • 50 mg/mL
  • 58mg/mL
Pros
  • Impressive range of potencies, impressive knowledge base.
  • 3rd party tested. Results available online or by QR scan
Cons
  • I could not find the method of extraction used, but based on some of the information, I believe it is CO2. Why not just put it out there (where it can be found?)
  • A bit expensive, but quality costs.
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Green Roads was founded by a compounding pharmacist — and I have to admit, I love compounding pharmacists!

But besides that, it means that there is lots of quality information provided including lab results, nutritional information, safety, and compliance information and a clear description of use, ingredients, total mg of CBD and mg CBD per serving for each product.

Green Roads has a wide variety of products besides broad-spectrum CBD oils in 7mg/mL, 17mg/mL, 23 mg/mL, 33 mg/mL, 37mg/mL, 50 mg/mL and 58mg/mL.

These broad-spectrum oils also contain a proprietary terpene blend.

In addition to these seven potencies, they carry gummies, capsules, terpenes, topicals, syrups, teas and coffees, pet products, “On-the-Go” products and daily doses. They also have a selection of “bundles”.

The mint-flavored oil had a very mild minty taste — just enough to cover up any hemp taste.

3rd party lab results are easily accessible, and the company offers both a rewards program and military/1st responders discounts.

As for returns — not my favorite policy:

“All standard products come with a 30-day, money-back guarantee for new and unopened products based on the delivery date as provided by the shipper.”

Green Roads is based in Deerfield Beach, Florida and sells both online and in brick-and-mortar retail locations across the US.

Buy on Greenroadsworld.com

7. CBDistillery

Cbdistillery 30 Ml Tincture 500 Mg Cbd

Overview
Overall Rating4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
Available ExtractsFull Spectrum, CBD Isolate
Cost$0.09/mg
Discount AvailableYes
3rd Party TestingYes - very accessible. All info on the same webpage
Available Potency
  • 8 mg/mL
  • 17 mg/mL
  • 33 mg/mL
  • 83 mg/mL
  • 167 mg/mL
Pros
  • Only company I have found that states they follow ISO 9001-2015 standards. This alone outweighs any negatives (except for the return policy)
  • Both powder and crystalline isolates—the crystalline form may be easier for many to work with.
  • Nice explanation on the topicals page about the differences between creams (water soluble, more quickly absorbed) and salves (fat-soluble (though they don’t actually say that…but a chemist knows) and more slowly absorbed.
  • Excellent labeling on the bottle. All the information I wanted was right there—no searching and no calculations. They give clear mg amounts, clear directions on use and the QR code is right on the bottle to access lab results.
Cons
  • For the THC-free products, the ingredients listed include Full-spectrum extract which may contain some THC. While I am assuming that another extraction process removed any residual THC, they don’t really explain this as far as I could tell.
  • Also….the return policy.
  • I also question the clear glass bottle—hemp products are light sensitive and should be stored in the dark and they say this on the label.  This usually means they provide a darkened or opaque bottle to prevent light damage—but CBDistillery doesn’t do that.  Not sure why. (No—I didn’t call to ask…I should, though)
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CBDistillery uses natural farming practices and is US Hemp Authority Certified.

All products are 3rd party tested and accessible via a QR scan found on the bottle itself. CBDistillery is also ISO 9001-2015 certified (these are quality control standards and every company should be using them).

Products include both full- and broad-spectrum CBD oils, but the company also sells both crystalline and powder CBD isolates, full-spectrum and CBD-isolate capsules and CBD salve, lip balm, and creams.

The oils have a mild hemp taste — if you don’t like the taste, make sure to remember to put it under your tongue — better absorption and fewer taste buds are activated!

They provide free shipping on orders over $75 and provide a military discount.

CBDistillery is a Colorado-based company and was inspired to start a #CBDMOVEMENT™ based on “the strong belief that people have a right to high-quality, fairly priced, U.S. grown, hemp-derived CBD products…” and utilizing several athletes as “Brand Ambassadors”.

The company has (in my mind) a problematic return policy — an unopened product must be returned within 7 days (!). They do, however, also offer rewards and customer loyalty program.

The full spectrum oils come in 8mg/mL, 17 mg/mL, 33 mg/mL, 83 mg/mL and 167mg/mL of CBD.

Broad-spectrum oils (called THC-Free on the website) come as 8mg/mL, 17mg/mL, 33mg/mL and 167mg/mL.

Buy on Thecbdistillery.com

8. CBDPure

Cbdpure Cbd Oil

Overview
Overall Rating4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)
Available ExtractsFull Spectrum
Cost$0.3/mg
Discount AvailableNo
3rd Party TestingYes - very accessible. QR scan on bottom of box
Available Potency
  • 1.6 mg/mL
  • 5 mg/mL
  • 10 mg/mL
Pros
  • Full spectrum oils come in 3 concentrations (potencies): 1.6mg/mL, 5 mg/mL and 10mg/mL of CBD
  • $0.3/mg. Not the cheapest, but this is pure CBD oil
  • This company appears to be very careful to get the purest and cleanest CBD oils possible. Good for them!
Cons
  • I would like to see just a bit more variety—while doing just a few things very well is better than doing a lot poorly, I would like to see some more concentrations and a topical or two. Maybe next year?
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CBDPure is a Vancouver, Washington based company that uses certified-organic and non-GMO industrial hemp from Colorado.

They have a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee — if you are not happy, return the product within 90 days and you get a refund. This is among the best guarantees around.

The company sells only full spectrum oils — these come as 1.6mg/mL, 5 mg/mL and 10mg/mL. These all come in 60mL bottles, so they will last longer than the smaller bottles — the larger bottles contain more doses.

They also sell full spectrum capsules.

The packaging has the QR code for easy access to 3rd party testing — test results are also available online. All products are extracted with CO2.

It has a very “hempy” taste — which is good, because it means, well — it’s from hemp!

Buy on Cbdpure.com

9. Plant Alchemy

Plant Alchemy Cbd Oil

Overview
Overall Rating4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
Available ExtractsFull Spectrum
Cost$0.27/mg
Discount AvailableNo
3rd Party TestingYes
Available Potency
  • 20 mg/mL
  • 33 mg/mL
  • 50 mg/mL
Pros
  • Full spectrum oils come in 2 varieties—as an oil and as a water-soluble emulsion.
  • 30-day return policy
  • The mg/drop can be a very valuable tool for those trying to adjust to their best dose.
  • There are more products available online - lots more.
Cons
  • The 5mL bottle had teeny-tiny fonts—well, it’s a small bottle, but it was difficult to read. Also, I am a bit ambivalent about the water-based emulsion. It may be more bioavailable, but I just need to see the data….
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Another tradition-based company associated with The Alchemist’s Kitchen, well-known in the plant-based medicine world.

The products include full-spectrum oils (as concentrated oils) and water-soluble CBD products that they assume increases bioavailability. The water-soluble CBD has added polysorbates — that maybe sounds bad to some, but these are natural emulsifiers derived from sugar alcohols and natural fatty acids.

I am not aware of any studies that prove water-soluble CBD is more bioavailable than the fat-soluble (oil-based) CBD oils, but it does help do away with the hemp-taste that is difficult for some.  And — it may be more bioavailable — time will tell.

Lab results are available online — but you do have to search around a bit. The COAs (Certificate of Analysis) are available by clicking the link near the bottom of each product page.

All hemp is organically grown on small farms and they have a 30-day return policy.

The offices are in NY and Canada and there is also contact information for the UK.

The 5mL bottles are small, but the recommended usage is by drop which can be invaluable for those trying to determine their most beneficial dosage.

All concentrated oils have mint flavoring (mild but good) and all are full spectrum.

There are products with 165mg, 330mg, 500 mg, 750mg, 1000mg and 1500 mg.

The 165 mg bottle (5mL) has 2 mg/drop (33mg/mL) and the 330mg bottle comes in 10 mL and has the same amounts of CBD as the 5 mL bottle.

The 500 mg bottle (15m) again has 2mg/drop and 33 mg/mL.  The cost/mg of CBD is $0.27.

The 750 mg comes in a 15mL bottle with each drop containing 3 mg CBD (50mg/mL).

The 1000 mg (15mL) bottle has 4mg/drop and 66.7mg/mL CBD while the 1500 mg bottle has 5mg/drop and 100mg/mL of CBD.

The CBD oil has a nice, mildly minty taste.

In the water-soluble CBD products (called a “nanoemulsion”) each drop is equivalent to 1mg CBD (20mg/mL). It comes in 15 and 30mL bottles.

Plant Alchemy also sells lots of other products including a CBD-infused dark chocolate bar (gotta try that one).

Buy on Plantalchemycbd.net

10. JustCBD

Justcbd 30 Ml Tincture 100 Mg Cbd

Overview
Overall Rating4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
Available ExtractsFull Spectrum, CBD Isolate
Cost$0.3-0.8/mg CBD
Discount AvailableNo
3rd Party TestingYes - very accessible. QR scan on bottom of box
Available Potency
  • 1.66 mg/mL
  • 3.33 mg/mL
  • 8.33 mg/mL
  • 18.33 mg/mL
  • 33.33 mg/mL
  • 50 mg/mL
Pros
  • Full spectrum oils come in 3 varieties—as a coconut oil tincture, hemp oil and with LOTS of honey.
  • There are 6 concentrations (potencies) available: 1.66 mg/mL; 3.33 mg/mL; 8.33 mg/mL;18.33 mg/mL;33.33 mg/mL and 50 mg/mL CBD
  • Price ranges from $0.3 to 0.8/mg CBD
  • 30- day return policy but package must be unopened and the product untried.
  • Wide range of products and wide range of potencies make checking out JustCBD worthwhile.
Cons
  • It may be a bit much for the average consumer to wade through the different potencies and different carriers.
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JustCBD is a young company — established in 2017 — and appears to be located in Northern Ireland.

All JustCBD products are made in the USA and the company provides free shipping on all orders over $20. The return policy requires unused and unopened packages and must be requested within 30 days.

The company carries CBD oil in several forms:

  • A coconut oil tincture at 50, 100, 250, 550, 1000 and 1500 mg TOTAL CBD. $0.3-$0.08/mg CBD. This also means that:
    • The 50mg bottle has 1.66 mg of CBD/mL
    • The 100mg bottle has 3.33 mg of CBD/mL
    • The 250mg bottle has 8.33 mg of CBD/mL
    • The 550mg bottle has 18.33 mg of CBD/mL
    • The 1000mg bottle has 33.33 mg of CBD/mL
    • The 1500mg bottle has 50 mg of CBD/mL
  • A hemp seed oil at 50, 100, 250, 550, 1000 and 1500 mg TOTAL CBD. The price ranges from $0.3-$0.08/mg CBD. This also means that:
    • The 50mg bottle has 1.66 mg of CBD/mL
    • The 100mg bottle has 3.33 mg of CBD/mL
    • The 250mg bottle has 8.33 mg of CBD/mL
    • The 550mg bottle has 18.33 mg of CBD/mL
    • The 1000mg bottle has 33.33 mg of CBD/mL
    • The 1500mg bottle has 50 mg of CBD/mL
  • Liquid honey tincture at 50,100, 250, 550 and 1000mg TOTAL CBD. The price ranges from $0.3-0.08/mg CBD. This also means that:
    • The 50mg bottle has 1.66 mg of CBD/mL
    • The 100mg bottle has 3.33 mg of CBD/mL
    • The 250mg bottle has 8.33 mg of CBD/mL
    • The 550mg bottle has 18.33 mg of CBD/mL
    • The 1000mg bottle has 33.33 mg of CBD/mL
    • The 1500mg bottle has 50 mg/mL of CBD/mL

This all means that JustCBD offers a wide variety of potencies (concentrations) and several different carriers — and it’s always nice to have options.  The hemp seed oil tincture is hempy while the liquid honey tincture is very sweet.

JustCBD also carries a “daily dose” of CBD in either coconut or hemp oil, gummies (and sugar-free gummies) and a variety of other products.

All products are 3rd party tested with lab results available online or via a QR scan.

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CBD Buyer’s Guide

How Were These CBD Products Ranked?

I am a practicing naturopathic physician in the state of Washington and used my medical and scientific background, patient and other naturopathic physicians’ experience to choose the products to evaluate.

All were chosen based on either patient or physician recommendations.

When evaluating these products, several factors were looked at — and several factors you should keep in mind when choosing which product to buy.

These CBD ranking factors include:

Are the products derived from organically and sustainably grown hemp?

These types of products will likely contain the least amounts of pesticides, herbicides — plus, it’s better for the planet!

Heavy metal contamination along with fungal or microbial diseases is still quite possible with organic crops — and this is just one reason 3rd party testing is so important.


Are the products derived from plants grown by a licensed and reputable grower (cultivar) according to the standards in the 2018 Farm Act?

Technically, this is one of the factors that makes CBD legal


Are the products tested by independent and reputable 3rd party labs?

This is a critical point because you really do want to be certain you are getting what you THINK you are getting.

In addition, you want to ensure that anything you are ingesting or putting on your body is heavy metal-free, pesticide-free, solvent-free and contaminant-free. You also want to ensure it is microbe-free (bacteria, fungi, etc).

3rd party testing also means that the company is willing to prove that its products contain the specified amount of CBD and implies that the company behaves with integrity, honesty, and transparency.


Are the products sold by a reputable company?

It’s important to know that you’re buying from a company that doesn’t participate in shady business.


Is there a range of products to choose from?

This is a consideration for the future — you can start with CBD oils, but if you have found a product and a company that you like, it might be nice to know that they carry other products as well.


What is the buying experience like? Is there good customer service?

  • Is there a live chat?
  • Will the company answer questions?
  • Is there an email or a phone number available for questions and concerns?

All of these can be very important if only because you need to know that the company is willing to stand by its products.

It’s also nice to know there are a number of ways you can get your questions answered and/or your concerns addressed.


What is the extraction method used?

There are two main acceptable extraction methods — CO2 supercritical extraction and solvent (ethanol) extraction

As a trained naturopath and herbalist — and also as a trained organic chemist, I tend to want to know the details of production.

The CO2 method can give higher concentrations (potencies) of CBD but the ethanol extraction has the advantage of the traditional approach and tends to be less expensive.

Some methods use unacceptable solvents to extract the CBD.

I cannot recommend any product that uses any other solvent (eg. butane, propane) other than ethanol.  One older method that is still acceptable but hardly ever used is steam distillation.


Does the bottle have a childproof cap?

I also looked at childproof caps because these are important so that kids don’t get into your CBD. We just don’t know what effects CBD may have on kids (except for those with certain forms of epilepsy, where it appears to be very safe) but you don’t want your kids experimenting with anything — well, at least I wouldn’t and that is why I included this information.


Things I chose to ignore in my evaluation

There are some things I tend to ignore when looking at CBD products — this is based on professional and personal experience, but the things I tend to ignore (and may actually prevent me from trying a CBD product) include:

Testimonials

There is no way to know these are real

Overblown claims

In my professional opinion, CBD has a great deal of potential to be useful for a variety of conditions, but do I think it will cure the common cold? No. Will it cure cancer? No. Will it cure diabetes? No.

But it does have great potential in benefiting those people in pain, with arthritis, insomnia, anxiety, seizure disorders, depression, and inflammatory conditions.

A too “glitzy” presentation

This is a personal bias, but I prefer the simple, straightforward approach ie. This is what we offer, this is how we make it, and this is what it costs.


Why is Ranking Products Hard?

To do any ranking is to lose some objectivity because, for example, if two products are very similar using all the criteria given, how do you rank them?

If you use a taste difference to rank — well, I prefer citrus over chocolate mind, but the flavor doesn’t affect the quality, the potency or any other medical or scientific quality.

If I get cranky and don’t particularly like the way a product is described — in my case, overuse of “amazing” or “awesome” — I have to try and remove my crankiness (ie. Bias) from the ranking.


A Word on CBD Potency

A few words about potency. The word “potency” has different meanings to an herbalist, a physician or chemist than it does to the general population.

The word “potency” though does imply that “more is better” and the fact is that more is NOT always better.

Twice the dosage is NOT necessarily better — it might be wasteful and inefficient, but more importantly you may — at least in theory, the research still hasn’t been done — develop a resistance to the effects.

Also, while adverse or side effects may be few and relatively mild while using CBD, if, for example, you don’t WANT to fall asleep and you are using a large enough dose of CBD, you may fall asleep anyway.

It is wisest to treat CBD with respect and use it for as limited a time as you need to. There is little risk of dependence or addiction, but tolerance to the effects is a real possibility. It IS important however to know how much you are taking in mg amounts.


My Review Process

I reviewed products that came recommended to me by colleagues and patients and used the criteria listed to try to ascertain with as little bias as possible the quality and value of the product.

I tried to be as objective as possible but relied on the existence of 3rd party lab testing to determine that quality and value.

Because I chose products based on recommendations, the companies had already built up a reputation.  To determine the buying experience, I looked at all the websites as a customer — because that’s what I was!


Is CBD Legal?

The Farm Bills of 2014 and 2018 removed industrial hemp from the DEA’s Schedule I list — and changed the law to state that if a product is derived from hemp and follows all the procedures dictated in these Farm Bills, then hemp-derived products were considered legal under Federal Law.

There are some states where restrictions still apply, so check with your own state and local ordinances and laws to be certain.

If you are outside the US, the laws are constantly changing and you’ll have to check your country’s laws.

What Should You Look for When Buying CBD?

CBD is a medicine — a natural medicine, but a medicine nevertheless and you should be asking for the same things we ask for in anything we take into our bodies.

Quality

CBD products have hit the market hard and fast — and the unfortunate fact is that there are probably more than a few fly-by-night and unscrupulous sellers.

Natural products are a bit different than most OTC medications or prescription medications — the quality is not dependent on any-one industrial process, but how – and where — the plant is grown, fertilized, dried and processed.

It is dependent on the strain of industrial hemp grown and whether the grower is a licensed, knowledgeable cultivar. It is also dependent on the methods of extraction used and how willing the sellers are to tell you about the extraction methods used.

3rd party testing — with results available for everyone to see is also important. You want to know how much CBD there is and how much THC there is (or isn’t). But — these should also test for pesticides, herbicides, microbial or other growth and the presence of heavy metals.

To be as safe as possible — legally and physically — the hemp should be grown in the US under organic and sustainable farming practices and be non-GMO.

It doesn’t necessarily have to be certified organic — the way the rules of organic certification work, most companies haven’t been in business long enough to get the certification even though they are raising their hemp cleanly, sustainably and organically.

The plants should be fully dried before extraction to ensure no mold or fungus begins to grow on the plant. Overall, the company should be following Good Manufacturing Practices or GMP

Extraction Methods

There are two methods of extraction that are recommended — ethanol extraction and supercritical CO2 extraction.

Ethanol Extraction

Ethanol extraction is a more traditional approach and will extract both water- and fat-soluble components of the plant.

One of the major advantages of the ethanol extraction method is that it creates esters — without going into the chemistry of ester formation, what this ultimately means is that ethanol extraction may make the cannabinoids (like CBD), the terpenes, flavonoids and other constituents of the plant more bioavailable — more likely to be absorbed.

On the other hand, ethanol extraction also pulls out chlorophyll — which, to some, gives the CBD oils a less than pleasant grassy or woodsy taste.

Ethanol extraction is less expensive and is often used by people just starting out in the business.

CO2 Extraction

The second extraction method uses supercritical CO2 to extract the cannabinoids (and other plant products.)

Supercritical CO2 has both fluid and gas properties, and these properties can be controlled by varying the temperature and pressure. Supercritical CO2 extraction can be adjusted so that the plant products extracted can be controlled as to the type, concentration, and purity.

CO­2 does not extract chlorophyll, so, at least for some, the taste is better.

Because the CO2 extraction can be adjusted to concentrate the CBD, companies that use this extraction method tend to have higher amounts of CBD per unit. This is often expressed as potency, but it really reflects concentration.

Stay away from any producer that uses solvents other than ethanol — these other solvents are not easy to get rid of and most people don’t want to mix their CBD with, for example, butane or propane.

3rd Party Testing

3rd party testing is important — the lab results should be available for your specific batch of CBD oil.

The testing should include information regarding the concentration of CBD and other cannabinoids (usually given as the number of milligrams per milliliter of oil or mg/mL), the concentration of THC and proof that is below the legal limit of ≤ 0.3%.  This is usually called potency or purity testing.

In addition, the batch of CBD oil should be tested for:

  • The presence or absence of heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury
    • These are absorbed by the plant from the soil during the growth cycle.
  • The presence or absence of bacteria
  • The presence or absence of fungi or molds
  • The levels of other plant substances such as terpenes and phenols
  • The presence or absence of residual pesticides
  • The presence or absence of residual solvents

A newly formed organization, the US Hemp Authority is beginning to certify the growing and processing of hemp — if the company you are looking at is certified by the US Hemp Authority, that is a good sign that the product is a quality product — look for the logo.

us hemp authority logo

As a general rule, stay away from products where you can’t find any 3rd party testing results.

Some people also take into consideration user feedback — this may be fine, but there is no way of knowing if these are real people or if it is someone being paid to say nice things about a product.

Where Can You Buy CBD?

This is a question that revolves around at least a few things because — almost overnight — everyone seems to be selling CBD products.

However, it is probably best not to buy your CBD at the corner grocery store, bodega or convenience store.

Dispensaries

If Cannabis is legal in your area, you can go to a dispensary – they will usually have knowledgeable people at the counter and are regulated as far as the products they can sell. Most dispensaries have both medical marijuana and CBD products.

CBD Boutiques

Alternatively, CBD boutiques are popping up all over. They are particularly helpful for those who are new to CBD — or to those who for years considered anything related to Cannabis as a gateway drug and are now interested because all their friends are talking about it.

Online

Online shopping is one of the most popular ways to buy CBD, especially if you still have some concerns and prefer some anonymity (Packages are usually delivered by UPS or FedEx in non-descript packaging to protect your privacy).

Again, there are more than a few fly-by-night websites — so check for 3rd party testing results, the companies’ reputation (Google it!), how long they have been in business (Check out the “About Us” page) and what their background is.

Growing hemp and processing is not just about having some good business sense — you have to know how to farm effectively, you have to understand the extraction processes and you have to understand what the potential benefits and adverse effects of your product may be.

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