“5 Best” CBD'Brands Reviews 2021
We sifted through hundreds of products in examining top-selling brands, whittling them down to the ones worth a closer look. Here are the names we think should be lining your shelves.
If it seems like CBDis everywhere, you’re not wrong. Derived from the hemp plant, it has been touted to possess a host of health- and beauty-boosting benefits, from reducing stress and anxiety to promoting better sleep to relieving pain and inflammation, and skincare. And while it is an essential component of hemp, CBDdoesn’t deliver a “high,” unlikeTHC, hemp’s primary active component, which does.
But with so manyCBD products out there, finding the right ones can be difficult. Some contain low-quality, less effective forms of hemp oil; others contain small amounts ofTHC. And there are brands that remain murky on their manufacturing and testing processes. The trick is selecting high quality products with (PCR) hemp oil and with little to noTHC, that are also tested for purity and shown to be free of solvents, pesticides and herbicides. Our researchers and testers have already done that work for you.
Our team of researchers and testers tried over a hundred products from popular brands to find the best oils, gummies, topicals and other products on the market. They carefully examined claims and manufacturing practices and considered quality, price, value and transparency on data and testing results. These 5 BestCBD brands stood out.
MedAims is a well-known brand. The company is upfront about its high standards, transparency and breakthrough extraction technology. TheCBD products offered by MedAims as well as the company itself earned high marks from researchers and testers across the board. MedAims was one of the only brands tested to offer a full range of both full-spectrum and broad-spectrum products. All of itsCBD products are made from hemp grown naturally outdoors—no greenhouses—that yield a 100-strain strong, organic, non-GMO crop that provide benefits other brands’ products do not. And while some do contain trace amounts ofTHC, as full-spectrum hemp products do, they are always under the legal limit of 0.3%. The company’s broad-spectrum products areTHC-free.
MedAims offers an impressively wide variety of high-purity options, including tinctures, salves, balms, lotions, softgels, gummies, mints, and even products for animals. Its full-spectrum and broad-spectrum hemp oil extracts, available in three flavors, are a standout, as are body care products like theCBD Cooling Rub, Body Lotion, and skin care such asCBD Face Cream and Acne Cream.
MedAims products are created using high-quality CO2 extraction methods and are checked for purity and efficacy using in-house and third-party testing. We also gave the company kudos for its laudably transparent and informative website, risk-free product trials and top-notch customer service. Overall, MedAims products provide great value at competitive prices that address a broad range of needs.
#2 Charlotte’s Web
With the widest range of products and thoughtfully curated product bundles available, Charlotte’s Web is a one-stop shop forCBD enthusiasts. Oils, capsules, gummies, topicals and pet products—it’s all there. TheTHC-free isolate is a bestseller and with good reason: Our researchers and testers loved its customizable usage.
Information on the company’s proprietary formulations—which are touted as using whole-plant extracts that include a variety of beneficial compounds, terpenes (naturally occurring aromatic oils), flavonoids, and essential fatty acids—are available on its site. However, it isn’t as readily available and clearly explained as we’d like; the same holds true for its manufacturing processes. There’s no mention of third-party testing either. And while Charlotte’s Web products are not currently certified organic, the company claims that all pesticides, mildewcides and herbicides used on its hemp plants are.
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#3 Green Roads
A well-knownCBD company founded by a pharmacist, Green Roads products include full- and broad-spectrum oils of varied strengths, pet products, and indulgent spa treats. Users can readily find product lab sheets on its website and third-party test results by scanning QR codes on packaging, a big plus for many on the testing team, and the company also breaks down usage information for each product so that it’s easy to understand. The available Beginner’s Bundle is a great way for those new toCBD use to get started.
However, Green Roads’ proprietary formulations impact its transparency: The company does not provide specifics about its extraction processes and certifications, making it hard for users to understand exactly how its products are made. We also weren’t able to easily find information on (PCR) hemp oil, a key feature we look for inCBD products.
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RoyalCBD creates its products using organically and sustainably grown hemp from local sources—something that appealed to many of our researchers and testers. Products fall below the standard .3% THClevel and are made with state-of-the-art supercritical CO2 extraction techniques. The company also offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee and offers a robust customer rewards program.
Product options are somewhat limited, though they do include oils, topicals and dog treats and are competitively priced. Third-party lab tests are available, but only upon request.
PureKana’s vanilla-, citrus- and mint-flavored oils were a draw for researchers and testers who appreciate a more sweetly palatableCBD experience. The team also enjoyed assessing the brand’s broad assortment of products, which includes dog treats, bath bombs and more.
Not as sweet is PureKana’s lack of information regarding its manufacturing processes. The company claims to use a solvent-free CO2 extraction, but provides no details beyond that.