There are three main types of hemp extract: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and CBD isolate.
Full-spectrum extract contains all available cannabinoids from the hemp plant, including THC in a quantity below the federal limit of 0.3% by dry weight.
Broad-spectrum is similar to full-spectrum as it contains all available cannabinoids except for THC, which has been filtered out to a level typically undetectable by valid scientific testing methods.
CBD isolate only contains CBD with no or undetectable amounts of minor cannabinoids or THC.
CBD oil products containing full-spectrum hemp extract are considered the most effective because of the entourage effect.
We like to see brands offer their customers full-spectrum and “THC-free” options, but we don’t penalize brands, like Social CBD, for focusing on customers who need 0.0% THC tinctures.
In addition to hemp extracts, the CBD strength is important since concentrations vary widely between brands.
Tinctures can be found with as low as 100mg of CBD per ounce to as high as 5000mg or more.
CBD oils also come in various sizes, typically in 0.5oz (15ml), 1oz (30ml), 2oz (60ml), and 3.4oz (100ml) bottles.
We like to see brands offer consumers a range of concentrations, such as at least one low potency CBD oil (≤ 25mg/serving), a medium potency CBD oil (between 25mg/serving and 50mg/serving), and a high potency CBD oil (≥ 50mg/serving).
Price (20 points)
There are two aspects of pricing that consumers should consider: total price and price per mg.
As CBD concentration rises, so does the total price; however, the price per mg typically decreases.
With this in mind, while high potency CBD oil may have a higher upfront cost, it can actually be less expensive in the long run.
In our experience, the best CBD oil should cost around $0.10/mg or less.
Ingredients (15 points)
Brands usually offer simple CBD tinctures, such as hemp extract with a carrier oil, or formulated products that contain one or more herbal supplements like lavender or turmeric.
Full-spectrum tinctures, like those offered by CBDistillery, often go the simple route.
On the other hand, tinctures with broad-spectrum hemp extract or CBD isolate are more likely to have herbs in them to enhance the potential benefits.
Neither approach is the superior one, so what our team primarily cares about is that brands use natural ingredients, preferably organic ones, and offer a variety of choices.
Taste (15 points)
Most brands offer a few choices for the taste of their CBD oil, including natural, unflavored, and flavored tinctures.
We like to see brands offer their customers at least a couple of options when it comes to taste since many people cannot tolerate the taste of hemp.
Efficacy (40 points)
Effectiveness is the most subjective aspect to consider, yet also the most important.
Consumers have a wide range of reasons for why they use CBD, including relieving discomfort, promoting relaxation, and improving sleep.
Some brands create tinctures for specific purposes by formulating their CBD oil with herbs and/or a specific concentration of CBD.
With products like these, we can judge them in relation to the intended benefit.
However, with CBD oil in general, all we can do is take note of the benefits we noticed from each tincture.
Comparing the CBD Oils
|Brand||Extract & Strength||Prices||Ingredients||Taste||Efficacy||Total Score|
|Receptra Naturals||25 – 66 mg/serving (9/10)||$0.068 – $0.107/mg (14/20)||93/100|
|CBDistillery||8.3 – 166.7 mg/serving (10/10)||$0.042 – $0.08/mg (20/20)||89/100|
|Social CBD||8.3 – 66.7 mg/serving (10/10)||$0.06 – $0.107/mg (16/20)||84/100|
|RE Botanicals||15 – 50 mg/serving (6/10)||$0.04 – $0.089/mg (20/20)||84/100|
|Charlotte’s Web||7 – 60 mg/serving (8/10)||$0.05 – $0.19/mg (12/20)||83/100|