It seems like everywhere you turn, there’s a new CBD oil on the market. But how do you know what you’re really getting? Consumers need to scrutinize every step of the supply chain from sourcing to extraction to formulation to ensure they’re getting a safe and effective product. Unfortunately, what’s hiding behind the label is not always what is being marketed. Today more than ever, consumers need to have a definitive understanding of what they’re buying.
We ranked over 1200 products, with 100 possible points based on the following five categories:
First, a quick explanation on full-spectrum CBD is and why it’s considered the best form of this beneficial compound. Full-spectrum CBD is a whole-plant extract, which means it contains all of the cannabinoids naturally present in hemp, such as CBC, CBG, CBN, CBDA, and CBDV. It typically also carries terpenes, flavonoids, fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and other beneficial hemp plant chemicals. All of these compounds contribute to the entourage effect, why is why full-spectrum CBD products are believed to be more effective than those formulated with pure CBD (isolate).
|Product||Score||CBD Amount||Price mg/CBD|
|Elixinol – Daily Balance Tincture||97||133 – 4000 mg||$0.07|
|Lazarus Naturals – High Potency Full Spectrum CBD Tincture||95||750 – 6000 mg||$0.03|
|NuLeaf Natural – Full Spectrum Hemp CBD Oil||95||300 – 3000 mg||$0.10|
|Endoca – CBD Oil 150Mg CBD/ml (Strong)||93||1500 mg||$0.09|
|PlusCBD – Oil Spray 500 mg 2 oz||93||500 mg||$0.10|
|Veritas Farms – Full Spectrum CBD Tincture 500 mg||93||500 mg||$0.07|
|CBDistillery – Full Spectrum CBD Oil Tincture – 500mg – 30ml||92||500 mg||$0.07|
|PureKana – Natural CBD Oil 600mg||89||600 mg||$0.15|
|R+R Medicinals – Tincture Peppermint 1000mg||82||1000 mg||$0.05|
|Green Roads – Full Spectrum CBD Oil, 50mg/ML||80||1500 mg||$0.10|
These are the top 10 full-spectrum CBD oils with the highest scores out of over 1200 products reviewed. All of these tinctures scored at least 80 of 100 possible points on our assessment criteria.
This includes the full 20 points for extract type and as well as the 40 points for quality assurance, meaning that third-party test results confirmed that these CBD oils are full-spectrum, free of all potential contaminants, and contain as much CBD as advertised.
Coming in at the number one spot on our list is the Daily Balance tincture from Elixinol. This full-spectrum CBD oil achieved a rating of 97, the highest out of more than 1200 CBD products that we examined.
This CBD oil has a low CBD potency of 8 mg per ml and comes in four strengths: 133 mg, 500 mg, 1000 mg, and 4000 mg. It’s available in both unflavored and cinnamint versions.
The only CBD oil to score the perfect 20 on our hemp quality tests, this product is made from USDA-certified organic, non-GMO hemp cultivated in the United States.
Third-party tests also confirm that this tincture contains other cannabinoids aside from CBD, such as CBDA and CBG, so you’re getting a genuine, high-quality full-spectrum hemp extract.
Better yet, it comes with an average price per mg of $0.07, which is lower than most competitor products and gets the full points for our price rating.
Founded in 2014, Elixinol is one of the most established names in the CBD industry and holds the respected U.S. Hemp Authority Certification.
This CBD oil has a high potency of 50 mg per ml and comes in three bottle sizes: 15 ml (750 mg), 60 ml (3000 mg), and 120 ml (6000 mg). It’s also available in multiple flavors: unflavored, chocolate mint, and French vanilla mocha.
This CBD tincture scored particularly well in hemp quality and price. Lazarus Naturals is known for growing its own hemp on a farm in Central Oregon, allowing the company to have unparalleled control over product quality.
That’s why this hemp is organic, non-GMO, and grown sustainably. We also found that the hemp extract used for this tincture contained significant amounts of the cannabinoids CBC and CBG.
Full-spectrum CBD should contain these and other minor cannabinoids, so that’s a good indicator that you’re getting a quality product.
As for price, Lazarus Naturals’ high-potency tincture costs only $0.03 per mg of CBD, giving it a 10/10 on our price ranking. You simply won’t find such low prices anywhere else.
As a result, Lazarus Naturals offers arguably the best combination of price and quality on the market.
This tincture has a high CBD potency of 60 mg/ml and comes in five bottle sizes: 5 ml (300 mg), 15 ml (900 mg), 30 ml (1800 mg), 50 ml (3000 mg), and 100 ml (6000 mg).
NuLeaf Naturals sources its products from organic, non-GMO, sustainably-grown Colorado hemp, giving this tincture a solid 18 out of 20 on hemp quality.
This CBD oil also comes at a competitive price that averages out to about $0.10 per mg of CBD, which gets an 8 out of 10 or our B or “market grade” rank.
Last but not least, third-party tests verify that it contains notable amounts of CBC, CBG, and CBDV, which are some of the minor cannabinoids you should expect from a high-quality full-spectrum hemp extract.
This CBD oil received 18 out of 20 points on our hemp quality tests because of Endoca’s excellent hemp source. Endoca is one of the few CBD companies to grow its own hemp instead of purchasing it from other cultivators.
The hemp is non-GMO, grown organically and sustainably, and also tested by Endoca at every step of the manufacturing process to ensure quality and consistency.
This CBD oil costs $0.09 per mg of CBD, which puts it in our B grading. Although not as cheap as some other companies, this is still a great, below-average price point for a high-quality CBD tincture.
The CBD spray from PlusCBD Oil is another excellent product with a score of 93. It provides 500 mg of full-spectrum hemp extract in a 2 oz (60 ml) bottle, giving it a relatively low potency of 8.3 mg/ml.
This product is also unique for having a spray top instead of a dropper, so you can spray it under your tongue. This makes the oil easier to use and reduces leaking. PlusCBD’s oil spray comes in unflavored, peppermint, and cafe mocha flavors.
It’s derived from organic, non-GMO hemp plants grown with sustainable farming practices in Europe, scoring 18/20 for hemp quality.
PlusCBD Oil one of the only American companies to source its hemp from Europe because of the continent’s long history of hemp cultivation.
That seems to be a wise decision, as third-party tests confirm that this spray contains not just CBD but other cannabinoids like CBC and CBG, which is what we expect from a proper full-spectrum CBD tincture.
In terms of price, this spray costs $0.10 per mg of CBD, which is close to the market average. However, given that PlusCBD is one of the oldest and most reputable brands on the U.S. market, you’re still getting a great deal.
This CBD oil also comes in multiple flavor options: unflavored, citrus, peppermint, watermelon, and strawberry. It’s got a price tag of $0.07 per mg of CBD, which is an excellent low price that falls within our A ranking.
Third-party tests also revealed the presence of minor cannabinoids like CBC, CBG, and CBDV, which means this is a genuine full-spectrum hemp product.
Veritas Farms is a transparent company that oversees its products from seed to bottle. Its non-GMO hemp is grown in Pueblo, Colorado, with organic, sustainable farming practices.
This tincture comes in a 30 ml container, giving it a medium-level CBD potency of 17 mg per ml. According to third-party tests, it also provides notable amounts of the minor cannabinoids CBC, CBDA, CBG, and CBDV. That’s a sign of a high-quality full-spectrum extract.
This CBD oil also got the full 10 points on our price rating for having one of the lowest prices on the market: $0.07 per mg of CBD. As such, it belongs in our A tier for price ranking, so if you’re looking to get the best value, this tincture and CBDistillery as a whole is a good pick.
CBDistillery’s CBD oil is derived from organic, non-GMO hemp grown in Colorado, so it scored fairly well on our hemp quality tests.
It’s also certified by the U.S. Hemp Authority, a third-party program for hemp producers that confirms adherence to high manufacturing standards.
Third-party tests also show the presence of multiple minor cannabinoids, such as CBDA, CBC, CBN, and CBG, which is what you want to see from a true full-spectrum CBD tincture.
PureKana’s CBD oil also stands out for its great hemp source, as the company uses only organic, non-GMO plants grown sustainably in Kentucky.
In terms of price, this tincture costs $0.15 per mg of CBD, which is a little above the industry average.
It has a fairly strong CBD potency of 33 mg per ml and comes with a pleasant peppermint flavor. It’s sourced from USDA-certified organic hemp, which is a sign of great quality at a time when these certifications are difficult to obtain.
R+R’s CBD tincture is fairly priced as well — it costs only $0.05 per mg of CBD. That’s one of the lowest prices we’ve come across and is well within our A ranking for CBD product pricing.
Providing 50 mg of CBD per ml, this high-potency CBD oil comes in a 30 ml bottle with 1500 mg of CBD in total.
Third-party tests confirm that it contains notable amounts of minor cannabinoids, including CBC, CBG, and CBDV, as a proper full-spectrum hemp extract should.
Green Roads sources its hemp from Colorado, the undisputed leader of the American CBD industry. As for the price, this full-spectrum CBD oil costs $0.10 per mg, which is slightly cheaper than average and earns our B ranking.
Each of these categories is based on completely objective ratings, giving you a transparent overview of CBD products and brands that’s easy to understand and compare. Here’s a detailed explanation of what each category measures and how we rate it.
The quality assurance category compares the results of third-party testing to what the company claims about its products. It awards a total of up to 40 points.
Third-party tests are done by an independent lab to confirm that a CBD product is safe and effective.
Third-party testing is incredibly important in the CBD industry because many companies still sell products that contain little to no CBD or may be contaminated with potentially harmful compounds.
The first and most important type of third-party test measures the levels of CBD and other cannabinoids to verify that they match the advertised amount. Testing can also be done to check for the presence of:
The quality assurance category is broken down into four subcategories for each type of third-party test:
We retrieved the third-party test results directly from each CBD brand’s website.
In addition, we also test some CBD products independently through our own third-party lab partner. The results of these tests can be seen in our two detailed CBD industry reports, which looked at the accuracy of CBD oils and CBD drinks.
The additional ingredients category gives a maximum of 10 points based on two types of ingredients aside from CBD: other cannabinoids and non-hemp ingredients.
Products that contain significant amounts of minor cannabinoids — such as CBC, CBG, CBN, and CBDV — get better scores in this category, because these compounds add to the so-called “entourage effect.”
First proposed in 1998, the entourage effect is the idea that all of the compounds in cannabis work together in synergy, producing greater effects than CBD or any other cannabinoid on its own.
This effect has been demonstrated by multiple studies, which is why we give CBD products that contain multiple cannabinoids a higher rating.
We also award points for products that contain additional non-hemp ingredients, such as melatonin or curcumin, especially if they’re designed to help with a specific issue.
The extract type category adds up to 20 points. It rates products on the type of extract they contain. Full-spectrum hemp extract is considered the most effective form of CBD because it maximizes the entourage effect by providing all of the cannabinoids present in hemp.
That’s why we award full-spectrum CBD products the full 20 points. Meanwhile, broad-spectrum CBD is lacking in THC, which means it’s slightly weaker and will benefit less from the entourage effect, so it gets 16 points.
Finally, products containing pure CBD isolate receive 12 points, because it’s believed to be the least effective form of CBD.
The hemp quality category awards up to 20 points. It measures the quality of the hemp plants that the CBD product is sourced from and includes ratings for (data based on the brand’s websites):
Finally, the price category (10 points) measures whether the price for the CBD product is low, average, or high, taking into account special offers and discounts. A 10/10 score means an excellent, affordable price point.
We also group these prices into one of three ranks:
We came up with these three ranks after conducting a comprehensive study of CBD market prices by comparing over 3500 products.