We have two ranking systems we rank the actual CBD product and we rank the company “brand”. Each of these two ranking systems has a set of criteria where we award points based on how well each company does within that criteria. This way, you, the consumer, can compare products based on this standardized ranking system and the total number of points awarded.
Variety of Products (18 points): CBD companies can have a wide range of products including CBD oils or tinctures; edibles, including gummies; vapes and e-liquids, capsules; creams or other topical products; pure CBD (isolates); and pet products such as tinctures, oils or edibles. As a general rule of thumb, we believe that a greater variety of products is better for the consumer because more choice allows the consumer to buy what will work best for them.
Transparency, Accuracy and Reputation (30 points): This category covers a lot about how a company does business.
Hemp Quality (25 points): The quality of the CBD product goes back to the quality of the plant, how it is grown and how it is harvested. Same as detailed above.
Price and Discount (12 points): This is based on the price per mg of CBD for the brand as well as any discounts provided.
Customer Experience (15 points): How you experience buying CBD can differ from one company to the next.
We don’t get to personally test the products from every company– but we still try to rate them objectively!
For those companies, we rate by:
Extract type (20 points): Hemp contains over one hundred different cannabinoids. Companies which sell CBD have three main types of extracts. These vary depending on the presence of other cannabinoids, including THC.
For many general purposes, full and broad spectrum CBD is considered more useful because it also contains the range of plant constituents such as other cannabioids, flavonoids, amino acids, terpenes and others. These various constituents are believed to support, enhance and moderate the effects of CBD by what is known as the entourage effect.
Additional Ingredients (10 points):
The cannabis plant contains over 100 different cannabinoids. While research is in its very early stages, evidence is growing that these cannabinoids may also have significant health benefits. The terpenes found in cannabis give it its distinctive aroma– and have health benefits on their own! Full spectrum products are closer to the original plant and may offer additional health benefits.
CBD can be combined with a variety of supplements to support various health goals. For example, CBD can be combined with melatonin, the sleep hormone, to help sleep. Some companies add other herbs or other natural products to support the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD while others may add nutrients to support calm, energy or exercise recovery.
Quality Assurance (40 points): To ensure that you are buying a quality product, each batch of CBD should be tested for:
· CBD levels (19 points): It is important that the consumer knows that the amount of CBD printed on the label is what is truly in the product. The acceptable variance is of up to ±10% of CBD listed on the label and what an independent lab test determines. So, if the label says that a dropperful of CBD oil contains 10mg, we accept that label as accurate if the lab assay finds between 9-11mg of CBD (10% of 10mg is 1 mg).
· Pesticides (7 points): All products consumed should be pesticide free. Pesticides are chemicals used to kill off pests that can infest naturally growing plants. These pesticides can produce known -and unknown- harmful effects when ingested.
· Heavy metals (7 points): Heavy metals such as mercury (Hg), cadmium (Cd), arsenic (As), chromium (Cr), thallium (Tl), and lead (Pb) can be present in hemp plants. All CBD products should be tested for these potentially dangerous metals.
· Microbials (7 points): This is a general term and can include bacteria, mold, fungi and other organisms. It is important to know that the CBD is free of these contaminants.
Hemp Quality (20 points): Here at LeafReport, we also believe that you should know if your CBD product is
Price (10 points): Price is obviously an important criteria for you, so we let you know how much the CBD costs per mg and we also let you know if the company offers any discounts—and what these discounts are for. Some companies provide discounts for veterans, for those with a qualifying low income or those with a qualifying disability, but not all do.