Big Sky Botanicals Review 2021

82out of 100
Score Breakdown
Transparency, Accuracy & Reputation
24/30
Hemp Quality
22/25
Variety of Products
12/18
Customer Experience
14/15
Price & Discounts
10/12
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Written by 
Heather Allman, CBD Journalist.
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Eloise Theisen, RN, MSN, AGPCNP-BC.
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The Bottom Line

My review of Big Sky Botanicals CBD is very good because of their hemp quality, testing accuracy, and brand transparency. There is some room to improve, however, concerning their lack of definitive FAQs, pricing, and limited product catalog. They do offer free shipping with a $50 order minimum, and include a 30 day money back satisfaction guarantee on all orders.

Big Sky Botanicals offers CBD products that are available in tinctures, softgels, edibles, topicals, skin care, and a pet item. Their products range from 5 mg to 2250 mg potencies, priced from $3.95 to $179.95. They have an average price point of $.13 per mg of CBD, meaning that their product prices are higher than average when compared to other organic brands in the market.

The accuracy variances for five of the Big Sky Botanicals products were under the acceptable 10% limit, with one product testing above the 10% variance. All of their products passed standard purity testing for residuals, solvents, pesticides, heavy metals, microbials, and other contaminants.

Pros: Cons:
  • Organic, non-GMO, kosher products
  • Centralized lab testing hub
  • Lifetime Charter Buyer Club
  • Referral program; subscribe and save discounts
  • Higher than average pricing for organic products
  • No FAQ section on main website
  • One accuracy variance exceeded 10% limit
  • No military discount

Specs

Hemp Source
Hemp Source-United States
CBD Extract Method
CBD Extract Method-CO2, Ethanol
Worldwide Shipping
Worldwide Shipping-United States
Price Range
Price Range:$3.95 - $179.95
CBD Strength
CBD Strength-
Pets - Edibles 30 - 300 mg
Creams & Topicals 30 - 500 mg
Tinctures & Drops 250 - 1500 mg
Capsules 40 - 2250 mg
Gummies 60 - 300 mg
Money Back Guarantee
Money Back Guarantee-
Military Veteran Discount
Military Veteran Discount-
Offers Tastes
Offers Tastes-
Price mg/CBD
Price mg/CBD-$0.07 - $0.27
Extract Types
Extract Types-Broad Spectrum
Consumption Method
Consumption Method:Tinctures & Drops, Creams & Topicals, Gummies, Capsules, Other, Pets - Edibles
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Table of Contents

About the Company

Established in 2018 by Brian Frank and Vince Arnone, Big Sky Botanicals wanted to start with a streamlined product catalog to make the buying experience easier for customers, according to the website. Based in Colorado, Big Sky Botanicals uses only organic farming practices when crafting their organic broad spectrum CBD products to ensure freshness and premium quality.

According to the company website, they work with their partner farmers to harvest at optimum growth times to ensure customer satisfaction with the final product. Big Sky Botanicals is committed to innovation, and Co-Founder Brian Frank also pioneered the “less is best” approach to fueling athletes.

Transparency

Independent CBD testing is a vital quality and safety control measure to ensure that the labeled amounts of CBD and THC are very close to the contents of each final product a customer receives. All of the products in my Big Sky Botanicals order were third party tested for CBD and THC potency and were purity tested for pesticides, solvents, heavy metals, and other foreign contaminants.

Customers of this brand will immediately notice that all independent lab results are available online through the “Lab Reports” link, labeled by batch number:

Accuracy

Using the batch numbers and the company’s “Lab Results” link, it was easy to match the products with the independent third party lab reports provided. As far as the highest accuracy variance in this order, the 750 mg softgels tested as containing 486.8 total mg of CBD or 16.21 mg of CBD per softgel, which represents a 35.16% accuracy variance, higher than the acceptable 10% limit.

The lowest accuracy variances were found in the Big Sky Botanicals organic, 500 mg broad spectrum topical balm and the 250 mg tincture, which both tested with an accuracy variance of 0%, which is far below the 10% variance limit allowed and highly accurate, as seen here in the lab report for the 250 mg tincture:

All products were confirmed by independent third party testing to contain less than the legal 0.3% limit of THC, and all purity tests for heavy metals, residual pesticides, and microbes were passed.

Reputation

In their two years of operation, Big Sky Botanicals has steadily grown their consumer base through successful social media campaigns and user generated reviews, according to the company website. They claim to focus on “providing a full line of top quality, effective, and reliable hemp derived products at fair prices ” but their testing and pricing do not directly reflect this goal.

They are committed to transparency, according to the “Why Big Sky” section online that is accessible through the main menu, and although inaccurate on potencies, Big Sky Botanicals is indeed transparent in that they provide both good and bad accuracy results for customer viewing.

Manufacturing Process

They are a legal, authorized grower of certified organic, broad spectrum hemp, sourced from Colorado using regenerative farming practices:

Their products are manufactured in a GMP compliant facility. Big Sky Botanicals uses a supercritical CO2 extraction method to safely remove cannabidiol from their organically grown hemp. They further use a proprietary water soluble, nanoemulsion technology to formulate their Hydro tincture and their softgels.

All of the Big Sky Botanicals CBD product formulations are plant based and use 100% organic, non-GMO ingredients, containing no pesticides, fertilizers, or synthetics of any kind, according to the company. They formulate all of their CBD products with easily digestible MCT oil as the carrier for maximum absorption by the body.

Range of Products

They offer premium quality organic, broad spectrum CBD that is available in tinctures, topicals, gel capsules, gummies, and a pet product. Their products range in potency from 5 mg to 2250 mg, with few potencies in between. With an average price point of $.13 per mg of CBD, Big Sky Botanicals is higher priced than comparable organic brands.

CBD Tinctures

These broad spectrum tinctures are CO2 extracted, and the company suggests that consumers start with a dose of ½ to 1 full dropper, which is 1 ml. There are visible measuring marks on the dropper which makes precise dosing easy. They are formulated with MCT oil for easy digestion. The Big Sky tinctures come in natural and two flavored varieties, and are recommended by the company for oral or sublingual use only.

Product
CBD Amount
Potency
Price
Price mg/CBD
1500 mg
50 mg/ml
$99.95
$0.07
250 mg
8.33 mg/ml
$29.95
$0.12
750 mg
25 mg/ml
$59.95
$0.08
1500 mg
50 mg/ml
$99.95
$0.07
750 mg
25 mg/ml
$59.95
$0.08
250 mg
8.33 mg/ml
$34.95
$0.14

CBD Softgels

These water soluble Big Sky Botanicals broad spectrum capsules undergo a supercritical CO2 extraction process, and are formulated using their proprietary nanoemulsion technology. These softgels are recommended by the company for oral use only, and each serving size is 1 softgel.

Product
CBD Amount
Potency
Price
Price mg/CBD
300 mg
10 mg/unit
$39.95
$0.13
40 mg
10 mg/unit
$6.95
$0.17
900 mg
10 mg/unit
$89.95
$0.1
750 mg
25 mg/unit
$69.95
$0.09
100 mg
25 mg/unit
$12.95
$0.13
2250 mg
25 mg/unit
$179.95
$0.08

CBD Topicals

These CO2 extracted broad spectrum topicals include phytocannabinoid rich CBD, blended with other natural ingredients, such as lavender essential oil and eucalyptus. These products are recommended by Big Sky Botanicals for topical use only.

Product
CBD Amount
Potency
Price
Price mg/CBD
30 mg
6.12 mg/ml
$3.95
$0.13
500 mg
7.73 mg/ml
$49.95
$0.1

CBD Edible Gummies

These Big Sky Botanicals CBD infused gummies are CO2 extracted and include all natural ingredients, including their MCT oil for easier digestibility. They are 100% naturally flavored and are available in assorted fruity tastes. These are offered in a broad spectrum formulation and are recommended by the company for oral use only.

Product
CBD Amount
Potency
Price
Price mg/CBD
300 mg
10 mg/unit
$34.95
$0.12
60 mg
10 mg/unit
$9.95
$0.17

CBD Pet Supplement

These Big Sky Botanicals broad spectrum pet products are specially formulated for use by pets based on weight, and they are blended with MCT oil for easy digestion. Each product undergoes a supercritical CO2 extraction process. These pet products are recommended by the company for oral or topical use only.

Product
CBD Amount
Potency
Price
Price mg/CBD
300 mg
5 mg/unit
$59.95
$0.2
30 mg
5 mg/unit
$7.95
$0.27

Bundles and Samples

  • Softgel Sampler, $18.95
    • 4 x 10mg and 4 x 25mg softgels
  • Essential Sampler, $21.95
    • 4 x 10mg, 4 x 25mg softgels, and a 30mg CBD balm
  • Complete Sampler, $29.95
    • 4 x 10mg, 4 x 25mg softgels, 6 x 10mg gummies, and a 30mg CBD balm

Discounts

  • Discount code for first purchase with email signup:

Charter Buyer Club:

The Charter Buyer Club allows consumers to obtain an increasing lifetime discount. For each purchase made, customers will graduate to a higher discounted amount:

—1st Order – Full Price (or save 20% with promo code TRYBIGSKY at checkout)

—2nd Order (Bronze Level) – enjoy a 10% discount

—3rd Order (Silver Level) – enjoy a 15% discount

—4th Order & Beyond (Gold Level) – enjoy a 20% discount for life!

Referral Program

Receive a personalized referral code to share with family and friends. Once they enter your unique referral code at checkout, the friend will receive 20% off their first order. The referring customer receives 25% off the order subtotal as store credit, which is added to the referring customer’s account and applied automatically on future orders.

Buying Experience

Each product page provides comprehensive product information for each item in that category, as well as ingredients, potencies, and suggested uses. The Big Sky Botanicals website does not have a prominently listed FAQ section in the main menu, but there is a link to “Shipping & Returns,” as well as other pages for customer education.

Their customer support team is available via email and phone. Customer service was emailed with inquiries about their hemp quality and the year of establishment. Their team replied the same day with the information requested:

Customers can choose to sign up and subscribe to many of Big Sky Botanicals CBD products using their convenient “subscription” option. Shipments can be set to ship every month, every 2 months, or every 3 months, depending on what timeframe the customer prefers.

All of the available third party purity and potency lab results available for the Big Sky Botanicals CBD product catalog are conveniently located under the “Lab Reports” link on the bottom of every page online:

All Big Sky Botanicals orders get free shipping with a low $15 order minimum, or a flat fee of $4.50 is added upon checkout, according to the company:

A confirmation email with tracking number was received. The order arrived via USPS Priority Mail within 3 business days of placing it online, and the plain package received was discreet. The products were securely packaged with individually wrapped items.

Products Reviewed

CBD Tincture, 250 mg, 30 ml

Big Sky Botanicals CBD Oil Tincture 250mg

Overall Score
Product Review
72out of 100
$29.95 $0.12 mg/CBD
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Score Breakdown
Quality Assurance
26/40
Hemp Quality
15/20
Extract Type
16/20
Additional ingredients
7/10
Price
8/10
CBD Amount Score IconTotal CBD 250 mg
Available Bottle Sizes Score IconBottle Size 30 ml
Potency Score IconPotency8.33 mg/ml

These CO2 extracted broad spectrum tinctures are formulated with MCT oil for easy digestion. It is medium yellow in color and there are visible measuring marks on the dropper. These Big Sky Botanicals tinctures are for oral or sublingual use only. There was no THC detected on the independent lab reports, and the tincture passed all purity testing. This product tested as containing 250 total mg of CBD, which represents a 0% accuracy variance.

CBD Hydro Tincture, 250 mg, 30 ml

Big Sky Botanicals Hydro CBD Tincture 250mg

Overall Score
Product Review
86out of 100
$34.95 $0.14 mg/CBD
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Score Breakdown
Quality Assurance
40/40
Hemp Quality
15/20
Extract Type
16/20
Additional ingredients
7/10
Price
8/10
CBD Amount Score IconTotal CBD 250 mg
Available Bottle Sizes Score IconBottle Size 30 ml
Potency Score IconPotency8.33 mg/ml

This product passed all purity testing, and is milky white in color, smelling like fresh citrus upon use. This 250 mg tincture tested as containing 248.7 mg, which calculates to a .52% variance, far below the 10% limit allowed. The Hydro Tincture is water soluble, and utilizes nanoemulsion technology, so it is not oil based like traditional tinctures. It is for oral or sublingual use only, or it can be added to beverages or food, according to the company. No THC was detected.

CBD Softgels, 300 mg, 10 mg each, 30 count

Big Sky Botanicals CBD Softgels 10mg 30ct

Overall Score
Product Review
72out of 100
$39.95 $0.13 mg/CBD
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Score Breakdown
Quality Assurance
26/40
Hemp Quality
15/20
Extract Type
16/20
Additional ingredients
7/10
Price
8/10
CBD Amount Score IconTotal CBD 300 mg
Available Bottle Sizes Score IconBottle Size 30 ml
Potency Score IconPotency10 mg/ml

Priced at $39.95, these softgels cost $.13 per mg of CBD. They passed all purity testing, per the third party lab results and tested as containing 16.21 mg per serving size of 1 softgel, or 486.8 total mg of CBD. This represents an accuracy variance of 62.3%, which is above the 10% limit allowed. These water soluble formula softgels are not oil based, but use nanoemulsion technology for maximum bioavailability in the body. These undergo a CO2 extraction process and contained a non-detectable amount of THC. These are amber in color with a typical softgel texture, and they are oval shaped and coated for easier swallowing.

CBD Topicals, 500 mg, 2.28 oz

Big Sky Botanicals CBD Balm 500mg

Overall Score
Product Review
61out of 100
$49.95 $0.1 mg/CBD
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Score Breakdown
Quality Assurance
12/40
Hemp Quality
15/20
Extract Type
16/20
Additional ingredients
10/10
Price
8/10
CBD Amount Score IconTotal CBD 500 mg
Available Bottle Sizes Score IconBottle Size 64.7 ml
Potency Score IconPotency7.73 mg/ml

This THC free, organic topical balm is white in color and applies smoothly leaving no residue. It is formulated with MCT oil for fast absorption, and the company recommends this product to alleviate aches, soreness, and “support skin rejuvenation,” but we have not tested these outcomes for ourselves The beeswax like balm stick is designed for easier targeted application to skin areas large and small. This product contained 500 mg of total CBD, which represents a 0% accuracy variance. All purity tests were passed.

CBD Edible Gummies, 300 mg, 10 mg each, 30 count

Big Sky Botanicals CBD Gummies 10mg 30ct

Overall Score
Product Review
79out of 100
$34.95 $0.12 mg/CBD
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Score Breakdown
Quality Assurance
33/40
Hemp Quality
15/20
Extract Type
16/20
Additional ingredients
7/10
Price
8/10
CBD Amount Score IconTotal CBD 300 mg
Available Bottle Sizes Score IconBottle Size 30 ml
Potency Score IconPotency10 mg/ml

All standard purity tests for pesticides, heavy metals, and other pathogens were passed. With 10.2 mg in each 10 mg labeled, CO2 extracted gummy, these have a total of 306 mg of CBD, for a variance of 2%, which is below the acceptable 10% limit. No THC was detected.

CBD Dog Supplement, 30 mg, 5 mg each, 6 count

Big Sky Botanicals Complete CBD Dog Supplement 6ct

Overall Score
Product Review
57out of 100
$7.95 $0.27 mg/CBD
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Score Breakdown
Quality Assurance
19/40
Hemp Quality
15/20
Extract Type
16/20
Additional ingredients
3/10
Price
4/10
CBD Amount Score IconTotal CBD 30 mg
Available Bottle Sizes Score IconBottle Size 6 ml
Potency Score IconPotency5 mg/ml

While no purity testing was conducted, these CO2 extracted treats were found to contain 5.33 mg per 5 mg labeled piece. This represents a total of 31.98 mg of CBDand a variance of 6.6%, which is under the 10% accuracy variance allowed. These moist pet treats contain no corn, wheat, or plant cellulose for easy digestion in pets. There are no artificial ingredients in these dark brown colored treats. When tested in the lab, no THC was detected. All purity tests were passed.

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About The Authors
Heather Allman
Heather Allman
CBD Journalist
Heather Allman has worked in the higher education, reviewing, writing, and public speaking industries for over two decades. After earning her Bachelor and Master of Arts in English Education, she taught for 13 years at the University of West Florida in both the English and Communication Arts Departments. She also holds a Cannabis Fundamentals Certification from Green-Flower. From her current home in Pensacola, Florida, Heather works as a freelance U.S. Cannabis Journalist for the Cannabis Law Report and CBD World News, among others. She has educated and advocated for cannabis and CBD use on television, radio, and several podcasts. In May 2020, Heather was selected by the National Cannabis Information Project to be the Medical Cannabis Patient Speaker for their media briefing on "Cannabis Industry Response to COVID-19, as covered by Forbes and Bloomberg. She is a member of the National Association of Cannabis Businesses, where she holds a seat on their Sustainability National Standards Board.
Eloise Theisen
Eloise Theisen
RN, MSN, AGPCNP-BC
Eloise Theisen is a board certified Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner who specializes in cannabis therapy. For over 20 years, Eloise has worked primarily with cancer, dementia and chronic pain patients. In the last 6 years, Eloise has focused her efforts on cannabinoid therapies. Eloise has worked with over 6500 patients to help them effectively treat age-related and chronic illness with cannabis.

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