Big Sky Botanicals Review 2021

Overall Score
87out of 100
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Heather Allman
Written by Heather Allman, CBD Journalist
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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

Consumption Method
Tinctures & Drops, Creams & Topicals, Gummies & Edibles, Capsules, Other
Hemp Source
United States
CBD Strength
30 mg - 2250 mg, Oils & Tinctures: 3.3-54.5 mg/ml; Gummies: 10-25mg per softgel
Offers Tastes
Yes
Price Per Mg CBD
$0.07 - $0.27
Military Veteran Discount
Yes
Extract Types
Broad Spectrum
Money Back Guarantee
Yes
Price Range
$3.95 - $179.95
CBD Extract Method
CO2, Ethanol
Worldwide Shipping
United States
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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 Name

Size

(ml)

Potency Price Price CBD per mg
CBD Oil Tincture

30 ml

30 ml

30 ml

250 mg

750 mg

1500 mg

$29.95

$59.95

$99.95

$.11

$.07

$.06

CBD Hydro Oil Tincture 30 ml 250 mg $34.95 $.13

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 Name Size Potency Quantity Price Price CBD per mg
CBD Softgels

40 mg

300 mg

900 mg

10 mg

10 mg

10 mg

4

30

90

$6.95

$39.95

$89.95

$.17

$.13

$.09

CBD Softgels

100 mg

750 mg

2250 mg

25 mg

25 mg

25 mg

4

30

90

$12.95

$69.95

$179.95

$.12

$.09

$.07

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 Name Size Potency Price Price CBD per mg
CBD Balm Stick

.17 oz

2.28 oz

30 mg

500 mg

$3.95

$49.95

$.13

$.09

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 Name

Size

(mg)

Potency Quantity Price Price CBD per mg
CBD Gummies

60 mg

300 mg

10 mg

10 mg

6

30

$9.95

$34.95

$.16

$.11

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 Name Size Potency Quantity Price Price CBD per mg
CBD Pet Supplement

30 mg

300 mg

5 mg

5 mg

6

60

$7.95

$59.95

$.26

$.19

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

Priced at $29.95, which equals $.11 per mg of CBD, 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

This CO2 extracted, water soluble tincture is priced at $34.95, which equals $.15 per mg of CBD. 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

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

Priced at $49.95, this CO2 extracted topical costs $.09 per mg of CBD and has no additives or analgesics, according to the product description online. 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

These all natural orange, lemon, and grape organic edible gummies are priced at $39.95, which calculates out to $.11 per mg of CBD. 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

Priced at $7.95, these pet treats cost $.26 per mg of CBD. 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.
Leonard Haberman
Leonard Haberman
Physician & Chemist
Dr. Leonard Haberman is a physician and chemist who has been involved in solving chemical and medical problems for 43 years. He graduated from New York University as a dual major in chemistry and biology and went on to obtain a PhD in chemistry from the University of Minnesota where his focus was synthetic methods. He spent 18 years with the Shell organization, working in a mixture of technical and business roles. He returned to the university in 2005, graduating with an MD degree in 2009. He has published in the open literature and in the proprietary literature of the Shell organization. He holds two patents and currently works as a consultant, assisting clients with projects within the disciplines of medicine and chemistry that have potential business applications.

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