Plant People Review 2020

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Karhlyle Fletcher
Written by Karhlyle Fletcher, Freelance Cannabis Writer
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The Bottom Line

Founded with an organic and world conscious philosophy, Plant People delivers non-GMO, organic, FDA registered, sulfate free, gluten free, cruelty free, doctor formulated, and potent herbal tinctures, capsules, and skincare products. All of their cannabis is sourced from organic farms in Colorado. As the leader in legal cannabis, Colorado remains one of the best regions in America for hemp farming.

Gabe Kennedy, one of the founders of Plant People, is a trained chef, which allows him to imbue inoffensive flavor profiles into their tinctures. Otherwise, their herbal supplements are made with a variety of herbs and adaptogens, including albizia extract, ashwagandha root extract, and holy basil leaf extract. While certainly sporting an extensive herbal profile, a higher than average price tag can be dissuasive.

In addition to relying on American sourced hemp, all of Plant People’s products are manufactured using GMP and NSF practices. As revealed in their 3rd party test results available online, all of their products have passed their additive and pathogen tests. However, the company is currently redesigning its website including its lab results page. Due to this, some lab results have to be requested through their customer support. Additionally, a lack of batch numbers on product labels makes these results difficult to trust.

It takes a day for Plant People to respond. They are active and friendly over email. Their customer service is attentive to questions and willing to send over any updated test results. Their email and number are available on their contact page and both are comfortable means of connecting with company representatives. The people behind the company also engage in practices such as planting a tree for every product sold, and so positive practices are an integral part of the company.

Pricing of Plant People products start at $.08 per mg of cannabinoids and reaches up to $.23 per mg, albeit for a face serum. Competitors offer similar tinctures, capsules, and lotions for lower prices, but each of Plant People’s offerings is carefully designed.

Pros: Cons:
  • Environmentally conscious
  • Adaptogen infused products
  • Sustainable packaging
  • A tree planted for every sale
  • Limited product variety
  • Above average price per mg
  • Lack of batch information on products

Specs

Consumption Method
Tinctures & Drops, Creams & Topicals, Capsules
Hemp Source
Colorado
CBD Strength
300 mg - 1440 mg, Oils & Tinctures: 10.5-48 mg/ml; Creams & Topicals: 2.5-10 mg/ml; Sogtfel: 15 mg CBD per softgel
Offers Tastes
No
Price Per Mg CBD
$0.08 - $0.45
Military Veteran Discount
No
Extract Types
Full Spectrum, Isolate
Money Back Guarantee
No
Price Range
$25 - $115
Samples
No
CBD Extract Method
CO2 & Ethanol
Worldwide Shipping
united-states
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Table of Contents

About the Company

On an incredibly productive hike, friends Gabe Kennedy and Hudson Gaines-Ross were inspired by a shared experience. Both had to undergo conventional surgeries after traumatic spinal injuries. Kennedy, a chef, and Gaines-Ross, a man familiar with plants, wanted to offer alternative methods of healing. The result is Plant People, a company specializing in alternative wellness products based on plant medicine.

Although Kennedy hails from Boulder, Colorado, the company is New York based, and thus chose to remain working with the federally legal hemp. Additionally, being the child of an acupuncturist/Chinese herbalist and chiropractor, deepened his relationship with traditional eastern plant medicines. In addition to this holding a holistic attitude, Plant People also promises to plant a tree for every product sold.

Transparency

For any information, access is an email away. After I asked them for additional information, they gave me the supposedly accurate tests for their product. The lack of batch numbers on the packaging of their products is disturbing, but seemingly not an issue to the company.

As their history and general information, the Plant People blog and FAQ are respectable. They offer an introduction to CBD along with specifics about the company as well as the personal history of the founders. Additionally, they describe their packaging methods and manufacturing practices.

Accuracy

In terms of accuracy, while the lab results were almost identical to those printed on the label, a lack of batch numbers is unsettling. The Mind and Body drops are advertised as having 630 mg of CBD while the test results indicated 667 mg of CBD. A difference of 67 mg represents only 5.8%, within the acceptable 10% limit. While their lab results come from trusted third party companies, they don’t publish results for every batch so you can’t be sure the results reflect your specific product batch. However, no tests have demonstrated products failing due to the presence of solvent residuals, E coli, yeast or organic residuals. Additionally, none of their products have been documented to contain a THC concentration over 0.3%. This information means that all of their products are within the maximum permitted quantity of THC.

Reputation

Having been featured in The Daily Beast, goop and Forbes, Plant People has started to make their rounds in high circles. The company is proud to take care of the environment so they partnered with non-profit American Forests. According to their site, their mission is to connect and heal through the power of plants. As part of this philosophy, they promise to plant a tree for every product sold. The company also offers a 30 day money back guarantee.

Manufacturing Processes

Plant People claims to work with “100% organic plants grown with love and care from Colorado farmers”. They describe these farms as operating in full compliance with the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s industrial hemp program, along with being certified as USDA Organic and using non-GMO practices. Plant People’s manufacturing facilities are registered with the FDA, and their manufacturing process follows the FDA cGMP standards for dietary supplements. They extract ingredients for their capsules using ethanol or CO2, “the cleanest methods”.

They also post results from independent labs including ACS Laboratories and Botanacor. Both are ISO 17025 accredited labs. ISO 17025 is the standard by which testing labs operate. Testing standards ensure the consumer has access to accurate information about the products which they buy. Not only is potency an important measure, but knowing that products are pathogen and additive free is also crucial for being healthy.

All of these practices are ideal, and Plant People are close to being transparent and accurate, but they stumble on the finish line. Having a QR code to scan which reveals a landing page with test results is handy, and having batch numbers online is great, but without clear batch numbers on the packing of the products themselves, it’s difficult to verify the batch that corresponds to each set of tests.

When I reached out to Plant People they got back to me the next day. After a few emails explaining that I was looking for the batch numbers on the packing and their corresponding lab results, I was given verified lab results for their products, this time including reports from Eurofin. Additionally, the representative explained “Our tech team has been in the midst of a website redesign and are currently working on some issues regarding the lab reports page.”

So, getting the info was difficult. As for the Sleep tincture, with 24 mg of CBD per serving on the label and an actual measured CBD content of 18.842 mg of CBD per serving, the variance from the label was 27.3%. well above the 10% acceptable limit.

Range of Products

Plant People have an aesthetic, but they don’t have range. While the products which they do offer seem to have been prepared using quality manufacturing processes, the company only offers tinctures, capsules, and skincare or topical products. Within those categories, there is variation, as there are many skincare and tincture options.

Tinctures

Drops+Mind+Body
CBD Amount Range
10.5 mg/ml - 42 mg/ml
Price Range
$39.99 - $99.99
Price Per Mg CBD
$0.08 - $0.13
THC Concentration
< 0.3%
CBD Per Serving
10.5 mg - 42 mg
Time to Impact
NA
Offers Tastes
Yes
Additional Information
Non-GMO, Organic, Pesticide Free, Vegan, Gluten Free, CO2 & Ethanol
Extract Types
Full Spectrum
Overal Bottle Volume Range
From 30 ml

Plant People offer three lines of tinctures. These lines are Mind + Body, Relief, and Sleep. The Relief tincture includes CBG while the Sleep tincture includes CBN. Each comes in scalable options including 315mg 630mg and 1260mg for the Mind + Body tincture, and 360mg, 720mg, and 1440mg for the others.

Product Name Size (ml) Potency Price Price CBD per mg
Mind + Body 30 ml 315mg $39.99 $0.13 per mg
Mind + Body 30 ml 630mg $68.99 $0.11 per mg
Mind + Body 30 ml 1260mg $99.99 $0.08 per mg
Relief 30 ml 360mg $49.99 $0.14 per mg
Relief 30 ml 720mg $78.99 $0.11 per mg
Relief 30 ml 1440mg $119.99 $0.08 per mg
Sleep 30 ml 360mg $49.99 $0.14 per mg
Sleep 30 ml 720mg $78.99 $0.11 per mg
Sleep 30 ml 1440mg $119.99 $0.08 per mg

Capsules

There are two lines of capsules. The Stay Sharp and Be Calm lines cost $58.99 per bottle. In addition to CBD, the Stay Sharp capsules boast of herbal nootropics, adaptogens, and nervines to help cognitive function throughout the day. Meanwhile, Be Calm capsules incorporate adaptogen and nervine herbs to ensure a soothing experience.

Product Name Size Potency Price Price CBD per mg
Be Calm 30 Capsules 15 mg per pill $58.99 $0.13 per mg
Stay Sharp 30 Capsules 15 mg per pill $58.99 $0.13 per mg

Topicals and Skincare

Plant People offer a diverse range of skincare products, most featuring a variety of pleasant herbs. These power the scent profile behind their skincare products.

Product Name Size (ml) Potency Price Price CBD per mg
Balm+ Relief 59.15 ml 450 mg $48.99 $0.11 per mg
Relief+ Cooling Body Cream 97.59 ml 750 mg $54.99 $0.07 per mg
Nourish CBD Body Lotion 120 ml 300 mg $54.99 $0.18 per mg
Restore Face Mask 59 ml 300 mg $59.99 $0.20 per mg
Revive CBD Face Serum 30 ml 300 mg $69.99 $0.23 per mg

Bundles

Various bundles are available, including their Starter Set for $49.99. This kit includes their sleep, mind + body, and relief tinctures. They also have a Balance Kit for $104, a Recover Kit for $89, and an Unwind Kit for $114.99. Each of these is designed for a different consumer and saves upwards of $60. Additionally, each comes with a travel bag. First time buyers can sign up for Plant People’s newsletter and get 10% off their first order. Ordering a monthly subscription for any of these products saves 10% monthly.

Buying Experience

The website used by Plant People is lightweight and relatively easy to navigate. A minimal sleek aesthetic welcomes the eye to scroll over the page, but several pages can feel hidden underneath tabs. Their FAQ, blog, and generation information could be more central to their design, perhaps even in the body of the main page. Additionally, contact information could be more prominently featured, even as a permanent banner at the bottom of the site.

All of Plant People’s orders come with free shipping, although they also offer UPS Ground, 2 Day, and Next Day Air expedited shipping options. Once products are ordered, Plant People sends out a confirmation email and a discrete package will arrive shortly thereafter. Once the parcel arrived, we noticed their stuffing was made of 100% recycled and 100% biodegradable cellulose tissue. The boxes and marketing inserts are also mostly recycled paper, and the tape is paper. This translates into a sturdy and ethical package.The presentation was professional, clean, and pleasantly sustainable.

Additionally, the phone number was available and representatives were responsive to questions. For those looking for further information, refunds, questions about shipping, or any other inquiries about the product, resources are plentiful. Plant People are working to ensure customer satisfaction and to secure their reputation.

Products Reviewed

Drops + Sleep

Plant People’s Drops + Sleep product is a greenish-yellow liquid. While the cannabis taste is incredibly light, this full spectrum tincture isn’t quite tasteless. Still, it could be held under the tongue, which is what the directions suggest. The recommended dose is one dropper full held under the tongue for thirty seconds. At 360 mg for $49.99 or 1440mg for $119.99, the price ranges from $.14 cents per mg of CBD to $.08 per mg of CBD. According to the labelling, before use the tinctures must be well shaken and then a full dropper should be ingested. The dropper was not quite adequate for getting a full dose, but using it twice was simple. The Drops + passed all pesticide, heavy metal, and other pathogens tests, and tested well below the legal limit for THC. However, testing revealed only 18.842 mg of CBD while the label advertised 24 mg per serving. This represents a 27.3% variance, well above the 10% acceptable limit.

Drops + Mind + Body

Plant People’s Drops + Mind + Body tincture is also a full spectrum greenish-yellow liquid. It tested well below the legal limit for THC. In addition, the product proved to be free of pathogens, including molds, and it was also free from metals and other contaminants. Its texture was the same as the Drops + Sleep product, although it has a lighter taste and smell than the Sleep tincture. Priced at $39.99 for 315 mg of CBD and $99.99 for 1260mg of CBD, the Drops+ Mind + Body by Plant People ranges from $.13 per mg of CBD to $.08 per mg of CBD. These prices are above average in the current market. The Mind + Body mix is more appropriate for daytime use. Examination of the Mind + Body drops revealed 667 mg of CBD. When compared to the 630 mg stated on the label, the 37 mg of extra CBD leads to a 5.8% variance, well below the acceptable 10% limit.

Be Calm CBD Capsules

These capsules are formulated using CBD isolate, meaning there are no other cannabinoids besides CBD. They are also vegan and gluten free. The capsules were developed in tandem with alternative healers and nutritionists to create an ideal blend for healing the body and encouraging a calm mood. At $58.99 per 30 capsules, the cost is $.13 per mg of CBD. The capsules are large but inoffensive, filled with a powder and easy to swallow. The pill had an odor reminiscent of plastic. The capsules contain no THC and are free from heavy metals, molds, mildews, and other contaminants. Slight whiffs of the herbs get through the gel coating. Recommended dosage according to the label is 1 to 3 pills a day for an adult as needed. Pregnant or nursing mothers should consult their doctor before using the supplement. The lab result for Be Calm capsules indicated 13.4 mg of CBD per pill. This result leads to a 11.94% variance, a little more than the 10% acceptable variance.

Nourish CBD Body Lotion

The lotion contains hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, yuzu, rosemary, and calendula flower. Priced at $54.99, the Nourish Body Wash contains 300 mg of full spectrum CBD. The skin feels rejuvenated after using this product. It goes on thick, relaxing the skin with deeply soothing notes of a well melded herbal blend. The scent and experience provided by the lotion delivers a nice sensation. The price is $0.18 per mg of CBD, which is above average. Regarding lab results, the lotion was free from all metals, pathogens, and other contaminants. Additionally, it is well below the legal limit for THC. However, the CBD levels found in the lab results indicate 392.4 mg, a 30.8% variance over what is stated. This is way above the acceptable 10% limit.

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About The Authors
Karhlyle Fletcher
Karhlyle Fletcher
Freelance Cannabis Writer
Karhlyle Fletcher is an active and motivated freelance cannabis journalist based out of Detroit, Michigan. Since February of 2019 he has continually practiced within the writing industry, and specialized in cannabis content. With a background in fiction writing and media production, his keen eye for style and substance allow his content a casual grace. Aiming to bridge the generation gap between scientists and consumers, Karhlyle Fletcher is always developing the cannabis conversation.
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 returned to the university in 2005, graduating with an MD degree in 2009. He has published in the open literature. 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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