Consumers have few reliable sources for information about CBD products and companies. That’s where we come in.
CBD oil drops that are made to be taken sublingually, or under the tongue, are among the most popular formats for CBD. But the industry’s lack of transparency makes it difficult to find the best CBD oil drops for you.
We evaluated each company’s business practices and customer service, sent samples out to a third-party lab for testing, and compared the potency and price for each product.
We also used a blind tasting process to eliminate bias and get our authentic reactions to each product.
Editor’s Choice Awards – April 2019
Every month, we’re highlighting a few brands that we found to be overachievers in specific categories. This April, we’ve selected products that stood out for value and flavor.
But first, let’s take a look at which brand earned the highest scores overall. Skip to the full ranking to get the full reviews.
Best All Around
Lazarus Naturals earned the highest scores all around by excelling in product quality, value, customer experience, and transparency. (Save 10% with code cbdhackr!)
Best Full Spectrum Value
Best CBD Isolate Value
Infinite CBD narrowly missed out on being included in our overall ranking. But if we’d been looking at pricing alone, they are the most affordable brand we tested.
Best Full Spectrum Flavor
Table of Contents
Choosing the best CBD oil drops for 2019 was no easy task. Not only did we have to taste every single sample, but we also called each company’s customer service reps and sent samples to a third-party lab for analysis.
Let’s just say there was a lot of math involved.
So, we have a lot of ground to cover! Here’s what you can expect to find ahead:
Click on any of the list items above to skip to the relevant section, or just keep reading!
We selected a mix of established brands and rising stars to evaluate for this ranking. To do that, we looked at the products CBD users are recommending in online communities, and which brands are generating buzz in the industry. We also included companies that had previously reached out to us, asking to be evaluated.
In the end, we whittled down a starting list of 60 companies, and ended up fully evaluating about 35 different samples. Then, we scored each one in these five main categories:
- Product quality and value
- User experience
- Customer service
- Transparency and accuracy
We want to make sure that our rankings are as relevant as possible, for as many different people as possible. That’s why we incorporated feedback from our readers into our scoring metrics this year.
Want to get a peek behind the ranking?
Click on the sections below to get more information about what data went into each category.
Product Quality and Value
- Quality: What are the ingredients in this oil?
- Sourcing: Where does the hemp come from?
- Value: What is the price per milligram of CBD?
- Flavor: Can I stand to take this regularly?
We’ve also updated the way we award points for flavor in this ranking, to account for the increased bitterness that is typical of higher-potency full spectrum products.
We also checked to see how easy it is to find important information, from shipping and return policies to the ingredient lists for each product.
In addition to using secret-shopper-style research to see how each company’s customer service measured up, we also checked to see how consumer-friendly their policies are. For example, we looked at:
- Shipping policies
- Return policies and satisfaction guarantees
- Assistance programs
- Loyalty or rewards programs
Among the top brands, the quality of their customer service was often the deciding factor that determined a higher score.
We also looked at how each company interacts with customers. Do they respond professionally to critical reviews?
Transparency and accuracy
This is also where those third-party lab results came in. We compared our lab’s analysis to the CBD quantity listed on each product’s label. And where companies made their own lab results public, we looked at how extensive, up-to-date, and easy to find their lab results were.
It was important to us to eliminate bias as much as possible, so we used a blind testing process to evaluate the products for taste, aroma, texture, and appearance.
Most importantly, we sent samples of each product to a third-party lab for CBD and THC potency tests. While some variation is to be expected, no products that tested more than 10 percent below the advertised amount of CBD are included in this ranking.
|Company||Products||ppmg CBD||size||mg CBD|
|Lazarus Naturals||High Potency Oral Tincture Blood Orange||$0.04||60||3000|
|Plus CBD Oil||Extra Strength Gold Formula Peppermint||$0.06||60||750|
|CBDistillery||CBDrop Full Spectrum Oil||$0.06||30||2500|
|Head + Heal||CBD Oil||$0.06||30||1200|
|Mission Farms CBD||All varieties||$0.10||30||1000|
|Bluebird Botanicals||Hemp Classic||$0.10||30||250|
|Pure Spectrum||XL Hemp Oil||$0.10||30||1250|
|Oilly CBD||Natural Flavor||$0.10||30||1000|
|RE Botanicals||Hemp 25||$0.11||30||750|
|Fab||Premium CBD Oil Drops – Natural||$0.11||30||1200|
|Joy Organics||Summer Lemon||$0.12||30||500|
|Hoboken Hemp||Full Spectrum CBD Hemp Oil||$0.12||30||500|
|Pure Kind Botanicals||Wellness Nectar||$0.13||30||750|
|Press Pause Project||Hemp Oil||$0.14||30||500|
|Green Gorilla||Hemp and Olive CBD Oil||$0.14||60||600|
|Charlotte’s Web||Extra Strength Hemp Extract Oil||$0.15||30||500|
|Populum||Full Spectrum Hemp Oil||$0.20||30||500|
|4 Corners Cannabis||Oral Tincture||$0.20||30||1000|
If getting the full entourage effect is important to you, or if you’re trying to avoid THC, cannabinoid potency should be a big part of your decision-making process. These are the results of our third-party lab’s analysis of each sample.
|Company||CBD %||CBD mg/g||Δ9-THC %||Δ9-THC mg/g||Other Cannabinoids|
|CBDistillery||8.5||84.6||0.3||3||Δ8-THC, CBDa, CBDV, CBN, CBC, CBG|
|EsseCann||7.6||75.6||0.2||1.7||CBDV, CBC, CBG|
|NuLeaf||5.3||52.5||0.2||1.7||Δ8-THC, CBDa, CBDV, CBC, CBG|
|Head + Heal||4.8||47.6||0.2||1.8||CBDV, CBC, CBG|
|Fab||4.1||41.3||0.2||1.5||Δ8-THC, CBDV, CBC, CBG|
|4 Corners Cannabis||3.8||37.9||0.1||1||Δ8-THC, CBDa, CBDV, CBC, CBG|
|Mission Farms||3.3||32.7||0.1||1.2||CBDV, CBC, CBG|
|Pure Kind Botanicals||2.8||28||0.1||0.8||CBDV, CBC, CBG|
|RE Botanicals||2.6||26.1||0.1||0.7||CBDV, CBC, CBG|
|Charlotte’s Web||2.1||21.4||0.1||0.6||CBDa, CBC, CBG|
|Populum||1.9||18.5||0.2||1.7||THCa, CBDV, CBC, CBG|
|Press Pause Project||1.8||18.2||0||0.5||CBDV, CBC, CBG|
|Plus CBD Oil||1.2||12.5||0||0.2||CBDV, CBC|
|Bluebird Botanicals||0.9||8.7||0||0.2||CBDa, CBDV, CBN, CBC, CBG|