It’s champagne wishes and CBD dreams for this Beverly Hills company. Mr. Pink CBD is the first vendor we’ve seen to go with the celebrity angle, and we’ve never seen a company in the CBD oil space with this kind of star power. That power comes from the Mr. Pink brand that took LA by storm a few years ago, and we have to say, we like most of what we see here, especially their eco-conscious practices.
Sera Labs wins big time when it comes to our methodology. This focused CBD brand sources organic USA hemp and processes it cleanly. They’ve got all the third-party safety tests we look for; they’re innovative, and they go above and beyond in the charity department. We have a bone to pick about their CBD skincare with supposedly ‘100% natural ingredients’, but other than that, Sera Labs is clearly a five-star champ.
CBDO is based out of the U.K. and offers a limited line of CBD products sourced from Slovenian hemp. Considered veterans in the industry, they’ve been around since 2013, practically ancient times in the CBD biz. While they’re certified-organic CBD oil (an easier certification to come by in Europe) and clean ingredients are great pluses, there’s not really much to write home about here. We recognize CBDO’s level of quality, but with such a longstanding operation, we’re shocked they don’t offer more variety.
According to our methodology, the Bare Roots brand is lacking in most departments. That being said, they don’t necessarily give off any red flags; it seems like they simply need to do a better job of covering their bases. A big plus — their CBD oil product line contains only all-natural ingredients, a feat that’s becoming less and less common these days. We think that with a few improvements, Bare Roots could become a vendor we can get behind.
EMPE USA provides a broad selection of CBD offerings, including a whopping 16 options of CBD gummies. The brand claims their products come from hemp that is grown and harvested in the USA and are manufactured domestically, but we don’t know their extraction method. While EMPE USA provides cannabinoid profiles for each SKU, they don’t provide tests for contaminants and are in need of some work to rank higher with our methodology.
Tokn is certainly not one of the ‘token’ CBD vendors with an array of products and a website full of information. Instead, this small company grows a few strains of CBD hemp flower on their little farm in Oregon and offers them just as they are to the world. No nonsense, no sophisticated branding or packaging, just premium hemp flower grown with care. They do make delicious CBD teas and pre-rolls, but that is the extent of their small product line. There’s something to be said for these smaller vendors that don’t offer a lot by way of variety but get it right where it counts.
The Heady Harvest brand doesn’t feel like, well, a brand. This Australian CBD vendor provides shockingly little information about the processes behind their products, they lack a cohesive look/message/feel, and we’re skeptical about their claims of vapor extraction, a process currently being utilized by very few. We found some high-quality products, like their organic CBD lollipops and all-natural coconut CBD lotion, but according to our methodology, Heady Harvest will need more than that.
Transdermal CBD patches were huge when they first came on the scene — controlled release, discreet delivery, and a jump in bioavailability among the benefits. The Good Patch has taken CBD patches to the next level by adding other botanicals for synergistic effects that cater to a bad hangover (that patch is pumped with B vitamins) or even a bad breakup (the Be Calm patch has added menthol). We tip our hats to folks at The Good Patch for their innovative transdermal formulas; we just wish they’d adopt sounder testing protocols for their CBD.
Arizona-based Healing Resources starts out strong, with a trio of admirable guiding principles placed right up front. But the company does little to follow-up on their noble ethos—at least, from what we can see on their website, with many finer details and third-party lab test results both absent. We do, however, applaud them for a trait that didn’t make the top three: Charity. The company offers a generous discount to military members, which is always great to see.
Secret Nature offers consumers a way to go ‘beyond the high’ by offering smokable, vapable, and edible full spectrum CBD. Blaze their premium hemp flowers by purchasing them on their own and in pre-rolled joints, or bask in the glory of their CBD tincture with a proprietary formula we consider A+. This brand doesn’t have a lot of the strategic branding or optimized content of the bigger names, but they practice sustainability and offer an all-natural and sleek product line. Although they have the makings of an elite CBD vendor, they need to streamline their testing protocols (which the company claims to be in the process of doing).