When it comes to organic, home-grown CBD, Appalachian Standard certainly sets the bar high. Hailing from the mountains near Asheville, North Carolina, this family and veteran-owned CBD merchant clearly knows a thing or two about cultivating sustainable hemp. They rotate crops through greenhouse, indoor, and field environments to keep the soil healthy and their customers happy all year long. If they can rev up their testing protocols, we’d be even more on board.
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.
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.
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).
‘Endo’ stands for the endocannabinoid system, and the ‘coast’ idea is based on the team’s interpretation of the word. Rather than use it as a way to mean ‘slacking off’ or ‘getting by’, EndoCoast believes coasting is what you should be able to do in rough seas — with the help of full-spectrum CBD oil, of course. The brand checks all our boxes and joins our elite five-badge earners. Aka, they get a perfect score from us!
Ocanna wants you to say hello to a healthier life. This confident brand proclaims themselves ‘America’s #1 Premium CBD Brand’ with quality expected options like CBD gummies, tinctures, and topicals. The brand exclusively uses full spectrum cannabidiol in their formulations, but they are late to the game by failing to post third-party test results for potency and safety. We like the company culture and mission, but we’re a bit irked by another unsubstantiated organic claim.
Relief Brand isn’t like the CBD vendors we see everyday. Sure, they don’t boast anything particularly different, but they’re not your average Joe either. For example, they skip the basic topicals like CBD salve and instead offer specialized serums. And their ingredients are all natural across the board. Imagine that! They also have an awesome nano CBD water that’s pretty affordable compared across the industry (probably why it’s difficult for Relief Brand to keep it in stock). Check out the goods.
‘Nirvana is hard to attain, but Velobar comes close.’ Now THAT’S a brand that’s totally confident in their product! We can see why. Velobar CBD crafts protein bars from organic ingredients; they’re vegan, gluten free, non-GMO, and they pack 20 mg of CBD in each bar. But perhaps the most intriguing aspect of their product is the origin of their CBD — no hemp involved. Velobar CBD is one of the first brands to utilize a new, totally renewable source of cannabidiol that’s going to shake up the industry.