After years on Wall Street, TreatWell’s founder contracted meningitis and lapsed into a coma, and CBDs helped save his life. TreatWell is his attempt to share cannabinoid therapy with the masses. Unfortunately, for now, one must reside in California to try these 2016 Emerald Cup-winning products. Perhaps the most notable items offered by TreatWell are the THCa and CBDa tinctures, which claim to treat a specific set of illnesses more effectively than CBD alone. If TreatWell were to publish CoAs proving their laboratory testing, they might just find a top spot on our list.
Anybody who’s visited a medical marijuana dispensary in California has come across Kiva’s artisan cannabis-infused chocolate bars. They’ve garnered multiple awards for their attention to detail and quality control, and rightly so. This dedication at each step of the process is what differentiates a good vendor from a great one. The only nuance is the lack of published Certificates of Analysis, but we are hopeful that they are available upon request (as they do claim to perform such tests). As such, Kiva is really more of a 4.5 as opposed a 4.
As the product offerings are very generic, it is hard not to lose focus and notice several mistakes littered around Holy Grail’s site. At the risk of sounding mean, we feel embarrassed for this business due to their statement that “CBD is an acronym for cannabidiol.” After reading this tragic grammatical failure, we picked up on quite a few other wording quirks on the site that do anything but make us feel like the folks at Holy Grail are conscious and intentional people. The overall vibe is that the site was quickly and carelessly thrown together to cash in on the CBD craze. We don’t have any substantial evidence that Holy Grail is running a shady operation, but as they say, the proof is in the pudding.
Considering that “Organabus” almost has the word “organic” in their company name, one would expect to see more than a simple “organic” claim and something about quality controls, product safety, even detailed product descriptions and/or ingredients. The lack of company transparency and safety information warrants cautious consumption from our point of view.
We’d like to think that CBD companies wouldn’t be deliberately offensive, but the photo on the Noontide Herbal Elixirs homepage of a giant styrofoam soda cup next to one of their CBD products (see below) leaves us feeling very uncomfortable. We’re uncertain whether they are consciously trying to deliver a particular message, or simply have what some may consider poor taste. Regardless, the lack of safety information and lack of product/company transparency stood out even more to us.
In this instance, we may not even need sixty seconds to communicate the entirety of Pura Vida’s offerings. They discuss the nutrient profile of their CBD products extensively, but overall their site has an underdeveloped feel. It seems they are passionate about the healing properties of hemp, but fall short of the mark by failing to publish documentation that may provide solid evidence for their claims. Regardless, purchases are unavailable to those residing in the US and Canada, so any visits to Pura Vida remain a sight-seeing experience for most.
Julian Marley carries on his father’s legacy with his cannabis company, JuJu Royal. Although the primary focus is on promoting THC-rich marijuana strains, they do offer hemp CBD products that appear aimed at recreational users. Although there’s not necessarily anything wrong with JuJu Royal (other than the lack of testing data), there is also nothing that stands out and inspires us beyond the family name, which is likely to be more than enough for many.
Smart Organics’ products are more than your basic CBD fare. While they do offer hemp oils, salves, and tinctures (including a CBD + terpenes oil), they also feature a curated variety of synergistic supplements and functional foods, too. We wish they had some proof of product safety for consumers, but otherwise Smart Organics appear to have all the hallmarks of a solid supplement company.
We love Populum’s expressed commitment to “quality first.” Populum performs laboratory testing on their source material, falling just a hair shy of receiving the rarely-awarded safety badge (we require individual, up-to-date, third-party product CoAs), although they do offer a quality certification by a PhD. Populum’s 30-day money back guarantee takes all the uncertainty out of the purchasing process – this really is a 3 ½ star review, would that we awarded half-stars. Nevertheless, we recommend Populum wholeheartedly.
Sustainability is the name of the game for this Austria-based EU-only CBD vendor, as they use every part of the hemp plant during processing. Leaves turn into teas; seeds and nuts become oils and protein; and the lower parts serve as building blocks for textiles, fertilizers, and building materials. We did not find any CoAs, so we must remain neutral in our opinion of MEDIHEMP and its parent company, the Deep Nature Project.