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.
Elite Botanicals is perhaps the biggest and best hemp CBD source in the industry, partnering with the most trusted CBD leaders in the space. Boasting organic, US-produced, clinically-tested, full-spectrum high CBD hemp oil, Elite Botanicals (through their website at PureAmericanHemp.com) offers consistent quality and peace of mind for those interested in wholesale purchasing or producing their own CBD products or via co-branding.
Although Green Gorilla claims to use organic, non-GMO hemp in their products, they are not pulling the wool over our eyes. The front page reeks of obsession with money, and even includes a completely unrelated ‘Forbes’ graphic (just in case it is unclear to the reader what their motives are). Failing to discuss anything about the safety of their products, they instead fall back on hyped-up talk of their ‘high polyphenol olive oil’ and why that sets them apart. Let us be frank – we do not recommend wasting any hard earned cash with this profit-centered business.
With a combination of a unique, proprietary hemp cultivar, published scientific data comparing the competition with their products, and various sound business practices, Hygia Nutrients stands at the forefront of our minds when we think of innovative and exciting CBD companies. Although no CoAs are available for viewing by the public, we are confident that with their excellent team of brilliant scientists, they will be able to make this a reality — subsequently putting our troubled minds to rest.