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 cannabidiol. But the industry’s lack of transparency makes it difficult to find the best CBD oil drops for you, especially if it’s your first time shopping for CBD.
We’re here to remove the guesswork and trial and error from purchasing pure CBD oil. Our updated and expanded ranking of the top CBD oils includes the latest information and new, up-and-coming CBD brands.
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.
Ready to learn more? Read on to find the CBD oil drops that are right for you
September 2019 Editor’s Choice
Every month, our team selects a few standout brands to highlight before we get into the full ranking. This month, we decided to feature the well-rounded brands that landed at the very top of the list. We did the research and crunched the numbers, and these five brands were the all-around best of the best:
Best CBD Oils for 2019
Keep reading to learn more about our scoring process, or skip to the full ranking to get the full reviews of all twenty brands.
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!
So, what sets this ranking apart from all of the other CBD oil reviews out there?
Well, our rigorous testing process is designed to make our rankings as fair and unbiased as possible. Here’s how it works:
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 CBD oil reviews 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.
Product Quality and Value
As always, the product category carried the greatest weight in our final scores. That’s because it included some of the most important questions for consumers:
- Quality: What are the ingredients in this oil? What extraction methods did they use?
- Sourcing: Where does the hemp come from? Was it grown organically to ensure that it is free of pesticides and heavy metals?
- Value: What is the price per milligram of CBD?
- Flavor: Can I stand to take this regularly?
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. Every sample was decanted into an identical container labeled only by number.
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.
A company could be offering the best product out there. But if the webstore crashes every time you try to make a purchase, then it doesn’t do you any good. That’s why we closely evaluated each company’s website for performance, design, and accessibility.
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.
We only want to recommend companies that stand by their customers. If you have a question or a problem with your CBD product, you should be able to count on quick, friendly, and knowledgeable customer care.
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.
For the reputation category, we looked at each company’s track record. We scoured the web for reviews to see what customers have been saying over time.
We also looked for any red flags, like negative media coverage or patterns in customer complaints.
Finally, we investigated how each company interacts with customers. Do they respond professionally to critical reviews?
Transparency and accuracy
Finally, in an industry that essentially regulates itself, transparency is massively important to building trust for consumers. For this category, we looked at the types of information that each company was willing to share. For example, we asked:
- Can you see who owns or manages the company?
- Is the company forthcoming about where the hemp comes from?
- How much will they share about their manufacturing methods they use?
- Do they post up-to-date third-party lab results?
- What kinds of things do they test for?
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.
We compared our lab’s analysis to the CBD quantity listed on each product’s label. And where companies made their own lab testing public, we looked at how extensive, up-to-date, and easy-to-find their lab results were.
Value: CBD Oil Price Comparison
We know that the cost of CBD oil is a major concern for most consumers. But it’s not easy to do a side-by-side comparison of the real value of the top brands. That’s because the varied potencies and bottle sizes of different products mean that the price tag isn’t necessarily the best indication of the value you’re getting.
To help you find the best CBD oil values, this table that compares the cost per milligram of CBD in each product, so that you’ll know exactly what you’re paying for your CBD.
|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|
CBD Oil Potency: Cannabinoid Profile Comparison
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|