5 BEST'CBD'BRANDS OF 2020

5 BEST'CBD'BRANDS OF 2020

We sifted through hundreds of products in examining top-sellingCBD'brands, whittling them down to the ones worth a closer look. Here are the names we think should be lining your shelves.

If it seems like cannabidiol (CBD'for short) is everywhere, you’re not wrong. Derived from the hemp plant,CBD'has been touted to possess a host of health- and beauty-boosting benefits, from reducing stress and anxiety to promoting better sleep to relieving pain and inflammation. And while it is an essential component of marijuana,CBD'doesn’t deliver a “high,” unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), marijuana’s primary active component, which does.

But with so manyCBD'products out there, finding the right ones can be difficult. Some contain low-quality, less effective forms of hemp oil; others contain small amounts of THC. And there are brands that remain murky on their manufacturing and testing processes. The trick is selecting products with broad-spectrum, phytocannabinoid-rich (PCR)CBD'oil and no THC, that are also tested for purity and shown to be free of solvents, pesticides and herbicides. Our researchers and testers have already done that work for you.

Our team of researchers and testers tried over a hundred products from popularCBD'brands to find the best cannabidiol-infused oils, gummies, topicals and other products on the market. They carefully examined claims and manufacturing practices and considered quality, price, value and transparency on data and testing results. These 7 BestCBD'brands stood out.

(4.7)
Cure-gan ics
#2
(4)
Green Roads
#3
(3.8)
Charlotte’s Web
#4
(3.7)
RoyalCBD
#5
(3.6)
PureKana
#6
(3.4)
NuLeaf Naturals
#7

Pros

  • Products created using preferred CO2 extraction methods
  • Offers both full-spectrum (low THC) and broad-spectrum options (no THC)
  • Company provides high degree of transparency and a comprehensive list of FAQs
  • Third-party lab testing on all products
  • Wide variety of products for people and pets
  • Certified vegan and Kosher, Cruelty-free, Non-GMO
  • Organically grown
  • Full 30-day money-back guarantee

Overall Rating :
98%

  • Ingredients Efficacy : 9.7/10
  • Expert's Rate : 9.9/10
  • Customer Review's Rate (1578 Votes): 9.8/10

The CBD products offered by MedAims as well as the company itself earned high marks from researchers and testers across the board. MedAims was one of the only brands tested to offer a full range of both full-spectrum and broad-spectrum products. All of its CBD products are made from hemp grown naturally outdoors—no greenhouses—that yield a 100-strain strong, organic, non-GMO crop that provide benefits other brands’ products do not. And while some do contain trace amounts of THC, as full-spectrum hemp products do, they are always under the legal limit of 0.3%. The company’s broad-spectrum products are THC-free.

MedAims offers an impressively wide variety of high-purity options, including tinctures, salves, balms and lotions; softgels; vape juices; gummies and mints; and even products for animals. Its full-spectrum and broad-spectrum (0.0% THC) 8,000 mg CBD oil extracts, available in three flavors, are a standout, as are body care products like the CBD Cooling Peppermint Rub and CBD Body Lotion, and skin care such as CBD Face Cream and CBD Acne Cream.

MedAims products are created using high-quality CO2 extraction methods and are checked for purity and efficacy using in-house and third-party testing. We also gave the company kudos for its laudably transparent and informative website, risk-free product trials and top-notch customer service. Overall, MedAims products provide great value at competitive prices that address a broad range of needs.

Cons

  • High demand for bestsellers may lead to frequent out-of-stock issues

Pros

  • Products created using preferred CO2 extraction methods
  • Offers both full-spectrum (low THC) and broad-spectrum options (no THC)
  • Company provides high degree of transparency and a comprehensive list of FAQs
  • Third-party lab testing on all products
  • Wide variety of products for people and pets
  • Certified vegan and Kosher, Cruelty-free, Non-GMO
  • Organically grown
  • Full 30-day money-back guarantee

Cons

  • High demand for bestsellers may lead to frequent out-of-stock issues


Pros

  • Contains 0.0% THC
  • Made with broad-spectrum, premium phytocannabinoid-rich (PCR) hemp oil
  • Advanced nano-emulsion technology yields superior bioavailability and absorption
  • Produced using high-quality CO2 and ethanol extraction methods
  • Third-party lab testing on all products lab results available on website
  • Organic compliant and Kosher certified
  • Manufactured in the U.S.; Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Compliant
  • 100% 30-day money-back guarantee
  • Good value; competitive pricing
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#2

Cure-gan ics

Overall Rating :
96%

  • Ingredients Efficacy : 9.8/10
  • Expert's Rate : 9.6/10
  • Customer Review's Rate (1253 Votes): 9.4/10

Researchers and testers were happy to see that Cure-gan ics products do not contain THC. In fact, they come from the one of the only manufacturers in the world to make products with 0.0 percent THC, an impressive claim. The company uses a leading liquid chromatography method to ensure the absence of THC, a process that also removes unwanted contaminants affecting product purity, including pesticides, herbicides and solvents.

With a variety of PCR hemp oil products, Cure-gan ics offers something for almost everyone (and their pets). And because it’s formulated with cutting-edge nano-enhanced absorption technology, it leads to a larger surface area of hemp oil droplets and therefore, optimal absorption.

The Cure-gan ics website also provides a long list of FAQs—a particularly helpful resource for people new to CBD—and we appreciate the company’s transparency about its ingredients, practices and testing results.

Cons

  • Limited product offerings as compared to some other brands tested
  • Can sometimes be out of stock due to demand

Pros

  • Contains 0.0% THC
  • Made with broad-spectrum, premium phytocannabinoid-rich (PCR) hemp oil
  • Advanced nano-emulsion technology yields superior bioavailability and absorption
  • Produced using high-quality CO2 and ethanol extraction methods
  • Third-party lab testing on all products lab results available on website
  • Organic compliant and Kosher certified
  • Manufactured in the U.S.; Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Compliant
  • 100% 30-day money-back guarantee
  • Good value; competitive pricing

Cons

  • Limited product offerings as compared to some other brands tested
  • Can sometimes be out of stock due to demand


Pros

  • Award-winning CBD line created by a pharmacist
  • Non-GMO
  • Manufactured with hemp grown on U.S. farms
  • Broad range of products, including for pets and spa
  • Third-party lab testing on all products
  • Easy access to product lab sheets online and via product packaging
  • The brand’s popularity makes it easy to find at physician’s offices, wellness facilities and health stores
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#3

Green Roads

Overall Rating :
86%

  • Ingredients Efficacy : 8.7/10
  • Expert's Rate : 8.5/10
  • Customer Review's Rate (792 Votes): 8.6/10

A well-known CBD company founded by a pharmacist, Green Roads products include full- and broad-spectrum oils of varied strengths, pet products, and indulgent spa treats. Users can readily find product lab sheets on its website and third-party test results by scanning QR codes on packaging, a big plus for many on the testing team, and the company also breaks down usage information for each product so that it’s easy to understand. The available Beginner’s Bundle is a great way for those new to CBD use to get started.

However, Green Roads’ proprietary formulations impact its transparency: The company does not provide specifics about its extraction processes and certifications, making it hard for users to understand exactly how its products are made. We also weren’t able to easily find information on phytocannabinoid-rich (PCR) hemp oil, a key feature we look for in CBD products.

Cons

  • Produced without phytocannabinoid-rich (PCR) hemp oil
  • Critical, comprehensive information about its extraction and formulation processes not available

Pros

  • Award-winning CBD line created by a pharmacist
  • Non-GMO
  • Manufactured with hemp grown on U.S. farms
  • Broad range of products, including for pets and spa
  • Third-party lab testing on all products
  • Easy access to product lab sheets online and via product packaging
  • The brand’s popularity makes it easy to find at physician’s offices, wellness facilities and health stores

Cons

  • Produced without phytocannabinoid-rich (PCR) hemp oil
  • Critical, comprehensive information about its extraction and formulation processes not available


Pros

  • Wide variety of products for people and pets
  • Products made from organically grown hemp
  • Non-GMO
  • U.S. Hemp Authority certified
  • 30-day satisfaction guarantee
  • Good value; competitive pricing
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#4

Charlotte’s Web

Overall Rating :
84%

  • Ingredients Efficacy : 8.5/10
  • Expert's Rate : 8.6/10
  • Customer Review's Rate (374 Votes): 8.1/10

With the widest range of products and thoughtfully curated product bundles available, Charlotte’s Web is a one-stop shop for CBD enthusiasts. Oils, capsules, gummies, topicals and pet products—it’s all there. The THC-free isolate is a bestseller and with good reason: Our researchers and testers loved its customizable usage.

Information on the company’s proprietary formulations—which are touted as using whole-plant extracts that include a variety of beneficial compounds, including phytocannabinoids, terpenes (naturally occurring aromatic oils), flavonoids, and essential fatty acids—are available on its site. However, it isn’t as readily available and clearly explained as we’d like; the same holds true for its manufacturing processes. There’s no mention of third-party testing either. And while Charlotte’s Web products are not currently certified organic, the company claims that all pesticides, mildewcides and herbicides used on its hemp plants are.

Cons

  • Lack of third-party testing and results
  • Limited information on the company’s certifications and manufacturing processes

Pros

  • Wide variety of products for people and pets
  • Products made from organically grown hemp
  • Non-GMO
  • U.S. Hemp Authority certified
  • 30-day satisfaction guarantee
  • Good value; competitive pricing

Cons

  • Lack of third-party testing and results
  • Limited information on the company’s certifications and manufacturing processes


Pros

  • Full- and broad-spectrum products available
  • Products made with organically and sustainably grown and harvested hemp
  • User satisfaction guaranteed
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#5

RoyalCBD

Overall Rating :
80%

  • Ingredients Efficacy : 8.1/10
  • Expert's Rate : 8.2/10
  • Customer Review's Rate (1022 Votes): 7.7/10

Royal CBD creates its products using organically and sustainably grown hemp from local sources—something that appealed to many of our researchers and testers—that’s rich in cannabinoids and terpenes. Products fall below the standard .3% THC level and are made with state-of-the-art supercritical CO2 extraction techniques. The company also offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee and offers a robust customer rewards program.

Product options are somewhat limited, though they do include oils, topicals and dog treats and are competitively priced. Third-party lab tests are available, but only upon request.

Cons

  • Critical, comprehensive information about its extraction and formulation processes not readily available
  • Third-party lab test results available by request only
  • Limited product offerings

Pros

  • Full- and broad-spectrum products available
  • Products made with organically and sustainably grown and harvested hemp
  • User satisfaction guaranteed

Cons

  • Critical, comprehensive information about its extraction and formulation processes not readily available
  • Third-party lab test results available by request only
  • Limited product offerings


Pros

  • Lots of product options, including oils, gummies and bath products
  • Harvested organically from Kentucky farms
  • Full 30-day refund policy
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#6

PureKana

Overall Rating :
77%

  • Ingredients Efficacy : 7.8/10
  • Expert's Rate : 8.0/10
  • Customer Review's Rate (603 Votes): 7.3/10

PureKana’s vanilla-, citrus- and mint-flavored oils were a draw for researchers and testers who appreciate a more sweetly palatable CBD experience. The team also enjoyed assessing the brand’s broad assortment of products, which includes dog treats, bath bombs, vapes and more.

Not as sweet is PureKana’s lack of information regarding its manufacturing processes. The company claims to use a solvent-free CO2 extraction, but provides no details beyond that.

Cons

  • Products contain trace amounts of THC
  • Critical, comprehensive information about its extraction and formulation processes not readily available

Pros

  • Lots of product options, including oils, gummies and bath products
  • Harvested organically from Kentucky farms
  • Full 30-day refund policy

Cons

  • Products contain trace amounts of THC
  • Critical, comprehensive information about its extraction and formulation processes not readily available


Pros

  • Made from organic, full-spectrum hemp
  • Plants grown on licensed Colorado farms using sustainable farming practices
  • Company provides access to third-party laboratory testing results online
  • Free shipping on domestic orders
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#7

NuLeaf Naturals

Overall Rating :
68%

  • Ingredients Efficacy : 7.8/10
  • Expert's Rate : 7.4/10
  • Customer Review's Rate (588 Votes): 7.3/10

NuLeaf Naturals is committed to quality in their products, verifying everything by third-party labs, and products are produced using a traditional CO2 extraction method to maintain purity. The company’s CBD oils contain USDA-certified organic hemp oil with a full spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes. They contain trace amounts of THC.

The absence of detailed information on product concentration, dosage and application on NuLeaf’s website, however, was a disappointment for many researchers and testers; the company’s extremely limited product offerings—just two oils (one for people, one for pets) and no gummies, softgels or topicals—was also deemed a negative, as was the high product pricing.

Cons

  • Company does not provide information about THC percentages in its products
  • Not advertised as phytocannabinoid-rich (PCR) hemp oil
  • Options limited to oils only
  • Price may be prohibitive for some users

Pros

  • Made from organic, full-spectrum hemp
  • Plants grown on licensed Colorado farms using sustainable farming practices
  • Company provides access to third-party laboratory testing results online
  • Free shipping on domestic orders

Cons

  • Company does not provide information about THC percentages in its products
  • Not advertised as phytocannabinoid-rich (PCR) hemp oil
  • Options limited to oils only
  • Price may be prohibitive for some users