We get it. Picking out a CBD product can be hard. Whether you’re interested in trying CBD for pain relief, better sleep, or maybe for an overall sense of balance and well-being, the sheer amount of CBD choices can be overwhelming. It can be even harder to choose a product when you don’t know which products are high quality and safe to use. The Smart Healthy Remedies team uses a rating system that identifies the highest quality CBD products. See our rating criteria below.
We know its hard to beat a rock bottom price when you see it, but when it comes to CBD, you get what you pay for. A higher priced product generally indicates the product was grown organically and manufactured in the US, and that a more expensive extraction method was used. A higher end extraction method, such as CO2 extraction, will keep the product free of harmful solvents like ethanol, which is frequently used to extract CBD because it’s a much cheaper process. The CO2 extraction equipment is far more expensive, potentially driving up the consumer price, but keeps the CBD completely pure and preserves the product potency. Maintaining the product’s purity is especially important because CBD interacts with your body by entering your bloodstream, so it is vital that the product is free of pesticides, solvents, bacteria, or contaminants so that you may consume it safely.
CBD Amount per Bottle
We also look at CBD amount to make sure the concentration of CBD correlates to the price. The lower the CBD amount, the lower the price should be and vice versa. Because we believe price is directly indicative of quality, we generally look for products that are on the higher end of CBD content and priced accordingly to the market value, while also taking into account the company’s reputation. If the product comes from a reputable company with many positive reviews, a higher price is usually justifiable and indicative of the higher CBD content and quality of the product.
We’ve given each product a letter grade so you can easily see which products score the highest.
Grown in USA
“Grown in the USA” is the quality standard by which we rate the products. Hemp grown abroad is largely unregulated and it is unknown if harmful pesticides or chemicals were used in the growing or extraction process.
As stated above, the CO2 method of extraction is the preferred method to extract CBD because it maintains product quality and purity, and does not use volatile chemicals in the process or leave residual solvents.
Third Party Lab Verified
We strongly believe that all CBD products should be backed by a third party lab report that indicates the levels of cannabinoids present, and if the product has tested negative for pesticides and other harmful contaminants.
Natural Endocannabinoid System Boosters Beyond CBD
This is a new category that we’ve added after learning that there are ways to significantly increase the performance of CBD. CBD works by interacting with your body’s endocannabinoid system to restore homeostasis, or balance to the body. We’ve recently discovered some innovative approaches that certain companies are taking to increase CBD’s effectiveness and its ability to support the body’s endocannabinoid system. We believe this is the next generation of products, and the company’s with the most innovative formulas will win out above the rest.