CBD Hacker evaluated 22 CBD oil brands to create our list of the 15 Best CBD Oil Drops for 2018. Using third-party lab results, blind product tasting, and secret-shopper style research, each product received a score for five categories:
- Website user experience
- Customer service
- Purchase and shipping
- Product taste and quality
Wondering about the numbers behind our final scores? Here’s a look behind the curtain.
Behind the CBD Oil Ranking
The Good Lab, an independent lab based in Colorado, has a great breakdown of how to calculate a product’s potency in milligrams per milliliter.
Basically, you need to know the potency percentage, density of the suspension, and volume of the liquid.
We got the percentage from our third-party lab tests, and we looked at the ingredient list for each product to find the density. The volume of the liquid was the easiest part of the calculation—it’s right there on the label.
We compared our potency results to the potency each company advertised for the product. If they didn’t specifically say how many milligrams per milliliter of CBD were in the product, we simply divided the total amount on the label by the volume of the product. For example, if the label says that there are 300 milligrams of CBD in a 30 mL bottle, that means that there should be 10 mg of CBD per mL.
In our scoring, the penalty for containing too little CBD was more harsh than the penalty for containing too much, and products that had a potency difference of -15% or more (after rounding to the nearest whole number) were disqualified from the ranking. In this case, the products that were eliminated were:
- CBD Drip’s RIX MIX 1500
- Imbue’s Elevate*
- Koi Naturals 3000*
|Company||mg/mL (Labeled)||mg/mL (Lab Results)||Difference|
|Pure Hemp Botanicals||100||117.76||+17.76%|
*Note: both Koi and Imbue have disputed the lab’s results. We’re looking into it and will update this page with our findings.
We know that price is one of the most important variables for CBD consumers, but it can be hard to figure out which CBD oils offer the best value. Products come in so many different sizes and potency options that comparison shopping can really feel overwhelming.
That’s why we decided to make our comparison table available. Keep in mind that, when a company offers a range of potency options, the price per mg of CBD tends to go down with higher potency. Not every product was the highest potency available, so these might not all be the best deals. And take note that we used the regular list price for each product—you might find a great sale. Our price calculator is a great tool for comparing two different products to see which sticker amount breaks down to be a better value.
|Company||Product||Size||Strength||Price per mg CBD|
|Lazarus Naturals||Flavorless High Potency Tincture||60 mL||3000 mg||$0.04|
|CBDistillery||Full Spectrum Tincture||30 mL||5000 mg||$0.05|
|Bluebird Botanicals||Hemp Classic 6X||30 mL||1500 mg||$0.07|
|Koi||Koi Naturals||60 mL||3000 mg||$0.08|
|Pure Hemp Botanicals||Pure CBD Oil Full Spectrum Tincture||30 mL||3000 mg||$0.09|
|Green Gorillla||Hemp & Olive CBD Oil||60 mL||3000 mg||$0.09|
|Receptra Naturals||Receptra Health and Wellness||30 mL||1500 mg||$0.09|
|Charlotte's Web||Hemp Extract Advanced||30 mL||1500 mg||$0.10|
|Canna||Anxiety||30 mL||400 mg||$0.10|
|CBD Drip||RIX MIX||30 mL||1500 mg||$0.10|
|Kat's Naturals||Heal||30 mL||1500 mg||$0.11|
|Palmetto Harmony||Full Spectrum Hemp Oil||100 mL||2000 mg||$0.11|
|Nuleaf||Full Spectrum CBD Oil, High Grade Hemp Extract||30 mL||1450 mg||$0.12|
|Green Roads||CBD Oil||30 mL||1500 mg||$0.13|
|Hemplucid||Hemplucid MCT||30 mL||1500 mg||$0.13|
|Pure Spectrum||Hemp Oil Tincture||30 mL||500 mg||$0.15|
|Medical Mary||Daily CBD||60 mL||500 mg||$0.16|
|PlusCBD||CBD Oil Drops (Gold)||30 mL||250 mg||$0.17|
|4 Corners||Oral Tincture||30 mL||1000 mg||$0.20|
|Fab||Premium CBD Oil Drops||30 mL||300 mg||$0.20|
|Populum||Premium Hemp Oil||30 mL||1000 mg||$0.20|
|Im•bue||Im•bue Elevated||30 mL||250 mg||$0.27|
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