We like cbdMD for a number of reasons: first, their starting hemp material is domestically sourced and grown under organic conditions in two US states: Colorado and Kentucky. These two states have the strongest hemp cultivation programs in the country to date and, consequently, produce some of the highest-quality industrial hemp available on the market.
This is important because hemp has a tendency to absorb problematic compounds from the soil it’s grown in, like heavy metals and pesticides, that could contaminate the finished product. While farms in Asia and Europe are commonly used to grow industrial hemp for CBD products, farming practices in these countries are different than in the US.
In these countries, it is common practice to use hemp to facilitate crop rotation and refresh the soil in between crops. This helps to enrich the soil for the next crop but, according to a study accepted by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, hemp can extract heavy metals from the soil more strongly than other crops. In layman’s terms, this means that the heavy metals in the soil can inadvertently end up in the CBD extract made from these plants — not good, especially for health-conscious consumers.
By contrast, cbdMD’s starting hemp material goes directly from organic Colorado and Kentucky farms to the lab in Charlotte, North Carolina. After harvest, each plant is loaded onto a delivery truck and carefully tracked along its way to the lab for extraction. This process allows cbdMD to trace each plant — and therefore each batch — back to the exact farm where it was grown. This way, the company can reject any plant that does not meet their strict standards.
While we applaud cbdMD’s commitment to quality products, we are equally impressed with their approach to sustainable agriculture. Any type of industrial farming operation impacts the environment, both in the immediate area and across the planet as a whole. Hemp farming is no exception, and a 2017 study by Ithaca College found that, without regulation, industrial hemp farming “will likely create substantial threats to the surrounding environment,” from soil erosion to water scarcity to carbon emissions.
To minimize their environmental impact, cbdMD sources their hemp from organic growers held to strict guidelines. Kentucky, in particular, has an outstanding program called the Industrial Hemp Pilot Program that requires rigorous growing and testing standards to be met by farmers, encouraging responsible cultivation and organic farming practices. Domestic hemp is also better for carbon emissions, as it is shipped over shorter distances.
After arriving at the lab, the hemp is processed into small particles before being extracted using a safe, sustainable CO2 method that produces a potent, phytocannabinoid-rich extract without the risk of residual solvent contamination. While organic ethanol is still commonly used (and far preferable to hydrocarbon extraction methods using butane or propane), CO2 extractions are beginning to gain traction as the safest and most effective methods.
Finally, the cannabinoid content of cbdMD’s products straddles the line between full-spectrum and isolate-based. The company is part of a growing movement of companies that seek to provide the benefits of a varied cannabinoid profile without the risk of THC contamination. They do this by combining pure CBD isolate with a broad-spectrum blend of terpenes, amino acids, and essential oils including B-caryophyllene, Guaiol, A-bisabolol, isopulegol, and eucalyptol to enhance the effectiveness of CBD and provide the benefits of the ‘Entourage Effect’ without risk of THC contamination.
The range of products cbdMD offers is vast and diverse, from edibles like gummies, oils, and capsules to topical products like creams, roll-on pain relief gel, and some pretty powerful bath bombs. Their broad variety of products, dosage strengths, and flavors makes customizing your CBD experience simple, and they are consistently affordable as a brand.
Each cbdMD product is formulated with efficacy, purity, and sustainability in mind, from the organic, non-GMO hemp they use to their environmentally friendly extraction methods to their creation of broad-spectrum products that provide the benefits of terpenes, amino acids, and flavonoids without any THC whatsoever. Their sustainable practices, reliable products, and diversity of offerings make them a strong presence in the CBD marketplace.
cbdMD Product Review Results:
- Organically grown
- Sustainably cultivated
- Colorado & Kentucky grown hemp
- Products are cultivated and formulated in small batches
- Plant-based and cruelty-free (no products are tested on animals)
- Accurate potency and dosing
- Concentrates are free of residual solvents
- Public test results available online
- Outstanding traceability of product and accountability within the brand
- Great customer service!