Savage CBD & Product Labeling
For starters, the labeling on the products we received from Savage was, to be blunt, a mess. We first noticed it on the lemon-lime tincture we tried. While this ended up being our favorite product from the line, the label is a wild ride. Between the label on the bottle itself and the one on the box it came in, the styles used ranged from old-style apothecary to natural-foods chic to something resembling a word cloud, all in five different fonts. Also featured was an inexplicable image of what appears to be a man following a dog or cat through a field, rendered illegible by its size and placement.
Aside from being aesthetically confusing, the label was difficult to read, even for those of us who don’t wear glasses or contacts. Large areas of the label were devoted to pointless graphics, while important information (like ingredients, dosing instructions, and certifications) was reduced to an illegible size in order to take up as little space as possible. The resulting labels were flashy but told us little of the information we needed to know about the products. Savage’s CBD tincture is actually the least guilty of this particular offense; the vapor products we received were not labeled for vaporizer use in any way, a big yikes in our book.
In our view, CBD is medicine and, as such, should be clearly labeled and tested to ensure that what’s on the label reflects what’s in the bottle. The problem with Savage CBD’s labeling is that it’s unclear and illegible, which are the two most important criteria for all labeling to meet. This issue is an important one, especially for people with vision issues, but more than that it highlights the need for standardization in the labeling of CBD products. To us, this is a simple matter of safety and informed consent, as it allows consumers to make their own decisions based on the fullest information available. There are many companies out there who clearly label their products, and there’s really no good reason not to.
Propylene Glycol and Vapor Products
Our second issue with Savage CBD is their decision to use PG in their vapor products. While we really did enjoy some of their flavors, no level of tastiness makes up for the 30% PG content quoted on their website. PG has been shown to be unsafe in vapor products, and we cannot recommend a vape product that includes it among its ingredients, no matter how much we may like it otherwise.
PG is a common ingredient in all kinds of products we use regularly, from food to beverages to cosmetics, and it’s generally considered safe for those purposes. However, the high temperatures vapor products are subjected to during the vaping process change the way the chemical behaves. Existing studies of PG (also known as propylene glycol or its slightly worse cousin, polyethylene glycol) in vapor products haven’t been favorable; PG has been consistently found to break down into toxic compounds like benzene, arsenic, and formaldehyde.
Because of these findings, we just can’t back a vapor product that includes PG as one of its ingredients. While it’s true that we don’t yet have long-term data on the effects of vaping PG, we believe that, based on the available evidence, it should be avoided entirely. That means, unfortunately, that we can’t recommend the vape products from Savage CBD.
Savage CBD Edibles
It wasn’t just the vapor products we had issues with, either; we didn’t really care for the gummies we sampled. The issue wasn’t the flavor or texture (both were very enjoyable), but the efficacy; we didn’t find the same relief we did with other products, even at high doses (each gummy contains 50 mg of CBD).
We have a speculative idea as to why this might be, though we have to note that we have no way of substantiating this thought. However, we think that the CBD in the gummies might be the white powder on their surface. If this were the case, it would explain the lack of potency we experienced — without a lipid molecule to bond with, CBD is very difficult for your body to absorb.
Final Thoughts on Savage CBD
Ultimately, while Savage CBD does a decent job of responsible sourcing and testing their products, we can’t get behind them as a brand. Their labeling feels flashy and misleading, almost intentionally vague, and their decision to include PG in their vapor products makes them likely to be unsafe for long term use (which counters the purpose of using CBD for health benefits). We didn’t have great results with their gummies either — they were tasty, but not as effective as we’d hoped given the dosage on the label.
Savage CBD certainly isn’t the worst CBD brand out there — not by a long shot. That said, it isn’t the best, either. Our goal at Key to Cannabis is to connect consumers with reliable, high-quality CBD products that will help them change their lives for the better; mediocre just doesn’t cut it for us. All things considered, there are better CBD products available on the market, and we’d rather focus on those rather than promote a brand we don’t fully believe in.