Shopping for CBD products online is no easy feat. There are thousands of companies clouding the market, which makes it difficult to tell which brands are legitimate (and which aren’t).
I learned this the hard way when I started taking CBD a couple years ago. I didn’t do my research, and the first product I bought didn’t seem to work—however, I didn’t give up on CBD. Over the past year, I’ve tried plenty of CBD oils, topicals, capsules, edibles, and other hemp-infused goods, all from an array of different CBD companies. As a CBD enthusiast and product reviewer, I receive a lot of questions about products, and Charlotte’s Web is one up-and-coming brand in the CBD space that I get asked about often.
I’m here to give you my honest review on Charlotte’s Web, including the pros and cons of the company (through my eyes), as well as some insights into three Charlotte’s Web products that I’ve tried myself.
Founded by the 7 Stanley Brothers in 2012, Charlotte’s Web produces a number of commercially available CBD products, from gummies to tinctures to pet treats. Back in 2012, the brothers received international media attention due to the development of a new strain of hemp. Their strain was low in THC (the psychoactive component in cannabis) but high in CBD. All of Charlotte’s Webs products are made with that original strain of hemp, which the company calls “the world’s most trusted hemp extract.”
Let’s start by accentuating the positives. What are some of the main reasons to consider Charlotte’s Web as your CBD company of choice?
The company is proudly based out of Colorado, and its hemp products are sourced right here in the United States.
Many hemp enthusiasts, like myself, will appreciate the fact that Charlotte’s Web really does have a missional focus. The company is highly supportive of research into how CBD and hemp products can improve health and wellness. It also happens to offer some of the most rigorous batch testing of any cannabis company in the world today.
Comparatively speaking, Charlotte’s Web offers its products at affordable price points, with some starting as low as $15. I also noticed that the company provides veteran discounts and has a rewards program in which regular shoppers can enroll and save on products.
It’s easy to talk about the positives, but what about the potential downsides of Charlotte’s Web?
One thing to be aware of is that if you’re ordering products straight from the Charlotte’s Web online store, shipping costs can really stack up.
Regulatory and compliance issues are pretty common in the CBD industry, and Charlotte’s Web has received some scrutiny from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as a bit of backlash for unclear labelling on some of its products. The brand has since updated the packaging and labeling on its products to more clearly state the CBD content in each. Charlotte’s Web still has very positive customer reviews overall, as well as a strong reputation in the CBD hemp industry.
This is the oil that started it all. Made in small batches through alcohol extraction, Charlotte’s Web’s Original CBD oil includes 50 milligrams of CBD per milliliter. I enjoyed the taste of this mint chocolate oil, though it also comes in an olive oil (natural) flavor. Other Charlotte’s Web CBD oils with lower potencies come in a wider range of flavors, such as orange blossom and lemon twist, so customers can choose which CBD oil strength and flavor appeals to them most.
If daily stress has become a struggle for you, then Charlotte’s Web’s CBD calm gummies may be worth a try. Personally, I was pleased by the mental clarity and tranquility that these tasty edibles offered, as well as the delicious lemon lime flavor that’s derived from natural fruit and vegetable extracts. Each gummy contains 10 milligrams of CBD, plus additional natural ingredients, like lemon balm, that may help promote relaxation. In addition to this formulation, Charlotte’s Web offers CBD gummies to help with recovery and sleep.
Looking for a soothing topical to provide some relief after an intense workout? Consider this option from Charlotte’s Web. I love it for many reasons, but especially its natural, gluten-free, and vegan formula that’s made without any synthetic additives. Instead, it contains just 3 simple ingredients—full-spectrum hemp (about 300 milligrams of CBD per ounce), menthol, and arnica—for a rub-on gel that’s refreshing at every level. And if you prefer creams or balms over gels, Charlotte’s Web also offers those.
Charlotte’s Web has an admirable commitment to rigorous research and small-batch testing. Independent testing is important for anyone buying CBD products since it allows you to know exactly what you’re getting. These certificates of analysis (COAs) contain important information about the quality and type of CBD extract used within a product.
When you buy from Charlotte’s Web, all of this information is easily obtainable online. All you have to do is find the lot number on your CBD product and enter it on the batch reports page to learn more about the cannabinoid profile, potency, and test results for heavy metals and unwanted chemicals within that specific hemp extract.
When purchasing any CBD tincture, isolate, or oil, it’s natural to wonder whether it will lead to any intoxicating effects. While Charlotte’s Web provides full-spectrum hemp products, you will not get high from taking them.
There are many reasons to consider Charlotte’s Web for your CBD needs, ranging from its commitment to small batch testing to its passion for holistic health and wellness. The Stanley Brothers have derived some excellent and affordable products from the hemp plant, and I’m pleased to say that I’d recommend them to not only to anyone seeking an upgrade to their wellness routine, but also to my own family and friends.
Josh Hurst is a journalist, critic, copywriter, and essayist. He lives in Knoxville, TN, with his wife and three sons. As a writer for Remedy Review, an independent CBD review site, Josh covers the relationship between cannabis-based products and the human body.
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