Yesterday, we completely refreshed our Top Online CBD Brands page. We wanted to share some more information with our readers about this top CBD update.

There are hundreds or even perhaps thousands of CBD products on the market. However, the CBD market is also largely unregulated. That means, there are few restrictions on how CBD products are sold. There’s no guarantee that what you’re buying is accurately labeled or honestly marketed.

That’s where the Ministry of Hemp comes in: we’ve surveyed the hemp industry, its brands, and as many CBD products as we can. We want to make buying CBD easier for you. For this top CBD update, we picked 16 of our favorite CBD brands, and highlighted some of our favorite products from them.

HOW WE CREATED OUR TOP CBD UPDATE

For each of the 16 brands selected to appear on our Top CBD brands page, we broke down their offerings a few different ways.

An array of CBD oil tincture bottles from brands which were added to our Top CBD update.

An array of CBD oil tincture bottles from brands which were added to our Top CBD update. (Photo: Ministry of Hemp / Jessica St. Cyr)

Key Highlights

We’ve selected a few features and product offerings that stand out about each CBD brand. For a few brands, our editor and review team gave a special award to the brand. These brands are listed first. However, every brand on this list more than meets our high standards of quality.

Types of Products

For each brand, we display icons indicating the types of products they offer, including CBD tinctures, capsules, topicals, vapes, edibles (such as gummies) and pet products. Some of our top CBD brands offer just one or two products, while others have extremely diverse offerings.

Established

We wanted to learn how long these brands have been around. While some great brands are newer, others have been around since the 2014 Farm Bill, which first re-legalized hemp in the U.S. for research purposes.

Origin of Hemp

It’s vital to know how and where hemp was grown. That’s because hemp is a bioaccumulator, meaning hemp absorbs contaminants from the soil while it grows. So if the soil it was grown on is not good, clean soil, then that plant might contain high levels of lead or mercury.

When hemp is imported, it’s harder to ensure the hemp is grown responsibly, sustainably and without adding potential toxins to the products made from the crop. While it used to be that most CBD brands imported their hemp, today more and more brands use domestically grown hemp. We’ve also included some brands that use responsibly grown hemp imported from Europe.

3rd Party Lab Results?

Customers should always request third party lab results that test for potency, pesticides, residual solvents, and mycotoxins of CBD hemp oil. If a company is reluctant to share these results with you, it should automatically be a red flag and indicate that they have something to hide. We’ve done the work and checked if these brands offer those tests to their customers.

We’ve assigned a letter grade of C, B, A, or A+ based on what kind of lab results are offered to customers. All the brands on this list at least offer tests showing the levels of CBD and THC in them (with THC under the legal limits for hemp of 0.3%), but brands which go further are rated higher.

Customer Service

Shopping for CBD can be confusing, mainly because there’s a lot we still don’t know about hemp extracts. We focused on brands with helpful and speedy customer service, and let you know how you can get in touch.

Shipping

We let you know a bit more about what it will cost to get your CBD. Today, many brands offer free, or flat rate shipping.

Returns

We investigated each brand’s return policy. While some brands only accept unopened products, others offer more comprehensive returns for unsatisfied customers.

Price

CBD can be expensive, and there are some good reasons for the high prices. However, we know that getting a good value for your money is also important. We’ve rated each brand from 1 to 3 dollar signs ($), based on their price range.

A Closer Look

We included links to where you can learn more about some of our favorite products from these top CBD brands. Some brands also offer exclusive coupons for our readers, and we’ve included them here.

MORE ABOUT OUR CBD PRODUCT STANDARDS

Ministry of Hemp only works with brands that meet our extremely high standards.

These include clear, transparent labelling and honest marketing. It should always be easy to learn more about the products, including their complete ingredients. It should always be easy to know how much CBD you’re taking. All of our top CBD brands have clear, easy to navigate websites, and make it easy to learn more about their products.

We try to focus on brands with sustainable, responsible business practices. To ensure that providing great CBD supplements is a brand’s primary goal, we do not work with any companies that use direct sales or multi-level marketing techniques.

MORE INFORMATION ON FINDING GREAT CBD ONLINE

We hope our Top CBD brands page helps you make more informed decisions when you’re buying CBD.

In addition to this top CBD update, here are some other useful CBD buying resources we’ve created: