The sudden explosion of CBD products in today’s online marketplace can make searching for high-quality brands an overwhelming experience. As with all burgeoning industries, there are some companies who have our best interests at heart, and others who are cutting corners just to make a buck. So, how do you distinguish the good from the bad?
Our Salvia Extract team did some research to help take the guesswork out of choosing a brand to trust. Initially, we decided to investigate today’s key CBD players using three criteria: quality, innovation and value. Then we threw in a fourth factor that we know is important to the CBD community: sustainable practices. We discovered that having a concern for ethics and the environment was a good metric for measuring whether a company is in this business for the right reasons.
Each brand on this list scored highly in all four of our categories and really distinguished themselves in at least one. The phrase “trusted brand” is hard to earn in an industry that’s so new, but these ten companies are all working hard to get there – producing high-quality, innovative products at the lowest costs to consumers and the environment.
Ten Brands We Trust
Who They Are: Endoca is a family-run company founded by a Danish scientist who was one of the first people to make CBD available online. Today, they grow over 2000 acres of hemp on organic land. Their stated mission is to lead by example, showing that it’s possible to maintain good health for ourselves and for the planet at the same time.
Why We Trust Them: Endoca has a strong track record of quality and transparency and is one of the original players in the CBD business. They built a factory that complies with pharmaceutical standards, and they prioritize consumer safety via third-party testing.
Our Favourite Endoca Products:
Who They Are: Nuleaf Naturals, located in Colorado, wasestablished in 2014 by a group of health-conscious plant medicine experts. They’re one of America’s pioneering hemp companies. Nuleaf Naturals’ mandate is to help people and their loved ones live happier, healthier lives by producing all natural and 100% organic cannabinoid wellness products.
Why We Trust Them: NuLeaf wellness products are derived from specially bred therapeutic hemp plants that are grown using organic and sustainable farming practices on licensed farms. NuLeaf is continually enhancing their natural genetic strains to ensure a regulated product with excellent potency and consistency.
Our Favourite Nuleaf Products:
Who They Are: Select CBD is an industry-leader out of Portland, Oregon who has been featured in Rolling Stone, New York Magazine and Forbes. They were awarded both Leafly’s “Best High-CBD Product in Oregon” and the 2017 Dope Industry Award for “Best Concentrate Company.”
Why We Trust Them: Select CBD prides themselves on being at the forefront of cannabis science, partnering with top scientists to help innovate and improve extraction and processing techniques. Their independently tested products are expertly designed to capture the synergy between the beneficial effects of plants and herbs and the power of CBD.
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Who They Are: Led by Brian Furnish, an eighth-generation farmer, the team at Ananda Hemp has introduced valuable legislation, sponsored observational research studies, and been listed among the first hemp farms licensed under 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill. Ananda Hemp was the first company to be granted a license to grow hemp in the United States.
Why We Trust Them: The mission of Ananda Hemp is to set the standards for quality, transparency and compliance in the hemp industry. The fact that they control every aspect of their supply chain allows for complete transparency in their operation. Their 500-acre farm is built to cGMP standards and is registered with the FDA. All product batches from Ananda Hemp are third-party tested in ISO-certified labs.
Our Favourite Ananda Hemp Products:
Who They Are: Dr. Andrew Kerklaan developed Dr. Kerklaan Therapeutics in 2013 specifically to assist his patients by using the power of topically applied cannabinoid extracts. Dr. Kerklaan’s line of hemp CBD-based topicals for pain relief, sleep support, PMS and skincare have been featured in Forbes, goop, Rolling Stone, Men’s Health and the Huffington Post.
Why We Trust Them: Dr. Kerklaan works alongside leading biochemists to develop products that deliver natural, non-psychotropic relief. All Dr. Kerklaan’s CBD topicals are rigorously tested by top labs in both Canada and California. Dr. Kerklaan has over 20 years of expertise in the field and his team includes innovators and wellness activists who are all committed to advancing natural healthcare.
Our Favourite Dr. Kerklaan Products:
Who They Are: Founded by Gabe Kennedy and Hudson Gaines-Ross, who both share the experience of having undergone surgery for spinal cord injuries, Plant People was created to develop wellness support products that combine CBD with other beneficial plants and herbs. The company’s goal is to empower people to make alternative and positive choices when it comes to healing the body and mind.
Why We Trust Them: Plant People employs a team of scientists and alternative medicine doctors to create effective and innovative plant-based formulas. This environmentally conscientious company partnered with non-profit American Forests, whose mission is to create healthy and resilient forests that deliver critical benefits to the environment, people, water and wildlife. A portion of all proceeds is donated back into the organization.
Our Favourite Plant People Products:
Who They Are: Elixinol is a “For Benefit” business that strives to actively contribute to the world in positive ways by supporting organizations who are working to create better human health and an environmentally sustainable world. Elixinol’s vision is to educate, inspire and empower people to live naturally healthy and happy lives.
Why We Trust Them: Through relationships with industrial hemp farmers in Europe, the U.S. and Australia, Elixinol sources locally grown hemp from the finest growing regions in the world, and from farmers who are committed to a shared set of quality-control standards. Elixinol products are made from high-quality hemp that’s organically grown and naturally processed.
Our Favourite Elixinol Products:
Who They Are: Launched in 2018, Shanti Wellness strives to enhance the daily routines of individuals by elevating mind, body and soul through plant-sourced offerings. The company was established by founders who were looking for natural ways to help themselves and others deal with some of the unwanted consequences of busy modern life, such as stress and trouble sleeping.
Why We Trust Them: Shanti Wellness CBD products are made with organically grown non-GMO hemp from Colorado that is extracted and purified using nanoemulsion technology. This unique process helps to maximize the CBD absorption and bioavailability of their products.
Our Favourite Shanti Wellness Products:
The Good Patch
Who They Are: La Mend, the company behind the Good Patch, was founded by three passionate professionals: two owners of award-winning organic day spas, and an accomplished hemp advocate. The three founders were drawn together by their shared belief in the health and wellness benefits of phytocannabinoids.
Why We Trust Them: La Mend’s CBD comes from industrial hemp and is sourced from the highest quality, organically farmed, non-GMO plants. Their extraction methods adhere to the strictest operating procedures, and each batch of CBD products is third-party tested for purity and quality.
Our Favourite Good Patch Products:
Who They Are: Sträva Craft Coffee was founded in 2015 by two friends who share a love of great coffee, a passion for travel and adventure, and respect for all things Colorado. Their CBD-infused specialty coffees come from top growers and regions, and their beans are small-batch roasted. Sträva’s products have been featured in Forbes’ Holiday Gift Guide and Men’s Health Magazine.
Why We Trust Them: Sträva Craft Coffee strives to support local, independent cafes and businesses. They’re also passionate about building relationships with coffee farmers and their communities, and they take pride in always sourcing the highest quality beans in a responsible, sustainable manner.
Our Favourite Strava Coffee Products: