What’s the Best CBD Oil in 2021? (Science-Based Reviews of the Best Brands)

We reviewed over 50 samples by rating them on metrics like:
Potency: based on our tests, plus cannabinoid- and terpene-profiles as found in the third-party lab-test reports;
Transparency of the brand with regards to hemp cultivation and extraction processes;
The amount of CBD and hemp-extract you get per dollar;
Customer service and customer ratings, and;
Less important metrics like taste.

1 Receptra Naturals Serious Relief Tincture 66mg/Dose (Best Overall & Best Full Spectrum Oil)

Receptra Naturals Serious Relief Tincture 66mg/Dose (Best Overall & Best Full Spectrum Oil)

As a full-spectrum CBD oil, any oil from Receptra Naturals is king. Their hemp extract has almost the same biochemical composition as the hemp plants it's made from. It's as close to nature as it gets. If you get the Serious Relief Tincture 66mg/Dose, for every 1mg of CBD, you get at least 0.16mg of other hemp-derived cannabinoids and terpenes.
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9.8
2 NuLeaf Naturals Full Spectrum Hemp CBD Oil 900mg (Best Customer-Rated)

NuLeaf Naturals Full Spectrum Hemp CBD Oil 900mg (Best Customer-Rated)

While its cannabinoid-profile isn't as good as the Receptra Naturals tinctures or Charlotte's Web Original Formula, it's still better than almost all other CBD products that we've reviewed. This oil is made from organically grown hemp and contains nothing but hemp. It's the purest,  simplest, and most natural option on the list. Even the carrier oil, which is organic virgin hemp seed oil, is a hemp-based carrier oil.
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9.7
3 R+R Medicinals 2500mg Full Spectrum Tincture (Best Value Full-Spectrum Oil)

R+R Medicinals 2500mg Full Spectrum Tincture (Best Value Full-Spectrum Oil)

This means that cheap hemp strains with inferior cannabinoid- and terpene-profiles don't make good candidates for full-spectrum CBD products. This also means that the stalks and stems of a hemp plant don't make the best foundation for high-quality full-spectrum products. The flower parts of the hemp plant contain significantly more cannabinoids and terpenes than the stalks and stems.
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9.6
4 CBDfx Calming Tincture 1000mg (Best CBN-Rich Oil)

CBDfx Calming Tincture 1000mg (Best CBN-Rich Oil)

Many of the health benefits of CBN and CBD overlap. The main difference in effects between these two cannabinoids is that CBN is a stronger sedative and therefore has better potential benefits for insomnia and sleep disorders. While this product also should contain a terpene-complex, there's no lab-test to show any terpenes, therefore we take these types of statements with a big grain of salt.
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9.5
5 Charlotte’s Web Original Formula CBD Oil (Second-Best Full-Spectrum Oil)

Charlotte’s Web Original Formula CBD Oil (Second-Best Full-Spectrum Oil)

Just like Receptra Naturals tinctures, this product is made with help of ethanol-extraction. Ethanol-extraction is the best extraction method for extracting cannabinoids and especially volatile compounds like terpenes and flavonoids. Keeping all other variables the same, including the hemp strain, ethanol-extracted CBD products make for the best full-spectrum products because they contain the widest variety of hemp-derived compounds in the highest concentrations.
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9.5
6 Joy Organics CBD Oil Tincture 45mg/Serving (Best THC-Free, Broad-Spectrum Oil)

Joy Organics CBD Oil Tincture 45mg/Serving (Best THC-Free, Broad-Spectrum Oil)

While this broad-spectrum Joy Organics product doesn't contain as many hemp-derived different cannabinoids and terpenes as all the full-spectrum products on the list (Receptra Naturals, R+R Medicinals, NuLeaf Naturals, and Charlotte's Web), compared to other THC-free broad-spectrum products, it contains a decent amount of them. This oil contains 5.02% of CBD and 0.21% of CBG. And if you get a flavored version of the oil, you get a good amount of terpenes as well. Just keep in mind that these are not hemp-derived terpenes, they come from the flavorings and therefore may not act synergistically to CBD.
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9.4
7 Populum Full-Spectrum Hemp CBD Oil (Best Taste)

Populum Full-Spectrum Hemp CBD Oil (Best Taste)

They mix their hemp-extract with orange oil. The result is a very fresh-tasting oil, that you'll look forward to taking daily. Of course, if only the flavor was good, Populum wouldn't deserve a spot on this list.
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9.3
8 cbdMD CBD Oil Tincture 1500mg (Good Value THC-Free, Broad-Spectrum Oil)

cbdMD CBD Oil Tincture 1500mg (Good Value THC-Free, Broad-Spectrum Oil)

Although in low concentrations, at least it does contain some other cannabinoids besides CBD, like:
  • CBG(0.03%);
  • CBN (0.01%), and
  • Hemp-derived terpenes, mainly limonene (0.08%).
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9.2

How We Rate CBD Oil

First, you need to know the differences, between the…

The 3 Types of CBD Products

  • Full-spectrum: contains CBD, THC, and a variety of other hemp-derived cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. This is always our most recommended type of CBD product because there’s evidence that these products are the most effective.
  • Broad-spectrum: contains CBD, and a variety of other hemp-derived cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids, but never any THC. Broad-spectrum products are THC-free. If you’re subjected to drug-tests or want to avoid THC for any other reason, this is our most recommended type of CBD product.
  • Isolate: contains only CBD. Generally, we don’t recommend using CBD isolate products. Although they’re much cheaper than full- and broad-spectrum products, they’re also less effective.

Why Full-Spectrum Products Dominate This List:

A high-quality full-spectrum CBD product is PACKED with a variety of hemp-derived cannabinoids and terpenes.

Why does this matter?

For the best effects that CBD has to offer, you want to take it together with ALL cannabinoids and terpenes found in hemp plants.

Isolates from plants rarely have the same degree of health activity as the whole plant.

Studies show that this is the case with cannabinoids like CBD as well.

While CBD may be the most recognized cannabinoid in hemp, the plant contains other vitally important cannabinoids, such as CBG, CBC, THC, and CBN, which all offer promising health benefits.

Hemp plants also contain nearly 200 different terpenes, which are the compounds that give plants their unique taste and smell.

Scientists believe the terpenes in hemp are thought to interact synergistically with its cannabinoids to create an “entourage effect” that enhances the beneficial effects of each individual component.

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