Best CBD Oils: Popular Brands Reviewed 2020


There are so many CBD companies on the market these days it can seem overwhelming to choose which company to order your products from.

While there are many great brands out there, the industry is also littered with low-quality or scam CBD companies as well.

Here, we’ll cover three of the best CBD oil companies in the industry — along with a brief description of exactly what we love about the company, as well as some of the things we don’t.

All three of these companies have their own quirks that make them unique, but no matter which one you choose you’re not going to be disappointed.

What’s The Best CBD Oil? Top Three Recommendations

1. Royal CBD Oil - Editor’s Pick

Royal CBD is one of the most frequently recommended CBD brands online. This CBD oil has been recommended on publications including HMHB, CFAH, Teen Wire, WeBeHigh, Weed News, Daily CBD, and more.

The company is known for offering some of the best oils in the industry at competitive prices. These CBD oils are comparable in cost to most of the other CBD oil brands on the market today — yet the overall quality is way above average.

These oils are made from a full-spectrum hemp extract from organically-farmed hemp plants. They contain a rich supply of terpenes, cannabinoids, and other phytochemicals produced naturally in the hemp plant. All these compounds work together to produce the effects of the oil.

This oil is notoriously strong for the potency you’re using. In testing, we found the same dose of Royal CBD oil had an effect comparable to about 1.5 doses of standard CBD oil.

These oils come in four different potencies — 250 mg, 500 mg, 1000 mg, and 2500 mg bottles (all 1 oz in volume). You can also choose between peppermint, vanilla, berry, and natural flavors.

Although all Royal CBD products are made from the same high-quality hemp, we recommend going for the 1000 or 2500 mg bottle to get the best value for your money. Both of these CBD oils are very potent and will last most users a month or longer depending on your dose.

What We Like

  • Comes in four different strengths and four different flavors

  • Made from a premium full-spectrum organic hemp extract

  • Third-party tested for quality assurance

What We Don’t Like

  • Only available in one size (1 oz)

  • Not available at your local dispensary (online only)


2. Gold Bee CBD Oil - Runner Up

Gold Bee is a unicorn in the CBD space. They make some of the best hemp extracts we’ve seen yet but cost the same as 90% of the other brands on the market.

As a small company, it’s difficult to compete with the behemoths in the industry. However, the founders of Gold Bee have a strong relationship in the horticultural industry and were able to secure first-dibs on the organic hemp crops grown by about a half-dozen farms in California.

The problem a lot of farmers are having is that they’re spending all this time and effort growing the best hemp they can — only to have it mixed in with mediocre hemp imported from overseas or grown on farms focusing purely on profit.

Gold Bee managed to score a deal to pay industry standards on the hemp, but keep the entire crop together in one batch (no diluting with cheaper hemp).

The results are hard to discount. The extracts produced in Gold Bee's micro-extraction facility maintain roughly 95% of the original phytochemical profile. These CBD oils are potent in terms of both flavor and effect profiles.

Gold Bee CBD oils come in 3 different strengths — 300 mg, 600 mg, and 1200 mg. You can get these oils in both the raw, unflavored oil or in an oil flavored with organic honey from the Gold Bee honey farms (recommended).

What We Like

  • Some of the best hemp extract we’ve ever seen (potent, flavorful, phytochemically-dense)

  • The honey flavor cuts the “grassy” flavor or raw hemp extract without adding any nasty chemicals

  • Independently tested with the results published live on the companies website

  • Excellent cost to potency ratio (high value)

What We Don’t Like

  • Small batch runs mean this oil is sometimes sold out on the online shop (waiting lists are available)


3. Hemp Bombs

In order to give you a sample of all different calibers of CBD companies to choose from, we’ve decided to include one of the oldest, and largest manufacturers in America — Hemp Bombs.

This company specializes in making CBD isolate oils — which brings the cost of the oil down but eliminates the benefits of the entourage effect (whole-plant synergy). This means you may need a slightly higher dose of Hemp Bombs oil than one of the full-spectrum brands listed above.

With that aside, Hemp Bombs makes a truly top-notch CBD isolate hemp oil at a great price-point. This company also offers the largest range of products in each category to choose from.

You can pick a CBD oil ranging all the way from the ultra-low potency 125 mg bottle, to the ultra-high potency 4000 mg option (and everything in-between).

You can also choose from a variety of interesting flavor options such as Acai berry, peppermint, watermelon, orange creamsicle, and unflavored.

We recommend using the higher potency options (1000 mg and up) if you want to get the best value for your money. The lower potency bottles are cheaper up-front, but the cost for every milligram of CBD in the oil is nearly double.

What We Like

  • Available in a wide range of potencies and flavor options

  • Third-party tested for quality control

  • Guaranteed to be THC-free

What We Don’t Like

  • Uses CBD isolate instead of full-spectrum hemp extract

  • Lower potency bottles are low value compared to the higher potency options

Summary: Best CBD Oil Brands

CBD oil is one of the most popular supplements of the decade. The main driver behind its popularity is the long list of associated benefits and high-level of safety.

However, the difference between low-quality oil from high-quality oil is significant. It’s far too easy to make a poor choice in this unregulated industry.

To make things easier, we’ve compiled a shortlist of the best CBD brands in the business to narrow down your search.

The first two offer incredible value for a full-spectrum oil — which is the preferred extract type among health experts. Some of you may prefer using an isolate for its slightly lower cost, and to avoid even trace amounts of THC. In this category, the best brand to go for is Hemp Bombs.

All three of these companies have an excellent track record with plenty of positive reviews, a 30-day money-back guarantee, and send samples from each batch to prove the potency claims made on the bottle.


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