Finding the best CBD gummies starts with finding the right brands. With the hemp industry now in full bloom (thank you, 2018 Farm Bill), there are seemingly an endless number of CBD brands advertising their “premium” CBD gummies. But which ones should you trust? Which ones offer the best CBD gummies? It all starts with finding the brand’s Certificate of Analysis (COA). This third-party lab report will show you all the hidden cultivation secrets cached inside their CBD gummies––more on that soon.
In this article, we’ll define what makes excellent CBD brands trustworthy and reliable, then we’ll compare our top 5 list of the best CBD gummy brands. Then, we’ll even introduce you to some of our most popular CBD gummies!
What Is CBD?
First, we need a rudimentary understanding of what CBD is. Known as cannabidiol, CBD is one of the most common cannabinoids in cannabis and hemp plants. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that interact uniquely with our body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS).
Your ECS is a complex network of receptors spanning all across your body, connecting different systems and organs. The ECS works hard to maintain homeostasis within the mind and body. It plays a vital role in many different physiological functions, like sleep, mood, appetite, and energy. When you take a CBD product (like CBD gummies), the cannabinoids engage these receptors and improve the system’s performance, leading to a host of wellness benefits.
What Are CBD Gummies?
CBD gummies are perhaps one of the most popular hemp-derived CBD edibles on the market. They’re chewy, tasty, and easy to incorporate into any busy schedule. Many companies add additional healthful ingredients like adaptogenic mushrooms, vitamins, minerals, and spices like turmeric and ginger.
What Makes The Best CBD Gummies
You can tell the quality of a brand by the quality of their CBD gummies. Think of CBD gummies as a barometer. The better a brand’s CBD gummies are, the better their other CBD products tend to be. When we judge a brand’s CBD gummies, we look at three things: the quality of their hemp, the type of ingredients they use, and their COAs––remember, their Certificate of Analysis.
The products we offer are all derived from hemp. Hemp, by its nature, is a pretty absorbent plant. It absorbs just about anything in its surrounding soil. Farmers use this crop to suck up harmful nutrients or to enrich the soil after seasons of fruitful harvests.
So, the type of hemp a CBD company uses is crucial when determining the quality of their products. Steer away from cheap, low-quality hemp products and gravitate towards companies that cultivate their products with organic, naturally harvested hemp plants.
Next, check out the company’s formulas. What type of ingredients do they accompany their CBD with? Do they use cheap additives to concoct an artificial flavor, or do they strategically utilize natural ingredients to give the gummies a rich, pleasant taste––one that avoids an unwanted aftertaste? Stick with the companies that formulate their gummies with high-quality ingredients. These will give you the most bang for your buck!
Third-Party Lab Testing
Remember those COAs we mentioned twice before? They’re important here, too. COAs are third-party lab reports detailing the elements inside a company’s CBD gummies. Here, you’ll see if there are any heavy metals present (evidence of low-quality hemp), harmful pesticides (evidence of poor cultivation processes), and toxic solvents (evidence of inferior extraction methods). So, when in doubt, check the COA.
If the company you’re interested in doesn’t have their COAs posted, it’d be best to find a different company. COAs are too important not to have readily available.
The 5 Best CBD Gummies Brands
So, without further ado, here are our five best CBD brands and what makes each one unique, starting with CBDfx.
First, we have perhaps the best CBD brand on the market: CBDfx. This SoCal-based company has been around for the better part of a decade, consistently debuting high-quality products made from high-quality hemp. Their products range from gummies to topicals to tinctures to vapes and more. What sets their gummies apart from the other brands is what sets CBDfx apart from the rest of the industry––they are the gold standard.
Specialty: Setting The Industry Standard
Since their inception in 2014, CBDfx has been a leading voice in the hemp industry, pioneering the way with high-quality products cultivated from high-quality hemp. Their list of premier products is seemingly endless, and their emphasis on customer experience is unmatched. Their gummies come in a wide range of formulas and strengths, perfect for adults from all walks of life.
So, if you’re new to CBD and don’t know where to start, CBDfx is a fantastic launching pad into the wild world of hemp.
Gummy Spotlight: CBD Mushroom Gummies for Wellness
A notable gummy of theirs is one of their newest––CBD Mushroom Gummies for Wellness. Before you cringe at the idea of a mushroom-flavored gummy, CBDfx is way ahead of you. These gummies are cherry-flavored and packed with seven adaptogenic and nootropic mushrooms to complement CBD’s natural, therapeutic benefits.
Second, we have NuLeaf Naturals––a CBD company that grows their organic hemp on select farms in Colorado. Like CBDfx, NuLeaf Naturals was ahead of the mainstream craze for hemp, opening their doors in 2014. They are a trend-setting brand, and their CBD gummies are one of our best-sellers. NuLeaf Naturals utilizes a proprietary formulation to naturally create a whole plant extract rich in diverse cannabinoids like CBD, CBG, CBC, and many, many more.
Specialty: Full-Spectrum CBD Oil
One of the main differences between NuLeaf and other notable brands is NuLeaf’s reliance on full-spectrum oil. Full-spectrum CBD contains the hemp plant’s complete cannabinoid profile, including the plant’s low THC percentages (around 0.3%).
THC is the cannabinoid responsible for psychoactive effects. While hemp’s minuscule amount of THC may not produce noticeable psychotropic effects, a complete cannabinoid profile can lead to a more profound CBD experience.
Gummy Spotlight: Full-Spectrum CBD Gummies
If you’re looking for a gummy that touts all the benefits of the hemp plant, NuLeaf’s Full-Spectrum CBD Gummies should be on your list. Each serving of these gummies comes packed with 30 mg of organic, natural, full-spectrum CBD. There are no artificial flavors or colors; these gummies come in strawberry, orange, lemon, or blueberry.
Our third notable brand is Koi CBD. Recently, Koi has been venturing into the world of novel cannabinoids like delta-8, HHC, and THC-P. But their classic CBD gummies are a mainstay for many users across the country. These gummies come in a wide variety of fruity, mouth-watering flavors. Like the other brands on this list, Koi specializes in using broad-spectrum CBD.
Specialty: Broad Spectrum CBD Gummies
Their most notable difference from the field is their broad-spectrum CBD formulas. Broad-spectrum CBD is a type of CBD. Companies make this type of CBD by taking full-spectrum CBD and whittling down its THC percentage to undetectable levels. So, you can still enjoy all the benefits of CBD and other non-THC cannabinoids.
Gummy Spotlight: Anytime Berry Lemonade CBD Gummies
Koi’s standout gummies are their Anytime Berry Lemonade CBD Gummies. Each gummy has 10mg of broad-spectrum CBD. These gummies have no other active ingredients. So, you can freely enjoy the benefits of broad-spectrum CBD––and only broad-spectrum CBD.
MedTerra markets themselves as being “born in natural, backed by science.” As a brand, MedTerra focuses on their customers, using the highest quality ingredients to create some of the best products on the market. This is really exemplified in their line of CBD gummies. With a vast selection of gummies to choose from, MedTerra formulates their gummies for a range of unique needs, like sleep support, focus, calm, and ultimate relaxation.
Specialty: CBD Isolate
What makes MedTerra special is their emphasis on CBD isolate. We’ve already touched base on full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD. CBD isolate is the last type. CBD isolate contains only CBD. Companies make CBD isolate by taking broad-spectrum CBD through an additional filtration process, stripping away all non-CBD compounds, including the plant’s natural terpenes and flavonoids. CBD isolate products offer the benefits of CBD exclusively.
Gummy Spotlight: Sleep Tight CBD Isolate Gummy
MedTerra uses CBD isolate to formulate some of their most popular gummies, including their Sleep Tight CBD Isolate Gummies. These blackberry-lemonade gummies promote all the therapeutic benefits of CBD, plus a few additional all-natural ingredients like chamomile, passionflower, lemon balm, 5-HTP, melatonin, and L-theanine. These gummies help heighten relaxation and promote a full-body sense of calm that lasts into the night. They’re perfect just a few hours before bed, allowing the mind and body to unwind peacefully after the workday.
Our fifth and final notable CBD gummy brand is MoonWlkr. As a brand, MoonWlkr is most known for their approach to novel cannabinoids. If you look at their collection of hemp-derived products, MoonWlkr offers many different types of psychoactive, THC-infused gummies. But their sleep product is certainly their CBD gummies.
Like the four other brands on this list, MoonWlkr uses the best ingredients to create the best products. If you’re new to CBD, or looking for a go-to psychedelic gummy, MoonWlkr will definitely have one for you.
Specialty: Delicious Flavors
Their specialty lies in their flavors. While other brands use natural flavorings, they don’t quite capture the same taste, texture, and consistency that’s iconic to MoonWlkr. So, if flavor sits high on your rubric, MoonWlkr should be very high on your list.
Gummy Spotlight: CBD + CBG Gummies with Turmeric
Their CBD gummies with the most flavor have to be their CBD + CBG Gummies with Turmeric. They have a sweet yet tangy lime ginger taste that’s slightly addicting. These gummies boast an effective dose of CBD and CBG––the mother of all cannabinoids. Whether you’re in the market for a new go-to gummy or just shopping, these gummies need to be on your list.
Which One Is Best For You?
So, you’ve heard our case, we’ve outlined our arguments, and now for perhaps the most important question of all––which brand is right for you? Whether you’re interested in a certain type of CBD or value flavor over all, you cannot go wrong with any of these five brands. Choosing between them really comes down to your own personal preferences.
If you’re interested in more brands than these, check out our full collection of CBD gummies!