cbdMD Review: Is it Legit? The Pros & Cons


cbdMD Highlights


  • Grown in Kentucky
  • CO2 extraction produces the highest quality CBD oil
  • 3rd Party Testing for impurities, metals and pesticides
  • Fractional Coconut Oil (MCT) used as a base to promote digestion
  • Broad-spectrum oil- contains all the natural compounds except THC
  • Award Winning CBD in 2016 ‘Best Flavour”, “Highest Quality CBD Oil” and “Reviewers Choice Winner”
  • Free Shipping within the USA with 30 day money back guarantee
  • Customer Service, very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable staff.


  • Limited laboratory results- I would like to see more in-depth reporting
  • No published customer service hours
  • No isolates- an isolate is the purest form of CBD
  • Slow shipping- recently there has been a lot of complaints about slow delivery (early 2020)

Full cbdMD Review

cbdMD is a fairly young company based in Charlotte, NC, USA that specializes in CBD products and was founded in 2015. cbdMD is focused on producing high-quality CBD oil, a compound of the hemp plant that doesn’t contain the psychoactive “high” associated with marijuana, which is caused by the compound THC.

The company is currently valued at around $1 billion but they are forecast to grow to approx. $16 billion by 2025 and has recently launched a number of products in the lucrative pet care market. They have approx. 36 pet-care products available now with more in development.

In the 2018-2019 financial year, 60% of their income came from retail e-commerce sales and 40% from wholesale. Their products are sold in 3000 brick and mortar retail locations throughout the USA. They have a comprehensive list of CBD oil products including tinctures, capsules, gummies, pet products, bath bombs, topicals and vape oils. Part of cbdMD’s success is due to their commitment to educating the public to the benefits of CBD.

High Quality

cbdMD prides themselves on demanding the highest level of care for their products from seed to shelf. Due to the soil’s composition the hemp in the US is considered to be the best in the world, and the soil in Kentucky is renowned for its rich nutrients. Their hemp is grown by completely organic methods with no chemical fertilizers or pesticides and is non-GMO, vegan-certified.

Their dedication to producing a high-quality product means that they regularly test the soil’s pH level for consistency and also scan the plants leaves in order to ensure a healthy high-quality yield.

They spare no expense in their manufacturing process investing thousands of dollars in state-of-the-art processes to preserve the plants’ natural properties, while extracting the CBD oil from the plant and the psychoactive THC compound. To extract the oil from the plant they use a state-of-the-art, expensive CO2 extraction method but this method is universally recognized as being the best for producing the best CBD oil extract.

Natural Oil

cbdMD generally uses a broad-spectrum CBD oil that includes all the plants’ natural compounds, except for the psychoactive THC compound. As a base ingredient cbdMD uses fractional coconut oil. Our bodies do not naturally process CBD oil well, but fractional coconut oil (MCT) has been found to be one of the best facilitators for this. Allowing the human body to easily and quickly process the oil thereby feeling its effects and benefits almost immediately.

Due to the industries lack of regulation and formal FDC recognition many consumers and users are wary of new products and companies, as there are many unscrupulous companies who use poor ingredients and false advertising.

As a result, cbdMD are one of the few companies to use a third-party laboratory to test all the batches of their product and publish the results online on their website, this ensures complete transparency to gain trust and confidence in their products.

An added testimonial to cbdMD’s reputation and quality is that it is an award-winning brand. In 2016 they won awards for ‘Best Flavour”, “Highest Quality CBD Oil” and “Reviewers Choice Winner”.

Despite its commitment to high-quality products and state-of-the-art manufacturing processes they have managed to keep their prices down to the lower end of the spectrum, giving great value for money. One of their most popular options is their Companion Box which contains CBD oil for you and your pet!

cbdMD Growing Facility

Customer Support, Shipping and Guarantees

In 2019 60% of cbdMD’s business came from online retail e-commerce. When making a purchase on their site you are given three options for shipping, free shipping (to all 50 states, but it takes longer), 2-3 days, or 3-5 days, currently priced at $8 and $5 respectively. These prices are obviously for domestic USA orders. They also offer a 30-day money-back guarantee on all their products.

Most companies offer some form of Customer Support or Service and it is pretty much a standard pre-requisite, but you can often gauge a company’s professionalism, competency and reliability based on their level of Customer Service and cbdMD score quite well here. For starters, their contact details are easy to find on their website whereas many companies hide them, also they have a free phone number and what’s even better is that it works and somebody answers it!!

As already mentionedcbdMD has an extensive range of products. It’s also worth mentioning that unlike many CBD brands cbdMD uses a different oil for their vape products than their more regular products.

cbdMD Product Reviews

cbdMD Product Range

cbdMD Product Range:

  • CBD Oil Tinctures
  • CBD Gummies
  • CBD Topicals
  • CBD Capsules
  • CBD Sleep Aids
  • CBD Pet Products
  • CBD Bath Bombs
  • CBD Bundles

Here I’ve chosen some of their more popular products to review.

cbdMD Tincture Oils Review

cbdMD has one of the largest and most potent ranges of CBD Tinctures on the market, which are their flagship product. This is a broad-spectrum CBD oil, so there is no trace of THC, and comes in a choice of 30ml or 60 ml bottle, with a hand dripper, in a variety of strengths from 300mg to 750mg. There is also a choice of four ‘flavours’, natural, mint, orange and berry.

These oils have a nice taste with little to no aftertaste of the cannabis, even in the stronger dosages. It also doesn’t have the pungent leafy smell often associated with CBD oils. These tincture oils work well for stress, anxiety and muscle pains.

A quick hint to check the purity of an oil is its colour. The darker the oil the rawer it is, so a dark oil has had very little refining or filtration, whereas a clear oil would be very pure and will have gone through a lot of filtration to remove the other compounds. A pure oil will also have little taste or smell because of this.

Additionally, cbdMD also sells a sleep tincture, which is only available in a 500mg bottle. Each serving contains 16mg of CBD along with its proprietary sleep blend. This should only be taken at night approximately 30 minutes before you sleep.

cbdMD Vape Oils Review

The vape oils have the same basic ingredients as the tincture oils except there are a few added to make them more suitable for vaping. The VG/PG ratio for these vape oils is about 60/40 and are only available in 300, 750 and 1500mg strengths and there are three choices of flavour; vanilla, mint and orange. They are clean tasting and well-crafted oils.

They have a range of Mingo Rad branded vape oils designed to be “rad” and available in Mocha, Coco Key and Electric Buzz flavours.

cbdMD Freeze Review

This is a broad-spectrum infused moisturizer that acts like a typical roll-on. This means that it can be used directly on any part of your body for almost instantaneous pain relief with the added benefit of leaving your skin feeling great. This particular method of application, rather than taking it orally, is very popular with both professional and recreational athletes due to these properties. This has been specially formulated by cbdMD for alleviating pain relief, stiffness and muscular tenderness. Many users have said that it gives good, quick fast relief.

cbdMD Bath Bombs Review

When I saw these on the site I just knew I had to review them, and I must admit to having a little giggle because when I was a kid (a very long time ago) a bath bomb was when you passed wind in the bath! These, however, thankfully, don’t smell anywhere near as bad!

So what is a Bath Bomb?

They are more of a fun topical item than for any real medicinal benefits, although they are great for some aches and pains, and you’ll feel like a new person after a 45-minute soak in the tub (kick back and relax with a book) with one of these.

They look like any other bath fizzy you might buy, except these combine the benefits of essential oils and moisturizers with those of this broad-spectrum CBD. Each of the cbdMD Bath Bombs contains 100 mg of CBD, which is way more than the average 25-30 mg of other brands. There are six different bombs to choose from, the three most popular being Relax, Rejuvenate and Restore.

When you put the Bath Bomb in a tub of warm water it will quietly fizz and slowly dissolve to create a wonderfully relaxing aromatherapeutic atmosphere. The mixture of moisturizers and CBD will soften your skin while the Epsom salts cleanse you from head to toe. After about five minutes you will start to feel the benefits of the CBD relaxing your muscles, alleviating your pain, promoting your blood circulation and melting away the soreness in your muscles.

In tests users have said that these Bath Bombs have been very effective for joint pains, aching muscles after a long run and even day one menstrual pain.

Despite being more expensive than other brands, due to the much higher dosage, the per mg cost of the CBD actually works out substantially cheaper.

cbdMD Capsules Review

As with most of cbdMD’s products, these also use a broad-spectrum which means it doesn’t contain the psychoactive THC. However, it is mixed with fractionated coconut oil (MCT), as with the tincture oils, to help the body process the CBD. They are available in dosages of 450, 1000 and 1500 mg in 30 or 60 count bottles. The big advantage of the capsules is that if you are taking them for medicinal purposes it is easy to ensure you are taking the right dosage.

These are recommended for chronic pain, anxiety and insomnia. A slight disadvantage of these is that despite using the same oil and dosages as the tincture oil because they are in capsule form they take a little longer to work and don’t last as long but they are convenient, easy to use, easy to work out the correct dosages and discreet.

cbdMD Gummies Review

Gummies always seem to be popular with consumers and have a wide appeal with users. This is probably because they are easily recognized and universally available, which also enables them to be consumed discreetly. cbdMD sells their gummies in two strengths, 10mg or 25mg each gummy, with 30 in each bottle. The bottles also contain a mixture of four flavours of strawberry, orange, raspberry and tropical. These gummies are the only product in cbdMD’s portfolio that contains some artificial ingredients for their flavour. On the plus side, unlike many other brands of gummies, these don’t have the usual “hempy” aftertaste, but have a sweet flavour with a chewy texture just like your regular gummies.

Conclusion: Is cbdMD Legit?

Many companies claim to have the best CBD products on the market, and some make outrageous claims to their benefits and effectiveness. So, as part of my research I like to read the comments from users on several different websites to get a ‘feel’ for a company. Generally, people are quick to criticize and complain, so when I find a company that has an overwhelming number of praises that is usually a very good sign, and cbdMD is one of these.

By far the most comments praised the companies vaping oils and their effectiveness and their tincture oils. On the negative side there seems to have been a problem with slow delivery, but these comments are quite old so it looks like it has been resolved now. Another common comment was that customer service was slow to answer queries and there were no published customer service times published. Having run a website myself, most of these I would probably put down to impatience. I often receive emails from people in another time zone who then complain if I don’t reply within a few hours. Another common comment was that there was a slightly “bitter” taste to the capsules, however they usually also commented that they were very effective.


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