CBD Pricing — What Everyone Needs to Know

With CBD pricing all over the map, how do you know what's worth the price you're paying?

We get it. It's confusing. Even we had a hard time figuring the wild variation in CBD pricing when we did a search for CBD products on a major retail website. We found items ranging from $9.99 to over $100, almost all claiming to have massive amounts of... something. It's really unclear just exactly what you're paying for. Since CBD is a relatively new product and many are unfamiliar or even uncomfortable with products derived from cannabis, it's like the Wild West out there.

Content, marketing, and packaging regulations are changing frequently, and it's hard for manufacturers, let alone consumers, to keep up. And even though CBD products derived from industrial hemp plants are perfectly legal in all 50 states, there are some websites that refuse to sell them. Amazon is one of them. Cue the needle scratch.

Wait, what?

Here's where it gets confusing: You can buy CBD oil on Amazon, but you're not supposed to be able to get CBD oil on Amazon. Like a number of other websites, Amazon categorizes CBD as a prohibited listing. So the products that come up in your search may contain hemp oil, but not CBD. Or, if they do contain CBD, they don't list it on their packaging or product descriptions. The sellers may be trying to game the Amazon system and will disappear once Amazon catches them. But since it would be unclear what you would be purchasing, you probably wouldn't want to mess with them anyway, would you? So how do know what you're actually purchasing, and whether or not it's worth the price? That's a good question—you don't want to put just any old thing in your body, and expect it to have a positive effect.


Actual CBD content can determine CBD pricing

How many actual milligrams of CBD does the product contain? Usually, the higher the CBD content, the higher the price. Our CBD tinctures, for example, contain 1000mg per bottle, and each dropper (or dose) contains approximately 33mg of CBD in vegan cbd oil. That's considered a therapeutic dose and is among the highest amounts available. If you see a product (and you will) that says it contains 30,000mg or more per bottle, that's probably referring to the amount of oil in the bottle and not the amount of CBD. If it's being offered at a low price (say under $30), it may not contain any CBD at all. Don't be fooled—read the tincture labels carefully to find out exactly how much CBD you're getting. And don't even get us started on the gummies! Ours contain about 30mg of CBD each, which makes them well worth the under $2 per gummy price tag. Read the labels carefully and do the math: you may find each gummy contains only 3mg of CBD—or less! While they may be less expensive, you'd have to take ten to get the same effect. The same goes for dog treats, BTW.

Check the source of the oil

"Pure hemp seed oil," may sound good, but it's basically "the hemp equivalent to olive oil, coconut oil, and grapeseed oil. It’s good for cooking and can make an excellent salad dressing but it contains no CBD," according to a straight forward article on CBDoilUsers.com. If the product you're considering seems really inexpensive, it's likely nothing more than hemp seed oil and has no medicinal effects. Hemp oil that contains CBD is extracted from the aerial flower parts, stalk and/or stems of the hemp plant—not the seeds. And not all CBD oil is created (or grown) equally. CBD oil that comes from China is not subject to the same regulations as CBD oil that's grown and processed in the USA. If it's important to you that your hemp oil CBD is organic, free of GMOs and contaminates, and contains the amount of CBD the label says it does, best to buy CBD oil made in the USA. It may be a little more expensive, but it's certainly worth it!

Usually the bigger the promises, the lower the value

Since there are so many CBD sellers out there eager to make a quick buck, steer clear of the ones that make wild claims, even if they seem like a bargain. It's impossible to "guarantee" results, so manufacturers who claim their products are "guaranteed" to work are, probably running around with their pants on fire. Also, claims that a CBD product can actually "cure" something are not only false, but it's also illegal!

One last thing about CBD pricing...

Here's the really tricky part. It's not always easy to know how much CBD a product contains just by looking at its label. Many products that contain CBD don’t mention it, because printing CBD on the label or website can increase the company’s risks associated with FDA regulations and credit card processing agreements. When in doubt about the CBD product you're considering, the safest thing is to contact the company selling the product (you can reach us here) and ask. And while you're at it, check and see if their products are 3rd party tested (ours are). That's the best way to find out whether or not you're getting the good stuff.