Today, you’re getting a list of the best full-spectrum CBD oils that you can currently buy.
Let me start by saying:
Full-spectrum CBD oils are the most effective CBD products, period.
Today you’ll not only learn why they’re the most effective CBD products…
But you’ll learn:
- How to verify whether a CBD oil is truly full-spectrum, and;
- How to estimate the effectiveness of a full-spectrum oil without even trying it.
Let’s get started.
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- #1 Receptra Naturals Serious Rest & Seriously Relax (Highest Full-Spectrum Ratio)
- #2 R+R Medicinals Full-Spectrum Tincture (Best Value)
- #3 NuLeaf Naturals Full-Spectrum CBD Oil (Most Consistent Cannabinoid- and Terpene-Profiles)
- #4 Charlotte’s Web Original Formula (Widest Cannabinoid-Profile)
- #5 Lazarus Naturals Full-Spectrum, High-Potency Tincture (Most Affordable)
Our Review Process Rating Full-Spectrum CBD Oils
The two most important for rating full-spectrum CBD oils are:
- How many different cannabinoids and terpenes are present in the oil, and;
- In what concentrations (expressed in the ratio of CBD to other hemp-derived cannabinoids and terpenes, or also called ‘full-spectrum ratio').
By definition, ‘full-spectrum’ means that the oil should contain the full spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes naturally present in the flower parts of hemp plants.
A true full-spectrum CBD oil contains a wide variety of hemp-derived cannabinoids and terpenes in detectable concentrations.
The wider the variety of hemp-derived cannabinoids and terpenes in a CBD oil, and the higher the concentrations, the more ‘full-spectrum’ a CBD oil is.
The cannabinoid- and terpene-profile of a full-spectrum CBD oil, therefore, has the most weight in its final rating, even more so than our regular CBD oil reviews.
Yes, a full-spectrum CBD oil also always contains small concentrations of THC. While some people should avoid THC altogether, most people would benefit from having small concentrations of THC in their CBD product because it’s likely that CBD and THC have synergistic effects (1, 2).
1. Receptra Naturals Serious Rest & Seriously Relax (Highest Full-Spectrum Ratio)
While all Receptra Naturals CBD oils score very high on both full-spectrum ratings:
- The presence of a wide variety of hemp-derived cannabinoids and terpenes, and;
- The presence of the cannabinoids and terpenes in high concentrations,
Two oil products score especially high on these metrics:
- Receptra Naturals Serious Rest, and;
- Receptra Naturals Seriously Relax.
When we check how many hemp-derived cannabinoids and terpenes are present in these products at detectable levels, we can’t but conclude these are the absolute best full-spectrum CBD oils.
Serious Rest contains:
- 8 different cannabinoids in detectable levels, with 2.75% CBD, and;
- 8 different terpenes in detectable levels.
Seriously Relax contains:
- 6 different cannabinoids in detectable levels, with 2.8% CBD, and;
- 13 different terpenes in detectable levels.
The CBD to other cannabinoids + terpenes ratios are as follows:
- Serious Rest > for every 1mg of CBD you will take 0.38mg of minor cannabinoids and terpenes;
- Seriously Relax > for every 1mg of CBD you will take 0.55mg of minor cannabinoids and terpenes.
All these metrics are significantly higher than the average of our reviewed products.
But also, when it comes to other review metrics like transparency and value, Receptra Naturals scores higher than the average.
Every Receptra Naturals product comes with a QR code that links to a third-party lab-test report where all test results can be seen for that specific production batch of your product. These are full-panel tests, including heavy metals, residual solvents, pesticides, and microbiological tests.
It doesn’t really get more transparent than this.
Price-wise, looking at how much CBD you get per dollar, Receptra Naturals products offer a bit less value than the average of ALL CBD products we have reviewed. However, when you take into account the minor cannabinoids and terpenes, suddenly, you get more value than the average from a Receptra Naturals CBD oil.
Also, you have to realize that you can’t compare the price of a true full-spectrum CBD oil like Receptra Naturals to most CBD products.
It would be like comparing a vitamin C pill (the average CBD product) to blueberries that contain vitamin C, plus hundreds of additional beneficial compounds (Receptra Naturals CBD oil).
The next option on the list, however, will provide even more value per dollar.
2. R+R Medicinals Full-Spectrum Tincture (Best Value)
Pound for pound, R+R Medicinals is the best value-for-money CBD brand out there.
While you can find brands that provide even more CBD per dollar than R+R Medicinals…
When it comes to full-spectrum CBD products, there are no brands that provide more CBD + minor cannabinoids and terpenes per dollar than R+R Medicinals.
Let’s take a look at the numbers.
R+R Medicinals full-spectrum CBD oils come in three strengths, but we are only interested in the 1000 and 2500mg strengths (the middle and the highest strength).
The 1000mg full-spectrum oil contains:
- 7 different cannabinoids in detectable levels (3.8% CBD);
- 6 different terpenes in detectable levels.
The 2500mg full-spectrum oil contains:
- 7 different cannabinoids in detectable levels (9.3% CBD);
- 13 terpenes in detectable levels.
The number of detectable terpenes and cannabinoids in these oils is significantly higher than in most other oils.
The CBD to other cannabinoids + terpenes ratios are as follows:
- 1000mg full-spectrum oil > for every 1mg of CBD you will take 0.16mg of minor cannabinoids and terpenes;
- 2500mg full-spectrum oil > for every 1mg of CBD you will take 0.11mg of minor cannabinoids and terpenes.
While these last metrics are lower than for example Receptra Naturals, it’s still significantly higher than the average. Also, when you take into account that these oils have no added terpenes whatsoever, you’re getting the terpenes that are present in the raw extract.
Because of this relatively high concentration of terpenes, it’s clear that R+R Medicinals mostly uses hemp flower to produce their products. The flower parts of hemp plants contain terpenes, the other parts do not so much (3).
When it comes to transparency, R+R Medicinals is as transparent as it gets. Every product comes with a QR code that links to a batch-based lab-test report. Inside the lab-test report you can find the usual: cannabinoid-profile, terpene-profile, and contaminant tests.
Price is where R+R Medicinals full-spectrum oils shine. You get almost double the amount of CBD in a full-spectrum context compared to the other premium brands on this list.
Especially when you get the stronger 2500mg bottle, the value is insane. With that bottle, you get 25.7mg CBD per dollar (the average is 14.6mg). And keep in mind that this 25.7mg CBD is within a full-spectrum context. Sure, you can find cheaper CBD products, but you won’t find cheaper CBD products that can truly be classified as full-spectrum.
3. NuLeaf Naturals Full-Spectrum CBD Oil (Most Consistent Cannabinoid- and Terpene-Profiles)
NuLeaf Naturals is one of the most trusted brands in the CBD world.
It’s one of the older CBD brands. They’re active since 2014. Ever since 2014, they have built a reputation as being a trustworthy supplier of full-spectrum CBD products.
Full-spectrum cannabinoid products are literally all they sell.
And when it comes to the quality of their full-spectrum products…
I can only speak good about it.
Every NuLeaf Naturals cannabinoid product comes with a range of hemp-derived cannabinoids and terpenes. But the best part is that their products always come with similar cannabinoid- and terpene-profiles, across time, across batches, and across products. NuLeaf Naturals is a very consistent brand.
Let’s take a look at the stats of their full-spectrum CBD oil:
- 6 different cannabinoids in detectable levels (6.8% CBD);
- 5 different terpenes in detectable levels.
While the variety of hemp-derived cannabinoids and terpenes looks a bit lower in this oil compared to the previous options, you have to keep in mind that this oil, just like all the other oils on the list probably contains a lot more cannabinoids and terpenes that are either:
- Not tested for, or;
- Only present in trace elements.
When we look at how many minor cannabinoids and terpenes you get per 1mg of CBD, we can see the following ratio:
- For every 1mg of CBD, you get 0.13mg of minor cannabinoids and terpenes.
This is around the average for true full-spectrum oils.
While you’ll find oils that have a higher ratio of CBD to minor cannabinoids and terpenes than NuLeaf Naturals oil, a lot of them are just bolstered with added isolated cannabinoids. Products that are simply a combination of isolated cannabinoids are not truly full-spectrum, because they don’t contain the hundreds of other compounds that are naturally present in hemp flower.
Transparency-wise NuLeaf Naturals is as transparent as it gets:
Third-party lab-test reports with full-panel testing for every production batch.
When we look at value, unless you get their bigger 3000mg or 6000mg bottles, we can see that NuLeaf Naturals is a bit more expensive than the average.
4. Charlotte’s Web Original Formula (Widest Cannabinoid-Profile)
Charlotte’s Web is another premium full-spectrum CBD brand.
When it comes to their full-spectrum oils, you have two different options:
- An ethanol-extracted oil called “Original Formula”, and;
- A CO2-extracted oil called “60mg CBD/1ml”
Charlotte’s Web themselves classify their ethanol-extracted Original Formula as a terpene-dominant oil. And their CO2-extracted 60mg CBD/1ml as a cannabinoid-dominant oil.
So, which one of these oils is the better full-spectrum oil?
To understand this, we first have to understand the importance of cannabinoids relative to terpenes in full-spectrum CBD products.
Based on the current evidence, it’s likely that cannabinoids have more synergistic effects among themselves than between themselves and terpenes (1, 2).
But that doesn’t exclude terpenes from having an important potential role in synergistic effects with CBD as well (3).
So while the cannabinoid-profile has a bit more weight in rating a full-spectrum oil, terpenes have a lot of weight as well.
When we compare the cannabinoid-profiles of both products, we can see that they’re pretty similar. Then what’s left is the terpene-profile.
Unfortunately, Charlotte’s Web doesn’t publish terpene-profiles of their products.
But based on their own words and the fact that ethanol-extraction has proven to be a better extraction method for preserving volatile compounds like monoterpenes (4), it’s likely that the Original Formula indeed contains more terpenes than the CO2-extracted 60mg CBD/1ml.
And since both products have a similar cannabinoid-profile, we have to give the edge to their Original Formula oil.
Let’s look at the stats.
Charlotte’s Web Original Formula contains:
- 11 cannabinoids in detectable levels (5.7% CBD);
- An unknown number of terpenes.
This is the oil with the most different cannabinoids in detectable levels. Whether that’s because they use a more sensitive testing method, simply test for more different cannabinoids, or whether this oil truly contains more different cannabinoids remains unclear. Nonetheless, the stats don’t lie, based on the lab-test reports, this oil has the widest cannabinoid-profile.
To calculate the CBD to minor cannabinoids and terpenes ratio, we gave this oil an average terpene content of 0.2%. We don’t know the true terpene-content, but 0.2% is around the average for most true full-spectrum oils.
It has a ratio of:
- 19 minor cannabinoids and terpenes for every 1 mg of CBD.
This is slightly above the average. Keep in mind that there’s a chance we’re underreporting the terpene-content and this ratio is even higher.
Transparency-wise Charlotte’s Web is almost as transparent as it gets. The only thing that’s missing from their lab-test reports is the terpene-profile.
Value-wise the Original Formula oil scores slightly higher than the average.
You get 17.65mg CBD per dollar and 3.1mg of minor cannabinoids and terpenes per dollar.
5. Lazarus Naturals Full-Spectrum, High-Potency Tincture (Most Affordable)
Lazarus Naturals is another great value-for-money brand.
Their full-spectrum oils all classify as true full-spectrum products.
They are more than a bunch of isolated cannabinoids put together. How can we verify this? By checking the cannabinoid- and terpene-profile. If an oil contains cannabinoids like CBC and CBT, it’s likely that it’s truly full-spectrum. Generally, these are not cannabinoids used to bolster CBD products.
Likewise, if a CBD product contains a variety of terpenes that are naturally present in hemp flower, like humulene and myrcene, it’s likely that it’s a true full-spectrum product as well. While these terpenes theoretically can be added later to make the product look like a true full-spectrum product, I haven’t seen it yet.
Let’s look at the stats of their high potency full-spectrum oil:
- 5 different cannabinoids in detectable levels (5.99% CBD), and;
- 6 different terpenes in detectable levels.
The number of detectable cannabinoids is the lowest on the list, while the number of detectable terpenes is right around the average.
When we look at how many minor cannabinoids and terpenes you get per 1mg CBD, we see the following:
For every 1mg of CBD, you get 0.15mg of minor cannabinoids and terpenes.
This is around the average.
In terms of ‘full-spectrumness’ this oil scores a bit lower than the other oils on the list.
However, where it more than makes up for it is value.
Lazarus Naturals is one of the best value-for-money CBD brands.
For every 1 dollar, you get 42.85mg CBD and 6.42mg of minor cannabinoids and terpenes.
As you can see, this is even better value than you get with R+R Medicinals oil.
You could argue that Lazarus Naturals is the best value for money CBD brand. We rate R+R Medicinals a bit higher because their oils contain a wider variety of cannabinoids and terpenes in detectable concentrations.
As explained, when rating full-spectrum CBD oils, or any CBD oil for that matter, the cannabinoid- and terpene-profile has the most weight in the final rating.
That being said, you can’t go wrong with Lazarus Naturals either.
Frequently Asked Questions About Full-Spectrum CBD Oil
What's the Difference Between Full-Spectrum CBD Oil and Regular CBD Oil?
Regular CBD oil usually refers to an oil that literally only contains CBD (at least when we're talking about hemp-derived compounds).
As you know, the hemp plant contains a multitude of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids.
Regular CBD oil only contains an isolated form of CBD, while full-spectrum CBD oil contains the multitude of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids naturally present in hemp plants.
You could compare regular CBD oil to a vitamin C pill, and full-spectrum CBD oil to blueberries. Blueberries contain vitamin C, but also hundreds of other beneficial compounds.
Is Full-Spectrum CBD the Best?
Based on our experience reviewing cannabinoid products for 6+ years and based on various scientific studies, we believe that full-spectrum CBD is the most effective way to take CBD.
Not only do a lot of plant compounds have uniquely beneficial effects on their own…
Some studies have found something similar when it comes to CBD.
One study found that epilepsy patients that used a full-spectrum CBD product needed a 4-times smaller dose and experienced fewer side effects compared to patients that used an isolated form of CBD (5).
Other studies indicate that cannabinoids produce an ‘entourage effect', meaning that they can create unique effects when combined that wouldn't be present when taking a cannabinoid that's part of the combination alone (6, 7).
For example, one animal study found that when two ineffective doses of CBDA and THC were combined, they produced a significant pain-reducing effect (8).
But the synergistic effects of cannabis compounds aren't only between cannabinoids. Some studies suggest that terpenes have an important role in cannabis plant synergy as well (9). And when you think about it makes sense. Cannabinoid-profiles between different cannabis strains are pretty similar, yet a lot of strains produce different effects. How? Well, terepene-profiles between cannabis strains can differ significantly and most likely have an important role in the experienced effects.
The bottom line:
For most people, a cannabinoid- and terpene-rich full-spectrum CBD oil will be the most effective CBD product.
Who Should Avoid Full-Spectrum CBD Oil?
Anyone that wants to avoid THC should avoid full-spectrum CBD oil.
Full-spectrum CBD products always contain small and legal amounts of THC.
And while small amounts of THC improve the effectiveness of CBD products, some people are:
- Subjected to regular drug tests, and/or;
- Are highly sensitive to THC.
In both cases, it would be best to avoid full-spectrum CBD products.
Even though full-spectrum CBD products contain only little THC, when taken regularly over long periods of time, this small amount can be high enough for you to fail a drug test.
Some people are highly sensitive to THC. If you take a full-spectrum CBD oil and you start feeling a buzz or other side effects like anxiety or paranoia, it's very likely that you're highly sensitive to THC.
The best option for these two categories of people is broad-spectrum CBD oil. Broad-spectrum CBD oil is THC-free, but still contains some other hemp-derived cannabinoids and terpenes that act synergistically with CBD.
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