Best CBD Gummies: Which Brands are Winners?

Best CBD Gummies: Which Brands are Winners?


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Disclaimer: None of the information in this article constitutes medical advice, and is just the opinion of the writer(s). We recommend that patients follow their doctor’s guidance in regard to CBD.

Cannabidiol (CBD) products are incredibly popular in the U.S. and consumers use them for a variety of reasons, including for anxiety, inflammation, and sleep.

Selecting a high-quality CBD gummies brand is even more challenging than choosing the best CBD oil brand, because gummies often contain additives like processed cane sugar and artificial food dye that are unhealthy.

Our goal with this article is to provide a clear set of criteria that consumers can use to evaluate CBD gummies brands, and then recommend the best and healthiest CBD gummy products.

We will recommend a Best Overall CBD Gummies brand, a Best CBD Isolate Gummy brand, a Cheapest CBD Gummy brand and a Best Tasting CBD Gummy brand.

What Makes a CBD Gummies Brand the Best?

We recommend CBD gummies brands based on three criteria: test results, clean formulation and price.

Test results prove that a CBD gummy brand is safe and accurately labeled. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the U.S. routinely recalls products for quality control and safety violations, and since there is no pre-approval process for dietary supplements the only way to ensure the efficacy and safety of a CBD gummy product is to see product test results.

When we analyze test results, we’re ideally looking for potency data (proving the amount of CBD on the label is actually in the product), label accuracy data (proving that all ingredients listed in the product are actually in the product), and contaminant data (proving that contaminants like pesticides and heavy metals are not present in unsafe concentrations).

Clean formulation means an ingredients list that's healthier than most of the competition. We typically don't recommend any products with added sugar or flavoring agents, but because we could not locate a single CBD gummy brand without any such additives, we'll be grading this on a relative scale.

We consider CBD gummy brands to have a clean formulation if they are free of artificial flavoring, artificial dye and excess added sugar.

Price is our third consideration, and for products with similar formulations we will recommend the lower-priced option. Because CBD dosage varies so much between brands and products, we will standardize the price in this review per 10 milligrams (mg) of CBD.

We only recommend products which reasonably satisfy these three benchmark criteria.

Best Overall - Bluebird Botanicals

As we outlined in our Bluebird Botanicals reviews article, this brand is an industry leader for transparency and product purity. This brand has the most extensive product testing process of any CBD brand we've come across.

Bluebird Botanicals CBD Gummies pass our lab testing requirement, because the brand's Batch Database indicates that the recent batch of CBD gummies contains the required amount of CBD and has non-detectable levels of contaminants like mycotoxins, pesticides and heavy metals. 

Bluebird Botanicals CBD Gummies pass the clean formulation test because most of the flavoring agents are organic whole foods, including organic pear juice concentrate and fruit and vegetable juice. The formulation only contains 2 grams (g) of added sugar which is lower than most competitors.

The price of Bluebird Botanicals CBD gummies is $44.95 for a jar which contains 450 mg total. This equates to $1 per 10 mg serving of CBD.

Bluebird Botanicals CBD gummies are a full-spectrum hemp extract. Interested consumers can check out Bluebird Botanicals CBD Gummies at this link to the product page on the brand's website.

Best CBD Isolate Gummies - FabCBD

CBD isolate gummies are free of all cannabinoids (like THC) except for CBD. This makes them a good option for consumers who get drug tested or who otherwise react poorly to very low levels of THC. FabCBD Anytime Gummies is our top CBD isolate gummies pick.

FabCBD publishes lab reports on their website. These reports indicate their product contains no heavy metal or pesticide contamination. They do not test for residual solvents, which makes their testing data slightly inferior to that of Bluebird Botanicals. 

It’s also notable that while FabCBD lists 25 mg of CBD per serving of their gummies, their potency testing shows 21 mg, so this is the dose we will use in our price comparison.

These gummies have a clean formulation relative to other CBD gummies brands. They include organic ingredients like organic black carrot juice and organic turmeric for coloring. Some of their sweetness comes from organic grape juice concentrate rather than added sugar. This product also contains the lowest level of added sugar of the CBD gummies brands we reviewed, with only 1 g per serving.

The price of FabCBD CBD gummies is $59 for 630 mg total of CBD, which equates to $0.94 per 10-mg CBD dose, which is slightly better than Bluebird Botanicals pricing on a unit basis.

Interested consumers can check out FabCBD CBD Isolate Gummies at this link to the product page on the brand's website.

Cheapest CBD Gummies - Lazarus Naturals

Lazarus Naturals CBD Gummies are the cheapest CBD gummies that meet our criteria.

The brand has a Test Results Repository with lab testing results for all of their products.

The tests are conducted by a third-party lab, and at the time of updating this article these gummies are proven to meet the label claims for CBD, to have undetectable heavy metals levels and to be pesticide-free. 

From a formulation perspective, this supplement meets our criteria because it's primarily sweetened with natural ingredients like organic pear juice concentrate and organic blueberry juice concentrate, and is free of artificial flavoring agents and dyes.

A 40-count bottle provides 1,000 mg of CBD and costs only $37.99, which equates to $0.38 per 10 mg CBD serving.

Interested consumers can check out Lazarus Naturals Calm CBD Gummies at this link to the product page on the brand's website.

Best Tasting CBD Gummies - CBDistillery

CBDistillery makes the best tasting CBD gummies that meet our selection criteria.

CBDistillery’s broad-spectrum CBD gummies are extensively lab tested for potency, label accuracy and a wide range of contaminants. The test results are published right on the product page, and the number of testing criteria tested puts this brand on par with Bluebird Botanicals in terms of product testing.

This product passes our clean formulation test because it's free of artificial dye (fruit and vegetables are used for coloring), artificial sweeteners (only 2 g added sugar per serving) and artificial flavors (natural flavors are used instead). The gummies have a sweet and slightly tangy, citrus taste.

The price of CBDistillery’s gummies is $60 for a jar that contains 900 mg CBD. This equates to $0.67 per 10 mg serving.

Interested consumers can check out CBDistillery CBD Gummies at this link to the product page on the brand's website.

Why We Don’t Recommend Sugar-Free CBD Gummies

We searched for a sugar-free CBD gummy brand to recommend, but couldn’t find a single one without harmful artificial sweeteners and other filler ingredients. We’re surprised that a brand hasn’t formulated a clean sugar-free CBD gummy product with second-generation sweeteners like stevia extract or monk fruit extract that would make for a clean formulation and sweet taste without sugar.

We believe that a small amount of added sugar is safer and healthier than artificial sweeteners, so we don’t recommend any sugar-free CBD gummy products at this time.

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Conclusion

While there are some high quality CBD gummy brands, we believe CBD gummies as a category are less healthy than CBD oil, because every CBD gummy brand we've reviewed contained either added sugar or artificial sweeteners.

For health-conscious consumers we would recommend CBD oil over CBD gummies. The CBD oil brands we recommend are entirely free of questionable additive ingredients.

We recommend Bluebird Botanicals CBD gummies as our top overall CBD gummies pick because of the brand's extensive quality testing, clean formulation and fair price.

FabCBD is the CBD isolate gummies brand we recommend, as it only contains 1 g added sugar per serving which is the lowest amount of any brand we reviewed.

CBDistillery makes the cheapest CBD gummies which meet our benchmarks, and their gummies cost well under $1 per 10 mg serving of CBD.

Upstate Elevator Supply Co. makes the best-tasting CBD gummies in our opinion, but these are higher in sugar than the other brands we reviewed. 

In the future we hope to see more CBD gummies brands using whole food ingredients like fruit juice rather than processed cane sugar to sweeten their products.




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