{"id":556928073801,"title":"Smilz CBD Gummies Review: The Unhealthiest CBD Gummy Brand?","created_at":"2022-09-10T23:48:30-04:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Smilz CBD Gummies Review: The Unhealthiest CBD Gummy Brand?\",\n \"keywords\": \"smilz, smilz cbd, smilz cbd review, smilz cbd reviews, smilz cbd gummies, smilz cbd gummies review, smilz cbd gummies reviews, smilz gummies\",\n \"description\": \"Our research team reviews the ingredients in Smilz CBD gummies to determine if they're healthy or unhealthy compared to other CBD gummy brands. 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Their gummies are bright, flavorful and well reviewed.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBut are they overpriced? Do they contain a healthy formulation or are there questionable additive ingredients? Is there a scam involved with this brand?\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll seek to answer these questions and more as we break down the ingredients in Smilz CBD gummies.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eIngredient Review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Smilz_CBD_Gummies_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1662868259\" alt=\"Smilz CBD Gummies ingredients\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe main active ingredient, as expected, is hemp extract. It’s listed on the Smilz ingredient label as “\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eCBD hemp extract\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e” which is a strange and arguably unscientific way to list it. CBD is a component of hemp extract.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eUnfortunately this product contains a number of additive ingredients that we would recommend avoiding.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eCorn syrup\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is a cheap, high-glycemic sweetener that has been associated with negative health outcomes in medical research. A \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/20516261\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eJournal of the American College of Nutrition\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e found that corn syrup intake increased obesity risk, and potentially increased risk of high blood pressure and insulin resistance.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThere is only 1.3 grams (g) added \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003esugar\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e per gummy, which isn’t terrible, but we recommend avoiding added sugar altogether if possible.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eCitric acid\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is a preservative and flavor enhancer that has been associated with whole-body inflammatory reactions in a small number of patients. A \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC6097542\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in 2018 documented a series of case reports of patients severely affected by citric acid intake. We recommend avoiding this ingredient.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSmilz CBD Gummies also contain \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003enatural and artificial flavors\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e. As referenced in our \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/purekana-cbd-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ePureKana CBD reviews\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e article, there are a number of negative health effects associated with artificial flavor consumption.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThese gummies also contain four different artificial food dyes: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eyellow #5\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eyellow #6\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eblue #1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ered #40\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e. A \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/23026007\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emeta-study\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e from 2012 found that yellow #5, yellow #6 and red #40 have been found to be contaminated with benzidine, which is a carcinogenic (cancer-causing) chemical compound.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOverall we consider this to be one of the worst CBD gummy formulations that we’ve reviewed. While many CBD gummy products have formulations we consider relatively unhealthy, because almost all contain added sugar, not all of them contain artificial flavor and artificial food dye.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe recommend avoiding these gummies.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eIs Smilz CBD Part of a Scam?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA YouTube review on Smilz CBD Gummies, published by a channel called “Jordan Liles,” detailed a potentially fake celebrity endorsement scam.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn our opinion this information doesn’t necessarily prove Smilz is involved with this potential scam, but we do consider it to be a red flag:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/kI7ST9YLnwc\" title=\"YouTube video player\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eWhy We Recommend CBD Oil Over CBD Gummies\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe consider CBD oil to be much healthier as a product category than CBD gummies. Many CBD oils have a clean and effective formulation of hemp extract and a carrier oil like organic coconut oil. There tend to be no questionable additive ingredients, and these products also tend to be cheaper per-milligram (mg) CBD.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSince CBD gummies are positioned like a candy product, they often contain all manner of questionable additives as evidenced in this review. We have not come across a CBD gummy brand without added sugar or flavoring agents. In the future we hope to see a CBD gummy product that’s flavored with whole fruits, and we would consider recommending such a product.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFor consumers interested in our CBD oil recommendation, our top pick is Feals CBD oil. It contains only two simple ingredients: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eorganic hemp extract\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eorganic coconut medium-chain triglycerides\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e as a carrier oil.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eInterested consumers can check out Feals \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/feals.mvqw.net\/c\/3271428\/612823\/10000?trafsrc=affiliate\u0026amp;u=https%3A%2F%2Ffeals.com%2Fproducts%2Ftinctures%3Fvariant%3D40173144473644%26selling_plan%3D547815468\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eat this link\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eOur CBD Gummy Recommendation\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Bluebird_Botanicals_CBD_Gummies_Optimized_e0ad01b4-08d0-4fad-96dc-e71dfc89845d.webp?v=1662868295\" alt=\"Bluebird Botanicals CBD Gummies\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFor consumers who are set on purchasing \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/best-cbd-gummies\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCBD gummies\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e rather than CBD oil, our top pick is \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"http:\/\/bluebird-botanicals.sjv.io\/P0Dvxj\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBluebird Botanicals CBD gummies\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThese gummies do contain added sugar, but at least they are partially sweetened with nutritious whole food ingredients like \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eorganic pear juice concentrate\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eFruit and vegetable juice\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e are used as natural colorants, which is a much healthier option in our opinion than artificial food dye.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOnly \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003enatural flavors\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e are used, and no artificial flavors.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBluebird Botanicals CBD Gummies are also slightly cheaper than Smilz per-mg. These gummies cost $44.95 and provide 450 mg total CBD, which equates to a per-mg CBD cost of \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$0.10\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSmilz CBD Gummies cost $34.97 and provide 300 mg total CBD, which equates to a per-mg CBD cost of $0.12, or around 20% more.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eInterested consumers can check out Bluebird Botanicals CBD Gummies \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"http:\/\/bluebird-botanicals.sjv.io\/P0Dvxj\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eat this link\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eBad BBB Reviews\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSmilz has relatively bad average ratings on the Better Business Bureau \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.bbb.org\/us\/ca\/los-angeles\/profile\/online-retailer\/smilz-1216-1423357\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ewebsite\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, which allows customers to publish reviews of popular brands. The brand’s average rating is 1.11\/5.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMany customers are complaining about being overcharged. A user named “Roderick F” claims the following:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003e“April 7th, I placed an order for a special they advertised and on the 8th of April realized I was overcharged by $123.69. April 12, I was finally refunded for the \"Error\". After never receiving my order, I again contacted the company after 3 weeks of waiting and told them I would like to cancel my order all together. On the 25th of April, I received an email stating $125.00 had been refunded to my account. It is now May 6th, money has yet to be retired”\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWhile many brands have customer complaints on the BBB site, because frustrated customers are more likely to publish a review than happy customers, we do consider this score to be worse than most of the competition.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFor a few comparative examples, CBDistillery (which is another major CBD brand) has an average rating on BBB of 3.18\/5 and Charlotte's Web has an average rating of 3.09\/5.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe consider Smilz to be a low-quality CBD brand, at least in regard to their CBD gummies formulation, and we recommend avoiding this product.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWhile many CBD gummies are relatively unhealthy due to added sugar and flavoring agents, we consider Smilz CBD Gummies to be particularly unhealthy because they also contain artificial food dye and artificial flavors among other things.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBluebird Botanicals makes a CBD gummy that’s our top pick for the category, but we still strongly recommend CBD oil over CBD gummies because the formulations of CBD oil tend to be much cleaner.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThere is a lot of questionable online coverage about Smilz CBD as evidenced by the YouTube exposé shown above, and we recommend that consumers disregard all such “celebrity endorsements” of this brand without any substantial proof.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2022-09-10T23:58:12-04:00","updated_at":"2022-10-23T02:28:17-04:00","summary_html":"We review the ingredients in Smilz CBD gummies to determine if they're healthy or unhealthy compared to other CBD gummy brands. We highlight a YouTube video suggesting Smilz is involved in a scam, and explain why we recommend CBD oil over CBD gummies.","template_suffix":"","handle":"smilz-cbd-gummies-review","tags":"_related:cbd"}

Smilz CBD Gummies Review: The Unhealthiest CBD Gummy Brand?

Smilz CBD Gummies Review: The Unhealthiest CBD Gummy Brand?


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Smilz is one of the most popular cannabidiol (CBD) gummies brands. Their gummies are bright, flavorful and well reviewed.

But are they overpriced? Do they contain a healthy formulation or are there questionable additive ingredients? Is there a scam involved with this brand?

In this article we’ll seek to answer these questions and more as we break down the ingredients in Smilz CBD gummies.

Ingredient Review

Smilz CBD Gummies ingredients

The main active ingredient, as expected, is hemp extract. It’s listed on the Smilz ingredient label as “CBD hemp extract” which is a strange and arguably unscientific way to list it. CBD is a component of hemp extract.

Unfortunately this product contains a number of additive ingredients that we would recommend avoiding.

Corn syrup is a cheap, high-glycemic sweetener that has been associated with negative health outcomes in medical research. A medical review published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that corn syrup intake increased obesity risk, and potentially increased risk of high blood pressure and insulin resistance.

There is only 1.3 grams (g) added sugar per gummy, which isn’t terrible, but we recommend avoiding added sugar altogether if possible.

Citric acid is a preservative and flavor enhancer that has been associated with whole-body inflammatory reactions in a small number of patients. A medical review published in 2018 documented a series of case reports of patients severely affected by citric acid intake. We recommend avoiding this ingredient.

Smilz CBD Gummies also contain natural and artificial flavors. As referenced in our PureKana CBD reviews article, there are a number of negative health effects associated with artificial flavor consumption.

These gummies also contain four different artificial food dyes: yellow #5, yellow #6, blue #1 and red #40. A meta-study from 2012 found that yellow #5, yellow #6 and red #40 have been found to be contaminated with benzidine, which is a carcinogenic (cancer-causing) chemical compound.

Overall we consider this to be one of the worst CBD gummy formulations that we’ve reviewed. While many CBD gummy products have formulations we consider relatively unhealthy, because almost all contain added sugar, not all of them contain artificial flavor and artificial food dye.

We recommend avoiding these gummies.

Is Smilz CBD Part of a Scam?

A YouTube review on Smilz CBD Gummies, published by a channel called “Jordan Liles,” detailed a potentially fake celebrity endorsement scam.

In our opinion this information doesn’t necessarily prove Smilz is involved with this potential scam, but we do consider it to be a red flag:

Why We Recommend CBD Oil Over CBD Gummies

We consider CBD oil to be much healthier as a product category than CBD gummies. Many CBD oils have a clean and effective formulation of hemp extract and a carrier oil like organic coconut oil. There tend to be no questionable additive ingredients, and these products also tend to be cheaper per-milligram (mg) CBD.

Since CBD gummies are positioned like a candy product, they often contain all manner of questionable additives as evidenced in this review. We have not come across a CBD gummy brand without added sugar or flavoring agents. In the future we hope to see a CBD gummy product that’s flavored with whole fruits, and we would consider recommending such a product.

For consumers interested in our CBD oil recommendation, our top pick is Feals CBD oil. It contains only two simple ingredients: organic hemp extract and organic coconut medium-chain triglycerides as a carrier oil.

Interested consumers can check out Feals at this link.

Our CBD Gummy Recommendation

Bluebird Botanicals CBD Gummies

For consumers who are set on purchasing CBD gummies rather than CBD oil, our top pick is Bluebird Botanicals CBD gummies.

These gummies do contain added sugar, but at least they are partially sweetened with nutritious whole food ingredients like organic pear juice concentrate.

Fruit and vegetable juice are used as natural colorants, which is a much healthier option in our opinion than artificial food dye.

Only natural flavors are used, and no artificial flavors.

Bluebird Botanicals CBD Gummies are also slightly cheaper than Smilz per-mg. These gummies cost $44.95 and provide 450 mg total CBD, which equates to a per-mg CBD cost of $0.10.

Smilz CBD Gummies cost $34.97 and provide 300 mg total CBD, which equates to a per-mg CBD cost of $0.12, or around 20% more.

Interested consumers can check out Bluebird Botanicals CBD Gummies at this link.

Bad BBB Reviews

Smilz has relatively bad average ratings on the Better Business Bureau website, which allows customers to publish reviews of popular brands. The brand’s average rating is 1.11/5.

Many customers are complaining about being overcharged. A user named “Roderick F” claims the following:

“April 7th, I placed an order for a special they advertised and on the 8th of April realized I was overcharged by $123.69. April 12, I was finally refunded for the "Error". After never receiving my order, I again contacted the company after 3 weeks of waiting and told them I would like to cancel my order all together. On the 25th of April, I received an email stating $125.00 had been refunded to my account. It is now May 6th, money has yet to be retired”

While many brands have customer complaints on the BBB site, because frustrated customers are more likely to publish a review than happy customers, we do consider this score to be worse than most of the competition.

For a few comparative examples, CBDistillery (which is another major CBD brand) has an average rating on BBB of 3.18/5 and Charlotte's Web has an average rating of 3.09/5.

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Conclusion

We consider Smilz to be a low-quality CBD brand, at least in regard to their CBD gummies formulation, and we recommend avoiding this product.

While many CBD gummies are relatively unhealthy due to added sugar and flavoring agents, we consider Smilz CBD Gummies to be particularly unhealthy because they also contain artificial food dye and artificial flavors among other things.

Bluebird Botanicals makes a CBD gummy that’s our top pick for the category, but we still strongly recommend CBD oil over CBD gummies because the formulations of CBD oil tend to be much cleaner.

There is a lot of questionable online coverage about Smilz CBD as evidenced by the YouTube exposé shown above, and we recommend that consumers disregard all such “celebrity endorsements” of this brand without any substantial proof.




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