There are many good features about Bluebird Botanicals but some issues that may scare some people away from their products. Looking at Charlotte’s Web CBD from CW Hemp there are some issues with this company also.
So lets first take a look at some of the primary positives from each company and then go into some greater detail on the issues that are a concern.
THE POSITIVES: Bluebird Botanicals
Bluebird Botanicals has a good reputation. Their extraction methods are clean and provide a full spectrum extract containing over 80 different cannabinoids including CBC, CBG, CBG-A, CBC-A, CBN and, of course, CBD.
Bluebird Botanicals states on their website that they test for potency and purity and although their hemp is not officially organic, it is grown without pesticides, fertilizers or herbicides. Hemp, and its’ cousin cannabis, thrives easily on its’ own…like a weed!
Bluebird Botanicals makes excellent products but is NOT our first choice in terms of value.
THE POSITIVES: Charlotte’s Web CBD from CW Hemp
They have trademarked the name ‘The World’s Most Trusted Hemp Extract’ and they are certainly the most well known. This is the company that was interviewed for the Dr Sanjay Gupta CNN special discussing some of the potential medicinal benefits of marijuana and CBD. That program aired a few years back and more than anything else, created a new major industry for CBD products. CW Hemp makes excellent products and deserves all the accolades the company gets.
So, Charlotte’s Web CBD (from CW Hemp) makes excellent products but, like Bluebird Botanicals, Charlotte’s Web CBD is NOT our first choice in terms of value.
Regarding the Bluebird Botanicals CBD ‘Oils’ and specifically discussing the ‘Bluebird Botanicals Hemp Classic CBD Oil’ and their other CBD oils, the ‘Classic 6X’, ‘Complete 6X’, and ‘Signature 6X’ …Many people, this writer included, seeks to avoid ‘seed oils.’ The Bluebird Botanicals CBD Oil products are offered in hemp seed oil.
Now some people believe hemp seed oil is nutritious and safe. However, some folks disagree and there is a lot written about the potential risks of seed oils in general. Most of the discussion surrounding the risks of oils, is referring to vegetable oils which are mostly seed oils. Products like corn oil, soybean oil, canola oil, sunflower oil, etc. are mostly seed oils. A great read on this subject is in the Nina Teicholz highly acclaimed best seller from a few years ago titles ‘The Big Fat Surprise.’ Read chapter 9 about seed oils and so-called ‘vegetable’ oils and it just may change the way you eat. Teicholz is highly respected and the accolades for this book come from highly credible experts. Anyway, the bottom line is we wish Bluebird would use olive oil or coconut oil instead of hemp ‘seed’ oil. But that opinion is, of course, just a strong personal preference for some of us that many readers may choose to ignore.
Another area of concern with Bluebird Botanicals is the price. We think it is too expensive. They offer 25% to 40% off to US Veterans, disabled people and low-income people. They also offer 50% off at the wholesale level. This suggests there is a possibly a very large profit built into these products and we wish they would just lower the prices across the board. Also, in the case of Bluebird Botanicals we view the return policy as inadequate. Their current return policy (as of June 27 2018 on their website) indicates that returns are offered but… “Only purchases up to $110.00 qualify for a refund. We do not take returns based on taste.” Their current website disclosure does NOT indicate if they will accept returns on opened bottles. The refund policy extends to only 30 days from the date of purchase.
Regarding Charlotte’s Web CBD, like Bluebird Botanicals, they offer top-notch products. The main CBD ‘oil’ products include their ‘Hemp Extract Oil’, ‘Hemp Extract Oil Plus’ and ‘Hemp Extract Oil Advanced’. The difference is mostly in the potency of the three products. All three of these CBD ‘oil’ products come in either a ‘Mint Chocolate’ flavor or olive oil. Our vote is for the olive oil because that ‘flavor’ contains just the hemp extract in an olive oil base and nothing else, while the ‘Mint Chocolate’ flavor uses coconut oil as the carrier oil (a good choice in our view) but also contains ‘sunflower oil’ (a ‘seed’ oil) in the mint chocolate flavoring. The return/refund policy is also limited to a short 30 days just like the Bluebird return for refund policy, but the CW Hemp website indicates the bottles can be opened and customers can return the unused portion for a refund. Like Bluebird, the CW Hemp products are expensive.
So, the bottom line is these are good products from good companies but they are not our first choice.