The Vitamin Shoppe in my area is currently offering two brands of CBD products. The two brands are Garden of Life CBD and Irwin Naturals CBD. While there are loads of great products in Vitamin Shoppes we are not happy with their choice of CBD brands. To get detailed reasons for our issues with both the ‘Garden of Life CBD’ products and the ‘Irwin Naturals CBD’ products please go to the appropriate pages on this website to read our review of each brand.
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Regarding the Irwin Naturals CBD product we feel there are too many additional ingredients in every one of their CBD products. Now, this might be fine for some consumers but others, like ourselves, strongly prefer a CBD product that contains just CBD without the additional ingredients. In the Irwin Naturals CBD product line, every one of their products has ‘flaxseed’ as the first listed ingredient. Some folks think flaxseed is an excellent healthy food item, but others think the opposite. There is evidence that flaxseed may mimic estrogen in the body. Some think this is a good thing and others do not. Some experts recommend that certain people avoid flaxseed because it could be a risk for women who are at higher risk of certain hormone dependent cancers. The bottom line is that we don’t know the answer but apparently neither does the experts. So, we feel when in doubt…punt. Read more about flaxseed on the Garden of Life review page on this website. There are other issues to consider such as the fact the Garden of Life company does not indicate on its’ website (as of May 2019)… whether or not their CBD ingredients get tested for purity by an independent lab…or what type of extraction method is used to extract the CBD from the plant…or from which country the plant (presumably hemp) comes from….etc. This information is expected and is on the websites for most well-known companies that offer CBD. All of the top selling CBD companies offer this information but not Irwin Naturals.
Regarding Garden of Life CBD, they too do not offer a CBD product free of additional ingredients. Be sure to read our review of Garden of Life CBD on this website. Their CBD product is loaded with additional ingredients. Now this may be fine for some consumers, but others want unadulterated CBD without all the extra ingredients. They offer 14 different formulations with CBD and a bunch of other ingredients.
The bottom line is both of these brands may well be excellent products, but in the case of one of the brands all the relevant information is not disclosed on the company website. Again, for consumers looking for a plain unadulterated CBD product neither of these brands fit the bill. So, we are happy to see The Vitamin Shoppe offering CBD but would like to see them offer some CBD products without the added ingredients. For now, The Vitamin Shoppe CBD product offerings… as of this date (May 16, 2019)… is too limited. One of the issues that consumers will probably find is that all the large national chains is that they will likely offer a very limited choice of CBD products. We will see if this changes as more large retail chains jump into this market.