Use the table below to compare CBD oil. In the table you will find CBD oil with 3 to 6% CBD* from well-known European brands.
To allow for prise comparison*, we have provided the price per milligram of CBD. Read more about our comparison criteria, quality standards and (organic) certifications, and the composition of CBD oil.
All links refer to shops that offer international shipping within the EU.
Why is it important to compare CBD oil?
CBD is, according to various studies, safe to use. It does not make you high and it has little or no side effects. Yet the product is not completely harmless. CBD oil’s safety depends greatly on a) the production method and b) the way in which the product is presented to customers: claims, labeling, correct information.
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Dutch researcher Arno Hazekamp investigated CBD oil on the Dutch market. This shows that:
- For CBD products there are no mandatory minimum quality requirements that the product must meet.
- The CBD industry is not subject to government supervision and there are no mandatory quality controls.
- The cannabis plant (including the hemp fiber plant) very easily absorbs pesticides and pollution from soil and air.
- The labeling does not always correspond to reality: the CBD percentage deviates.
- Manufacturers do not always provide full clarity about the hemp’s origin, quality and organic cultivation.
To provide you as a consumer with more clarity, we continuously evaluate CBD oil from generally available European brands.
Frequently asked questions about comparing CBD
Do you test the CBD oil yourself?
No. The use of supplements, and therefore also CBD oil, is very personal and the effectiveness differs from person to person. After all, it depends on many factors: your general health, your lifestyle, any deficiencies and the type of complaints. In addition, taste, smell and colour do not say much about the effect and quality. What is most important to us is the extent to which a manufacturer compromises on quality standards and really strives for a pure, honest and sustainable product. For example, by being able to show lab tests. And is the company always honest and clear to the consumer? Practice what you preach.
Why are the CBD percentages not the same everywhere?
A minimum of 4% CBD is required for effective operation. It is usually recommended to start with a low dose and build this up if necessary. Most brands therefore start with 4 or 5% CBD oil. Read more about CBD dosing here.
Why is brand X not in this comparison?
We have chosen to focus on European brands that are easily available, precisely because there are most questions about this. The CBD market is in such a state of flux, that means that we regularly make changes and add new brands. Do you know a CBD brand or product that should not be missing? Mail it to us!
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Which factors determine the final quality assessment?
We have listed these here.
How can I see which oil is the most pure?
Purity is not an unambiguous concept. In Europe, CBD oil is – fortunately – usually free of artificial additives. But the cultivation method, growing location, extraction method and the oil with which the CBD concentrate is mixed (filling oil) determine to what extent residues of pesticides, metals or other harmful substances have remained. This information is not made available by all manufacturers. We therefore attach great importance to the lab analysis reports, the extraction method and organic cultivation. Read more about the composition of CBD oil.
What is the importance of an organic certification?
A product can be organic without having a certificate. The manufacturer decides whether he/she wants a certified product or not. Applying for these type of certifications is a time-consuming and costly process. However, the certification offers the rest of the world the guarantee that it is of organic origin. Unlike many other crops, the cannabis plant (or hemp plant) absorbs almost all substances from the soil and air. Both the nutrients and the harmful substances. That is why we attach great value to organic cultivation and even more value to brands that take the extra effort to apply for the organic certification (EU-bio for instance).
On the other hand, the EU-bio certification does not translate to a 100% organic product, it only means that it complies with the European Union’s standards for organic produce.