Why is CBD So Expensive? Choosing the Best Brand

In the last few years, CBD has really stepped into the limelight. Its elevation into mainstream consciousness has allowed it to thrive, with tons of companies working to cater to increased demands. As a result, consumers can find it in many different places, from online stores to retail centers. Fans of this versatile compound also tout its many potential benefits. 

These benefits may include stress relief, increased relaxation, and the reduction of body aches and pain.* However, those looking for the best CBD may ask, "Why is it so darn expensive?!"

When it comes to your overall well-being, taking shortcuts with cheaper products is not always the answer. The same goes for CBD -- there's a reason why high-quality CBD has a high price tag. While not all CBD is especially expensive, choosing a company with a primary focus on providing you with the highest quality CBD products that reach well above and beyond industry standards should be a top priority. 

With that being said, let's take a look at a few of the reasons why CBD can be so expensive.

Hemp Production Can Be Challenging

To really answer the question of why CBD is so expensive, we must first look at current farming practices. 

Believe it or not, hemp production presents challenges that farmers haven't faced before -- especially for those who made the switch from food crops like fruits and veggies. Hemp requires a lot of TLC, manual work, and inspection during growth. 

For example, when hemp plants produce more than the legally allotted amount of THC (0.3 percent), those plants must be destroyed. Hemp farmers need to constantly monitor the situation to prevent catastrophic crop loss. 

Cannabinoid Extraction and Refinement is a Difficult Process

It would be really nice if CBD extraction were as easy as squeezing oil out of hemp flowers -- but it doesn't work like that. The process is actually quite advanced, utilizing expensive, highly calibrated machines. 

Processors extract CBD and other popular cannabinoids from hemp using two primary solutions:

  • Supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2)
  • Ethanol

Both of these methods produce perfectly safe CBD products when carried out correctly, but ethanol tends to provide the less expensive option of the two. Manufacturers using this method can also scale up CBD production much more easily compared to its counterpart. 

Companies that produce smaller batches of CBD oil frequently opt for CO2 extraction. Why? Because this method can extract greater amounts of compounds from hemp, resulting in exceedingly high-quality products -- and when it comes to CBD, high-quality is always best! 

However, this method of extraction is a wildly expensive process with lots of room for error. Just to put it into perspective for you, a CO2 extraction machine can cost around a cool $135,000 to $150,000 -- plus a whopping $20,000 to $35,000 for a rotary evaporator and centrifuge. 

Both ethanol and CO2 extraction produce full-spectrum hemp extract, which contains CBD, THC, minor cannabinoids, and other plant compounds like body-nourishing essential oils and terpenes. And some companies use those full-spectrum extracts in their products. But many people prefer to avoid any THC content due to health or employment concerns. 

To produce a product free of THC, manufacturers must further process the hemp extract to create broad-spectrum extract. Continued refinement can produce CBD isolate or pure CBD for use in products. 

Lab Testing Adds An Extra Ongoing Cost

Since CBD is still largely unregulated by the FDA, tests conducted by third-party labs are essential for consumers to be able to verify that what's in a container matches its label. The tests are a detailed analysis of the contents of a sample -- including how much CBD and THC it contains. 

Some labs just investigate the cannabinoids, but now many more -- like Healist -- include a terpene profile and a screening of contaminants. Due to this, tests must be repeated with a sample from every single batch of every single product, which can -- you guessed it -- add an extra ongoing cost. 

How To Choose the Best Brand

So, how does one choose the best brand for the best CBD? Here's what to look for:

Third Party Lab Testing On Every Batch

The CBD industry is now well on its way to becoming mainstream, but as we mentioned a little earlier, regulations are yet to catch up. This means that many companies selling CBD oil aren't exactly up to standard with their manufacturing practices and don't undertake the necessary precautions needed to ensure a safe and effective product. 

When choosing a CBD brand, stick with a reputable company that conducts third-party lab testing to check for heavy metals, pesticides, mycotoxins, and more. 

Here at Healist, we conduct all testing through a third-party independent, ISO-accredited pharmaceutical grade lab. 

Triple testing means:

  1. We check and verify the lab results of every raw material we receive. 
  2. Prior to formulating, we test every single batch of hemp extract to ensure purity, potency, and consistency. 
  3. After formulating, we test every batch of the final product a third time to ensure purity, potency and verify that there has been no microbiological contamination.   

We have Certificates of Analysis (COA) for all of our CBD products to show you exactly what you're getting when you purchase from us. We believe transparency is of the utmost importance! 

Extract Using Supercritical CO2

The best of the best CBD oils use safe solvents like supercritical CO2 to extract the desired compounds. This ensures a safe extract is produced, free from any residues or unwanted additives -- which is often not the case with other extraction methods. 

Steer clear of CBD oils using chemicals like butane, pentane, hexane, or propane as they can leave behind dangerous contaminants.   

We choose to use CO2 processing to have the best possible portfolio of cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and fatty acids that function in harmony with your body.* 

We do everything we can to retain the plant's organic ingredients, naturally.

Effective Packaging

This one may seem pretty obvious, but it's often overlooked. When consumers are looking for a great CBD brand, price and service often roll to the front end of the priority list, but it's important to pay attention to the way the products are packaged, too. 

Look for CBD products that are packaged in sturdy materials like plastic or glass, with airtight closures. Many shady brands like to use cheap packaging that doesn’t exactly seal well. For CBD products, that can mean spillage or loss of potency or freshness over time. 

(Our bottles are a pretty good example of what to look for, if you ask us!)

U.S Grown, Clean, Natural Ingredients

Stick with a reputable brand that uses 100% clean and natural ingredients grown in the beautiful U.S.A. 

We follow sustainable and organic farming practices meaning you will never find any pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, petroleum-based chemical fertilizers, hydrocarbon solvents, or irradiation. Just natural sunlight, wind, and moonlight!

Plus, our formulas don't just stop at CBD -- across each of our products, we've paired CBD with clinically backed natural ingredients designed to power your body's innate capacity to find relief, sleep, calm, and overall well-being.* These are always:

  • Added at active levels -- always backed by clinical studies.
  • Safe and proven ingredients to minimize any potential negative reactions and possible misuse. 
  • 100% natural and never synthetic to cultivate your body's essential processes -- not hijack them.

Great Service and Great Reviews

Lastly, choose a brand with great service. The current level of growth in the market for CBD is leaving most companies overwhelmed. Poorly run CBD distributors aren't set up to provide a high level of service and as a result, many retailers find themselves dealing with delayed orders, unreturned phone calls, and missing products -- not good!

Look for a company like Healist with glowing reviews, raving about their products and service. Sticking with a reputable company will save you from a headache or two.

Bottom Line

While not all CBD on the market is more expensive than other supplements, the best CBD usually is. Why? Because there's a lot of love that goes into ensuring good quality CBD is up to a certain standard. From farming to testing, not all CBD oil is created equal. 

Look for a reputable brand that puts its products through third-party testing, has sustainable packaging, and has glowing reviews. Not sure where to look? Give us a try.

Here at Healist, our pact to you is total transparency. We're taking action against misinformation, deceptive labeling, white lies, soft truths and truly believe in equipping you with everything you need to stay informed to make the best decision for your overall well-being. 

We see the powerful potential in nature and the ingredients it provides us, and through cutting-edge science, we have the ability to unlock this incredible potential, push it beyond its known possibilities, and create great solutions that actually work. Solutions that are clean, natural, and healthy -- the way nature intended them to be!

 

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