What Is the Best CBD Oil?

Julia Granowicz
Julia Granowicz - Content Writer

May 10 2021 - 4 min read

For many people interested in cannabis as medicine CBD oil provides an option to try medical marijuana while avoiding the psychoactive effects of THC. The hemp and CBD industries are growing exponentially every year as more people turn away from pharmaceuticals in search of a natural alternative: enter CBD. But with all the hype it can be hard to know which products are worth trying and which ones are likely to deliver disappointing results, if any at all. Finding the best CBD oil is no easy task, but that’s what we’re here for: to do the legwork for you.

How to Choose the Best CBD Oil for You

There’s a lot to know when you’re looking to use cannabidiol as an alternative to other medications. The most important thing is talking to your doctor before you quit any medications to replace them with CBD. Your doctor can help wean you off your prescriptions if that is what you want to do but suddenly stopping most medications can be dangerous.

Once you’ve talked to your doctor about whether CBD is an option for you, they can help you decide if you should be looking at CBD derived from hemp plants or CBD derived from medical marijuana plants. This will help you find the best CBD oil products to fit your specific needs.

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CBD from Hemp VS CBD from Cannabis

The main difference between CBD you can buy in most convenience stores and the CBD you get from a dispensary is the plant it is extracted from. The CBD on shelves in gas stations and grocery stores is derived from hemp plants, making it federally legal to sell and purchase. CBD products on dispensary shelves on the other hand are produced from cannabis plants.

Both are beneficial in their own ways, but some people claim to see better results with full spectrum products made from cannabis compared to full spectrum products made from hemp.

Regardless, there is no doubt that CBD derived from hemp is beneficial to millions, as long as you purchase a high-quality product. It must be noted, however, that many conditions merit the addition of THC, THCA, CBN, CBC and other cannabinoids, and that adding these cannabinoids to the mix can help lower the need to take large amounts of hemp-derived CBD (which has been associated with some negative side-effects such as gastric problems). We’ve made the process a little easier on you by narrowing down some of the best legal and more widely available CBD oil products on the market right now.

Medterra CBD Oil 

Medterra is a company that boasts a large selection of CBD products from oils and tinctures to gummies and topical creams. The company prides itself on providing a true seed-to-sale purchase. They use hemp grown under the Kentucky Department of Agriculture guidelines and they are in partnership with the Hemp Pilot Research program and complies with the U.S. Hemp Authority Certification Process.

Medterra 1000 mg CBD oil from hemp. Full spectrum with broad cannabinoid profile. Citrus flavor.
Medterra 1000 mg Broad-Spectrum CBD oil

American Shaman Water Soluble CBD Hemp Oil 

American Shaman is a brand that has quickly become well-known, mostly for their unique product, water soluble CBD hemp oil. The company prides itself on having ultra-concentrated terpene rich CBD. They also offer a program called the Compassionate Care Program which provides discounts to those in need including those on low or fixed income and veterans.

American Shaman 300 mg CBD Oil, Water Soluble. 300mg per bottle (10mg CBD per 1 mL).
American Shaman Water-Soluble CBD Oil

Charlotte’s Web CBD Oil 

Charlotte’s Web made a name for itself when it changed the life of a young girl after whom it was eventually named. The product has been made the same way for years, using the original formula, and has become one of the most trusted CBD hemp products on the market. Now they offer a variety of CBD based products to fit various needs, all created from that same life changing strain.

Charlotte's Web CBD Oil. 60 mg per ml (1800 mg per 30 ml).
Charlotte’s Web full spectrum CBD Oil from hemp. 60 mg per ml (1800 mg per 30 ml)


HempFusion is another hemp brand that focuses on bringing more than just CBD to the table in its products. They say that cannabinoids, terpenes, Omega fatty acids, flavonoids and more are all preserved in their extraction process. The brand offers tinctures, capsules and topicals. Unlike most brands on this list however, HempFusion grows all their hemp in Europe. But they are still committed to providing USDA Certified Organic products.

Various Hemp Fusion CBD products, including CBD tincture / oil.
Hemp Fusion products, including their CBD oil tincture

Getting Your Medical Card Means Access to CBD from Medical Marijuana

These products and more are available online and are legal across the United States since they are derived from hemp plants and not medical marijuana. However, if you’ve tried hemp-based CBD in the past and found that you didn’t quite get the results you were looking for, then you may want to consider trying CBD from medical cannabis. Adding even a little THC – sometimes not even psychoactive amounts, or using enough CBD to balance out the THC – can increase CBD’s efficacy, on top of having anti-inflammatory properties of its own.

Need Another Type of Cannabidiol Oil?

The above products have lots of positive reviews, but some of you may need a different kind of product. Check out some of our other lists here, and you may find another product (including some containing THC) that suits you better:

Leafwell can help you through the process of getting your medical marijuana card in most states with a medical program. Getting a card will allow you to purchase higher quality CBD products from a dispensary. However, in the meantime, these hemp-based CBD products are all high quality and are tested regularly for quality and consistency.

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Julia Granowicz
Julia Granowicz

Julia Granowicz-Johnson is a freelance writer from Florida with a passion for the cannabis industry. Since 2015 she's covered legalization news and educated medical marijuana patients, caregivers and their families through her work.

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