When it comes to reviewing CBD oil products, one thing is certain; you can’t avoid mentioning Elixinol.
Elixinol is an industry leader in the hemp and CBD sector which is regarded one of the fastest growing industries. Elixinol has been in the hemp and CBD industry from the start. It has achieved a really impressive mainstream attention (featured on CNN, NBC, CBS, FoxNews, Wall Street Journal, Men’s Health, National Geographic, and Newsweek) and according to Forbes, it is considered one of the top five online brands.
A Company Overview
Elixinol has set a number of high standards from the beginning of its presence in the market. I don’t think I would exaggerate if I called it a veteran company in the CBD oil industry. Ever since 1991, when the company’s CEO Paul Benhaim produced one of the world’s best-selling hemp products, the ‘9bar’ snack bar, Elixinol’s business philosophy is guided by 7 core values:
- Clear Vision, aiming to help people live naturally healthy, happy lives providing the highest-quality natural products information and education .
- Commitment to Excellence. They staff people who share the same values and giving them an environment to grow personally and professionally.
- Superior Sourcing Quality. Elixinol cultivates the highest-quality strains of hemp which are grown organically and processed naturally.
- Expert Product Development. The company claims to thoroughly test products containing the most effective blends of natural ingredients and to provide the most beneficial delivery mechanisms.
- Strong Channel Partners by aligning the company with strong channel partners who support the distribution of their products around the globe.
- World-Class Customer Experience, treating their customers as members of the Elixinol family.
- Giving Back, by donating 5% of every purchase to a number of non-profit organizations. With each purchase the customer is asked to choose which one he wants Elixinol to donate to on his behalf.
As I have already mentioned in a previous article, there are several factors that determine CBD oil quality.
Let us examine if Elixinol’s CBD oil complies with these standards
Source. The Hemp plant is a hyper accumulator and absorbs everything, from pesticides and bacteria to heavy metals and fungus, found in the ground it is cultivated in. The amount of the toxins absorbed by the plant will be reflected by the produced oil.
Unlike other hemp extract products, Elixinol uses the purest strains of cannabidiol-rich hemp to manufacture its products, meaning that no synthetic additives are added.
Elixinol’s sourcing is undoubtedly a superior one. It collaborates with seed breeders, suppliers and farmers to source the highest-quality hemp from all the globe and uses it to manufacture its products. It tests all of its products for the presence of microbiological contamination, heavy metals and pesticides. It also tests for potency and the terpene profile of its products.
All of Elixinol’s hemp is organically grown and naturally processed in countries of Northern Europe and North America. They do not use hemp cultivated in China, I guess, because of the high levels of contamination of China’s soil.
I looked through all the certificate of analysis of Elixinol’s CBD oil products. Even though the company insists on their policy of continuous testing to ensure purity, there are trace amounts of heavy metals found in some batches, not all of them. Though the amounts were way under the limit, I think it’s worth mentioning.
Production Method. Cheap methods produce low quality and consequently cheap oil. The CO2 extraction method is a chemical-free, stable and environmentally-safe process which is also used to create high-quality food products and aromatics. With the use of CO2 , the extracted CBD is not exposed to harmful butane particles as happens in cases of petroleum based solvents
Elixinol uses a specialized CO2 extraction process to extract its CBD obtaining a full spectrum cannabinoid-rich product, with numerous health benefits. Complex equipment and expertise is required to apply this method, but a highly potent and pure extract is ensured because safe solvents are used. Elixinol’s CBD oil is transparent and has an amber color. Elixinol’s CBD oil and any other CBD oil obtained with this method is superior than extracts obtained through other extraction techniques.
Amount of THC present in the CBD oil.
The amount of THC contained should be significantly low.
Elixinol’s products are made entirely and only from industrial hemp. This means Elixinol CBD oil products don’t have any of the psychoactive properties of THC. This happens because the percentage of THC present in them varies from 0% to 0.09% . The numbers show that Elixinol’s CBD oil contains trace amounts of THC.
The amount of THC contained is definitely low and won’t cause a high or put their customers in trouble with drug tests.
With the term Full Spectrum we mean that the whole hemp plant was used to extract CBD oil and all the compounds of the original plant are contained in the final product.
If you take a look at the company’s website you can see that they claim that all Elixinol’s CBD oil products are full spectrum. As mentioned above, the extraction method they use allows the extraction of the more than 400 phytonutrients the hemp plant contains. Apart from the precious cannabidiol (CBD), terpenoids, cannabinoids, essential oils and other compounds of the original plant material are maintained into the final, full-spectrum product. This full-spectrum of cannabinoids work together in a synergistic way to provide the maximum beneficial effects.
However, apart from the certificates of analysis published on Elixinol’s site, there are no other lab-test results that can verify the company’s claims of full-spectrum CBD oil. Furthermore, I couldn’t find any certificate that shows the levels of cannabinoids and terpenes contained in the various oil batches.
A high quality brand will provide recent third-party lab results to their consumers.
Elixinol uses a very clever trick (!!!) to choose the best labs that will test and verify the quality of its products.
The company initially submits multiple samples of the same product. It also submits “dummy” samples !! With this simple trick, Elixinol assures the continuous stability of the labs’ analysis methods as well as their ability to identify if there are any abnormalities in Elixinol’s products. Furthermore, they can control and be sure that any abnormalities are reported to the company immediately.
Every product’s certificate of analysis can be found on the company’s website.
The lab test issue isn’t as transparent as it should be.
The above trick makes us think that the testing is done outside the company.
Somewhere on the company’s site, we read “We use only hemp-based product testing laboratories that mirror pharmaceutical-industry processes and controls.” and “Our testing team comes from the pharmaceutical industry…” I couldn’t find the term “third-party lab testing” anywhere on their site.
How should I translate all the above? Do they use “in-house lab” or third-party lab” testing?
I believe it’s “in-house”, otherwise, they would use the term third-party lab testing other companies use. Even though this will not make me change my personal opinion about the company, I must admit I am a bit disappointed.
Once upon a time, Elixinol wasn’t my favorite in terms of pricing even though it was hard for me to consider it expensive. The company’s respectable position in the CBD oil industry along with its reputation couldn’t let me consider Elixinol’s prices unreasonable. Elixinol’s sourcing and production techniques are expensive and this used to be reflected by their prices.
But they changed the rules of the game and, by introducing the Respira and Liposome line, they managed to offer reasonable and competitive prices respecting the “value for money” rule along with the Clear Vision pillar of their philosophy.
The prices of Elixinol CBD oil vary between $29.99 and $599.00 depending on the volume and potency. Their most potent product, a 120 ml highest strength tincture containing 5000 mg CBD is the most pricy ($599.00) but to our surprise, it is available only in Brazil. Strange but true!
To sum up, Elixinol’s CBD oil is not cheap and cheerful, but you get a worthy amount of CBD oil paying a respectively reasonable price.
- Hemp Oil Drops 300mg CBD – Natural Flavor (30ml / 1oz) $29.99
- Hemp Oil Drops 300mg CBD – Cinnamint Flavor (30ml / 1oz) $29.99
- Hemp Oil Drops 3600mg CBD – Natural Flavor (120ml / 4oz) $249.00
- Hemp Oil Drops 3600mg CBD – Cinnamint Flavor (120ml / 4oz) $249.00
- Extrato Rico Em CBD Canabidiol –5000mg * Brazil Only (120ml /4oz) $599.00
- Respira Hemp Oil 300mg – Grape Mint Flavor CBD Oil $39.99
- Respira Hemp Oil 300mg –Natural Flavor CBD Oil $39.99
- Respira Hemp Oil 600mg – Grape Mint Flavor CBD Oil $74.99
- Respira Hemp Oil 600mg – Natural Flavor CBD Oil $74.99
Serving sizes are the following
- 300mg Elixinol CBD oil (1 oz) = 0.5mg CBD per drop
- 600mg Elixinol CBD oil (1 oz) = 1.0mg CBD per drop
- 3,600mg Elixinol CBD oil (1 oz) = 1.5mg CBD per drop
Not everyone likes the natural taste of CBD oil. Elixinol gives you the choice of buying the same formula in the form of capsules.
- CBD Hemp Oil Capsules 900mg (60 capsules per bottle) $79.99
- CBD Hemp Oil Capsules 450mg (30 capsules per bottle) $44.99
The time this article was being written, Elixinol informed its customers that “CBD capsules are currently available for Australian orders” .
Elixinol CBD Oil Liposomes were designed specifically to get organic hemp oil into your body faster than ever.
Liposomes are carriers of hemp oil. Imagine them as bubbles which contain air but their outer layer is made of lipids with a high concentration of fat.
The CBD Hemp Extract is pre-dissolved and embedded into these microscopic bubbles. This technology allows your body to absorb more cannabinoids aided by naturally occurring phospholipids which support the cellular health and deliver cannabidiol and other cannabinoids directly into the cell.
Why are liposomes are so effective?
CBD hemp oil is a sticky dense oil. Getting any oil-based substance to pass through a cell wall is difficult because the absorption rate is slow. This can mean that a higher dose than necessary is required because the body is not able to absorb hemp oil efficiently. By attaching to hemp oil molecules and transporting them to their destination, CBD liposomes are a perfect solution for effective application of cannabinoids.
CBD Liposomes can be absorbed very quickly. The effects of CBD and other cannabinoids are enhanced due to this super-efficient delivery method.
- CBD Liposome Hemp Extract 1000mg – Citrus Twist (3.5 oz /100 ml) . $129.00
- CBD Liposome Hemp Extract 300mg – Citrus Twist (3.5 oz /100 ml) . $59.99
Serving sizes are the following
- CBD Liposome Hemp Extract 1000mg= 5 mg of bioavailable CBD per serving, 200 servings.
- CBD Liposome Hemp Extract 300mg= 5mg of bioavailable CBD per serving, 60 servings.
The Liposome line complies with the Expert Product Development which is the 4th pillar of the company. Besides introducing a totally innovative product, Elixinol amazes us with its attention to detail. The Liposome products are bottled in Miron violet glass which selectively allows the energizing and enhancing violet wavelengths while blocking all others.
Why is this violet light important?
Simply because it destroys bacteria and harmful microorganisms preserving the content, in our case the oil.
X-Pen 1000 mg of CBD Hemp Extract $129.00
Elixinol developed a solution which delivers the perfect amount of CBD for its customers. The X-Pen offers a number of benefits including:
- Precise Serving Sizes: With each click, you receive 15mg of CBD Hemp Extract
- Airless Delivery: Hermetic cartridge keeps the extract in a vacuum
- Secure Storage: A twist-lock mechanism prevents unwanted dispensing or spills
- Hygienic: Removable, washable tip
- Shielded: A violet polymer housing protects content from light to prolong freshness
As you can see there is a relatively wide range of products. IMHO, Elixinol should take a look at the gap between 1000mg and 3600mg CBD oil products. We noticed multiple products -4 to be precise- that contain 300mg but no product over 1000mg and below 3600 mg. As the customers’ concentration needs vary, the company should provide a wider variety of concentrations that could satisfy its customers’ needs.
Furthermore, they do not offer any vaping products.
Well, this is the Achilles heel of the company.
I think their customer service could use some improvement.
The chat option on their site exists and this is good.
But.. Be prepared to wait for your questions to be answered.
I used the chat to ask some questions about the lab testing issue. It took them several minutes to respond, their answers were vague and when I insisted they gave me the email address of their manager saying that HE would give me the answers.
Furthermore, I was told that the customer support staff isn’t as polite as they should be…
I guess that this isn’t exactly what the World-Class Customer Experience pillar suggests, isn’t it?
It seems the company has grown so quickly that they can’t deal with the overload of questions.
Return and Refund Policy
Elixinol does not currently offer a money-back guarantee. You have 3 days (72 hours ) to claim a return of a damaged product to the company. You are asked to send an email to the customer support (…) and provide them with a detailed description of the damage including photos (!!!) .
IMHO, they ask for too much. Photos?
In case you are not satisfied with their products, you may request a refund within 30 days of the purchase date submitting a request to customer support (…)
I must admit that I didn’t have to return a damaged product or request a refund, so I can’t tell you if their customer support is efficient in these cases.
In case you have had any positive or negative experience with the company, I would appreciate it if you left a comment sharing this experience with me and my readers!
Shipping and Customs Policy
Their typical processing times may vary from 5 to 10 business days.
Some more question marks here..
If you visit the company’s website, you will see a banner proudly stating free delivery to all 50 states.
I did some digging and I discovered the following: USA -$5.25; free shipping for orders over $100
I can see the question marks flying around your head, you know!
I don’t know if this is what they mean by free delivery. So, be careful and double check it!
A positive thing about Elixinol’s shipping policy is that they ship worldwide. actually, their website has two options: USA and Europe site.
The company won’t take any responsibility for any customs or duty problems and won’t refund you. Be sure that CBD oil is legal in your country before ordering!
- Ships to all 50 states and some international destinations
- 5% of every customer order is donated to a non-profit organization
- Realm of Caring seal of approval
- Innovative range of products
- Most of the products actually taste very good.
- The liposomes are remarkably effective.
- Attention to detail
- Chemical free CO2 extraction process
- Tested for microbiological contamination, heavy metals, pesticides
- Superior sourcing, organic industrial hemp
- Reasonable prices,”value for money”
- Worldwide Shipping
- Clunky customer service
- Processing/ Shipping speed low
- Trace amounts of THC
- Vague information -perhaps because of non-effective customer service
- 3-day refund/exchange window
- No vaping products yet
- Free shipping not confirmed
- Third-party lab tests not confirmed
Elixinol is a market leader and a premium provider of CBD products. The company is not only a CBD grower and manufacturer but also a major player in the CBD industry. Elixinol is the first CBD manufacturer to receive the seal of approval from the Realm of Caring which provides support services, resources, and research for cannabinoid users.
They are credited with driving innovation and attention to detail. They are focused on bigger and better ideas, high-quality products and affordable prices and their customers are lucky enough to reap all these benefits along with the relief they seek and find.
Though in-lab testing (??) and administrative weaknesses are things I, personally, don’t like, the results their high-quality and innovative products offer to their clients cannot be called into question.
If you are looking for a natural alternative to your health issues or a CBD oil product that will help you enjoy a natural, healthy lifestyle, check out the world-class line of Elixinol CBD oils at www.elixinol.com
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