PlusCBD was established in 2014 as a subsidiary of the parent and independently owned company, CV Sciences – established two years earlier. Fast forward to today, PlusCBD has muscled its way through the corridors of the hemp industry and is currently a respected household name in the US hemp marketplace. The company was founded by a father and son partnership, who set out with a mission to significantly raise CBD standards by offering premium quality, effective, and FDA-compliant hemp products.
PlusCBD does not reveal much about its team of experts and product formulation technicians. However, they are remarkably transparent about their hemp sources, manufacturing criteria, lab testing, and independent quality control practices. The company is a top hemp oil manufacturer, and its headquarters are based in San Diego, California. PlusCBD utilizes organically grown hemp, sourced from organic, sustainable, and quality controlled hemp farmlands in the US and Europe. Further, the company uses the gold standard supercritical CO2 extraction process for all its extracts and as well enlists the services of DB Labs – an ISO-certified independent laboratory that conducts comprehensive third-party testing for potency, and purity from contaminants such as pesticides and heavy metals.
The company recognizes that quality assurance is a vital step before retail. Therefore, apart from testing for potency and contaminants, PlusCBD publishes all reports and Certificates of Analysis via the company website. Overall, all the products we ordered and sampled from them had showcased CBD variances of between 3% to 22%. Reputation-wise, the company is yet to be served with a letter of warning from the FDA or DEA and has a current Better Business Bureau (BBB) ranking of B+.
PlusCBD offers a wide range of products, all available in a variety of potencies and flavors. Currently, their product catalog is formulated using CBD-rich full-spectrum hemp extracts and includes CBD oil tinctures, soft gels, gummies, topicals, and a pet line of products. Aside from running open lines of communication, the company’s customer-facing interfaces such as their intuitive website, secure and convenient shipping, 30-day money-back satisfaction guarantee, military and first responders’ discounts, assistance programs, and a responsive customer support desk, are quite impressive. That said, herein is a brief historical background about PlusCBD, its manufacturing and product formulation practices, and what the company has to offer.
About the Company
Founded in 2014, PlusCBD is a San Diego, CA-based elite CBD brand that is independently owned and operated by CV Sciences (the parent company). The company’s business model is anchored in quality, potency, transparency, and customer service. It also works in tandem with its mission, which is to improve consumer wellness and overall health via science-backed manufacturing criteria. The company puts customer opinion first, and the founders are committed to engaging consumers as an appropriate model of service delivery.
PlusCBD has been in the hemp marketplace for a while, having come into existence in 2014. Unlike most other top brands, the company’s meteoric rise to become a household name can only be attributed to its commitment to creating premium quality and effective product line. PlusCBD’s dedication to quality is no fluke. That was evidenced in September 2018 when its parent company, CV Sciences, became the first-ever to receive the self-affirmed GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) FDA safety designation for its CBD Oil Gold Formula product line. Just to emphasize, GRAS is one of the most sought-after designations, and PlusCBD is the only brand to achieve this feat.
PlusCBD obtains CBD-rich quality hemp via its partnership with licensed organic farmers in the Netherlands. Its founders are also pretty eco-conscious, and only enlists hemp sources from Holland-based farmers who utilize all-natural, organic, and sustainable cultivation practices. Further, its hemp is non-GMO, CBD-rich, and grown using EU-certified hemp seeds. With a quick peek on the company’s website, you will notice a comprehensive educational blog on matters CBD that is designed to enlighten consumers about their decision-making on hemp use. Besides, the company has an extensive FAQ section that answers basic questions about its policies, shipping, its products, and CBD’s overall legality across jurisdictions.
Moreover, the company’s open and responsive lines of communications mean you can contact customer service 24/7 via an onsite fill-in form, a toll-free phone number, and an email address. As mentioned earlier, the company offers an extensive product catalog that ranges from tinctures and capsules to topicals and pet products. The company tests all its product batches for potency and purity and also publishes lab reports and COAs on the website. Based on our sampling, the products had a variance range of 3% to 22% and contained well below the legal THC limit of 0.3% For easy access to COAs, you can scan the QR codes and use the batch numbers.
What Sets the Company Apart from The Competition?
What makes Plus CBD unique? Well, we scoured over 100 top CBD brands and established the reasons behind the company’s meteoric rise to become a household name today, and why it is destined to be a mainstay in the CBD marketplace:
- GRAS designation: PlusCBD is the first company to receive the self-affirmed FDA product safety status, which is much sought-after. Besides, its team of experts is currently working on pharmaceutical-grade CBD drugs to help smokers quit tobacco use.
- The company runs a reserve line of products that includes both CBD and THC options in all potencies of your choice.
- PlusCBD holds the US Hemp Authority certification, which is the ultimate body for hemp legislation in the US.
- Supply chain transparency: PlusCBD is quite open about its hemp sources, manufacturing practices, testing standards, and shipping policies.
- Site content: The company has invested considerably in educational resources about CBD. This is evident by the numerous video clips, educational blog posts, and podcasts present on the website.
- Customer service: The company’s open lines of communication, its extensive FAQ section, and comprehensive shipping and returns policies point to the brand’s willingness to accommodate consumers.
- Brand Value: PlusCBD is a respected household name in the hemp industry, and has made tremendous investments in product innovations, medical study participation, community engagement, legislative participation, and philanthropic work.
PlusCBD’s Line of Products
Regarding quality, innovation, and variety, PlusCBD is pretty meticulous and nails all these admirable qualities based on standard methodology. The company offers an extensive product line, and understandably so because PlusCBD is on a mission to become a leader in the CBD marketplace. The company’s founders are enthusiastic about CBD and believe in its tonic therapeutic potential. Therefore, the company seeks to replace the side-effect-riddled prescription medications and pharmaceuticals with all-natural, organic, and non-GMO hemp-derived and plant-based solutions.
At the time of writing this review, PlusCBD is yet to be USDA-organic certified. While at that, the company cited the lack of a USDA-organic certification in its hemp source – Europe. Nonetheless, all product batches by PlusCBD rank highly on the quality front, and that is evident from the rave reviews posted by verified users and customers. That said, below is a fairly extensive product line offered by PlusCBD:
- CBD Oil Tinctures (crafted using full-spectrum hemp extract, and suspended in the easily digestible coconut-derived MCT oil).
- CBD Capsules.
- CBD Gummies.
- CBD Topical products.
- CBD Pet Tinctures.
- Hemp Source – The Netherlands.
- CBD Extract Method – the supercritical CO2 Extraction.
- International Shipping – the United States.
- Price Range – $9.99 to $179.99.
- CBD Strength – 25 mg to 3000 mg across its product range.
- Price Range per mg of CBD – $0.06 to $0.12.
- Money-Back Guarantee – Yes.
- Military Veterans Discount – Yes.
- Offers Tastes and Flavors – Yes.
- Extract Types – Full Spectrum.
- Consumption Method: Tinctures and Drops, Creams and Topicals, Capsules, Gummies; Pets – Tinctures.
- Product recommended for – Overall wellness.
- Vegan-friendly and cruelty-free ingredients – Yes.
PlusCBD uses CBD-rich hemp cultivated organically and sourced from Europe (the Netherlands). The company has fostered a close partnership with Holland-based EU-certified hemp farmers who adhere to organic, non-GMO, and sustainable agricultural practices. PlusCBD is, however, not certified organic at the time of writing this review because its hemp source – Europe – has no equivalent of USDA-organic certification.
Nonetheless, the brand is reputable for its quality and unique product formulations. Its manufacturing process begins at the quality-controlled European farmlands where EU-certified and genetically-enhanced hemp seeds are grown organically. Once the crop has matured, it is harvested, dried, and airlifted to the company’s San Diego-based GMP-approved facility for processing. Here, Plus CBD utilizes the gold standard supercritical CO2 extraction process that is thought to produce the cleanest and cannabinoid-rich extracts. During product formulation, Plus CBD enlists the expertise of an experienced team of experts who craft a unique product catalog, including tinctures, capsules, gummies, topicals, and pet products.
Their product catalog is formulated using organic, vegan-friendly, and cruelty-free ingredients, and infused with natural fruit flavors, and terpene-rich, CO2 extracted full-spectrum hemp extract. The tinctures, for instance, come suspended in the easily digestible medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil to optimize absorption and bioavailability, while its topicals are infused with menthol, essential oils, and other wellness-focused ingredients. Other stages of manufacturing such as packaging, labeling, and bottling are done in-house in the company’s San Diego-based GMP-certified facility.
Next up, Plus CBD ships all its product batches to DB Labs – a reputable and ISO-accredited independent third-party lab that conducts comprehensive Phyto-forensic analysis to verify the potency, accuracy, and purity of their extracts. Further, the company utilizes in-house potency and purity tests by utilizing high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), as well as a gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) to ensure extract safety and purity from unhealthy levels of residual solvents, pesticides, microbes, and heavy metals. Moreover, enlists the services of DB Labs to generate Certificates of Analysis.
For those who are familiar with the US hemp marketplace, you probably know that the industry is unregulated and most brands utilize artificial additives and preservatives in their products. Others are even involved in inaccurate label claims and misinformation. PlusCBD, on the other hand, offers premium quality products void of synthetic additives, including sulfates, dyes, colors, preservatives, and phthalates. Besides, the COAs we previewed on corresponding product pages indicated that all their products meet the acceptable standards concerning label claims, the legal THC limit of 0.3%, and potency.
PlusCBD offers an extensive range of products, with multiple variants, tastes, potency, flavors, and concentrations per category. From its great-tasting CBD oil tinctures for sublingual use to topical products and CBD gummies, the product line has plenty to suit everyone’s preference. PlusCBD also offers a pet line of products for large and small dogs to help alleviate stress, pain, and anxiety for your canine friends. That said, herein is a brief overview of PlusCBD’s product line, available flavors, potency, dosages, ingredients, and suggested uses.
PlusCBD CBD Oil Tinctures
PlusCBD offers a range of tincture lines. The company’s Reserve line of tinctures is formulated using CO2 extracted full-spectrum hemp CBD, along with 2.5 mg of THC per serving. They can be purchased in various potencies, including 750 mg, 1500 mg, and 3000 mg per container. Further, they come in a variety of flavors, including ginger, lemon, chocolate mint, peppermint, and strawberry. The company’s original CBD oil tincture formula comes in a 500 mg bottle, is unsweetened and unflavored. The tincture formula includes CBD and natural flavors that come suspended in organic olive oil. That said, below are the company’s popular products under this category:
- 1500 mg CBD Oil Drops 1 oz, 75 mg THC, 50 mg/ml.
- 3000 mg CBD Oil Drops, 1 oz, 150 mg THC, 55.56 mg/ml.
- 750 mg CBD Oil Drops 1 oz, 75 mg THC, 25 mg/ml.
- 250 mg Plus CBD Drops, 1 oz, Unflavored, 8.33 mg/ml.
- 100 mg PlusCBD Oil Spray, 1 oz, 3.33 mg/ml.
PlusCBD Gummies and Edibles
The company offers numerous gummy formulations, ranging from gelatin to vegan-friendly options. All gummies offered by PlusCBD are vegan, except the cherry mango-flavored options. They are also gluten-free and are formulated using CO2 extracted full-spectrum CBD. These delicious edibles can be purchased in two jars of different quantities. A gummy packs 10 mg of CBD, and a jar can contain 30 or 60 pieces. They are available in cherry mango, strawberry, lemonade, and citrus flavors.
The company offers unique gummy formulations for sleep, and are infused with botanicals and ingredients that support sleep and relaxation. Further, PlusCBD runs a Reserve CBD gummy line in which a gummy packs 25 mg of CBD, along with 2.5 mg of THC. The reserve line is ideal for THC enthusiasts and comes in two flavors, namely’ peach and watermelon. That said, below are the company’s popular products in this category:
- 300 mg CBD Calm Gummies, Strawberry Lemonade, 30 ct, 10 mg/unit.
- 300 mg CBD Oil Gummies, 30 ct, 10 mg/unit.
- 600 mg CBD Oil Gummies, 60 ct, 10 mg/unit.
- 750 mg CBD Oil Gummies, 25 mg CBD with 2.5 mg THC, 30 ct, 25 mg/unit.
- 300 mg CBD Sleep Gummies, Raspberry, 30 ct, 10 mg/unit.
The company capsules are formulated using CO2 extracted full-spectrum CBD and come in 30, 60, and 90 count containers. They are infused with vegan-friendly ingredients and come in potencies of 5 mg, 10 mg, 15 mg, 25 mg, and 50 mg. Below are Plus CBD’s popular products in this category:
- 3000 mg Softgel Capsules Maximum Strength Formula, 60 ct, 50 mg/unit.
- 1500 mg Softgel Capsules Maximum Strength Formula, 30 ct, 50 mg/unit.
- 1350 mg CBD Softgel Capsules, 90 ct, 15 mg/unit.
- 150 mg Plus CBD Softgel Capsules Raw Formula, 30 ct, 5 mg/unit.
- 300 mg Plus CBD Softgel Capsules Raw Formula, 60 ct, 5 mg/unit.
PlusCBD’s topical line of products includes CO2 extracted full-spectrum CBD options, including CBD balms, CBD roll-ons, CBD lotions, and CBD creams. The company infused these products with all-natural and organic wellness-enhancing ingredients such as essential oils, sunflower oil, and menthol to increase efficacy. These topical products are also offered in a variety of flavors and potencies. Below are the company’s popular products under this category:
- 500 mg Plus CBD Roll-On, 16.67 mg/ml.
- 100 mg Plus CBD Balm, 2.7 mg/ml.
- 150 mg Plus CBD Balm – Hemp Stick, 5.36 mg/ml.
- 45 mg Plus CBD Balm – Travel Size, 3.75 mg/ml.
PlusCBD Pet CBD Tinctures
Of course, Plus CBD’s product catalog wouldn’t be complete a pet line of products. To that extent, the company offers CBD pet tinctures formulated using CO2 extracted full spectrum CBD that comes suspended in the organic olive oil as a career oil. They are available in the unflavored option, beef, chicken, salmon, and peanut butter flavors. They can be purchased in numerous concentrations, including 25o mg and 500 mg. Below are the company’s popular products in this category:
- 250 mg Pet CBD Oil, 8.33 mg/ml.
- 500 mg Pet CBD Oil, 9.09 mg/ml.
750 mg PlusCBD Tincture
We ordered and received the peppermint PlusCBD Tincture, which came neatly packaged in a cardboard box, a glass bottle, and a pump lid. The bottle contained 750 mg of CO2 extracted full-spectrum CBD oil, and according to the ingredient list, also contained peppermint oil, silica, monk fruit, organic extra virgin olive oil, monolaurin, and more. The company suggests taking between 1 to 3 servings per day sublingually by holding your dosage under the tongue for 30 seconds before swallowing.
Regarding the independent third-party lab test results, we used the QR code and batch number to access the COAs. The bottle is indicated to contain 774.04 mg of full-spectrum CBD oil, which is 24.04 mg more than the listed label. This represents a CBD variance of 3%, which is within the acceptable 10 variances. The sample contained undetectable amounts of THC and was also tested for and passed the purity test for contaminants such as pesticides, residual solvents, and heavy metals.
We ordered and reviewed the Plus CBD Reserve CBD + THC Gummies from the company. They come in a black plastic bag that contains 30 tasty pieces. A gummy packs 25 mg of CBD and 2.5 mg of THC, and is formulated using CO2 extracted full-spectrum hemp extract. They are infused with vegan-friendly ingredients such as turbinado sugar, corn syrup, pectin, and natural colors and flavors.
The independent third-party lab results indicated that a gummy contained 28.8 mg of CBD, which is 3.8 mg more than the listed amount. This represents a CBD variance of 15%, which is above the allowable variance of 10%. the sample contained a THC amount of 2.76 mg per gummy (or 0.06%) and was also tested for and passed the purity test for pesticides, microbes, heavy metals, and residual solvents.
PlusCBD Deals, Discounts, Coupons, and Bundles
- The company offers 30% off on all first orders. First-time customers can qualify for this offer by entering their email in the onsite pop-up box.
- Consumers who opt for the company’s monthly auto-shipment option can save 20% off their orders.
- The company runs a rewards program in which you collect loyalty points for every buck spent.
Having shopped via PlusCBD’s website, we have to say we were quite impressed by the intuitive and navigable design that made our shopping experience quite seamless. All products are listed under the “Shop” tab, and you can select your wishlist before proceeding to the checkout page. Depending on the shipment option you select on the checkout page your order will be dispatched and delivered within 2 to 3 days for priority shipments, and 3 to 5 days for ground shipping.
Shipping and Returns policies
PlusCBD runs secure and efficient shipping and deliveries and determines shipping charges based on your location and zip code. However, the company ships only within the US. For ground shipping, the company uses the fast and secure services of the USPS, with standard free shipping taking between 3 to 5 business days. Regarding returns, PlusCBD runs a 30-day money-back satisfaction guarantee on all products.
What We Like About the Company
- High testing and certification standards.
- Research-driven product formulations.
- Botanically-enhanced and clean ingredients.
- Quality hemp sourcing.
What We Don’t Like About the Company
- Slightly expensive product offerings, although the cost is often offset by the quality.
- Higher CBD variances in some products.
Our Overall Verdict
PlusCBD’s mission is to significantly raise CBD standards by offering premium quality, effective, and FDA-compliant hemp products. By doing so, the founders seek to spread hemp’s numerous tonic therapeutic benefits to as many people as possible. The company utilizes research-driven manufacturing and product formulation practices to create a uniquely formulated line of products. PlusCBD is anchored in quality, potency, transparency, and customer service, which are admirable pillars considering the volatility in the currently unregulated US hemp marketplace.