Journiest Test: The Best Hemp Brands in 2023: Charlotte's Web, MedTerra, Lazarus Naturals, & Cornbread Hemp

Journiest Test: The Best Hemp Brands in 2023: Charlotte's Web, MedTerra, Lazarus Naturals, & Cornbread Hemp

Trouble sleeping last night? Although you went to bed early, your mind just wouldn't slow down. You’ve heard that hemp has been shown to help with sleep and can promote a sense of calm.

If you've never purchased it before, it’s important that you choose effective, high-quality hemp. But your Instagram feed is flooded with gimmicky tinctures, capsules, gummies — there’s even Hemp oil for your puppy! — you’re overwhelmed.

So were we. That’s why our wellness editors looked into four of the hottest hemp companies on the market: Charlotte's Web, MedTerra, Lazarus Naturals, and Cornbread Hemp.

Read to find out which we recommend:

Cornbread Hemp

Cornbread is a family-owned, full-spectrum company offering everything from oils, gummies, and capsules to creams and balms, and even products for pets. They aren't the cheapest brand on the market, but as we began to look further it started to make sense why.

Their USDA organic hemp oils are sourced from Bluegrass Basin — the same region that produces America's finest bourbon and fastest horses. In fact, they’re the first-ever hemp company in the U.S. to earn the coveted USDA-approved organic seal for hemp gummies. This means no pesticides or other synthetic materials are used at any point during the plant life cycle.

Cornbread uses a unique method to create their products; a Flower-Only™ method, which removes stems, leaves, and stalks to ensure they have maximum potency, without any filler. You can have full confidence in their products, because each batch is third-party lab-tested to guarantee they contain no pesticides, heavy metals, residual solvents, and more. Not to mention that Cornbread owns their entire supply chain — from soil to oil — meaning they can control and protect the quality of their products. There’s no outsourcing or white-labeling — just pure Bluegrass Basin hemp.

Okay, let’s get down to it: The Full Spectrum Gummies are hands-down the fan-favorite. So much so that Cornbread just launched their Full Spectrum Sleep Gummies — we’re absolutely obsessed!

Here’s our breakdown:

Full Spectrum Gummies

  • Prices start at $31.99
  • Up to 2mg full spectrum extract per serving
  • USDA organic
  • Third-party lab-tested
  • Available in various strengths: 300mg, 750mg, 1500mg
  • Available in Watermelon, Berry, Peach (they also offer Sleep Gummies)
  • Arrives in a 30-count glass jar with a child-safe cap and tamper-proof seal
  • Ships in 24 hours!

Charlotte’s Web

Charlotte’s Web is one of the leading hemp brands in the United States. Founded by the Stanley Brothers in 2011, the company is now owned by British American Tobacco.

Their products are whole-plant, meaning they use lower quality plant parts (the sticks, stems, and leaves) in their extraction process. And we don’t appreciate the lack of transparency. For example, their site and their packaging fail to list the amount of full spectrum extract per serving. This makes it impossible to know if their products contain any full spectrum extract and if they do, how much. Also, their lab reports are created in-house and they force consumers to purchase the product first in order to receive the batch number and lab report — another red flag. Additionally, it's not very clear where their hemp is grown, and if it comes from any particular region or farm.

Charlotte’s Web Sleep Gummies

  • Prices start at $29.99
  • Includes Melatonin (known to cause drowsiness)
  • Doesn’t specify full spectrum extract potency
  • Raspberry flavor
  • Arrives in a 30-count plastic jar
  • Ships in about 7 days


MedTerra is a small hemp company based in Irvine, California. We were intrigued by their many positive reviews and reputation. But what we noticed right away is that their products aren’t USDA certified organic, and that they appear to be a white-label company, which means they don't make any of their own products. Plus, their products are made with the whole plant — meaning they’re less potent and lower quality.

MedTerra’s vast selection of products include gummies, oils, capsules, topicals, and other wellness items. Their prices are pretty steep considering how lackluster they are and that they don't actually grow or manufacture their own products. And we aren’t a fan of their sleep formula’s reliance on Melatonin.

True Full Spectrum™ Original Gummies

  • Prices start at $34.99
  • Up to 2mg full spectrum extract per serving
  • Citrus flavor
  • Strength: 25mg
  • Arrives in a 20-count plastic jar
  • Ships in about 3 days

Lazarus Naturals

This Portland-based company offers a wide range of products, from oils to gummies and topicals. Lazarus Naturals claims that most of their hemp is sourced from an organic, company-owned farm in Oregon. However none of their gummies have the USDA organic seal on the label.

We like that they offer some affordable bundles so you can sample multiple products at once. They also have an assistance program — which provides a 60% discount to veterans, individuals on long term disability, and low-income households.

Lazarus gummies are not certified organic and are made with the whole plant, which includes the stems, leaves and other filler that doesn't contain any hemp compounds or potency. Plus, the gummies come in a cheap plastic container, which is probably why they're one of the cheaper brands on the market. In terms of transparency, their lab reports are created in-house. Frankly, we trust impartial 3rd-parties more. You get what you pay for!

Full-Spectrum GUMMIES

  • Prices start at $60
  • Up to 2mg full spectrum extract per serving
  • Black Currant flavor
  • Strength: 50mg
  • Arrives in a 40-count plastic jar
  • Ships in about 3 days

Final Verdict

Cornbread Hemp is our top dog. Their USDA certified organic, flower-only products cut through the noise with their commitment to transparency and efficacy at such an affordable price.

While all brands have their positive qualities, Cornbread is the only brand that includes all of the characteristics that we're looking for: best price-to-quality ratio, USDA organic, vertical integration, and full transparency on company ownership, ingredients, and safety reports.

Plus, their products ship in 24 hours to all 50 states and arrive in just a few days. They also offer a 30-day 100% money back guarantee — pretty unique.

Looking for a natural, effective way to improve everyday ailments without annoying side effects? Cornbread Hemp’s got you covered!