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Wellness 101: The Essential Brands

Who came out on top?

I'm sure you've noticed a recent glut of wellness ads flying by on your social media feeds. Perhaps you're considering trying something when you can't fall asleep, or to help settle your stress so you can focus more fully during your day. But how can you find a trustworthy, high-quality hemp brand that actually works for you?

Here's a quick rundown of what you need to know. Hemp is derived from the cannabis plant. It isn't pot and it won't get you high. Its known to have beneficial qualities and can help alleviate inflammation, aches and pains while promoting a sense of calm.

With the market flooded in hemp powders, supplements, tinctures, oils and creams, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. Our editors surveyed four of the highest grade hemp oils: Charlotte's Web, CBDistillery, Feals, and Sabaidee.

Here's what we think:

Charlotte's Web

CW is well-known in the world of hemp manufacturing. Small batches. Full-spectrum oils - which means they provide more than 80 phytocannabinoids drawn from the hemp plant. Made in America (hoorah!). Pricey, though there are discounts for buying in bulk. Some of their stuff worked for us, some of it didn't.

Customer service is the sticking point with CW — the folks on the phone are fine, but if you want your product quickly, we hear the wait can be two to three weeks. They offer a lot of hemp products in too many forms — gummies, oils, isolates, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. We find their website to be overwhelming and confusing.


Also well-known in the hemp universe. Also made in America. How they make their products is a question because CBDistillery doesn't explain its extraction process.

You can't complain about variety, though — CBDistillery provides hemp in oils, capsules, gummies, powders, topicals, vapes, even pet products!

Their promo and packaging has a medical feel, and their website's on the cumbersome side, which has generated some negative customer feedback.

Like Charlotte's Web, some of CBDistillery's products worked for us and others didn't. Overall, not an entirely satisfactory experience.

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Also full-spectrum, which means it contains other non-psychoactive beneficial ingredients like CBDV, CBG, CBC, CBDA, and CBN for an "Entourage Effect." Uses organically grown domestic hemp plants for their oil and blends it with 100% USDA organic MCT Oil, a fat-burning superfood. Third party labs and in-house testing ensure quality and consistency.

Like Charlotte's Web, Feals uses pressurized CO2 to draw hemp and other phytocannabinoids from the cannabis plant.

A neat thing about Feals is The Flight — an awesome sampler which includes three different doses: 40mg, 80mg, and 160mg. Try different dosage levels to find your sweet spot for only $20 before committing to a full sized bottle!

We found Feals to be straightforward, transparent, and quite effective. Overall, a great experience.


Shares some of the characteristics of Feals — full-spectrum, blended with MCT oil so it burns fat and revs up the metabolism and maximizes hemp's bioavailability throughout the body. Also tests in-house and with 3rd party labs.

They offer something they call a Great Vibes Bundle — one bottle of 250mg tincture and a 1000mg for $135. Start with the 250mg and work your way up to the more potent 1000mg and see what works for you. Sabaidee's bundles may seem like a great deal, but a 3-pack of their strongest oil will put you back $600.

Like Feals, they offer free shipping to all 50 states and have a happiness guarantee: if you don't like it you can return it within 30 days at no charge.

And the winner is…

Cutting to the chase, it's Feals. Although we also liked Sabaidee, the kicker was quality and economy. Plus, at $20, The Flight is a perfect way for the hemp newbie to find out what works best.

Unlike CW and CBDistillery's websites, Feals' site is appealing, easy to handle, and transparent. Most of all, we appreciate Feals' premium hemp oil. Simple to use and outstanding for calming the mind, soothing pain, deepening sleep, and helping us to balance our lives.

Set up a subscription to get it every month for a massive 30% off the original price. Feals really worked for us. They'll work for you, too.

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