My Whole Plant Journey
When I first started working at Green Wellness, I went through a process of trying a ton of whole plant CBD products, desperately trying to find something that will offer some pain relief. I was desperate, in immense amounts of pain, and I felt incapable of doing pretty much of anything.
It took me a few months to find my magical CBD cocktail, but that hasn’t stopped me from trying new products to try and find the best of the best. There are a lot of whole plant CBD options to chose from, but I’ve tried them all, so I am happy to tell you which I believe are the best of whole plant CBD products.
What Whole Plant Means
When it comes to CBD, there are two very distinct differences in how the plant is treated. A product can either be whole plant, meaning that all the compounds found in the hemp plant are in the product, or a product can be 0 THC, meaning they break up that plant matter and take out all the THC. This difference is fundamental when discerning how a CBD product will function in the body.
Within 0 THC products you can either add back in some of the cannabinoids or leave the CBD as an isolated compound. We do like the 0 THC options for mood stabilization and anxiety. Whole plant CBD is always what we recommend for pain and inflammation. When all of the compounds are together, they are more effective for that continual soreness and create what is called the Entourage Effect. If you would like to read more about the differences between whole plant and 0 THC products, we have written a pretty helpful article.
Tried It All
Now that you’re an expert on all things whole plant CBD, it’s time to start to apply that knowledge. Knowing that a whole plant CBD product is the right fit for you is only the first step, as all full spectrum products are not the same. Each batch of hemp has different cannabinoid ratios and different brands use different hemp stains to help create the desired relief.
Knowing how each of these compounds may affect you is key to interpreting what kind of relief a product can offer. Everyone’s bodies are different and a product that works for one person may not offer any relief at all to another person. Part of my job is trying new things, so let me help clue you in on what works best.
The Best Priced CBD Product
The best priced whole plant product has to be the Plus CBD Relief Softgels. These softgels are a new product to Green Wellness, but we have carried Plus CBD products for years. They were manufacturing hemp products in Europe before they were legal to grow stateside. It is going to be nearly impossible to find any other product that has 1800mgs of full spectrum CBD at a mere $54.99 for a 60 count bottle. This product is a 1:1 CBD to CBDA product that has drastically changed how I personally manage my inflammation based pain.
Each soft gel capsule is 15mgs of whole plant CBD and an additional 15mgs of CBDA, which is extremely rare in the CBD industry. CBDA is hard to come by in general as the compound only exists in raw plant matter, but makes a drastic difference in my own body’s inflammation. We have written a few blogs on CBDA that may be really helpful when trying to discern how truly awesome this compound may be for you.
The Best Whole Plant CBD Gummy
Whole Plant products tend to taste like grass and dirt, but the Medterra Full Spectrum CBD Gummies are absolutely delicious. I used to be a die hard fan of the Hemplucid CBD Gummies because of their taste and 25mg strength, but I shop by my wallet and Hemplucid tends to be a bit more expensive. Medterra is a bit more cost effective as a brand and their citrus flavored gummies are just as delightful as ever.
I also find their marketing to be interesting, quoting the 0.3% THC in milligrams per gummy. Their products are always compliant with federal regulation, but I like how transparent they are with the trace amounts of THC so you know exactly what is in the product that you are taking. It’s hard to beat this affordable, tasty, whole plant CBD gummy.
The Best Raw CBD Oil
Seeing is that I’m such a fan of CBDA, I have tried more raw products than I can remember. The best raw whole plant CBD oil that I go back to time and time again is the Endoca Raw Hemp Oil CBD and CBDa drops. This was the product that helped me get out of a rheumatoid flare when I first started working at Green Wellness and I have never looked back.
I will be frank in that this oil does not taste good, totally grass and dirt, but you only need a few singular drops of liquid under your tongue. I follow this tincture up with a glass of water and I always feel better for it. There has never been a day where I grab this tincture and I was unsatisfied. If you struggle with pain and inflammation, like I do, then I cannot recommend trying this CBD oil out enough. What’s more is that it comes in three strengths – from 300mg to 1500mg to 3000mg per bottle.
The Best Raw CBD Softgel
Another CBD brand that I go back to time and time again is Entourage and they have an absolutely stellar whole plant CBD softgel. The Entourage Hemp CBD softgels are 15mgs a piece, contain raw plant matter, and a higher level of CBN than most other whole plant products. CBN is associated with drowsiness so I really like this softgel at night to help me sleep and manage my pain. I often wake up at night from the pain that I am in, tossing and turning because one hip hurts and then the other hip starts hurting, so on and so fourth. This softgel is a great fit to try and find relief from that sleepless, painful cycle.
The Best Decarboxylated CBD Product
Endoca has more than raw products, they also have a heated version of all of their tinctures and softgels. Raw CBDA can be awesome for inflammation, but if you are looking for relief from something more neurological, having all that plant matter may actually work against you. Sometimes that plant matter can stop other compounds from crossing the blood brain barrier, so we have found that customers report more relief from a heated product. I think that either the Enoca CBD Oil Softgels or the Endoca Hemp Oil Drops are some of the best decarboxylated CBD products on the market.
The Best Whole Plant CBD Lotion
You may be tired of me talking about CBDA by this point, but boy oh boy do I love the Hemplucid CBD and CBDA Body Cream. I used to recommend the Endoca salve to anyone who would walk by me, but one night I had this stabbing pain running through my left leg in the middle of the night. It was raining outside so I knew it was a chronic illness related pain and put my Endoca salve all over where it hurt.
I tried to go back to sleep, but I was still experiencing pretty intense pain. At the time, we were testing out this body cream to see if we should carry it so I thought I would give this lotion a shot. The pain subsided almost as soon as I finished rubbing the whole plant CBD lotion in. I was shocked by how effective and powerful this 2 ounce jar was and now I constantly keep one of these in my night stand.
The Best Whole Plant CBD Salve
Again, I used to recommend the Endoca salve to anyone who would listen to me talk for longer than a minute (because it’s awesome), but a recent product has rocked my world. The Lazarus Naturals CBD Balm is both one of the most affordable salves that we carry and has the highest concentration of CBD per fluid ounce. The Relief + Recovery version of the salve has both capsaicin and menthol, which offer a heating and cooling sensation that feel simply divine on aching joints and muscles.
I reach for this salve more than my Endoca salve, which surprised me most of all. For only $42.99, you get 3000mgs of CBD in a tin that is easy to open and the soft salve is equally as easy to apply. This is the best whole plant CBD salve that we carry for aches and pains and I know I will keep restocking this salve as long as we carry it.
What do you think?
Now that you know my opinions on the best whole plant CBD products, what are yours? No two bodies are alike and what works best for me might not be what’s best for you, that is why we guarantee all of our products. I would love to hear what you think and what your favorite whole plant CBD product is. You can reach out to us at 616-275-1039 locally or 888-772-7875 toll free and by email at email@example.com.