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Tests, comparisons, and reviews of CBD oils and hemp extract supplements, lotions, and balms by ConsumerLab. See CL's Top Picks for best quality, lowest cost CBD. Learn what to look for on labels when choosing CBD and information on what CBD does, dosage, and side effects. Swanson CBD review, lab tests, & video. See if it's real. (CBD, THC, cannabinoids, price, value, and more.)

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Summary

  • What is CBD? CBD (cannabidiol) is a compound derived from hemp and marketed as a supplement despite the U.S. FDA’s position that CBD is not a dietary supplement. (See What It Is).
  • Does CBD work? CBD taken orally has been shown to reduce the frequency of certain types of seizures, and preliminary evidence suggests it may also help with anxiety, schizophrenia, and other conditions. However, most of these effects have involved large doses of CBD — hundreds of milligrams per day, which is more than in many marketed CBD supplements and products. CBD applied to the skin (such as CBD creams, gels, and lotions) may modestly reduce some forms of pain (See What It Is and What It Does).
  • What did CL’s tests of CBD products find? ConsumerLab found significant amounts of CBD in all of the products but the cost to obtain an equal amount of CBD from each product ranged more than 10-fold, from just 24 cents to $2.67 per 10 mg. Interestingly, there were many good, lower cost products available on the market than ConsumerLab found in its last Review in 2018. Levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, a psychoactive compound) also tended to be much lower, with THC not detectable in most products. (See What CL Found and use the Results table to compare the amounts of CBD and other cannabinoids in products).
  • Best CBD Oil? Based on quality and value, ConsumerLab selected several Top Picks including an overall Top Pick as well as high, medium, and low-dose picks for oral use, a Top Pick among topical lotions and balms, and a Top Pick for Pets based on top quality and value.
  • How to choose a CBD product: If you seek CBD, look for products that list the amount of CBD or cannabidiol per serving (and don’t confuse that with the amount per entire bottle). If a product lists only “cannabinoids” it may contain some CBD but you won’t know how much. Products may still have significant amounts of CBD if they list “hemp extract” as an ingredient, but don’t expect much CBD if “hemp oil” is the only ingredient. Hemp extracts are more likely to contain a range of cannabinoids in addition to CBD (although it’s not clear if this provides added benefit) and this is what is meant by the term “full-spectrum” on labels — but full-spectrum products may or may not contain THC. If you want to avoid THC, look for products that claim to be “THC-free.” (See ConsumerTips)
  • How much CBD to take and when to take CBD: Most of the research with CBD has involved high doses (several hundred milligrams daily). However, many CBD products on the market are lower dose and it is not clear if this dosing is effective. Nevertheless, to greatly increase CBD absorption, take it with or shortly after a fatty meal. (See ConsumerTips: Dosage)
  • CBD safety, side effects and drug interactions: High-dose CBD can cause a range of side effects (particularly gastrointestinal) and affect certain medications. For details, see Concerns and Cautions.
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In addition the results of its expert testing, ConsumerLab uses only high-quality, evidence based, information sources. These sources include peer-reviewed studies and information from agencies such as the FDA and USDA, and the National Academy of Medicine. On evolving topics, studies from pre-print journals may be sourced. All of our content is reviewed by medical doctors and doctoral-level experts in pharmacology, toxicology, and chemistry. We continually update and medically review our information to keep our content trustworthy, accurate, and reliable. The following sources are referenced in this article:

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Swanson CBD Review, Extra Strength 25mg CBD 1500mg

We purchased this CBD product and tested it at independent testing facilities to measure levels of CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids and compare the results to the manufacturer’s claims. Here are the results. (Learn more about our review process.)

Test Results

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Our Lab Tests
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* Products tested prior to 2020 were sent to only one independent testing facility.

The unadulterated test results on this page come directly from these certificates of analysis from two independent labs, which we pay directly. These are two independent lab tests of one product, at one point in time. We do not guarantee that all products or labs will produce the same results. Lab results may differ based on the different methodologies of testing used by each lab or inconsistencies in the product. Added ingredients may affect lab results. Volume of creams and edibles may change due to factors such as temperature, and this may impact lab results. Learn more about our review process.

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Cannabinoid Breakdown

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Cannabinoid Breakdown by mL
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Other Cannabinoids (mg / mL)

From Lab B

Other Cannabinoids (mg / mL)

Swanson claims to have 25 mg of CBD per 1 mL serving. We found that each 1 mL serving contains about 32 mg of CBD and around 1.2 mg of THC.

*It’s common to see CBD doses at 5 mg, 15 mg, 25 mg, and 50 mg for consumer products. Researchers use much larger doses (25 mg to 1500 mg of CBD). CBD dosing is highly individualized.

Value Score

Product Information

Details from the manufacturer
  • 60 mL (2 oz)
  • 25 mg CBD per serving (1500 mg total)
  • Full Spectrum
  • Flavor: Peppermint
  • THC: Yes
  • Other cannabinoids: Yes
Ingredients

Organic coconut MCT oil, natural flavors (peppermint), mixed tocopherols, luo han guo. Contains tree nuts (coconut).

About the product

Swanson claims this is a full-spectrum hemp extract, which should contain CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids. Our lab tests confirmed that it is a full-spectrum hemp extract that contains CBD, THC, CBC, and CBG.

Our independent laboratories found that Swanson contained 26% to 31% more CBD than suggested by their label.

You can take this product sublingually or mix it with a food or drink.

Jeremy’s Take

Swanson is one of the first mainstream brands to offer CBD. They came in hot, with 26% to 32% more CBD than claimed by their label. This disparity is concerning if you are looking for an accurate dose. Most people don’t mind the extra CBD as long as the brand is consistent. It’s fascinating that even one of the largest supplement manufacturers doesn’t provide an accurate CBD dose.

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Lab A found that the price per mg of CBD was only 2.6 cents. It’s still only about 3 cents per mg of CBD if they only provide the amount of CBD claimed on their label (our lab found more CBD; thus, a lower price per mg of CBD). Fifteen cents per mg is average. This is a fantastic deal any way you slice it.

Taste:

It’s fine. It’s ok. It’s a little weird. This hemp extract is flavored with peppermint and sweetened with monk fruit. The peppermint flavor is robust and natural, perhaps from essential oil. It’s not sweet. It tastes earthy, but I do not taste the natural flavor of hemp. It might taste better than natural hemp extract but it also has a harsh herbal flavor or medicinal flavor.

Strength:

Over 30 mg of CBD is a potent dose and the novice should not take a full dropper on the first go. Most people won’t have any trouble with this amount of THC but you should still try it out before operating a vehicle or working. 1.2 mg of THC per day will risk a failed drug test. It’s got decent amounts of CBC and CBG. It’s the full package.

Overall:

Swanson’s 25 mg CBD is an excellent full-spectrum extract with many cannabinoids. This CBD is for people who want relief from multiple cannabinoids and don’t mind getting a little more CBD than expected. Ok, a lot more CBD than expected.

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