In many ways, it seems as if the world is being turned upside down, especially when it comes to the cannabis plant. We have now reached a situation where two-thirds of American states have legalized medicinal marijuana. Moreover, we have Mitch McConnell of all people sponsoring a bill to legalize hemp!
Even McConnell realizes that hemp does not contain the psychoactive compound, THC. Instead, it is loaded with cannabidiol, better known as CBD, which purportedly offers ‘healing without the high.’ Hundreds of companies have been formed on the back of growth in the CBD industry.
Many of them sell mediocre or low-quality CBD although there is also an increasing number of reputable brands. In this article, we review Bluebird Botanicals to see if it fits into the latter category.
Who are Bluebird Botanicals?
The company was formed by Brandon J. Beatty in 2012 and is based in Colorado. It received the #1 Hemp CBD Company award at the Cannabis Awards in 2016 and had forged a reputation as one of the best CBD firms in the United States. The firm is obsessed with quality control and has one of the industry’s leading systems with a transparent batch database, so customers know they are getting organic hemp in every product.
All of Bluebird Botanicals’ ingestible and vape products are analyzed by third-party laboratories for pesticides, insecticides, fungicides, mold, microbial content, and heavy metals. Seeing these reports should give customers tremendous piece of mind. Bluebird breeds its hemp for high cannabinoid and terpene content and has partnerships with Colorado farmers who grow organic hemp.
The flowers are put through CO2 or environmentally-friendly alcohol systems to extract the cannabinoids and terpenes. Every batch of Bluebird products is tested using a third-party lab before being delivered to customers. It is also nice to see a company with a social conscience. It has numerous assistance programs including one for veterans, one for low-income families, and another for individuals with long-term disabilities.
It all sounds great so far, but it is now time for the moment of truth.
Review of Bluebird Botanicals CBD Oil
There is also a special ‘concentrated’ CBD oil, but I went for the ‘normal’ version first. There are three types of Hemp Extract Oil to choose from:
- Classic: 250mg of cannabinoids per ounce ($24.95 for a 1oz bottle)
- Complete: 250mg of raw and heated cannabinoids per ounce ($29.95 for a 1oz bottle)
- Signature: 250mg of cannabinoids per ounce, contains black seed oil and frankincense ($29.95 per bottle)
I elected to try the Classic variety which came in five sizes:
- 1/3oz: $9.95
- 1oz: $24.95
- 2oz: $44.95
- 4oz: $79.95
- 8oz: $139.95
The 1/3oz is a nice ‘starter’ bottle and an ideal way to dip your toe into CBD waters for less than $10. I wish more companies offered such a diminutive sized bottle. In any case, I tried the 1oz bottle which contained an estimated 250mg of cannabinoids. It is a full-spectrum hemp extract which means there are over 80 phyto-cannabinoids in each serving. Terpenes such as beta-carotene are also included in the unique formula.
I followed the company’s instructions which involved using 1-5 x 0.5ml servings per day. A 0.5ml serving consists of 15 drops and includes 4.2mg of full spectrum cannabinoids. I was delighted to see that Bluebird included links to third-party testing of each batch, a rarity amongst CBD sellers.
The oil itself had that satisfying plant taste. It is a little bitter, and you may need a glass of water to hand, but it goes down smoothly enough. To improve bioavailability, make sure you place the drops beneath your tongue and hold for at least 30 seconds before swallowing. I felt a sense of relaxation about half an hour after the first dose, and it stayed with me, and it remained effective to the final drop in the bottle.
I did not try the Concentrated CBD oil, but it is worth considering if you need a stronger dose than what the company’s Hemp CBD Oil range offers. Once again, it comes in Classic, Complete and Signature form. It is six times stronger than the other range with 1,500mg of cannabinoids per fluid ounce. The Classic costs $109.95 for an ounce, while the other two options are $119.95 per ounce apiece.
Once again, there are five sizes for each collection, ranging from 1/3oz to 8oz. The largest Signature and Complete option cost a whopping $649.95 so make sure you try a smaller bottle first! Each 0.5ml serving of the Concentrated oil contains an impressive 25mg of cannabinoids. Even two servings a day should be enough for most users.
Review of Bluebird Botanicals CBD Isolate
The other product I had the chance to review was the firm’s CBD isolate. Bluebird guarantees a minimum of 96% CBD in crystalline form, and a batch could contain up to 99.9%. It is derived from industrial hemp, and as always, the isolate is tested for pesticides, solvents, heavy metals, and potency. It is a collection of white crystals with no discernible taste or aroma.
Bluebird also has Certificates of Analysis (COA) which you can view on the website. The isolate comes in four sizes:
- 1 gram: $24.95
- 2 grams: $48.95
- 5 grams: $122.48
- 25 grams: $449.95
You can use the isolate in several ways. If you have a vaporizer, it melts easily and offers a smooth and satisfying vaping experience. This is what I did, and the effects were noticeable within a matter of minutes. If you have any minor niggles, they will probably feel a lot less painful. It certainly relaxed me, and if you can afford it, the 25-gram option is great value for money. It is not often that you can get almost 1,000mg of high-quality CBD for $18!
For users with VERY deep pockets, you can avail of Bluebirds’ Bulk CBD Isolate. It is the same quality isolate but is much cheaper per gram. The downside? You need to purchase an enormous quantity:
- 100 grams: $1,650
- 250 grams: $4,000
- 500 grams: $7,500
- 1 kilogram: $14,000
I can see the above being a nice business opportunity if you can afford to pay that much money. Purchasing CBD isolate at $14 a gram should guarantee a significant profit if you have a license to sell CBD yourself (and have the packaging and distribution contacts). Otherwise, it is hard to see an individual paying so much for one order.
Where Can I Purchase Bluebird Botanicals CBD Products?
You need to visit the official website, and there you will be greeted with an array of options. The company sells other CBD products that I have not covered in this review. For example, Bluebird CBD capsules cost $39.95 for 30 and $74.95 for 60. Each capsule contains 15mg of cannabinoids.
There are also two vape oil options: The 333mg bottle costs $29.95 while the 1,000mg bottle is $74.95. There are even CBD capsules and oils for pets! Finally, Bluebird offers stylish hemp t-shirts.
Final Thoughts on Bluebird Botanicals
I was delighted with the quality of the CBD oil purchased from Bluebird Botanicals. It smells, tastes, and more importantly, acts like the real thing. If you are in any doubt as to the quality of the company’s CBD products, check out its long list of third-party lab reports. Bluebird sets the standard that other CBD sellers must follow. If a company can’t back up its claims, it isn’t worth investing in. Bluebird Botanicals, on the other hand, is a CBD seller you can trust.
Bluebird Botanicals Pros
- Lab reports are available for every product.
- Everything is tested for pesticides, heavy metals, and other toxins.
- A wide array of products.
- The small 1/3oz bottle is an excellent ‘CBD taster.’
- Ships to all states and some EU countries.
- Money back guarantees on certain products.
Bluebird Botanicals Cons
- If you are using the CBD for medical purposes, you must pay out-of-pocket.
- Some of the products are expensive, although you get excellent value when buying larger sizes.