The cannabidiol (CBD) market has quickly become a global phenomenon. A few years ago, it was little more than a curiosity, but when initial users found relief from conditions such as chronic pain, anxiety, and even depression, CBD rapidly became the ‘next big thing’ in health supplements.
It is one of 113 identified cannabinoids in the Cannabis Sativa L. plant and unlike THC, it is non-intoxicating. Research suggests that CBD acts on the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) and you can consume it in a variety of ways. As a result, CBD sellers offer oils, balms, edibles, and much more.
One of the main issues with the CBD market is the lack of regulation. At Marijuana Break, we aim to alleviate some of the confusion surrounding the cannabis plant’s cannabinoids with informative articles. We also hope to help steer you in the direction of high-quality CBD brands, or at the very least, keep you away from disreputable companies. Today, we take a look at Dragonfly CBD.
Who is Dragonfly CBD?
The company was founded by three friends in 2016 in a bid to change the health and wellness landscape in Europe. They knew about cannabidiol and its benefits and believed there was no premium-quality seed-to-sale producer available to meet the escalating demand.
It all began when Dragonfly Biosciences used a 25-acre plot of land in Bulgaria to farm and distribute its CBD products. Fast forward three years and the brand now has a team of experienced researchers, expert farmers, and over 1,000 acres of Bulgaria’s finest organically certified soil. Radost Draganova is the president of Dragonfly and was one of the co-founders. Chris Wronski is the acting CEO and chairman.
The brand has received a boost in the UK as the well-known pharmacy chain, Boots, has agreed to stock Dragonfly CBD on its shelves.
All of the brand’s CBD products come from cannabis plants cultivated on Dragonfly farms. It doesn’t offer CBD isolate. Instead, its products are filled with numerous cannabinoids and terpenes. All of its lab results are backed up with third-party testing.
Dragonfly outlines its 5-step process from seed to shelf on the website:
- All Cannabis Sativa L. Plants are grown organically five months before harvest.
- Once the crop is harvested, it is transported to the company’s processing facility, and the flowers are separated from the seeds, leaves, and stems. Dragonfly’s specialist equipment processes up to 100 kilograms of material each day.
- The CBD-rich flowers are soaked in ethanol to ensure full-spectrum CBD is extracted; this includes terpenes, cannabinoids, and waxes.
- The resulting oil is refined using advanced fractional distillation and chromatography techniques.
- The last step involves formulating the extract with organic hemp seed oil and bottling it at its facility.
Review of Dragonfly CBD Narrow-Spectrum Oil
As it happens, Dragonfly only sells CBD oil and has two different options. According to the brand, the narrow-spectrum oil is ‘lighter’ in terms of taste and consistency, and is a good option for newcomers to the CBD scene. There are a total of seven different size and strength options:
- 300mg (3.3% CBD) 10ml: £27.95
- 500mg (5.6% CBD) 10ml: £39.95
- 1000mg (11.1% CBD) 10ml: £69.95
- 1000mg (3.7% CBD) 30ml: £69.95
- 1500mg (5.6% CBD) 30ml: £84.95
- 2000mg (7.4% CBD) 30ml: £99.95
- 3000mg (11.1% CBD) 30ml: £139.95
I used the weakest option and placed the drops beneath my tongue for up to a minute before swallowing. You get the usual bitter plant taste which is a good thing because it is typically a sign of high-quality CBD. I am always suspicious of CBD oil that has a sweet taste.
There are 200 drops of oil in the 3.3% bottle which means each drop contains 1.5mg of CBD. Dragonfly recommends beginning with 8 drops for a total of 12 mg of CBD per day. If you want something stronger and don’t want to consume so much oil, there is 4.5mg of CBD per drop in the 11.1% bottle.
Overall, I was happy with the relaxed feeling the oil offered, but if you have chronic pain, it is likely (everyone is different) that you’ll need up to 50mg of CBD a day. In that case, I would recommend the 11.1% option. If you purchase the 3.3% bottle, you’ll need to consume 34 drops of oil a day to meet that target.
Review of Dragonfly CBD Broad-Spectrum Oil
According to Dragonfly, its broad-spectrum oil has a thicker consistency and fuller flavor than then narrow-spectrum oil because of the higher amount of plant matter. It is recommended to experienced users and comes in three strength options; all bottles contain 10ml of liquid:
- 270mg (3% CBD): £27.95
- 450mg (5% CBD): £39.95
- 900mg (10% CBD): £69.95
Personally, I don’t think 3% CBD is strong enough for anything other than alleviating anxiety, but perhaps that is simply my own experience. The 10% CBD oil is what you need for chronic pain, so I used some to deal with my bicep injury. The strongest option contains 900mg for £69.95 which is on the expensive side albeit in an industry where prices seem pretty high at present.
Once again, there are 200 drops in a bottle, so each drop contains 4.5mg of CBD. As usual, I placed the oil beneath my tongue and held it there for up to 60 seconds. It definitely has a much stronger taste than its narrow-spectrum counterpart. After using 10 drops a day for a few days (approximately 45 mg of CBD per day), I felt a slight reduction in pain.
CBD oil isn’t a miracle cure and anyone who thinks it will magically eliminate pain is fooling themselves. What it WILL do is reduce your pain level and perhaps enable you to become less dependent on pharmaceutical drugs. It should also help you feel more relaxed.
Where Can I Purchase Dragonfly’s CBD Products?
Make your way to the official Dragonfly website and click on the shop option. Alternatively, you should be able to find it in your local Boots store. You can also go on the Boots website and search for Dragonfly CBD oil. At present, Boots only stocks the narrow-spectrum CBD oil in the 3.3%, 5.6%, and 11.1% strengths in the 10ml bottles.
The brand offers free delivery within the UK and has no minimum spend requirement. If you want next day delivery, it costs £5 extra, and it is not available on bank holidays or weekends. Dragonfly uses Royal Mail’s recorded delivery service, and you need to sign for the items upon receipt.
If you are not happy with the products, you have 14 days to cancel your order from the day you receive your products. Please note that Dragonfly only accepts items that are still in their original packaging and unopened. You must also pay for the cost of returning the products. If your order arrives damaged or else you receive the incorrect items, take a photo and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with the order’s reference number. Dragonfly aims to respond within 48 hours.
Final Thoughts on Dragonfly CBD
Although the brand has only been around since 2016, it is relatively old by the standards of the CBD industry! As such, it has managed to build up a loyal following, and it is obvious from the packaging and corporate websites that Dragonfly is a highly professional outfit. It would be great if it sold more than a couple of CBD oils, but on the face of it, you have to respect a brand for choosing to specialize in a product and sticking with it.
The result is a high-quality CBD oil that is suitable for individuals with conditions such as stress, fatigue or anxiety. You need to use the highest strength options for pain, and it is on the expensive side. However, you know you’re getting good quality CBD oil from a reputable company, and that means a lot in an unregulated industry.
- Reputable brand sold in high street stores.
- Third-party lab reports are available on the website.
- The company is responsible for everything; from the growth of the cannabis plants right down to bottling the oil.
- Professionally designed website only adds to the brand’s credibility.
- Free delivery for UK customers.
- Only sells two types of CBD oil and no other products.
- 3% and 3.3% strength oils are realistically too weak for patients with pain, although results vary.