If you’re anything like me, you’re fed up with constantly getting prescribed painkillers for every minor ache. Sure, when you feel as if your joints are on fire, it is nice to get some relief, but the side effects aren’t worth it! I got to the stage where I finally realized that medication is out, and CBD is very much in!
Over the last 18 months, I have tried multiple CBD oils and have been impressed with the effect they have on my arthritis… most of the time. While low-quality stuff is about as useful as sunflower oil for the pain, premium quality CBD oil works fast and really alleviates my suffering. Today, I will share my experiences with Receptra Naturals who have not one, but two ranges of high grade CBD oil.
Who Are Receptra Naturals?
The explosion in the popularity of CBD means there are hundreds of companies selling a wide range of products. As such, there will always be a few bad apples, but as a consumer, you have no excuse not to weed such scammers out; always research a company and its products before buying!
Receptra Naturals is a Colorado-based CBD seller that claims it only uses hemp flower and aerial parts in its products. That means no stems, stalks or seeds. It also utilizes cold ethanol extraction. In layman’s terms, Receptra claims to only extract the best cannabinoids in the hemp plant. The hemp used is organically grown in the state of Colorado, and it is a family-run business.
As far as the site, it is nicely presented, but I would have liked it if the About Us page offered a little more detailed information. Nonetheless, the company’s Certificate of Analysis* helped to allay any fears I initially had about the organization’s authenticity. And by the way, there is a little THC in the oil so be wary of potential psychoactive effects. And lastly, for the record I tried both of Receptra Naturals’ CBD oils, but did not use any of the topicals or the pet CBD!
Receptra Naturals Health & Wellness Extracts
The company’s Health & Wellness CBD products are available in two different concentrations: Prime and Plus. Prime is the ‘weaker’ of the two, and contains 20mg of CBD per dropper (that is, if you place a whole dropper full of oil under your tongue, you’ll be administering 20mg CBD) It comes in three sizes:
- 15mL (375mg of CBD): $39.95
- 30mL (750mg of CBD): $74.95
- 60 mL (1500mg of CBD): $134.95
The ‘Plus’ version, which is the one I decided to try, contains 40mg of CBD per dropper, and comes in two different sizes:
- 30mL (1500mg of CBD): $134.95
- 60mL (3000mg of CBD): $199.95
The difference between Prime and Plus is that the latter simply has a stronger concentration of CBD (40mg per dropper compared to 20mg per dropper). I was expecting a lot from this full-profile cannabinoid extract, and I wasn’t disappointed. Also, following the instructions is easy; all you have to do is fill the dropper and squeeze the drops under your tongue. Wait about 15-20 seconds, and then swallow.
As far as dose, I elected to take a full Plus dropper twice a day. There were about 24 drops in a full dropper, and I wondered if it would be necessary to increase the dose to three droppers a day for my arthritis.
In the end, a third dropper wasn’t needed because I could definitely ‘feel’ something within 15 minutes of consumption. While the pain from my arthritis wasn’t completely gone, it was significantly reduced to the point where I could enjoy playtime with my daughter without gritting my teeth.
Additionally, the ‘Fresh Berry’ flavor was a welcome departure from the stronger CBD oils I tasted in the past. While the smell is rather strong, the taste doesn’t overwhelm the senses, and it’s actually rather pleasant. You could even add it to a fruit smoothie if you’re so inclined and you wouldn’t taste the difference. (I also know people who have added it to protein shakes in their weight loss programs and it worked a treat).
Receptra Active Lifestyle
I much prefer it when companies don’t try to overhype their products, and I feel as if Receptra is guilty of this sin with its Active Lifestyle range. On the product description, the company says it will help you “achieve unheard of mental and physical performance.” It is a pretty good product on it’s own, so it doesn’t need the added exaggerations. What ends up happening, I feel, is that instead of expecting a CBD oil that helps them become more active, some users will expect it to turn them into a cross between Usain Bolt and Albert Einstein – they’ll invariably end up disappointed!
Regardless, though, the oil is packed with goodness as it contains naturally occurring cannabinoids, essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and neuroprotectants. It comes in three different concentrations: Active, Elite, and Pro. The Active contains 15mg of CBD per dropper, while the Elite contains 30mg, and the pro contains 60mg. Here’s a breakdown of the sizes and prices if you’re interested:
Active (15mg CBD per dropper)
- 15mL (250mg of CBD): $24.95
- 30mL (500mg of CBD): $44.95
- 60mL (1000mg of CBD): $79.95
Elite (30mg CBD per dropper)
- 30mL (1000mg of CBD): $79.95
- 60mL (2000mg of CBD): $149.95
Pro (60mg CBD per dropper)
- 30mL (2000mg of CBD): $149.95
- 60mL (4000mg of CBD): $249.95
In terms of consuming the oil, there is no difference between the Active Lifestyle and Health & Wellness ranges; simply drop it under your tongue and hold for a few seconds before swallowing. I used the 1,000mg Elite bottle with the 30mg dropper and was happy with the results.
While it didn’t turn me into an Olympic athlete or help me compete in a Spelling Bee, it did lead to a pleasant feeling of relaxation and I felt energetic enough to conduct my daily tasks with ease. Needless to say, it also succeeded in dulling the pain of arthritis.
Final Thoughts on Receptra Naturals
There’s no doubt that Receptra Naturals is selling high-quality CBD products. When I used both the Health & Wellness and Active Lifestyle CBD oils, I felt the pain of the arthritis ease away, and within minutes, it was barely perceptible. Like all CBD products, the best thing about these oils is the lack of side effects. You don’t feel tired, high or anxious. Instead, you feel energetic, calm and most importantly, pain-free.
The main downside is that Receptra Naturals’ products aren’t exactly cheap. Even in the cheapest oil at $24.95, there are maybe 16-17 full droppers, which can provide between a week’s and a month’s worth of treatment, depending on how much you use per day. That said, if you are suffering from chronic pain or even an anxiety problem, Receptra Naturals’ CBD products will be a welcome addition to your life. Eventually, I hope that more people use CBD and dump their pharmaceutical drugs!