Charlotte’s Web (CW™) CBD Oil has become one of the most popular CBD brands on the market. Do they live up to the hype? Find out in this updated review. Charlotte's Web's scent is dank and piney with some light floral notes. When burnt, this strain gives off a smooth smoke. On the exhale, it may taste slightly skunky with an underlying grassy, vegetal taste that speaks to its hemp content.
Charlotte’s Web CBD Review: Analyzing This Legendary Brand
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Few CBD brands are better-known than Charlotte’s Web, which gained international attention for how it helped a young Dravet syndrome sufferer enjoy a better quality of life. CW has expanded in recent times and is also listed on the Canadian Stock Exchange. It is one of the few CBD brands that cultivates its own hemp, and it takes great pride in ensuring its products are among the best around.
- A highly reputable brand with a long history in the industry
- Lab reports are available with every batch of products you buy
- Discount programs for veterans, nurses, teachers, students, and first-responders
- B Corp Certified
- Utilizes locally grown hemp
- A significant number of negative customer reviews, mainly based on the company’s customer service
- No longer has BBB accreditation
- COAs are in-house rather than coming from third-party labs
Who Is Charlotte’s Web?
Charlotte’s Web is a family-owned company founded by the seven Stanley Brothers: Josh, Austin, Jared, Jordan, John, Jesse, and Joel, in 2011. With its HQ in Boulder, Colorado, CW cultivates the hemp used in its substantial range of products.
It quickly became one of the best-known brands in the CBD industry due to how it helped Charlotte Figi, a young girl with Dravet’s syndrome. Charlotte’s Web got so big that in 2018, it was listed on the Canadian Stock Exchange. The brand acquired Abacus Health in 2020 and expanded into Israel and Canada the following year.
However, it hasn’t been entirely smooth sailing for CW. Its share price plummeted as COVID massively impacted the CBD industry. Nonetheless, Charlotte’s Web remains a huge name, and we’re delighted to have the chance to review its products.
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WayofLeaf’s Top 3 Favorite Charlotte’s Web Products
The range of Charlotte’s Web products keeps growing to the point where if we did in-depth reviews of everything, it would take an hour to read this guide! Instead, we chose to run the rule over three of the brand’s most popular products.
1 – Charlotte’s Web CBD Oil (Original Formula 100ml – 50mg CBD/ML)
CW began with its Original Formula but has expanded its range significantly. These days, you can buy Charlotte’s Web CBD oil in the following concentrations:
- 7mg CBD/ml
- 17mg CBD/ml
- 25mg CBD/ml (Starter Size, THC Free)
- 50mg CBD/ml
- 60mg CBD/ml
However, we felt that it was best to analyze the product that “started an industry,” according to Charlotte’s Web. Unlike the rest of its range, which utilizes CO2 extraction, the Original Formula uses alcohol extraction and involves creating labor-intensive small batches. According to the brand, the result is a premium-quality oil that contains a huge concentration of phytocannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes, and other compounds per serving.
The Original Formula contains 50mg of CBD per ml of liquid, and you can purchase a 30ml or 100ml bottle. Two flavor options exist, Olive Oil (Natural) and Mint Chocolate.
The mint chocolate flavor has a pleasant, sweet yet refreshing taste and is certainly palatable. It begins with a subtle hint of mint chocolate, and unlike other brands, CW manages to avoid creating an overpowering mint taste. There’s a slight hemp aftertaste, but nothing that should put you off.
You can’t argue with 50mg of CBD per ml. One should feel a heightened sense of relaxation, and most users are generally pleased with the effects. Charlotte’s Web uses high-quality hemp in all its products, so we aren’t surprised that this product is as good as advertised.
The brand’s visible in-house testing of the 100ml bottle showed a CBD content of 57mg per ml, well above what is claimed. The total cannabinoid content is an impressive 66mg, including almost 4mg of CBC per ml. The COA shows evidence of testing for pesticides, heavy metals, and residual solvents.
Charlotte’s Web provides updated lab reports; all you have to do is enter the lot number of your product on the “Batch Reports.” This is good news because the COA available on the site is dated November 2019.
Charlotte’s Web is a medical strain high in CBD, a cannabis compound (or cannabinoid) that has a range of medical applications. Colorado growers the Stanley Brothers created this strain specifically for Charlotte Figi — a young epilepsy patient and medical cannabis user — by crossing an unspecified strain with industrial hemp. The effectiveness of Charlotte’s Web in treating Figi’s seizures was publicized in a CNN special and garnered enough attention to attract droves of families to Colorado in search of similar relief.
Charlotte’s Web has spurred a wave of innovation in CBD breeding, giving us strains like Cannatonic. With limited psychoactivity, Charlotte’s Web contains little to no THC. Its CBD content, however, runs from 15 to 20% — that’s 300 times higher than the CBD of the average recreational strain.
Unlike its cousin cannabinoid THC, CBD doesn’t act directly on the body’s endocannabinoid receptors. Instead, it is thought to work indirectly by increasing the availability of the body’s own endocannabinoid compounds to stimulate those receptors. Essentially, CBD may act as a booster to help out many of the body’s naturally functioning processes. Although Charlotte’s Web is available as a concentrated oil for easy medical ingestion, buds of the strain are also available for adults who prefer more traditional consumption. Flowers of this hemp-descended strain have a sativa appearance, with long, tapered buds and olive green leaves. Those accustomed to more psychoactive strains will notice that Charlotte’s Web has relatively few pistils and, due to the near-absence of THC-laden trichomes, very little stickiness. Its scent is more familiar: dank and piney with some light floral notes. When burnt, this strain gives off a smooth smoke. On the exhale, it may taste slightly skunky with an underlying grassy, vegetal taste that speaks to its hemp content.
As noted, Charlotte’s Web is bred specifically for a high CBD to THC ratio. Because of this ratio, Charlotte’s Web can be useful for casual edible bakers who want to avoid an intense high. That said, depending on the particular phenotype of Charlotte’s Web consumed, users may get some buzzy effects ranging from a heightened sense of well-being to some sensory enhancement. Generally speaking, however, medical-grade Charlotte’s Web comes with negligible psychoactivity, making it a prime choice for patients – particularly children – who want to avoid getting high. In fact, researchers believe that the presence of CBD may actually act to shut down any trippy or anxiety-inducing feelings caused by trace amounts of THC.
The CBD in this strain can bind to receptors that regulate inflammation, body temperature, and perception of pain, making it a powerful treatment for those suffering from anything from a fever to chronic conditions like fibromyalgia and Parkinson’s Disease. At high levels, CBD can even stimulate serotonin-related receptors, conferring benefits for psychological conditions like anxiety, addiction, and sleep disturbance. Perhaps most significantly, recent studies of CBD have shown that it may work against cancer by destroying existing cancerous cells and halting the spread of new ones.
Charlotte’s Web creators the Stanley Brothers have not made the strain’s seeds available for commercial sale; consumers should be wary of any companies purporting to sell seeds under the Charlotte’s Web name. If prospective growers are able to obtain clones of this rare plant, they’ll have success growing it both indoors and out — the hemp in this strain’s genetics centuries for is less finicky than cannabis and can thrive in some harsh conditions. Plants have a bushy, indica-like shape. They flower within 8 to 9 weeks and typically offer a high yield of flowers. Growers should also note that only a certain portion of all clones planted will show themselves to be high in CBD — others may have an equal balance of THC and CBD or simply have a higher concentration of THC.
Charlotte’s Web poses a challenging legal bind: advocates who consider it a medical hemp product, genetically distinct from cannabis indica or sativa, clash with legislators who classify it as medical marijuana, banned under federal law. As a result, doctors seeking to test its medical effectiveness in clinical trials are prevented from study because of federal restrictions on growing the plant. This strain has also stoked some ironic controversy over its name — in Oregon, the state’s Liquor Control Commission banned the sale of Charlotte’s Web and several other strains because their names are potentially appealing to children. Nevertheless, Charlotte’s Web is gaining ground – it was legalized in Florida in 2014 and has since taken root in select dispensaries for statewide distribution.