We believe that the quality of a CBD oil comes down mainly to four components, so we break our brand reviews down by the following criteria:
- The quality of the hemp (including farming practices, seed sourcing and genetics, and where the hemp is grown)
- How the oil is extracted (C02 or ethanol extraction are preferred)
- Whether or not (and how) the products are lab-tested (what toxins do they test for, how often do they post lab results?)
- Diversity of selection and pricing
Backstory: Who is Hempure?
On their website, Hempure describes their founders as “a team of dedicated endocannabinoid experts,” and much of the materials on their site focus on the importance of the endocannabinoid system, and how this system is often overlooked by the medical establishment.
They describe their philosophy as follows: “The human body is not dissimilar to that of a tree. If the roots of a tree are damaged then the tree will suffer, but when the roots are cared for and fortified, the tree will flourish.” In this analogy, the root of the tree is the endocannabinoid system.
This sounds like a philosophy we at Remedy Journey can get behind. But do they follow through on their promise to provide the “highest-quality full-spectrum hemp-derived phytocannabinoid-rich oil”? We investigate.
Sourcing: Everything We Know About the Hemp Used by Hempure
Summary: They use non-GMO, locally-produced, organically-grown hemp to create a whole-plant, full-spectrum CBD oil.
With CBD, it all starts with the plant, so we always first ask when evaluating a CBD oil: what type of hemp do they use? Where do they get it from (or do they grow it themselves)?
There’s a lot to like about Hempure when it comes to the quality and integrity of their hemp plants: to start, they use specially-bred non-GMO cultivars of the hemp plant, which we certainly prefer to the GMO varieties.
They also grow their hemp organically, though they are not yet certified organic by the USDA. This is important because, as they state on their website, hemp absorbs plant toxins, so toxins present in the soil will end up in the CBD oil. Using organic materials prevents this from happening.
Another plus for Hempure: their CBD oil is full-spectrum, meaning it’s extracted from the whole hemp plant and includes all of the natural cannabinoids and terpenes present in the hemp plant. This is important because of the so-called “entourage effect”: in short, CBD works best in the presence of other cannabinoids and terpenes, and thus full-spectrum is superior to CBD isolate.
Finally, another reason to like the way Hempure does things is that they use locally-grown hemp from Colorado farmers (their business is headquartered in Colorado). We always prefer locally grown hemp, especially relative to hemp imported from countries that may not have the same regulations and quality assurance.
Sourcing Score: 9/10
Extraction: Everything We Know About How Hempure Extracts Their CBD
Summary: They use C02 extraction — generally considered the most effective extraction method — and an advanced chromatography technique to identify THC, chlorophyll, wax, and other unwanted substances, then remove them with a solvent.
The extraction method used by a CBD company is almost as important as the type of hemp and farming practices. Different extraction methods yield different results, and C02 extraction is typically considered the best method. Good news: Hempure uses C02 extraction for their CBD oil.
From there it gets a bit trickier: after C02 extraction, Hempure uses a solvent to remove THC, chlorophyll, and waxes, so that only cannabinoids remain. Their oil undergoes a post-extraction purification process using an advanced chromatography technique to identify and remove naturally occurring THC in the oil. This method preserves the other cannabinoids, so the final result is a CBD-rich, zero-THC product.
Extraction Score: 9/10
Lab-Testing: Everything We Know About How Hempure Tests Their Products
Summary: Hempure’s products are tested by an independent third-party lab, though the most recent Certificate of Analysis on their website is from July 2018.
The final puzzle piece for any quality CBD brand is whether or not their product is lab-tested: a recent study found that as much as 70% of CBD products are mislabelled, so if a brand doesn’t have their product tested by an independent third-party lab, then you simply can’t trust that their product contains the THC they claim.
More good news: Hempure does use an independent third-party lab to test their products for the following:
- CBD levels
- Toxins and microbes
- Terpene levels
- Residual solvents
They’ve posted a Certificate of Analysis for their CBD oil which attests to the accuracy of the label and the lack of any toxins, microbes, or residual solvents, though it’s worth noting that the COA that’s posted on their site is from July 2018, so we’d prefer a more recent lab test to truly be certain that this is a quality product.
Lab-testing score: 8/10
Hempure carries a diverse array or CBD products that can be divided into the categories below. Let’s first go over their product line, and in the Conclusion section we’ll add our notes on their pricing and selection.
Restore CBD Oil Drops 100mg CBD: $22
Recovery CBD Oil Drops 250mg CBD: $35
Relief CBD Oil Drops 500mg CBD: $55
Rescue CBD Oil Drops 1000mg CBD: $85
10mg CBD Capsules:
- 10 Count for $15
- 30 Count for $30
- 60 Count for $55
25mg CBD Capsules
- 10 Count for $30
- 30 Count for $60
- 60 Count for $99
CBD Balm 750mg: $55
CBD Balm 1400mg: $99
CBD Vape Oil
CBD Vape Oil 100mg: $20
CBD Vape Oil 250mg: $30
CBD Vape Oil 500mg: $50
CBD Vape Oil 1000mg: $90
CBD for Pets
CBD Pet Chews 2mg:
- 24-pack for $26
- 48-pack for $45
CBD Gumdrops 25mg: 15-count for $50
Selection & Pricing Score: 8.5/10
Overall Score: 8.85/10
One thing worth noting is that Hempure’s line of CBD products are relatively low-potency: most brands don’t go as low as 100mg of CBD per bottle, which is just 3mg of CBD per serving, a good deal below most recommendations for any therapeutic benefits (typically a minimum of 5-10 mg is recommended, and more often in the range of 25-50mg for real therapeutic benefit). Their strongest CBD oil is a 1000mg bottle, while we’ve seen brands range as high as 5000mg per bottle. So, Hempure might be better-suited for CBD novices than real CBD-heads who need a super strong dose.
That being said, Hempure’s prices are very competitive: for a reference point, NuLeaf Naturals, one of the most established brands in the industry, charges $99 for a 725mg bottle of CBD oil, while Hempure’s 1000mg potency bottle costs just $85. Another cool thing about Hempure is that they offer bulk shipping discounts: buy 2 and you get 10% off, buy 3 and you get 20% off. This suggests to us, again, that Hempure is ideal for CBD newbies who want lighter doses but don’t want to pay through the nose.
To sum it all up: they consciously-source high quality hemp plants, use the industry-leading extraction method, lab-test their products, and are competitively priced (though they’re not the destination for high potency oils). Considering their attention to quality, we do recommend Hempure as a reliable and responsible brand, and one that you can trust to provide a quality product.