We love doing reviews, but we are especially excited about this product review, as this is the first CBG product we have had the opportunity to test! You will also be introduced to another new company, so we have plenty to share with you.
First, a quick review of our scoring system for our newcomers…
The CBD Informative Scoring System
We spent a lot of time at the beginning determining what we felt would be a solid and reliable scoring system. This is particularly important since we are testing not only different companies, but also different types of products, from oils and tinctures to gummies plus anything else we run across that looks worth evaluating! The challenge was to create a scoring system which would fairly represent the CBD product under review, regardless of its form or type.
We are pleased to say we faced this challenge and overcame it with a solid scoring system which measures the following factors:
- Lab Quality – we know what the company claims as to CBD content, but we send the product to our own third-party lab for an independent evaluation
- Effects – let’s face it, we all use CBD for the effects, so our testers weigh in and share how the product affected them
- Taste – most products are ingested, which means flavors are involved; we tell you how the taste stands up to our test
- Packaging – we also judge the CBD product by its packaging, feeling it should represent the product well and honestly
Of the four categories, lab quality is the one objective test, as it is analyzed by a lab for its CBD content; because of this factor, this category carries more weight than the other three subjective categories. This means great taste, fantastic effects, and awesome packaging only go so far; if the lab reports a high variance (exceeding 10% of their own claim), it loses points, which affects the overall score greater than bad marks on the other categories.
Two final notes: first, while our other three categories are subjective, keep in mind that our testers are experienced CBD users and are consequently providing more valuable and consistent scores than less experienced users, and second, for more details on how points are calculated, please visit our detailed scoring algorithm page.
Now, let’s start our review by learning more about this new company (for us), Kurativ, before we dive into a new product we are excited to test.
Kurativ Premium CBD
We appreciate the fact that this company put themselves on the line by putting “Premium” right into the company name, but just by claiming to be premium does not make one a premium company. In fact, by making such a strong claim, we want to see them back it up with facts and quality products. To our delight, Kurativ Premium CBD does just that, if not more!
To ensure that they deliver premium CBD (and CBG!) products to the public, the company is involved in every step of the manufacturing process, from the sowing of the seeds to the making of their quality products. They begin by partnering with American farmers committed to producing only organically-grown hemp and using only the highest pedigree genetics; all plants are guaranteed medical grade and hand-planted in clean and lab-tested soil. Once harvested, the same care and attention continues through the extraction of both isolate and full spectrum oils, using only solvent-free or hydrocarbon extraction methods.
Finally, we love their mission, a simple yet powerful statement: “Our mission is to help people, and that mission is ongoing and incredibly rewarding.” We were further encouraged when we found the Kurativ Premium CBD products on another company who has earned high reviews from us: CBD Emporium, known for their rigorous due diligence process before approving CBD products for their own stores (both retail and online). Kurativ Premium CBD was actually the very first outside company CBD Emporium began promoting; they also recently interviewed one of the executives, Ryan Morris, who was more than happy to share more about this awesome company.
A quick look at their product line reveals an excellent array, including:
- CBG/CBG Products – this includes oils, topicals, and edibles
- CBD Oils – separated into full spectrum and THC-free CBD oils
- CBD Topicals – separated into full spectrum and THC-free CBD topicals
- CBD Gummies – comes in various strengths and flavors
- Bath and Body Products – includes bath bombs, salves, balms, and creams
- Pet Products – jerky, oil, or balm for furry family members
The website is well-designed, uncluttered, and easily navigated, making our introduction to Kurativ Premium CBD positive, inspiring, and tantalizing. Yes, we were ready to learn more about the product we are dying to sample, their full spectrum CBD/CBG oil. Anxious to experience the product, we next headed over to the page of the product under review.
Full Spectrum CBD/CBG Oil (10:1, 3300mg)
There it was, in plain view, for us to drool over and fantasize about… the first CBG product we were going to try!
Their CBD/CBG oil is a 10 to 1 mix, meaning for every 10mg of CBD, 1mg of CBG oil is added. The bottle contains an impressive 3300mg (3000mg CBD combined with 300mg CBG), is flavorless, and comes as a full spectrum product (meaning we can enjoy the full entourage effect of this new product).
Their ingredient list is spotless:
- Organic MCT Oil – considered industry-wide to be the superior carrier oil, meaning the most effective delivery of hemp cannabinoids
- Full Spectrum CBD Hemp Extract – this uses all available cannabinoids in the hemp plant (including trace amounts – under 0.3% – of THC)
- CBG Isolate – the CBG separately extracted from the hemp plant (as an isolate) is added to the oil
According to this page, CBD combined with CBG complement each other greatly, allowing the effects of CBD and CBG to both be enhanced and amplified. We have heard about this effect before and are excited to experience it firsthand!
The cannabinoids included in the oil are:
- CBD – major cannabinoid
- CBG – major cannabinoid
- CBN – minor cannabinoid
- CBC – minor cannabinoid
- CBDVA – minor cannabinoid
The product page further indicates that the CBD/CBG oil is “Unflavored, with no unpleasant tastes” (but our own “taste” conclusion will be reached by our testers soon, allowing us to compare their claim with our reality).
Overall, a very satisfactory introduction to what portends to be a very exciting product to add to our rolls! Admittedly, Kurativ Premium CBD and their premium product, the CBD/CBG oil, has set us up with high expectations, so there was no reason for further delay. We were revved up to get to work and perform the test!
The CBD Informative Testing and Rating
We always begin our testing from the outside, so to speak, by first delivering the product to our always-reliable third party laboratory, Level One Labs, and having them perform their own analysis, which results in the calculation of our first, and most important, category: potency. In order to keep their full 10-point default score, we are seeking a variance of no greater than 10% from what is printed on the bottle (in this case, 3300mg).
Third Party Test Results
We had our fingers crossed for a less than 10% variance result, but in this case, they came in slightly outside the 10% safe range. The product is advertised at 3300mg, but our lab report showed a final count of 2930.62mg, a variance of 11.19% which earned a lab quality score of 9.88, just a smidgen under a perfect 10. And because of the heavy weighting for this factor, it will carry an impact on their overall score. (In contrast, their own report showed a CBD count of 3130mg, but as always, we stand by our own testing facility.)
While not perfect, this is still an excellent start to our test, and our testers were not to be left waiting for long! Next up is our own take of their presentation, both on the website and through our interactions with them.
The Manufacturer – Kurativ Premium CBD
We’re going to come right out with it… we love this company and their way of doing business! We are 100% behind a company who believes in delivering a premium product at affordable prices for the general consumer, and Kurativ Premium CBD succeeds in this effort. Of course, our intrigue factor was equally high because this was our introduction to CBG, which we have read and heard so much about.
But when we received our package, we all agreed this is what companies need to be doing in this department. From the unexpected yet delightful free mystery gift of a gummy dosage to the extra sprayer and dosage chart, they hit it out of the park! This was the first time that the packaging and presentation in-person totally outperformed their website presentation, which is saying a lot since we liked their website so much. We even got the most thorough packing slip highlighting each included product. The mystery gift threw us back to the days of the free prize in your box of Crackerjacks, and totally put us in a happy and playful mood. They nailed this, earning them a perfect 10 out of 10 in the packaging department!
(Emerging CBD companies would be wise to take note of and follow the packaging practices as demonstrated by Kurativ Premium CBD. Another company we recommend studying and mimicking is Cypress Hemp, whose CBD + Omegas Full Spectrum Extract also took down a perfect 10 for packaging, thanks to its clean design and effective sustainable packaging program.)
The Product – Full Spectrum CBD/CBG Oil (10:1, 3300mg)
As we mentioned at the beginning of this review, the company calls its oil flavorless, to which we then reserved the right to provide our own subjective feedback. Normally, if we are reviewing a flavorless product (a topical cream, for instance), we take the 10-point taste score and divide it equally between packaging and effects. However, when our testers tried the product, everyone agreed there was a slight natural taste; our testers were also unanimous in their opinion that the taste was not unpleasant. However, because a slight natural taste existed where none was supposed to be, the Full Spectrum CBD/CBG Oil got a slight markdown, getting a final score of 9.6 on taste.
Finally, when it came to effects, every tester gave the perfect score of 10! Of course, the 10% addition of CBG adds a nuanced effect, but because it’s a new product to our testers, no one could say with certainty that the CBD gave the boost which made the CBD effects clear and noticeable, but all agreed this is a product they want to have as part of their regular regimen and believe over time the CBG boost will become more apparent. The bottom line for effects sums up to a perfect 10 out of 10!
The CBD Informative Overall Rating for Kurativ Premium CBD Full Spectrum CBD/CBG Oil (10:1, 3300mg) – 9.88
If it weren’t for the slightly higher than 10% variance in the lab report (for which they would have earned a perfect 10 in the heaviest weighted category), Kurativ would likely have toppled our current top-ranked product (CBD Emporium’s Full Spectrum CBD Oil, rated at 9.93), but they still rank in the upper echelon with a very solid 9.88 overall rating. We strongly urge our readers to experience the world of CBG and can think of no better introduction than this amazing CBD/CBG Full Spectrum CBD/CBG Oil by Kurativ Premium CBD!