This time around, we are reviewing the Populum Full Spectrum Hemp CBD Oil; we were particularly excited to try this product, as it would be the first full-spectrum tincture we have put to the test. As is our standard approach, we will first let the company present themselves and their product to you, after which we will share with you our own third-party test results along with our own personal assessment, which weighs effect, taste, packaging, and quality to deliver you an overall rating of the product.
Upon first landing at their website, we immediately established a good feeling and appreciation of their professional approach to producing, presenting, and offering quality hemp-based CBD items, backed by a full 100% money-back guarantee (which is unusual to find in this industry). On their home page, they outline the features which help them stand out from the crowd:
- Made in the USA – for growing natural plants with medical benefits, there is no better location than on US farms (Colorado, to be precise)
- Max Potency – by employing a proprietary technology which isolates and filters out unwanted compounds, maximum potency levels are reached
- Quality First – all products are bottled and packaged using Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards
- Thoroughly Tested – third party test results are included in every box sold, a true mark of confidence by the manufacturer
- Natural Ingredients – using hemp as the source for their CBD, all other ingredients are also natural (as you will see in the next section)
- 30-Day Risk Free Trial – for anyone nervous about hemp or CBD products, their no-nonsense 30-day trial offers full refunds, no questions asked
Further wandering through their website reveals hundreds of reviews, an extensive FAQ section, and a powerful subscription program where you can save 20% off all orders. All of these facets of their online presence indicate a company with strong ethics and a dedication to quality from beginning to end.
Trust us, we’ve seen all kinds of websites offering CBD products (and even came across products without websites, like the Good Things Coming Fruit Jellies and the Pro Naturals CBD Tincture products from earlier reviews), so it is not just lip service when we opened this section stating our appreciation of the effort they put into creating a website which transparently reveals their mission and products, along with honest feedback from actual customers.
This certainly has Populum setting off on the right path, from our point of view. Let’s see how they present the product we are testing.
Full Spectrum Hemp CBD Oil (500 mg)
The first impression when landing on the product page for their Full Spectrum Hemp CBD Oil was, not surprisingly, as positive as every other page we visited on their website. The first thing you see is a clear, professionally-photographed image of their product along with a brief description. Three sizes are offered (each size holds about 30 recommended doses):
- 250 mg – recommended dosage of 8 mg
- 500 mg – recommended dosage of 17 mg
- 1,000 gm – recommended dosage of 33 mg
The page continues to flow with additional, valuable information, such as a usage guide and video offering step-by-step instructions for newcomers. Best of all, there is no hesitation to share the ingredient list of this tincture, which is as follows:
- Full-Spectrum Hemp Extract – containing a careful concoction of cannabinoids and terpenes for maximum results
- Grapeseed Oil – a recognized source of omega-6 fatty acids and antioxidants to support the immune system
- Hempseed Oil – a logically natural ingredient to add, it also delivers essential fatty acids, vitamins, and various minerals
- Coconut Oil – is always a popular natural carrier oil for delivering CBD to the body, it also has fatty acids which convert immediately to energy upon consumption, offering a boost to both the immune system and metabolism
- Cold-Pressed Orange Oil – is an extracted flavoring to bring a citrus taste to the product
Very impressed by a clear, thorough presentation of their product, our testing team was now more excited than ever to run this full-spectrum CBD oil through their own testing mill.
The CBD Informative Testing and Rating
Once more, we turn to our time-tested professional third-party experts, Level One Labs in Arizona, for yet another clear, expert, unbiased analysis. After the excellent experience we had meeting Populum through their website, it was time to see how well their words and promises match up to the actual facts.
Third Party Test Results
As we do every time, we apply a 10% deviation standard, giving Populum some leeway to err in their reported CBD content. For this test, we were using the 500 mg tincture with a recommended 17 mg dosage; results from the Level One Certificate of Analysis were very impressive, which to some degree did not surprise us, as it was in keeping with everything we encountered so far. In other words, our product was well in the deviation range, containing 470.74 mg CBD, a mere 0.0081 variance which is fully acceptable.
CBD Informative Assessment
Now it’s time for you to get our viewpoint on the manufacturer and, most importantly, the product…
The Manufacturer – Populum
When it comes to seeking a balance of paying attention to creating a top-quality product while also creating a public face which honestly represents the standards, ethics, and efforts of the business, Populum clearly surpasses the high standard we expect in this area.
However, as you know, we are a stickler when it comes to quality packaging, and for the life of us, we cannot figure out why no one can come up with outstanding packaging which perfectly presents the product using a touch of class and a lot of commonsense utility. Well, Populum did just that, scoring a perfect 10 out of 10 for packaging (and we so much wanted to hand it a 12 for its knockout packaging performance)!
The moment we got our hands on the packaging, we knew we were holding a next-level presentation of a quality product. The smooth and ease with which it opened, the beautiful and minimalist brand speaking volumes with few words, and the professional inclusion of their third-party test results underneath the bottle just set the new mark for what packaging should be all about.
Once more: this packaging is a WOW! Thank you, Populum, for the truly holistic approach to building a product where packaging is an integral component!
The Product – Full Spectrum Hemp CBD Oil
Finally, our testers take front stage to report on the taste and effects of this tincture.
As mentioned at the start, this was the first full-spectrum CBD product our testers got their hands on, so there was some definite enthusiasm over this opportunity to compare it to the isolate CBD products previously tested. One of our testers was not convinced that full spectrum CBD would be better, having been a committed supporter of isolates; this tester is now on the fence, having been very impressed by the effects of this product. In fact, everyone agreed that this Full Spectrum Hemp CBD Oil delivered effects equal to our current favorite, Dr. Burns’ ReLeaf CBD Pure PAIN Tincture, earning it a 10 out of 10 rating!
There was not unanimous enthusiasm over the flavoring, as citrus can sometimes be a dicey choice. The product contains cold-pressed orange oil intended to deliver a citrus (tangerine, to us) flavoring, but our testers found it also left a rather odd aftertaste, slight yet noticeable. Because of this one minor drawback, we ended up giving a 9.1 out of 10 taste rating, the only category in which it did not earn a perfect 10.
The CBD Informative Overall Rating for Populum Full Spectrum Hemp CBD Oil – 9.89
We love it when we come across a top-flight product, so this review was a CBD-lover’s dream. For those of you seeking a full spectrum CBD oil which delivers high quality effects, we heartily recommend you add Populum Full Spectrum Hemp CBD Oil to the top of your wish list; this is now one of our top tested products, having scored three perfect 10’s (along with a solid 9.1 in taste), to lock in an overall rating of 9.89 (sitting second, right under the 9.89-rated Dr. Burns’ ReLeaf CBD Pure PAIN Tincture)! And for those seeking a full spectrum CBD tincture, look no further, as it is tops in that category!