The Product and Company — Elixinol’s CBD Oil Drops
CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the two important derivatives of the cannabis (hemp) plant that you should know about. The other is THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol — this is the psychoactive portion of the plant, and products containing this component of the cannabis plant remain illegal in several US states. CBD, however, is not psychoactive and has several therapeutic properties. Products containing CBD are widely available and can be purchased without a prescription provided the THC component is not present. Because it’s one of the fastest-growing CBD companies, there are more than just a few Elixinol reviews and company write-ups that can be found; this one seeks to weigh both the pros and cons of the company and their CDB Oil Drops product line.
The Raw Ingredients and Product Purity
For purchasers concerned about the purity of the products they consume, Elixinol either grows or sources 100 percent organic hemp for their CBD products. In addition to testing for product potency, Elixinol also tests for the presence of pesticides, fungicides, mycotoxins and heavy metals. Their testing results (certificate of analysis spec. sheets) for the majority of their products are available as PDF file downloads through the Elixinol website (some are available upon request). This can be a big plus for purchasers who have strict expectations regarding the purity of the products they use and who would like to see pharmaceutical-grade product-testing results.
A typical downloadable CBD oil third-party product testing and analysis report showed ND (none detected) lab results for a full screening profile of 24 pesticides and six heavy metals (antimony, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead and mercury) with zero cfu/g (colony-forming units per gram) results shown for all six tested microbiological contaminants. The report also specified the testing methods used. The overall thoroughness and transparency factor of the product testing should serve to satisfy some of the most ardent purity advocates.
The overall feedback from Elixinol’s CBD oil product users is positive, especially from purchasers who are seeking general wellness and body balance (homeostasis). Users also claim reduced levels of chronic pain, help with sleep disorders and have noted instant relief from conditions such as inflammation, anxiety and depression. Because THC is not present, Elixinol’s CBD oil drops don’t fall into the recreational-use category, but users claim that one of the benefits of the product is a naturally pleasant feeling with no side effects.
Users suffering from epilepsy claim they experience less seizures. In addition to addressing specific health disorders, product users take CBD oils to maintain their health and lower the chances of diseases and other disorders from developing.
Taste and Smell
For purchasers who are particular about the taste and smell of the supplements they take, Elixinol’s cinnamint flavored CBD drops can be a good choice. The cinnamint flavoring — which is a reasonably accurate descriptor of what can be expected — effectively masks the tart and earthy aspects of hemp oil that some may find unpleasant. Elixinol also provides natural-flavor products for those hardy souls who might prefer all of the pure and unadulterated attributes of hemp-based CBD oil.
CBD oil purchasers will find a variety of Elixinol products to choose from. The company offers CBD oil suspended in a vegetable glycerin solution which is available in grape mint and natural flavors. The product comes in CBD amounts of 300 mg and 600 mg. Elixinol’s CDB oil drops are also available as a suspension in coconut oil in 300 mg and 3600 mg CBD amounts. Purchasers can choose either the cinnamint or the natural flavor version.
The Manufacturing Process
Elixinol states that the hemp oils in their CBD products are made from the industry-standard CO2 extraction process. Unlike many other extraction solvents, which are petroleum-based, carbon dioxide does not expose the final extracted CBD oil to potentially harmful butane particles. CO2 extraction is a chemical-free, stable and environmentally-safe process which is also used to create high-quality food products and aromatics. It’s also a costlier extraction process, but Elixinol has stated that they are not willing to compromise in order to save on production costs.
Elixinol claims they prohibit the use of synthetic chemicals in any of their extraction processes. None of their CBD oils are synthetic and CBD isolates are never used. The CO2 extraction process enables Elixinol to ensure their product users that beneficial hemp-based enzymes, vitamins and phytonutrients have not been destroyed.
The company announced during the third quarter of 2018 that it will launch a new GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) certified production facility in late 2018 that will add 5,000 kg of alcohol-extracted CBD to their production volumes. The new facility will also produce CBD oil through the C02 extraction process.
Pricing and the Company’s Way of Doing Business
Elixinol has gained a reputation for top-notch customer care and offers free shipping with a 30-day return policy and full refund. Their CBD product pricing may be considered somewhat in the upper range compared to the offerings of other CBD companies, but Elixinol has worked hard to earn its status as an elite manufacturer of organic hemp-based products including seeds and protein powders, topical balms and dog treats. In this respect, their price structure should not be viewed as unreasonable. It’s also not hard to find an Elixinol discount coupon included in one of the many online reviews posted on CBD and cannabis websites.
Elixinol CBD oils come in a range of strengths and sizes, so product users can benefit from purchasing a higher-strength CBD product and then micro-dosing. Bulk purchasing can also bring the cost down. Buying a larger 3600 mg bottle is more economical in the long run, but first-time purchasers may wish to first try a smaller 300 mg bottle before making the larger investment.
Customers making online purchases through the company’s website may also appreciate Elixinol’s policy of donating 5 percent of the purchase price to the non-profit organization of their choice — provided the organization is also on Elixinol’s list of chosen organizations. Their list of non-profit organizations selected for donations includes The Wounded Warrior Project, The Cancer Cure Foundation, AutismOne and organizations supporting hemp farming and cannabinoid therapy research. Elixinol does not appear to be closed-minded regarding the organizations they’ve selected for donations; their website contains a “Giving Back” submission form to recommend other organizations to the company that site visitors or product purchasers may feel closely aligned to. Their website also notes that what they look for when adding a non-profit to their donation list is an organization’s goal of “making a positive difference in people’s health and this world.”
Company Leadership and Growth
Elixinol’s founder and CEO, Paul Benhaim has been involved in the hemp industry since 1993 and is viewed as a respected pioneer in the field. He’s authored six books and mini-guides, all of which cover the many uses of industrial (non-THC) hemp in the nutritional, building and textile fields. Benhaim’s readily perceived presence in his company’s branding image has no doubt contributed to both customer loyalty and his ability to raise the investment funding needed to expand his company into a well-recognized global business in the hemp and CBD markets.
The growing demand for CBD products has helped fuel Elixinol’s growth and the company has announced strong financial earnings in 2018 along with a notable increase in product sales. Elixinol has invested in both increased production efficiencies and future growth and is expected to do well in 2019. It appears that CBD oil purchasers will have little need for concern regarding their favorite Elixinol products either becoming unavailable or suffering from quality loss. New products are also slated for release in 2019
Other Elixinol CBD Oil Products
Two Elixinol products related to their CBD oil drops are worth noting. One is their Hemp Oil Liposomes product which makes use of one of the latest enhancements to the bioavailability (cellular delivery) of CBD oil. Stated briefly, liposomes enable certain substances, in this case CBD oil, to pass through cell walls quickly and effectively. A dense substance such as CBD oil would otherwise not be absorbed quickly and efficiently by the body’s cells.
Liposomes act as carriers that transport the CBD oil molecules. Using a safe and proven technology which has also been used effectively with other supplements, such as Vitamin C, Elixinol attaches their hemp oil molecules to naturally-occurring liposomes that can easily transport CBD and other cannabinoids through cell walls. Without the aid of liposomes, a much higher dosage of CBD oil would be required to obtain the same degree of benefits.
Elixinol’s Hemp Oil Liposomes come in a pump dispenser intended for spraying the product under the tongue. Available in a citrus twist flavor, the product is packaged in 1-ounce and 3.5-ounce bottles made from Miron violet glass to protect the high potency of the specialized product inside. Miron glass is costly, but only allows a specific spectrum of light to pass through which will destroy harmful microorganisms. This helps ensure no degrading of the contained product can occur.
Another innovative CBD product developed by Elixinol is their exclusive X-Pen airless CBD delivery system. Pressing the plunger on this pocket-sized, air-tight and pen-like CBD oil dispenser delivers a precisely-measured 15 mg of CBD oil each time. An X-Pen supplies 66 servings, which can last three-to-four weeks depending on usage.