Whether you’ve tried cannabidiol (CBD) products yet or not, they’re hard to miss. And while there’s some research backing up the therapeutic benefits of CBD in general, that doesn’t mean all CBD is created equal.
As CBD products continue to explode in popularity, make a point of shopping wisely. A good place to start is by learning more about what differentiates one CBD brand from another.
Sunsoil is a USDA-certified organic CBD company that grows and processes hemp at its farm in Vermont. The company got its start in 2015, under the name Green Mountain, with the launch of its CBD capsules.
Today, softgels and capsules remain their most popular products.
Here’s what else to know about this company that has built its reputation on transparency, quality, accessibility, and value.
Sunsoil takes a largely minimalist approach to CBD, with simple ingredients and organic and eco-friendly farming practices.
Online reviews about both the company and their products are overwhelmingly positive.
Sunsoil’s seed-to-shelf operation and quality control, which includes three rounds of testing by third-party labs, give it high marks with reviewers. The company is also known for its exceptional value.
While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t regulate CBD products in the same way it does drugs and dietary supplements, it does send warning letters to companies that make false claims.
Unlike some CBD brands, Sunsoil hasn’t received a letter from the FDA or been involved in any lawsuits.
From seed to sale, Sunsoil is directly involved in every step of their cultivation process.
Hemp source and processing
The company breeds its own hemp seeds, hand harvests its hemp, and uses a lipid-infusion extraction method to create their full-spectrum products.
Lipid extraction doesn’t use CO2, alcohol, or solvents, meaning it doesn’t leave behind chemicals.
Sunsoil products are made in facilities that are registered with the FDA as current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP)-compliant. They maintain USDA National Organic Program (NOP) certification.
Sunsoil’s CBD products are tested before, during, and after processing by third-party ISO 17025-accredited labs.
Certificates of analysis (COAs) are available on the company website for all Sunsoil products. They’re listed by batch or bottle lot number, along with manufacture and expiration dates.
Some results are close to or more than 1 year old, but nothing is expired.
Product testing is comprehensive, with most COAs including:
potency informationa cannabinoid profilescreenings for microbes, heavy metals, and pesticides
Sunsoil’s product line is limited to:
capsulesvegan softgelsdropsan oral spray
They also have an infused coconut oil for oral or topical use. While Sunsoil says that this product is safe for pets, we don’t recommend giving CBD to your pet without first talking to your veterinarian.
All of the company’s products are full-spectrum, meaning they contain all compounds found in the hemp plant, including flavonoids, terpenes, and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Many Sunsoil products contain just two ingredients — MCT oil and organic full-spectrum hemp extract.
Sunsoil’s pricing is competitive and often comes in as one of the most cost-effective options on the market. According to Sunsoil, their CBD is priced at 5 cents per milligram, which is the lowest price in the country.
Consumers can also save 20 percent by starting a subscription, a program in which Sunsoil products are delivered automatically.
There are over 2,000 customer reviews on the Sunsoil website, with an overall rating of 4.89 stars.
The company generally responds directly to unfavorable reviews with a request to contact customer service via email or phone so they can offer suggestions and answer questions.
We couldn’t find Sunsoil on third-party review sites like Trustpilot, and they don’t have a Better Business Bureau listing. However, independent reviews of the company’s products are available online, and they’re quite positive.
While Sunsoil doesn’t accept returns, the company will replace or refund products within 30 days of purchase if you aren’t satisfied or if your purchase arrived damaged or defective.
More information about their refund policy is easily found here.
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Sunsoil CBD Oil, Unflavored
CBD type: Full-spectrum CBD potency: 1,200 mg per 60-mL bottle COA: Available online
Made with just two organic ingredients — MCT oil and full-spectrum hemp extract — this is a popular tincture among Sunsoil’s customers. With no essential oils added, these unflavored drops have a natural hemp flavor.
Sunsoil CBD Oil, Cinnamon
CBD type: Full-spectrum CBD potency: 1,200 mg per 60-mL bottle COA: Available online
The addition of cinnamon oil to their unflavored drops makes this a bestselling flavor. It’s a sweet, spicy flavor that mitigates the earthiness of natural hemp.
Sunsoil CBD Oil Liquid Softgels
CBD type: Full-spectrum CBD potency: 20 mg per softgel Count: 30 per bottle COA: Available online
These softels are a good alternative to Sunsoil’s drops if you don’t enjoy the taste of hemp. Made with only 5 ingredients, they’re quick and convenient to consume.
The company notes the effects of their softgels tend to be more subtle and longer lasting than the drops.
Sunsoil CBD Oil Spray, Peppermint
The spray version of Sunsoil’s CBD drops is flavored with peppermint oil. The spray top dispenses 5 milligrams (mg) of CBD per spray, so you can dose accordingly.
For best results, Sunsoil recommends holding the spray under your tongue for 30 to 60 seconds before you swallow.
Sunsoil Vegan Capsules
CBD type: Full-spectrum CBD potency: 20 mg per capsule Count: 30 count COA: Available online
Sunsoil’s gelatin-free capsules were their very first product — a vegan, flavorless way to take CBD.
They’re a little bigger than the regular softgels, which is worth noting if you have difficulty swallowing pills.
Sunsoil’s limited product range makes it easy to pinpoint which option might work best for you.
Consider your preferred consumption method, and whether the flavor of natural hemp may be problematic for you.
If rapid onset is the goal, one of Sunsoil’s drops are a good option. But if you want something quick and easy, the capsules may work best for you.
CBD drops are taken sublingually — beneath the tongue — and they can also be added to food or beverages.
Oral sprays are taken the same way. It’s best to hold the product under your tongue for up to 1 minute for best absorption.
Sunsoil’s capsules and softgels are swallowed whole with water, and their coconut oil can be used topically or taken orally.
Sunsoil advises people who have never tried CBD before to give both their capsules and drops a go, to see what works best.
Dosing CBD often requires some amount of experimentation, but it’s best to start with the smallest dose possible. Then, if you feel like you need more, you can slowly work your way up.
CBD is generally considered safe, according to the World Health Organization. Still, some people may experience side effects such as:
fatiguediarrheachanges in appetitechanges in weight
It’s important to speak with your doctor before trying CBD, especially if you’re already taking any medications. CBD can interact with certain medications.
It’s also a good idea to use caution when taking CBD by mouth if you’re also enjoying a meal high in fat. That’s because some research shows that high-fat meals can dramatically increase CBD blood concentrations, which means a higher risk of side effects.
Sunsoil offers certified organic, full-spectrum CBD products with a seed-to-sale approach.
The company is committed to sustainable farming practices and focuses on producing a handful of simple, effective products that are highly regarded among their customers.
Before taking any CBD product, it’s best to talk with your doctor.
Is CBD Legal? Hemp-derived CBD products (with less than 0.3 percent THC) are legal on the federal level, but are still illegal under some state laws. Marijuana-derived CBD products are illegal on the federal level, but are legal under some state laws. Check your state’s laws and those of anywhere you travel. Keep in mind that nonprescription CBD products are not FDA-approved, and may be inaccurately labeled.
Jessica Timmons has been working as a freelance writer since 2007, covering everything from pregnancy and parenting to cannabis, chiropractic, stand-up paddling, fitness, martial arts, home decor, and much more. Her work has appeared in mindbodygreen, Pregnancy & Newborn, Modern Parents Messy Kids, and Coffee + Crumbs. See what she’s up to now at jessicatimmons.com.