Charlotte’s Web, Extra Strength Hemp Extract Oil (Olive Oil flavor)
Ingredients: Hemp CO2 extract, organic extra virgin olive oil
From the manufacturer
- Price of product: $74.99
- Quantity: 1 fl oz (30 mL)
- Type: Hemp extract oil
- Total mg: 690 mg (23 mg per 1 mL serving)
- $0.11 per mg of hemp extract
- Total mg of CBD: 553.5 mg
- $0.14 per mg of CBD
From our test results
- Total mg of all cannabinoids: 662 mg
- Total mg of CBD: 605 mg
- Cost per mg of CBD: $0.12
- Has other cannabinoids: yes
- Has THC: yes
- THC-to-CBD Ratio: 1-to-32
This is a good product.
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- It’s real. Charlotte’s Web provides a full-spectrum hemp extract. Our third-party test found it contains a wide range of cannabinoids and is a high-quality product.
- The taste is surprisingly pleasant for a natural extract with no added sweeteners.
- The internet likes them. Charlotte’s Web may be the most popular hemp product on earth with thousands of customers who profess love for CW hemp all over the internet.
- Charlotte’s Web played a significant role in the legalization of hemp. They also provided the CBD extract in a case study of a girl named Charlotte, which changed her life and the the way the world views CBD and hemp.
- Charlotte’s Web leads the market for hemp-based CBD products and has excellent customer service and a 30-day satisfaction guarantee.
- Charlotte’s Web hemp extracts are expensive, in some cases double or triple the cost of their competitors.
- The product we tested was misleading: CW did not specify CBD levels on its product packaging or their website. We expect the milligrams on the label to equal CBD levels or total levels of cannabinoids. We found slightly less total levels of cannabinoids than their label may suggest.
- CW provided lab tests upon request and the cannabinoid levels were slightly different from the cannabinoid batch report found on their website. Their own testing was conflicting and may not be 100% accurate.
- Our testing found that their product contained a couple of milligrams of CBD more per dose than they claimed. Most people like more CBD, but accuracy is also important. Overall, the product is an excellent hemp extract and the minor differences we found during testing are insignificant.
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The following is an in-depth review of this CBD product. I’m the editor of this site, Migrainekey.com, and the author of the book Hemp for Migraine. I order CBD products, send them to a lab for testing, I try them, I search the internet for what others think of the product (the good, the bad, and the ugly), and I share my findings in reviews like this one. Why do I do this? So that my readers can find reliable CBD products and avoid the sea of fake CBD products that are out there. I wrote this review for anyone who is looking for real CBD products and I’ve also included a short section at the end that is specific to migraine sufferers. Click here to read more about why I do what I do.
Our test results
We use an independent third-party lab to test all the CBD products we review. Learn more about how we test and review CBD products.
The above third-party test results show a high-quality hemp extract. A 1 mL dose has a total of 22.08 mg cannabinoids, including 20.17 mg of CBD, and 0.64 mg of THC. The Charlotte’s Web bottle states that it contains 23 mg per serving of hemp extract, which includes terpenes and cannabinoids. We did not test for terpenes or other nutrients. It’s likely that the 22.08 mg of cannabinoids plus terpenes would add up to the 23 mg per serving that Charlotte’s Web claims.
There are a few minor discrepancies that I will briefly discuss below, but overall, it’s a good product.
Their Test Results
Charlotte’s Web provides a batch number on this product, which you can enter on their website to show their certificate of analysis. Unfortunately, the online results only show the THC levels and do not show other cannabinoids or terpenes. The online test results showed that the product contained 0.7 mg of THC per mL or serving. Our test results showed 0.64 mg of THC per mL.
I contacted their customer service and asked about the levels of other cannabinoids and terpenes their product contains. I received a response within three days. They provided another certificate of analysis for the same batch with only the THC, CBD, and CBD-A levels.
Here is a link the second certificate of analysis.
There was a problem. The THC showed 0.61 mg, which was different from the 0.70 mg of THC that their website claimed after I entered the same batch number (they tested the same batch twice for THC, and the numbers were different each time). I reached out to their customer service to ask why their own testing results of THC were nearly 15% off. THC is the cannabinoid with the most side effects, after all. I got a response from their Quality Director one week later, who said that they did testing internally and sent it out to a third-party lab, which is why there were two different results. They do all of their lab tests through a third party now and that shouldn’t happen anymore.
Their lab test showed 18.45 mg of CBD per mL, while our testing found 20.17 mg. Yes, we found more CBD than they claim, which is common.
The testing shows that there were minor differences between their own internal testing results and our third-party test. They are filling thousands of bottles per batch. The amount of cannabinoids in each small bottle appears to be slightly different than the test results from their huge batch. This is a minor difference and I view the product as very high-quality hemp extract. However, it speaks volumes about the industry that the largest hemp-derived CBD manufacturer was still having consistency and testing issues in late 2018.
About the Product
It’s a full-spectrum hemp extract, which means that it contains CBD, THC, other cannabinoids, terpenes, and nutrients found within the hemp plant. This combination increases the medicinal benefits with something researchers call the entourage effect. The product can be taken sublingually under the tongue or ingested by swallowing or mixing with a food or drink.
Pro Tip: Take this product sublingually–place under the tongue for 30-90 seconds before you swallow it. You’ll absorb about twice the amount of CBD under your tongue compared to your belly. Learn more about sublingual absorption here.
Ingredients: Hemp CO2 extract, organic extra virgin olive oil. That’s it. And that’s great. Too many CBD products contain artificial sweeteners or “natural” sweeteners that have just as many health concerns. Charlotte’s Web is not certified as organic, but only uses organic pesticides, mildewcides, and herbicides. This is important because the hemp plant is fibrous and rapidly absorbs chemicals and toxins.
They nailed it. A full-spectrum hemp extract can be extremely pungent because of the earthy taste that comes from its terpenes. The flavor of this hemp extract is olive oil and it tastes like olive oil, good olive oil. It’s golden brown and has the viscosity of olive oil. It makes me want to dip bread in it. The after taste is slightly earthy, but not bad at all.
The label claims 23 mg per serving. We found slightly fewer cannabinoids, which totaled 22.08 mg. Including terpenes, the 22.08 mg of cannabinoids should add up to their claim of 23 mg per serving. However, it’s confusing. I would expect the mg on the label to either represent CBD or total levels of cannabinoids. Their website states that “hemp extract is the total amount of cannabinoids and plant matter,” but “plant matter” could mean anything. Their customer service is transparent and will tell you exactly how much CBD is in the bottle. Their label, not so much.
In their defense, CBD labels are often vague because many consumer stores and advertising policies do not allow “CBD” or “cannabinoids” on a label. Charlotte’s Web was one of the only CBD products to land in thousands of stores before hemp became federally legal, and that wouldn’t have happened if CBD was slapped on its label. (CBD was considered as illegal as heroin—a schedule 1 drug—by the DEA before hemp’s legalization in December of 2018.)
The cannabinoids found in CW hemp include CBD, THC, CBDa, CBN, CBG, and CBC. Producing a hemp extract with these additional cannabinoids is expensive. The small amounts of the rarer cannabinoids add additional medicinal benefits to the entourage effect.
Cannabinoids in CW hemp:
- 20.173 mg CBD – CBD has a wide range of benefits, without a high. In fact, it reduces the side effects of THC. CBD may help with pain, inflammation, insomnia, migraine, fatigue, arthritis, acne, fibromyalgia, spinal injury, headaches, cramps, IBS, nausea, anxiety, ADD, stress, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, depression, ALS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, cancer, hypertension, glaucoma, osteoporosis, diabetes, and asthma.
- 00.641 mg THC – THC levels this low won’t get you high but will provide relief. THC may help with pain, inflammation, migraine, headaches, arthritis, insomnia, fibromyalgia, spinal injury, cramps, sleep apnea, cancer, glaucoma, hypertension, fatigue, asthma, ALS, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, MS, epilepsy, Tourette’s, appetite, IBS, nausea, diabetes, anxiety, ADD, stress, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, and depression.
- 00.215 mg CBDa – CBDa is the precursor to CBD. When you heat CBDa it transforms into CBD. Hemp extract companies take a field of hemp and process the CBDa into CBD. You could also smoke hemp flower to produce CBD. CBD directly binds to the cannabinoid receptors and has a ton of research behind it, while CBDa does not and does not. However, some hemp companies keep CBDa in their extract because preliminary research has found that CBDa may help with pain, inflammation, arthritis, anxiety, and cancer.
- 00.081 mg CBN – CBN is a byproduct of THC. Let THC sit around for a bit and it begins to age like a fine wine and transform into CBN. Now CBN alone won’t do much for relaxation, but it amplifies THC’s sedative effects and promotes better sleep when paired with THC. It may help with inflammation, arthritis, pain, insomnia, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, MS, epilepsy, and depression. It’s also likely to help with migraines because the above conditions share a common link, which you can read about here.
- 00.226 mg CBG – Both THC and CBD start in the hemp plant as CBG. It’s a parent cannabinoid. Although CBG may convert to THC as cannabis grows, it’s not psychoactive. It also provides more pain relief than THC. It has a range of potential medical uses for pain, depression, cancer, bacterial infections, hypertension, psoriasis, glaucoma, IBS, appetite, and a wide range of neurological disorders. It has a strong ability to control inflammation and oxidative stress in the brain, which are two major migraine triggers.
- 00.748 mg CBC – CBC is one of the most potent components of the entourage effect. It increases the anti-inflammatory effect of THC while reducing the intoxication of THC. That’s what the entourage effect is about: increased medicinal benefits with reduced side effects. It’s a promising candidate for treating neurological conditions (Parkinson’s, epilepsy, migraine, etc.) because it enhances the astrocytes in the brain that protect the neurons from damage, as well as help in brain development. It reduces glutamate, which in excess can trigger brain trauma and migraines. This may be why cannabinoids drastically increase the survival rates of those who sustain traumatic brain injuries. CBC may help with inflammation, arthritis, pain, insomnia, acne, cancer, ALS, osteoporosis, migraine, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s disease, and depression.
Learn more about cannabinoids here (article with research citations coming soon).
Charlotte’s Web hemp does not provide an analysis of its terpene levels, which is a shame. However, I found a 2014 terpene profile of Charlotte’s Web hemp strain by a third-party testing facility. The strain may have changed and the extract probably loses some these terpenes during the manufacturing process. However, the terpenes in the flower of Charlotte’s Web strain of hemp should give you an idea of the terpene levels in Charlotte’s Web hemp extract.
- 2.84% Linalool – Linalool is the active ingredient in lavender, which emits the unique aroma combination of citrus, floral, birch, and rosewood. You know that lavender smell. Linalool is best known for inducing relaxation, but its pain relief properties are on par with menthol and THC. A study by the New York University Medical Center found the pain relief of linalool so substantial that it reduced the need for morphine in patients that underwent surgery. It also absorbs well through the skin, which makes it great for topical creams. Linalool has substantial research that suggests it may relieve insomnia, stress, anxiety, depression, migraines, seizures, and an absurd amount of pain.
- 0.84% myrcene – You can find myrcene in mangos. As the myth goes, you will absorb more THC if you eat mangos whilst smoking the ganja. The myth stems from old research that claimed myrcene increases the absorption of THC through the blood-brain barrier, however reliable data did not support the literature. The legend is easy to believe because myrcene has been shown to have sedative, muscle relaxant, and analgesic properties that are likely to combine with THC and produce a “couch-lock effect.” Whether it increases THC in the brain or not, myrcene has medicinal benefits that may add to THC’s properties. Myrcene may protect against oxidative stress, inflammation, bacteria, insomnia, pain, migraine, and tense muscles. Myrcene is also at the base of lemongrass and bay leaves. It has an aroma of musk, cloves, herbs, and citrus.
- 0.72% A-Pinene – As the name suggests, pinene has the sharp-sweet-pine aroma found in pine needles, confers, and sage. A-pinene is best known for improving short-term memory, which is suspected to counteract the forgetful side effects of THC. What was I saying? Oh yes, no one likes to be forgetful and a-pinene might help you remember these following benefits. A-pinene may help with inflammation, arthritis, allergies, asthma, bacterial infections, tumor suppression, gut protection, and memory. It’s likely to help with migraines too. Did you know that asthma increases the risk of migraines by 45% and doubles the risk of chronic migraines? Read more about the link between some of the above conditions and migraine here.
- 0.06% Caryophyllene – B-caryophyllene is a terpene found in cannabis and pepper, cloves, hops, basil, and oregano. Its aroma is pepper, wood, and spice. B-Caryophyllene is the first non-cannabis cannabinoid. Confused? It’s considered both a terpene and a cannabinoid or “dietary cannabinoid.” In 2008, European scientists found that b-caryophyllene stimulated the endocannabinoid system by activating the CB2 receptor. The CB2 receptor is a non-psychoactive receptor (no “high”) that plays a significant role in regulating the human body, especially concerning inflammation, pain, and sleep. B-Caryophyllene has anti-inflammatory effects that compete with indomethacin, which is a potent medication occasionally used to treat migraine. B-Caryophyllene may protect against oxidative stress, neurological diseases, migraine, cancer, gut problems, inflammation, pain, and osteoporosis.
- Total terpenes: 4.46%
The strain itself has a hefty amount of terpenes which can improve the entourage effect with added medicinal benefits. Learn more about terpenes here (article with research citations coming soon or read my new book).
Customer Service and Returns
Charlotte’s Web has a fantastic return policy. If you are not 100 percent satisfied by the product you can return it within 30 days for a full refund. That’s an incredible deal for premium extracts that can cost well over $200. Or maybe they’re expensive because they give this astonishing guarantee. They also have excellent customer service which you can contact by phone or email.
A Negative Report by Consumerlab.com
A 2018 report by Consumerlab.com found that a 28 mg hemp extract by Charlotte’s Web only contained 16.1 mg of CBD per dose and no other cannabinoids. If true, that would mean Charlotte’s Web was selling roughly 40 percent fewer cannabinoids than their product suggested. Not good. Charlotte’s Web was also about double the cost of a competitor that had more precise amounts of CBD and a spectrum of other cannabinoids.
We don’t know for sure what happened. Maybe Consumerlab.com didn’t have accurate testing, which is doubtful. Perhaps it was a bad batch. Whatever the case was, they now provide more accurate testing and transparency. I want to give them the benefit of the doubt, but my job is to inform you of all the good and the bad of any hemp product.
A Positive Review by Buzz Feed’s Kelsey Darragh
A tipping point for me to research my book Hemp for Migraine was after I watched a stellar review of Charlotte’s Web by someone who had a severe case of trigeminal neuralgia. Trigeminal neuralgia shares many similarities to migraines and as I began to research more, the full story of cannabinoids and migraines unfolded. Anyway, you should check out the YouTube video here, because Charlotte’s Web helped Kelsey’s painful condition when she had nowhere else to turn. Marijuana and medications didn’t help, but Charlotte’s Web Hemp did wonders.
User Reviews from Across the Internet:
Charlotte’s Web hemp strain has 4.5 rating out of 237 customer reviews on Leafly, a website that helps people find cannabis strains and shops. Here are a few highlights:
“Simply put, this strain destroyed my anxiety.” –Ban485
“My Son has XQ28 duplication that brings on seizures. We have been using CW for a week at 50 ml 2 x a day. 90 % reduction in seizures + old personality starting to shine through. ~ GREAT BEGINNING! :)” –GregM6530
“i am living with anxiety and depression, this strain gave me an anxious free, positive state of mind while still being able to function completely and not feel high – definately a gem, 10/10 would recommend.” –cnixx
Here are highlights by Kelsey Clark, a blogger that tried Charlotte’s Web for anxiety:
“It made me less anxious and on edge. I’m more focused at work. I’m falling asleep faster.”
Charlotte’s Web has an 8.1 out of 10 on cbdoilusers.com, a CBD review site. Here are some highlights:
“My issue is ocular migraine and migraine vertigo. It relieves anxiety, PREVENTS [migraine] episodes if I can get to my CW oil and/or vape at the first sign. I consider this to be MIRACULOUS after 7 years of marking calendars for so many episodes my neurologist would cringe.” – Sue
“The pain relief I have received from fibro, migraines and autoimmune pains has been incredible. I no longer am chronic with my migraine, my cycle finally broke after using Charlotte’s web. I was chronic for 5 years with no relief from any pain clinic or drs office. I will continue to carry and use.” – N Patch
“I was having a dozen seizures every month. The day I started the CBD oil, they stopped. I have not had one in about 9 months, AND I am now completely off all seizure medications for the first time in 44 years.” – Candice R. Liddell
“I use CW Advanced for pain, inflammation and muscle spasms from total joint replacement of my jaw joints. I use 1/3-1/2 ml 2-3 times a day and it has been a miracle for me. I am almost completely off opiates and muscle relaxers, sleeping like a baby and feeling like my old self being off opiates.” – Boo Boo
“I have had MS for 23 years & the Charlotte’s Web Advanced has worked great for me. I am now off all my synthetic drugs as the Advanced eliminates my pain & helps me walk better. It is AMAZING!” – Sheila
If those reviews didn’t make you tear up, I don’t know what will. “I was having a dozen seizures every month. The day I started the CBD oil, they stopped.” – Come on, no tears. That does nothing for you? Well, Charlotte’s short documentary is coming up and there’s no way your eyes are walking away from that story dry.
I could only find a few negative reviews and they complained about limited customer service hours, slow shipping (I got my shipment in a few days so I think they sped the process up because this was previously a common complaint), the product not working for pain, and the most common complaint was on the high price.
The product “not working for pain” and the price point go hand in hand. I had a friend use this product for back pain after surgery and he said it wasn’t working. His cannabinoid dose was way too low due to the high cost. He increased the dose after I spoke to him and it helped him recover. The price makes some people avoid trying the high doses needed for severe pain. It’s an expensive hemp extract, and you may need a high dose of this expensive stuff for it to work.
The common complaint about “limited customer service hours” is frivolous. Their customer service gets Friday evenings and weekends off. They’re not Amazon. Jeff Bezos isn’t screaming at them to run faster in a warehouse in the middle of the night. If it makes you angry that CW Hemp takes care of their employees, nothing in life will help you, not even hemp.
However, the internet is generally happy with Charlotte’s Web.
About the Company
Charlotte’s Web is a Colorado-based company that was founded by brothers Joel, Jesse, Jon, Jordan, Jared, Josh and Austin Stanley. Seven brothers! They were in the medical marijuana business in Colorado, which made them outlaws under the eyes of the federal government. The mother of a girl name Charlotte Figi came to the brothers in 2012 in need of a high-CBD strain of cannabis that would not get her daughter “high” with THC. Charlotte suffered from nearly 50 life-threatening seizures per day. The Stanley brothers developed a strain of cannabis with high levels of CBD and low levels of THC, which created the famous hemp strain known as Charlotte’s Web.
The rest is history. Charlotte became almost seizure free, except for only two or three nocturnal seizures per month. The University of Colorado published a case study of her success and her story became international news. Hope spread like wildfire and the brothers became a driving force in the legalization of hemp (which they succeeded in). Charlotte’s Web leads the market of hemp-based CBD products and the company is now public on the Canadian Securities Exchange. Every one of those brothers is now rich. They’re pulling in more than $20,000,000 per quarter, and good for them. Various CBD products help many people and we owe the Stanley brothers a big thank you for where we are today. But they’re rich now, so don’t feel the need to donate to their cause. I know they help a lot of people, but they sure do charge a premium price for their noble cause.
Price. Is it worth it?
Is it expensive? Yes. It’s two or three times the cost of many other full-spectrum hemp products.
Per the manufacturer, the full strength hemp extract (only 9 mg per ml) is $39.99 for 30 ml ($0.15 per mg of hemp extract or $0.20 per mg of CBD.).
Per the manufacturer, prices range from $74.99 for 30 ml of extra strength ($0.11 per mg of hemp extract or $0.14 per mg of CBD) to $755.96 for 500 ml of extra strength ($0.07 per mg of hemp extract or $0.08 per mg of CBD).
Our testing of the 30 ml extra strength found higher levels of CBD, which brings the actual cost down to $0.12 per mg (instead of the $0.14 per mg of CBD claimed by the manufacturer), but we did not test the purchase in bulk. As you can see, it’s a better deal to spend more, because the price per manufacturer comes down to $0.08 per mg of CBD when you buy in bulk and the actual cost may even be lower because the product seems to have slightly more CBD than the manufacturer claims.
Charlotte’s Web also offerers the “Original Formula (8X)” that costs more up front but will give you more bang for your buck. Prices on the “Original Formula” range from $149.99 for the 30 mL bottle with 1500 mg of CBD (per manufacturer) at $0.10 per mg of CBD to $274.99 for the 100 mL bottle with 5000 mg of CBD at the cost of only $0.055 per mg of CBD. If you’ve got $275 bucks to spend, purchase the 100 mL of the “Original Formula (8x)” because it is a great deal at about 5 cents per mg of CBD–Seriously, 5 cents per mg of CBD is a great deal for any CBD company and you’re paying less than half the cost per mg of CBD than their other products.
Is Charlotte’s Web worth it? That’s up to you. No other company has as many positive testimonials as Charlotte’s Web. They’ve helped thousands of people, played a significant role in hemp legalization, have solid customer service, beautiful packaging, and a money-back guarantee. They’re saving the lives of children with epilepsy. Buying Charlotte’s Web is like purchasing a name brand product that is loved by customers when there are cheaper options out there that may or may not have the same results.
Is Charlotte’s Web an excellent choice for migraine sufferers? Yes. There are many reasons why hemp products may reduce migraines, which you can learn about here or in my new book Hemp for Migraine. Charlotte’s Web comes with the entourage effect, which is a giant plus for migraine sufferers. The extra cannabinoids and terpenes in this product add to migraine prevention and relief in several ways.
It has high levels of CBD and low levels of THC, which means medicinal benefits without the high. Doses too high of THC could cause side effects and cannabinoid treatments for migraine need to come with very few side effects (read more about dosing here). Learn more about the best ways to take hemp for migraine or any other conditions here.
Other Products by Charlotte’s Web
Hemp extracts that vary in strength (1X 2X 8X potencies), CBD isolate drops (Pure CBD, no THC), hemp capsules, topical cream, hemp for dogs, and hemp in bulk.