As the laws around CBD evolve in favor of hemp companies, many of them have started to employ business strategies that are far from what CBD advocates have been fighting for years — to ditch the marketing buzz and emphasize the need of raising the industry’s quality standards.

As we move toward the second half of 2019, a large number of newcomers to the market have started to sell lots and lots of different CBD products, often putting quantity before quality.

It seems people have forgotten what matters the most in the loosely regulated hemp industry — the quality of ingredients and transparency.

Instead, these brands are using fancy buzzwords like “higher bioavailability”, “commitment to our CBD family”, and other shallow phrases which are likely aimed at masking their below-average standards.

Fortunately, not every new company dreams of becoming a CBD powerhouse no matter the cost.

Today, we shed light on Royal CBD, iSum’s rookie of the year and one of the most promising CBD brands on the market.

About Royal CBD

Royal CBD is a California-based company established by a team of cannabis advocates. Before launching Royal CBD, the guys behind the brand were just regular consumers who — like many of us — got fed up with inferior CBD oil sold by fly-by-night companies.

However, instead of protesting against the lack of quality regulations in the industry, they decided to take matters into their own hands.

Royal CBD is a fairly young brand, so if you’re expecting a large product selection, you’re going to be disappointed —the company sells only full-spectrum CBD oil and broad-spectrum THC-free gummies.

While this isn’t the most impressive assortment, Royal CBD makes it clear that quality is more important than quantity.

Having tried their CBD oil and gummies, we couldn’t agree more about that.

Royal CBD Product Highlights

So, what makes Royal CBD products so special and why do they deserve your attention?

Let’s take a closer look.

1. Sourced from Non-GMO Hemp Grown in the USA

Hemp is a bioaccumulator, meaning it absorbs everything from the environment it grows in. It’s paramount for hemp plants to be cultivated in fertile soil and without using pesticides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizers. It’s also critical that hemp plants aren’t grown in soils contaminated with heavy metals like arsenic or lead — these toxins would end up in the final product.

Royal CBD sources its hemp from farms in Oregon, Colorado, and North Carolina. Their plants are certified with Good Manufacturing Practices and the farmers growing these plants are subject to strict quality control testing by the US Department of Agriculture.

2. Extracted with Supercritical CO2

Many companies use solvents such as propane or butane to extract CBD and other cannabinoids from the plant material. While both these solvents are broadly used in the cannabis industry (especially for concentrates), the extraction process often leaves a lot to be desired.

Royal CBD employs supercritical CO2 extraction, the golden extraction standard. CO2 extraction uses low temperatures and high pressure to strip cannabinoids from hemp. Not only does it ensure there’s no solvent residue in the end product, but it also preserves more terpenes than other extraction methods. This, in turn, adds more therapeutic value to CBD products.

3. Thoroughly Tested in ISO-Certified Laboratories

Transparency is our main criterion in assessing whether a CBD brand is worth your trust. Way too many companies throw empty words and give unrealistic promises about their products, often selling snake oil that has either ridiculously low amounts of CBD — or no CBD at all.

Royal CBD has leveraged its transparency standards to the point where it might be difficult to beat them. Each batch of their full-spectrum oil and ZERO THC gummies was tested in third-party laboratories to prove the consistency of cannabinoid levels as well as the purity of their extracts.

This way, you know what’s inside the CBD oil before you even get your hands on the product.

4. Available as Full-Spectrum or Broad Spectrum (Zero THC)

Full-spectrum extracts are the most popular choice among CBD users because they bring you the entourage effect. This somewhat novel term refers to the synergy achieved by all active compounds in hemp, giving the user a greater therapeutic effect than each compound alone.

However, full-spectrum extracts also contain trace amounts of THC (0.2% – 0.3%). Some people might be afraid of failing a drug test when using such products but most of the time, their only alternative is CBD isolate.

But what if you want to benefit from other cannabinoids but without THC? Then you turn to Royal CBD for their broad spectrum gummies. They contain CBD and other trace cannabinoids, but there’s zero THC inside, so you don’t have to worry about failing a drug test.

What Does Royal CBD Sell?

Royal CBD currently has two products in stock — CBD oil drops (250 mg and 500 mg) and CBD gummies (10 mg).

Here’s a detailed insight into what you can expect from these products:

1. Full Spectrum Oil Drops

Product Overview

Royal CBD oil drops come with either 250 mg or 500 mg of full-spectrum cannabidiol. They also contain all essential trace cannabinoids such as CBG, CBN, CBC-A, and CBC, as well as many of the naturally occurring terpenes found in hemp.

The extract has been dissolved into MCT oil to increase the absorption rate of the CBD. The added oil also extends the product’s shelf-life, lasting about 2-3 years, not to mention that it makes it easier to measure a precise dose of CBD.

Pros & Cons

Pros Cons
  • Sourced from organic, non-GMO hemp
  • Contains a full spectrum of cannabinoids
  • Lab tested for potency and purity
  • Infused into hemp seed oil for greater bioavailability and added nutrients
  • Easy to dose with the dropper
  • No flavored versions
  • Only two strengths available so far

How to Use Royal CBD Oil Drops

Using Royal CBD oil drops is simple and easy. All you need to do is open the bottle, fill the dropper with your dose of CBD, and apply the oil under the tongue. Once there, hold it for about 60 seconds, then swallow.

Alternatively, you can place the oil on top of your favorite foods and beverages — however, this way, you will delay the onset of CBD effects and cause less oil to absorb into the bloodstream.

Our Take on Royal CBD Oil Drops

We love the fact that the Royal oil drops are actually made of premium ingredients, from sourcing material to the end product and carrier oil.

Royal CBD has infused their full-spectrum extract into high-quality MCT Oil, an invaluable source of essential fatty acids which support the eyes, skin, and brain.

While we’re not huge fans of the natural flavor of CBD oil, this one hasn’t twitched our mouths upon consumption. In fact, the experience was relatively smooth.

But the best thing about Royal CBD oil is how it helps ease pain and anxiety with just a few drops. This is a good indicator that the entourage effect in this extract is real. The oil is also very efficient, so if you’re looking for a long-lasting product, Royal is the way to go.

For those who need higher doses of CBD due to the severity of their condition, we recommend taking the 500 mg version. Others can easily benefit from the 250 mg bottle.

Price: $49.99 – $74.99

2. ZERO THC CBD Gummies

Product Overview

Royal CBD gummies are the most convenient and delicious way to take CBD. Each gummy comes with a fixed dose of 10 mg of broad-spectrum cannabidiol. This means that despite the presence of CBD, other cannabinoids, and terpenes, the gummies are entirely THC-free.

Plus, there’s no need to fill in the dropper and apply CBD under the tongue each time you need relief from your ailments.

You just open the jar, pop one gummy or two depending on your dosage regimen, and enjoy the delicious juicy flavors of your CBD-infused treat.

Pros & Cons

Pros Cons
  • Sourced from organic certified hemp
  • Extracted with CO2
  • Broad-spectrum CBD
  • ZERO THC
  • Lab tested for potency and purity
  • Made with all-natural ingredients; no artificial flavorings or medicine-like aftertaste to ruin your palate
  • Easy to dose
  • Can be taken anywhere on the go
  • Only 10 mg of CBD per gummy (higher dosages are yet to come)

How to Use Royal CBD ZERO THC Gummies

Just as you would use any other cannabis edible. Take one gummy or two and chew them for as long as you need. Then you’ll need to wait for about 30–60 minutes for the gummies to kick in.

Our Take on Royal CBD ZERO THC Gummies

Royal CBD gummies are the golden mean between choking on CBD capsules and vaping E-liquids that may contain not-so-safe thinning agents.

While the dosage they come with doesn’t serve any therapeutic purpose, it’s a decent supplement for improving sleep quality, enhance your mood, and improve stress management.

Some users may have objections about using any “medicated” gummies because such products are often associated with medicine-like flavor or an unpleasant aftertaste lingering for the rest of the day.

Royal CBD doesn’t fall into that bracket. They use all-natural ingredients without any artificial sweeteners or flavorings.

Final Thoughts on Royal CBD

Despite being a newcomer to the scene, Royal CBD has already managed to grab the attention of CBD users, critics, and competitor brands, sending a clear message to some veterans — you’d better take care of your quality standards because we’ve set the bar damn high.

Their transparency is second to none, and so is the quality of the ingredients they use in their CBD products. It pleases us to see there are still some aspiring brands who show such great commitment to using high-grade constituents.

We can only hope Royal CBD soon extends its line of CBD infusions because the hemp community simply deserves it.