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Elixinol CBD Review: Should You Buy? The Pros & Cons (2020)
Elixinol is basically the Nike of the CBD oil industry. It has been around forever (in CBD industry years), is a leader that creates consistently good products, has that beloved classic product you’ll never stop using reputation and yet, it’s always pushing the envelope. You know what to expect from them, but each time they still manage to blow your mind with the release of a new product or their ingenuity. They make you believe in something more. If you’ve been looking for a top of the line, reliable and effective CBD oil at a price point you can afford, Elixinol CBD oil will not let you down. This is our Elixinol CBD review (updated for 2020).
Using CBD Oils
Completely legal and containing little to no traces of THC (the infamous compound that creates a high when consumed), CBD oil is considered a nutritional food supplement by the FDA. It is an exceptional source of nutrients and is safe for adults, kids and even your pets to consume.
CBD oil is extracted from hemp plants using various methods, with some being better than others. The better the quality of hemp and extraction method used, the better the quality the oil will be.
There are two common types of CBD oil: isolates and full spectrum. Isolates contain only the CBD cannabinoid and full-spectrum oils include a broader range of cannabinoids, terpenes, vitamins and much more. Full-spectrum CBD brings more beneficial compounds together for faster and more effective relief that lasts longer than a CBD isolate.
Far from a magic cure-all, CBD oil is a tested supplement capable of offering almost instant relief for people and animals with fewer side effects than synthetic prescription and OTC drugs.
Some of the conditions CBD has been proven to help treat are include arthritis, insomnia, chronic pain, cancer related symptoms, asthma, stress and many more. For a full list of CBD oil benefits, click here.
Elixinol CBD Review
Fronted by prominent CBD hemp oil activist Paul Benhaim, Elixinol is one of the very few companies that have achieved mainstream attention. Due to Paul Benhaim’s love and understanding of hemp, Elixinol has become an international brand with a clearly defined philosophy, values, goals and standards.
If you are looking for top-notch CBD oil or any other hemp-based product, Elixinol has you covered. With one of the most extensive produce ranges the Hypothesis Journal crew have ever seen, they thoughtfully craft innovative products that will satisfy just about anyone.
Known for consistently creating pure, potent and reliable products, they continue to impress the industry and their customers every time.
Why Choose Elixinol CBD?
Transparency of Company Ownership
In an unusual move in the CBD industry, Paul Benhaim has decided to be publically visible (read: accountable) and stand behind each and every product. We at Hypothesis Journal think it would be incredible to see more companies follow his lead.
Established, Committed Team and Brand
Elixinol has been around since 2015, which in CBD industry years is equivalent to about 80 years old. They have a strong brand and use it to educate the public on the benefits of CBD.
Innovative and Competitive
There are a lot of companies that believe making a million products in a thousand unnecessary (and not-so-great tasting) flavors is necessary, but Elixinol proves time and time again, they aren’t like a lot of companies in the industry. They value quality over quantity when creating new a CBD product and it shows.
Make no mistake, Elixinol is not here to play. They have invested substantial amounts of time, resources and money into maintaining their reputation and continue to best the competition every year.
Elixinol has introduced some seriously amazing and exciting products to the industry (more on these later) but more importantly, they raise the bar for what can be achieved in the CBD industry.
It doesn’t matter what you need CBD for, Elixinol has a product tailored to suit your needs. All Elixinol products contain full-spectrum CBD oil.
- Hemp Oil: full-spectrum oils made from CO2 extraction and available in 300mg, 600mg and 3600mg. Use MCT carrier oil. Natural or Cinnamint flavor.
- Hemp Oil Liposomes: specifically designed to get the CBD oil into your body faster; available in 300mg and 1000mg. Citrus Twist flavor.
- X-Pen: airtight click pen that delivers a precise 15mg does of hemp oil. 1000mg size only.
- Respira Versatile: higher potency hemp oil; available in 300mg and 600mg. Grape Mint and Natural flavor.
Full-Spectrum CBD Oil
The people behind Elixinol are veterans in this industry and have mastered their CO2 extraction process long ago, which is one of the reasons the prices were so high. The prices may have come down, but the process and the oil quality are still as high as ever.
Their CO2 extraction method allows a greater selection of terpenes, essential oils, cannabinoids and other compounds of the hemp plant.
You’ll get the full benefits of the entourage effect (all those cannabinoids, terpenes, etc. working together) and the peace of mind that comes from knowing Elixinol is a company that does not compromise its standards.
Excellent Product Sourcing
Elixinol has an international presence that helps them maintain their very high standards.
They leverage their relationships to source hemp that is grown locally in Australia, the U.S. and Europe from like-minded farmers who share the same standards of quality control as they do.
Their hemp is grown organically in the best regions for hemp in the world and processed naturally.
When it comes to Elixinol’s ability to provide relief for customers, look no further than their customer base. No matter the product, you will find a multitude of customers who have experienced wonderful results.
Elixinol produces some of the most potent CBD oil on the market, it’s no wonder it’s a favorite.
Some of the more common health conditions this oil has had success helping to treat are anxiety, sleep issues, chronic pain, ADHD and stress.
At one point in time, Elixinol was not what the Hypothesis Journal team would call affordable, but with the kind of reputation that Elixinol has, it was also hard to consider their prices unreasonable. Using the best equipment and techniques is costly, and the price reflected that.
But then they did something spectacular.
By drastically improving their economies of scale, they now offer reasonable, nay competitive prices for many products. They truly want everyone to have a chance to use one of the highest quality CBD oils in the country. Well done Elixinol CBD!
Think of liposomes as bubbles. The inside is filled with air but the material containing that air (the outer layer) is made of lipids with very high concentrations of fat (liposomes).
Now the very cool thing about liposomes is that they can absorb CBD oil into your body much faster, easier and more effectively than traditional tinctures and CBD capsules. This means that much lower dosages are required to obtain the same benefits you’d typically get using any other method.
Used as an effective drug delivery method in the medical community for decades, only recently have companies started to use them to improve the delivery of CBD oil into the body.
On top of just having an incredibly innovative product, Elixinol bottles it in Miron glass to make sure this super potent oil is protected. Miron glass naturally blocks all visible light except for violet light. Why violet you ask? Because violet light destroys harmful microorganisms and preserves the oil longer (like ultra violet sanitation). Amazing no?!
Miron glass is expensive. When you see a product packaged in Miron glass, that company cares a great deal about that product reaching you in its purest form.
We are seriously fan – girling/boying over here!
This pen is by far one of the best applicators in the industry for dispensing concentrated CBD oil.
With one click of the pen, you’ll get a perfect 15mg dose of hemp oil each and every time. Vacuum sealed in a cartridge to protect against air and bacteria, shielded by a UV-like applicator and secured with a simple twist lock to prevent accidental spills, this pen is discreet and great when you’re on the go.
It contains 1000mg of CBD oil, lasting about 3 or 4 weeks and serving up 66 15mg doses.
If we could express our feelings in emoji, it would be the one where the head is exploding. Yes, our Hypothesis Journal minds have been blown yet again..
Lab Testing & Results
For each product batch you will find lab analysis and results for their entire range of products. Elixinol tests all their oils for mycotoxins, heavy metals and pesticides.
For one of the older companies in a loosely regulated industry, they, without a doubt, have set the batch testing standard by making their results available on their website.
Innovative Flavoring Methods
Listen to this: Elixinol CBD has an in-house formulator. If that’s not commitment to crushing it, please email us with a better example.
The same supercritical fluid extraction process (it’s the best, trust us) Elixinol uses to extract CBD oil from their hemp plants is the same process used to flavor their products. For example, their Cinnamint flavor was extracted from natural cinnamon, producing cinnamaldehyde. You’re getting more than just natural cinnamon flavor. You’re getting innovative science at its best.
We’re kidding. You’re actually getting antifungal and antibacterial properties which can reduce infections and fight bad breath. But you get the picture.
The point is, Elixinol loves to think outside the box and it’s always to your benefit.
You’re not serious right? You did see how they are making these flavors…they’re delicious!
You’re right delicious may be a stretch, it’s hemp oil after all, but Elixinol’s hemp oil is more than above average in flavor.
If you try the Cinnamint, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how well it covers the natural tart, earthy features of hemp oil.
We really love how seriously Elixinol takes their products while still understanding that some people just do not like the taste of natural hemp flavor and never will.
They honor their customers in a way so few companies really think about.
If you’re like any normal person on the planet, paying for shipping is the worst. It’s not unusual for online carts to turn into wish lists because of ridiculous shipping prices, so we don’t need to tell you why this is awesome.
This is just an incredible gift.
Boxes are mishandled by shipping companies all the time. There is no need to say names, you know who you are.
If you receive anything that is damaged upon arrival to your door step, Elixinol will give you a full refund if you contact them within 90 days. They know how important the packaging is to maintaining the oil’s integrity (especially those Miron bottles) and obviously are trying to make sure you get full use of your CBD oil.
If for some reason you are not happy with the product for any reason, they are happy to give you a refund. You’ll have to make the request within 30 days of the day the purchase was made.
A company that stands behind their product always chokes us up a bit.
What Could Be Better?
A company this large is bound to have some issues. Ranging from mildly annoying to eye brow raising, there are a few concerns we would like to see this brand improve upon.
Processing orders takes 2-5 business days and then your product will ship 2-4 days after that. If you are ordering during the holiday season, expect an even longer wait.
Needless to say, this is a frustrating process and seems very outdated when considering how fast most products go from the warehouse to your front door. Planning is essential if you’re dealing with more severe issues such as chronic pain.
The CO2 extraction method used by Elixinol is considered to be very clean and ecofriendly, but when looking through their certificate of analysis, we did see trace amounts of heavy metals and THC.
Though they were not present in all batches, and still were under the limit, it is worth notice. Make sure to take a look at the lab tests and decide what you will or won’t deal with.
In-house Lab Testing
Elixinol’s ‘Quality’ page informs you of their rigorous pharma-grade testing and procedures. At first we were delighted at the batch numbers that can be traced back to the corresponding lab report and the high standards they maintain. However, we were a bit taken aback when we realized they do not use a third party testing facility.
The site specifically says “We use only hemp-based product testing laboratories that mirror pharmaceutical-industry processes and controls.” and “Our testing team comes from the pharmaceutical industry…”
If you have your own testing team and laboratories, they are not third party in any way. This was disappointing to learn. It felt a bit deceptive.
Not only are the tests done by the company, some analysis reports are not posted on the site. You can, however, request a certificate of analysis for any product and they will deliver it with no questions asked.
Full-Spectrum Oil? Prove It
When you claim you have full-spectrum oil, you need to back that claim up.
At the time of this review, the analysis reports posted on Elixinol’s site do not show any testing to verify the claims of full-spectrum CBD oil, nor do they show the levels of cannabinoids and terpenes for their hemp oil batches.
It hurts even more that these reports are produced in house. Several other Elixinol reviews have said the same thing.
Vague Information & Lack Of Transparency
If you don’t come out and say things in a straight forward manner, communication becomes a game of interpretation, inevitably leading to everyone drawing their own conclusion.
That being said, the Hypothesis Journal team is going to be honest and say that we don’t know specifically where their hemp comes from because they do not openly say it.
They also do not specify the difference between their normal hemp oil and Respira line, besides the $10 price difference. After scouring the lab reports (and asking customer service), Respira is more potent with about 15mg of CBD oil per serving in the 300mg bottle while the standard hemp oil has about 10mg. You’ll also find that the standard hemp oil uses MCT coconut oil and Respira contains vegetable glycerin.
None of this takes away from the overall products they create, but it gave us pause.
There’s no question Elixinol strives to maintain the standards they openly share with the world. Their products push the industry toward bigger and better ideas and their customers reap the benefits.
Though their in-house testing is something we at Hypothesis Journal don’t love, the results produced for their customers cannot be called into question. They have some of the best products on the market and they provide the relief many people seek.
With affordable pricing, high-quality product ranges and sheer consistency, Elixinol more than compensates for other lackluster areas.
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