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Koi CBD Review: Should You Buy? The Pros & Cons (2020)
It could be just the Hypothesis Journal team, but it’s easy to get caught up in the medical benefits of CBD oils, their purity contents and effectiveness. We know these things are extremely important, but where’s the balance in the products? We are still human and like to have fun right? Then Koi CBD enters the picture and tries to give us something new, fresh and exciting. Do they succeed? This is our Koi CBD review (updated for 2020).
Koi CBD Review
Koi CBD believe in CBD oils improving your life just as much as the next company. Actually much more than the next CBD oil company, which is why this review is happening in the first place. They also believe that it’s okay to make their oils taste good!
Can a tasty CBD oil exist in the real world? That’s like some theoretical nonsense right?
Not entirely. Koi CBD has done their best to create some great flavors (such as blue raspberry) for those who don’t like vaping but want the cool flavors typically associated with CBD vape oils.
If you’ve been looking for a company that cares about your pain, creates a full spectrum oil and has a bit of fun in the process, Koi could be for you. They have a flair that is kind of contagious and genuinely are trying to change the world, one flavored oil at a time.
Sensitive (and picky) taste buds rejoice!
The Koi CBD Lineup
If you’ve googled ‘best CBD oils’ you are sure to have seen Koi CBD oil on almost every list (including ours). This is because they have made a name for themselves as a brand that strives for full transparency, corrects its mistakes and has proven its CBD oil is one of the best on the market time and time again.
Koi CBD Vape Juice is their most popular product. It’s a multifunctional oil that was created to be vaped but can also be taken orally, under the tongue, in the traditional manner.
Besides vape oils, Koi CBD also sells gummies, sprays, body lotion and a recently added Koi Naturals product in their lineup.
Koi Naturals is an all-natural, bare essentials CBD oil tincture. It is the most recent product line released by Koi.
Before Naturals, Koi CBD did not have a purely sublingual oil, your only option was taking the Vape Juice orally. You can understand why Hypothesis Journal was thrilled when Koi Naturals CBD was introduced.
The Koi Naturals product is designed to be taken orally or added to food and drinks and is available in two sizes: 30ml and 60ml.
- The 30ml size is available in 250mg, 500mg and 1000mg and comes in Spearmint, Lemon Lime, Orange and Natural flavors. Depending on the strength, the 30ml option ranges between $40 and $100.
They also come with dropper bottle tops for easy use. Hold the oil under your tongue for 15 – 30 seconds and then swallow. Do this 1-3 times a day for best results.
- The 60ml is their extra strength option. Choose between 1,500mg and 3,000mg and Spearmint or Natural flavor. This option ranges from $150 – $250.
Instead of a dropper, this one has a spray top. Spray under the tongue (for fastest absorption) 1-3 times a day.
This line is made up of 100% natural Koi CBD Full Spectrum oil and coconut oil. The full spectrum includes CBD, CBN, CBDV, and CBG, which all work together in synergy to provide ultimate benefits.
Is it really as good as they say it is? Are you serious? It’s great. But is it great for you?
You know by now the research that needs to be done on any CBD oil company before handing over your money. This poorly regulated industry is open to any and all, and it never ceases to amaze us at Hypothesis Journal just how awful some companies can be.
Rest assured Koi CBD is not one of those companies and Koi Naturals is not one of those products.
Why Choose Koi CBD?
There are certain standards that let you know right away if a CBD brand is worth giving a second look to:
- No THC
- Hexane and solvent free
- Pesticide free
If there’s one thing you can be sure of, Koi CBD takes pride in their new line. Their CBD purity sits at over 99% and they use the purest ingredients in order to produce the highest quality possible.
The hemp they use comes from Colorado, one of the best places in the world for hemp to prosper, and is packed with terpenes and cannabinoids.
Batches are tested for safety, purity, and consistency, and have been effective when used for stress, chronic pain, loss of appetite and foggy memory. The lab results have always come back very clean.
CBD Oil Quality
Koi CBD oil is absolutely clear so you know it is of the highest quality. Since coconut oil is colorless, it has no effect on the color of the oil whatsoever. A CBD oil that’s clear has had every impurity removed until all that is left is CBD.
For what you’re paying, Koi CBD seems to know how to make sure you feel like you’re getting your money’s worth. The bottle comes in a tall, slender gorgeous little box that makes you giddy upon seeing it. Inside the box sits the dark glass bottle containing the CBD oil.
A dark bottle is always appreciated by us here at Hypothesis Journal as it extends the shelf life of the oil and fights against the days you forget to store it properly.
The 60ml comes with a spray cap but also includes a dropper if you want to administer your dosages the more common way. Many people have unexpectedly fallen in love with the spray bottle top, however, because it gives them more control over their dosages.
The spray top is unique and adds a bit of fun to using the oil. It also makes it easier to add CBD to your food.
100% Natural Ingredients
If natural ingredients are important to your lifestyle, you’ll love this product. When Koi CBD says 100% natural they mean it. There are only 3 ingredients listed on the bottle: CBD, coconut oil and natural flavor extracts. This is CBD oil at the bare minimum and we love it.
You don’t have to sacrifice your natural lifestyle for flavor. Each of the flavors is natural but you can always get the “Natural” flavor they offer anyway.
One of the things we love about Koi CBD the most is they care about what their products taste like!
Because the Hypothesis Journal team is not full of bad people, we won’t name drop, but we will say this: there are some ridiculously disgusting tasting CBD oils on the market. Flavor isn’t (and shouldn’t be) the most important thing in the world, especially when it comes to a product that has so many benefits, BUT can things that are good for you also taste good? Is that asking for so much?
Koi Naturals doesn’t think so. In fact, they have been obviously putting their taste creators to work. If their Vape Juice lines tell you anything, they believe that healthy things can be yummy. Pure innovators.
Sorry about the rant, back to the review.
Spearmint seems to be the favorite but each flavor has found its way into the hearts of many. You can taste the hemp of the oil, but overall, for a naturally infused flavor, the taste is surprisingly good. Even the Natural flavor tastes better than most other CBD oils because of the coconut oil, giving the CBD oil a slightly sweet taste on your tongue.
Another great thing about the oils is that they do not noticeably change the flavor of your foods or drinks. You don’t have to worry about gagging or not being able to enjoy the benefits this oil has to offer.
A True Full Spectrum CBD
Koi Naturals is the brand’s first full spectrum offering. As a general rule, there is no true way of regulating the claim of a product being “full spectrum”. Most of the lab reports you’ll find are mostly composed of CBD with slight amounts of other cannabinoids. Often times there is no report even available about the amounts of terpene in a batch.
However, this isn’t the case with Koi CBD. The full spectrum they’ve touted in their Naturals line is no joke, and the lab reports prove it. The range of terpenes and cannabinoids present in their oil is wide. For those of you looking to experience the Entourage Effect (1), this product provides you the best chance.
Why is coconut oil so special you ask? Glad you asked!
One of the few talked about facts about CBD oils is that your body is not able to absorb the oil without help. In order for the CBD oil to absorb into your body, it needs a carrier oil and coconut oil is one of the best. It is digested quickly and is a great source of lauric acid, which contains antiviral and antibacterial properties.
This CBD-coconut oil blend absorbs into your body quickly and pulls no punches with its positive effects on your body.
ISO Lab Certification Status
More and more companies are offering third party lab testing on their products, but Koi has managed to go above and beyond in this area as well.
Not only will you find their lab results, but you will see testing for the most recent batches of each specific product. To show their commitment to delivering the best product, they display all lab reports on the lab’s site. That’s right, they host their customer portal on the lab testing site! This lets you know they have no way to forge results or pick and choose what information to share.
Koi CBD leaves the customer with no doubt that it truly has a pure, effective, high-quality product to offer.
Value For Money
Koi Naturals may be a little expensive for some, but the bottle lasts much longer than you think and longer than the listed time Koi CBD provides. Many people report holding on to their bottles for longer than they believed they would due to the strength of the oil, making it cheaper over time.
For those who do not suffer from chronic pain, this bottle is a great value for the price.
Koi’s mission is to restore balance to everyone’s life through the magic of CBD and its beneficial properties. This includes veterans who they go above and beyond to help.
Due to the restrictive policies of the Veterans Administration, CBD oil cannot be prescribed by healthcare providers in the VA network. This means veterans who want to use CBD oils as health supplements may need help financially to access them.
Koi CBD offers veterans a lifetime 25% discount to help them purchase their products. Their discount is a bit higher than most, and indicates to veterans (and all their customers) that they care more about people than profits (but they do still care about profits).
Dedication To The CBD Industry
Making its debut to the CBD oil industry in 2015, Koi CBD is relatively young, but they are dedicated to their mission of 100% transparency.
Throughout the years they have added more and more analysis and lab reporting to their site for each product range. They encourage you to reach out to them for more information if you want to know anything more about a batch’s lab results or the process they use to manufacture oil.
Product & Effectiveness
Koi is a brand with personality and that alone gives them brownie points. It’s hard not to appreciate their dedication to creating tasty CBD products, and impossible not to smile while reading the flavors for some of their product (Tropical Popsicle and the Fuji Apple Nectarine Strawberry anyone?).
Though the Koi Naturals line doesn’t have the most creative names, Koi still provided its customers with variety, and who doesn’t like option?
A company that is innovative and doesn’t take itself too seriously tells Hypothesis Journal real human beings may work there.
And most importantly – this oil works. People have used it for pain, depression, insomnia, anxiety and chronic migraines to name a few. The coconut oil allows it to start working quickly and the purity gives maximum benefit. Many people have found (with the support of their healthcare providers) that they were able to gradually reduce their prescribed medications or treatments and use CBD oil instead.
It’s wonderful to have alternatives to manage daily health issues and this alternative is all natural.
Koi Naturals has a lot going for it, it’s hard to really find issues that would keep us from recommending it but there are a few things that bothered us a little bit. Other Koi CBD oil reviews online also said the same thing.
What Could Be Better?
Customer service is always one of those things that you never know if it’s true until you need it. We regret to say this, but sadly, the customer support from Koi CBD was extremely disappointing. Members of our team had recently sent multiple questions to Koi CBD, but no response was ever received. Despite sending countless follow-up emails, we never heard back.
We’ve also received complaints from our readers about Koi CBD’s poor customer support, and it’s a shame because they are a brand that seems to be doing everything else right.
Not Quite 0% THC
They list the amount of THC found in their Koi Naturals as 0%, but if you take a look at their lab reports you’ll see there are traces of THC. While there are probably no detectable levels of THC and it will in no way have an effect on your concentration or get you high, it is good to read the reports, be careful and know the truth.
It is also quite common for full-spectrum oils to contain very tiny amounts of THC and should be of no concern.
We have to admit being a little disappointed at the lack of transparency on the process Koi uses to extract CBD from hemp. The best extraction process is CO2 extraction but it is not clearly stated what process they use. Some say Koi uses CO2 extraction since there is no solvent or pesticides in their lab reports, but Hypothesis Journal couldn’t verify this.
Clearly, the process is good enough to create a high-quality product, but if you are aiming at the title of most trusted brand, the extraction method used should be listed somewhere in plain sight.
Price & Money Back Guarantee
While certainly not the most expensive CBD oil on the market, it definitely isn’t the cheapest. The smaller bottles are priced above average; the larger size falls into the middle range when compared to other similar offerings from other brands.
They offer a variety pack for those interested in trying the flavors and there is a nice value when you get that. The quality of their products and small batch processing may justify the higher prices.
Of course, a money back guarantee isn’t a deal breaker, but we dislike this policy nonetheless. The journey to finding the right CBD oil can be expensive, time-consuming and discouraging for many people as they sift through the many brands available.
The fact that they have great pride in their product does encourage one to purchase, but not having a guarantee will make anyone see it as a risk and wonder why there is no money back guarantee if the product is as exceptional as the company claims.
Koi CBD entered the industry with a splash and has been enjoying, and solidifying, its place as one of the most trusted brands right now. They are innovative and dedicated to improving their offerings – which is all evident when you read the hundreds of Koi CBD reviews online.
There have undetectable levels of THC in their oil, a wide spectrum of terpenes and cannabinoids in their Koi Naturals offering, 100% natural ingredients and all-natural flavors.
The Koi Naturals line is colorless, proof of its quality, and works quickly and effectively. The bottles last longer than the given time period, and with stronger strengths available, you can use this line for chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia, and concentration/focus.
However, their customer support is very poor and frustrating – and for this reason alone, we suggest buying your CBD oil elsewhere (such as from cbdMD).
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