Who are we?
CBD Examine shows consumers what’s inside their CBD products.
Our independent lab reports empower consumers with the cannabinoid levels, accuracy, honesty, and value of their CBD products. We believe this information is critical for people in search of cannabinoid relief.
We test CBD products for cannabinoid levels to show you what you’re paying for and how much you’re paying for it. We also scour the internet to let you know what’s good or bad about the company. We post everything we find, good or bad, including the official test results from a lab that we pay directly.
CBD Examine was started by Jeremy Orozco in Santa Cruz, California.
Jeremy Orozco, Chief Editor
Jeremy is a former firefighter turned health writer. He is a co-founder of migrainekey.com, where he pioneered CBD and migraine research. His latest book, Hemp for Migraine , was the largest collection of peer-reviewed research relating to CBD, cannabinoids, and migraine relief.
Many of his readers described Hemp for Migraine as “life-changing.” Others had a question for Jeremy, “Which CBD brand should I use?” He didn’t have a response. How could anyone recommend a CBD product in good faith without being certain of what’s inside?
He sent a few products to an independent lab and was shocked by the results. The cannabinoid levels of most CBD products are not accurate. Thousands of people in pain are paying for CBD relief and receiving a mystery dose of deception. It’s time to change that.
Jeremy went on to create the largest record of independently lab-tested CBD products. He shares the results because you deserve to know what’s in your CBD.
Why we exist
Research is coming to light showing the profound impacts that CBD and other cannabinoids may have on our overall health. But there is a dark secret about the CBD industry. The majority of products on the market are mislabeled and many are entirely fake, according to research published by JAMA and the FDA.
We tested some of the most popular CBD products and found that most were not accurate. Many of the products we purchased claimed to have precise testing and even provided lab test results, which were not accurate. Some products also had popular CBD review websites that further echoed these false claims and gave these products stellar reviews.
With a sea of misleading information, we had to publish the truth. It shouldn’t be this hard for people in need of help to find good CBD products and avoid the bad ones.
Our pledge to you
We’re dedicated to providing you, the CBD consumer, with the facts.
Whether you’re looking for information about CBD products, the science behind CBD and other cannabinoids, or the latest news about the industry, you’ll find it here at CBD Examine, and we’ll tell it to you straight. You won’t find sugar-coated marketing here.
How we review products
We buy CBD products and send them directly to an independent laboratory in California. We base every CBD review on the cannabinoid levels taken directly from the certificate of analysis of our independent laboratory. We post a link to the official lab results on each review, which makes us more transparent than all other CBD review websites (at the time of this writing: June 2019).
Our reviews, lab testing, and photography are completed in California.
We now test each product at two separate laboratories. Each product is shaken vigorously and dispensed into two different test tubes. Each test tube is labeled using a number system so that tests are blind to the lab, eliminating conflict of interest by a lab and the CBD company. The entire process is documented with photo and digital tracking. This process helps consumers know that the lab tests are honest and accurate.
Note: Slight differences in lab results may occur due to differences in the testing methodologies of each lab or inconsistencies in the CBD product.
How do we make money? We need your support!
At first, we didn’t. We tested over 80 CBD products from 2019 to 2020 with zero income and posted the results for free. In June of 2020, we started using affiliate links to help pay for our independent lab results. Lab testing is expensive! Please help us continue to provide these free lab tests by using our links.
Nearly all review websites use affiliate links, which pay a small commission on products sold. You pay the same low price and it supports us. Affiliate links do not influence our reviews or our lab tests. I promise—hi, it’s Jeremy from the CBD Examine Youtube videos— to always give you an honest review.
Here’s how I keep my reviews honest: I purchase products for retail prices because it’s not independent if a CBD company sends me or a lab whatever they want. I then put the CBD product into two vials and send them to two reputable labs. I pay the labs directly and they DO NOT know what company they are testing. This blind testing ensures the lab results are truly independent. Results are always published, good or bad, and never changed or altered. I also do an extensive search for any positive or negative reports. And I encourage you to leave your own customer review under my review—it takes a village to find good CBD.
Please use the links at the top of our reviews to buy CBD products. Links that say, “This is an affiliate link” will help us continue to provide honest lab results. If it doesn’t say “affiliate link,” it does not help us and screw that CBD company. I’m joking, some of our favorite CBD companies do not have affiliate programs and we still recommend them.
Where we test
We test all the CBD products that we review at SC Laboratories in Santa Cruz, California. We chose SC Labs because they use high-performance liquid chromatography to obtain the most reliable levels of cannabinoids. SC Labs is ISO 17025 accredited, which is the international gold standard for testing laboratories.
We pay SC Labs directly for their services and they are independent of the companies that we review. We are the only CBD review website to publish cannabinoid levels of every product that we review.
We began testing at two independent labs in 2020 to ensure that you are getting accurate CBD test results. Anresco was a clear choice for giving us, which includes you my friend, credible lab tests.
Anresco Laboratories is the only cannabis testing facility in California that is a DEA registered facility, FDA registered laboratory, Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program certified, and ISO 17025 accredited.
Anresco is located in San Francisco and has been around since 1943. If the DEA trusts them, we figured we could too. It feels good to know that two great labs are blind testing your CBD products for accurate and honest results. I pay for the products and the blind lab tests directly, so that we know were getting real results.
Jeremy Orozco, Orozco Research, Inc., and CBDexamine.com do not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Our content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Read the disclaimer.