Swanson is a humongous supplement company. I tested their CBD oil and did a full background check in the past, which you can read here. Their oil had a little too much CBD, it tasted funny, and the company had a few concerning reports. However, overall, the company has built a trustworthy reputation over the last 50 years.
The cost is 10.5 cents per milligram of CBD. That’s about the average cost for CBD oils, but CBD topicals’ average about 17 cents per milligram of CBD. So, at the $20 price range, this is a decent value. Their CBD oil was only 2.6 cents per milligram of CBD.
The scent is mint, but it smells kind of weird. I’m not sure if it’s the olive oil or the hemp extract, but something smells odd. Scent is subjective, so take this with a grain of salt. I’m not a fan.
At under 3.5 mg of CBD per gram, this is a low dose of CBD. Swanson claimed 2.63 mg of CBD per gram, so you’re getting more CBD than expected. The peppermint oil may add some benefits to this balm, although it smells relatively light.
CBD dosing is highly individualized. There’s not enough topical-CBD research to suggest a dose. As usual, I don’t talk about my reaction to CBD because it can be misleading. CBD effects are based on your unique health conditions, tolerances, and endocannabinoid system. Look for products with similar cannabinoid levels when you find one that works.
I’m not going to lie; brown paste never looks appealing. The oily texture from the coconut oil doesn’t help either. The packaging looks like any other supplement you buy in your grocery store… if your grocery store were stuck in the 1970s.
What’s not to love? It’s a brown paste with inaccurate levels of CBD and a funny smell.
Other Products by Swanson
Swanson offers CBD extract, capsules, and CBD balm.