Swanson CBD Review, Extra Strength 25mg CBD 1500mg

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  • Brand
  • Accuracy Rating
    C
  • CBD Value Score
    Best value
  • Size
    2 fl oz (60 mL)
  • Flavor
    None
  • Hemp Type
    Full Spectrum
  • Has THC?
    Has THC
  • Test Date
    May 2020
  • Video Review

What's in your CBD?

We purchased this CBD product and tested it at independent testing facilities to measure levels of CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids and compare the results to the manufacturer's claims. Here are the results. (Learn more about our review process.)

Test Results

Label Claims

Total mg CBD

1500 mg

Our Lab Tests

From Lab A
Difference from label

26.45% more

Accuracy Rating
C
From Lab B
Difference from label

31.56% more

Accuracy Rating
D

* Products tested prior to 2020 were sent to only one independent testing facility.

The unadulterated test results on this page come directly from these certificates of analysis from two independent labs, which we pay directly. These are two independent lab tests of one product, at one point in time. We do not guarantee that all products or labs will produce the same results. Lab results may differ based on the different methodologies of testing used by each lab or inconsistencies in the product. Added ingredients may affect lab results. Volume of creams and edibles may change due to factors such as temperature, and this may impact lab results. Learn more about our review process.

Cannabinoid Breakdown

From Lab A
Total Cannabinoids
Total CBD
Total THC
From Lab B
Total Cannabinoids
Total CBD
Total THC

Cannabinoid Breakdown by mL

From Lab A

CBD (mg / mL)

THC (mg / mL)

Other Cannabinoids (mg / mL)

From Lab B

CBD (mg / mL)

THC (mg / mL)

Other Cannabinoids (mg / mL)

Swanson claims to have 25 mg of CBD per 1 mL serving. We found that each 1 mL serving contains about 32 mg of CBD and around 1.2 mg of THC.

*It's common to see CBD doses at 5 mg, 15 mg, 25 mg, and 50 mg for consumer products. Researchers use much larger doses (25 mg to 1500 mg of CBD). CBD dosing is highly individualized.

Value Score

Price of Product
Cost per mg CBD*
Value Score

Best value

* Cost per mg calculated from Lab A's test results.

Product Information

Details from the manufacturer
  • 60 mL (2 oz)
  • 25 mg CBD per serving (1500 mg total)
  • Full Spectrum
  • Flavor: Peppermint
  • THC: Yes
  • Other cannabinoids: Yes
Ingredients
Organic coconut MCT oil, natural flavors (peppermint), mixed tocopherols, luo han guo. Contains tree nuts (coconut).

About the product

Swanson claims this is a full-spectrum hemp extract, which should contain CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids. Our lab tests confirmed that it is a full-spectrum hemp extract that contains CBD, THC, CBC, and CBG.

Our independent laboratories found that Swanson contained 26% to 31% more CBD than suggested by their label.

You can take this product sublingually or mix it with a food or drink.

Jeremy's Take

Swanson is one of the first mainstream brands to offer CBD. They came in hot, with 26% to 32% more CBD than claimed by their label. This disparity is concerning if you are looking for an accurate dose. Most people don't mind the extra CBD as long as the brand is consistent. It’s fascinating that even one of the largest supplement manufacturers doesn’t provide an accurate CBD dose.

Cost:

Lab A found that the price per mg of CBD was only 2.6 cents. It's still only about 3 cents per mg of CBD if they only provide the amount of CBD claimed on their label (our lab found more CBD; thus, a lower price per mg of CBD). Fifteen cents per mg is average. This is a fantastic deal any way you slice it.

Taste:

It’s fine. It’s ok. It’s a little weird. This hemp extract is flavored with peppermint and sweetened with monk fruit. The peppermint flavor is robust and natural, perhaps from essential oil. It's not sweet. It tastes earthy, but I do not taste the natural flavor of hemp. It might taste better than natural hemp extract but it also has a harsh herbal flavor or medicinal flavor.

Strength:

Over 30 mg of CBD is a potent dose and the novice should not take a full dropper on the first go. Most people won’t have any trouble with this amount of THC but you should still try it out before operating a vehicle or working. 1.2 mg of THC per day will risk a failed drug test. It’s got decent amounts of CBC and CBG. It’s the full package.

Overall:

Swanson’s 25 mg CBD is an excellent full-spectrum extract with many cannabinoids. This CBD is for people who want relief from multiple cannabinoids and don’t mind getting a little more CBD than expected. Ok, a lot more CBD than expected.

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