– All samples appear to be of a high quality and purity. They are all major allergen free (I would know if they weren't), non-GMO, and reportedly toxin free. I would like to see the rapid response gel label contain a warning about mangoes. I personally know someone with a deadly mango allergy and I only discovered that mango was contained in the product by researching the product's website. Also, the topical oil should notify users with any possible aspirin sensitivity (including pregnant women, see Reyes syndrome) that it contains white willow bark, which is where we derive the acetysalicylic acid used in aspirin. I used this on my pregnant wife before noticing this on the label. That made me very uncomfortable. The website does contain a section detailing purity tests; however, this is only one batch test taken from the Endoca website. BioCBD+ does claim to use the Endoca oil on this page and pastes the images cut from the Endoca site. When BioCBD+ acquires a new batch from Endoca do they update this page with the new lab information? If so, are customers with a previous batch able to acquire the old lab results for reference? This question also highlights the following: since there are no batch numbers on the products the customer is unable to know which batch they have purchased. These may be niggling details that most customers will not have concern for; but simply knowing that the Endoca oil is in use in these products is a fantastic assurance that these products are of the highest quality and purity. The addition of turmeric in the oil is a novel and intriguing concept. The health benefits of turmeric are fairly well known; but underutilized in my experience. It is nice to see such a harmonious marriage between these two herbs successfully.
– The flavor of the gel is surprisingly good. In fact the concentrate tastes so great that it increases salivary production significantly which makes holding it in mouth for 90 seconds quite difficult. That being said, it is quite nice to take. Our young taste tester in the house did not find it so appealing; but both adults found the flavor to be very appealing.
Ease of Use
– All products are quite easy to use. The gel's flavor makes it less of a chore to consume in spite of the inherent messiness of using concentrates. The topical oil muscle rub smells great; but leaves a bit of a residue that doesn't absorb completely. This can rub off on light colored fabrics and leave a yellowish discoloration. I have not yet confirmed whether or not these discolorations will stain any fabrics so be mindful when using this around light clothing. The caps are, of course, incredibly convenient and easy to use & transport.
– The gel is taken orally and held under the tongue for 90 seconds. The topical oil is rubbed in locally; and the capsules are taken orally as well. These are all quite convenient and standard. The only caveat to the gel usage is that because of the additional ingredients you lose the ability to use the oil in a vaporizer. This is an important aspect for my specific needs; but is not for many. You do, however, get the additional health benefits of turmeric because of these additions. Not to mention a far superior flavor. So, this gel certainly has its own unique place in your supplementation regimen. Its downsides in one area are what provides for its positives in another area.
– 3 capsules used per dose.
Value/Cost per milligram
– The only mention of a milligram dosage anywhere on any of the product pages being reviewed is as follows cut directly from their website:
“Through the use of patented Hybrid NanoEngineering™, our CBD* + Ayurvedic herbs have been transformed into BioCBD™, transforming the phytonutrients into particles on the nano level. Nano particles (1/100 the width of a human hair) are easier for your body to absorb and transport to where they are needed within your body. We have set out to prove that BioCBD™ is over 10x more bioavailable in the body than any oil based CBD currently on the market. Our initial tests show that 10 mg of BioCBD™ is the equivalent of taking at least 100 mg of oil based CBD.”
The lack of dosage specifics in regards to milligrams per dose or even per container makes it impossible for me to rate the value in terms of a cost per milligram. I am dubious of the 10x more potent claim due simply to the size of the particles in the product. However, I would like to know a great deal more about this process and I would like to see the details and laboratory results of the “initial tests” mentioned in the section above published for all to see.
– The packaging is high quality and very professional. The labels contain nearly every bit of information one may want to know about the product within which I think is absolutely amazing. Suggested use, intended application, contents (both what IS in the product and what is NOT), certain types of technology utilized, etc. are all contained on nearly every label. The only item missing is the milligrams of CBD the product, or each dose contains. Using the Endoca oil and being upfront about that is another point of kudos to the folks over at BioCBD+. This assures high quality material and is not deceptive about its source. This I find refreshing. My packages arrived with sticky gel covered in plastic to prevent the syringe dial from turning during packaging and shipment. The muscle rub also came with a plastic seal to prevent product loss/spillage for same purpose. This, I know, may seem minor; but this really got my attention. I haven't seen a single CBD producing/distributing company take this often overlooked detail into account. These products are not cheap medications; and spilling one's product in shipping is really a great deal of an issue. I have experienced shipping issues myself with more than just CBD products in the past. I appreciate this attention to detail. It shows a real concern for the customer and I applaud that.
Would you buy it again? Why/why not?
I am a fan of the Endoca oil and appreciate the ability to use both oral and inhalation routes of administration over the benefits of adding turmeric to the product. Also, I really would like to know how much CBD in terms of milligrams I am taking in my dose. For this reason I would not be likely to purchase the gel again, nor the capsules. The capsules are very convenient, which I like; but did not provide noticeable enough effects to cause me to switch from my normal method of CBD usage. In fact, after consuming the capsules on more than one occasion, I eventually ended up taking my normal CBD dosage from another product I use regularly after giving the capsules approximately 2 hours at least to begin working. I tried on a full and empty stomach. My significant other also noticed the same lack of results from the capsules for her particular purposes at the recommended dose. However, I decided to conduct an experiment with my last 5 capsules (all previous doses were 3 capsules) and took them on an empty stomach; waited approximately 45 minutes, then ate a full meal. At 1 hour 30 minutes after taking the capsules their effect came on so strong it was quite literally too effective. So, the product is quite effective; but likely closer to a 4 capsule dose. This makes the product rather expensive and impractical to take regularly. 1 full bottle of 30 capsules is $120. You can get 3 bottles of 30 capsules for $300. Assuming you bought the largest package available, and therefore got the best possible price, that would make taking the 5 capsule dose I took cost you $16.67. Taking a 4 capsule dose will cost you $13.34. A highly effective product, yes; but far too impractical for daily supplementation. The muscle rub was pleasant to use; but we did not notice a dramatic decrease in tension or pain in the areas it was used in our personal experience. The ingredient list contains “white willow bark” which is where we derive acetysalicylic acid which is the active ingredient in aspirin. Any effects produced could be from the white willow bark alone since we do not know how low of a CBD dose is actually contained in the topical oil.
I suffer from celiacs disease; and as a result I get terrible knee pain when exposed to cross contamination. I have been suffering with said pain now for days (FYI, Worcestershire sauce is NOT gluten free despite what the label claims!). Just moments ago I thought to try out the muscle rub on my knee; and before I could even get it rubbed in sufficiently my pain began to noticeably diminish! Within approximately 5 minutes of a liberal application my pain is almost totally gone! I am quite surprised and quite pleased! 🙂
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