Help! Why is CBD So Expensive?

If you are interested in CBD, you may have looked at some products and wondered, “Why is CBD so expensive?” and “Is cheap CBD available?”

It’s certainly not because of a lack of demand. In 2019, 64 million Americans said they had tried CBD in the past 24 months. And it’s not a lack of supply: The range of CBD products is extensive, with everything from CBD oil to gummies to bath bombs pillows vying for consumers’ attention. There’s tea, coffee, skin care products, clothing, sprays, suppositories, edibles, and beverages, with new products coming out every day.

So why are CBD products so expensive, and are there sources of inexpensive CBD out there? We’ll address both those questions.

How Much Does CBD Cost?

If you’ve shopped for CBD products recently, you’ve probably seen a wide range of prices. The cost of CBD oil, for instance, averages between $0.05 to $0.20 per mg of CBD. To put that in perspective, a $140 bottle of CBD oil that contains 1500mg of CBD costs about $.09 per mg. Here’s a CBD oil price comparison for some popular brands.

The costs can add up to a lot of money over 12 months. CBD oil for just you and your pet can be $2,400 a year or more. And don’t forget all the other CBD products that are available aren’t cheap, either: CBD bath bombs can be $10-$30 each, while a CBD-infused pillow sells for $129. A CBD pillow? Seriously? But that’s a topic for another blog.

While the cost may be prohibitive for some, it certainly hasn’t hurt sales: In 2019, CBD sales amounted to about $5 billion; Estimates are that number will rise to $20 billion in the US alone by 2023.

What to Look for When Buying CBD

CBD bottles. How to buy CBD.With CBD, as with many products, you get what you pay for. If you’re buying mystery CBD from an unreputable brand, it may cost less. But it also may be non-organic hemp grown overseas in contaminated soil, and it may lack third-party lab analysis that ensures it’s pure and free from THC, pesticides, heavy metals, residual solvents, and bacteria.

Or – especially if you are shopping on Amazon – you may be buying hemp oil, rather than CBD oil. Hemp oil and CBD oil are not the same things. CBD uses the entire hemp plant, and the result is pure CBD. Hemp oil is usually pressed just from hemp seeds and contains no CBD. 

Here’s what to look for when buying CBD:

Has a third-party lab tested the product?

If the products aren’t lab-tested, there’s no way to ensure there are no harmful chemicals or contaminants in the bottle. You may not be getting the amount of CBD (or THC) listed on the label.

Does the company post the results of the lab tests on its site?

If not, are the reports easy to access somewhere else? If you can’t get the lab results, beware.

How recent is the lab report?

If it’s from five years ago, again, beware.

Has the product been tested in a third-party lab?

A good, reputable lab has accreditation from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Does the product have .3% THC or less?

If not, it may not be legal in your state. And if there’s too much THC, you may get psychoactive effects that you don’t get with pure CBD.

Where is the hemp sourced?

Hemp can grow in many places, but the growing conditions in the US make it the best place to produce quality hemp.

Are the ingredients all-natural?

Are there additives and hard-to-pronounce ingredients? If so, be sure you know what you’re getting.

What type of CBD is used?

There are three types to consider:

CBD Isolate, which is pure CBD extracted from the hemp plant and isolated from other cannabinoids. The result is pure CBD.

Full-Spectrum CBD is the “kitchen sink CBD.” In other words, it has everything the plant contains, including THC. Because it contains THC, it may not be legal where you live.

Broad Spectrum CBD is a full-spectrum CBD with NO THC.

So, Why is CBD So Expensive?

Hemp farmer examining seeds

When you buy CBD from a reputable supplier, here’s what you’re paying for:

1. The cost to grow hemp

As with any crop, farmers need to pay the costs for land, seed, water, specialized equipment, and labor. They often have to pay high licensing fees to the state. After all that, they need to generate a reasonable margin with their crops to make a profit.

2. The cost to extract CBD

The cannabis plant is the source of CBD. Each plant provides a relatively small amount, so you need a lot of plants to get enough raw material to produce a small amount of CBD oil. The cost to extract the CBD involves time, specialized equipment, and labor. Again, to make a profit, a reasonable margin needs to be realized.

3. The cost to test CBD

Buy a product that is labeled correctly and is free from contaminants. The way to do that is to buy CBD tested by an independent third-party lab. Lab testing incurs another cost.

4. The cost to sell CBD

There are a variety of costs associated with selling any item, and CBD is no different. There are packaging, advertising, and shipping costs to consider. Brick-and-mortar retailers have a lot of overhead, so products are marked up so retailers can make a profit.

As you can calculate from above, the cost to grow, extract, test, and sell CBD can quickly add up. And then there’s:

5. Unscrupulous and greedy sellers

Because CBD sales have exploded, there are sellers out there who are just looking to make a quick buck. Their goal is simply to manufacture the compound and sell it for as much as they can get for it. You don’t know what you’re getting if the hemp is grown and manufactured overseas or lacks third-party testing. The product and have more (or less) THC and CBD than shown on the label, or it may contain contaminants. Be sure to look for a reputable brand that grows its hemp in the US, has third-party testing, and has excellent reviews.

Wait a minute, Is there such a thing as cheap, quality CBD?

Sunrise CBD productsThere is good news: The answer is “Yes,” you can get cheap CBD that’s high quality. Sunrise CBD has the cheapest (we prefer “inexpensive”) CBD oil, as well as other CBD products, anywhere. Our CBD is organic, pure, all-natural, and vegan-friendly. It has no contaminants. We have our products tested by a third-party lab to ensure that you get what it says on the label. That’s important: One study found that of 84 products from 31 companies tested, only about 31% of tested products contained the amount of CBD shown on the label. Almost 43 percent had more CBD than stated, and 26 percent had less. That means some 70% of products did not contain the strength of CBD shown on the label.

Our goal is to have a successful business that also helps people lead better lives. That’s why our focus is on quality and price. How do we do it? First, there’s no fancy packaging, so you’re not paying for that. Second, you can’t buy Sunrise CBD in stores. Our products are available only online. That means there’s no intermediary to drive up prices. Because we ship directly to you, we can sell at prices that are as much as 80% lower than other brands. 

So, if you’re looking for high quality, low-cost CBD, head over to https://sunrisecbd.com/shop/ and check out our prices. Trying our products is risk-free. Your complete satisfaction is our primary mission, so we offer a 100% money-back guarantee. If you’re not happy for any reason, we’ll refund your money. And we’ll even send you a return label via email.

What is CBD Isolate?

You’ve probably heard plenty about CBD oil by now, but do you know about CBD isolate? If isolate is new to you, you’re in the right place! Here’s everything you need to know about the purest form of CBD available. It’s great for making your own oils or lotions, and for cooking, too!

What is CBD isolate?

CBD isolate is 99% cannabidiol. During the extraction process, the hemp plant is broken down and all the active compounds and phytocannabinoids, including THC, are stripped away. What’s left is CBD in its purest form, either a crystal or powder, depending on the process used. It is tasteless and odorless, but very versatile.

CBD isolate makes it easy to measure exact doses. The weight of the isolate is exactly equal to the CBD content in milligrams (mg), so if you need 10 mg of CBD, just measure out 10 mg if CBD isolate.

How to take isolate orally

You can consume isolate orally by placing the desired amount under your tongue and holding it there for about 60 seconds. The CBD is absorbed by the mucous membranes and goes directly to the bloodstream. When used this way, the product doesn’t have to go through the digestive system and liver, so it provides relief faster than oils or capsules.

CBD isolate can also be used in vaping and dabbing.

CBD isolate topicals

CBD creams
Isolate is a great ingredient for many DIY CBD products. You can make your own oil by adding the isolate to MCT, grapeseed or olive oil. You’ll know exactly how much CBD you’re getting that way.

You can mix your own CBD topicals as well. Topicals with CBD give quick, targeted relief from chronic pain and inflammation. Many people have also found topical to be effective for a variety of different skin conditions, including acne and eczema.

Sunrise CBD offers a fast-acting, long-lasting pain cream, but if you want to try your hand at making your own CBD topical, here are some recipes for you with some guidance from CBD School. It may take some experimentation to get exactly the results you want:

Ingredients Needed:

Oils – MCT (flavorless), jojoba, almond, sunflower seed, avocado, coconut or olive oil.

Emulsifiers – Beeswax, soy wax, or candelilla wax.

Essential oils – Lavender, eucalyptus, almond, peppermint, tea tree, lemon, ylang-ylang. Choose essential oils depending on what you plan to use the topical for. A light oil (ylang-ylang) is best for a face cream; choose a warming oil for muscles (peppermint); for sleep, consider using lavender, which is known to promote good sleep.

Remember: A little essential oil goes a long way.

Salve

  • Heat 1 c. oil and 1 oz. of emulsifier in a double boiler (or pot filled with ¼ water brought to a boil, then simmered with a glass pot fitted on top of pot containing oil and emulsifier) until the emulsifier melts, stirring well.
  • Add 3 grams CBD isolate (or adjust to your needs) and simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally until combined. Make sure not to overheat.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  • Allow your salve to cool but not become solid. Once cooled, add the essential oils of your choice.
  • Once all ingredients are incorporated, pour your salve into your storage container (glass jars with a tight-fitting lid work best) and allow to cool completely before use. 

Cream

To make a cream, use the above recipe, but instead use ¾ c. oil and ¼ c. distilled water, and.5 oz. -1 oz. of emulsifier.

  • Heat oil and emulsifier together in a double boiler (or alternative) until wax melts, stirring well.
  • Add CBD 3 grams isolate and stir well over low heat until fully incorporated.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly before adding essential oils of your choice.
  • Slowly add water until your cream is desired consistency. 

Lotion

Lotions are even thinner than creams. Follow the recipe for cream above but use a ¼ c. oil and ¾ c. distilled water.

  • Heat oil and emulsifier together in a double boiler (or alternative) until wax melts, stirring well.
  • Add CBD 3 grams isolate and stir well over low heat until fully incorporated.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly before adding essential oils of your choice.
  • Slowly add water until lotion is desired consistency.

CBD isolate and cooking

CBD smoothie with isolate

Other ways to use isolate:

  •         Mix into your morning juice
  •         Add it to your coffee
  •         Use it as a smoothie ingredient
  •         Add it to dissolved sugar or agave syrup, for a CBD sweetener.

To infuse CBD isolate into your food, you need about an ounce of oil (MCT etc.). Use the double boiler method above. If you mix a gram of CBD isolate with an ounce of oil, you’ll end up with a mix that’s close to the amount of CBD in a bottle of 1000mg CBD oil. 

After you make an oil from isolate, you can add it into baked goods, pasta sauces and other kinds of sauces, as well as foods such as guacamole. You can also bake with the oil, but keep in mind, CBD loses most of its benefits at over 350°F. That’s why sauces and other types of foods that don’t require high heat are ideal for CBD oil.

Also keep in mind that when you get your CBD through food the bioavailability (the amount that gets into your body and produces the desired effect) can be lower than some other methods, such as straight isolate, taking the oil orally and vaping.

As you can see, isolate can be used in several ways, and if you do some research on the internet, you can find plenty of recipes and suggestions. All you need is to get the ingredients and get started!

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Sunrise CBD offers 99+% pure CBD isolate that comes from organic hemp grown in Colorado. Our isolate is organic, vegan, and gluten-free. Our products are always third-party tested and guaranteed to be contaminant-free. At just $21 per gram, it’s perfect for your DIY CBD projects! Order at https://sunrisecbd.com/product/cbd-isolate-powder/.

And, of course, if you don’t want to be bothered making your own CBD oil, we carry that, too! https://sunrisecbd.com/product/sunrise-cbd-oil/.

 

The Benefits of CBD

While CBD seems to have suddenly come on the scene, the use of the hemp plant (Cannabis sativa) in medicine is nothing new. However, hemp, in the form of CBD, is experiencing an amazing resurgence. Today, our customers use CBD as a natural remedy for many ailments including insomnia, depression, anxiety, migraines, acne, muscle pain, rheumatism, chronic pain and much more. CBD is similar to the chemicals naturally created by our bodies, so it helps reduce symptoms better than some synthetic drugs – without harmful side effects.

CBD is extracted from the hemp plant and is made into oil, cream, isolate, vape oil, and food. The World Health Organization concluded that naturally occurring CBD is safe and well tolerated in humans (and animals), and isn’t associated with abuse potential.

What are the benefits of CBD?

CBD study - health benefitsFor one, it could reduce the use of bezodiazepines for treating anxiety. Research and psychiatry professor Esther Blessing at New York University Langone Health did a review of CBD’s effects on mood. 

“Studies so far have shown that CBD of a specific dose is roughly as effective as drugs like Valium and other benzodiazepines in reducing experimental anxiety,” she told The Atlantic.

In 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Epidiolex (cannabidiol), a CBD formulation, for treatment for two severe pediatric seizure disorders:  Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. The FDA approved Epidiolex for children ages 2 and up. It is the first approval by the FDA for a substance derived from cannabis and also the first approved for treatment of Dravet syndrome

According to studies, CBD also helps treat or prevent:

For more studies related to CBD in the treatment and prevention of medical issues, please go to our CBD and Scientific Proof page.

The Benefits of CBD for Seniors

Seniors have discovered the benefits of CHD as well. They say the compound is an all-natural, non-habit-forming remedy for many ailments related to aging. Among the ailments are chronic Senior running - CBD Healthpain, glaucoma, arthritis, and cardiovascular disease. In an article in AARP, Mikhail Kogan, M.D., medical director of the George Washington University Center for Integrative Medicine, said he prescribes CBD for his patients. Cannabinoids, he said, are “safer than Tylenol or caffeine by tenfold. If you compare them to opiates, they’re about 10,000 times safer.”  

Forbes reported that a study of 1,000 seniors ages 54 and up found that 9% of seniors have tried CBD for health-related reasons. “51% of those that have tried it reported having an improved quality of life afterward. Over 65% of the seniors surveyed that tried CBD said that their quality of life was good, while only 31.1% said the same before trying CBD,” according to the article.

According to the study, conducted by Remedy Review, more than half of the seniors interviewed took CBD via oral drops. More than 60% of the seniors who tried CBD said that it helped reduce their pain, and 45.6% reported improved sleep quality. Seniors also reported having reduced anxiety, stress relief, and a more positive mood, the study found. Perhaps most telling is that 89% of the seniors who tried CBD said they would recommend it to friends and family for relief of health problems.

CBD Can Benefit Pets, Too

Animals also benefit from CBD’s therapeutic properties. It’s the reason we sell CBD drops for pets. Consumers report CBD helps relieve their pets of symptoms associated with inflammation, epilepsy, fearfulness, rheumatoid arthritis, anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), pain, nausea, glaucoma, and skin problems.

Our pets are much smaller than us and their endocannabinoid system more complex, so they tend to feel the effects more acutely than we do. Dr. Cornelia Wagner of the Hawthorne Veterinary Clinic in Portland, OR, suggests starting with the lowest amount possible and gradually increasing the dose every 5 days until the desired effect is achieved.

 

What is CBD?

CBD has been a hot topic lately because so many people have reported the compound provides therapeutic relief from everything from chronic pain to acne. There have been dozens of news articles and television segments. By now, almost everyone has heard of it:  But just what is CBD?

Flowering hemp plant

Most CBD (cannabidiol) comes from the agricultural hemp plant, a fast-growing member of flowering plants in the family Cannabaceae. Marijuana belongs to the same family of plants. While marijuana and hemp are similar in many ways, they differ in their phytochemical composition. Hemp has lower concentrations of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is the psychoactive compound in marijuana that gets you “high.” It has higher concentrations of CBD, which doesn’t produce the “high” of marijuana. CBD was first discovered in 1940, and is the second-most prevalent of about 113 identified cannabinoids in cannabis plants.

It’s important to note that CBD is NOT the same as marijuana and CBD from hemp is legal in all 50 states, while CBD from marijuana is not.

Hemp Oil v. CBD Oil

You may see hemp oil sold online and in stores, but hemp oil and CBD oil are not the same. While hemp oil is high in omegas, vitamins, and other nutrients, hemp oil is usually pressed from hemp seeds and contains no CBD. Our CBD is extracted from the entire hemp plant. We eventually end up with a compound that is 99+% pure CBD.

Because CBD is not yet regulated by the FDA, be sure to buy your CBD products from a reputable seller. Unscrupulous merchants will market CBD products with far less CBD (and sometimes more than 0.3% THC) than listed on the label. If the products aren’t tested in a lab there can be harmful chemicals and/or contaminants present. Sunrise CBD products are 100% pure and third-party lab tested so you can be sure there are no pesticides, heavy metals, residual solvents, and bacteria present, and the product is always THC-free.