Our team was ecstatic when we got the chance to review the original CBD oil that started the industry: Charlotte’s Web Original Formula CBD Oil. It’s a high-potency tincture filled with 1,500mg of CBD from full-spectrum hemp extract at a reasonable price. Customers can get it in its natural flavor or with mint chocolate flavoring. Team members reported feeling benefits for managing everyday stress and supporting recovery from exercise-induced inflammation.
Charlotte’s Web also offers a 100ml version with both mint chocolate and natural flavors.
Our team reviews CBD oil tinctures based on their quality, concentration, value, packaging, ingredients, taste, and effectiveness.
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30ml: 50mg/ml (1,500mg total)
100ml: 50mg/ml (5,000mg total)
30ml: $119.99 ($0.08/mg)
100ml: $274.99 ($0.05/mg)
Hemp Extract, Fractionated Coconut Oil, and Organic Mint Chocolate Flavor Oil (Organic Sunflower Oil, Natural Flavors)
Charlotte’s Web grows its own hemp in Colorado, while also supporting family farms in Kentucky and Oregon.
The company uses organic and sustainable cultivation techniques, including using cover crops, ladybugs as natural pest predators, and never using toxic or harmful chemicals.
Soil and irrigation systems are also consistently tested in the offseason to ensure the safety of an upcoming crop.
After harvesting, Charlotte’s Web uses Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) to extract the hemp oil for its original formula products, while using CO2 for all the other products.
Samples from every batch of products are tested by ISO-17025-accredited third-party laboratories, such as Eurofins.
The samples are tested for cannabinoid potency, residual solvents, heavy metals, pesticides, and microbes.
Charlotte’s Web prints QR codes onto the label of all their products so customers can easily access third-party test results.
The brand has received the US Hemp Authority’s seal of certification and a current Good Manufacturing Practice certification.
The 30ml Original Formula tincture contains 1,500mg of CBD in full-spectrum hemp extract.
Charlotte’s Web measures servings by 0.5ml—contrary to most brands—so they advertise their CBD oil as having 25mg per serving.
To keep measurements consistent with most other brands, we’ll look at the Original Formula tincture in terms of milligrams per milliliter.
According to the certificate of analysis, our particular tincture had 62mg/ml, which comes out to 1,860mg total.
Minor cannabinoids were also detected.
While that’s a large discrepancy, natural hemp extract can be volatile in concentration, and we’re happy to see that the amount of CBD is not less than advertised.
A note on the Original Formula supplement facts states that the minimum amount of phytocannabinoids is 25mg/serving (50mg/ml), indicating that Charlotte’s Web accounts for this volatility.
Nevertheless, a person taking significantly more CBD than they thought may potentially cause unexpected effects.
The Original Formula 30ml tincture costs $119.99, which clocks in at $0.08/mg.
Our team likes to see products, especially CBD oil tinctures, come in under 10 cents per mg so the Original Formula checks this box.
While it may not be the cheapest tincture, Charlotte’s Web offers a great price on a high-potency product that would go for much higher with other brands.
The tincture itself is a professional and sleek product with its nearly all-black look.
Unfortunately, when it came to opening and using the product, we were not as impressed.
The plastic safety seal on the dropper cap did not have perforation, making it difficult to open the tincture.
Once we did open the tincture, the droppers for one of our products did not work, forcing us to use a dropper from another product sample to use the Original Formula tincture.
From an industry leader, we would expect issues like this to happen very rarely, but according to consumer reviews, broken droppers were an ongoing issue for a while.
However, as of 2020, Charlotte’s Web seems to have overhauled their branding and production, so we’re more confident now that these minor complaints have been remedied.
Additionally, the droppers do not have measurements.
We’ve heard that adding measurements, usually done with an ink of some sort, is not the best practice, since the ink may erode and leach into the oil.
The Original Formula tincture’s label contains supplement facts, an ingredients list, suggested use information, and the batch number, which allows consumers to look up third-party lab results.
The ingredients in the Mint Chocolate-flavored Original Formula tincture are: Hemp Extract, Fractionated Coconut Oil, and Organic Mint Chocolate Flavor Oil (Organic Sunflower Oil, Natural Flavors).
This tincture contains basic, natural, and healthy ingredients.
We enjoyed the Mint Chocolate flavor of the tincture, as well as the faint scent it had.
The flavoring almost completely masks any hemp taste, but it does leave a slight mint aftertaste.
Compared to other brands, this flavoring is some of the best we’ve had.
Other flavored Charlotte’s Web tinctures with a higher concentration of CBD, such as their 60mg/ml tincture, have weaker flavor because the hemp is overpowering.
As for the oil itself, it is a dark, thick amber color.
We used the tinctures anywhere from one to two times a day daily for a couple of weeks, taking approximately 1ml in each instance.
After taking the tincture, our team felt more equipped to managing everyday stresses.*
We also found that the Original Formula supported recovery from exercise-induced inflammation.*
We also seemed to be in a better mood more often, which boosted our productivity.
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The Original Formula CBD Oil tincture is filled with the same hemp-derived CBD extract that started the entire industry.
Flavored with fresh mint and rich chocolate, this 1,500mg tincture packs everything you could want. Our team experienced help for managing everyday stress and support for recovery from exercise-induced inflammation.*
If you want the original CBD oil experience from the industry’s most prominent brand, you can’t afford to pass up the Original Formula tincture.
Charlotte’s Web makes high-quality CBD oil tinctures, and the Original Formula is certainly one of their best.
We love the high concentration of CBD that comes from full-spectrum hemp extract, and we’re glad to see Charlotte’s Web asking a reasonable and cost-efficient price.
Our team also was especially pleased with the mint chocolate flavor that was both refreshing and sweet.
While it’s not the most effective CBD oil we’ve tried, our team found worthwhile benefits that would keep us coming back for more.
With all of that said, we are more than happy to recommend the Charlotte’s Web Original Formula CBD Oil tincture.