Review of Keola ‘Full Spectrum’ CBD Oil

Nature is wise to dress up its food for bees as flowers. I mean, think about it, it is advertising at its best. But what is it called when human consumers are lured by clever packaging and suggestive labels?

Directly from the Keola website: Our products provide one of the most effective CBD formulations in the world. Our Soft-gels contain the full-spectrum profile of all cannabinoids and terpenes naturally present within our high CBD proprietary strain of medical cannabis. Our full spectrum cannabinoid extract provides more than just CBD, it also includes things such as CBDA, CBG, CBGA, CBC, Terpenes, Amino Acids and B Vitamins – the benefits of these additional compounds are referred to as the “entourage effect”. Keola products contains less than .3% THC. This means no psychoactive qualities to our soft-gel caps. Our hemp is registered as industrial hemp with the Colorado State Dept. of Agriculture and manufactured in an NSF certified facility.  [Check out the chart and COA at bottom of article.]

This company’s website also contains this statement:

ALL NATURAL. BORN & MADE IN COLORADO.

Originating from the pacific islands, the name Keola means “the life, the health, the well-being.”

There is no Certificate of Analysis available on the website. I requested the full profile COA and received it in a matter of hours. The testing sample was clearly identified as the product in question and the lab is reputable.

Of the 10 pesticides tested, none were detected. Note that some labs test for over 50 pesticides.

The microbiology test for mold, pathogens and foreign matter was not presented in a COA. But there was a visual inspection. One of the largest issues in producing CBD Oil is mold and mildew, so a microbiology analysis is required to determine the true amount of mold and mildew and pathogens. People with compromised immune systems can get sick very quickly and die from molds and pathogens. The doctor at UNC Chapel Hill who treats my ex-husband who has acute lymphoblastic leukemia, which is in remission, told him to be wary of mold because it could kill him. Always check for a full micro on mold and pathogens.

The terpene results were included. The levels for each were identical at only 0.1% each.

Full Spectrum CBD Oil contains naturally present non-psychotropic cannabinoids and diverse synergistic terpenoids, with less than 0.3% THC, as required by law. 

The terpenes are present. The CBD level is 44.50 mg/g. However, there is no THC or THCA. This product is not ‘full spectrum’ as indicated on the label and packaging.

Why Full Spectrum is a better choice

The above link carries an article with research on Full Spectrum CBD as a non-opioid alternative to pain. The article also posits that less Full Spectrum CBD is better than Isolate CBD Oil. 

This chart indicates that the product has one analyte, CBD, which categorizes it as an isolate. On its own CBD reads to have the following properties: anti-diabetic, anti-ischemic (helps with blood flow), and anti-sporadic, neuroprotective, and vasorelaxant. For a full spectrum effect a full spectrum CBD Oil is needed. For example, to attain the full spectrum benefit for analgesic relief, a blend of both raw and lightly heated CBD is needed and it requires THCA, THC, CBC, CBD, CBN and CBGA for optimum results.

Concerning returns, the Keola website indicates that it is ‘risk free.’

It is not wise to use a product without full transparency. Insist on a verifiable full profile COA with any hemp product. Identify the testing lab with a header on the lab work. Do not accept a lab report without identifying language and contact information. Identify that COA with a correlating batch number.

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