This is the first of two reviews I will be conducting of the Columbia Care Platinum product range, kicking off with their flavoured CBD oil. Keep an eye out for my follow up review of the Columbia Care CBD softgels.
What Strength Is This CBD Oil?
The entire range comes as 10% strength, however the tincture sizes vary between 10ml and 30ml, therefore you will either get 1,000mg or 3,000mg CBD oil.
The product I’m testing out is the 1,000mg, 10% peppermint flavoured CBD oil. The lab reports can be found on the product page. Beyond the presence of CBD, there is also a small amount of CBG and CBDV.
The lab reports highlight that there is no THC present, being a broad spectrum CBD oil.
How Does It Taste?
The flavour is subtle, with a minty, cooling taste, much like chewing gum, as you would expect with peppermint.
There is no strong hemp aftertaste that you can sometimes get with some CBD oils. Some will have a bitter aftertaste, thanks to the presence of chlorophyll, however the team at Columbia Care have clearly done a good job of ensuring you won’t get this in the end product.
Who Are Columbia Care?
Columbia Care is a CBD brand with licenses in the US and the EU, while they have a base in London and utilise US organically grown hemp in their products.
The brand is a charter member of the CMC (Centre for Medicinal Cannabis), as well as the ACI (Association for the Cannabinoid Industry), while the brand has been featured in numerous guides and lists.
How Long Should This CBD Oil Last?
The expiry date on the tincture I have received is 12/23, meaning 21 months to use it up. This is a decent length of time, with most I receive having between 12-16 months.
In regards to how long the actual tincture will last until you hit the bottom, if you follow their recommended dosage of 8 drops daily (0.4ml or 40mg of CBD) then you should get 25 days worth of CBD.
While I happily take 40-60mg of CBD per day, if you’re new to CBD, you might not need this much, therefore you may want to take half this amount and then build up based on your personal requirements until you reach the optimal amount.
Remember that you shouldn’t have more than 70mg of CBD in a day according to the FSA.
Which Carrier Oil Do They Use?
Columbia Care use MCT oil in all of their CBD oil’s, which helps to carry the CBD directly to the bloodstream and mainly avoiding the first-pass metabolism process.
Increasing the bioavailability of the CBD you consume is critical in getting the best results and not wasting any, while MCT oil works much better than long chain fatty acids at passing the digestive system, being absorbed quicker and going straight to the liver.
Plus you have the added benefits that occur with MCT’s, such as an increase in energy and its support for your gut health.
Can I Add This To My Coffee?
I had a friend visit and they asked me this question when looking at the Columbia Care CBD oil, as they loved drinking mint coffee (I’ve never heard of that before).
I wouldn’t recommend adding it to your coffee personally, you can, but the ideal way to consume CBD oil is sublingually, meaning dropping it under your tongue for 1-2 minutes until a fair portion has been absorbed into your bloodstream, before swallowing the rest.
By adding it to a coffee or tea, you’re most likely drinking it directly and the bioavailability will decrease.
Where Can I Buy This From?
You can order the Columbia Care Peppermint Flavoured CBD Oil from their website for £39.95 in the 10ml version, or you can order the 3,000mg peppermint CBD oil for £89.95, which works out cheaper per milligram of CBD.
If you’d rather the unflavoured version, the price remains consistent, so you can simply opt for what you’d personally prefer.