Choosing a CBD brand is not easy at all!
The industry is saturated as ever, and the problem is that with the exception of a few, most are relative newcomers. That’s not to say there aren’t good brands though, as some European companies have been around 20 years or more!
But the problem with the already established ones is that they are way too expensive and for someone with chronic medical conditions, it’s just too expensive to turn into a habit.
And so, after much research, I’ve come across these two brands which are reliable and doesn’t cost a fortune either. Sweet!
This article is a detailed comparison of CBDistillery vs Lazarus Naturals, which includes everything from the ingredients used and the extraction process right to the buying experience.
Give this guide a read, if you’re stuck between these two and hopefully, it’ll clear all your doubts up.
CBDistillery was founded by Colorado natives (duh!) and they state that their mission is to manufacture and impart ” high quality, fair priced, hemp-derived CBD products,” which is exactly what we’re looking for.
They’re pretty well-established by now with 1500 retailers nationwide. They have recently been in the news for being a brand which provides excellent value for money, and I couldn’t agree more, but more on that in a little bit. Read the Full CBDistillery review…
About Lazarus Naturals
Lazarus Naturals started out in 2014 and is now based out of Oregon. They have slowly built their customer base to the point that they are now one of the largest CBD Company in the Pacific Northwest.
Their mission is to provide high-quality CBD products to whoever needs it the most, especially retired war veterans, people with disabilities, and low-income families for whom they offer a 60% discount.
So now that we have an idea of what these two brands are like and more importantly, what they stand for, let’s take a more in-depth look at how their products match up to each other.
Lazarus Naturals VS CBDistillery: 7 Properties Compared
CBDistillery grows its hemp in 900 acres of farmland in Colorado and Kentucky. Before the hemp gets converted into the CBD oil, they are subjected to five quality assurance tests. These tests occur at different times over the lifecycle of the plants to ensure they are safe and ready for consumption.
CBDistillery then uses CO2 extraction to extract the CBD oil. This is the best industry practice when it comes to CBD hemp oil extraction and is widely regarded as the purest form of extraction.
In keeping with industry standards, they also offer third-party lab results for all of their products. These results, testify to the potency and purity of the product, along with the lack of THC. Each SKU has its own QR code, which you can scan to find the batch results for whatever you’re ordering.
Lazarus Naturals Quality
Lazarus Naturals’ hemp is grown in the fields of Oregon, however, I don’t like the fact that they don’t do C02 extraction. Instead, they use a Kosher ethanol solvent to extract the active compounds from the hemp plants.
This isn’t exactly a bad process, and it can be totally productive and safe as long as it is done correctly and carefully. This will cleanse the product and rid it of any solvent residues or impurities.
They also have published test results for all their batches, which contain details on Purity, Heavy metals, and Pesticides. These test results are constantly updated for every new batch.
Result: CBDistillery – Winner
CBDistillery is the winner here again, partly due to their C02 extraction process and partly because they provide a money-back guarantee if their products aren’t up to your standards.
The maximum potency available is important because of two reasons:-
- Some people have serious health conditions like chronic pain, fibromyositis, migraines, epilepsy, which only respond to high doses of CBD. Lower doses might provide relief initially, but they lose their punch within the first few days.
- You can always take more than the recommended dosage to make up for the insufficient potency. However, this means you will go through the bottle or capsules twice as fast and hence, ideally, you should get the highest concentration possible.
CBDistillery’s CBD oil tinctures come in bottles of 30ml and 15ml.
The 15ml version has three concentrations:-
The real strength, however, is in 30ml bottles. There are two variants – 2500mg and 5000mg.
At 5000mg, this 30ml tincture is incredibly STRONG (with a 19% dose!)This is a massive amount of CBD, and this tincture will easily last you a few weeks or more.
Lazarus Naturals Potency
Lazarus Naturals high potency CBD oil tincture comes in two different concentration strengths – 750mg, 3000mg & 6000mg. 3000mg is quite sufficient for most intents and purposes.
Result: Lazarus Naturals- Winner
Thus, Lazarus Naturals is a clear winner when it comes to potency. If strength is most important to you, Lazarus wins by a little margin.
#3 MCT Oil Used
CBD oil is a fat-soluble cannabinoid, which means it is stored in fat rather than water. Fractionated coconut oil contains a lot of saturated fats – these are the ‘healthy fats’ unlike ‘trans fats.’
Dissolving CBD in coconut oil provides a lot of benefits, primarily because it gets metabolized faster and also, it can be added to any food or drink and can easily go with it without being out of place.
CBDistillery dissolves its hemp, which is extracted from aerial plant parts entirely in fractionated coconut oil. It is entirely vegan and gluten-free. It’s very easily absorbed, and one will start to feel the effects not too long after consumption.
Lazarus Naturals also uses fractionated coconut oil, but they also have a certain amount of hemp seed oil in some of their products as well. The hemp seed oil is a part of the hemp plant itself, and it allows for easier dissolution. If the products are flavored, they include some artificial flavoring as well.
Both of them use the same MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) oil and have roughly the same constituency and absorption time.
I tried out the unflavored 2500 mg variant. It definitely has a strong overpowering aroma of hemp and a definite skunky taste to it. Fortunately, there’s not much of an aftertaste, and it’s only the first drop which tastes bad.
The best way is to take the CBD oil under the tongue. And have a beverage like Tea, coffee or juice after it. The taste isn’t strong enough to overpower any other flavors, and it goes well with anything else.
Lazarus Naturals has a whole host of flavors – from Chocolate Mint to Vanilla to Tropical Breeze, which is somewhat fruity. While all these flavors are great, I really don’t like any additional ingredients in my CBD oil, especially artificial flavoring.
As a result, I got the unflavored one, which is a little more skunky than CBDistillery by itself, but again, when it’s mixed with food, it makes no difference.
Result: Tie (in my opinion)
It’s a tie for me as far as taste is concerned as both the unflavored versions pretty much taste the same, Lazarus Naturals being a bit stronger though. However, if you’re the kind that prefers flavors over mixing it with food, I would definitely suggest checking out some of the many flavors offered by Lazarus Naturals.
#5 Ingredients Used
There are primarily three types of CBD oils – full spectrum, broad spectrum, and CBD isolates.
Full spectrum means that the CBD oil is extracted along with every other cannabinoid compound in the plant. Thus apart from CBD, it also has every other naturally occurring cannabinoids and terpenes. There are a total of over 100 active compounds, of which THC might be one.
THC is the primary psychoactive compound in hemp, and most CBD oils contain miniature amounts of it. Broad Spectrum means that it is almost full spectrum with everything included, apart from the THC.
CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD oils, which has no other cannabinoids, terpenes as well as THC.
CBDistillery has both full spectrum options and CBD isolates for all of their oil strengths. However, the full spectrum one costs a little more than the CBD isolate.
To get an idea of how much THC is present in the full spectrum varieties, you need to look up the lab results for your particular product to see what the THC percentage is.
Lazarus Naturals, just like its competitor, also has both full-spectrum and CBD isolates (THC free) for all of its oil strengths. All the products are non-GMO, and as expected, the CBD isolates are marginally lower priced than the full spectrum ones.
Both of them use the same ingredients and have both types of CBD oils available. The quality of the ingredients, however, will depend on the conditions where they are grown and the amount of care and nurture involved in its farming.
#6 Customer Service
Excellent customer service to me is paramount in every brand, and especially when you’re dealing with CBD, there’s always a bit of uncertainty about when and if the product will reach you. Good customer service helps to allay that problem to a large extent.
They usually process all their orders within 2-4 days, and they arrive at your doorstep either in 2-3 days or in 4-5 days depending on the shipping speed you select.
You can return unopened products within seven days of receiving them. After that CBDistillery will verify if they were unopened and then send you a refund.
The customer service is pretty easy to contact via email, and they answer all your questions within 1-2 business days. My query was answered within one day, and I found them to be friendly and pretty dependable.
Lazarus Naturals usually ships your product within 1-3 business days. You can return your product within 14 days if you’re not entirely satisfied, but you will still have to pay for shipping.
You can email them, or you can contact them on their website by filling in a contact form, or you can get in touch with them over Facebook.
I found no significant problems with customer service with either one of these brands.
#7 Ease of Purchase
Overall, CBDistillery’s website is well-organized with ample information on every product and has very few flaws. You’ll easily make your way to whatever you’re looking for. Apart from that, there’s a BLOG and an FAQ page as well.
The simplistic design and functional interface make it an absolute breeze to browse through. You can even choose to create an account with CBDistillery so that you can save your billing/shipping information for future use. The mobile site is okay, but there’s definite room for improvement like the functionality to view multiple products at once.
Plus, there’s a 15% Off CBDistillery discount code you can use to get a hefty discount on their products which makes shopping fun.
The last time I bought a Lazarus product, it was from a retail store. But this time, I ordered through the website. Unfortunately, the website isn’t all that great. It looks a little dated and is lacking the finish of other brands. For example. The Shop section itself is weirdly organized, and it took me some time to find the product I wanted.
Despite the strange structure, there was no dearth of product information, and the checkout process was super simple and smooth, just as you would expect from any modern e-commerce store.
They will send you a confirmation email, an email verifying your order is processed, and also, a shipping notification with your tracking number.
Result: Winner – CBDistillery
The CBDistillery website just seems cleaner, and it looks more professional. I know I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but the cover of CBDistillery is definitely better.
According to me, CBDistillery is the clear winner among these two. While there may not be much of a difference when it comes to price, CBDistillery definitely won me over with that super strong 5000 mg CBD tincture.
Also, CBDistillery uses CO2 extraction, which is far superior to the ethanol-based extraction method employed by Lazarus Natural.
This guarantees greater purity of the hemp oil, whether it’s full-spectrum or isolate.