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Cannabidiol, or what’s commonly known as CBD, is a cannabinoid derived from the cannabis plant. There are multiple health and wellness uses for CBD, including soothing chronic pain and anxiety. It’s found in everything from beauty products to gummies.

Considering how popular the market is for CBD — even though the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hasn’t approved any over-the-counter CBD products — it’s important to understand what a quality product is and how to choose one. All CBD products should come with a recent and extensive certificate of analysis (COA) from a third-party lab.

FAB CBD is one CBD company that offers third-party tested, non-GMO CBD products. Let’s dive into the brand and its products.

Important CBD terms to know

  • Terpenes are plant compounds that are responsible for hemp’s aroma.
  • Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a cannabinoid that gives you a “high.”
  • Full-spectrum CBD contains all naturally available compounds of the cannabis plant, including THC. In hemp-extracted CBD, the THC will contain no more than 0.3 percent.
  • Broad-spectrum CBD has no THC but has all other natural cannabis compounds.
  • CBD isolate only contains CBD, so it’s free of other natural cannabis compounds.
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A Tampa-based company founded in 2014, FAB CBD has a small but mighty reputation.

Right now, the company doesn’t have a Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating. But it also doesn’t have any FDA warning letters and hasn’t been involved in any lawsuits. That’s a good sign compared to other brands that have been warned by the FDA or subject to lawsuits related to safety or quality.

Quality and transparency are vital to any great company. Here’s how FAB CBD stacks up in a few key areas.

Extraction methods

FAB CBD is fairly transparent about how it makes its products. Specifically, it states that it uses a CO2 extraction method to extract the CBD from its Colorado-grown hemp.

On the plus side, CO2 extraction doesn’t use any solvents, so you don’t have to worry about potentially dangerous chemicals being left behind in your CBD.

However, some say that compared to solvent-based extraction, CO2 extraction strips more terpenes from the CBD. That may be a bigger deal for full- or broad-spectrum products than it is for isolates.

cGMPs

As of now, FAB CBD doesn’t seem to be certified compliant with the FDA’s current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs). That doesn’t mean it’s not following cGMPs — all CBD manufacturers have to — it just means it hasn’t taken that extra certification step that may give consumers more confidence.

Third-party testing

FAB CBD third-party tests its products through ProVerde Laboratories, an ISO 17025 accredited lab. COAs are posted online, but they aren’t batch-specific, so it’s a little difficult to verify quality. The COA you see online may not be for the particular batch of a product you purchase.

Also, not all of FAB CBD’s products have COAs posted online. Though the company sells a few different flavors and potencies of CBD oil, only the COA for the 1,200 mg natural oil is posted online.

The COAs that are posted are comprehensive, displaying results for the cannabinoid and terpene profile, potency, pesticides, heavy metals, bacteria, yeast, and mold.

FAB CBD offers a variety of CBD products, including oil, gummies, cream, salve, dog treats, and superfoods. The products are full-spectrum or isolate-based at several potencies.

In comparison to other CBD brands, FAB CBD’s prices are comparable or more affordable. Prices range from $39 to $129. While the brand doesn’t offer special discount programs, it does have a loyalty program and a community discount that allows access to new products before they launch.

FAB CBD has many positive customer reviews on its website. Each product has a five-star rating with over 200 people per product weighing in.

On Trustpilot, the company has an average rating, but that’s because there’s only one five-star rating, so there isn’t enough data.

FAB CBD has a clear return policy allowing you to send products back in 30 days for a full refund.

Pricing guide

  • $ = under $50
  • $$ = $50–$80
  • $$$ = over $80
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FAB CBD Chews

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  • CBD type: Isolate
  • CBD potency: 25 mg per chew
  • Count: 30 chews per container

Price: $$

These CBD Chews are gluten-free, non-GMO, fruit-flavored, and vegan. They’re sweetened with organic cane sugar and tapioca syrup and made with natural colorings.

FAB CBD says these are made with CBD isolate, making them a good choice for anyone who wants to avoid THC. However, the COA shows the chews include a terpene, meaning they may align better with broad-spectrum CBD.

There are only 30 servings in each bottle, meaning if you want to take one per day, you’ll have to purchase a new bottle every month. They could get a little pricey after a while.

FAB CBD Topical Cream

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  • CBD type: Full-spectrum
  • CBD potency: 600 mg per 2-oz. jar

Price: $

This topical cream has a blood orange scent thanks to the natural essential oil. To use, simply apply it as you would any other lotion. In addition to CBD, it contains hydrating ingredients like aloe vera, cocoa butter, and coconut oil.

Be sure to do a patch test before you use this product, particularly if you have sensitive skin.

FAB CBD Natural Full Spectrum CBD Oil, 1,200 mg

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  • CBD type: Full-spectrum
  • CBD potency: 1,200 mg per 30-mL bottle

Price: $$$

FAB CBD oil is full-spectrum, so it has trace amounts of THC. The 1,200 mg bottle comes in five flavors: citrus, mint, natural, berry, and vanilla.

You can take this oil by itself. You can also add it to food or drinks. It has simple ingredients, with MCT oil as its carrier oil.

As mentioned previously, only the 1,200 mg natural oil has a COA online. We recommend only purchasing products that have a clear, comprehensive, up-to-date COA.

When choosing a FAB CBD product, consider:

  • How you want to take CBD. If you’re looking for something versatile, go with an oil. You can take oils sublingually (under your tongue) or add them to food or drinks. If you want something easy and convenient, a gummy might be your best bet.
  • What issues you’re hoping to target. If you’re dealing with localized pain or inflammation, opt for a topical product, like FAB CBD’s cream. If you’re looking for something to help with a whole-body issue, like anxiety or sleep, you might be better off with an oil or gummy.
  • Whether the taste of hemp bothers you. “Natural” or unflavored products can have an earthy taste. While some people enjoy this, others don’t. Flavored products use essential oils or other flavorings to mask the taste of the hemp.

Before you start using any CBD product, make sure you understand how to get the right amount for you. Effective dosages can vary a lot from person to person.

Often, the packaging will say how to use the product and what the recommended serving size is. But if you’re ever unsure, start with a low dose. From there, you can see how your body reacts and adjust based on your desired results.

Topicals can be tricky to dose. A good rule of thumb is to use about as much as you would with a non-CBD topical product.

While research suggests CBD is generally considered to be safe for use, it also has side effects that you want to look out for:

  • fatigue
  • diarrhea
  • changes in appetite
  • changes in weight

Talk to your doctor before trying CBD, especially if you’re taking any medications. CBD may interact with some medications.

Another thing to make sure you take into consideration when consuming CBD is ingesting it alongside high-fat meals. High-fat meals can severely increase CBD blood concentrations, which can increase the risk of side effects.

FAB CBD has a generally positive reputation and is fairly transparent about its products. It sells a variety of full-spectrum and isolate products. Although COAs are posted online, they aren’t batch-specific, and a few products are missing COAs.

The labeling on each product’s dosage is clear, and the website provides guidelines on how to use everything. With this information, it makes it easy for customers to know what to expect of their products.

If you want to try CBD, be sure to talk to your doctor first.

Is CBD Legal? Hemp-derived CBD products (with less than 0.3 percent THC) are legal on the federal level, but are still illegal under some state laws. Marijuana-derived CBD products are illegal on the federal level, but are legal under some state laws. Check your state’s laws and those of anywhere you travel. Keep in mind that nonprescription CBD products are not FDA-approved, and may be inaccurately labeled.


Robin Mosley is a Chicago-based writer. Her work has appeared in publications including Food and Wine and The Kitchn. Her work deals with food, gaming, or business connected to intersectional identities. You can keep up with her on Twitter or on her website robinmosley.com.