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While we’re still hearing about new research on cannabidiol (CBD), what’s been revealed so far is promising. Many people use CBD products to help with issues like insomnia and anxiety without experiencing the “high” you might associate with cannabis use.

Companies have clearly noticed that there’s an opportunity in the CBD space. That’s great news because it means these products are widely available. But there’s a downside.

Because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t regulate over-the-counter CBD products in the same way as medications, it can be challenging to figure out which companies are on the up and up and which are peddling bogus claims.

We’re here to help with in-depth reviews of CBD brands and products. In this article, we’ll take a deeper look at Ojai Energetics, a company that sells several types of CBD. We’ll examine their reputation, product quality, and transparency. We’ll also list some of their top products.

Ojai Energetics was founded in 2015 and is based — you guessed it — in Ojai, California. They claim that their products are fast-acting and highly bioavailable.

To date, the company hasn’t been issued a warning letter from the FDA. The FDA sends out these letters to CBD companies that make false claims or have poor business practices, so getting one is a big red flag. The fact that Ojai Energetics hasn’t been sent one is a good sign. The company also doesn’t seem to be involved in any pending lawsuits.

Ojai Energetics has a very respectable Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating of A. You can find out more about how these ratings are calculated here.

The company also says they’re committed to putting people and the environment before profits — running their servers on wind energy as an example.

It’s one thing to say you’re using the best ingredients and sourcing organic hemp, but that doesn’t mean a thing if you can’t back it up with real information about processing and sourcing.

Sourcing

Ojai Energetics says that their hemp oil comes from certified organic hemp flowers grown in Colorado. They don’t give specifics on their farm, though, so it’s hard to verify whether the farm is certified organic or just using organic farming practices.

The hemp elixir is certified organic.

Extraction method

The brand uses carbon dioxide extraction methods to get CBD out of their hemp. They claim that unlike their competitors, their proprietary technology maximizes bioavailability because the CBD is water-soluble.

Water-soluble CBD or nano CBD is CBD that has undergone a nanotechnological process. The process reduces CBD molecule size and coats the CBD molecules in a lipophilic coating. This may allow hydrophobic CBD extract to be more easily metabolized by the body’s hydrophilic endocannabinoid system.

Basically, the process is supposed to allow CBD molecules to dissolve in water so that you’ll experience the effects quicker.

However, research from 2016 and 2019 on this delivery method is limited and doesn’t necessarily support Ojai Energetics’s claims that their products are more effective than others on the market. So take the claims about bioavailability and fast-acting results with a grain of salt.

GMP certification

Ojai Energetics doesn’t seem to be certified compliant with the FDA’s current good manufacturing practices. Some companies choose to become certified by third parties, but it’s not required.

Testing

You can find batch-specific certificates of analysis (COAs) for all Ojai Energetics products here. Products are third-party tested by an ISO 17025-compliant lab. The detailed COAs list testing results for:

  • the cannabinoid profile
  • potency
  • pesticides
  • heavy metals
  • mycotoxins
  • terpenes
  • volatile organic compounds

Ojai Energetics sells just a handful of CBD products: a CBD oil, a topical CBD sports gel, and a CBD coconut oil. It’s not clear what type of CBD the coconut oil contains, but the other two products are both made with full-spectrum CBD. Full-spectrum CBD is a type of CBD that contains all cannabis compounds, including a small amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Each of the products is fairly low potency. Ojai Energetics claims that the water-soluble oil delivers similar effects to more potent products. However, like we mentioned above, there’s minimal evidence to support these claims.

Pricing is more expensive compared with other CBD companies. But Ojai Energetics does offer a financial assistance program for buyers with limited financial means. Potential customers are encouraged to reach out to the company by email.

There’s a star rating for each Ojai Energetics product on their site, but there’s no way to read individual reviews. It’s difficult to tell whether these ratings are legit or not.

A quick web search reveals a handful of positive third-party reviews. The company’s BBB page shows an average 5-star rating with a total of 19 customer reviews.

It’s a bit tough to find the return policy on the website, but we were able to find one with a little digging. The company claims to have a 100 percent money-back guarantee. Contact info is available on their returns page.

Pricing guide

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  • $$ = over $50
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Ojai Energetics Full Spectrum Hemp Elixir

  • CBD type: Full-spectrum
  • CBD potency: 250 mg per 30-mL bottle

Price: $$

This certified organic CBD oil is made with antioxidant-containing moringa and acerola cherry.

The company claims that their 250-milligram (mg) bottle of CBD delivers the same results as a bottle with 5,000 mg. It’s difficult to determine whether there’s any truth to these claims, especially since the website doesn’t display customer reviews.

Ojai Energetics Full Spectrum Sport Gel

  • CBD type: Full-spectrum
  • CBD potency: 100 mg per 30-mL bottle
  • COA: Available online

Price: $

In addition to CBD, the Ojai Energetics topical sports gel also contains arnica and a variety of essential oils like peppermint, eucalyptus, and clove. It’s soy, GMO, and gluten-free.

Like the company’s oil, it’s made with water-soluble CBD. As a topical product, it’s intended to be used for localized pain and soreness.

Since Ojai Energetics only sells a few CBD products, it should be relatively easy to decide which one to try. You’ll only need to decide whether you want a topical CBD product or a product you take by mouth.

A topical might be more helpful if you’re experiencing aches and pains in a specific area of your body. But CBD oil taken by mouth is probably a better choice for issues like insomnia and anxiety.

How you use CBD depends on the product type. If you’re taking an oral oil like Ojai Energetics Full Spectrum Hemp Elixir, you’ll use the dropper to place the oil under your tongue and hold it there before swallowing.

Topical products like Ojai Energetics Full Spectrum Sport Gel can be applied directly to the skin wherever you’re experiencing pain or discomfort.

Dosing varies depending on the individual. You might find that the amount that works for you is too much or not enough for someone else. There’s bound to be some trial and error when using CBD — especially if it’s your first time.

We recommend starting off with the smallest dose and working your way up to find what’s effective for you. If you’re unsure about dosing and need more guidance, read our guide on CBD dosing here.

Research suggests that CBD is relatively safe. Many people won’t experience any serious side effects. However, some may experience:

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

If you’re new to taking CBD, have a chat with your doctor to discuss if it’s the right option for you. It’s especially important to talk to your doctor if you’re on any medications, as CBD can interact with certain drugs.

You should also be careful about what you eat when you take CBD orally. Evidence suggests that eating high fat meals when taking CBD products can cause CBD concentration in your blood to increase. This can heighten your risk of experiencing unwanted side effects.

Finally, if you’re using a topical product, be sure to do a patch test before using it widely. To do a patch test, just place a small amount of product on the inside of your wrist and wait 24 hours. Then check for any signs of an allergic reaction, such as redness or irritation. If you do spot any, stop using the product.

While Ojai Energetics seems to be a reliable, trustworthy company, they do make some claims about water-soluble CBD that aren’t backed by a ton of research. And since their website doesn’t feature any written customer reviews, it’s hard to say what people think of these products.

The website is also somewhat tricky to navigate. Information that should be front and center (e.g., return policy) requires a bit of digging to find.

That said, Ojai Energetics’s products are third-party certified and comprehensive, and batch-specific COAs are readily available for customers to review.

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.


Steph Coelho is a freelance writer with chronic migraine who has a particular interest in health and wellness. When she’s not click-clacking away on her keyboard, she’s probably nose-deep in a good book.