Cannabidiol (CBD) is ultra popular at the moment — and, unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it’s federally legal, which is great news if you’re interested in trying it out for yourself. But unfortunately, it can be tough to weed out the good from the bad with the mountain of products available on the market.
While we’re just starting to understand the ins and outs of CBD, the initial studies seem promising. There’s evidence that CBD products may have therapeutic benefits, like pain relief.
It’s crucial that you choose products from a reputable brand. But how can you figure out which companies are selling the good stuff? We regularly put out company reviews to help you find quality products from reliable, trustworthy sources.
In this article, we take a look at Medterra’s reputation, transparency, and product quality, as well as include a list of their top products.
Keep reading to find out whether Medterra is a brand you should trust.
- Terpenes are aromatic compounds found in plants, including cannabis.
- Flavonoids are compounds with anti-inflammatory effects.
- Isolate is a type of CBD extract that doesn’t contain terpenes, flavonoids, or other cannabinoids. It’s pure CBD.
- Broad-spectrum CBD contains all the naturally occurring compounds in cannabis except THC.
- Full-spectrum CBD products contain all the naturally occurring compounds in cannabis, including flavonoids and terpenes. Full-spectrum CBD also has a small amount of THC — up to 0.3 percent for federally legal products.
Medterra is a small CBD company based in Irvine, California. It was founded in 2017 and claims to place a premium on providing customers with high-quality, pure, potent, and safe products.
Medterra has a rating of A+ on the Better Business Bureau (BBB). You can find out more about how BBB decides on company ratings here.
According to our research, it seems that Medterra has never received a warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This likely means they’ve never made false claims about their products.
Medterra processes all of their products in a certified Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) facility that receives regular audits from the FDA. Their operations and supply chain specialist also audits suppliers to ensure cGMP standards.
However, the company doesn’t seem to be third-party certified in this area.
The company is U.S. Hemp Authority certified and explains that they strive to use the highest quality CBD isolate in their products. They also have a medical advisory board with medical experts (and veterinarians!) who help with research and product formulation.
All products from Medterra are third-party tested by an ISO 17025-compliant lab. This means that the lab has shown that they produce reliable and valid results. You can find batch-specific certificates of analysis (COAs) on each product page and on a separate page of the website here.
Comprehensive testing on the dedicated COA page shows you the cannabinoid profile, potency, pesticides, heavy metals, microbials, and residual solvents. However, the COAs on the product pages include fewer details than those on the dedicated COA page, which is a bit confusing.
COAs for some batches of a few products show higher CBD amounts than what you find on the label, but most of the products are close to what’s featured on the package label.
While the products contain some organic ingredients, Medterra doesn’t use organic hemp to source its CBD. The hemp plants come from farms that are part of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture Industrial Hemp Pilot Program.
Medterra sells a broad range of products, including CBD topicals, oils, gummies, and capsules. It even sells products formulated especially for pets.
Many of its products are available in at least two potency formats. All are guaranteed to be THC-free. Some are made with broad-spectrum CBD, but most are made with CBD isolate.
The company prides itself on offering CBD products that are much more affordable than the competition. While there are no discount programs available at Medterra, the company does sell a few value bundles. It also has a loyalty program where you can get points for every dollar spent and redeem them for discounts.
You can find many positive customer reviews of each product on the Medterra website. There are also a handful of reviews on third-party websites, which are also generally positive.
The company has a clear return policy on their website. If you’re unhappy with a product, you can request a refund (except for shipping costs) within 30 days of receiving it.
The website also includes easy-to-locate contact information if you need help for any reason.
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- CBD type: Isolate
- CBD potency: 25 or 50 mg per capsule
- Count: 30 capsules per bottle
- CBD type: Isolate
- CBD potency: 25 mg per gummy
- Count: 30 gummies per container
If you’re having sleep troubles, these strawberry-flavored CBD gummies might help. In addition to CBD isolate, they also contain sleep aids like chamomile, lemon balm, and melatonin. They’re free of high-fructose corn syrup and gelatin.
For best results, Medterra suggests taking one gummy about an hour before you head to bed.
- CBD type: Isolate
- CBD potency: 500 mg or 1,000 mg per bottle
Aches and pains can seriously mess with your quality of life. A CBD cream like Medterra’s may offer up some relief.
The menthol and arnica give a boost to the potent CBD product. The cream also contains skin-soothing extracts like aloe and jojoba oil.
- CBD type: Broad-spectrum
- CBD potency: 1,000 mg per bottle
This tincture is one of the few broad-spectrum products in the Medterra lineup. The bottles come with droppers with helpful measurement markers to make sure you’re getting the dose you want.
Because this is a broad-spectrum product, you’ll get the benefits of additional cannabinoids and natural terpenes.
- CBD potency: CBD isolate
- CBD potency: 500, 1000, or 3,000 mg per bottle
This Medterra product is one of the company’s most popular offerings, and it has overwhelmingly positive reviews. If you’re not up for swallowing capsules and aren’t into gummies, this tincture is an easy-to-use alternative.
This tincture is unflavored, so it may have an earthy flavor. If that bothers you, you might be better off with the flavored broad-spectrum tincture.
If you’re itching to try Medterra’s CBD products but don’t know where to start, try out the quiz on their homepage. It’ll help you zero in on the right CBD option for your needs.
The quiz takes any special needs into consideration. For example, do you need help getting to sleep? Or are you looking to ease some type of discomfort? A series of other questions will help narrow down your choices, so you’re not stuck needlessly scrolling through the product listings.
We recommend settling on a product with detailed COA that includes contaminant testing.
Medterra offers a variety of CBD products like creams, tinctures, and capsules.
Take a tincture by using a dropper to place a serving under your tongue. Take capsules like you would any pill — just swallow and go. Creams and other topicals get massaged into the skin and are ideal for targeted pain relief.
Dosing depends on the individual, so what works for someone else might not work for you. Expect some trial and error, especially if this is your first time trying CBD. Your best bet is to start with a low dose and work your way up to find the right dosage.
Most of what we know about CBD points to it being relatively safe, though research shows some people might experience side effects, including:
- changes in appetite and weight
Research has shown that you’re more likely to experience the above side effects if you take CBD alongside a high fat meal. So it’s best to avoid taking any form of CBD with fatty foods.
Check with your doctor before trying CBD, especially if you’re on any medications, since CBD may interact with certain drugs.
Medterra has a wide range of CBD product offerings for both you and your furry pals. Their website makes it easy to find out how they source their hemp and extract their CBD isolate.
CBD isolate products are great if you want to avoid THC. Medterra also offers a couple broad-spectrum products if you want to get additional benefits from other cannabis compounds.
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.