In a world where CBD companies are popping up like mushrooms after heavy rain, someone needs to maintain a watchful eye on the industry standards.
Given the loosely regulated nature of the CBD industry, many aspiring entrepreneurs want to capitalize on the booming market, forgetting what the whole CBD movement is about.
On one hand, HempWorx, a Kentucky-based CBD brand, appears to care about their customers from more than just a business perspective.
They emphasize educating people about the health benefits of cannabidiol and how it can help people relieve their symptoms.
HempWorx also uses domestically-grown hemp from organic farms and stays transparent about their third-party lab testing results.
This is great news.
On the other hand, there’s a lot of controversy around their multi-level-marketing program, which— to be honest— stays in stark contrast to what their mission statement claims.
Many cannabis community members are throwing stones at HempWorx, while others are standing still to defend the brand that has allegedly helped put an end to their health concerns.
Let’s verify the brand’s credibility first-hand.
HempWorx is an up-and-coming brand that produces their goods entirely within the United States.
They source their CBD from Kentucky’s finest non-GMO industrial hemp in collaboration with the state’s Pilot Research Hemp Farms, which is a good indicator that they care about quality standards.
The industrial hemp from Kentucky is known to be top-notch quality in the United States. Many savvy cannabis breeders believe that the unique soil content and climate within the regions create perfect conditions for growing better CBD-rich strains.
Many believe it to be better than hemp found in California and Colorado.
In addition, HempWorx uses an interesting business model. They’ve given up the idea of running their own advertising and marketing campaigns; instead, they branch out to other retailers (both store and online) as well as influencers to spread the word about their products on the market.
We’ll elaborate more on that business model later in the review.
For now, let’s take a peek at the brand’s strengths.
HempWorx Brand Highlights
The aforementioned business model has made us feel skeptical about HempWorx at the very beginning, but we’ve decided not to be too cagey and give them a shot.
As you browse their website, things will only get better because HempWorx seems to fit into the CBD pantheon like a glove.
Here’s everything you need to know about the brand:
1. 100% Made in the USA
The majority of CBD manufacturers outsource at least some components of their operation to the European or Asian market.
This makes it pretty hard to find a truly 100% USA company.
Fortunately, HempWorx has managed to stay fully American and keep their prices at a competitive level, which is great for those CBD consumers looking for a decent price/quality ratio.
2. Sourced from Kentucky-grown Hemp
Those companies who have a commercial agreement with Kentucky hemp farms are known to produce some of the best-quality CBD products in the country.
HempWorx is one of such manufacturers, so you can rest assured that you’re buying a legitimate product, not another “pure CBD” scam.
3. CO2 Extraction
CO2 extraction has become the industry’s gold standard for making CBD oil.
HempWorx uses supercritical CO2 extraction which separates CBD from the plant matter through multiple chambers with high pressure and low temperature.
It produces a pure and highly potent final product.
4. Wholesale Pricing
If you need CBD in abundance— like some of us—or you run a dispensary/CBD store, HempWorx offers incredible bulk deals on their selection of CBD goods.
As a retailer, you’re adding one of the best CBD products on the market to your shelves, and as a customer, you’re getting your herbal remedy without having to break the bank.
5. Buy 3 Get 1 Free
HempWorx tries to cater to those buying CBD oil in large quantities. If you need a monthly supply of CBD at a time, or you’re just curious about their line of CBD-infused products, this turns out to be an incredible deal.
Plus, HempWorx is one of the only brands to give such high discounts for non-wholesale buyers.
6. Surprisingly Fast Shipping
Since HempWorx does a lot of affiliate business with large-scale retailers, they have a wide range of CBD products available at any given time.
For average customers, this typically means no backorders and same day shipping, so that you can get your hands on the bottle of your CBD oil faster than with any other company.
Controversies Around the Hempworx MLM Program
As mentioned, Hempworx runs an interesting business model.
Some people, don’t seem to share the company’s enthusiasm about this approach and many folks out there are trying to discredit the company for their business efforts, seeing them as a money-hungry manufacturer.
Well, to be honest, this reputation didn’t come out of the blue.
The chief marketing focus of HempWorx is to find new affiliates to promote their products and create a network of trusted users who have had a first-hand experience with the company’s CBD oil and other CBD-infused goods.
There’s nothing wrong with affiliate marketing; on the contrary, it’s one of the most open and transparent marketing strategies these days because it involves real people testing the products and sharing their experience with their communities.
If a blogger/retailer/social media influencer recommends something that doesn’t work, they will quickly lose credibility and their online career will go down the drain quite fast, so it potentially leaves the greedy people out of the business.
We do, however, understand why some people might be so skeptical about Hempworx’s affiliate program because if you watch their “Compensation Plan” video, things start to get pretty dubious.
85% commission payout, cash bonuses of up to $100,000, iPads, new cars— these rewards can raise a lot of red flags if you’re not the type of promoter the brand is looking for.
Their affiliate program is more like a multi-level-marketing system in which you need to refer friends and family if you want to get free HempWorx products.
If you want to earn the above “rewards”, you must be a naturally-born, cold-blooded salesman.
Okay, but we’re not here to dwell on the ethics.
Let’s see if HempWorx CBD oil really has that “wow factor.”
HempWorx CBD Range
At the time of writing, HempWorx offers three CBD products in their collection: CBD oil, CBD topicals, and CBD for dogs (oil and treats).
We’ll start with their staple—HempWorx CBD Oil.
1. HempWorx Full Spectrum CBD Hemp Oil
When it comes to CBD oil and its different levels of potency, HempWorx follows the “less is more” rule.
The company offers their oil in two concentrations – 500 mg and 750 mg of active cannabidiol (CBD).
The oil is available in three flavors: Natural, Cinnamon, and Peppermint.
Our choice landed on the 500 mg Peppermint version and one Natural bottle to compare the flavors. We’re not huge fans of the natural flavor, frankly speaking, so we’re always on the lookout for a product that could finally turn us into fans.
Pros & Cons
|10 mg of CBD per dose (good for mild-to-moderate anxiety)||The Natural flavor is nothing special (just like your average CBD oil)|
|Lab tested for potency and purity||10 mg of CBD might not be enough for more severe conditions (we’d like to see 1,000 or 1,500 mg bottles in their store in future)|
|The Peppermint flavor makes the ingestion more enjoyable|
|Easy dosing (a single dose is defined as one full dropper)|
How to Use it
Like you would use any other CBD oil, simply fill the dropper with your recommended dose, apply it beneath the tongue, hold for 30-60 seconds, and swallow. Alternatively, you can add those hemp oil drops to your food when using the Natural flavor, but the sublingual method ensures a better absorption rate.
Our Take On the Product
We would recommend HempWorx CBD oil for everybody who has been using CBD as a routine daily supplementation or needs cannabidiol to tackle mild-to-moderate anxiety, pain, or other conditions that don’t require taking extremely high concentrations of CBD on a regular basis.
We could feel the effects within 30 minutes after the sublingual administration, with the calming sensation starting to show up at the center of the head, and reaching down the body for the ultimate relaxation.
Since this isn’t the highest potency level of CBD oil, the vibe you experience is clear-headed, with no confusion or drowsiness whatsoever. On the contrary, we felt like we were able to stay more focused for an extended period and thus get our daily routine done more effectively.
The drops are also great if you can’t fall asleep after a long day of work or when you’re in pain after that extra intense workout, so yes, it’s a legitimate product.
Just for the record, if you don’t like the natural flavor of CBD oil, opt for the Peppermint option. It simply makes the whole experience enjoyable and refreshing.
Price: $69.00/bottle + shipping
2. HempWorx Topicals
The HempWorx CBD topical range covers two beauty products (Renew Anti-Aging Cream, Revive Cream) and two healing creams (Relief Icy Rub).
As much as we admire the nourishing properties of hemp beauty creams, our main goal is to verify the therapeutic efficacy of CBD, so we decided to give the pain relief rub a shot.
Pros & Cons
|100% natural ingredients||Couldn’t find any|
|Provides a great cooling effect|
|Quickly absorbed through the skin
Helps relieve muscle tension, joint pains, and inflammatory pain
How to Use it
Rub the cream onto the affected area and observe the effects. If they’re not here after 30-40 minutes, you can rub some more and wait up to an hour.
Our Take On the Product
There’s been plenty of opportunities to test the efficacy of the Relief Icy Rub by our team members because each one of us is an active amateur athlete.
That being said, injuries and sore muscle are our daily bread, and sometimes, we just pray to heavens for effective pain relief. Unfortunately, most commercial muscle rubs provide very little relief, not to mention that the effects are short-lived.
HempWorx Relief Icy Rub, however, does the job perfectly. Not only does it bring up the cooling sensation to the affected area, but it effectively reduces inflammation and muscle soreness, which proves invaluable for the post-workout regeneration.
Most importantly, Relief Icy Rub is made from 100% natural ingredients, with no hazardous substances.
Price: $69.00 + shipping
HempWorx CBD Treats For Dogs
More often than not, you won’t persuade a person to start liking the natural flavor of CBD oil.
When it comes to CBD for dogs, it’s the same story.
That’s why we usually test CBD dog treats with our puppies.
HempWorx offers bacon-flavored cookies for dogs with 2.5 mg of CBD per treat.
Come one, what dog wouldn’t like a handful of bacon-flavored treats?
Here’s what we think of these CBD-infused goodies.
Pros & Cons
|Formulated by veterinarians||It’s still more of a treat than a medicine (given the dose)|
|2.5 mg of active CBD per treat|
|Free from wheat, soy, and corn|
|Delicious bacon flavor|
How to Use it
When it’s your dog’s treat time, grab a couple of cookies – depending on the go-to dose – and watch it devour the entire portion in the blink of an eye.
Our Take On the Product
Of course, we can’t tell you that we’ve had the first-hand experience of eating those dog treats, because hey, people already have CBD-infused gummies. Let’s not get THAT far with CBD edibles.
By looking at the rapidly disappearing treats from the package, we can already tell you they do their job perfectly. After all, CBD dog treats are designed to make your buddy finally enjoy cannabidiol.
Shaggy, our oldest dog, couldn’t resist eating those bacon-flavored goodies, not to mention that he’s now up and about for a couple of hours after consuming them, which was a rare view back in the days when he wasn’t good friends with CBD.
Price: $69.00 + shipping
Final Thoughts On HempWorx CBD Oil
While we’re not big fans of HempWorx’s business model – and, maybe, the problematic referral/registration system – we must admit that the brand sells decent-quality CBD oil.
They might not have the most diverse store, and as we said, their purchasing process could be much less of a struggle, but once your order gets delivered and you try it, it may prove worth that extra effort.
If you’re looking for CBD oil that is sourced from domestically-grown organic hemp, CO2-extracted, and backed by comprehensive Certificates of Analysis, HempWorx will live up to your expectations.