As we've stated in other reports, the CBD industry is full of low-quality, highly-priced products. In 2017, it was reported that up to 70% of CBD products didn't contain what they claimed to, and newer reports show that things aren't much better today.
But CBD use doesn't have to come with risks or drawbacks.
That's because the diligent user has a better option: educating themselves with in-depth product reviews like this one. In an era of here-today-gone-tomorrow CBD companies, after all, it pays to listen to more established sources.
For this review we'll be looking into Quicksilver Scientific's Nanoemulsified Full Spectrum Hemp Extract (240 mg). Like ProHealth, Quicksilver is pretty well established in the health, wellness, and medical communities. They don't just make CBD, either - instead producing dozens of cutting-edge products in their own GMP-certified lab.
For now, though, the focus will be on their CBD. Quicksilver's Full Spectrum Hemp Extract will be reviewed in the following categories:
Quicksilver Scientific Nanoemulsified Full Spectrum Hemp Extract 240Purity: 10 out of 10
We've given this full spectrum hemp extract's purity a perfect 10 out of 10 for good reason. It's the result of GMO-free, nature-powered ingredients...and a proven devotion to science.
Quicksilver's hemp is organically grown and extensively tested (more on testing later). The rest of this particular extract's ingredients are equally pure: there's a
Another aspect of purity is a hemp extract's carrier oil. Though it may not seem all that important, the carrier comprises 90% or more of any given product and can make or break overall outcome! Interestingly enough, Quicksilver doesn't use a carrier oil at all - instead ‘carrying' their full spectrum CBD blend in a base of water, glycerin, and ethanol. The presence of ethanol improves bioavailability and makes this product a true tincture.
While Quicksilver Scientific may be fairly new to the hemp industry, they're not at all new to nutraceuticals. The fact that they manufacture every single one of their nutraceutical products in-house - in a cGMP facility run by trained chemists, no less - rounds out the brand's perfect purity rating.
Pricing: 8 out of 10
Even though CBD's prices are slowly dropping, the old adage you get what you pay for continues to ring true in some cases. This is one of them. Quicksilver's Nanoemulsified Full Spectrum Hemp Extract is a premium product...and it comes with a premium price tag.
The 240 mg extract we tested, for example, costs $45. That equates to over 20 cents per milligram of CBD, which is up to twice as much as many other CBD oils on the market.
Before you're scared away by the price, however, consider that Quicksilver's CBD might be more affordable when it comes to actually getting CBD into your bloodstream. How's that? Their products are nanoemulsified, which means their CBD component has been modified and made more compatible with the human body - on the molecular level.
An in-house study revealed just how much more compatible Quicksilver products were than 'normal' CBD: up to 5 times. Seeing as its products definitely aren't five times the cost of the competition's, Quicksilver's offerings may indeed by pretty affordable. Here's a visual representation of the consumer's true cost:
Flavor: 7 out of 10
While not directly related to your best health, a CBD oil's flavor is important. We, for one, would much rather take a tasty CBD oil than a not-so-tasty one. And after sampling this one, we'll be honest: it has a strong, spicy-meets-citrus flavor that may turn off some consumers. Basically...it tastes like medicine.
If you enjoy the mere feeling of taking medicinal products then this Nanoemulsified Full Spectrum Hemp Extract might be ideal. If you have a sensitive palate, on the other hand, you may want to select one of Quicksilver's other CBD products.
Testing: 10 out of 10
This is one of the major areas where Quicksilver Scientific stands out from the rest. Their products are extensively lab-tested, both for accurate cannabinoid content and for freedom from gluten and GMO's. Here are the details, in Quicksilver's own words:
Testing includes the following...as you can see, it's pretty comprehensive!
- Certificates of Analysis
- Potency Tests
- Heavy Metals Tests
- Pesticide Residue Tests
- Particle Sizing Tests
- Ingredient Identity Tests
It's also worth noting that Quicksilver is backed by Dr. Christopher Shade, an expert in environmental toxicity and how to prevent it. Why's that important? Because hemp is an accumulator plant known to store soil toxins. Growing hemp for bio-restorative purposes (as was done at Chernobyl) may be good for the environment, but ingesting plants grown suboptimally is not good for us.
Unique: 10 out of 10
In a market full of cookie-cutter CBD, Quicksilver does a pretty good job of standing out. Unlike many CBD oils on the market, this one doesn't come in a dropper bottle. Instead it's a convenient sublingual spray which makes hands-free dosing much easier. Indeed, seemingly everything Quicksilver does - right down to their packaging and website design - is unique.
Experience: 10 out of 10
In one word, Quicksilver's Nanoemulsified Full Spectrum Hemp Extract can be described as immersive. It only took one minute for us to notice that subtle mental shift that often characterizes CBD. While a bitter citrus taste may have still been lingering in our mouth...we felt good.
According to the company's scientists, this fast onset time is a direct result of their proprietary nano-emulsification process: "the absorption of many nutraceuticals and botanicals is limited in the digestive tract. Our groundbreaking self-emulsifying delivery system (SEDS) bypasses absorption constraints posed by the intestine, swiftly transporting soothing nutrients into your bloodstream and offering rapid support for overall comfort."
The difference between Quicksilver and the rest
Emulsification is a complicated concept to understand - but thankfully, feeling it is much easier. This type of nano-powered upliftment is likely to become a customer favorite, especially for those with anxiety or social stress. If lower-strength products have let you down in the past, consider Quicksilver Scientific's Nanoemulsified Full Spectrum CBD.
Thomas Wrona is a cannabis consultant, health + wellness advisor, and former professional athlete. He enjoys writing about all things CBD, both here and at Wrona Inc.