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How To Find Affordable CBD That Won’t Break The Bank

Overview

If you’ve spent any time looking for CBD online, you may know that it’s the wild west out there. Prices can vary— sometimes by $100 or more— for comparable products. 

It’s worth the time to do a bit of research to,

  1. Figure out what product is a good fit for you
  2. Get a clearer picture of industry standards and prices 

The more you know, the easier it’ll be to parse cheap hemp products from high-quality, affordable CBD.

Here at Sunset Lake, we’ve put together a small guide to both give you an idea of our farm-to-table philosophy, and show you how we’re able to provide some of the most affordable CBD products on the market.

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Our Philosophy

The Price of a Milligram

CBD Oil Tinctures

CBD Gummies

CBD Hemp Flower

Our Philosophy: Affordable CBD Direct from the Farm

We’re farmers. We get up early, stay out late, and won’t pack it in until the work is done. That doesn’t leave us much time to do business with various supply-chain middlemen who insist on taking their cut. Instead, we’d rather save time, and more importantly, save you money by selling our CBD directly to you. 

It’s this guiding philosophy that’s seen us become a vertically integrated hemp farm. We process, sell, and ship CBD products made from hemp plants that we grow. This allows us to do two crucial things: 

  1. Produce top-quality, affordable (and some downright cheap) CBD products. 
  2. Guarantee that all of our products were grown without the use of pesticides, in sustainable ways, and produced with the help of well-compensated workers.

The Price Per Milligram (mg)

The real measure of CBD affordability is the price per milligram (mg.) Milligrams are the standard unit of measurement used across the CBD industry and will generally be used to designate recommended dosages. 

Beware of products that list milligrams of “hemp” instead of “CBD.” They may not actually contain any CBD. Be sure to look for a QR code on the product packaging or ask for the pertinent certificate of analysis. This third-party lab analysis will tell you about the cannabinoid (CBD) concentrations in a specific product. 

Learn more about certificates of analysis and how to read them here.

Finding the Best Affordable CBD Oil Tinctures

What is a CBD Oil Tincture?

Most CBD oil tinctures are made by combining a hemp plant’s flowers with ethanol alcohol. The alcohol dissolves off most of the valued cannabinoids. After the plant matter is strained, the ethanol is then evaporated off, leaving you with those valued cannabinoids. This is combined with a carrier oil, Sunset Lake uses MCT oil (Medium Chain Triglyceride), derived mainly from coconuts. 

Using a CBD oil tincture is as easy as adding a few drops to your favorite drink or meal. You can also take the tincture more directly by applying a few drops under your tongue and letting the oil sit for 20-30 seconds. 

Read more on how to use a CBD oil tincture here.

Affordable CBD Oil Tinctures: Price Per mg

According to a study by leafreport.com, CBD oil tinctures, on average, cost $0.12 per mg. Sunset Lake’s lineup of full-spectrum oil tinctures range from $0.03 – $0.04 per mg— a fraction of the industry average. 

Check out how we stack up against the competition below.

Company Product Price Price per mg
cbdMD CBD Oil Tincture Drops (750mg) $69.99 $0.09
Koi Naturals Koi Naturals Hemp Extract CBD Oil Tincture | Perppermint Flavor (30mL, 1000mg) $79.99 $0.07
CBD Distillery Full Spectrum CBD Oil Tincture (500mg) $45 $0.09
Sunset Lake CBD Full Spectrum 750mg CBD Oil (30mL) $29.99 – $24.99 $0.03

 

Finding the Best Affordable CBD Gummies

What are CBD Gummies?

CBD gummies (under the umbrella of CBD edibles) come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and potency. Because gummies need to be digested for the CBD to enter your system, they do take longer to take effect when compared to taking CBD oil or smoking hemp flower.

The biggest advantage of gummies over products with similar potencies is the taste. If you can’t stand the earthy taste of a tincture then CBD candy is the route for you.

Affordable CBD Gummies: Price Per mg

According to a leafreport.com study, CBD gummies, on average, cost $0.14 per mg. In other words, you can expect to spend 14 cents for every mg of CBD in your gummies. Sunset Lake’s gummies range from $0.06 – $0.07 per mg— half the industry standard. 

This is how we stack up against the competition:

Company Product Price Price per mg
cbdMD CBD Gummies – 750mg – 30 count $69.99 $0.09
Koi Naturals Koi CBD Gummies | Anytime Balance (600mg) $59.99 $0.10
CBDistillery 30mg Broad Spectrum CBD Anytime Gummies – 30 Count (900mg) $70 $0.07
Sunset Lake CBD CBD Gummies 1000mg pack (40 Count) $64.99 $0.06

 

Finding the Best Affordable CBD Hemp Flower

What is CBD Hemp Flower?

CBD Hemp flower is flower from a cannabis plant that tests under the federal limit of 0.3% delta-9 THC as laid out in the 2018 Farm Bill

While CBD hemp flower is visually and aromatically similar to marijuana, it will not make the user feel “high” or intoxicated. Instead, most users claim that it helps with:

  • Quality of sleep 
  • Feelings of anxiety 
  • Managing pain

For more on What CBD Hemp Flower is, how it may affect you, and its legality, click here.

Affordable CBD Hemp Flower: Factors To Consider

Unlike CBD oil tinctures and CBD gummies, hemp flower prices are relatively consistent across brands. There is still some variance due to things like:

  • Grow Scale – If you see qualifiers on your CBD hemp flower that says small batch or small grow, it’ll likely be a little pricier. The size of certain grows may justify the use of time-saving machines like tractors, increased machine trimming capacity, etc.

  • Farming Practices – It’s cheaper to grow more hemp flower using harsh pesticides, but it doesn’t necessarily make for a better product, nor does it bode well for the ecosystem in the long term.

  • Indoor vs. Outdoor – CBD hemp flower grown outside is always going to be more affordable than hemp flower grown indoors. While growing hemp outdoors presents its own challenges, growing indoors requires precise soil maintenance, use of several high-powered lights, and generally yields less flower overall.

Affordable CBD Hemp Flower: Price Per mg

Of all of our CBD products, we take the most pride in our hemp flower lineup. While it’s not for everyone, we toiled long and hard in our field to harvest the best flower we could. The resulting buds are gram for gram some of the most potent and most affordable CBD hemp flower on the market. 

Here’s how we stack up:

Company Product Price Price per mg
Plain Jane Lifter Flower – 1oz – 20.36% Total CBD (5,700.8 mg) $79.99 $0.01
Cannaflower Lifter Flower – 1oz – 19.5% Total CBD (5,460 mg) $109.95 $0.02
Cheef Botanicals Lifter Flower – 1oz – 10.94% Total CBD (3063.2 mg) $89.95 $0.03
Sunset Lake CBD Lifter Flower – 1oz – 18.58% Total CBD (5202.4 mg) $79.99 $0.01

 

A Note About “Cheap CBD”

Because CBD products aren’t regulated like medications, you should be extra vigilant about what you’re buying. Make sure you’re buying from companies who 

  • Invest in the proper third-party testing
  • Make their ingredients and processes transparent
  • Will respond to inquiries either via their website or social media

 

Updated 8/18/21

Sources: 

  1. Murray, Dana. “CBD Oil vs. Hempseed Oil: What’s the Difference?” Healthline, Healthline Media, 20 Mar. 2019, https://www.healthline.com/health/hemp-vs-cbd-oil.
  2. Degrandpre, Zora. “The CBD Market Consumer Research 2021 : A Guide to Become a Smart Consumer.” Leafreport – CBD Product Reviews, Comparison, News & Education, 21 Aug. 2021, https://www.leafreport.com/education/the-cbd-market-explained-a-guide-to-become-a-smart-consumer-3159#tinctures.
  3. “Farm Bill.” USDA, United State Department of Agriculture, 2018, <www.usda.gov/farmbill.>