We don’t see a lot of CBD brands that grow their hemp in Kentucky. And to be honest, we’re not sure why. Kentucky has been an agricultural leader for centuries. And while their biggest legal cash crop has been tobacco, they were always the leader in underground cannabis production. Which is kind of surprising given its political leanings. But when you think about it, Kentucky is a really fun state — despite some of its reputation. They make great bourbon. They also love horse racing and gambling. Oh, and of course they love smoking. For a state that is so staunchly in the Bible belt, they sure are good at sinning. So where does Medterra CBD fit in? Let’s dig in.
A quick company overview
Medterra CBD is a small CBD company founded in 2017. It’s based in Irvine, California. They are US Hemp Authority Certified and strive to make top-quality CBD products. The company has a medical advisory board, made up of a team of medical professionals, including veterinarians, to ensure that they create safe and reliable products for people and pets.
In an interview with Cannabis Business Times, Medterra founder Jay Hartenbach explains that Medterra initially started as a wholesale CBD company, partnered with GenCanna, a Kentucky-based hemp farm that specialized in isolating CBD. So they get their CBD from Kentucky. Most of the brands we cover source from Colorado, so it’s nice to see a change of pace. And for avid CBD consumers to see how this makes a difference.
When the Medterra team found that many retailers weren’t selling quality, well-priced products, they switched to becoming a retailer. They now sell products directly to consumers and have a reputation for quality and affordability. The company has been said to be one of the most affordable CBD lines, within their range and quality. And thanks the the 2018 Farm Bill, any CBD product with less than 0.3% THC is federally legal. So you can buy it online like you would any other supplement.
What products do they make?
Medterra provides a range of products, including:
- Pet products
Their products all have a range of potencies, with most being offered in isolate and in broad-spectrum forms. Most of their human products are flavorless, except for their gummies. Because no one likes a flavorless gummy.
Their flagship product is their flavorless CBD isolate tincture. This 30ml bottle contains over 99% CBD and comes in the following strengths: 500, 1000, or 3000 mg. The gummies are one of the most popular products and are often sold out.
The products are purpose-based and labelled to target your CBD needs. Letting you know fi they are for pain, better sleep or more focus during the day.
They were a brand that sold solely CBD isolate and broad-spectrum isolate, but recently, Medterra has introduced a new line of full-spectrum products that include THC. But unlike other full-spectrum CBD products which usually contain trace elements of THC, these contain 2mg. This significant amount of THC is meant to enhance the “entourage effect” of using the whole plant, making its benefits more effective.
What is the quality of Medterra CBD products?
Medterra’s reputation for quality seems to be justified. They manufacture their products in a certified Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) facility. The FDA regularly audits GMP facilities.
Medterra CBD is also part of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Industrial Hemp Pilot Program which means that the company must adhere to rigorous quality standards. The products are 100% organic and non-GMO. A third-party lab batch test their products. You can access the certificates of analysis (COAs) on their website, both on each product page and on a separate page.
In addition to the above, the company has an A+ rating on the Better Business Bureau.
Do Medterra CBD make safe products?
They produce their hemp extract using the CO2 extraction method, known for being a safe method of extraction. Their products are all third-party lab testing at ISO 17025-compliant lab, meaning that the lab also adheres to strict safety standards and is a good indicator that the lab results are trustworthy and accurate. The COAs are comprehensive. They test their products for a full cannabinoid profile and contaminants like heavy metals, pesticides and residual solvents.
What our experts say
“Medterra is a small CBD company founded in 2017 that claims to produce high-quality CBD products and has received an A+ on the Better Business Bureau. The brand has never received a warning letter from FDA which means that they are compliant to all the rules and regulations. Even the products are certified in Good Manufacturing Practices; however, the brand does not seem to have a third-party certification for this. Medterra is U.S Hemp Authority certified. The products are tested by an ISO 17025 compliant lab.
The hemp used to produce CBD products is sourced from farms that are also a part of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture Industrial Hemp Pilot Program. Most products offered by the brand are made with CBD isolate, but some also contain broad-spectrum CBD oil. The products are reasonably priced as compared to competitors. The company also has a return policy and allows the customers to request a refund within 30 days if they are not satisfied with the product.” – Dr. Neil Shah
Where do they source their CBD?
Medterra’s sources their hemp from Kentucky, through the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Industrial Hemp Pilot Program. Given that Mitch McConnell, the senator that pushed the 2018 Farm Bill through is from Kentucky, we thought there would be many more Kentucky-based CBD brands. But that doesn’t seem to be the case. They have the perfect climate and soil to grow high quality CBD products. We’ll see if more Kentucky brands pop up in the future.
What is their brand ethos?
Medterra’s brand ethos is all about transparency, quality and affordable pricing. According to Hartenbach, the company focuses a lot on building awareness and education around CBD. With a board of medical professionals, they pride themselves on being industry leaders in CBD research and education. They also want the product to be as accessible as possible and that’s why they have partnered with CVS around the country, looking to reach the mainstream market.
What are people on the web saying about Medterra CBD?
Medterra CBD product reviews online are overwhelmingly positive. Journalist reviews on both Healthline and Health.com are thorough and mostly positive. Americanmarijuana.org gave Medterra an almost perfect score of just under 5 stars.
A Canna Insider writes that the Medterra flavorless isolate tincture is one of the best they’ve tried and called it “the most flavorless oil I’ve ever tasted. It doesn’t taste like ‘nothing,’ but it’s pretty darn close.”
Gerald, a reviewer on CBDoilusers.com wrote, “My father has amyloidosis which there is no cure for. His body cannot handle chemo therefore he is striving for quality of life. Not only is it helping with the pain (no more pain meds), his appetite has increased drastically.” He thanked the Medterra employee who assisted him, finding her kind and compassionate.
It seems like MedTerra has a good customer service record. As well as a solid level of quality and returning customers. While the ingredient list is always important, returning customers is a great test of quality.
Would we recommend MedTerra CBD to a friend?
Yes, we’d recommend MedTerra CBD.
Overall, the evidence from users and journalists alike seem to point to Medterra being a reliable and reputable CBD brand. Their medical board and CVS partnership is a big confidence builder. While they aren’t the best known CBD brand, they seem to be building the right way.
Their accessibility, both in terms of pricing and availability in mainstream stores, make it easier for users to access their CBD products. It also helps that they have a wide range of products, including CBD isolate, broad-spectrum CBD, and full-spectrum CBD products.
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Sian Ferguson is a freelance writer based in Cape Town, South Africa and she has written for publications such as Healthline, Greatist, and Psych Central to name a few.