FlowMode CBD vs CBDistillery Review

FlowMode CBD vs CBDistillery Review

FlowMode CBD vs CBDistillery Review

There are tons of CBD brands out there, including a handful that are well established and more and more startups emerging every day. Sometimes it can be overwhelming to decide which brand will work best for you. The goal of this review series is to share with you in the most unbiased way possible how FlowMode, which is a relatively new brand as of this writing, stacks up against some of the most well established brands on the market.

In case it’s not abundantly clear, there is no way we can be 100% unbiased, as we sell our own CBD products! That said, we want to give credit where credit is due, and hope that this review will shed some light on the most important differences between our offerings and that of our competitors.

Your thoughts are important to us! We encourage you to leave your questions and comments at the end of this review.

About The Brand

CBDistillery

Based in Colorado and founded in 2016, they offer a large variety of cost effective CBD products and have made a name for themselves in the market. They source their hemp from organic farms primarily in Colorado and Kentucky.

Dedicated to transparency and members of the Hemp Roundtable, there is a QR code clearly included on each product label that users can scan to view lab results and the regulatory requirements that each product complies with.

FlowMode

FlowMode is based in Easthampton, MA and was established in April 2019. Although our brand is a newcomer to the CBD market, the founder comes from a 15 year background in pharmaceutical product manufacturing, and possesses a deep understanding of the importance of strict quality guidelines for the manufacturing and sale of consumable health and wellness products.

FlowMode products are produced from organic hemp grown outside Eugene, Oregon. Oregon is known for its tremendous soil and remarkable microclimates that are perfectly suited to growing hemp, resulting in quality that transcends even some of the better known growing locations in the US such as Montana and Colorado.

FlowMode products are formulated and packaged on our behalf by a manufacter that specializes in unique, small batch CBD-rich products and tinctures. Operations are run by a Master Herbalist with over 20 years experience.

Winner: CBDistillery

It’s very clear that they take their responsibility towards the consumer very seriously, as evidenced by their thorough involvement with the US Hemp Authority and ISO quality certification. Having come from an ISO 9001:2015 certified shop, I can tell you that the ongoing qualification process is not easy, or cheap.

I also really like the scannable QR codes directly on the label. In a matter of moments, a user can pull up the batch certification on their phone and view the lot details, offering essentially the most transparency possible with current technology.

Products

CBDistillery

They offer a good amount of oils, capsules, vapes and even isolate. Their products are available in a variety of dosages, range from 8mg up to 167mg per dose, the latter being a pretty massive amount of CBD per mL. Users who require a very high daily dosage will surely find this massive dosage quite convenient.

Below is a short list of some of the more common selections in their product line:

CBDistillery Review

CBDistillery CBD Oil:

  • Potency: 250-5,000mg per bottle
  • Price: $25-240 per bottle
  • Ingredients (Full-Spectrum): Fractionated Coconut Oil (MCT) and Full Spectrum CBD Hemp Extract
  • Ingredients (CBD Isolate): Fractionated Coconut Oil (MCT) and Cannabidiol (CBD) from Hemp Extract (Aerial Parts)
  • Editor’s Notes: They offer both full-spectrum hemp extract as well as a 0% THC version made with CBD isolate
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CBDistillery Capsules and Softgels:

  • Potency: 750-1,800mg per bottle
  • Price: $50-115 per bottle
  • Ingredients (Full-Spectrum): Fractionated Coconut Oil (MCT – Medium Chain Triglyceride), Full Spectrum Hemp Extract (Aerial Parts), Sunflower Lecithin, Gelatin (Gelatin Capsules)
  • Ingredients (CBD Isolate): Fractionated Coconut Oil (MCT – Medium Chain Triglyceride), Anhydrous Hemp Oil, Gelatin (Gelatin Capsules)
  • Editor’s Notes: They offer both full-spectrum hemp extract as well as a 0% THC version made with CBD isolate
CBDistillery Gummies

CBDistillery Gummies:

  • Potency: 1,800-3,600mg per bottle
  • Price: $60-99 per bottle
  • Ingredients: Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Corn Syrup, Organic White Grape Juice Concentrate, Pectin Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Natural Flavors, Colors Added (including Annatto, Turmeric, Grape Juice Concentrate, Red Fruit Juice Concentrate), Anhydrous Hemp Oil (Industrial Hemp)
  • Editor’s Notes: No full-spectrum version, PM version includes Melatonin. I would have liked more clarity on what “Red Fruit Juice Concentrate” means.
CBDistillery CBD Oil

CBDistillery CBDefine Skin Care Cream:

  • Potency: 500mg per container
  • Price: $50 per container
  • Ingredients: CBD, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Hemp Oil, Apricot Oil, Sunflower Oil, Almond Oil, Lavender, Frankincense, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Helichrysum, Aloe, Glycerin, Beeswax, Grapefruit Seed
  • Editor’s Notes: These ingredients are proven to be amazing for the skin. Helichrysum, a relatively uncommon essential oil, is thought to be one of the natural oil in existence for would healing and regeneration.

They also sell CBD Salve (good for post-workout), CBD Vapes, CBD Pet Products and Pure CBD Isolate, for use in cooking and drink making.

FlowMode

FlowMode currently has a limited offering of two products:

Feel Well Natural Pain Relief CBD Oil

FlowMode Feel Well – Natural Pain Relief

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FlowMode Sleep Well – Natural Sleep Aid

We are preparing to roll out 3-4 new formulas by Spring 2020 to address the requests of our users.

Winner – Product Variety: CBDistillery

There is no question that they have more items for sale than FlowMode. I appreciate that their product line still seems to maintain a focus of purpose and it definitely appears that there has been some thoughtfulness put into their offerings. Some other companies we have reviewed seem to have as many products as they can possibly get CBD into.

Winner – CBD Concentration per Bottle: CBDistillery (with a catch)

When it comes to concentration of CBD per bottle, they are the winner once again, as they offer more potent blends than FlowMode. For people who absolutely need a very high dose of CBD to receive the benefits they are seeking, these products may be better suited to deliver.

I also want to point out that there are many ways to accomplish the same goal. The guiding belief of FlowMode is to offer CBD based formulas that are prepared in a way that follows that ancient traditions of hemp medicine that have been used for millennia. Hemp and cannabis were not often used as a standalone substance, but rather in balance with several other medicinal herbs that provided complementary benefits.

Take our Sleep Well Master Blend, for example. Although the CBD content is lower than many pure CBD oil products, we also include Lemon Balm, Ashwagandha, Valerian and Nutmeg, all of which have a long history of supporting people with sleep problems. Our goal is to offer formulas that address issues with a multi-faceted approach, so that everybody will recieve some benefits, even people who may not respond as strongly to CBD.

I was glad to see, as I began my research for this CBDistillery review, that they also incorporate other ingredients in certain products, as we believe that CBD works best when used in conjunction with additional healthful ingredients. I would have liked to see this much more often, though.

Worst case scenario, if the US government shuts down the CBD market tomorrow, FlowMode products will still offer profound relief for the purposes they have been developed. CBD is one of the wheels on the bus, but it’s surely not the whole bus. We like to think that this future-proofs our products, because we offer so much more than just CBD.

Winner – CBD Quality: FlowMode

During my CBDistillery review I learned that they come in both full-spectrum and isolate forms, depending on the choice of the user. I would encourage people to choose full-spectrum if at all possible.

The isolate form, which is a highly refined form of CBD with no other cannabinoids present, may sacrifice important benefits compared to full-spectrum hemp extract. These additional benefits are related to other, lesser known cannabinoids including CBC, CBG, and CBN, as well as dozens of natural terpenes, all of which possess unique effects of their own.

FlowMode products incorporate CBD-rich full-spectrum hemp extract, produced using the Activated Glycerin Method. This is the tried and true herbalist method to ensure the highest potency extract from hemp. Although glycerin-based extracts yield a lower concentration of cannabinoids than an alcohol extract or an isolate, many herbalists believe that glycerites may actually exert stronger effects for the same volume due to the completeness of the “information” they contain (Reference).

Due to the Activated Glycerin Method of extraction, I have to go with FlowMode products on this one, as we simply haven’t found a better way to enhance the bioavailability of CBD extract than this.

Independent Lab Testing

CBDistillery

Current Cannabinoid profile test results are readily available on each product page, along with the ability to scan a QR code directly on the product label to access additional certs pertaining to each batch of product. Collectively, these documents ensure that products contain accurate amounts of active ingredients as stated on the label and that there is nothing that could potentially harm the end user.

FlowMode

FlowMode offers batch certificates on each product page.

It’s also important to note that although FlowMode products use full-spectrum hemp extract, independent lab testing confirms that THC content is below the detectable limit. Lab equipment for cannabinoid testing is extremely sensitive. This is essentially the same as saying that THC does not exist in the products whatsoever. You can rest assured that using FlowMode products will NOT cause you to fail a drug test.

Winner: CBDistillery

Both brands provide the utmost level of quality control and assurance for their products, but I want to give credit for the QR codes directly on the product label. That is a pretty sweet feature and one we hope to implement in the near future! It represents the best technology that we currently possess to share transparency with consumers.

Customer Service, Perks and Return Policy

CBDistillery

I spent a long time studying every review I could find and although there are tons of great reviews on their website (and some not so great reviews, which is a huge plus for transparency), the results on the rest of the internet are mixed.

I found that their current Better Business Bureau rating is a D- due to a pattern of complaints. This is what the BBB has to say about it:

” BBB files indicate a pattern of consumer complaints filed against this business. Consumers primarily report concerns around delivery issues, customer service issues and refund or exchange issues. Regarding delivery issues, consumers allege that after placing an order, they do not receive a shipping notification within the time stated on the website, and when they are provided a tracking number, it is not valid. Additionally, some consumers allege that when they receive their orders, the shipment is either incomplete or the products are not what they ordered. Similarly, consumers claim that they encounter difficulty when attempting to contact the business to request a refund or to check on the status of their order. Consumers state the business fails to return emails in a timely manner or even at all. Additionally, some consumers state they receive an automated message when calling that indicates the business will only respond to their call via an email message. Lastly, consumers allege that the business does not respond to their request to cancel their order and be issued a refund due to shipping delays.”

To read the full report Tap Here.

I want to be clear that I do not think this report is a black mark on the quality of CBDistillery products. What it looks like to me is a company that is growing rapidly and struggling to keep up with demand. I look forward to seeing how their rating changes as they get ahead of things.

They offer a variety of discounts and coupons on a regular basis.

They offer a 7-day refund policy on UNOPENED products only, The customer is responsible for return shipping.

FlowMode

FlowMode customer service is immediate, direct and effective. We are here to serve you and will do what we can to ensure that every interaction you have with us and our products is enjoyable. You can reach us via the contact form on our website, email, phone call, text, tweet or even FB Messenger. We love hearing from you!

FlowMode offers a Points program where every $10 spent results in $1 for you. There are numerous ways to earn more points by sharing our products on social media and with your friends and family. Our primary goal is to share the benefits of our products with as many people as possible, and want to make it easy for you to continue using them for as long as you choose.

FlowMode offers a generous 90-day, no questions asked refund policy. We recognize that everybody’s body is different and that natural remedies often take awhile to ramp up their effectiveness. Even if your bottle is completely empty, we are happy to refund you.

We do not ask for any product returns. Our hope is that you will gift any remaining product to a friend or loved one to see if it can help them. You’ll get your money back, and somebody else gets the opportunity to try our products for free…it’s a win-win.

Winner: FlowMode

I am disappointed with their poor customer service marks and very limited refund policy. Given all the negative press on CBD lately, it is extremely important that CBD companies do everything they can to offer consumers a generosity of spirit that transcends their normal online shopping experience.

Summary: FlowMode vs CBDistillery Review

I’d say that I did a pretty good job staying as unbiased as possible! We can’t be everything to everybody, and FlowMode is surely not trying to do that. FlowMode is focused on providing a curated selection of highly effective formulas that go beyond CBD oil to provide you with a wealth of benefits for your body and mind. I’m proud of our focus and the uniqueness of our products in a market crowded with a lot of lookalikes.

I appreciate any company that provides products that help people feel better and live happier and healthier lives. In this regard, I believe that this is more of a big fat “Thank You!” for their a role in supporting the wellbeing of consumers. Their products are helping and I applaud them for that.

I’m confident I will do another CBDistillery review down the road at some point, to follow up on the BBB findings and other details.

What do you think? Was this fair and balanced? I’d love to hear your questions and comments below!

Chris Morin
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