FlowMode CBD vs Hemp Bombs Review

FlowMode CBD vs Hemp Bombs Review

FlowMode CBD vs Hemp Bombs 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

Hemp Bombs

Based in Tampa, Florida and established in 2016, they have established quite a positive reputation in the CBD market with a wide variety of products.

One of the impressive notes is that they are almost 100% vertically integrated. This means that they are directly involved in every step of the process from extraction and refinement of their CBD to the production and packaging of their final products.

The only thing they don’t do is grow their own hemp, which is sourced from organic US farms.

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: Draw

Vertical integration is never easy, and I’m very impressed by any company that takes it upon themselves to directly oversee as many aspects of their operations as possible. On the other hand, there are a ton of top quality products that we use everyday that are manufactured on behalf of companies by responsible contractors.

At the end of the day, regardless of who does the work, the quality of the final product is what really matters.

Products

Hemp Bombs

I would be remiss to write a review without mentioning the incredible variety of products they have to offer. Their lineup is diverse and impressive, and judging by the amount of users there is no doubt that these products offer positive results. They have products with a relatively low CBD content, all the way up to 66mg per dosage, which is quite high compared to most products available on the market today.

There is quite literally a product for just about anybody who wants something. Below is a short list of some of the more common selections in their product line:

Hemp Bombs Review

Hemp Bombs CBD Oil:

  • Potency: 125-4,000mg per bottle
  • Price: $25-300 per bottle
  • Ingredients: Broad Spectrum Hemp Extracts (CBD), MCT Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Hemp Oil, Natural & Artificial Flavoring
  • Editor’s Notes: I’m not thrilled about the usage of artificial flavors. The jury is still out on whether artificial flavors are a problem or not, with most mainstream sources saying that they pose no risk to human health whatsoever. I’m always wary of this type of information and tend to err on the side of less-is-more from an artificial ingredient standpoint.
Hemp Bombs CBD Oil

Hemp Bombs CBD Capsules:

  • Potency: 75-1,500mg per bottle
  • Price: $15-140 per bottle
  • Ingredients: Broad Spectrum Hemp Extract (CBD) 15mg, Calcium (Citrate/Carbonate) 25mg, Magnesium (Oxide/Glycinate) 25mg
    Proprietary Blend: L-Theanine, B-phenyl-y-aminobutyric acid, Magnolia Bark, Scutellaria, Passiflora, Gelatin Capsule
  • Editor’s Notes: Includes additional ingredients to support healthy mood and relaxation
Hemp Bombs CBD Gummies

Hemp Bombs CBD Gummies:

  • Potency: 75-1,500mg per container
  • Price: $15-140 per bottle
  • Ingredients: Broad Spectrum Hemp Extract (CBD), Proprietary Blend: L-Theanine, Scutellaria, Passiflora & Melatonin
  • Other Ingredients: Sugar, Corn Syrup, Gelatin, Citric Acid,
    Calcium Lactate, Silicon Dioxide, Natural & Artificial Flavors
  • Editor’s Notes: Includes additional ingredients to support healthy mood and relaxation. I’m not thrilled about the inclusion of artificial flavors
Hemp Bombs Pain Freeze

Hemp Bombs Pain Freeze:

  • Potency: 50-200mg per container
  • Price: $15-40 per bottle
  • Active Ingredients: Menthol USP 4%
  • Other Ingredients: Broad Spectrum Hemp Extract (CBD) – 50mg
    Water, Isopropyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Tea Tree Oil
  • Editor’s Notes: Includes additional ingredients to ease pain and inflammation

The above list only scratches the surface…they also sell CBD Syrup, CBD Lollipops, CBD Vape Pens and Vape Liquid, a whole line of Pet Products and even CBD Tattoo Ointment! I will have to do another whole Hemp Bombs review to get the rest of their product line.

FlowMode

FlowMode currently has a limited offering of two products:

Feel Well Natural Pain Relief CBD Oil

FlowMode Feel Well – Natural Pain Relief

Hemp Bombs CBD Gummies Review

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: Hemp Bombs

When it comes to sheer variety of products, they are clearly the winner, and by a large margin. My biggest question is whether or not all their products are really necessary, or if it’s more of an opportunity to stuff CBD into everything.

My love affair with CBD and belief that it truly does make most things better is competing with a healthy bit of skepticism on this one. At the end of the day, if somebody chooses CBD Gummies instead of Pain Freeze and it ends up helping them then that’s ultimately a good thing.

Winner – CBD Concentration per Bottle: Hemp Bombs (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 Hemp Bombs 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

Hemp Bombs CBD is in the isolate form, which is a highly refined form of CBD with no other cannabinoids present, especially THC. If somebody absolutely must be completely sure they avoid THC at all costs, then an isolate is the safest route.

That said, isolates sacrifice many important benefits offered by 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).

Highly refined cannabinoid isolates, as used in Hemp Bombs products, miss out on all those benefits. I don’t doubt that CBD isolate is effective, but I’m concerned that a good portion of the benefits are eliminated when important natural compounds are stripped away during processing.

I have to go with FlowMode on this one, as the Activated Glycerin Method of extraction is gentler on the raw plant material, preserving delicate compounds that more aggressive methods eliminate and destroy.

Independent Lab Testing

Hemp Bombs

All current test results are readily available for each batch of products, including tests for Cannabinoids, Pesticides, Heavy Metals, and Residual Pesticides. These tests are the most important protocols required for any plant-based supplement. Collectively, they 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 similar transparency, showcasing independent test results for each product.

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: Draw

Both brands provide the utmost level of quality control and assurance for their products. You can rest assured that when purchasing either brand, you will receive a product that contains only what is stated on the label and nothing else.

Customer Service, Perks and Return Policy

Hemp Bombs

I spent a long time studying every review I could find and it is widely reported that they have an excellent customer service team that does a great job at addressing questions and concerns quickly and effectively.

They offer a variety of discounts on a regular basis to email subscribers.

They offer a 30-day refund policy and will refund 100% of the purchase amount, provided you buy the product direct from their website. There is also a 30-day exchange policy, but beware, if you choose to exchange your product for something of lesser value, you will not be refunded the difference.

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

Customer service is a draw, but I feel that our generous Points program and industry-leading return policy give FlowMode a distinct edge in this category.

Summary: FlowMode vs Hemp Bombs 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.

That said, 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 Hemp Bombs review down the road at some point, as our product offerings grow.

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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