The label on this bottle of 50mg capsules proudly claims that “Medterra believes CBD should be accessible to all with quality you can trust”. To achieve this they’ve produced a range of high-quality products, including a CBD oil and a CBD Cream, made with isolate. Normally I prefer those made with full or broad-spectrum hemp extract, but Medterra has pleasantly surprised me so far.
My first impressions were positive, the lightweight plastic bottle is well-presented with enough detail to get you started. There is also lots of useful information available on their website which shows that they’re doing their best to demonstrate transparency.
In the container, you get 30 soft gel capsules each holding an impressive 50mg of CBD, which is a total of 1,500mg. The extract is suspended in fractionated coconut oil which is rich in medium-chain triglycerides to aid absorption. The capsules themselves are made with bovine gelatine making them unsuitable for vegans. The recommended serving is one capsule per day which means that I got a full month’s supply.
Who are Medterra?
Medterra are one of the first companies to launch a range of well-made, premium isolate products available in the UK. By using isolate they’re able to cut costs that can be passed on to their customers. To ensure that they still hit the highest quality standards they’re verified by the US Hemp Authority and use their CBD isolate to create a broad range of products, including oils, capsules and topicals.
Based in the USA, all of Medterra’s CBD comes from hemp grown in Kentucky. They use a variety of industry experts to ensure that their products are at the top of the market and that they use the latest methods in farming, extraction and quality control. In addition, they only use hemp that is free from GMO, pesticides and artificial fertilisers.
All of Medterra’s farms and products are fully compliant with the rigorous standards of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. In fact, they are so confident in the quality of their products that they offer a 30-day moneyback guarantee.
3rd Party Lab Tests
The third-party lab tests are easily accessible from the product page on the Medterra website. An example certificate is present for each strength but so far there is no way to access the specific certificate for your product batch. I prefer to see lab results from every batch, especially the one that relates to your product. For an example of a complete database of lab results, check out Endoca CBD oil.
The certificate for these capsules includes exceptional detail. I was also impressed by how they’ve fitted it all onto one page so you can take it in at a glance. It includes a cannabinoid profile, a terpene profile and an in-depth report of contaminants, including pesticides, residual solvents, microbials and heavy metals.
The only cannabinoids detected in the analysis were CBD and CBDV:
- CBD 50.8mg/capsule
- CBDV 0.1mg/capsule
This is slightly stronger than the 50mg shown on the label. I was surprised at the presence of the CBDV because it didn’t appear in the certificates of the other Medterra products I’ve tried.
The terpene profile was the only area that I found difficult to interpret. Next to all of the terpenes listed was the abbreviation ‘NT’. The only phrase that I could think of to fit it was ‘not tested’, which if correct begs the question as to why this section of the certificate was included.
The detailed contaminant screening showed that all possible contaminants were either not detected or below the quantifiable level. This means that everything falls within safe levels and there were no concerns.
Medterra Capsules Ease of Use
One of the benefits of using CBD in capsule form is how easy it makes it to take a precisely measured amount of CBD. Each one contains 50mg packed into a small, simple to swallow gel capsule. The bottle is relatively large but it still fits into most pockets making it an excellent, leak free way to take CBD with you.
Capsules offer a great alternative to strong tasting oils and these are no exception. There is very little taste at all and they are so easy to swallow they remain on your tongue for only a short time.
To try and enhance the absorption of cannabinoids, I tried biting the soft gel shell open to hold the oil under my tongue. It had a mild grassy flavour mixed with the barely detectable coconut from the carrier oil.
With 50mg of CBD in each capsule, these are the strongest I’ve tried. Most others range between 5mg and 30mg so I was very impressed with their potency. Because capsules are designed to be taken orally and swallowed, it makes sense to make them a bit stronger because only about 4 -20% of the CBD will survive your digestive process for use.
I followed the directions and took one a day over the course of a month. After taking it first thing in the morning, I felt some mild relief of anxiety and tension headaches. In the past, I’ve noticed very few effects from any capsules and usually recommend them as an option to take alongside other products like oils or e-liquids. In this case, I found that the capsules alone offered several useful effects.
Value for Money
A bottle of 30 capsules each containing 50mg holds a total of 1500mg of CBD and costs £69.99. That’s £2.33 per serving and about 5p per mg of CBD. That is similar to the excellent Hempura 300mg capsules and significantly cheaper than the capsules from Endoca.
It’s reassuring to see that Medterra’s “accessible to all” phrase isn’t just marketing speak but is backed up by a reasonable price. These are great value and all the more attractive because of how effective I found them.
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