Balance is the key! This is the tag line of Mistatera, a Slovenian CBD brand who believe in prevention rather than cure. The name Mistatera comes from combination of Spanish and Latin words meaning ‘My balance’.
Currently this full-spectrum 500mg oil is their only product. They see it as something to be taken regularly. To add to life’s balance, rather than just as a response to specific symptoms. I like this ethos, but ever the cynic, it’s a great way to ensure use of their products. Having said that, in our busy lives a bit of balance is probably just what we need.
Some of the claims on their website promise quite a lot more than balance. Big claims from CBD retailers always make me a little wary because they are so hard to prove. In an industry when there are so many misleading and incorrect claims, I look for proven statements that demonstrate honesty and transparency.
Back to the Mistatera 5% CBD oil. The packaging is attractively trimmed with gold and coloured in plush shades of green. Inside, the oil is a surprising shade of yellow and contains 500mg of cannabidiol. At first glance it looks like a cloudy straw colour, but when you look closer, it’s actually more like gold.
Ease of Use
Mistatera say that they will send you both a dropper and a spray cap for you to select the one that works best for you. I only received a bulb-tipped dropper but this is a great idea. The dropper worked well although the cap didn’t have a child-safe seal and needed to be closed very tightly to prevent leaks.
When looking at the instructions and recommended intake suggestions, I found that the bottle, the box and the website each had different bits of information. There was nothing contradictory but some of the important details were only present on the website and not on the bottle.
There were some good suggestions on site. Like when to take different amounts which would be much more useful in the box. For me it’s crucial to have all the information you need in the same place. I don’t want to go back to the website to work out how much I should take.
Mistatera 5% – Taste
It has a pleasant flavour, it’s mild but full bodied and has very little bitterness. The hemp extract is suspended in an organic coconut oil which adds a smooth, rich texture. It also prevents the natural cannabis flavour from being too intense, leaving a taste of walnut and a hint of grass.
The coconut carrier oil wasn’t mentioned in the ingredients on the bottle or the box. I found it listed on the website, under an enthusiastic header which made a rather bold claim about the product. That it is the ‘Best CBD oil in the UK’. It’s great to see such confidence but I think that’s for us to judge!
Mistatera CBD Oil Effectiveness/ Potency
The strength felt like it was about right for a 5% oil. It’s hard to tell with the weaker oils, but having taken it for nearly two weeks I felt a positive effect on my mood and general well-being. There was no physical grounding sensation, which I have sometimes felt with stronger oils, but the longer-term effect was noticeable.
Value for Money
The price of a 500mg, 10ml bottle of 5% Mistatera is normally £49.99. At the time of writing it is listed as being on sale for £39.27. Even at the reduced price this is too expensive. It’s a good oil but I haven’t yet seen anything that makes me think that it should be sold at a premium price. £35 is more than enough to get you a high-quality 5% CBD oil in many online stores. I have already tested the BioBloom 4% that comes in at under £30 and Cibdol 4% which is around the £30 mark. Similar with the 800mg Love CBD Entourage Spray which is also available as a 10ml 400mg spray for £26.
I really like the flavour, branding and company ethos but to earn that higher price I would want to see more information on the extraction and farming processes. Ideally I would expect to see evidence that the hemp is organically farmed and has certification listed on an official third party website.
My experience of taking this oil was positive. However, when looking carefully at the accompanying information, I have some concerns. Many of the claims made on the site aren’t supported by clear evidence.
Mistatera claim ‘Best CBD oil in the UK’ is backed up because of their own statement:
‘In conclusion, the wide range of cannabinoids, lab analyses, multiple certifications and controlled natural origin contribute to the highest quality product.’
Wide range of cannabinoids and lab analysis – While there is a detailed lab analysis, it only conclusively shows CBD, THC, CBC and CBG. There may be traces of others, but the values were too small to register when tested.
These low values are marked on the certificate as BLQ (Below Level of Quantification). It isn’t made clear whether this has been used to show just low values or whether it also includes those that didn’t register at all. The analysis also shows that the sample had safe levels of bacteria.
Multiple certifications – The only certificate I could find was the lab report. There was a small graphic saying ‘premium certified’ but no information from the authority that issued it. Official third-party authorities issue certificates to show that the required standards have been met. I’m not aware of an authority that tests for premium qualities.
Controlled natural origin – The information on this was very vague. The website says that the product is made from resin but there were no details about how the resin is extracted or made. These are things that customers would like to know. The industry is moving towards embracing the need for transparency and provides more of this info.
I don’t agree with the description of this as a premium product, but it is a good oil. In order for me to want to get a second bottle, I’d need to see a reduction in price. Further to this, a revision of the claims made on the website and the addition of a child safe, leak-proof cap would improve their offering.