Green Garden Gold CBD Review

CBD oil

Overall score: F-.  Shady, stay away

Green Garden Gold CBD oil

Short introduction

Green Garden Gold cbd oil reviews are hard to find online, especially ones not written by advertisers hired by the company.  We will give you an objective assessment of Green Garden hemp oil, cbd oil, cbd hemp oil drops and also review Green garden prices for their products.

Green Garden Gold CBD oil comes in the form of MCT Coconut oil.  Medium Chain Triglycerides are healthy fats that produce energy fast, similar to carbohydrates but without the blood sugar manipulating effects of carbs.  Also, coconut oil has other fats and constituents that provide health benefits and can be used orally or topically.  It can easily be mixed in food or drinks.

Green Garden Gold CBD oil is one of the more popular oils on the market, having been featured on several media platforms including:

  • iHeartRadio
  • High Times
  • TIME magazine
  • USA Today
  • Farma Health
  • Emerald
  • Cannabis Insider
  • Cultivating News
  • Ministry of Hemp

Green Garden Gold does very well at advertising.  They have products for children, adults, elderly, and pets.  They are able to market directly to children due to having fairly low CBD levels derived from hemp, but they have been cautioned by the FDA for their marketing practices.  They claim to have high quality control standards, an informative website, and transparency.  You can request lab reports or access them on the website.  We will look at their lab reports and also labs done by the FDA which tell a different story.

Efficacy of Green Garden Gold CBD Oil

Cannabidiol is a cannabinoid which has been widely studied.  It produces effects by binding to several receptors in the central nervous system.

Mechanisms of action of CBD
  1. CB1 receptor agonist
  2. CB2 receptor agonist
  3. GPR3 (inverse agonist)
  4. GPR6 (inverse agonist)
  5. GPR12 (inverse agonist)
  6. GPR55 (antagonist) receptors
  7. Serotonin 5-HT1A receptor partial agonist
  8. Allosteric modulator of mu and sigma opioid receptors
  9. Glitazone receptor agonist
  10. Inhibitor of fatty acid amide hydrolase, increasing levels of endogenous cannabinoids

Cannabidiol comes from the cannabis sativa, indica, and ruderalis plants.  It is the second most abundant and second must studied cannabinoid, behind THC.  Unlike THC, cannabidiol does not produce a high.  Does cannabidiol work?  Well, the pharmacological properties have been demonstrated and are not controversial in nature but are known facts.  However, many products which claim to have CBD, in fact have low levels which are not therapeutic.  GGG may be one of these companies.

Benefits of using Green Garden Gold CBD Oil

Will they produce an effect on your quality of life?  It depends on whether it is used at the right dose for the right ailments.  Some people will find no effect, others a placebo or nocebo effect, and still others will get miraculous benefits.  CBD oil is proven to be effective in certain childhood seizures, namely Dravet Syndrome and Lennox Gastaut Syndrome.  Interestingly, CBD was shown to be more effective than THC at stopping the occurrence of these seizures, indicating the psychoactive effect of THC may play little role in providing many of the therapeutic benefits of marijuana.

Disclaimer:  We are not dispensing medical advice.  The product featured here is intended for use as a supplement.  Our review does not provide medical advice about products which are intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Prescription CBD has been approved by the FDA to treat intractable seizures with a product called Epidiolex.  Prescription CBD may be tried by a doctor off label for the following conditions:

Epidiolex is the only legal CBD medication.  So, how do they sell supplements?

Used as a supplement, CBD is typically used for anxiety, sleep, and pain.  The information given here is not meant to substitute for your doctor’s treatment.  It is a supplement adjunct to traditional treatment.  If you need medical treatment with CBD, review your states laws and the requirements for qualifying for a prescription of two approved medical treatments containing CBD: Sativex and Epidiolex.  Unlike most of the CBD products on the market, these are guaranteed to actually contain CBD.

Overall Description

We are focusing on Green Garden Gold MCT CBD coconut oil; however, Green Garden Gold has a full-spectrum of CBD oil products and other CBD products.

Green Garden Gold MCT Coconut oil

Green Garden Gold MCT Coconut oil is made from European industrial hemp (GGG is based in Carrollton, TX, USA).  This is a red flag.  When looking for a CBD product, always use products which source their CBD from hemp grown in the US.

Justin Barrack, President and CEO of Green Garden Gold, described the product thusly:

“Are you looking for quality CBD to increase your overall wellness?  Look no further.  Hello, friends.  I’m Justin from Green Garden Gold, president and CEO.  We manufacture the highest quality of CBD products on the market to improve overall wellness and increase your quality of life.  In a short period of time, we’ve grown rapidly, serving thousands of customers nationwide and globally.  Our customers have discovered a natural and holistic way to dramatically boost their lifestyles and are using CBD oils in their positive daily health routines.  Our products begin with 100 percent organic hemp by best-in-class cultivators with no pesticides or herbicides.  The farmers monitor every aspect of production and our refiners are dedicated to the highest standards of purity.  Green Garden Gold products are GMP certified following Good Manufacturing Practices and are produced in FDA registered facilities.  To attain the best quality and safety, we list the exact amount of cannabinoids on the labels.  We test for quality assurance with 3rd party labs and these test results are available on our website.  Our CBD oil is produced using supercritical CO2 extraction in order to maintain and preserve the natural components found in hemp, including all cannabinoids, terpenes, and phytochemicals.  The extraction process allows preservation of active molecules so that we can pass along a full-spectrum products, ensuring our customers receive the entourage effect.  At Green Garden Gold, we’re at the forefront of the exciting world of natural hemp-based medicine and health.  We set the gold standard in the cannabis industry, best-in-class for all-natural products made from hemp plants.  To find out more visit www.greengardengold.com or give our customer support team a call 800-803-0167.  We look forward to welcoming you into the Green Garden Gold family.”

That was a mouthful, but he provided important details about the credibility and purity of the products, and so far, they check out very well.  However, there is some smoke and mirrors going on behind the scenes.  Later, we will look on social media and see what users are saying about the product.

spectrum hemp extract

List of Green Garden Gold CBD oil Products

MED PAC Hemp oil

Product description: “Med pac is blended with high quality hemp oil and MCT Coconut oil which has a myriad of its own health benefits.  MeD PAC comes in 3 flavors: berry, chocolate mint, or regular and is available from 300 mg all the way to 4,000 mg, which is our highest potency to date.  Green Garden Gold hemp oil is derived from organically grown industrial hemp plants with a high naturally occurring CBD content.  Our hemp oil is CO2 extracted then added to an easy to use dropper bottle where it is blended with MCT Coconut oil and all-natural flavoring before being sealed with a shrink band to ensure zero contamination.  Green Garden Gold uses a full-spectrum oil.  This means that our products contain all the synergistic cannabinoids, terpenoids, essential oils, and other compounds of the original plant so you can ensure that you’re getting what we call the entourage effect and full benefits available” (source video: https://greengardengold.com/product/med-pac-cbd-oils/).

VG Blended CBD Oils

Product Description: “Green Garden Gold’s vegetable glycerin line is our original and most popular line. These versatile oils are blended with all-natural VG and are vapable or can be taken orally.  These oils are available in a variety of flavors including strawberry, blueberry, regular, and more.  They range from 100 mg all way up to 1000 mg and have been sold in 2,000 stores nationwide.  Green Garden Gold hemp oil is derived from organically grown industrial hemp plants with a high naturally-occurring CBD content.  Our hemp oil is CO2 extracted, then added to an easy-to-use dropper bottle where it is blended with natural vegetable glycerin and all-natural flavoring before being sealed with strength band to ensure zero contamination.  Green Garden Gold uses a full-spectrum oil in their VG line.  This means that our products contain all the synergistic cannabinoids, terpenoids, essential oils, and other compounds of the original plant so you can ensure that you are getting what we call the entourage effect and full benefits available”  (source video: https://greengardengold.com/product/med-pac-cbd-oils/).

List of Green Garden Gold prices and products:

  • 24 Count Yummy Gummies
    • $39.99
  • CBD Dog Joint Formula Capsules
    • $39.99
  • CBD Ketones+™
    • $89.99
  • CBD MCT Powder+
    • $34.99
  • CBD Oil Capsules
    • $62.99
  • CBD Panidiol™ Joint Formula
    • $89.99
  • CBD Probiotic+
    • $29.99
  • CBD Yummy Gummies
    • $9.99
  • Day SUNRISE™ & Night MOONGLOW™ CBD SERUMS
    • $49.99 – $89.99
  • Doggy Be Good CBD Oil Drops
    • $35.99
  • Doggy Be Good CBD Oil Treats
    • $29.99
  • Gluten Free Doggy Be Good CBD Oil Treats
    • $32.99
  • Good Day CBD Salve
    • $34.99
  • Healthy Lifestyle Bundle
    • $154.97
  • HumanoFlow™ ( Male)
    • $19.99
  • HumanoFlow™ (Female)
    • $19.99
  • HumanoFlow™ & CBD Oil Capsules Bundle
    • $79.99
  • HumanoFlow™ CBD Infused Gel
    • $49.99
  • Pure CBD Crystalline
    • $29.99 – $399.99
  • Real Terpenes – Hybrid CBD Tincture
    • $69.99
  • Real Terpenes – Indica CBD Tincture
    • $69.99
  • Real Terpenes – Sativa CBD Tincture
    • $69.99

Ingredients for Green Garden Gold CBD Coconut Oil

Ingredients for Green Garden Gold CBD

  1. MCT Coconut Oil
  2. Contains MCT’s aka medium chain triglycerides, a type of healthy fat which provides immediate energy without yoyoing your blood sugar
  3. A dropper provides 9 calories from healthy MCTs
  4. Hemp extract (33mg)
  5. Contains CBD, but well below therapeutic levels
  6. CBD is the main anti-inflammatory cannabinoid in the industrial hemp extract. This is the active ingredient which provides relief from anxiety and pain syndromes without producing a psychoactive effect or other side effects
  7. Natural flavoring
  8. Green Garden Gold CBD oil Terpenes like myrcene add flavor
  9. Terpenes are known to boost the therapeutic effect of CBD
  10. Other non-psychoactive cannabinoids, but no THC
  11. Cannabinoids other than CBD and THC are known to aid in the therapeutic effects of CBD.

 How it works

Cannabidiol

CBD is cannabidiol which has been shown to reduce symptoms in seizure disorders and shows promise in treating many other discomforts, especially involving pain and hyperexcitation.

Terpenes

Terpenes like myrcene and limonene provide fruity scents and taste, and also boost the effect of cannabidiol and other terpenes.

 MCTS

Medium chain triglycerides provide a healthy form of quick energy that will not affect your blood sugar.  MCTs raise your good cholesterol.

Other Cannabinoids

Other cannabinoids in hemp oil also have some therapeutic effect, reducing inflammation and boosting the effects of the other ingredients.  This is called the ‘entourage’ effect.

Fatty acids

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Figure 2.https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/article/nutrition-articles/dark-side-coconut-oil-cautionary-tale-coconut-oil-extremists/

Coconut oil contains several saturated (saturated fats from natural sources like milk and animals are healthy in moderation, not to be confused with artificially saturated fat such as partially-hydrogenated oils) fatty acids with health benefits including:

  • palmitic,
  • myristic,
  • lauric,
  • caprylic,
  • caproic,
  • capric,
  • stearic acid

Coconut oil also contains monounsaturated, including oleic acid which has anti-cancer effects.  There are also polyunsaturated fats like linoleic oil, important for skin and brain function.

Hemp Oil

Oil derived from hemp will contain levels of other phytonutrients from the hemp plant.  Note however the trick GGG is playing on its customers.  The amount of ‘CBD’, for example, 500 mg, is actually the amount of ‘hemp extract’, which contains very little CBD.

 How to Use GGG CBD Coconut oil

GGG CBD dosage recommendations

Since you have coconut oil in a dropper, you can put a dose under your tongue, in your coffee, or on your skin.  A dropper full will have 10 to 33 mg of hemp extract.  It’s not clear how much CBD that is, but FDA tests suggests it is a negligible amount.  In generally however, one half to one dropper full will be a beginning dose to try if you know you are not allergic to cannabis products.  If you do not know, use one drop, wait 90 mins.  Then try a few more drops, wait.  If no bad reaction, continue with a dropper full and go from there.  Below is the dosages of CBD used for various illnesses to give you perspective on how you might use it for non-medical uses including anxiety, depression, minor aches and pain, or as an adjunct to your medical treatment as ordered by your doctor.  We are not dispensing medical information or promoting any particular product.  This is a skeptical review is about the use of a supplement for non-medical purposes and discomforts, not as a medical treatment to use for disease.

As a general rule of thumb, if you want to titrate above 300 mg for daily use, you should get advice from your doctor.  Therefore, taking Green Garden Gold cbd oil 350 mg in one day would best only be done under a doctor’s monitoring.  However, since the ‘300 mg’ means 300 mg of hemp extract, it is likely not going to have much CBD.

CBD extracted from industrial hemp is legal in most states of the United States so long as it contains no THC (below 0.3 %).  Green Garden Golds’ products should be legal in most states but check to see if it is legal in your jurisdiction before obtaining any product.

Manufacturer, Support, and Certificates:

Manufacturer:  Green Garden Gold has been in operation since 2014.

Green Garden Gold

3330 Keller Springs Rd

Suite # 201

Carrollton, Tx 75006

Phone: 800-803-0167

30 DAY NO QUESTIONS ASKED RETURN POLICY

You can also contact Green Garden Gold by filling out a form on their website here: https://greengardengold.com/contact/

You can get Green Garden Gold products right from the company at their site: https://greengardengold.com/shop/

 Certificates

Green Garden Gold certificate

Green Garden Gold displays third-party lab analyses to verify the strength of its products:

The following stamps are used by GGG to notify customers of its quality control measures.  Note, these are not official stamps or certificates as far as we can tell, except the last one which indicates a secure checkout system.  It is shady business practice for a company to make up and display its own quality assurance certificates.

CO2 certificate

This is used to show the product uses supercritical CO2 extraction which is supposed to produce a cleaner and more potent product.

hemp sourced stamp

This stamp identifies where the hemp is sourced, a factor to consider anytime you compare products.  This product comes from European hemp, which is a no no.

full spectrum stamp

This stamp indicates a product which contains the full entourage of cannabinoids, not just CBD, while still lacking THC (below 0.3 %).  This pseudo-certificate is for GGG to cover its back and claim they never said the 500 mg was CBD, it was ‘full-spectrum’.  However, a full-spectrum extract is preferred if and only if the company also verified the percent amount of CBD.

security stamp

This stamp indicates security measures have been taken to protect your identity and financial information.

Standout Features and Negatives

If Green Garden Gold has something above their competitors, I would start with the website.  It is well-done and extensive.  The President and CEO appears in a video to vouch for the products, unlike some sites that provide no information about employees, the company, location, or means of production.  Green Garden is one of the most transparent sites I’ve seen.  They even picture their main headquarters.  However, we will find out this is a red-herring.  Some companies spend everything on advertising and nothing on their product which is snake oil.

As far as quality control, they claim to use third party testing and post the results of lab analyses online.  All of these are good signs.  The products are also well-packaged and labeled which is very important for you to remain on the right side of the law.  These products should be carried in their original containers and boxes because they may smell like weed oil and in jurisdictions where that is illegal, this could get you in trouble even if when it is all said and done, the court rules that you were in the bounds of the law (this situation happened in the USA, all charges dropped but no reimbursement for the jail time the poor guy experienced).

Green Garden Gold vouches for its source.  Here’s where things get slightly tricky.  You will sometimes be warned to make sure companies you buy from source their industrial hemp in the United States.  Green Garden Gold sources its hemp from Europe.  They do not say where in Europe they get the hemp and though they follow all laws about importing and the quality of manufacturing, we don’t get full information about their growers, so they lose a few points for that.  Does this make any difference?  We won’t know until we look at the experiences of others on social media which we will do further down.

GGG has at least 24 products from balms to Green Garden Gold cbd, terpenes alone, and many other products so you will not lack for ways to take these products.

Another negative is that since this is a supplement and not a medicine, you have to do your own research and experimentation about how to use the product.  You can start with mere drops under the tongue to test for allergies or side effects and move on to half a dropper, then a dropper, always waiting 90 minutes to test effects.

Finally, two big X marks against Green Garden Gold, the FDA has cited them twice.

Does Green Garden CBD Coconut oil have any side effects?

Green Garden Gold CBD Coconut oil has few side effects.  Normal amounts do not contain enough calories to put you over your caloric limit for the day, although fats have more calories than protein or sugars.  Therefore, if you are going to cook with this coconut oil, measure your fat calories the same as you would with any other type of oil.  This oil is a fat, though a healthy one, but in excess can have negative health consequences.

CBD Safety facts
  1. Does not induce changes on food intake
  2. Does not induce catalepsy
  3. CBD is non-toxic
  4. Does not affect physiological parameters such as:
  5. Chronic use and high doses up to 1,500 mg/day of CBD are reportedly well tolerated in humans.
  6. Does not affect gastrointestinal movement
  7. Does not alter psychological functions.
  8. Does not alter psychomotor function

(Bergamaschi, Queiroz, Zuardi, & Crippa, 2011)

Possible Negative Side Effects of GGG CBD MCT Oil
  1. Toxins not listed on the label
  2. May not contain CBD
  3. Could put you in a legal grey area in some states
  4. Wasting of money on product with no CBD
  5. Allergic reactions

In general, CBD is safe and well-tolerated.  Doses above 300 mg should have a doctor’s monitoring.  Green Garden CBD coconut oil may not contain what it is said to contain and therefore could have negative effects, especially allergies to weed.

Pros and cons

Green Garden Gold CBD oil ProsCons of using GGG CBD
  • Transparent website
  • No overdose
  • Tasty
  • Popular
  • Natural
  • Can be eaten or applied topically
  • Contains full spectrum of CBD, other non-psychoactive cannabinoids and terpenes
  • Green Garden Gold provides 3rd party lab analysis
  • Non-addictive
  • Non-psychoactive
  • 3rd party lab results are available online
  • Lab tests for heavy metals and other adulterants
  • GGG has been cited by the FDA at least twice (see Q&A for details)
  • Contains little to no CBD
  • Marketing practices are deceptive
  • Some users say it’s not appetizing
  • FDA has found almost no CBD
  • Ingredients like only ‘hemp extract’ with no claim of CBD content
  • FDA has found a lot of off-brand CBD products do not contain the stated level of CBD, and some contain amounts of THC which are not indicated on the label, could be illegal or cause a failed urinalysis.
  • Due to deceptive marketing practices, and source outside the US, we label this a scam product

Green Garden Gold CBD Oil reviews

Review: A+.  “great flavors” (Green Garden Gold hemp oil)

Green Garden Gold CBD Oil review-A

This customer used Green Garden Gold CBD oil for her daughter and found that her daughter loved the taste.  She does not say that the product is effective.

Review: C. “Idk how much it helped or didn’t…”

Green Garden Gold CBD Oil review-C

This customer did not notice effects from the oil due to excessive fatigue.  This is consistent with the low CBD level measured by the FDA.

 Review: C-.  “…helps with falling asleep but during the day I still get really anxious…”

Green Garden Gold CBD Oil review C-

This patient is looking for relief from anxiety and has been bamboozled by this company.  Due to the deceptive labeling, it is clear that the company is aware that it is misleading consumers.

 Group Discussion Review: F-.  “Feel nothing.”

Green Garden Gold CBD Oil review F

This customer had nothing good to say about Green Garden Gold.  That is also consistent with FDA findings.

Questions and answers:

Is Green Garden Gold a scam?

Our research turns up two letters from the FDA accusing GGG of prohibited practices.

The first one accuses the company of making claims which make the product sound like a drug meant to treat a disease, which is prohibited for dietary substances.

is Green Garden Gold a scam

Figure 3.https://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/2016/ucm484947.htm

The FDA censured Green Garden Gold’s President and CEO for making claims that make their product sound like a drug.  Does this make them illegit?  It’s hard to tell from this letter, because the claims made do not appear overblown.  They aren’t claiming this is a cure for cancer, but that it can improve quality of life for those with illnesses.  Also, you have to realize the FDA is protecting the pharma-industry and their driving force is to make people take drugs which have to be taken out of a natural context to be considered a treatment.  This policy that is very bad for the health of a nation which operates in that way.  In essence, if you find a natural treatment that works with few side effects, in order to make it into a big-money drug, you have to get a chemist to change it into something which probably will have side effects and will therefore have to be carefully controlled with guns and tanks in residential areas (this has happened with the US drug war).

However, this doesn’t mean Green Garden Gold is off the hook, they were also mentioned in another FDA letter, this one examining the CBD content of their CBD products.

GGG lab results

Figure 4.https://www.fda.gov/newsevents/publichealthfocus/ucm484109.htm

These are the lab results the FDA obtained testing two of Green Garden Gold’s products.  These two products were found to have 0.079 % and 0.096% CBD respectively.  It will take us a while to do the math, but these are not therapeutic amounts of CBD.  The study found only two out of 25 CBD products had the claimed amounts of CBD, they are:

  • US Hemp Wholesale 25% CBD Hemp Oil Supplement Gold Label
  • Herbal Renewals 25% CBD Hemp Oil Gold Label

Very fishy and shady indeed.  However, you will notice both of these products specify 25% CBD.  Also, both companies making these products had other products which did not meet the requirements.  This suggests that these companines, including Green Garden Gold, are engaging in scandolous activity, because it means they know the products don’t contain therapeutic levels of CBD, that’s why they only put a mg amount of CBD on the label so that you get confused trying to do the math rather than saying how much CBD is in a dropper.  In fact, even on our ingredients list of Green Garden Gold, instead of saying how much CBD is in a dropper, it merely specified 10 mg to 33 mg of ‘Hemp extract’.  That’s the whole thing, and not all of it is CBD, so you can imagine the CBD levels must be barely detectable, and that is also what the FDA found.  As for GGG’s lab results, they may be either faulty or misleading.  You might have to move the decimal point way up, and you have the correct percentage, below 1%.

Conclusion

Grade:  F+

GGG is most likely bogus and a scam.  Stick with companies that get their hemp in the United States and give you a percentage amount or an easy to verify amount of CBD in the product.  If it merely says ‘CBD included’ without telling you how much, or only tells you in mg per bottle, that may be bogus.  Look for products which say specifically 25% CBD.  When they don’t say it specifically, it’s so that when they get busted, they can say, we merely claimed in contains CBD, which it does, just no enough to be effective.

Green Garden Gold’s website is impressive but it’s merely fraud which has already been investigated and censured by the FDA.  So, get your CBD elsewhere and review FDA findings before purchasing.

CBD oil disclaimers (please read, this is important):
General Medical Disclaimer: NCSM and its employees and partners do not represent the medical establishment and our information is not a replacement for your doctor’s advice.

FDA Disclaimer:  Use of CBD products with the exception of Epidiolex and Sativex have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA.  These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.Drug Screening Disclaimer:  While most CBD products claim to have little to no THC, it is theoretically possible to fail a drug test for THC.  This can happen because some CBD products have been tested to have far more THC than represented on the label.  Also, CBD is similar in structure to THC.

Bibliography

Bergamaschi, M. M., Queiroz, R. H., Zuardi, A. W., & Crippa, J. A. (2011). Safety and Side Effects of Cannabidiol, a Cannabis sativa Constituent. Current Drug Safety, 6(4), 237-249. Retrieved 11 11, 2018, from http://eurekaselect.com/75752/article

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