Half-Day CBD is a Chicago-based CBD company that primarily deals with derivatives. It is a company dedicated to producing the purest products that everyone can use. Founded by a brothers-in-law duo, the company has a fun and easy-going persona represented through bold colors and clean, contemporary design.
Half Day CBD believes in sourcing from local farmers based in Illinois, emphasizing working with established farms that maintain a completely pesticide-free environment. Their products are made in their own GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) certified facility. This enables them to maintain strict quality, purity, and potency standards. The company uses a solvent-less CO2-based extraction process for creating their own extracts from the CBD hemp biomass they procure from the farmers. Isolates are made using ethanol extraction. These extraction processes ensure zero contamination from harmful industrial chemical solvents.
These extracts are then processed into products at the company’s own facility and are also bottled in-house under the strict supervision of a licensed food safety manager. Thus the company maintains rigorous quality and purity control from seed to sale.
The products have the look and feel of a high-end lifestyle brand. The company has received favorable mentions in several media outlets, including Forbes, Buzzfeed, Reader, GolfDigest, and Thrillist.
Based on the numbers displayed on the company’s online store, the CBD salve is the number one bestseller. Made with natural ingredients like beeswax and shea butter, it contains 600mg of CBD to create a potent healing salve.
The catalog consists of various popular options like CBD gummies, tinctures, and smokables like CBD flowers and joints. They even have small pre-rolls called half joints in keeping with the Half Day branding.
The gummies are the second most popular in the shop, going by the numbers displayed on the website. There are various flavors to choose from, including fruity ones like watermelon, cherry, and strawberry. The gummies are available in both full-spectrum and isolate variations.
Full-spectrum means the product contains full hemp extract as it is naturally found in the hemp plants. Isolate means it has only CBD and nothing else. Choosing one depends on what kind of effects you would like to experience. CBD isolate has no flavor, while full-spectrum extracts will have the natural flavors from the plant matter and the terpenes that lead to a proper entourage effect.
The tinctures are based on MCT (Medium Chain Triglyceride) oil naturally made from coconut oil. It is a nootropic oil that is great for the body and mind. These are also available in the full-spectrum and isolate variety.
Only two strains of smokable flowers were on sale at the time of writing – Jupiter Midwest and Berry Blossom. The pre-rolls or joints do not have any strains mentioned, so we assume they are mixed strains. They are available in singles and in packs of 5, which come in a tin.
There are also various combinations that bundle items like gummies, tinctures, and smokables into package deals. These are good for trying out multiple products and saving you some money.
The product catalog is a small one, which allows the company to focus on the quality of individual products. Instead of going into as many CBD derivatives as possible, Half Day chooses to stick to the basics and maintain a consistently high quality for all of them. While it would be nice to see a few more smokable CBD flower options or perhaps a few more CBD edible types like chocolates, the current products are all well made, and the reviews reflect it.
Unlike some of the other small CBD brand stores, this boutique CBD company has garnered a serious following that loves to provide feedback. Each product has at least a few reviews, while the popular ones like the gummies and the salve have over a hundred reviews each.
The website displays the reviews upfront on the product page, putting the most positive and critical reviews side by side. This unique feature shows how confident the company is in its products.
The reviews are primarily positive, with only a few gripes. Customers seem to be quite satisfied with the potency, flavor, and effects, and there are hardly any complaints about the shipping or customer service. The company is prompt with its responses and seems quite active in engaging the community, always a good sign.
The company offers an opt-in email and text-based service that sends the latest offers and discounts to subscribers. A 10% discount coupon is given as a reward for signing up for this service. There are often one-off sales for stock clearance and limited-run editions like a spring-themed gummies pack.
The company has updated certificates of analysis from third-party labs for each batch of every product. All its products are compliant with the 2018 Farm Bill regulations.