Dixie Botanicals declares itself the trailblazer of the CBD business because it has a history that dates back to 2009. In fact, even before the Farm Bill movements started in 2014 and took four more years to be legalized, this brand was already in the picture. As such, it is recognized for, associated with, and given credit for many positive things in the CBD arena. Our review of the brand was fair since we identified several picks, but not without serious kinks that deserve immediate ironing. Some of the many things we like about the brand include its triple third-party testing philosophy, 30-day money-back guarantee, several discounts, and the association with a publicly-traded company, Medical Marijuana, as its parent company. However, we were disappointed that third-party lab test results were unavailable online, and the QR codes were not working. Besides, the customer care department appeared active but we got disappointed when we learned that it would take up to three weeks for us to get the requested lab reports. Still, the gummies’ average price point, $0.20 per mg CBD, was slightly higher than other brands. Here is the full review for Dixie Botanicals, 2022.
About the Company
Dixie Botanicals is a renowned CBD brand that sits at the top of other CBD companies in the USA. It has a history that dates back to 2009 primarily because it is associated with the publicly-traded Medical Marijuana Inc. as its parent company. Even though movements toward Farm Bill passing only came to be from 2014, Dixie Botanicals already existed, and we get our hats off for it. Unlike most US-based CBD brands that source their hemp within the US, Dixie Botanicals uses Netherlands-based hemp. The breeding, growing, and manufacturing processes are not cGMP or USDA-certified, but the facilities uphold high safety standards, especially because it received certification by the US Hemp Certification Program, an agency certification that ensures hemp growers and CBD producers follow stringent safety practices.
Dixie Botanicals takes pride in conducting third-party tests, including when the CBD is extracted from hemp, when the oil reaches the US Custom from the Netherlands, and after formulation with essential oils. Nonetheless, we could not prove this because the lab reports were unavailable online, and the QR codes were disabled. Still, we acknowledge its fairly extensive product line that includes tinctures, vape oils, gummies, capsules, and topicals. Moreover, they feature the three main formulations, including isolates, full-, and broad-spectrum CBD.
The following characteristics define Dixie Botanicals;
- Triple third-party testing philosophy
- Farms and manufacturing facilities are not USDA-certified
- Manufacturing facilities not cGMP-certified
- Extract formulations include isolate, full-, and broad-spectrum formulations
- Extract consumption methods include isolates, tinctures, gummies, topicals, and capsules
- Certified by the US Hemp Authority Certification Program
- Non-scannable QR codes on product labels
- An active customer care desk
- CO2 extraction method strips CBD of the hemp fiber
- Netherlands-sourced hemp
- Lab results not available online
From the first glance, one would struggle to locate information on the manufacturing process. However, with a bit of patience and continuing navigation, we landed on the information. Unlike most US-based companies that use US-sourced hemp from Colorado, Kentucky, and other farms, Dixie Botanicals sources its hemp from family farms located in the Netherlands. The farms are not cGMP- and USDA-certified, but they practice safe, organic farming techniques whose history dates back to centuries and does not include pesticides, fertilizers, and herbicides. As such, the hemp is safe, earning consumer confidence, and because they are CBD-rich and THC-low, they ease the industrial processes of concentrating CBD and tuning CBD to less than 0.3%, as required by the federal laws.
Following the harvest, Dixie Botanicals uses a highly-specialized, clean, and safe extraction process, i.e., CO2 extraction, to concentrate CBD and clear off the remaining THC. The resultant extract is non-intoxicating (THC removed) but rich in vitamins, healthy acids, fats, and terpenes. Moreover, it has other cannabinoids, including CBC, CBG, and CBN, all of which add to the entourage effect of the full-spectrum formulations. Currently, CO2 extraction is considered the safest and cleanest method of extracting CBD from hemp because its low thermodynamic threshold allows most contaminants to settle and be removed, assuring the consumers of more safety of what goes into their system. The isolate part of the extract is used to make edibles and dabs, while the CBD oil base becomes useful for manufacturing salves, edibles, oils, tinctures, and liquids.
After extraction, the brand runs formulations using essential oils, such as MCT oil, to boost CBD bioavailability once one consumes the extract. The products are then packaged and transported to ProVerde Laboratories, one of the highly reputable lab facilities in the USA, for third-party testing. The tests examine the extracts for actual CBD and THC content against what is indicated on the product labels. Like other reputable CBD brands, Dixie Botanicals facilitates for the extracts to be tested for standard contaminants, such as heavy metals, solvents, microbes, plant and animal residues, and pesticides at this level.
According to the company’s official website, the third-party results are continuously updated online. However, to the best of our knowledge, there were no lab reports online, and when we reached out to the customer service desk, the representative promised that they would be sent in three weeks. However, we did not get them throughout the review period. The site also states that one can scan the products’ QR codes to assess lab reports, but these, too, were disabled on the other end, making it impossible to view the results and compare them.
Customer & Buying Experiences
We liked our shopping and shipping experience with Dixie Botanicals. Ordering a product is a straightforward process of selecting them and adding them to the cart, and the orders are processed within the same day or the day after. Afterward, overnight or UPS shipping takes 7-10 days, and your orders will be delivered. If you want to understand how their shipping and return policies work, the details are at the bottom of the official website. Although accept most used and opened products and offer full refunds when claims are filed within 30 days, vaporizers are not accepted for the obvious reason-hygiene.
Range of Products
Dixie Botanicals boasts more than a decade and offers a fairly elaborate product line with;
i.Dixie Botanicals CBD Tinctures
Dixie Botanicals offers isolate CBD tinctures whose potencies are 8.33 mg/ml. They come in 1 oz bottles with up to 60 servings. The total CBD in the tinctures is 250 mg or 500 mg, while the prices range from $20.99 to $59.99, revealing an average price point of $0.08-$0.12 per mg CBD.
ii.Dixie Botanicals Topicals
You can now benefit from Dixie Botanicals topical products, including the 4-oz CBD infused cream with 100 mg CBD in the tube or the 50 mg salvation Balm, a formulated CBD cream. The balm is paraben-free and features beeswax, camphor, lavender, MCT, and cedarwood oils. All of them are water-resistant for up to 80 minutes and have an average price point of $0.22 per mg CBD.
iii.Dixie Botanicals Isolate Products
These are 99% CBD isolates and come in 1000 mg packages. They are decarboxylated, meaning that they easily mix in foods, vape liquids, and beverages without requiring further heating. They can also be dabbed and cost $50.
iv.Dixie Botanicals CBD Capsules
The 750 mg package contains 30 capsules, each having 25 mg CBD, and can be taken orally with water. They have MCT coconut oil as the base to make them more bioavailable and have an average price point of $0.11 per mg CBD (they cost $76).
v.Dixie Botanicals CBD Gummies
The isolate CBD gummies come in new mango or watermelon flavors, and each has 10 mg CBD. The 10-pack costs $20, while the 30-pack costs $44.99, revealing a $0.20 per mg CBD price point. The brand also offers chewable products called kicks, which have 5 mg CBD each and come in sour apple, mango, or watermelon flavors.
What We Like About the Company
Our review for Dixie Botanicals was not entirely negative. We liked several aspects of the brand, including;
- The triple third-party lab testing philosophy, including when the CBD oil is stripped off the hemp fibers when it arrives at the US customs from the Netherlands sources, and after formulation, assures quality, premium products
- Third-party lab tests include standard contaminants, including heavy metals, solvents, and pesticides
- The clean and safe CO2 extraction method used to strip off CBD from hemp keeps terpenes, healthy acids, fats, and vitamins intact
- The brand’s product lines offer a relatively wide assortment of items, including isolates, tinctures, gummies, topicals, and capsules
- Dixie Botanicals follows ISO guidelines, although the certification by this body is still pending
- The full-spectrum formulations help enthusiasts who long for a feel of full entourage effect have it
- The brand is certified by the US Hemp Authority Certification Program, an agency certification that ensures farms and manufacturing facilities follows safe standards and self-regulate themselves
- The farming practices are organic and sustainable and do not incorporate pesticides, fertilizers, and herbicides, ensuring consumer safety
- There is a free shipping arrangement for orders worth $100 and above
- The official website is comprehensive, only that it lacks details on lab reports
- Dixie Botanicals third-party tests are run by ProVerde Labs, a highly reputable lab in the USA
What We Do Not Like About the Company
Despite our major picks about Dixie Botanicals, we identified a few kinks that should be ironed for the company to win an even larger loyal customer service base and perform better in the CBD arena. Such aspects include;
- The QR codes on the product labels are unscannable, showing that the feature has been disabled on the other end
- The website had an informational gap because it left our lab reports
- The facilities are not cGMP-certified; hence consumers may not be sure of the safety of the products
- The farms and the manufacturing facilities are not USDA-certified, nor do they operate within the guide frameworks of the body
- Delays in receiving third-party test results, primarily because the customer service desk promised that it would take up to 3 weeks to get the requested la results for the ordered products
- Since the QR codes were disabled, one may not be able to view third-party test results
Our Overall Verdict
We liked Dixie Botanicals because it has more than a decade-old history in the CBD arena, engages in proactive activities, offers free shipping for orders worth $100 and above across the US, conducts three-step third-party lab tests, and has an active customer care desk. However, we were disappointed when we could not find lab reports online and when we realized the QR codes were not scannable. Even after promising to deliver lab results after 3weeks, the customer care desk did not live up to its word. Therefore, if Dixie Botanicals wants to maintain its reputation in the CBD domain and realize new business heights, it must attend to the areas of concern. Otherwise, we would still recommend the brand as one of the best in 2022.