How Is CBD Oil So Expensive?

Why is CBD Oil So Expensive?

Revised April 2022

More and more people are discovering cannabidiol (CBD) oil, an extract from the hemp plant. And with more than 2,000 CBD supplements on the market, supplement companies are clearly responding to the increased demand. So why is that with such a high supply of products to choose from CBD oil remains so expensive?

Just as with other things in life, when it comes to CBD oil, you get what you pay for. This means you can expect to pay more for a top-shelf, premium CBD oil, the truth is. However, once you understand everything that goes into creating a high-quality CBD oil, CBD oil prices probably won’t seem quite as high to you. In other words, CBD oil is actually not that expensive, especially when you consider the value of its long-term health benefits.

Keep reading to learn more about the manufacturing process and other factors that influence the cost of CBD oil.

How Much Does CBD Oil Cost?

Before we dive into what goes into making CBD, let’s take a brief look at this wonder-cannabinoid. 

Cannabinoids are fat-based compounds produced in the cannabis sativa plant which interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) known for its regulation of critical bodily functions such as sleep, inflammation, immune responses, pain control, cognition, and memory. 

What is CBD Oil?

Out of the over 120 different kinds of cannabinoids,  two of them garner the most attention — THC and CBD — as they exist in much higher quantities compared to the others. Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive. It has also been shown to exert a great deal of therapeutic value. The reported benefits of CBD include reducing inflammation, anticonvulsant effects in epilepsy patients, cancer-fighting benefits, managing anxiety, and analgesic (painkilling) benefits. 

CBD is legal at the federal level and an accessible alternative to medical marijuana, due to the fact that it isn’t intoxicating. However, it continues to be unregulated by the FDA as a dietary supplement.

CBD Processing Methods: How Is CBD Made?

CBD oil is extracted from raw hemp plants. There are essentially three different ways to create CBD oil:

  • CO2 extraction
  • Ethanol alcohol
  • Infusion, such as cannabis-infused olive oil (typically a DIY home method)


Most CBD oil manufacturers either use CO2 extraction or ethanol alcohol methods.

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Ethanol extraction is less expensive than CO2 extraction, and the process is much quicker. However, the trouble with ethanol extraction is that it destroys many of the properties of the natural plant, resulting in an inferior final product. 

CO2 extraction, on the other hand, is considered to be the gold standard in the industry. We can break this down even further into the following methods:

  • Supercritical CO2 extraction
  • Subcritical CO2 extraction
  • Combination of both methods

In keeping with our commitment to delivering the highest quality CBD oil, NuLeaf Naturals uses a combination of supercritical and subcritical CO2 extraction methods. 

While a combination of supercritical and subcritical CO2 extraction provides the highest quality product, it is a time-consuming and expensive process that requires precise, highly specialized equipment, expertise, and rigorous testing to ensure quality control and purity. You can be assured that if the CBD oil you’re considering uses CO2 extraction, the higher price tag is well justified.

How Much Does CBD Cost?

When considering the cost of CBD oil, you will most often get what you pay for. In addition to the extraction process, there are various other factors that influence the price of CBD oil:

  • How much CBD is in the formula? 

Third-party lab testing can verify CBD levels, as well as THC levels, to ensure the CBD oil is potent and legal and THC levels are <0.3%.

  • Has the oil been tested to ensure it’s free of contaminants and toxins? 

Some manufacturers mistakenly use words like “pure” or “organic” when their oil is anything but. Independent lab testing is vital for verifying the absence of toxins, mold, and other contaminants, a service that can carry substantial costs for manufacturers.

  • What carrier oil is used? 

This is the majority of the product and there is a vast difference between the price of hemp seed oil and coconut oil.

  • What is the size of the bottle or container?

Consider how long a bottle of CBD will last you.

  • Is the oil full spectrum or an isolate?

Read our article on CBD Isolate vs. Full Spectrum CBD to learn which is better, which costs more, and why.

  • What is the reputation of the manufacturer? 

Federal legalization of industrial hemp resulted in a flood of distributors, some of whom are attempting to gain market share by simply producing lower quality products which can be sold at lower prices for a quick profit. Make sure to check out years in business, reviews, third-party certifications, and independent lab results to ensure you’re buying from a manufacturer whose price tag is justified by its reputation in the industry. 

softgel-family-300mgHow Much Should Quality CBD Oil Cost?

Shoppers can expect to find the price of CBD oil range between $0.04 and $0.20 per mg of CBD, with the higher quality CBD oils costing around $0.13 per mg or more. At NuLeaf Naturals, we’re proud to offer our premium CBD oil to consumers at just $.10/mg to $.05/mg depending on bottle size.

How are we able to offer the highest quality CBD oil at the best prices? Due to our commitment to delivering a premium product from the very beginning of our company and the infrastructure investments we’ve made to bring that vision to life, we’re fortunate to find ourselves in a position where we can take responsibility in the absence of FDA regulation and protect consumers from the bad players in our industry with an affordable price structure.

NuLeaf Naturals: The Highest Quality Products at the Best Prices

Shop now to order our pure and effective full spectrum CBD oil and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’re paying the best price for a premium product.


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