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Joy Organics

review of Joy Organics CBD products

I’m a big fan of supporting family-owned, local businesses. I’m an entrepreneur myself, of sorts, with the creation of this site and I love to give my money to other hard-working families out there instead of big brands. That is what first drew me to Joy Organics when it comes to buying CBD oil.

Joy Organics was founded by Joy Smith, a wife, mom, and grandmother who had trouble sleeping and dealt with chronic pain. Looking for an alternative medicine to cure her aches and insomnia, she tried out a handful of what were deemed the “best” brands of CBD on the market. To her dismay, only one of them really provided her the relief that she sought. That’s when Joy Organics was born.

I love this brand, and have no qualms putting it pretty high on my CBD oil review rankings. Continue reading below to see why I like Joy so much!

About Joy Organics CBD

About Joy Organics CBD

The mission of Joy Organics is to help as many customers as they possibly can. They do this by cultivating the purest organic cannabinoid products possible. Furthermore, they deliver their products at a price that everyone can afford. Those are lofty goals, but Joy found a way to make it happen. I couldn’t be happier that she did!

Quality Control

Joy Organic’s products have a label as being pharmaceutical grade. This designation does not come lightly, as they must adhere to the strictest guidelines for growing and cultivating their oils. Quality control is tightly monitored, and the results show in the end-product with very effective products.

They make their pharmaceutical grade products by following a 7-step process, as outlined below:

  • Organic farming (step 1): They wouldn’t have “Organic” in the name if that wasn’t true! Their hemp is grown in Colorado in soil that is nutrient-rich with 100% organic processes. The hemp that they grow is proprietary to their brand. There is truly no other strain on the market like it.
  • Processing and Extracting (steps 2 and 3): They process their hemp through a proprietary process that utilizes food grade ethanol to maintain levels of terpenes and cannabinoids in their product. This results in what is called a “full spectrum” oil.
  • Distillation, THC Removal, Refining (steps 4 and 5): The extracted oil is then stripped of the ethanol, THC, chlorophyll, wax, and other plant features to produce a pure oil.
  • Lab Testing and Nanoemulsion (steps 6 and 7): The finished product goes through strict testing to check for purity and potency. This is done in-house, with a third-party lab brought in monthly to verify the accuracy. The nanoemulsion then breaks the oil down even further, resulting in one of the most bioavailable CBD products on the market.

Lab tests of all batches can be found on the Joy Organics website, so you have full transparency and confidence that you are buying high-quality products.


At Joy Organics, the main product is CBD tinctures which are available in natural, lemon, orange, and mint flavors. They offer a range of strengths from 500 mg up to 1,500 mg. If you’re a purist, you’ll probably go with the natural flavor, but having tried the others (I’m not generally a fan of CBD oil taste), the flavored tinctures taste pretty darn good and much more preferable for me.

CBD products from Joy Organics

On top of their tinctures, you can also purchase CBD salves which are topical products that you can rub onto the skin for pain relief in the muscles and joints. They work especially when rubbing into your temple when you have a headache.

If you prefer to take this kind of medicine orally, they also sell softgels that contain 10mg of CBD. It’s a nice small bottle that you can easily tuck away in your purse, briefcase, glove box – wherever you need it, really! Even better than that, if you are using these kinds of products to help cure sleep issues, they even make softgels that melatonin. Knocks you right out! They also have softgels that contain curcumin (more detail on the benefits of curcumin here), which is an amazing pain reliever and anti-inflammatory.

In addition, they also have CBD dog treats (like at NuLeaf Naturals) to help calm anxiety, relieve pain, and improve mobility in your furry friends!

In Summary

I love family-owned businesses and supporting the good people in the industry. Joy obviously has a lot of love for what she does and it shows in the finished product. Every batch is made with tender care under the strictest quality control conditions. They truly put the consumer first with extras like melatonin, curcumin, and pet products. It’s clearly a customer-focused brand that stands behind their mission statement and executes it perfectly.

If you’d like to get your hands on Joy Organics products, you can visit their flagship store in Fort Collins, Colorado, their second location in Austin, Texas, or by visiting their website here.

Wasp Nests to Tighten Vaginas?

the dangers of using a wasp nest to tighten vaginas

Ok, I’ve heard some crazy things in my day, but when I was browsing around the news online today I saw something that totally shocked me. I’m a big fan of feminine rejuvenation and have taken the proper, safe course in doing so. There are a ton of products out there that naturally work to restore moisture to the area and tighten up your nether parts that aren’t quite as firm as they used to be.

While I’m all for natural products, some people out there have taken this to extremes and I just had to comment on this.

Tightening the Vagina With Wasp Nests

Ok, seriously, read that again. I can’t believe that people are actually doing this. Just go buy a topical product from Amazon or something. You won’t see me near something as bizarre as this. I came across this article and it shocked me for a bit. Alright, so the shock died down a little bit when I read through the article carefully and saw that they are using dried, ground wasp nests.

At first my thought it was like a fresh one with nectar… and the possibility that they didn’t get all the wasps out carefully enough? Just the thought of a wasp hiding in a little nook and cranny, then rubbing that on my va-jay-jay just gives me the chills.

So it isn’t as extreme as the headline led me to believe, but still, doctors are cautioning against this practice. Apparently, it runs a lot of risks. One of the benefits of using a feminine rejuvenation product is that it restores hydration to the area. Using dried wasp nests has the exact opposite effects, with doctors warning that it can dry up all your natural vagina mucus.

don't use a wasp nest to tighten your vagina!

This has a number of bad side effects. First of all, who wants to be dry down there? That’s not healthy. Especially during sex, it can lead to abrasions from all the friction it causes. No thank you. Your natural mucosa act as a lubricant, not to mention preserve your feminine health. There is good bacteria in there, and drying it up with a wasp nest destroys it.

There’s a good quote in the article from Dr. Jen Gunter, a gynecologist from New York. “Here’s a pro-tip, if something burns when you apply it to the vagina, it is generally bad for the vagina.” So true, and not just for the vaginal area. It’s a good credo to live by for all kinds of topical products you apply.

There is a misconception among women that a damp vagina means an unhealthy vagina. That couldn’t be further from the truth. As explained above, those natural oils are healthy for you, containing good bacteria that protects you. Don’t dry it up!

What to Use Instead

If you’re looking to tighten your vagina, don’t go with the route mentioned above. There are so many safe, natural products to choose from, which I cover in this post about how to tighten your vagina. Be safe and protect your lady-parts!


review of Medterra CBD oils

It can be tough to find a brand of CBD oil that is made from hemp that is grown in the U.S. You have brands like Endoca grown in Spain and CBDPure in Denmark, for instance. Of the ones that are cultivated in America, you’ll often find that it is grown in Colorado. It’s become the epicenter of these kinds of products stateside.

That’s why it is a bit refreshing to find a brand like Medterra that is made from hemp grown in Kentucky. It’s not the place you think of when it comes to products like this. When I think of Kentucky, I think of bourbon and whiskey.

So what makes Medterra different, besides its origin? Continue reading below for my full review. This brand is one of my top recommendations, and you can click below to go straight to their site. If you want to see where it ranks among the best, you can find all of my CBD brand reviews here:

About Medterra CBD

The majority of hemp grown in the world is international. Russia, China, and South Korea actually make up almost 3/4ths of all the hemp production worldwide.

I’m a guy that likes stuff that is U.S.A. made, regardless of the product type. That’s what first drew me to Medterra.

Their products are grown in Kentucky and follow the strictest guidelines laid out by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

These regulations are much more stringent than you’ll find overseas, and the quality flows through to the products they bring to consumers.

Quality Control

Like any reputable brand of CBD, you can go to their website and find lab test results of every batch that comes through their production line. I like having that assurance and accountability in a product such as this. As this is used for medicinal purposes, I need to know that I’m getting a good product that is effective and safe to use.

Extraction Method

You’ll see this come up with a lot of brands that I review on here, as I only want to give you options that are the best available. Medterra uses CO2 extraction, which is undoubtedly the best practice for extraction. This consists of cycling the herb through stages of temperature and pressure to obtain the oils. The alternative way is to use solvents. This is far inferior, as it can leave trace residue of those chemicals in the final product. Medterra uses the industry-leading method, and their product is pure as can be because of it.

Color, Taste, and Smell

The color of a CBD oil is a good indicator of a purity. The darker it is, the more pure it is. The lighter or more clear it is, that indicates it went through more processing. Medterra’s products are rather clear, but that’s because they are made from a 99%+ CBD isolate. With this process, they have filtered out the cannabinoids and terpenes and other plant materials which would give the oil a green or brown hue. The result of Medterra’s processing leaves nothing but pure CBD.

As for the smell, I didn’t really get much of a scent as compared to other brands. If you are opposed to the smell of hemp extract normally, this is a good choice for you. The smell is faint if anything. In regards to the taste, this is one of my favorite brands. Their product is virtually odorless and tasteless. Other brands have a bit of a potent taste and smell which can be a turn-off to using it regularly like you have to choke it down. You don’t notice anything with Medterra’s oils.


As opposed to other brands like CBDPure that have a small catalog, there are robust offerings at Medterra. You can get their CBD oils in many forms, including:

  • Oils
  • Skin Care
  • Pain Cream
  • Gel Capsules
  • Vape Pens
  • CBD Isolate
products available at Medterra CBD

I’ve really been enjoying their vaporizer pens. They’re just a great delivery system for this herb. They offer them in a variety of flavors (mostly fruity kinds) that taste amazing and work very well. Highly transportable to take it on the go!

Where to Buy

Medterra is one of the industry leaders for good reason. They have high-quality products with a transparency of their potency and purity evident in their lab tests online. They operate under strict cultivation guidelines due to the municipality they operate in, and the quality flows through to their products. Pay a visit to their website for more information and to start shopping!

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Other Brands to Check Out

Medterra is among my favorites, hands-down. If you want recommendations for other top brands, definitely take a look at the reviews below:

CBD Pure

CBDpure review

Are you a novice in the CBD world? Often times when you go to a CBD brand’s website, you get bogged down with technical talk. Way too many resources that go way over your head. You just want to buy some oil and call it a day, right?

That’s the case for me. I’d been wanting to try some of these products for pain relief and helping me sleep better, but didn’t know where to start. A lot of the brand’s sites that I visited were just way too expert for me. I just wanted a simple shopping process.

That’s when I found CBDPure, and I knew that I found the company that was made just for me.

About CBDPure Oils

A lot of other companies have so many different products to choose from, you don’t even know where to begin. How do you navigate between all the choices and find the one that is right for you? CBD Pure takes all that guesswork out of it and provides three simple options. You can get their oil in 100 mg, 300 mg, or 600 mg. If you’re a beginner, start low. If you’re intermediate, go with the middle option. If you’re hardcore and can handle the dosage, go with the high. It’s that simple.

Just added, in addition to those three oil options, are softgels as well.

It doesn’t need to be rocket science nor does it need to have the most robust product options. There is a market for those who are just simply looking to buy some basic CBD oil and not have to scour through tons of options. I like that CBD Pure fulfills this need.

If you’re an enthusiast about hemp oils, then you’ll probably want to find a company that has a more comprehensive catalog. If that’s the case, then I suggest taking a look at the following brands (and you can also read my rankings of the best CBD products):

CBDPure plants are grown in Denmark, another European brand like Endoca. Their products are industrial hemp grown to organic standards and absent of artificial ingredients and residual chemicals. The CBD oil is cultivated for full spectrum, pure hemp oil that contains terpenes and other beneficial cannabinoids. You get nothing but the good stuff, and the effectiveness shows in their products.

Color, Taste, and Scent

The color of a CBD oil is a good indicator of its purity and quality. There is a wide spectrum of colors in the oils on the market, ranging from clear, to cloudy, to a golden hue, to even a dark brown.

CBDPure’s oils are a golden yellow hue. As a rule of thumb, the darker the color, the less filtration the product has gone through. So with it’s amber kind of color, this is some pretty pure stuff and is indicative of its extraction method (detailed below).

As for the taste, it is pretty comparable to other options on the market. It has a very earthy, plant-like taste to it, but without the tartness that I get from other brands. This is a nice surprise, as the tart taste of others is a bit of a turn off for me. The smell I would describe as earthy as well.

Extraction Method

A sign of a leading brand is that they use a CO2 extraction method. Through this process, the plant is run through different cycles of pressure and temperature to obtain the oils. The other method is through the use of solvents, which can leave residuals of other chemicals in the finished product. CO2 is by far the most superior method, yielding a more pure product, so I’m happy to see that is the method used at CBDPure.

Quality Control

On their website, you can find the lab results (conducted by a third-party lab) of all the different lots that come out of their production. As a bit of a novice, much of the information is foreign to me, but I like having this transparency over the quality of their product.

Another sign of standing behind their product is their 90-day money back guarantee. Used or unused, you can it back for a full refund if for any reason you are not satisfied with their products.

In Summary

This is a great brand for those who are beginners in CBD oils and just want to get pure hemp oil without having to get bogged down in the details. You have three options, all of which are pure and effective. I like the simplicity of this brand. I also like the commitment to quality with their lab results online. Plus, with a money-back guarantee, you have nothing to lose testing the waters with this brand. Check out their website for more details.

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review of Endoca Hemp Oil

Given that most of the CBD oils I review on this site originate in Colorado, it’s refreshing to find a brand that is cultivated elsewhere in the world. This particular brand, Endoca, is grown in the countryside outside of Barcelona, Spain. The conditions there are absolutely perfect for growing these crops. The sun touches down on them just right, the climate is great, and Endoca can grow outdoors in nature as opposed to indoors with hydroponics or aquaponics.

About Endoca CBD Hemp Oil

I love CBD products that are grown outdoors in the sun. I don’t think I have a discerning enough palate to tell the difference, but it just gives me comfort. Crops grown indoors just give me a manufactured feel. I prefer things that are grown naturally. These hemp plants are sun-kissed in Spain the quality shines through in their products.

Extraction Method

Like many of the other top CBD brands I recommend, Endoca utilizes a CO2 extraction method to cultivate their oil. This is far preferable over the use of solvents, which can leave residual chemicals in the final product. With CO2 extraction, the plant is put through stages of temperature and pressure to obtain the oil. No other chemicals touch it, leaving just the pure stuff behind. All of their processes follow Good Manufacturing Practices and their products are lab-tested for purity and potency.

Endoca sells both decarboxylated oils and raw oils. I like having a variety to choose from, and having tried both, they are great. I hadn’t had raw CBD oil before trying out this brand, and it is pretty amazing.

Endoca Products

There is a wide variety of products available at this brand’s site. They make something for everyone! For me, I’m a big fan of the hemp oil, the most common form that you get these types of products. In addition to that, you can also get CBD crystals, which can be mixed with herbs to vape or smoke. Crystals can also be added to tinctures or dabbed pure. If you aren’t a fan of inhalation methods, they also have hemp oil capsules and CBD chewing gum, as well as skin care products. Also, this is a bit different from other brands, they also have suppositories (insert into your rectum). Yeah, I’m staying away from that last one, but some users do not like oral methods, whether it be because their stomach can’t handle it, or they need it for bowel relief.

Color, Flavor, and Scent

The raw oil from Endoca is a pretty thick, darker green color. The reason for this is because they are raw oil products that are not processed other than the CO2 extraction.

The plant components (chlorophyll, cbd oil products from Endocaterpenes, etc.) have not been filtered out. You’re getting nothing but purity, and the color of the hemp shines through. As for the decarboxylated oils, they are more of a gold hue.

cbd oil products from Endoca

As for the smell, both the raw oil and the decarboxylated oils both have a plant-like, earthy smell. That’s because there are all the components still in there, as mentioned above. In regards to taste, it is pretty tart, similar to NuLeaf Naturals.

Standing Behind Their Products

One thing I like to see with any CBD brand is quality control. At Endoca’s website, you can scroll to the footer and see a link to Quality Reports. Every single batch is accounted for with all relevant metrics listed. There is a ton of information there, much of which goes over my admittedly novice head, but I like that they have transparency in the quality of their products.

Their website, in general, is very comprehensive and useful for anyone interested in CBD. They have a lot of resources on what CBD, THC, etc. mean. They have info on legality in various municipalities, calculators to find the correct dosage, etc. If you’re a beginner in CBD, you need some guidance to make the right product choice, and Endoca is there to help you through the buying process. I also found their customer support team to be very helpful.

Final Thoughts

Endoca cares about bringing the best possible products to their customers, and the effort shows in their end-product. I like that they have transparency with all their product test reports online, and I enjoy how many resources they have on their site to help with your purchase. All in all, this is a brand that cares about their product and their customers. I highly recommend giving their products a try!

Other CBD Brands to Look At

There are so many choices in the CBD oil industry. Endoca is definitely among the best, but if you want to read reviews of more options, I suggest taking a look at the following linked below. You can also visit this page to see all my reviews and rankings.

Green Roads

review of Green Roads World cbd products

If you are looking for a brand that has a reputation in the CBD industry, look no further than Green Roads World. This brand was started by a licensed pharmacist where quality is everything. Go to their website and you’ll find their lab tests listed. Purity and accountability are everything with Green Roads, and it shows in their end-product of pure CBD hemp oil.

Green Roads was founded in 2011 by a 20-year veteran of the pharmaceutical industry, and in the 7+ years since has grown into one of the biggest cultivators of CBD products in the nation, if not the world. They currently distribute their products to over 5,000 retail outlets and serve more than 1 million online customers, so undoubtedly there is something special about their products to have that kind of success.

If you're shopping around, you can also view the reviews for all my recommended CBD brands here:

About Green Roads

Green Roads, which some also called Green Roads World due to their domain name, is a unique brand in that they offer full-spectrum CBD oils as well as crystalline isolate CBD. Through these offerings, you will be getting a powerful dose of pure CBD as well as the other terpenes and cannabinoids that bring all sorts of benefits. Relative to other brands, this is as good as you can get, and it’s just an indicator of the mind behind this industry-leading brand and their dedication to delivering high-quality products.

cbd oil products from Green Roads

For full transparency of just how quality their products are, you can go to their website and see extensive lab reports that illustrate their potency and purity. You can check it out for yourself at

Color, Scent, and Taste

When buying a CBD oil, the color can vary from a clear solution, to a golden hue, to even a dark brown. The oil from Green Roads is kind of a cloudy white color, which is due to the vegetable glycerin that is blended into the formula. This mixture of CBD and VG has a couple uses: you can vaporize it in a vape pen or other device, or you can administer it sublingually (under the tongue). While the taste is not always preferable (not that they’re disgusting, but not really any CBD oils taste what I would call good), it makes for a versatile product.

As for the taste, it isn’t quite as tart (as I would describe NuLeaf) as other options, and I would describe it more of a vegetable glycerin taste as opposed to being woody and plant-like. In regards to the smell, it is also a bit of a VG odor.

Extraction Method

Just like with the other pure brands out there, Green Roads employs a CO2 extraction method to cultivate their oils. This is the best available and industry-leading method that uses pressure and temperature to extract the cannabinoids from the herb. The other commonly used method is with solvents, which can add residual chemicals to the end-product. With Green Roads, you don’t have to worry about that. From their Colorado certified organic hemp, to their CO2 extraction, to their transparency with lab tests published on their site, you know you’re getting nothing but the good stuff.

Where to Buy

With everything from CBD oils, pain creams, gummies, and more, Green Roads is a one-stop shop for all of your CBD needs. You can find all of their products available on their website here. On top of a great product, they stand behind it with a 30-day full refund policy, even after opening the product and trying it, so you have nothing to lose by giving them a shot. All in all, I fully endorse their products as one of the best (along with Thought Cloud) CBD brands available.