Review: Is Joy Organics Legit? Pesticides Found in Their CBD Oil?
How trustworthy is Joy Organics and how good is their CBD? This review tells more about the company and the products they sell.
The wellness market is overloaded with countless brands and types of CBD products. Some companies have just popped up yesterday while others have a well-established reputation in this booming market.
One of the most recognized brands on the market is Joy Organics. This review will cover some of the basic facts about the company and their products you may want to know before buying anything from them.
A Little About The Company
Joy Organics is a family owned and run business that was founded in 2018 by Joy Smith. She is currently the CEO of the company that she runs together with her husband, children and other family members.
Their main store is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. They have two other shops in Austin, Texas and Wichita, Kansas. Several wellness retailers across the U.S. carry their products, which are also available for purchase online through the company’s website or from one of the numerous online shops that carry this brand.
A Little About Their Products
Joy Organics makes a variety of CBD products including oil tinctures, gummies, softgels, topicals, energy drink, and pet products.
Their newest selection of CBD oil tinctures is entirely made from organic ingredients that are USDA certified. They primarily sell THC-free, broad-spectrum tinctures in a few flavored and unflavored options with different strengths to choose from.
They’ve also recently launched a full-spectrum oil tincture (less than 0.3% THC), which is thought to be more effective than THC-free/broad-spectrum products, especially when it is intended for pain relief.
The full-spectrum tincture uses organic MCT (coconut) oil as the carrier oil, while the broad-spectrum tinctures use organic olive oil instead.
Joy Organics CBD softgels are made from nanoemulsified broad-spectrum hemp extract. Nanoemulsion technology is used to create tiny microscopic particles of CBD oil that are water-dispersible or water-soluble. Nanoemulsified CBD has a higher bioavailability as it is more easily absorbed by the body. These look pretty much like fish oil softgels and they are made from bovine-derived gelatin.
If you’d like something a little more tasty, they’ve got some quality gummies in two flavors: strawberry lemonade and green apple. But honestly, I’d stick with either the oil or softgels as those normally give better results (especially the tincture when used sublingually).
As a standard practice of every reputable CBD manufacturer, Joy Organics test every batch of their products both in-house and in third-party labs. They test for potency (content of CBD and other cannabinoids), heavy metals, microbial contaminants and pesticides (interesting story below).
They publish complete lab reports showing test results for each batch on their website. You can look up the COA by the lot number printed on each container.
The Pesticide Contamination Incident
In 2018, an independent review website called “Remedy Review” randomly tested 29 CBD products to verify their label accuracy and safety.
They sent the products to a third-party lab to be tested for cannabinoid content, terpenes, heavy metals, pesticides, residual solvents, and microbiological contaminants.
Some of the products were found to be mislabeled while others contained some contaminants. One of the tested items was Joy Organics Orange Bliss 500mg tincture, which the review says failed a pesticide test as it was found to contain the fungicide Imazalil.
When Joy Organics was made aware of the issue, they investigated and acknowledged it, and took some measures to correct it.
“We have become aware by a third-party lab test that Imazalil, a fungicide commonly used on citrus fruits, was found in one of our orange tinctures.” — said Joy Smith, CEO of Joy Organics.
They sent samples from the same batch to two third-party labs to be tested for pesticides; one of the lab’s tests detected Imazalil while the other came back as ND (non-detectable).
“We want to be extremely cautious and recall our Orange Bliss tincture that was purchased in the month of December, 2018.”
It seems that the said fungicide came from an added flavor ingredient (orange essential oil) and not from the hemp extract. It only affected one batch of their “Orange Bliss” line, which was recalled at the time.
This incident has led to some changes in the company’s quality control standards and they started posting third-party lab test results for each batch on their website.
Each batch they produce now comes with lab reports/COAs that show test results for potency (content of cannabidiol and other cannabinoids), heavy metals, microbiological contaminants, and pesticides.
What I Don’t Like About The Company
Just like almost every other manufacturer and retailer out there, Joy Organics makes some rosy promises and unsubstantiated arguments for why their products are the best.
I think they should take it down a notch with promises like: “Our tinctures are designed to have you feeling your best self.” — What does that exactly mean?!
The same goes for some unproven claims on their website, for example: “Our softgels are water soluble, which means they are twice as absorbable as a CBD tincture.” — Where’s the scientific proof? Yes, studies have shown that nanoemulsified oil generally has higher bioavailability and absorption rate than regular oil, but that’s a very specific claim they’re making about their softgels that doesn’t seem to be backed by any specific scientific study.
So, Is Joy Organics Legit?
Despite some overblown claims they make, yes, Joy Organics is a legit and reliable manufacturer of quality CBD products. They have a good reputation as one of the top-selling brands and you won’t find many negative reviews about the quality or service offered by the company.
But keep in mind that whether a specific product will work for you or not will mostly depend on what you expect from it and how well your body responds to cannabidiol supplementation in general.
Their recently launched full-spectrum tincture is a better bet than their original broad-spectrum line, particularly if you are looking to use it for pain management. Many people report higher efficacy with full-spectrum hemp extracts as opposed to THC-free versions.
Their nanoemulsified, water-soluble softgels are also worth giving a try, especially if you haven’t been having much luck with regular oils/tinctures.
Is Joy Organics Available on Amazon?
No, Amazon does not allow the sale of any CBD products, so you won’t find Joy Organics or any other reputable brand on their platform. They only allow hemp oil (mostly hemp seed oil) that does not contain cannabidiol.
Go to the official Joy Organics website if you’d like to learn more about their products and place an order online.