When using this oil, I found it to be good as a standard, no frills product. To make make this a regular purchase I would need a lot more information. The only indication that it is full-spectrum came when we contacted Holland & Barrett directly.
If you are looking for a full-spectrum CBD oil, I am happy to recommend Eir Health 30 (read the review here). It outperforms Jacob Hooy for effectiveness, value for money, ease of use and has publicly available lab reports too.
Jacob Hooy 5% CBD oil features prominently in high streets and shopping centres in most UK towns and cities. As a result, it will often be the first oil tried by many new CBD consumers. Read online and you will hear people tell you it has either helped them enormously or should be avoided because it is such low quality. As the two views were so diametrically opposed I decided to take it upon myself to try all the Jacob Hooy CBD products for myself and put this to bed once and for all.
At Holland & Barrett, Jacob Hooy products are sold as the ‘mid’ or ‘standard’ range, with a more expensive ‘premium’ brand also available. While their main distributor is Holland & Barrett, their products can also be bought from a small number of ‘online only’ retailers.
There are no third-party lab tests publicly available for any Holland & Barrett CBD products. This is one of the most noticeable differences between them and leading CBD retailers. They appear to be trading on the strength of their reputation and position on the high street.
Much like the packaging the taste does its job and nothing more. It’s not an enjoyable flavour but it isn’t unpleasant either. With grassy overtones combined with a mild bitterness, it doesn’t have an intense aftertaste but a lingering hint of burnt walnuts.
The carrier oil is made from pressed hemp seed so the flavour is present from the moment it hits your mouth until you wash it down. I’ve found that other oils, such as coconut, can make the first experience milder and less grassy. The buttery oil also mutes the hemp flavour until the aftertaste when it comes through strong and bitter.
Value for Money
While I would consider Holland & Barrett to be a trusted brand, anyone selling cannabinoids in any form should be able to produce third party lab tests at the point of sale. Soon, retailers who can’t prove what the oil contains won’t be able to sell their product.
We contacted Holland and Barrett and asked what other cannabinoids are found in the Jacob Hooy oil. This was their response:
To make it worse:
Is Holland and Barrett CBD Oil Any Good?
A study from the Centre for Medicinal Cannabis that found 38% of UK CBD oils had less than 50% of the advertised amount of CBD!
“. that three of the products contained less CBD than indicated on the label. One, the Jacob Hooy CBD+ Hemp Oil that claimed to be 2.75% CBD, actually contained 1.7%. “