CBD OPS is a Tennessee-based brand that stands out by providing THC-free CBD products to first responders and veterans. Established by U.S. Navy veteran and police officer Chris Liberty, CBD OPS gets its hemp from Oklahoma. The company posts third-party lab reports to verify the potency and safety of its products.
While I like the idea, CBD Ops has room for improvement, like offering more CBD oil strengths.
- THC-free products
- Reasonable prices
- Comprehensive third-party testing
- Good customer reviews
- Unclear if some products are supposed to only contain CBD
- Few potency options
- Website lacks production process info
Table of Contents
- About the Company: CBD OPS
- CBD OPS Product Lineup
- Hemp Source and Extraction Process
- Third-Party Testing
- Shipping & Returns
- Customer Service & Reputation
- My Verdict: There Are Better THC-Free Options
About the Company: CBD OPS
CBD OPS is a small CBD oil company founded in 2018 by police officer Chris Liberty. A U.S. Navy veteran who served three tours in the Persian Gulf, Liberty became a police officer in Tennessee after returning home.
He turned to CBD to relieve anxiety and panic attacks and decided to start his own CBD brand after seeing positive results. What makes CBD OPS different from most CBD companies is that it focuses specifically on first responders and veterans. That’s why its CBD products are free of THC to avoid a positive drug test.
The company sources its hemp from Oklahoma, where it‘s grown without the use of pesticides and fungicides. CBD OPS also provides detailed third-party lab test results.
- Hemp: cannabis variety with high CBD and low THC levels (no more than 0.3%).
- Terpenes: aromatic plant compounds with various beneficial properties (1).
- Minor cannabinoids: CBN, CBG, CBC, and other beneficial cannabinoids found in smaller amounts in hemp. They may work in synergy with CBD.
- Full-spectrum: whole-plant hemp extract containing multiple cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. This form of CBD is about four times more potent than pure CBD (2).
- Broad-spectrum: whole-plant hemp extract similar to full-spectrum CBD, but with THC removed (may contain trace amounts).
- CBD isolate: pure CBD without any other hemp compounds.
CBD OPS Product Lineup
CBD OPS is a small company that offers only one only three THC-free products: a tincture, capsules, and a gel. Its products are made with broad-spectrum hemp extract containing multiple phytocannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and other beneficial compounds but zero THC.
This isn’t surprising since CBD OPS is marketed towards police officers and other first responders who have to pass marijuana drug tests.
CBD OPS Heroes Choice Tincture
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This THC-free CBD oil has a natural flavor. I like that the third-party tests show 8.5% minor cannabinoids, which is a solid result for a broad-spectrum CBD product. The tests also show multiple terpenes, which is also great to see.
My only complaint is that 25 mg/ml is not enough for many people. CBD OPS needs to offer at least one more strength of about 50 mg/ml, but ideally a third strength of 80 mg/ml or higher.
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CBD OPS also offers two types of powdered CBD packets:
- flavorless packets
- French Vanilla-flavored CBD coffee enhancer
CBD OPS Menthol Gel
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CBD OPS’ gel combines CBD with 0.1% menthol, the most popular topical pain-relieving ingredient out there. It also contains other standard topical ingredients such as hemp seed oil and aloe leaf juice.
While I like the formula, the CBD potency is very low — less than 2 mg of CBD per ml. With such a small amount of CBD, this is basically a glorified menthol gel. Also, the container states it’s made with broad-spectrum extract, but the tests only found CBD.
Hemp Infused Pet Powder
This prime rib-flavored CBD powder is designed for dogs and cats. Aside from CBD, it also contains turmeric, a popular anti-inflammatory supplement.
The easiest way to compare the prices of different CBD products to see if you’re getting a good deal is to divide the total cost by the amount of CBD. For example, if you have a 1500 mg CBD oil that costs $100, its price per mg would be 100/1500 = $0.07.
Here’s how much you’re paying for CBD OPS’ products:
- CBD oil: 8 cents per mg of CBD
- CBD gel: 11 cents per mg
- CBD packets: 8 cents per mg
- CBD pet powder: 4 cents per mg
These prices are fairly average. But you can get 25% off by subscribing to deliveries every 3-8 weeks. CBD OPS also offers a discount for military, first responders, doctors, and teachers.
Hemp Source and Extraction Process
CBD OPS doesn’t provide too many details about its manufacturing process.
According to the company, its hemp is grown without the use of pesticides or fungicides in the state of Oklahoma. However, as far as hemp quality goes, Colorado, Oregon, and Kentucky are considered the best states.
Also, it’s not clear whether this hemp is organic and non-GMO, and CBD OPS doesn’t state how this hemp is extracted to isolate the CBD.
But when I reached out to the company via Facebook, they said they use ethanol, which is one of the two most safe, effective methods of CBD extraction.
Like any serious CBD brand, CBD OPS sends its products for testing to a third-party lab to verify their safety and efficacy. It works with ProVerde, one of the most reputable third-party testing labs in the CBD business.
The tests are comprehensive, including potency tests (levels of CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids) and contaminant tests for pesticides, heavy metals, moisture, and more. There’s also a terpenes profile test that shows you the levels of terpenes in the product, which is great to see.
CBD OPS includes a third-party testing QR code on the back of every product. You can also see the latest test results on each product page.
Third-Party Test Results
I always look at third-party lab test results to confirm that CBD companies sell safe, accurate, and effective products. Specifically, I check for:
- The levels of CBD, which should be within 10% of the label (3)
- The levels of minor cannabinoids like CBG (quality full-spectrum products should have at least 10%)
- The levels of THC
- Whether the CBD type (full, broad-spectrum, or isolate) is accurate
- Whether there are any contaminants
The latest third-party test results for CBD OPS (posted above) are fairly good:
- The test for the 750 mg CBD oil found 867 mg of CBD, which is 16% higher; although that’s higher than 10%, it’s not a bad result. The test also found 8.5% minor cannabinoids and three terpenes, which is an excellent result for a broad-spectrum CBD product.
- The test for the gel found 115-120 mg of CBD, which is fairly close to the “approximately 100 mg” claimed by CBD OPS. However, the tests didn’t find any other cannabinoids, which should be present in a broad-spectrum CBD product.
All in all, the test results are quite good, confirming that there’s no THC. They’re also comprehensive and mostly up-to-date.
Shipping & Returns
CBD OPS ships to all U.S. states. As long as your product is unused and unopened, you can get a full refund within 15 days of purchase.
Customer Service & Reputation
CBD OPS can be reached by email or Facebook. When I messaged the company on Facebook, I got a reply within a day.
Although I couldn’t find many independent reviews of CBD OPS online, it does have positive reviews on its website and Facebook page.
The reviews suggest that CBD OPS has a solid reputation. For example, several reviews mention the ease of getting a replacement CBD oil after problems with shipping, including one customer who received two bottles as a replacement for one that leaked.
My Verdict: There Are Better THC-Free Options
I do like CBD OPS from a reputation and customer service standpoint. It’s clear that the man behind the brand — Chis Liberty — wants to help other first transponders like himself, and CBD OPS’ glowing customer reviews prove this. However, the company’s products need to improve.
The tincture needs to be available in more strengths, while the CBD gel barely contains any CBD at all. CBD OPS also needs to provide more details about how the hemp is grown and extracted to make its products. Another nitpick is that CBD OPS should make it clear that its CBD powders contain pure CBD rather than broad-spectrum hemp extract.
All in all, I don’t recommend CBD OPS because you can find better THC-free CBD products elsewhere.
Gleb is a freelance writer from Vancouver, Canada specializing in CBD and cannabis. He’s read thousands of studies on CBD and other supplements, helping him translate complex science into plain language. Gleb has tried and reviewed dozens of CBD brands and products, written third-party testing reports, and knows the CBD industry inside and out. When not writing, he likes to kickbox, travel, and tell everyone how awesome intermittent fasting is.