Purekana Review: Cutting Through the Hype (Jan. 2023)

By | last updated January 3, 2023

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Purekana is a CBD brand based in Arizona. Aside from making standard CBD oils, gummies, topicals, and capsules, it also sells hemp-derived delta-8 THC and other intoxicating products. I tested its CBD sleep gummies, HHC gummies, and delta-8 THC vape pen for several weeks.

Bottom line: Purekana’s intoxicating products are potent but there are better options for regular CBD products.

Pros

  • Potent delta-8, HHC, and other intoxicating hemp products
  • Wide product variety
  • Comprehensive third-party testing

Cons

  • Low levels of minor cannabinoids and terpenes in many products
  • Lacking details about the company
  • Many negative reviews

Overall Rating: 3.9/5

Products 4/5

The intoxicating products I tried were potent but the standard CBD gummies were fairly weak. And while I like the variety, most Purekana CBD products are low in minor cannabinoids.

Price & Value 4/5

Purekana offers solid value because its prices are cheaper than average and you get extra savings from free shipping and the 30% off subscription.

Hemp Quality 4/5

Purekana’s products are sourced from hemp cultivated in Kentucky and Colorado. I’d like to see more details like which farming methods are used.

Third-Party Testing 4/5

I like the extent and frequency of the testing, with the reports readily available on each product page. But many of the tests show low minor cannabinoid and terpene levels.

Customer Service & Reputation 3.5/5

Purekana is a big name in CBD and has over 10,000 reviews on Trustpilot. But it loses points for the many negative reviews as well as the online scams that peddle its products.

Purekana Overview

A popular CBD brand, Purekana was founded in 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona by entrepreneurs Cody Alt and Jeff Yauck. Alt was inspired to launch the company after using CBD to help his sleep apnea. 

The company sells a wide variety of hemp cannabinoid products, including standard CBD offerings like tinctures and gummies as well as intoxicating options including HHC, THC-O, delta-8, and delta-9 THC.

Its products are sourced from hemp cultivated in Kentucky and Colorado and come with up-to-date third-party lab test reports. Purekana is also one of the few American CBD brands to have a presence in the United Kingdom.

CBD Terminology

  • Terpenes: aromatic plant compounds with a wide variety of 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.
  • Entourage effect: the theory that all of the compounds in cannabis, including cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids, work best when taken together than alone (1).
  • Hemp: non-intoxicating cannabis variety with high CBD and low THC levels (less than 0.3%).
  • Full-spectrum: whole-plant hemp extract containing multiple cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. This form of CBD may be about 4 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 with all other hemp compounds removed.

Purekana Product Lineup

Purekana has an impressive range of products, including full-spectrum CBD oils and capsules, broad-spectrum and CBD isolate gummies, topicals, pet products, as well as intoxicating HHC, delta-8, delta-9, and THC-O gummies and vapes.

For my review, I tried out the CBD sleep gummies, HHC gummies, and delta-8 THC vape pen. 

CBD Oils

purekana-cbd-oil

4.5/5

CBD Potency10-100 mg/ml
Volume30-60 ml 
Total CBD300-6000 mg
Cost per mg CBD$0.05–0.07
TypeFull-spectrum
Flavors5
Formulas3
Third-Party TestView report

Purekana’s full-spectrum CBD oils come in many strengths and flavors (natural, mint, vanilla, citrus, and fruity). There are also two special versions; one with melatonin and a blend of calming terpenes for sleep, and an immunity tincture with added immune-boosting herbs.

I like the variety of strengths and formulas to suit everyone’s needs. Also, the third-party tests show close to 10% minor cannabinoids, which is a solid result. My only criticism is that the 

regular full-spectrum tinctures don’t show terpenes on tests.

CBD Capsules

purekana cbd softgels

4.5/5

CBD Potency10-40 mg
Capsule Count30
Total CBD300-1200 mg
Cost per mg CBD$0.07-0.18
TypeFull-spectrum
Formulas3
Third-Party TestView report

Purekana’s full-spectrum CBD capsules come in the same three formulas as the CBD oils:

  • Standard 40 mg CBD capsules
  • 25 mg capsules with added melatonin and sleep terpenes
  • 10 mg immunity capsules with zinc, vitamin C & D (vegan)

CBD Gummies

purekana sleep cbd gummies

4.5/5

Potency25-40 mg
Gummy Count20-60
Total cannabinoids500-1500 mg
Cost per mg$0.06-0.08
TypeBroad-spectrum, isolate
Formulas5
Third-Party TestView report

Purekana’s vegan gummies come in five tasty varieties:

  • Regular 25 mg CBD isolate gummies in assorted fruit flavors
  • Berry-flavored sleep gummies with 25 mg CBD, 5 mg CBN, and melatonin
  • Grape-flavored calm gummies with 25 mg CBD and passionflower
  • Broad-spectrum 25 mg gummies in three flavors
  • Orange-flavored 25 mg broad-spectrum immunity gummies with zinc and elderberry

My experience: I tried out the sleep gummies, taking two gummies before bed. I didn’t feel much of an effect. I tried 3 gummies the next time and felt a little more sleepy around bedtime but it wasn’t super noticeable. The taste is nice but it could use less sugar.

CBD Topicals

purekana cbd cbg cream

4.5/5

CBD Potency6-24 mg/ml
Volume50-100 ml
Total CBD300-2400 mg
Cost per mg CBD$0.05-0.15
TypeBroad-spectrum
Third-Party TestView report

Purekana offers a variety of topicals focused on physical discomfort relief: 

  • Pain relief ointment with topical pain relievers menthol and capsaicin in 2 strengths (600 mg CBD/120 mg CBG and 2000 mg/400 mg)
  • Roll-on pain relief gel with the same formula and strengths
  • Muscle rub with 400 mg CBD and menthol for on-the-go use
  • 300 mg CBD cream with menthol in a travel-friendly size

I like the variety but I’m surprised to not see a dedicated skincare cream. 

CBD Bath Bombs

purekana bath bombs

4.5/5

CBD Potency100 mg
Count
Total CBD100 mg
Cost per mg CBD$0.12
TypeIsolate
Scents5
Third-Party TestView report

Purekana’s bath bombs are sold in single-bomb packages and come in five scents: activated charcoal, almond & coconut, cucumber, eucalyptus, and midnight roses. Third-party tests also show terpenes, which is great to see. 

Still, you should be aware that bath bombs are not the best way to enjoy the benefits of CBD because it’s not water-soluble. You’ll still benefit from the other ingredients, however.

CBD Transdermal Patches

purekana transdermal cbd patch

4.5/5

CBD Potency25-60 mg
Patch Count1-3
Total CBD25-180 mg
Cost per mg CBD$0.27-0.64
TypeBroad-spectrum
Formulas2
Third-Party TestView report

CBD patches are a relatively rare product. Purekana claims that these patches are transdermal and release CBD for up to 4 days, which means the CBD will absorb into your blood vessels through the skin. 

You can choose from regular patches with 60 mg of CBD or sleep patches with 25 mg CBD and added 8 mg of melatonin, magnesium, chamomile, and lavender to help you wind down before bed.

CBD Pet Products

CBD Oil for Pets

purekana pet cbd oil

4.5/5

CBD Potency8-17 mg/ml
Volume30 ml
Total CBD250-500 mg
Cost per mg CBD$0.09-0.12
TypeIsolate?
Third-Party TestView report

Designed for pets, this CBD oil is flavored with bacon and available in two pet-friendly strengths. I’d prefer to see a third strength option for larger dog breeds. Also, the levels of minor cannabinoids found by third-party tests are low for a full-spectrum tincture (~1-2%).

CBD Treats for Dogs

4.5/5

CBD Potency2-5 mg
Chew Count20-25
Total CBD50-100 mg
Cost per mg CBD??
TypeIsolate
Flavors3
Third-Party TestView report

Purekana’s dog chews come in two strengths:

  • 2 mg CBD per treat for small dogs
  • 5 mg per treat for large dogs

Both treats are sold in three flavors: peanut butter & pumpkin, blueberry & chicken, and steak & sweet potato. 

Delta-8 Products

Delta-8 THC is a legal, hemp-derived form of THC that’s less intoxicating than regular (delta-9) THC.

Delta-8 Gummies 

4.5/5

Delta-8 Potency25 mg
Gummy Count2-20
Total Delta-850-500 mg
Cost per mg$0.08-0.12
TypeIsolate
Flavors3
Third-Party TestView report

These vegan delta-9 gummies come in strawberry, watermelon, and sour apple flavors. 

Delta-8 Vape Pen

4.5/5

Potency~83%
Weight1 gram
Total Delta-8~840 mg
Cost per mg$0.04
TypeIsolate
Formulas3
Third-Party TestView report

This disposable delta-8 THC vape pen carries about 840 mg of delta-8, making it quite potent. You can pick from 3 cannabis-inspired flavors: berry gelato, blue dream, and watermelon zkittles. 

My experience: I tried out the berry gelato pen, which had a pleasant flavor. I felt the effects right away, feeling a little intoxicated with relaxation and a bit of euphoria and dry mouth. Later on, I felt more sleepy and relaxed with munchies.

Delta-8 Vape Cartridge

4.5/5

Potency~84%
Weight1 gram
Total Delta-8~840 mg
Cost per mg$0.04
TypeIsolate
Formulas3
Third-Party TestView report

This is the cartridge form of the delta-8 vape pen. You get the same three flavors and roughly ~84% delta-8 THC, according to the test results. The cart is compatible with all 510-thread batteries and vape pens.

Delta-9 Gummies

4.5/5

Delta-9 Potency12 mg
Gummy Count20
Total Delta-9240 mg
Cost per mg$0.08-0.12
TypeIsolate
Flavors2
Third-Party TestView report

These legal hemp-derived delta-9 THC gummies are made with vegan ingredients and come in two flavors: mango pineapple strawberry and blackberry. 

HHC Products

Hexahydrocannabinol (HHC) is a psychoactive cannabinoid made by hydrogenating hemp-derived THC. It has similar but weaker effects than regular THC.

HHC Gummies 

purekana hhc gummies

4.5/5

HHC Potency25 mg
Gummy Count20
Total HHC500 mg
Cost per mg$0.08
TypeIsolate
Flavors3
Third-Party TestView report

These intoxicating vegan gummies are available in strawberry, watermelon, and mango flavors. 

My experience: I took one gummy with peanut butter before bed. About 30 minutes later I started feeling the classic intoxicating effects: dry mouth, sleepiness, and elevated mood. I quickly fell asleep and dreamed less.

HHC Vape Pens

4.5/5

HHC Potency~90%
Weight1-2 grams
Total HHC~900-1800 mg
Cost per mg$0.04-0.05
TypeIsolate
Formulas3
Third-Party TestView report

Purekana’s disposable HHC vape pens contain roughly 900 mg of HHC (in its two forms, 9S and 9R). You can choose from berry gelato, blue dream, and watermelon zkittles flavors. 

You can also buy a dual-sided double pen that has twice the HHC. One side is recommended for daytime use, while the other is for nighttime. 

HHC Vape Cartridge

4.5/5

HHC Potency~90%
Weight1 gram
Total HHC~900 mg
Cost per mg$0.04
TypeIsolate
Formulas3
Third-Party TestView report

These 510-thread carts contain roughly 900 mg (~90%) HHC and come in berry gelato, blue dream, and watermelon zkittles flavors. 

THC-O Products

THC-O, also known as THC-O-acetate, is another hemp-derived, manmade version of THC. The addition of acetate makes THC-O significantly stronger in effects than regular THC. You should be careful when shopping for and using THC-O products since they are potent and relatively unregulated.

THC-O Gummies

4.5/5

THC-O Potency25 mg
Gummy Count20
Total THC-O500 mg
Cost per mg$0.08
TypeIsolate
Flavors3
Third-Party TestView report

Like all Purekana gummies, these are made with vegan ingredients. They come in blueberry lemonade, grape, and strawberry flavors.

THC-O Vape Pens

4.5/5

THC-O Potency~87%
Weight1-2 grams
Total THC-O~900-1800 mg
Cost per mg$0.04-0.05
TypeIsolate
Formulas3
Third-Party TestView report

These disposable THC-O vape pens carry about 900 mg of THC-O and come in berry gelato, super sour diesel, and watermelon zkittles flavors.

Like the HHC vape, can also get a double-sided THC-O vape with 1800 mg for daytime and nighttime use.

THC-O Vape Cartridge

4.5/5

THC-O Potency~85%
Weight1 gram
Total THC-O~850 mg
Cost per mg$0.04
TypeIsolate
Formulas3
Third-Party TestView report

Purekana’s THC-O vape carts carry about 850 mg of THC-O. The flavor options are berry gelato, blue dream, and watermelon zkittles. They’re compatible with any 510-thread device.

Price & Value

The easiest way to compare the value of CBD products 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 milligram (mg) of CBD would be 100/1500 = 7 cents. The prices also vary depending on the type of product.

Here’s a look at Purekana’s pricing per mg of CBD and other cannabinoids:

  • CBD oil: 5-7 cents per mg of CBD
  • Capsules: 7-18 cents per mg
  • Gummies: 6-8 cents per mg
  • Topicals: 5-15 cents per mg (except for the patches)
  • Pet products: 9-12 cents per mg
  • Delta-8 products: 4-8 cents per mg of delta-8 THC 
  • HHC products: 4-8 cents per mg
  • THC-O products: 4-8 cents per mg

For the most part, these prices are cheaper than average for their respective categories. You also get added savings from free shipping on all orders and the option to subscribe for 30% off.

All in all, you’re getting above-average value with Purekana. 

Hemp Source and Production Process

Purekana’s hemp is sourced from farms in Kentucky and Colorado. It’s extracted with carbon dioxide (CO2), one of the leading CBD extraction methods. 

Unfortunately, no more details are provided, such as which farming methods are used.

Third-Party Testing

Purekana sends its products for testing to several reputable labs, including KCA Labs, DB Labs, ACS Laboratory, and Kaycha Labs. 

The tests check for contaminants, cannabinoid potency, and in many cases even terpene potency, which is great to see. You can see the latest test reports attached 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:

  • The CBD content, which should be within 10% of the label (3)
  • The levels of THC and minor cannabinoids like CBG and CBN
  • The terpene content (if tested)
  • Whether the CBD type (full, broad-spectrum, or isolate) is accurate
  • Whether there are any contaminants

I looked at the latest test certificates of analysis (CoAs) for Purekana’s products and found that most of them show accurate levels of CBD and other cannabinoids. However, many full-spectrum products don’t contain terpenes and have low amounts (below 10%) of minor cannabinoids.

Here are two CoA screenshots to give you a sense of Purekana’s products:

  1. The 5000 mg full-spectrum CBD oil CoA shows accurate CBD levels (5543 mg or about 11% higher) and almost 10% minor cannabinoids, which is good. But there are no terpenes.
  2. The 25 mg HHC gummies CoA (done by KCA labs, one of the few reliable labs for HHC testing) shows 7.6 mg of HHC per gram, or about 38 mg per 5-gram gummy. That’s much more (52%) than advertised.

In summary, I like that the tests are comprehensive and up-to-date but there is room for improvement with minor cannabinoids, terpenes, and accuracy of the intoxicating products.

Shipping & Returns

Purekana offers free shipping on all orders, which is rare to see. Purekana ships CBD products to all states except Idaho, Wyoming, and South Dakota. It also doesn’t ship delta 8 products to Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Nevada, Mississippi, Montana, Rhode Island, and Utah. 

As for refunds, you can request one within 30 days of purchase (minus return shipping).

Customer Service & Reputation

Purekana is a popular CBD vendor. It’s been reviewed over 10,000 times on the independent review website Trustpilot, which holds more weight than reviews you’d find directly on CBD company websites.

Having said that, the company’s average rating is a bit low at an average of 3.7/5. Many reviews complain about problems with shipping, customer service, inconsistent products, and other problems. Purekana also has over 200 complaints against it on the Better Business Bureau website. 

I’d also like to see more transparency; the brand has a generic about us page that doesn’t reveal much detail about the company’s mission or the people behind it.

Did you know? Purekana’s products have been involved in a number of online scams, where fake articles claim that popular celebrities like Ree Drummond, Oprah, or Shark Tank endorsed Purekana’s CBD gummies.

The Verdict: Popular Doesn’t Necessary Mean Great

My main criticism of Purekana is similar to CBDfx. The brand focuses too much on marketing and making its products look appealing (visually and in terms of taste) rather than effective.

That’s best shown by the fact that most broad and full-spectrum products contain low levels of minor cannabinoids and terpenes. I didn’t feel much from Purekana’s sleep gummies even when I tried to take two or 3 at a time.

And the many negative reviews, most of which sound legitimate, aren’t a great look either. Another minor issue I noticed with Purekana’s website is that there are many errors on the product pages, such as the wrong product strength or the wrong type of CBD extract.

But I will say one good thing: I found the intoxicating hemp products (HHC and delta-8) to be quite potent.

Overall Rating: 3.9/5

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