Receptra CBD Review: Pros & Cons (Dec. 2022)

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Colorado’s Receptra makes full-spectrum CBD products from organic Colorado-grown hemp. They contain high amounts of minor cannabinoids and terpenes, adding to the benefits of CBD. The CBD oil and gummies I tried out had potent effects and a pleasant taste. 

Bottom line: Although it’s a relatively small company, Receptra has some of the most effective CBD products on the market. 

Pros

  • Rich in minor cannabinoids and terpenes
  • Good product variety
  • Oversees every step of production
  • Extensive third-party testing
  • Contributes to good causes

Cons

  • Low minor cannabinoids in a few products

Overall Rating: 4.4/5

Products 4.5/5

Receptra’s products are among the most effective I’ve tried. It’s also nice to see products for different benefits without overwhelming you with too many options.

Price & Value 4/5

Receptra’s prices are considered average but you’re still getting good value because the products are made with high-quality hemp extract and other natural ingredients.

Hemp Quality 4.5/5

Receptra grows its hemp on a family-run organic farm in Colorado.

Third-Party Testing 4.5/5

The testing is extensive and even includes terpene potency. The test results are impressive (except for two specific reports), showing high minor cannabinoid and terpene levels.

Customer Service & Reputation 4.5/5

Receptra isn’t the biggest brand out there but it looks authentic. The customer reviews are positive and the company contributes to worthy causes like veterans’ organizations.

Receptra CBD Overview

Previously known as Receptra Naturals, Receptra is a Colorado-based CBD vendor. It was established in 2015 by Rusty Scott from Denver, who turned to CBD to relieve his knee pain after an accident.

Receptra is a relatively small brand that oversees every step of the production process, from growing hemp on a local organic farm to extracting it and making the end products. 

That may explain why its full-spectrum products are of high quality and rich in minor cannabinoids and terpenes.

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.

Receptra CBD Product Lineup

Receptra sells full-spectrum CBD oil, gummies, and topicals in multiple formulas designed for goals like wellness, sleep, and relief. A few products are also available in a THC-free (broad-spectrum) variety. 

Receptra CBD products tested
The Receptra products I received and tested to write this unbiased review

For this review, I tried out Receptra’s serious relief CBD oil as well as serious rest and serious relax gummies. You can see my thoughts below. 

CBD Oil

receptra naturals serious relief tincture

5/5

CBD Potency25-66 mg/ml
Volume15-60 ml 
Total CBD375-4000 mg
Cost per mg CBD$0.07–0.11
TypeFull-spectrum
Formulas4
Third-Party TestView report

Receptra’s full-spectrum CBD oils come in four varieties:

  • Serious wellness, a fresh berry-flavored 50 mg/ml (high-potency) tincture
  • Seriously relax, a vanilla mint-flavored 25 mg/ml (medium-strength) oil added lavender, passionflower, and limonene to promote a sense calm
  • Serious rest, a ginger lime-flavored 25 mg/ml oil with added linalool, valerian, and chamomile to promote sleep
  • Serious relief, a fresh berry-flavored 33-66 mg/ml tincture with added turmeric for inflammation and aches relief (also available in 0% THC version)

These tinctures have high levels of not only minor cannabinoids (~16%) but also terpenes, making them more potent and effective. 

My experience: I chose the serious relief tincture because it had the most interesting formula. I took a full dropper (33 mg CBD) when I was sore from working out and noticed minor relief within 40 minutes but had stronger effects from taking 2 full droppers (66 mg). The berry taste was pleasant.

CBD Gummies

The gummies come in the same three varieties as the oils but with slightly different ingredients. 

Serious Rest Gummies

receptra serious rest gummies

5/5

Potency28 mg
Gummy Count30
Total cannabinoids840 mg
Cost per mg$0.07
TypeFull-spectrum
Third-Party TestView report

These mountain strawberry-flavored vegan gummies are made with natural and organic ingredients. They combine 25 mg CBD with 3 mg of cannabinol (CBN), the minor cannabinoid touted for supporting sleep and relaxation. 

I also appreciate that Receptra didn’t add melatonin because it doesn’t work for everyone and can cause side effects. But the third-party test report is strange; I think they mistakenly added the test for the pure CBN isolate they blended into this full-spectrum product.

My experience: I took 4 gummies an hour before bedtime. The taste was delicious. I did sleep better but also noticed some psychoactive effects, so people sensitive to THC shouldn’t take too many gummies at a time. I’m not a fan of melatonin so these gummies are great for me.

Serious Relax Gummies

receptra relax cbd gummies

5/5

Potency28 mg
Gummy Count30
Total cannabinoids840 mg
Cost per mg$0.05
TypeFull-spectrum
Third-Party TestView report

These cherry lime-flavored gummies are made with the same quality ingredients and contain 25 mg CBD with 3 mg of cannabigerol (CBG), a minor cannabinoid included in products for improving focus, mood, and energy. 

My experience: I ate 3 gummies during the day. The strawberry taste was nice but I’d prefer less sugar. As for the effects, I did feel more relaxed and upbeat after about an hour, with subtle effects lasting for several hours. 

Serious Relief Gummies

receptra serious relief gummies

5/5

Potency33 mg
Gummy Count60
Total cannabinoids1000 mg
Cost per mg$0.05
TypeFull-spectrum
Third-Party TestView report

The ginger peach-flavored relief gummies carry 33 mg of full-spectrum CBD plus anti-inflammatory turmeric and ginger extracts. They also show 14.5% minor cannabinoids on tests, which is quite impressive for gummies. 

CBD Capsules

receptra serious rest capsules

5/5

CBD Potency25 mg
Capsule Count30
Total CBD750 mg
Cost per mg CBD$0.09
TypeFull-spectrum
Formulas2
Third-Party TestView report

Receptra’s capsules come in two formulas inspired by the oils:

  • Serious relax with lavender and passionflower
  • Serious rest with chamomile and valerian

Again, third-party tests show impressive minor cannabinoid amounts (15%), which is always great to see.

CBD Topicals

Serious Relief + Arnica Targeted Topical

receptra serious relief topical cbd

5/5

CBD Potency11.5 mg/ml
Volume1.25-2.5 oz (35-70 g)
Total CBD400-800 mg
Cost per mg CBD$0.09-0.11
TypeFull & broad-spectrum
Varieties3
Third-Party TestView report

This full-spectrum CBD balm contains arnica, camphor, and jojoba to help with aches and inflammation. It’s also available in a 0% THC version as well as a stick for easier application. 

The third-party tests for the full-spectrum version show 13% minor cannabinoids: a great result for a topical product. 

Serious Relief Hydrating Hemp Body Butter

receptra cbd manuka body butter

5/5

CBD Potency4-5 mg/g
Volume3.4 oz (96 g)
Total CBD400 mg
Cost per mg CBD$0.18
TypeFull-spectrum
Third-Party TestView report

Receptra’s body butter is infused with manuka honey and other skincare ingredients including aloe vera and vitamin E. It’s designed as an all-around skincare product. 

Seriously Relax + Arnica Body Oil

receptra cbd body oil

4/5

CBD Potency1.7 mg/ml
Volume4-8 oz (118-236 ml)
Total CBD200-400 mg
Cost per mg$0.10-0.15
TypeFull-spectrum
Third-Party TestView report

This body oil is infused with arnica oil, camphor, jojoba, and other beneficial ingredients that help you relax and recover. I’d like to see higher CBD content; also, the third-party tests didn’t find any THC or many other minor cannabinoids. 

CBD for Pets

Pet Tincture

receptra naturals pet tincture

5/5

CBD Potency16-25 mg/ml
Volume30 ml
Total CBD480-750 mg
Cost per mg CBD$0.09
TypeFull-spectrum
Third-Party TestView report

Receptra’s pet CBD oil comes in two pet-friendly strengths ideal for cats, smaller dogs, as well as medium and larger breeds. It has a natural flavor without any additives. The minor cannabinoids are at 13.6%, which is also great.

CBD Pet Chews

receptra CBD pet chews

4/5

CBD Potency5 mg
Chew Count40
Total CBD200 mg
Cost per mg$0.15
TypeFull-spectrum?
Third-Party TestView report

These peanut butter bacon-flavored chews are infused with wild Alaskan salmon oil. But the third-party tests only found CBD; full-spectrum products should carry THC and other cannabinoids.

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.

You also have to consider that the prices vary by product type. Here’s what the prices look like for Receptra:

  • CBD oil: 7 to 11 cents per mg of CBD
  • Capsules: 9 cents per mg
  • Gummies: 5 to 7 cents per mg
  • Topicals: 9 to 18 cents per mg
  • Pet products: 9 to 15 cents per mg

Except for the gummies, these prices are fairly average. But you’re still getting good value with Receptra because its products are made with quality full-spectrum extract, making them more potent and effective. 

There’s also a 50% discount for veterans and active members of the military. 

Hemp Source and Production Process

As a vertically integrated company, Receptra oversees every step of the production process. The company grows organic hemp on a family farm in Colorado, which is then harvested, dried, and hand-shucked to remove the stems and stalks.

The hemp flower is then extracted with cold ethanol, one of the most common methods of CBD extraction. The resulting extract is refined and combined with other botanical ingredients to make Receptra’s products.

Third-Party Testing

Receptra’s products are independently tested by Pacific Botanical Laboratories, a cannabis & hemp testing lab. The tests are comprehensive, including both potency (levels of cannabinoids and even terpenes) and contaminants.

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 and CBC
  • The levels of THC
  • Whether the CBD type (full, broad-spectrum, or isolate) is accurate
  • Whether there are any contaminants

The latest test reports for Receptra Naturals’ products show exceptionally high levels of minor cannabinoids (~15%). Many products also contain significant amounts of terpenes — another great result for a high-quality full-spectrum product. 

I only found a couple of small issues, like two products without THC and low levels of minor cannabinoids.

I added two screenshots of third-party test documents to give you a sense of what you’re getting with Receptra:

  1. The 3000 mg wellness CBD oil test shows 46.6 mg CBD per ml, which is only 7% less than the label. The tests also show 16.5% minor cannabinoids, an exceptionally high amount, as well as 5 different terpenes. These are impressive results.
  2. The 33 mg relief gummies test shows 7.62 mg CBD per gram, or 30.5 mg per gummy, which is only 8% less than advertised. Again, the tests show impressive minor cannabinoid amounts (14.5%).

Overall, the test results suggest that you’re getting accurate, high-quality full-spectrum CBD products. 

Shipping & Returns

Receptra delivers throughout the US with free shipping on orders above $75. You can request a refund or replacement within 30 days of purchase if you’re not satisfied.

Customer Service & Reputation

Receptra is a fairly small CBD company but has all the signs of a reputable vendor. The customer reviews on its website are positive and highlight the effectiveness of Receptra’s products, especially compared to other CBD brands. 

It also runs a philanthropic initiative called Receptra Gives by partnering with social, animal, and environmental organizations like the Herogrown Foundation.

The Verdict: Exceptional Whole-Plant CBD

Receptra is a great brand to choose if you don’t mind paying a little more for high-quality, effective CBD products. While its prices are considered average for the CBD industry, the products themselves are anything but.

I noticed potent effects from the oil and gummies I tried and appreciated the use of natural ingredients. That’s not surprising since Receptra’s third-party tests show impressive amounts of minor cannabinoids and terpenes, which work in synergy with CBD to produce greater effects and benefits.

There were only a few minor issues I found, like two product tests not finding any THC (which should be present in full-spectrum products). 

Overall Rating: 4.4/5

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