My Three-Week Experience with Half Day CBD
Author: Joy Hughes
Half Day CBD is a relatively new hemp company in the CBD industry. They offer numerous products at a flat rate shipping fee, and for orders over $99, they offer free shipping, which makes them a little more affordable.
From “seed to sale”, their main focus is being transparent about how their products are made and adhering to FDA standards. In fact, their bottling facility is FDA-approved and overseen by a food safety manager.
All and all, Half Day CBD is quickly gaining popularity and credibility with their high quality, hemp-derived CBD products.
A brief history of Half Day CBD
Half Day CBD was started in 2019 by two friends who were inspired by the therapeutic benefits of CBD. This inspiration led them to create some of the highest-quality, most trusted CBD products on market today.
Their hemp is carefully cultivated from the nutrient-rich soil of Kentucky and then shipped to Chicago (where the company is based) for extraction, formulation, and further testing and processing.
From CBD gummies and tinctures to topicals and hemp flower pre-rolls, Half Day CBD offers various strengths and types of CBD products—all of which are created in a GMP certified facility to ensure their products are safe and consistently high quality.
Are Half Day CBD products safe?
As more scientific evidence continues to surface, many people have been shifting their attitudes about Cannabis and hemp. And it’s all thanks to the potentially therapeutic benefits of CBD.
But here’s the issue… Not all CBD is created the same. Some CBD products are more effective than others. Unfortunately, the lack of regulation from the FDA and FTC doesn’t help either.
You see, some companies cut corners by diluting their CBD products with hemp seed oil or even MCT oil, sometimes leaving virtually no CBD in the bottle.
This is why it’s imperative to research the CBD company before purchasing any of their products. And that’s exactly what I did for this review.
I researched Half Day CBD thoroughly and was relieved to find that all of their test results are easily available on their website. Each product has its own lab result and is accurately up to date.
I also found that their hemp is grown in Kentucky on “virgin” soil. This means the land is free from harsh chemical sprays and other harmful toxins. I also found that they consistently check for mold when harvesting their hemp.
But there was one thing that’s worth calling out here...
When I clicked on their Process page and scrolled down to their “Step 4: Extraction”, I saw that they only mention supercritical CO2 extraction for their CBD oils. But when I go to view their lab results to confirm this, I see something a bit different.
It seems only their full spectrum CBD products are CO2 extracted in a GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) facility, whereas their CBD isolate products are all extracted using ethanol.
Now, I’m not against high-quality ethanol extraction. I am, however, wondering why this extraction method is not listed on their “Process” page.
Despite this small hiccup, I’m confident in saying that Half Day CBD is safe to consume.
Half Day CBD products I tried
For three weeks, I religiously consumed and applied the following Half Day CBD products:
- CBD Gummies 25mg - Combo Pack
- CBD Gummies 100 mg - Super Strawberry
- CBD Isolate Tincture 2,000mg
- Full Spectrum CBD Oil 1,000mg
- Full Spectrum CBD Salve 350mg
- 2pk. CBD Hemp Flower Pre-rolled Joints (Half Joints) - “Afghani Skunk X The Wife”
- 2pk. CBD Hemp Flower Pre-rolled Joints (King Size) - “Afghani Skunk X The Wife”
And for every product I tried, I made sure to follow the instructions written on the label of each product.
Half Day CBD product information
|CBD Gummies 25mg - Combo Pack||Contains 15 different flavored gummies with 25mg of CBD isolate in each gummy.||Isolated CBD extract, sugar, corn syrup, gelatin, pectin, citric acid, natural and artificial flavors, potassium sorbate||Take one gummy every 12 hours, or as needed.||$39.99|
|CBD Gummies 100 mg - Super Strawberry||Contains 10 large strawberry flavored gummies with 100mg of CBD isolate in each gummy.||Isolated CBD extract, sugar, corn syrup, gelatin, pectin, citric acid, natural and artificial flavors, potassium sorbate||Take one gummy every 12 hours, or as needed.||$49.99|
|CBD Isolate Tincture - 2,000mg||Contains 2,000mg of thoroughly tested CBD isolate that's free of THC.||Pure CBD isolate and MCT (Medium-Chain Triglyceride) Oil||Place one full dropper of oil under the tongue and hold for 30-60 seconds, then swallow. Take one dose every 12 hours, or as needed. One full dropper contains 67mg of CBD.||$99.99|
|Full Spectrum CBD Oil - 1,000mg||Contains 1,000mg of thoroughly tested full spectrum CBD.||Hemp extract and MCT (Medium Chain Triglyceride) Oil||Place one full dropper of oil under the tongue and hold for 30-60 seconds, then swallow. Take one dose every 12 hours, or as needed. One full dropper contains 34mg of CBD.||$64.99|
|Full Spectrum CBD Salve - 350mg||Contains 350mg of thoroughly tested full spectrum CBD.||CBD-derived CBD oil, MCT oil, beeswax, shea butter, arnica oil, peppermint oil||Apply to the affected area every 4-6 hours or as needed.||$29.99|
|Two Pack Craft CBD Hemp Flower Pre-rolled Joints (Half Joints) - "Afghani Skunk X The Wife" (Indica, Relax)||Contains two half size pre-rolls of an innovative hemp strain that provides relaxation and is great for those who want to unwind at the end of the day.||Less than 0.3% THC, hemp flower, high-quality raw hemp cones||Dosing for CBD flower is less exact. Inhalation has an immediate effect, but it's easy to adjust your intake as needed. One hit at a time. Light the joint, inhale, hold for a few seconds and then exhale.||$9.99|
|Two pack Craft CBD Hemp Flower Pre-rolled Joints (King Size) - "Afghani Skunk X The Wife" (Indica, Relax)||Contains two king size pre-rolls of an innovative hemp strain that provides relaxation and is great for those who want to unwind at the end of the day.||Less than 0.3% THC, hemp flower, high-quality raw hemp cones||Dosing for CBD flower is less exact. Inhalation has an immediate effect, but it's easy to adjust your intake as needed. One hit at a time. Light the joint, inhale, hold for a few seconds and then exhale.||$12.99|
My Half Day CBD experience
First, a little bit about me... I battle with a few health problems: IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), Sciatic pain, Endometriosis, and hormonal imbalance. I also struggle with a number of food sensitivities which have caused my diet to become quite limited.
My symptoms include crippling menstrual cramps, poor digestion, chronic bloating, insomnia, nausea, adrenal fatigue, muscle and joint pain, symptoms of anxiety and depression, and at times painful intercourse.
My symptoms can vary greatly from month to month. However, my battle to get more than 2-4 hours of sleep at a time remains pretty consistent throughout each month.
I’ve been prescribed multiple prescription medications from several different doctors and specialists over the years, none of which have significantly helped. In fact, they’ve done the exact opposite for my current health problems, thus creating more unwanted symptoms. (No fun!)
Thankfully, I came across CBD a few years ago and it’s been one of the few things that’s helped bring relief to many of my symptoms.
That said, I’ve tried several different CBD products and can truly attest to the phrase, “Not all CBD is created equal!” Some CBD products don’t work at all, whereas others are absolutely effective for me. This brings me to my personal experience with Half Day CBD.
I had heard of Half Day CBD before doing this review. They have a user-friendly website (easy to navigate), their founder's story is very compelling, and their overall process from “seed to sale” is really streamlined and safe.
So, when I was asked to try some of their products, I had no issue with saying yes, as their products are thoroughly third-party tested, carefully formulated, and grown on soil that’s free from harmful contaminants.
My first week on Half Day CBD
When I received my box of Half Day CBD products, my first impression was good. I thought their packaging looked nice and I loved their informative insert cards, especially their hemp flower insert card which read, “THIS IS NOT MARIJUANA.” A nice touch indeed.
My first week I started with the CBD hemp flower pre-rolled joints and the 30ml, 2,000mg CBD isolate tincture. And let me just say, WOW!
CBD Hemp Flower - Pre-rolled Joints
First of all, I’m not much of a smoker. I prefer sublinguals, edibles, and creams. That said, I have smoked other hemp-derived CBD pre-rolls and none of them seemed to be as smooth as Half Day CBD hemp joints. They are non-psychoactive, easy to inhale, and didn’t make me cough like other hemp-derived joints I’ve tried.
I started with the king size pre-roll and smoked it in the evening. I didn’t smoke the whole thing in one setting, but I smoked enough of it to feel a significant effect. I’m glad I did this at night, because it helped me fall straight to sleep. This is amazing, because I don’t produce a normal amount of melatonin due to my hormonal imbalance, so falling and staying asleep is usually hard. But the king size hemp joints worked wonders. Although, I personally wouldn’t want to smoke hemp-derived CBD joints long-term, as any type of frequent inhalation can potentially cause damage to the lungs.
CBD Isolate Tincture 2,000mg
I then decided to try the 2,000mg CBD isolate tincture during the day, as I struggle with various aches and pains all throughout my body. I took one full dropper each day and I’ll be honest, nothing changed. Instead it left a bitter taste in my mouth, which was easy to chase with some water or juice.
As far as its effectiveness goes, I didn’t feel sleepy, chill, or any sort of relief, which I thought was odd. So I decided to try it again at night, in place of the hemp joints. Again, nothing noticeable.
At the end of my first 7 days, it was clear to me that the Half Day CBD hemp joints were by far the most effective. In fact, I stopped smoking them after 4 days and just took the CBD isolate tincture both day and night, to give it the benefit of the doubt. But still, no effect.
My second week on Half Day CBD
During my second week on Half Day CBD, I ate one 25mg CBD gummy during the day and took one dropper full of the 1,000mg full spectrum CBD oil at night.
I also started applying the 350mg full spectrum CBD salve in the morning and at night. I was super excited about this product, because I love creams, salves, and balms.
CBD Gummies 25mg Combo Pack
Amazingly, I noticed relief from some of my aches, pains, and anxieties throughout the day on the 25mg CBD gummies. This really surprised me because the gummies are also made of CBD isolate and contain far less CBD than the CBD isolate tincture. Strange!
The 25mg CBD gummies taste really good. In fact, they actually taste closer to real gummy bears with a sugar coating, vs. other CBD gummies I’ve tried in the past. I also felt their calming and relieving effect within 40 minutes to an hour, which was awesome.
Full Spectrum CBD Oil 1,000mg
My first impression of the full spectrum CBD oil was mixed. It had a very unique strong taste, which I assumed was due to the wide range of terpenes. After holding one full dropper of oil under my tongue for a little over a minute, I waited… and waited… and waited some more.
The full spectrum oil didn’t exactly help me fall asleep, but it definitely helped me stay asleep for almost 5 hours straight (which is a lot for me).
Full Spectrum CBD Salve 350mg
As far as the full spectrum CBD salve goes, I was sadly let down. I really wanted this product to work, but no matter how much or how often I applied it to my troublesome areas, I didn’t notice anything other than softer skin.
Nevertheless, I continued with this routine for a total of 7 days and I have to say, the 25mg CBD gummies really blew me away! Every time I took them, I felt more chill and a lot more relief. It didn’t take all my pain away, but it did minimize it to some degree.
The full spectrum CBD oil was definitely a game changer for me at night. I noticed that the more consecutive nights I took it, the better I slept. I just wish it would help me also fall asleep. And the CBD salve only made my skin feel softer. But I kept hoping that it was doing something, so I continued using it well into my third week.
My third week on Half Day CBD
CBD Gummies 100mg Super Strawberry
During my third and final week, I ate one 100mg super strawberry CBD gummy during the day and went back to the 2,000mg CBD isolate tincture at night. I also continued applying the CBD salve in the morning, afternoon, and night.
To my surprise, the super strawberry CBD gummies were just as effective as the 25mg CBD gummies. It’s recommended to only take one full gummy every 24 hours, because they contain so much CBD. So that’s what I did.
The super strawberry gummies are huge! They’re also heavily coated with sugar and didn’t taste as good as the 25mg CBD gummies. I figured it was because it contained so much CBD isolate. But they were quite effective at chilling me out and bringing me some pain relief.
As far as the 2,000mg CBD isolate tincture goes, still nothing. I found this to be strange, because every time I ate the CBD isolate gummies, I felt more chill. In fact, there were two days in particular that I was extremely anxious, so I took half of a super strawberry gummy in one sitting. Within 30 minutes, I felt much calmer and my pain subsided significantly. It was amazing!
But for some reason, the CBD isolate tincture did absolutely nothing for me even after another 7 days. The case was the same with the full spectrum CBD salve—although I enjoyed applying it because it made my skin feel super soft.
Pros and Cons of Half Day CBD
Overall, my experience with Half Day CBD was great! That said, here are a few pros and cons to my three-week experiment...
Safe to consume
All of Half Day CBD products are thoroughly tested and grown on virgin soil that’s free from any harmful toxins.
Despite the lack of regulation from government agencies, Half Day CBD has taken the steps to self-regulate as much as possible. Their CBD products are extracted in a facility that is GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) certified.
Soothing and non-psychoactive hemp pre-rolls
Half Day CBD hemp joints were by far their most effective products for me. Not only were they incredibly smooth to smoke (didn’t make me cough like other hemp joints), but they really chilled me out and helped me sleep throughout the night.
Potent Full spectrum CBD oil
Half Day full spectrum CBD oil was highly effective and helped me stay asleep throughout the night.
Non-effective CBD isolate tincture
For some reason, the CBD isolate tincture didn’t work for me, which was strange because the CBD isolate CBD gummies were very effective for me.
Non-effective full spectrum CBD salve
As much as I wanted this product to work, it wasn’t effective for me. I’ve tried other CBD salves, creams, and balms and sometimes noticed relief. But even after 14 days, I still didn’t notice anything with this. However, I can’t say it was a total negative experience as it did make my skin feel really soft.
No mention of ethanol extraction
Half Day CBD has done a great job of being transparent on their site, but not mentioning that their CBD isolate products are extracted using ethanol feels like an oversight. However, this is not a deal breaker for me.
In the gummies, I noticed that one of the ingredients listed was ‘artificial colors'. While it’s one of the last ingredients on the label, it does raise a small red flag for me since I do have so many food sensitivities. Thankfully, I haven’t noticed any issues since taking them.
Over the last three weeks, I felt better while taking Half Day CBD products. As I mentioned earlier, I struggle with a lot of health problems. So, when I find a CBD product that’s safe and effective, I get super excited.
It’s also important to note that everyone responds differently to CBD. What works for one person may not work for another. That's why it’s imperative that you stay consistent and follow the dosing instructions. But even if you follow all the dosing instructions of a CBD product, there is a chance you might not notice any relief. If that’s the case, then you may need to try different products until you find the right one for you.
I tend to respond better to CBD isolate edibles than to CBD isolate tinctures. And it may be because a lot of my pain starts in my digestion. So, eating CBD isolate seems to work better for me.
To anyone who is considering trying CBD for themselves, be sure to only purchase CBD products from reputable CBD companies. If not, you could possibly be buying nothing more than snake oil, or worse, a synthetic CBD product that could potentially make you sick.
Reputable CBD companies like Half Day CBD have their products thoroughly tested by independent third parties before they hit the market. This ensures their products are free from harmful toxins and are accurately labeled. One of the things I love most about this company is that I can feel how genuine the founders are. Their mission and formulation process are thorough and I appreciate that as a consumer. I will definitely be purchasing from Half Day CBD in the future.