This is it: the definitive, complete guide to Social CBD (used to be Select CBD). Our team reviewed every Select CBD product we could get our hands on so we could revamp this guide, and it is now safe to say that this is the best information out there.
* Last updated: June 20th, 2020
Select CBD Review
We chose these products to test because we wanted to get the best sense of the brand we could. They also represent what’s on the market well, so we thought we could test them and compare them to the alternatives.
Overall Select CBD ‘Pros’
- Excellent quality CBD and CBD products
- Especially on the vapes, an outstanding value for the money
- Convenience and flavor stand out
Overall Select CBD ‘Cons’
- Lack of information on the website, including difficulty and extra steps accessing third-party lab report data
- Patches are functional but extremely costly and impractical
The best Select CBD vape pens, Select CBD drops, Select CBD muscle rubs, Select CBD gel caps, Select CBD patches, and the Montel line from Select CBD are all right here. Our team had to battle it out a couple of times, but overall we were able to choose our favorite Select CBD products based on performance, value, flavor, and ease of use.
Here’s what’s coming in this guide:
First we discuss Select CBD the brand, including some details about their extraction methods and quality control. We also cover awards, third-party testing, and the recent rebrand from Select CBD to Social CBD.
Finally, we get into the details on how each product works, and the best Select CBD products.
So here we go!
Select CBD Vape Pens
Look and experience
One downside to any disposable pen like this is that you can’t see how low the oil level is getting visually—but you can tell based on the taste.
Select CBD vape pens blend great technology and ingredients to bring you high-quality flavor and serious performance. Part of a superior vape experience always starts with technology—even with a disposable vape pen. This is true with Select CBD vape pens, too.
Select uses a high-grade, American-made kanthal steel to build its vape pens. It also uses pure, unbleached Japanese cotton in its wicks—the part of the vape that draws the liquid containing CBD to to the coil to be heated.
Standard cotton wicks, which are used in many other vape pens, are less than ideal. Cotton is best to produce a neutral taste, but only unbleached, organic cotton ensures the best experience in terms of flavor and experience.
The cartridges that hold the Select CBD vape oil are pre-filled and ready to use out of the box. Each Select CBD vape pen heats its 250 mgs of product using ceramic core technology. This ensures the temperature stays in the zone and helps keep the taste on point.
A team handles quality control inspections, and checks every Select CBD vape cartridge for leaks, cracks, and unfilled tanks. During the inspection process, the cartridges cure for 24 hours. This allows the oil to completely saturate the wick, reducing the chance of a problem before the vape is ever sold.
For every three-second puff, the Select CBD vape pen delivers 1 to 2 mg of CBD. The CBD is derived from 100% organic hemp plant distillate. Along with the CBD, your vape holds essential oils, terpenes, and fractionated coconut oil (MCT).
Select CBD uses essential oils that are either highly refined or cold-pressed. These oils are locally in Oregon.
More compellingly, Select CBD uses MCT oil instead of other thinning agents such as propylene glycol (PG) and Polyethylene glycol (PEG) 400. Those substances produce a class 1 carcinogen, formaldehyde, which you’re not vaping thanks to Select.
However, it offers an advantage over tinctures in that it is a fantastic way to microdose and offers quicker relief. If you are a vaping fan, you can’t beat that quick delivery and the feeling you get from relief following those cloudy hits.
Select CBD puts its vape pens through serious quality control and curing before shipping and it shows. Curing saturates the wick with oil, reducing the chance of a burned tasting hit or a mechanical failure. These vapes last well, and no one on our team has seen one fail yet.
Every puff is about three seconds long, depending on the user and your goals. It’s a decent amount of vapor, especially for a disposable. All of our testers felt at least some effects within 15 minutes of vaping.
Select CBD vape pens offer the kind of convenient, positive feeling that feels close to instantaneous. They are disposable and ready to use out of the box—a really nice solution, even if you’re an experienced vaper who is used to some setup. No filling, charging, or anything else.
- Cinnamon Relax
- Lavender Relax
- Lemon Revive
- Grapefruit Revive
- Peppermint Focus
- Spearmint Focus
So, the flavor. Many CBD products taste, how can we put this? Like ass. Really bad. Not these, though! Select CBD vape pens really are delicious. A few of our team testers confessed to using a few times them simply for the taste.
Even if you’re not a mint fan, the Spearmint and Peppermint are very nice. They produce strong flavor, but they don’t freeze off your nose hairs they way some mint flavors can. Overall we liked the coolness of Peppermint a little more.
The Cinnamon is warm but not uncomfortable. Those of us that don’t hate Lavender found that flavor pleasant, and the citrus flavors were really tasty to all of us, with Lemon having a slight edge over Grapefruit on numbers alone.
[Marta uses lots of CBD oil, every day. She is reliant on her CBD, so she is serious about effects. However, even Marta liked these CBD effects, which we’ll talk more about below.]
We used the Select CBD blends multiple times. We used them as the packaging seems to suggest—so, for example, before relaxing, chilling at home, or sleeping for the “relax” varieties, before needing to work, going out to be social, or hoping to focus for the “focus” varieties, and as a little pick-me-up for the “revive” varieties. We also did similar tasks without them [except for Marta, but more on this below], and of course with other CBD products we like.
All testers could tell the difference between using the Select CBD vapes and not using them, and that was true for every variety and every tester. The details are slightly more complicated, but there was no question that these CBD vapes worked well.
Select says that these CBD vapes take about 15 minutes to work, and this was very conservative. For most of us, we felt effects within just a few minutes, and they lasted for two to four hours. [Marta did not feel effects as long, but was already on a very high dose.]
From the Grapefruit, Lemon, Peppermint, and Spearmint we felt more energy and increased focus. We also felt a little more up, especially during those “down” parts of the day when your strength can fade. All four of these helped our team with productivity generally.
Many team members used these pens for anxiety, inflammation, and various forms of pain. One team member used the Grapefruit variety for allergies. Another team member used the Lemon variety for anxiety. Your mileage may vary!
Our team enjoyed both Cinnamon and Lavender before bed, except for one team member who dislikes lavender under any circumstances and refused to try the lavender vape pen. With that one exception, everyone who used these vape pens felt relaxed, calm, and sleepy.
Marta’s note on CBD vape pens: if you vape CBD, these are a great choice. If you need more CBD, you might also still want a high-dose tincture. You might benefit from both! Vaping CBD just delivers the cannabinoids in a different way. For me, I need a constant high level in my system, so I really need the high-dose tincture. However, I really love having these vapes around, especially when I want something right now!
Pros and Cons
- Beautiful design, great user experience
- High-end vape technology improves flavor, effects
- Higher CBD concentration than average adds value
- Delicious flavor
- Noticeably more effective overall
Cons for the Select CBD pens:
- Design of vape means you can’t tell oil is low until it tastes strange
The bottom line
Our favorite Select CBD vape pen is Peppermint Focus. Our team felt productive, calm yet energetic, and generally healthy and happy. We also truly loved how it tasted. For a midday pick-me-up, you cannot do much better than this delicious-yet-no-calorie option.
We also loved Cinnamon Relax. This is a great nighttime option, or one for a time when you really need to take a down a few notches.
Select CBD Drops
Look and experience
Similar to the Select CBD vape pens, Select CBD drops feature beautiful, identical teal packaging with third-party lab results right on the box. The tinctures themselves come in dark amber glass bottles to protect their potency.
One great bonus: the bottle also has a marked dropper inside to show you how much oil you’re using. A full dropper contains 1ml of liquid or 33.33mg of CBD, but there are 0.25ml markings too for smaller doses. This makes the product easier to use for more people.
Unflavored Select CBD Drops are the simplest version of this product. This tincture contains the basic ingredients for each other version of Select CBD drops, but this pared-down version remains powerful.
The Unflavored variety is a blend of CBD oil and fractionated coconut oil or MCT. MCT is derived from standard coconut oil, by removing lauric acid. This high-fat content carrier that stays in liquid form, even when refrigerated, because of its structure, making it a better vehicle for the CBD oil.
Each of the other flavors also have these two basic ingredients, along with organic essential oil blends. These blends add to the appeal of each flavor.
Lavender Relax Select CBD Drops also include passion flower, chamomile, and lavender extract, which many consumers choose for calming effects. They also include stevia extract for a sweet, soothing flavor.
Lemon-Ginger Energy Select CBD Drops include infusions of ginger, lemon, and turmeric. They also include ashwagandha, which some people take for stress. These natural substances lend the drops energizing qualities. Of course the drops also contain stevia extract, and along with the other oils, taste great.
Peppermint Focus Select CDB Drops contain peppermint essential oil, which boosts energy naturally. The drops also contain ashwagandha and rhodiola, and stevia extract for sweetness.
We tried all four of the flavors of Select CBD drops: Lavender, Lemon Ginger, Peppermint, and Unflavored. The Select CBD tinctures are about 3.33 percent CBD for a 1000 mg bottle. That’s around 33.33 mg per serving in a 30 mL bottle—a pretty average concentration for a tincture.
However, Select CBD drops are not a full-spectrum product. They use CBD isolate, and therefore some users might requires more. (There is, of course, no THC in these drops, a benefit of using CBD isolate.)
Most testers on our team enjoyed the Lemon Ginger Select CBD tincture, especially those of us who are very active or stressed out. Every tester liked the Peppermint Select CBD tincture during the daytime, active hours. The team members mostly liked the Lavender Select CBD tincture for chilling at the end of the day.
However, for what they are, compared to other, similar products, Select CBD Drops are a fantastic value and among the best. This is true even though Select CBD offers the experience, quality, and feel of a high-end brand.
Some users might think that a 1,000 mg bottle of CBD sounds like a lot to start with, but it’s important to get some perspective. CBD affects different people in massively different ways. Marta goes through that amount in less than half a week. Other team members use far smaller amounts, and can make a bottle like that last a really long time.
Let’s start with the Select CBD Unflavored Drops variety, because it’s somewhat miraculous. By that we mean that it does what it says: it is flavorless. Clean, no bitter, seed-like aftertaste, no nothing. Phew!
Yes, we too have been disappointed many times over by many different “unflavored” versions of CBD oil in the past. This one really is neutral.
Select CBD Lavender Tincture was not cloying or too sweet, but instead was relaxing and subtle like we were hoping. Select CBD Lemon Ginger Drops were genuinely tasty, and we enjoyed consuming them. Select CBD Peppermint Tincture was cool and refreshing, and not too over the top in terms of minty flavor.
Our team tested Select CBD Unflavored Drops with the general goal of seeing what, if any, basic CBD benefits we would get. We tested the Select CBD Lavender Drops in the evening hours doing more relaxed activities. The athletes among us tested Select CBD Lemon Ginger Tincture after working out. Finally, the whole team tested Select CBD Peppermint Drops during working hours to see how we would like them.
Select CBD indicates that it takes about 30 minutes for these drops to work in the body, which was accurate. For most of our testers, one serving was enough for four to six hours. However, several testers on the team needed who regularly use large amounts of full-spectrum oils felt the serving lasted more like three to four hours.
The Unflavored drops provided most of our testers with anxiety relief and mild pain relief. Only a few testers found moderate pain relief.
The Lavender drops gave most testers great results relaxing, falling asleep faster, and staying asleep longer. Those with insomnia also had good results. One tester found Lavender okay for daytime use, but this may be because that tester experiences social anxiety.
The Lemon Ginger variety gave most testers a spike in energy. It also seemed to help with productivity and mental focus, especially for a tester with ADHD. However, as to pain and inflammation, the results were less impressive, with only some testers experiencing mild results.
The Peppermint drops gave our team very similar results to the Lemon Ginger variety. In fact, we found the results almost the same—but we liked the Lemon Ginger flavor more!
Pros and cons
Pros for the Select CBD Drops:
- Cost-effective compared to other similar products
- Effective for stress, relaxation
- Nice flavors, and a great unflavored option
- Great use of essential oils
Cons for the Select CBD Drops:
- Not as effective as a full-spectrum oil
The bottom line
Our favorite Select CBD Drops are Lemon Ginger. Most of our team felt energetic, productive, and focused. We loved the taste, and found it was just as effective as the Peppermint version.
Honorable mention: Unflavored. Among a sea of options that claim to be unflavored and aren’t, this one really is.
Select CBD Gel Caps
We tested the Select CBD Gel Caps 1,000 mg Boost and Rest products.
Look and experience
Like with other Select CBD products, Select CBD Gel Capsules come in boxes. However, these are color-coded, with each dosage having its own look. Third-party lab results are right on the box.
Select CBD Gel Capsules contain 33.33 mg of CBD per serving. At 30 gel caps per bottle, that means you’re getting about 1,000 mg of CBD each. Many CBD softgels or capsules ring in around 20 to 30 mg, so 33.33 is pretty good.
Even more impressive, though, is the high quality and amounts of the other herbal ingredients in these capsules. These are still active ingredients, and they add power to every variety except Balance.
Speaking of which, Select CBD gel capsules come in four varieties:
Select CBD Balance gel capsules are the purest variety, with no added herbal ingredients.
The Boost gel capsules also contain 75 mg of moringa and 75 mg of yerba mate each. Both help the body battle fatigue, and yerba mate also has caffeine. There is no real smell to these gel capsules, but there is a slight sweet flavor.
The Recover gel capsules also contain 5 mg of black pepper extract and 75 mg of curcumin per gel capsule. Curcumin is an extremely effective natural anti-inflammatory agent. Black pepper extract helps curcumin work, because it contains piperine, which makes curcumin more bioavailable. They also contain a relaxation power couple: 75 mg of passion flower and 75 mg of valerian root. These both promote relaxation and sleep.
Just like the Select CBD Drops, the Select CBD gel capsules cost $65.00 per bottle. This means they are $2.17 per capsule or $0.065 per mg.
This price is competitive among other high-quality CBD isolate products. In fact, Select CBD gel capsules are priced better than anything else on the market at that concentration that we saw, at least among isolate products. They are also providing high quality herbal ingredients, which is a value-added bonus.
We tested how well Select CBD Boost gel capsules worked based on our testers’ focus and energy levels. We tested how well Select CBD Rest gel capsules worked based on our testers’ ability to fall and stay asleep, and to relax beforehand.
Although Select CBD does not say how long their gel capsules take to work, any swallowed pill usually takes around 30 minutes to hit the bloodstream. A 20 to 30 minute onset time was typical for our testers. Effects lasted for approximately four hours, although for some testers that’s tough to say as they were asleep for longer.
We liked the Boost gel capsules a lot, overall. Most testers found them effective for more focus and energy, yet still felt calm. Almost all testers agreed that Boost gel capsules were best in the morning, and a few testers liked using them like a cup of coffee or strong tea—sort of like a morning or early afternoon pick-me-up.
We loved the Rest gel capsules, too. Most testers used them and found a greater sense of relaxation before bed. All testers fell asleep faster, and nearly all testers stayed asleep more readily.
A note on CBD gel capsule use: you might wonder why you’d bother with gel capsules. CBD gel caps are great if you are worried about getting the same dose every time. This is especially useful for patients who treat something like chronic pain or general anxiety disorder—something that needs the same, reliable dose.
Pros and Cons
Pros for the Select CBD gel caps:
- A reasonable cost
- Excellent herbal ingredients
- A fine way to get a reliable dose every time
- More CBD than average
Cons for the Select CBD gel caps:
- No opportunity to microdose
- High cost for people who need high doses
The bottom line
Select CBD gel capsules are an excellent option, especially for treating chronic conditions or a fine midday boost of energy.
Select CBD Patches
We tested the 100mg patch for this review. They come singly or in 3-packs. The patches are designed to consistently deliver the full amount of CBD over the course of 24 hours.
The look and experience
Our Select CBD Patch Three Packs came in boxes with three individually-wrapped packages for every patch. The boxes show lab results right on them.
The packages provide patch application directions. Inside each package is one transparent patch, two alcohol swabs, and one set of directions, complete with pictures. The 100 mg patch measures 3.25” x 2.5”. If you want a smaller amount of CBD, you can simply cut the patch in half.
The packaging says the patches are water-resistant, and several testers can vouch for that.
There are only two ingredients in these patches, but transdermal delivery of CBD is fairly sophisticated, and makes for a relatively high rate of bioavailability compared with other routes of CBD delivery. Patches are also an ideal way to ensure consistent, measured dosing every day even if you tend to forget things. Just put on the patch and forget about it.
Follow the directions to apply the patch, swabbing the venous, hairless target area with alcohol swabs first. Aim for a place like your wrist or the top of your foot. After the spot is clean, apply the patch and press it into place firmly for at least 30 seconds.
Ingredients and dosages
The only two ingredients in Select CBD’s patches are CBD hemp extract and the polymer blend it’s suspended in. The single 100 mg CBD patch costs $19.99, or the three-pack costs $49.99.
It’s no question that these patches are convenient. You put them on and forget about them. They also dose you in a predictable, reliable way. They also allow you to keep getting your CBD even if you’re sleeping, at work, whatever.
These are not cheap. The three-pack of 100 mg patches makes your cost for about 1000 mg of CBD more than $150. However, when you consider that it’s a novel delivery method that you may not need to employe every single time, you can see why this is the right choice for some consumers.
We tested the Select CBD Patch for general effects. The 100 mg patches were moderately effective for most of our testers, who enjoyed using them overall. Unlike vaping CBD, the patches provide a much more even experience that you sort of forget about in a pleasant way.
Pros and Cons
Pros for the Select CBD Patch:
- Highly convenient
- Works even while you sleep
Cons for the Select CBD Patch:
- A bit expensive
- Didn’t work for all testers
The bottom line
These Select CBD patches may be best for people who need to achieve modest to moderate effects over the course of 24 hours with a very convenient method of administration.
Select CBD Muscle Rub
To help us feel even better after working out, we tested Select CBD Muscle Rub.
Look and experience
Select CBD Muscle Rub comes in a4.5-ounce tin, inside a small box. There are third-party lab results right on the box.
Ingredients and dosage
This balm is a greasy infusion of CBD along with arnica, aloe, vitamin E, menthol, and tea tree oil. There is 250 mg of CBD in each 4.5-ounce tin of Select CBD Muscle Rub, priced at $35.
That’s not a tremendously high concentration of CBD, but you would never know it! This is an awesome product. Compared to others like it, it is priced well—and it simply works.
Arnica can relieve pain and inflammation, and can treat small injuries like bruises. Aloe and tea tree oil are both known for their anti-inflammatory qualities. Vitamin E is wonderful for skin health.
Menthol stimulates and numbs opioids receptors, helping to relieve pain, and cooling heat caused by inflammation. Yerba mate can help muscles recover after intense exercise. All told, it’s not tough to see why slathering this stuff on you relieves pain!
Even Marta, who has another balm she adores, loves this one too. If you’re lucky enough to have a friend who can apply this, you will almost immediate feel some relief in your muscles. Then, over the course of about 15 minutes, you will feel even looser as muscle tension and soreness dissipates. Bonus: it smells wonderful.
Select CBD Muscle Rub smells pungent but not unpleasant, and the scene goes away rapidly. It isn’t greasy, but creamy, and absorbs into the skin well.
Our testers felt the effects of Select CBD Muscle Rub instantly, and they persisted for about two hours. We loved the effects and wanted to use this product again and again.
One tester suffers from repetitive stress injuries in the neck and shoulder, and this rub was very useful for her. Another team member has arthritis, and the rub helps with that inflammation. Other testers found the Select CBD Muscle Rub feels great both before and after sports, yoga, and hiking. One tester felt the rub helped with eczema and other skin irritations.
Pros and Cons
Pros for the Select CBD Muscle Rub:
- A good price and great value
- Great packaging, eliminating the tin
- Extremely effective
- Many uses for almost anyone
- Effective ingredients
Cons for the Select CBD Muscle Rub:
- Relatively low concentration of CBD
The bottom line
We loved Select CBD Muscle Rub and think almost anyone else would, too.
Select PETS CBD Drops
Select PETS CBD Drops come in 750mg concentrations of CBD and are priced at $60. This product comes in four flavors: Bacon, Chicken, Peanut Butter, and Unflavored. One lucky golden retriever and one lucky pitbull mix each tested the peanut butter and chicken varieties.
Like their human products, for all but the unflavored version Select CBD adds all-natural spices and herbs to each flavor to produce health benefits and better flavor. While we can’t “speak” for our testers, they did seem to like these drops. Furthermore, both dogs seemed to experience calmer moods, and the golden retriever appeared to get some pain relief out of the deal.
Select CBD: The Brand
Editor’s note: Select CBD has rebranded as Social CBD — so when you click through and visit their site, you’ll see the new branding. However, most people (for now) still know them as Select CBD, so that’s how we’ll refer to them for the time being.
Since they came onto the scene in 2015, Select has been among the biggest CBD brands.
The challenge was to make cannabis usable for someone who couldn’t smoke. Vaping seemed to be the answer, but the glass wicks vaporizers typically sport were too damaging for this particular patient. Select’s organic, Japanese cotton wick is the result of lots of experimentation—and clean way to deliver CBD.
Select CBD’s market-leading CBD products were the result, and since that time, the company has gone on to distinguish itself, having been featured in Allure, Esquire, Forbes, and others.
Select CBD’s products are best-known for pure CBD, potency, and flavor. And while the brand isn’t cheap—quality never is—they do offer 20 percent discounts for life to first responders and veterans.
Unlike many other brands, Select CBD has you covered no matter how you like to take your CBD. They’ve got their signature vape pens—among our favorite offerings, naturally. But they also offer CBD gel caps, tincture drops, muscle rubs, and even drops for pets.
Select CBD Quality Standards
Select CBD uses third-party testing to adhere to high standards for their products. You can see the results of the testing on the website, or by request based on the batch number.
There are various factors that influence the quality of a CBD brand, including how and where the business sources their hemp, which extraction methods they use, whether they use independent, third-party labs to confirm quality, and whether they are certified by state and federal agencies.
Select CBD rebranded itself to become Social CBD in summer of 2019. This was apparently to distinguish CBD use from cannabis use in part. (The Select name is also attached to high THC cannabis extracts.)
Select sources their industrial hemp from licensed farms in a supply chain that is well-documented. Once products are created, every one is tested to high standards. All Select CBD products are batch tested for concentration, microbes, and pesticides by accredited labs.
Select CBD extracts hemp oil using ethanol. This is a clean, safe extraction method, frequently used for full-spectrum products as well.
Select CBD User Experience
The Select CBD brand style is modern, clean and professional. The packaging and website all share that look, and the website seeks to provide that feel in its use which it mostly achieves.
The online shop is pretty easy to navigate, and information about the referral program and discounts are fairly simple to find, as are FAQs. The mobile version is also easy, a must for our team.
With Select CBD you can return products “No Questions Asked” if needed, and the process is generally effective. If you want a refund, you have to return it within 30 days, unopened, and in good condition. You also have to pay to ship it back.
Online Select CBD Reviews
There are plenty of reviews of Select CBD online. You’ll find most of them on Trustpilot, where the average brand score is 4.5 out of 5.0 or “excellent” over more than 3,025 reviews. About 83 percent of reviewers gave Select 5 stars.
The VV team took some time reviewing Select CBD products, and we feel comfortable recommending Select CBD. Based on the quality, price, experience, and effects, these are excellent CBD products.
Select CBD offers a luxury brand experience with a cost-effective, value-added price. In fact, one of the reasons they have earned their reputation over time is that they have learned how to compete in this industry. Products that just give you more is the best way, and that’s what Select CBD offers: safe, carefully-sources, pure, products of the highest quality that make them feel awesome.
Our team’s favorites:
The Select CBD Peppermint Vape Pen. The taste stands on its own, and the effects were great across the board.
The Lemon-Ginger Energy Select CBD Drops. Again, the taste on these knocked it out of the park, and we got lots of amazing effects.
The Select CBD Muscle Rub. This was a sleeper favorite, great for everyone who tried it.
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