Upstate Elevator Supply is one of the most reputable CBD brands in the USA; considering that it uses organic USDA-certified hemp to manufacture CBD products, it has currently become FDA-registered, and its processing facilities are cGMP-certified. Nonetheless, it does not have a wide assortment of CBD products but boasts a decent CBD inventory with full-spectrum and isolate tinctures, topicals, edibles, drinks, and capsules. It offers free shipping for orders worth $49.99 and has three shipping options; USPS standard, expedited/priority mail, and air 1st/ 2nd day options. It takes claims from dissatisfied clients who register complaints within 3omplaints within 30 days of delivery and approves them for returns and exchanges, particularly for unused products. Its average price point is low to higher, considering its price per mg CBD is $0.03 to $1.24. Here is our full 2022 review for Upstate Elevator Supply.
About the Company
Upstate Elevator Supply has a history that dates back to 2016 when it started developing its CBD-rich hemp cultivars whose total CBD bypassed 10%. In 2017, it collaborated with Evergreen Capital Management to grow 1000 hemp plants in Charlotte, Vermont, before expanding production in 2018 when it made growing and extraction vertically integrated under one company. That year, the brand focused on producing hemp strains that optimized terpene expression and ensured the total CBD concentration per plant was more than 10%. Between 2019 and 2020, Upstate partnered with Pete’s Green, the VT’s premier hemp grower, and cultivated hemp in 70-acre land before opening its own farm, Earthkeep Farmcommon, a 600-acre land.
Although there is so much information on the brand’s hemp growing and the cycle, it does not say a thing about who founded the brand or who is behind the company, making up its team. The website is simple, easily navigable, and offers enough information about each product on the corresponding product pages, including what’s the product meant for, its ingredients, and its typical dosage. The FAQ section and Learn Stuff are elaborate and discuss major concerns people might have about CBD. The Learn Stuff section has the FAQ link, besides the Blog, Our Farms, Our Process, and Lab Analysis details.
Upstate Elevator Supply has a large loyal customer base, considering that it ticks the boxes for the ideal hemp standards. Its manufacturing facilities are FDA-registered and cGMP-certified, meaning the brand upholds high safety standards. Moreover, the three types of extraction, including organic ethanol, nano-encapsulation, and lipid infusion, ensure the production of high-quality products. Although the site claims that Upstate tests products for standard contaminants, the online results only test CBD and THC potencies.
The following specs define Upstate Elevator Supply;
- Extract formulations include full-spectrum CBD and isolate products
- Extracts consumption methods include topicals, tinctures, capsules, and edibles
- Edibles guarantee taste
- The total CBD concentration per product ranges from 10 to 3000 mg
- The average price point is $0.02 to $1.39
- Products cost $4.99 to $99.99
- Three extraction methods are used to strip CBD from hemp surfaces, including nano-encapsulation, organic ethanol, and lipid infusion
- Free shipping available for orders worth $49.99 and above
- A 30-day money-back guarantee applies
- The brand sources its hemp from the USA, specifically in Vermont
- The brand uses organic USDA-certified hemp
- Internal seed feminization helps it generate the ideal hemp strains
- The manufacturing facilities are FDA-registered and cGMP-certified
Hemp quality is directly proportional to the quality of the final CBD products, ultimately determining whether a brand keeps or lets go of customers. Consequently, reputable brands which mean to stay in the market for long source high-quality hemp for their CBD products, and Upstate is no exception. The brand internally feminizes its USDA-certified organic hemp seeds and grows them in various organic Vermont farms. Feminizing the seeds internally allows the brand to control CBD concentrations in the hemp plants, resulting in the ideal hemp flowers for high-quality CBD products. Moreover, the harvested hemp flowers are processed in cGMP-compliant and FDA-registered manufacturing facilities.
We appreciated our shopping experience at Upstate. The brand’s website is simply designed and easily navigable, allowing easy browsing. The Shop button allows you to shop by benefits (discomfort, Get Nice, Sleep, Stress & Focus) or by CBD (topicals, tinctures, gummy, apparel, capsules, beverages, and pets). Shopping is intuitive, and one selects what he wants, adds them to the cart, and checks out when done to fill in billing and physical location details for product shipping. Free shipping applies to orders worth $49.99 via express options, but there are three other shipping options payable based on selection and the order’s value. Products are shipped 7-10 business days from when the order is processed.
In the CBD space, brands ensure transparency by conducting rigorous 3rd party tests. These quality and control procedures examine products standard contaminants, including heavy metals, microbials, mycotoxins, residues, and solvents, and also screen them for potency to ensure the indicated CBD and THC levels match the actual content. Upstate partially adheres to these requirements and tests its CBD products for potency and posts the results online on the Lab Analysis section of the website, under Learn Stuff. Nonetheless, it does not test the products for contaminant purity.
To the best of our knowledge, most products in Upstate Elevator Supply inventory passed potency accuracy tests. For instance, we ordered the 1500 mg Soothing Cream and checked its lab results online. The lab analysis online revealed the total CBD concentration to be 1555.6 mg, showing a 55.6 mg CBD deviation, translating to a 3.71% CBD variance, which is below the 10% acceptable variance. However, the cream was not tested for purity since the lab results do not have purity test reports.
Upstate is a legal hemp grower and processor in Vermont, USA. It has been liaising with various farms within Vermont to source hemp and currently feminizes its hemp seeds and organically grows them in the 600-acre Earthkeep Farmcommon farms. The organic practices abide by USDA regulations not to introduce chemicals in the form of pesticides, herbicides, or solvents through the growing cycle.
Upstate uses a vertically integrated approach and controls all processes in the cycle, from seed propagation to sales. Once the hemp plants mature, the flowers are harvested and taken to the FDA-registered, cGMP-compliant facilities. Therein, three extraction methods, nano-encapsulation, organic ethanol, and lipid infusion, are applied to strip CBD from the hemp surfaces, resulting in full-spectrum extracts for full entourage effect and isolates. It then uses MCT oil to formulate select items to increase cannabinoid bioavailability once the products hit the system.
The next stage is 3rd party testing, where Upstate Elevator Supply contracts Green Scientific Labs to conduct independent potency test results. These tests examine the items in question for CBD and THC potency to compare the indicated concentrations versus the actual contents. The test results are located on the centralized Lab Analysis hub under Learn Stuff> Lab Analysis sections of the web. Upstate does not, however, test the products for standard contaminants.
Range of Products
Upstate has a decent CBD inventory consisting of the following products;
Upstate Elevator Supply CBD Tinctures
Upstate Elevator Supply tinctures contain full-spectrum CBD and are gluten-free. They come in various potencies, including 20, 25, and 50 mg/ml. Moreover, they varied total CBD concentrations ranging from 600 to 3000 mg and cost $39.99 to $79.99, revealing an average price point of $0.03 to $0.08 per mg CBD.
Upstate Elevator Supply CBD Capsules
These capsules are vegan, gluten-free, and contain full-spectrum CBD, besides other targeted ingredients, including melatonin. Their total CBD concentrations range from 133 mg to 2250 mg, and potencies vary from 10 to 75 mg/unit. They are strictly taken orally and have a $0.04 to $0.15 per mg CBD price point.
Upstate Elevator Topicals
This line offers full-spectrum and isolates topicals with varying CBD concentrations from 10 mg to 3000 mg. The potencies of these topical items range from 6.67 to 25 mg/ml, and they are strictly applied topically. They undergo one or more of the three extraction methods; nano-encapsulation ethanol lipid infusion.
Upstate Elevator Supply Gummies
Upstate Elevator’s gummies have cannabinoid isolates, with the total CBD concentrations ranging from 150 mg to 900 mg. The gummies have varied potencies, ranging from 10 to 75 mg/unit. They are available in various fruity flavors and are strictly taken orally for discreet and nutritious use.
Upstate Elevator Pet Items
Upstate’s pet products include full-spectrum CBD pet tinctures and treats, all of which are ideal for dogs and cats and are given by weight. The tincture is 250 mg and has 8.33 mg/ml CBD potency, while the treats deliver 2.5 mg CBD each.
Upstate Elevator Beverages
Upstate Elevator’s CBD beverage is sparkling water with nano-encapsulated CBD isolates. The 12 oz water has 6 mg proprietary CBD and is strictly for oral use. Nan-encapsulation of the CBD increases cannabinoid bioavailability.
What We Like About the Company
There is a lot to be desired about Upstate Elevator Supply, including;
- The brand offers free shipping for orders worth $49.99 and above
- The 30-day money-back guarantee allows dissatisfied clients to return unused products and seek an exchange or full refunds
- Upstate contracts Green Scientific Labs to conduct independent 3rd party potency results to confirm CBD and THC potencies
- Most products in the company’s product inventory passed potency tests
- The results for lab results are readily available on the centralized online Lab Analysis under the Learn Stuff> Lab Analysis section of the website
- The hemp used is 100% organic and USDA-certified
- The brand manufactures its products in FDA-registered cGMP-compliant facilities
What We Do Not Like About the Company
Although we liked many things about Upstate Elevator Supply, the brand needs to improve there following areas;
- Upstate does not test its products for contaminant purity
- The free shipping threshold is a bit high, and not every CBD enthusiast can make it up there
- Return and exchanges through the 30-day money-back guarantee are limited to unused products
- The website does not reveal who created the company or who makes up the team
Our review for Upstate Elevator Supply was majorly positive, considering the company boasts a decent CBD product inventory, USDA and cGMP certifications, FDA registration, use of organic hemp for manufacturing CBD products, accurate 3rd party CBD potency test results, free shipping at $49.99, and a 30-day money-back guarantee that allows dissatisfied clients to seek refunds and exchanges. However, the brand has a few areas to improve to perform even better in the CBD space. It does not test products for contaminant purity, it limits its money-back guarantee to unused products, and its free shipping threshold is relatively high and may not be attained by all clients. As such, it needs to work out these areas to realize more milestones in the CBD space in 2022 and beyond.