I can think of very few negatives about this brand and its products. Care by Design is a company that strongly believes in the medicinal properties of cannabis. A California-based organization, they’ve been around since before cannabis was legalized for recreational use in the state. Their main product types include cannabis softgels, sublingual drops, gummies, and vapes. Care by Design showcases a few staple CBD to THC ratios, like 8:1, 18:1, 1:1, and more. This means they make products that are both non-psychoactive and psychoactive. Each product is extremely user-friendly, and their rigorous testing and certification standards would put any cannabis user at ease, from the seasoned expert, to the new beginner.
The effects from each of the products were superior, and could assist with a number of different aspects of daily life, from relaxation to overall wellness, and sleep. I only hope over time that Care by Design is able to be sold in other states beyond California. The product is very expensive, averaging over $3 per dose, and I could see the price decreasing if it was available in more places.
For this review, we focused on the sublingual drops and cannabis soft gels. Both formats are very user-friendly; the softgel takes pretty much all the guesswork out of edibles, with a set dosage per pill. The sublingual drops allow you to be a bit more flexible with your dosage, featuring a measured dropper so you can choose your own adventure. I loved the sublingual drops because they take effect much quicker than traditional edibles – typically immediately, or up to 10 minutes – perfect for those that are as impatient as I am. One of my favorite aspects about these products was the undetectable taste of cannabis. It almost made you forget you were consuming cannabis at all and could purely focus on the benefits!
The 8:1 CBD-Rich Sublingual drops have a perfect 16mg CBD and 2mg THC per dose, showcasing the best of CBD and THC working together. Not to mention, the effect takes place almost immediately after dosing!
CBD-Rich Sublingual Drops (18:1)
Care by Design’s 18:1 CBD-Rich Sublingual drops contain 270mg CBD and 15mg THC per bottle. There is an estimated 15 doses per unit, although the bottle comes with a measured dropper, allowing you to choose whether you’d like 0.25ml, 0.50ml, 0.75ml, or 1ml. The more ml, the higher the dose, so it’s somewhat of a choose-your-own-adventure situation. Care by Design’s sublingual drops are a fairly pricey product, in this case it’s a reflection of the rigorous standards and testing each product is held to. I’m all for quality over quantity, but over $3.00 per dose is a bit steep, especially for a product that integrates so perfectly into daily life.
Overall, I really enjoyed this product, if not just for the convenience and versatility factor. All you have to do is drop the desired amount underneath your tongue and let it absorb for one minute before swallowing. This practice might be new to some, but is pretty much foolproof, so don’t worry! I especially enjoy how sublingual drops are absorbed and the effects are felt almost immediately. I also feel like this type of product is less taxing on the body than edibles. Virtually no cannabis taste, and overall had mint and lemon notes, likely from the food grade terpenes that are included. The feeling is a bit oily because of the coconut oil, but nothing offputting.
Care by Design’s 8:1 ratio CBD-Rich sublingual drops function just like their 18:1 counterpart, just with more THC per serving. Whereas the 18:1 had 1mg THC per serving, this product has 2mg per serving, along with 16mg CBD. Just 2mg THC per serving means that this product likely won’t be psychoactive, unless you take a multi-dose. The product now has a measured dropper so you can easily control how much you consume. Sublingual drops are a very effective and low-effort way of consuming cannabis, especially for medicinal purposes and overall wellness.
I was a huge fan of this product, just like the 18:1 version. Honestly, I’d never tried sublinguals before this moment, but always wanted to. In my humble opinion, this sublingual blend represents one of the best products in the cannabis game, flower and concentrate included. Since this tincture is administered underneath the tongue, it is absorbed into your system quicker, meaning you don’t need to wait 1-2 hours for the dose to take effect, much like every other traditional edible. The tincture is essentially tasteless, likely due to the use of coconut oil, meaning there’s no infamous nug taste here. There’s a slight oily texture, but not off putting by any means. You can use this product pretty much any time of day, no matter what you have going on, since it’s not psychoactive with a traditional dose.
Care by Design’s 1:1 CBD-Rich Cannabis Softgels have 10mg THC and 10mg CBD per serving. This format gives a very medicinal feel to the product, which is in line, considering the benefits of these high quality and powerful soft gels. While this product is not vegan like the sublinguals, the base of the product is also coconut oil. The packaging states effects should be noticeable within 15-90 minutes, likely dependent upon how recently you ate, and other factors. I will say that swallowing a pill gets rid of some of the “fun” certain cannabis-users may look for – you may find this product makes more sense for medicinal use, or those who enjoy recreationally but are concerned with any negative side effects from smoking or ingesting cannabis.
A cannabis softgel removes any user error from the equation, which is perfect for any type of cannabis user, whether you are new to it or a veteran who knows what precise dose works for them. I enjoyed the 1:1 ratio, as I truly believe CBD and THC provide more benefits when they’re together. I particularly enjoyed the effects of the cannabis softgel. I took mine in the evening as the website suggested. The dose allowed me to decompress after a long day, and get in the mood for sleep. It usually takes me 20 minutes or so to fall asleep at night, but I think I passed out as soon as my head hit the pillow!