Game Up does excellent in potency tests since all the products passed CBD and THC potency tests to the best of our knowledge. However, the brand has to improve its customer care response time and purity tests. Who is Game Up, and what does he offer? Please peer in our 2022 full review for the brand to get the answers to these questions.
About the Company
Game Up Nutrition was launched in 2019 by the Diaz brothers, Nick and Nate. The company is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, and is 2 years old in the CBD market. The two were motivated to start the brand to eliminate the stigma athletes, and the general public have toward CBD. It is a product of 2016 efforts that started when Nate challenged UFC into reconsidering the benefits CBD would have on the athletes, especially for post-workout. These efforts bore fruits when UFC announced a partnership with Aurora Cannabis to research CBD. That’s when Game Up was born, and the products sold discreetly to discerning users.
The following characteristics are true for Game Up Nutrition;
- The brand conducts through 3rd party tests for CBD and THC potencies
- Lab reports do not include contaminant test results
- Total CBD concentrations range between 5 mg and 1000 mg
- The average price point ranges from $0.07 to $1.2 per mg CBD
- Extract consumption methods include tinctures, pet tinctures, topicals, edibles, and hemp flowers
- 100% natural ingredients incorporated in the CBD products
- MCT oil used as a carrier to increase bioavailability
- The clean, safe, and efficient CO2 extraction method used to strip CBD from the hemp surfaces
- Extract feature CBD isolates and broad- and full-extract formulations
- The hemp used in manufacturing CBD is sourced from Oregon and Colorado
- The manufacturing facilities are cGMP certified
- The brand is FDA-registered
- All products are non-GMO
As far as we are concerned, the 3rd party test results posted online on the Game Up Nutrition’s website were accurate. All the products revealed variances less than the 10% acceptable limit. The lowest and the highest variances were 0.54% and 6.18% for the lemon-lime broad-spectrum tincture and the acai berry tincture, respectively. All the broad-spectrum CBD products did not have detectable THC, while the full-spectrum items had THC but below the 0.3% acceptable THC threshold. However, we realized that the brand did not test all its organic products for standard contaminants such as mycotoxins, microbials, heavy metals, residues, and solvents. Consequently, the company does well in potency tests but needs to game up its purity tests to incorporate standard contaminants and post the results online.
We commend Game Up Nutrition for its transparency regarding lab results. It uploads all the potency 3rd party lab results in the ‘Lab Reports’ section of the website, and any interested user can easily view them. Potency and purity tests are part of the quality and control measures that ensure products are safe for consumption and that they deliver as per the indicated dosages on the labels. However, Game Up Nutrition needs to do better, especially because it does not include contaminants in the lab reports. External contaminants such as heavy metals, solvents, microbials, and residues are harmful, and purity tests aim to detect their presence in the products.
Courtesy of its wide selection of extracts and unique formulations strictly featuring natural ingredients, Game Up Nutrition has established itself a name among athletes, and the general public, by extension. The brand is run by former UFC athletes who have experienced the benefits of CBD in their life and can attest to its benefit to others. Besides, the brand is reputable for striving to eliminate the stigma for CBD that athletes and the general public have. Consequently, it’s no wonder that the brand is doing well and shinning, although it is only about two years old in the CBD space.
Game Up Nutrition is a legal US hemp grower sourcing its hemp from the Oregon and Colorado farms. These are among the best farms in the USA renowned for having the best-quality hemp, and most CBD-manufacturing brands source their hemp from them, with no exception to Game Up. The company uses phytocannabinoid-rich hemp strains to produce broad and full-spectrum extracts and CBD isolates. When the hemp plants mature, the flowers are harvested and tested for quality then transported to the manufacturing facilities.
Once in the manufacturing facilities, Game Up Nutrition used the CO2 extraction method to strip CBD from the hemp surface. The method is deemed as clean and efficient in the cannabis space because it eliminates the wanted parts, leaves behind phytocannabinoid-rich CBD and other versatile compounds that augment its effects, yet it leaves no solvent behind. Consequently, the industry prefers it to other methods because it seems safer and lowers the chances of getting solvents into the human system. The end products are CBD isolates and the broad- and full-spectrum formulations. The latter extracts guarantee full entourage effects of CBD, CBG, CBD, and other cannabinoids, phytochemicals, terpenes, and flavonoids, without and with THC for broad and full-spectrum formulations, respectively.
Game Up Nutrition CBD products incorporate additional ingredients that are effect-specific, and all these are 100% natural, further minimizing the use of artificial ingredients and chemicals on consumable products. The next stage is a quality and control step that ensures products are safe for consumption and that the indicated potencies match the actual contents. Game Up uses independent lab tests to conduct THC and CBD potency tests for its products, and it is commendable that, to the best of our knowledge, all the items in the brand’s inventory passed CBD potency tests, posing 0.6%-6.20% variances, well below the acceptable 10% variance limit. Besides, all CBD broad-spectrum CBD products and the CBD isolates tested negative for detectable THC, while the full-spectrum CBD formulations have detectable THC equal to or less than the 0.3% threshold. However, Game Up does not conduct purity tests, and it needs to improve this particular aspect to perform better in the CBD arena.
Range of Products
Game Up Nutrition manufactures a fairly wide assortment of extracts featuring CBD isolates and broad- and full-spectrum formulations. Here are the products you can find on the company’s website;
- Game Up Nutrition Edibles
Game Up offers an edible product line that sells 25 mg gummies in 30-count packs. They feature broad-spectrum formulations and deliver full entourage effects without THC. All the gummies are naturally flavored and feature different tastes, including strawberry. The total CBD concentration in a 30-count jar is 750 mg, and the gummies are strictly meant for oral, discreet, and nutritious use. A jar costs $49.99, revealing an average price point of $0.07 per mg CBD.
- Game Up Nutrition Hemp Flowers
This product line offers flowers and pre-roll joints, all of which come in full-spectrum formulations. The flowers are non-GMO, but unlike other products in the inventory, they lack an extraction method since users receive them directly from the farms. The pre-roll joints also come in full-spectrum formulations and are rich in phytocannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. They come in different strains, all of which have less than 0.3% THC. The pre-roll joints come in a pack of 4 servings, but you can also choose a single serving.
- Game Up Nutrition Pet Tinctures
Do you have a furry or feline buddy? Let him benefit from Game Up Nutrition’s pet tinctures that come in 500 mg concentrations with a 33.33 mg/ml potency. The tinctures cost $44.99, revealing a $0.09 per mg CBD average price point. According to the website, the pet tinctures are strictly for oral or sublingual uses and not otherwise. They are administered according to weight, whereby a 25 lbs dog should receive 2 ml of the oil. Like many products in Game Up’s inventory, the pet tinctures feature natural ingredients, including MCT oil that makes them more bioavailable and readily absorbed in the dogs’ system. They are in full-spectrum formulations; hence they offer the full-entourage effects of CBD, CBG, CBN, other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids, with the psychoactive THC.
- Game Up Nutrition Topicals
Game Up’s topical line comprises a 5 mg lip balm and a 250 mg muscle pain balm. The balms come in isolate or broad-spectrum CBD formulations, meaning that none of them gets THC into the system. These topical products are strictly applied externally and not otherwise. Moreover, they are also produced through CO2 extraction of CBD from the hemp surfaces, and they are manufactured in a cGMP-compliant facility.
- Game Up CBD Tinctures
Game Up has a product line for CBD tinctures in isolate, broad-, and full-spectrum formulations. A typical dosage is ½ or 1 dropperful, which is approximately 1 ml, and should be taken orally or sublingually. The tinctures are made from organic ingredients and feature multiple flavors, including lemon-lime, strawberry, acai berry, and blueberry. They cost between $79.99 and $99.99, revealing an average price point of $0.08- $0.20 per mg CBD.
What We Like About the Company
Our review for Game Up found many likable things about the brand, which also owe it the good reputation it boasts among athletes and the general public, by extension. Here are what we appreciate about this brand;
- Game Up manufactures its extracts in an FDA-registered facility, assuring consumers of high safety standards
- The manufacturing facilities used by Game Up are adherent to the current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP), further assuring consumers of the safety of the CBD products
- The brand strip CBD from the hemp surfaces using CO2 extraction method, which is deemed safe, clean, and efficient in the CBD space for its ability to eliminate unwanted compounds, leave the wanted versatile compounds, and leave no solvents behind
- The Oregon and Colorado farms where Game Up sources its hemp practice organic farming, minimizing chances of getting solvents, chemicals, and pesticides into the extracts
- The company offers the three possible CBD formulations; isolates, broad- and full-spectrum formulations, bringing on board all types of CBD enthusiasts
- Game Up offers several methods to enjoy its products, including pet tinctures, tinctures, gummies, hemp flowers, and topicals
What We Don’t Like About the Company
Although we identified many perks about CBD, we did not appreciate the following about the brand;
- Although the company conducts accurate potency lab tests, it does not test products for contaminants
- Free shipping only comes at $99, which is quite expensive
- The brand does not offer regular discounts
- The product lines are not as extensive
Our review for Game Up was fairly positive. The brand conducts rigorous 3rd party tests, and lab reports show accuracy. However, the brand does not conduct purity tests for contaminants. Besides, its customer service response is slow. Consequently, improving these areas and expanding its product lines will undoubtedly help the brand achieve milestones in the CBD arena.