L.A. Weekly: The Best CBD To Give as a Gift


Hawaiian Choice’s CBD products were recently featured in an L.A. Weekly article. The Los Angeles area newspaper’s guide was on the best CBD to give as a gift and highlighted how our good our CBD oil tinctures and jellies taste as well as their premium feel. All of our products are made with real, natural Hawaiian fruits, essential oils or honey. For example, our CBD Fruit Jellies are a a grown-up version of the CBD gummy and are made of Maui pineapple, passion fruit and a hint of turmeric. All of our broad spectrum CBD comes from top-quality hemp grown on the slopes of Haleakala on Maui. Please click on the headline below to read the article on the L.A. Weekly site or you can read it below. Be sure to check out our latest offers as our CBD Real Fruit Jellies make perfect stocking stuffers!


Wish you could escape to a Hawaiian beach, bungalow or luxurious resort? If you can’t make it there in person, Hawaiian Choice CBD can transport your taste buds, aching muscles, and anxious mind to your dream getaway. All Hawaiian Choice products contain rich, rare Hawaiian CBD to melt away your worries and pain. Their CBD tinctures, weightless topical gel, and vegan jellies (a grown-up version of the CBD gummy) are infused with real organic or wild gathered island fruits, essential oils, or honey so they taste and smell as amazing as they feel.

From the Four Seasons Maui to shops in New York and Tokyo, Hawaiian Choice is enchanting customers looking for a little aloha in their lives. Read on to learn about these perfect CBD gifts, Hawaiian hemp, terpenes, exotic ingredients, pet CBD and more. Should you want to amplify their CBD range with pure THCV, CBDV, CBN, or other minor cannabinoids, we’ll tell you about their sister brand, Rare Cannabinoid Company, too.

What makes Hawaiian CBD special?

Hawaiʻi has long been known for its agriculture and pakalolo (Hawaiian for “crazy tobacco” or cannabis). While large-scale pineapple and sugar cane production has moved to countries with cheaper land and labor, and the Hawaiian Maui Waui flower is restricted to cannabis dispensaries, the U.S. Hemp Bill triggered a new era of hemp farming across the islands.

Year-round sunshine, nutrient rich soil, and tropical rain make for near-perfect growing conditions. Hawaiians and locals embrace natural forms of health and wellness, so hemp makes an ideal crop. Of course, land in Hawaiʻi is extremely expensive – the median house price on Maui hit more than $1.1 million in 2021 – so CBD extracted from Hawaiian hemp plants is a rare and premium commodity.

Hawaiian Choice CBD comes from a hemp farm in Kula, Maui, on the slopes of the dormant volcano, Haleakala, which means “House of the Sun.” The CBD starts out as a full spectrum oil and then has THC removed to below lab detectable levels. This makes it ideal for those who do not want any THC or are traveling to countries with strict 0.0% THC policies, including Japan. (The United States allows up to 0.3% THC in full spectrum CBD.) Hawaiian Choice is careful to leave trace amounts of other rare cannabinoids, including CBG and CBN, in their broad spectrum CBD oil for the entourage effect.

Hawaiian Choice is the only company infusing their CBD oil tinctures with real fruit infusions. They contain Hawaiian pineapple, passion fruit, Big Island honey, noni, hibiscus and MCT coconut oil.

Best tasting CBD – with real fruit infusions

When Hawaiian Choice first started in 2017, the company’s founders decided to infuse their CBD tinctures with real fruits for both taste and health properties. Organic Oʻahu pineapple, wild-gathered North Shore lilikoʻi (passion fruit), organic Big Island honey and edible hibiscus

are the predominant flavors and are packed with vitamins, enzymes, and antioxidants. Noni from a small farm next to Kauaʻi’s Wailua River is added to activate the immune system.

However, as we know, oil and water don’t mix. So, the oil-based Hawaiian CBD, terpenes and MCT coconut oil sit on top of the water-based fruit mixture. To combine them, you just need to shake the bottle for 30 seconds before spraying it under your tongue.

“We believe we’re the only ones mixing CBD with real fruit infusions. All the other brands we’ve seen use real or artificial oil flavorings,” said Hawaiian Choice founder and CEO Jared Dalgamouni.
“Of course, we’ve created tinctures that are extremely difficult to produce!” he said, joking that for their other brand, Rare Cannabinoid Company, they kept things simpler by using certified organic Italian lemon and wild orange oils to flavor the CBD.

“The unique, tart but sweet Hawaiian flavors and wellness benefits of our Hawaiian Choice tinctures do make it worth it,” he said, also emphasizing the importance of supporting local farms and sustainability efforts.

Products for both brands are made in a current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) facility – the standard regulations needed for supplements. Dalgamouni says it ensures the highest levels of quality and safety. Third-party lab test results for potency, pesticides, mycotoxins, heavy metals, and residual solvents, for each batch of every product can be found on their websites and via QR codes on their packaging.

Terpenes for sleep, appetite control and more

Hawaiian Choice was one of the first CBD brands to incorporate terpenes into their tinctures. Terpenes are oils found in hemp, cannabis, and other plants that have unique aromas and treatment properties. When you think of a strain of cannabis flower, terpenes are largely what differentiate its scent and effects from other strains. By isolating and recombining those terpenes, amplified effects can be created. Hawaiian Choice adds three unique steam-distilled terpenes to each tincture. “Relax” contains linalool, myrcene, and terpinolene to promote stress relief, relaxation, and sleep, while “Active” contains delta 3 carene, humulene, and limonene for energy and appetite control. “Relief” is designed to reduce pain and inflammation while “Focus” helps you stay sharp and alert. In addition to their effects, the citrus flavors of the terpenes in the “Active” and “Focus” CBD oil tinctures make them especially tasty.

“Our CBD tinctures make great gifts for close friends and family, who you know well enough to know what they need,” said Hawaiian Choice’s Creative Director Jennifer Carlile.

Relieve pain and inflammation with Hawaiian Choice’s weightless, non-sticky, non-greasy topical gel.

CBD Topical Gel is a great gift for anyone

“Our cooling CBD topical gel is another great gift choice. It’s scented with eucalyptus and lemongrass oils from the Hamakua coast on the Big Island. It smells refreshing and wonderful without being masculine, feminine or overpowering. Luxury hotel spas use it in Hawaiʻi for their CBD massages, but it isn’t oily, greasy or sticky. It just glides onto your skin and dissolves away tension and discomfort,” she said.

CBD lotions, balms and creams tend to appeal to a wide range of customers, from young athletes to busy moms, to mature adults with arthritis. With its premium but neutral aesthetic and weightless consistency, Hawaiian Choice’s CBD gel ticks all the boxes of a great gift for anyone special.

Hawaiian Choice has a specially formulated CBD to help dogs and cats feel less stress and discomfort.

Pet CBD “fit for humans, formulated for pets”

Looking for a gift for your cat, dog or a family fur baby? Hawaiian Choice also sells Pet CBD. They use the tagline “fit for humans, formulated for pets” because it contains the same broad spectrum Hawaiian CBD and certified organic MCT coconut oil as their human CBD tinctures. What makes it unique is the milligrams of CBD per bottle and the lack of terpenes or flavors that pets may be sensitive to. The bottles have glass dropper caps with markings for precise dosing instead of spray caps. There’s a dosing chart on the bottle and package that clearly shows how much to give your pet according to their weight. Given its premium quality, it’s absolutely fine for humans to share this CBD with their pets if they run out of their own. While all Hawaiian Choice products contain broad spectrum CBD without THC, pet owners should be careful with other brands. Although THC is not toxic to humans, it can be toxic to dogs and some animals. It’s therefore best to stay away from full spectrum CBD products for pets.

Hawaiian Choice’s grown-up version of a CBD gummy is vegan and made of real pineapple, passion fruit and a hint of turmeric.

More than a CBD gummy

Last but not least, Hawaiian Choice’s real fruit jellies are gourmet gifts that pack a punch. Considered a pâte de fruit, this grown-up version of a CBD gummy is made of pineapple, lilikoʻi (passion fruit) and a hint of ōʻlena (turmeric). It’s 100% natural, 100% vegan (as it contains no gelatin) and has a texture and taste akin to a fruit leather. With 25mg broad spectrum Hawaiian CBD per jelly (and four jellies per box), just one can easily melt away your worries.

Hawaiian Choice’s sister brand Rare Cannabinoid Company sells THCV for energy and appetite suppression, CBN for sleep, CBG for pain and inflammation and more minor cannabinoids that offer specific effects.

Enhance CBD’s effects with rare cannabinoids

Have you heard of rare cannabinoids? Like CBD, THC, and terpenes, they are natural compounds found in cannabis, hemp, and other plants. Each is believed to offer unique health and wellness benefits. In 2020, the founders of Hawaiian Choice created another brand, Rare Cannabinoid Company, which offers an apothecary of pure cannabinoids: THCV, CBDV, CBN, CBG, CBC, Delta-8-THC, CBDA, as well as full spectrum Hawaiian CBD and 1:1 blends. They were the first in the world to create pure THCV and CBDV oil tinctures. They also just launched the world’s first pure high potency pure THCV gummies as well as pure cannabinoid gummies of CBG, CBN, and CBD.

If you love the flavor and feel of Hawaiian Choice products but would like to enhance specific effects even further, here are options to buy rare cannabinoids:

For energy, appetite suppression, and weight loss:

Hawaiian Choice Active CBD + Rare Cannabinoid Company THCV tincture or THCV gummies

For relaxation and sleep:

Hawaiian Choice Relax + Rare Cannabinoid Company CBN tincture or CBN gummies

For pain and inflammation:

Hawaiian Choice Relief Tincture and/or Relief Topical Gel + Rare Cannabinoid Company CBG tincture or CBG gummies

For focus and enhanced mood:

Hawaiian Choice Focus + Rare Cannabinoid Company CBC oil tincture

CBD, CBG, CBN, and THCV Gummy Gifts

Rare Cannabinoid Company’s new gummies also make excellent gifts on their own. They offer a very high amount of each rare cannabinoid per gummy and their variety pack is perfect for presents or seeing how they work for you. The variety pack contains one 25mg THCV gummy (for energy and appetite control), one 30mg CBN gummy (for rest and sleep), one 30mg CBG gummy (for discomfort and soreness) and three 30mg CBD gummies (for calm, balance, and stress resilience). Customers are advised to take half to one gummy of a rare cannabinoid (THCV, CBN, or CBG) with half to one CBD gummy. Of course, if you already have a favorite cannabinoid, you can buy a bottle full of just those gummies.

With the flavors and feel of Hawaiian Choice CBD and the enhanced effects of Rare Cannabinoid Company’s tinctures and gummies, we think you’ll find some perfect presents – or gifts to treat yourself!