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To summarize, we would say that HempWorx CBD oils are pretty standard in terms of effectiveness, and perhaps even a good value in terms of price compared to some of the more popular brands in the US. While they’re probably not the best we’ve ever had, they’re by no means the worst either. And of course, the company offers fast, reliable shipping to all 50 U.S. states.
Scott Shannon, MD, assistant clinical professor at the University of Colorado, recently sifted through patient charts from his four-doctor practice to document CBD’s effects on anxiety. His study, as yet unpublished, found “a fairly rapid decrease in anxiety scores that appears to persist for months,” he says. But he says he can’t discount a placebo effect, especially since “there’s a lot of hype right now.”
There’s no definite amount that’s appropriate for everyone, but the ratio of CBD to THC will indicate how psychoactive the product is and if it’s legal in your state. The more CBD compared with THC, the less of a high, and vice versa. “Managing psychoactivity is key to successful cannabis therapy,” says Lee. “Amounts should be made clear on the label and lab-certified so people know what’s helping them and what’s not.”
BioBloom Hemp believes that their range of drops, 4%, 6% and 8% extracts, are all you need. Not only if you’re getting started with CBD oil, but also if you’re looking to take a high-strength concentrate. How can you accomplish a 40% effect (the strongest available) with a 4% concentrate? You would just need to take more of it; so, instead of taking 1 drop of a 40% CBD, you take 10 drops of BioBloom’s 4% CBD drops. The CBD content is the same, but BioBloom says that this equivalence comes with an added benefit: you get more of the full-spectrum cannabinoid profile. In other words, by taking more of the oil, you take in more cannabinoids, thus enhancing the effect of the main active ingredient.
The Love Hemp CBD water range is also extremely popular, with 500ml bottles selling for just £1.99. This is CBD-infused water, to be clear, and Love Hemp claims the formulation took nine months’ worth of research from its Research and Development team. It basically tastes like mineral water, and is a great way to get your CBD intake on the move and stay hydrated at the same time.
Among the cannabinoids in cannabis, the main psychoactive compound, THC, often outshines the one that provides a natural anti-anxiety, anti-epileptic and antipsychotic effect. Cannabidiol, or CBD oil, lacks the colorful high commonly associated with your traditional marijuana high and doesn’t have much of a noticeable effect when isolated. When combined with THC, the relaxing effect combats any feelings of paranoia or panic that can sometimes be felt under the influence. While lauded for its effect on epilepsy, recent cannabis research has identified CBD as the component responsible for a great deal of marijuana’s medical benefits.
Transparency: Fab’s website features third-party lab results for most products. They only have a lab test for one of their tinctures though (which shows results for cannabinoid potency, as well as contaminants like pesticides). Customer service pointed out that the same CBD oil is used for all their products, but since potencies do vary, we appreciate companies that show potency testing for all products.
This method proved successful for years, but high-strength concentrates would sometimes crystallise and clog the very small orifice through which the oil was to be delivered. Recognising the issue and the fact that most customers needed a higher dose to be delivered quickly, CannabiGold further developed its packaging to launch a side nozzle. This pump can deliver a higher dose of the oil (4 times what it used to) in one go and do it very easily under the tongue, without having to use a mirror to ensure one is getting the right number of drops. The easy dropper technology has boosted the good reputation of the already popular cylinder bottles because they’re easy and safe to use wherever you go with no leaking and a very convenient pocket size. Each of their 12g bottles now contains 100 pumps (full doses) of CBD, making it the easiest and most convenient system available, truly suitable for all use, including travel. Visit the CannabiGold collection.
CannabiGold’s unique selling point is not its oil, however, but its method of application. A common customer issue is droppers leaking because, when the highly viscous oil gets in the rim of a conventional dropper, it is not easy to close the bottle tightly anymore. By listening to their customers and conducting research and testing in their state-of-the-art facilities, the R&D team at CannabiGold developed a precise dropper technology that would allow 10g of CBD oil to be delivered in 400 micro drops, one at a time.
Each bottle contains 200 drops, and Provacan recently increased the size of the larger option by 20%. If you choose the 1200mg option, you receive 6mg of CBD per drop in the 10ml bottle. The company has also boosted the terpene profile of its oil along with levels of additional cannabinoids, including CBG, CBC, THCa, and CBDv – all non-psychoactive compounds that do not produce a high.
The science behind CBD is in the relatively early stages. As a cannabinoid, we know that CBD interacts with receptors in your endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is integrated throughout your body — and this widespread, whole-body interaction creates a broad range of effects. Hence, the long list of possible benefits. We may still be in the early stages of discovery, but there’s plenty of scientific studies and anecdotal evidence that CBD provides relief for an array of ailments. Here’s a non-exhaustive list of some potential benefits of CBD oil:
Lisa Hamilton, a jeweler and doula in Brooklyn, NY, knows about the side effects. She recently tried CBD for the shoulder pain that plagued her five years after an accident. Her doctor certified that she was in chronic pain, which under New York State law allowed her to buy from a state dispensary. One Friday, she swallowed two 10-mg capsules, the amount recommended at the dispensary, then took another two on Saturday. “By Sunday, it felt like I’d gotten hit by a truck. Every muscle and joint ached,” Hamilton says. She cut back to one pill a day the following week, but still felt hungover. She stopped after that.
The method that allows the most absorption is the sublingual application of the oil (under the tongue). Take your drops in front of a mirror (to make sure you get the correct dose) place them under your tongue and keep them there for 2-3 minutes before swallowing the remaining oil with a drink. We recommend following it with breakfast or dinner to further increase absorption (and to get rid of the taste in the back of your throat). Combine it with other CBD products like hemp tea or an e-liquid for an even stronger effect.
The NCBI study does mention some potential side effects for cannabidiol, such as the inhibition of hepatic drug metabolism and decreased activity of p-glycoprotein. CBD can indeed interact with a series of pharmaceuticals, as it inhibits the activity of some liver enzymes called cytochrome P450. This family of enzymes metabolizes most of the pharmaceutical drugs used to treat humans.
Tinctures – Typically tinctures are small glass or plastic “dropper” bottles that have cannabidiol oil mixed with a preserving solution such as alcohol. Tinctures were very a very common way to ingest botanical oils prior to the industrial revolution and are experiencing a resurgence in popularity as more people are looking for natural remedies. Tinctures with droppers allow you to put a few drops in your tea, under your tongue, or to bake the oil directly into your food.
If you are new to CBD oil then it is probably extremely confusing. How much to take? Which UK brand is best? and where to purchase CBD from? While we tend not to play favourites, Provacan was voted the best CBD brand, providing a quality product. Not only does the company feel that they have managed to help thousands of people, but their customer support and product is top of the range. Check them out to see what we are talking about.
Because PharmaHemp’s first business is that of a supplier of raw materials, many of the micro brands you may have come across in Europe and beyond maybe white-labelling PharmaHemp’s CBD oil; in other words, they put their own stamp (branding and packaging) on PharmaHemp’s formulas or requested bespoke formulas. Why not just take it directly from the source? We like dealing with the main supplier directly, particularly in the case of PharmaHemp, who already has a very strong brand identity and ethos. We match their prices and import their products regularly to have the freshest batches of their stock available. Visit the PharmaHemp collection.
BioBloom is the only organic CBD oil manufacturer that conducts meticulous lab tests to ensure its formulas contain a near-perfect 50:50 CBD to CBDa ratio. There’s a large body of research pointing to the benefits of Cannabidiol being enhanced by the presence of its counterpart (its acid form) CBDa. If you want this added benefit when taking other brands, try purchasing some hemp tea, where the CBDa content is naturally higher. Moreover, BioBloom drops are whole-plant extracts, meaning they contain not only a full spectrum of cannabinoids, but also the often-lost lipids, chlorophyll, terpenes, bioflavonoids and other delicate phytonutrients present in Cannabis Sativa L. This is why the colour of the oil is darker and the taste stronger.
PharmaHemp is a true all-rounder because it can do all sorts of products extremely well: CBD extracts, pastes, natural balms and innovative formulas like this customers’ favourites: the Premium Black full-spectrum e-liquids, the lip balm and the CBD drops with turmeric and black pepper. The latter is a very popular formula that sees the action of the turmeric synergise with the black pepper and CBD, increasing its bioavailability. It can be used topically, via sublingual application, or ingested. Third-party testing demonstrates the purity and integrity of PharmaHemp’s products.
They have loads of positive customer reviews on their website, including recommendations from a prominent UK/EU CBD user Facebook group. Even though Provacan legally does not advertise their CBD oils as having medicinal effects, one customer (by the name of “Seb”), noted that he/she use the 6% oil for chronic pain, and after 2 weeks was able to cut their prescription meds by almost 50%.
Cannabidiol has been shown to halt prions, the proteins that cause neurodegenerative diseases like Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and mad cow. The formation and accumulation of prions were prevented with the aide of Cannabidiol during a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience in 2007. For mice that were infected, CBD increased their survival time by about a week.
When the founders of Love CBD, Phil and Dan Culbertson, saw the success of CBD oil in the USA, they saw an opportunity for launching a CBD business in the UK. This family-run business from Newmarket, Suffolk, realised that many of the CBD oils available in the UK at that time (in 2014) were of substandard quality and decided to become CBD connoisseurs and put together blends with what they considered to be the best hemp strains out there.
Both varieties contain CBD and THC (albeit at different levels), which are the two primary compounds in the Cannabis sativa plant. The Cannabis plant is also very diverse, as it can grow in many different forms. The most common types are Sativa and Indica, but there are more, with each type having dozens – if not hundreds – of different adaptations and different ratios of active compounds, also known as cannabinoids.
Nabiximols (Sativex), a multiple sclerosis drug made from a combination of TCH and CBD, is approved in the United Kingdom and Canada to treat MS pain. However, researchers think the CBD in the drug may be contributing more with its anti-inflammatory properties than by acting against the pain. Clinical trials of CBD are necessary to determine whether or not it should be used for pain management.
cbdMD CBD freeze is a 100% organic analgesic to relieve muscle and joint pains. It is colorless and infused with menthol. It is safely used by many pro athletes from golfers all the way to MMA fighters as their products contain no THC. This relieving cream claims to have a fast and long-lasting effect on arthritis, muscle cramps, backaches, shoulder and neck pains, painful ankles and joints.
Hemp oil does have a number of uses and is often marketed as a cooking oil or a product that is good for moisturizing the skin. It is also used in the production of certain soaps, shampoos, and foods. It is also a basic ingredient for bio-fuel and even a more sustainable form of plastic. Hemp has been cultivated and used for roughly 10,000 years, and it definitely has useful purposes. However, a lack of cannabinoids, namely CBD, means that it has little therapeutic value.
Everyone needs a lip balm in a tube for on-the-go situations, and Colorado-based Ambary Gardens made a clear version with a faint lemon scent and only seven ingredients including CBD extract. It doesn’t leave your lips glossy or shiny or sticky—it just adds a layer of hydrated protection on the surface of your lips. While I’ve yet to try this on chapped lips, I imagine it’s a quick fix for quick relief, no glossy residue left behind.