When it comes to our health, advice and trends should always be taken with a dose of scepticism. We are regularly presented with new products that are supposed to help us enjoy longer and more vibrant lives — very tempting indeed.
Whilst trends may come and go, the last few years have seen the growing popularity of CBD, and it’s impossible to ignore the waves of chatter that it’s creating. Once considered to be a rather controversial subject, CBD — often referred to as cannabidiol or cannabis oil — has torn down the walls of distrust and become one of the fastest-growing health trends of the last few years.
The non-intoxicating component of CBD is found within the cannabis plant and is classed as completely legal in the UK. It’s extracted from the stalk, stems, leaves and flowers of the hemp plant, and contains high amounts of actively therapeutic cannabinoids.
Much like taking curcumin and piperine, CBD is famed for its therapeutical properties that can offer relief for victims suffering from Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, cancer, general pain, inflammation, acne, anxiety, depression and insomnia (head over to herbonaut.com for a list of the very best CBD oils to help with improving sleep), or perhaps to simply relax the mind and body from daily stresses.
This so-called miracle cure cannot “get you high” or addicted, as it’s simply not strong enough to do so, thereby CBD is a safer way of gaining the benefits from this powerful plant.
Fiercely backed by the World Health Organisation as they claim that CBD oil is “generally well tolerated with a good safety profile”, it appears that CBD is an up-and-coming natural remedy that appears to be offering an alternative to traditional medication.
If you are wanting to try CBD, the best option is to start on a low dosage and gradually increase — anywhere between 5 and 75mg a day. Whether you need it as a painkiller or to unwind after a stressful day, here is our guide to the best brands on the market.
Having launched their brand on the 1st of October 2019, they have already become the UK’s leading supplier of CBD oil. Operating to the highest regulatory standards, this is a company that is constantly pioneering researching to discover the benefits of CBD on inflammation and respiratory diseases alongside King’s College London.
Based in Somerset on a farm that contains a hemp plantation, research facilities and the UK’s leading cannabis laboratory and manufacturing plant, Goodbody Botanicals is shaping the future of CBD through innovation and manufacturing.
Currently selling online and stocked in over 500 pharmacies and health food shops in the UK, this 5-star reviewed brand offers certified, high-quality CBD. Featuring a range of products including capsules and tinctures, this is a fantastic brand to start your CBD journey with, as they’re fully compliant, safe and effective.
Grass and Co
Partnered with the best suppliers of organic CBD oil in Europe, Grass and Co blends their premium organic CBD with therapeutic botanical ingredients.
Having launched in July 2019 after being founded by brothers Tom and Ben Grass, this brand has continuously experienced strong demand, including an exclusive partnership with luxury department store Selfridges.
At Grass and Co, transparency and ethical sourcing are at the centre of their ethos. Here, you’ll be able to find products ranging from candles and bath salts to CBD topicals (balms and body oils) and tinctures.
European company Zamnesia has an expert team devoted to the field of understanding the benefits of CBD, thereby their products are truly one-of-a-kind. Offering full-spectrum CBD oil, Zamnesia’s tinctures vary in size and potency.
Perfect for those who have begun their CBD journey and are looking for something new, Zamnesia will certainly have it. All their CBD oils are 100% natural and contain no synthetic chemicals, making them entirely safe and reliable.
Zamnesia offers some of the purest and finest CBD oil sourced specifically from organically grown EU hemp plants, thereby certainly worth the purchase.
Created in 2018 ‘by women with a goal to get organic, Tennessee-grown hemp into your hands and connecting you to education’, Yuyo Botanics has certainly made an impact in the press since its inception.
As hemp farmers and processors themselves, they oversee the entire process to ensure that each product is 100% made organically, as well as undergoing third-party batch-tested for purity, quality and cannabinoid content.
Held to the highest of standards, Yuyo Botanics sells products containing CBD oils that are split into AM and PM — the evening doses tend to be slightly more concentrated to offer a more relaxing balance for an improved nights sleep.
GoldBee is a super premium brand specialising in producing and selling the very finest raw food products such as fair trade and clover blossom honey. The company has recently moved into the highly lucrative CBD sector and here at LLM we are big fans of the GoldBee Organic Hemp Seed Oil as it does wonders for the skin and it’s also perfect for all skin types. That’s because it can moisturise without clogging up the pores. What’s more, by regulating the skin’s oil production, it can help bring balance to oily skin. Also, it will hydrate and moisturise the skin from the inside out.
Whether you’re a professional athlete or someone who’s just really into CrossFit, you’ll find a lot to like from fourfivecbd, a UK-based CBD company founded by rugby stars George Kruis and Dominic Day. Their line of tinctures, topicals, capsules, and beverages are designed specifically for people looking for an edge in maintaining an active lifestyle. A selection of the most popular products for pro competitors are even BSCG-certified to be free of banned substances. If that’s not enough to put your mind at ease, it’s also worth noting that every fourfivecbd product is independently tested by a third-party laboratory to ensure purity and potency.
This CBD is a premium mid-strength oil which contains an earthy flavour, rich texture and a very gentle but ultimately effective result.
Love Hemp similarly sells a range of quality CBD edibles for those who prefer to not taste the strong flavour of its CBD oil. However, the fairly hefty price tag is a downfall, considering that the size and strength are comparably less to the other oils on our list.
However, Love Hemp is very good for serious beginners wanting to slowly introduce themselves to this new health trend regularly classed as a “miracle medicine”.
This London based functional food brand focuses on organic and ethically sourced turmeric based products. Highly sustainable, Wunder Workshop was inspired by Ayurveda — the “Science of Life” — and focuses on the principles of a preventive and holistic approach to health.
Their award-winning turmeric CBD oil, which is available to buy online at Alphagreen, combines the healing powers of CBD with the ranging benefits to turmeric to create a spectacular blend perfect for an everyday dose.
Truly worth every penny, as this is CBD oil — named Psychologies Magazine CBD Oil of the Year in 2018 — packs a health punch that will have you receiving all the benefits long-term. Equally, it’s always nice to support a sustainable and organic business.
A recent producer of CBD, Hempura has quickly grown recognition due to its wide range of products. From CBD oil tinctures, capsules and vapes to creams, teas and even chocolates, Hempura has it all.
Similar to the rest of the products on our list, Hempura’s CBD is of great quality and showcases consistency throughout their range. The concentration of CBD oil ranges from 250mg to 1000mg and you will be able to see the third-party lab results.
If you want to ease into the use of CBD, yet are not sure how to start, then Hempura’s range of products will certainly give you a good idea.
Know for cultivating the purest and most perfectly potent CBD blends, Beboe is founded on offering customers warmth and love through its reverence for this ‘life-changing product’.
Beboe’s “synergistic formulas are blends of the most sought after active botanicals which are harmonised with full-spectrum CBD”, thereby creating an exquisite blend of goodness.
Made with purity, these products are perfect for an ideal evening of self-care. From high-potency serums, CBD body balms to help reduce aches and pains, facial creams and even face masks, Beboe has created a beautiful range for anyone to use.
Another UK based CBD brand that has developed a spectacular range of luxury CBD-based products. Each product features a unique blend of CBD and botanicals to create a product that has high-performance levels.
Setting industry standards around quality, Apothem Labs premium CBD offers a range of drops and skincare. One of the more premium products in their range is the Lights Out Drops, which is packed with 3000mg of CBD, lemon balm, milky oats, 5-HTP and Chamomile — excellent for improving the quality and depth of your sleep.
Created for a sense of calm and wellbeing, ‘Lord Jones manufactures and distributes the world’s finest hemp-derived CBD infused topicals and ingestibles’.
Their gumdrops and chews and hand-made using the finest ingredients and CBD extract, whilst their tinctures and gel capsules are expertly crafted from simple ingredients to ensure purity and potency.
For true luxury and an excellent entry to CBD, Lord Jones has got it all and much more. It’s Royal Oil has been crafted with two essential ingredients — broad spectrum hemp-derived CBD oil and pure grape-seed oil. Perfect for anyone who is looking for the ultimate all-purpose supplement.
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