Want to try CBD but don’t know where to start? We’ve got you covered…
CBD oil is constantly growing as a popular alternative to medication and traditional healthcare when it comes to self-care and managing health complaints. Even though clinical studies keep finding surprising benefits, many countries still prohibit the cannabinoid due to the connotations of it’s connection with cannabis. Even in the UK, where CBD is legal and even popular, understanding is pretty low amongst the general population. We’ve put together this guide to help you understand the positives, as well as how to find a CBD oil supplier that’s trustworthy and provides a high quality product.
You might be used to seeing CBD oil bottles in local shops with cannabis leaves on them and assume CBD oil is something that gets you high - it isn’t.
The active ingredient in cannabis that has a psychoactive effect is known as THC (short for Tetrahydrocannabinol). CBD (Cannabidiol), is another ingredient in the plant with no such impact. However, CBD has been suggested in recent years to have many benefits for promoting wellbeing and managing complaints such as anxiety, insomnia, pain and more.
Unfortunately, the rapid growth in popularity and demand for CBD-based products has led to a lot of unscrupulous brands popping up, offering low quality products that ignore the science, contain THC in illegal doses, or in some cases don’t contain CBD at all.
If you’ve been looking to try CBD oil for yourself, whether for a specific ailment, injury or other complaint, it’s essential to use a high quality oil with specific cannabinoids to avoid poor results.
As mentioned above, many CBD oil options are in fact, very low in CBD, and some scam options don’t have any at all.
If you are attempting to use CBD oil to manage a health condition, these are essentially useless. Keeping our list to 10 percent means every single option here has the potential to hold benefits - it also means that if you don’t experience any benefits, CBD potentially isn’t for you.
Either way, by sticking to this list you can rest assured that you’ve tried ‘the real deal’ at a stronger than industry average (5 percent) range.
With that in mind, here are the top 7 CBD oils in the UK, including details on exactly how and why they’ve won their spot here.
Evopure uses EU-grown organic hemp with sustainable practices, CO2 extraction for even less environmental disruption, and a natural ‘entourage effect’.
What is the entourage effect? Besides CBD and THC, the hemp plant contains over 100 other cannabinoids. While many are still not understood fully, the presence of cannabinoids has been found to increase the benefits of CBD. Obviously removing the THC is necessary by law, but leaving other potentially beneficial cannabinoids in can enhance this entourage effect.
Many CBD oils contain CBD only - meaning they miss out on these benefits. But even other broad spectrum CBD oils have often added cannabinoids in afterwards, meaning they are present but not in any sort of naturally occurring ratio.
Evopure uses all of the hemp plant with no changes, meaning not only do you get all of the cannabinoids (besides THC) in their naturally occurring levels, but you also get all of the other benefits of the hemp plant - including vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, terpenes, flavonoids and more.
They also provide independent lab testing documents for every batch, meaning you know exactly what’s in your bottle every time you order.
There are a lot of great quality products in this article, but between having the most naturally effective product, and the fact they are taking sustainability more seriously than anybody else in the industry - number one was a pretty easy decision.
Click here to visit www.evopure.co.uk
Love Hemp actually uses US-grown hemp and holds most of their stock in the US. However, they are UK based, and offer free shipping to the UK regardless. This, combined with the fact they are the only brand that comes close to Evopure in product quality terms means they win a spot on the list comfortably.
With other options for CBD strength beyond 10 percent and some unique flavours, Love Hemp CBD oil is tested for the presence of 11 main cannabinoids as standard.
They also offer some more unique products such as atomiser sprays and CBD-infused body salves.
While their standpoint on environmental concerns is a little less clear, the product is of high quality and highly recommended.
Click here to visit www.love-hemp.com
Hempura is a relatively small UK company that has become surprisingly well known in a short amount of time due to a range of good business moves such as offering affiliate marketing and wholesale orders for other brands.
The product is also rich in cannabinoids & terpenes. While not entirely in the natural ratios like Evopure’s offering, this is still a big plus that you should always look for.
Hempura also offers a range of unique products that aren’t offered by many competitors, such as CBD chocolates and hemp tea.
While not quite as good as either of the above options, Hempura is a great option that’s on the cheaper end of the scale so wins a spot on the list regardless.
Click here to visit www.hempura.co.uk
Snowden Healthcare is a herbal wellness based shop with a wide range of products for all sorts of uses. While they don't specifically specialize in CBD, they take a ‘nature first’ approach that gives all of their products a high standard of effectiveness and sustainability.
All of their products are manufactured in the UK to high standards from organically cultivated hemp crops too.
This dedication to plants stretches to their CBD oil, which comes in multiple forms such as indica and sativa. Snowden’s offering is the most expensive option on this list, so is likely only for CBD aficionados, but it’s very high quality and wins a recommendation either way.
Click here to visit www.snowdenhealthcare.co.uk
Holistic Hemp are based in Scotland, and use handmade products sourced from multiple small farms across Europe, as opposed to one large area of land.
Their CBD is even slowly extracted by hand, giving the whole thing a nice touch. Unfortunately their CBD oil has the lowest actual CBD content on this list, however they do offer stronger doses in their hemp paste and other more unique products.
Being a small, family run company means one of the main benefits HH have over the other brands here is uniquely personal customer service.
Click here to visit www.holistichempscotland.com
cbdMD is a good option for those who don’t like the naturally earthy taste of CBD oil. They offer a wide range of doses in different flavours, allowing such people to experience 10% CBD content with the taste profile of their choosing.
The product is made in the USA but their UK shipping is relatively quick considering that fact. They also offer bath bombs, CBD for pets, topical creams, merchandise and more.
With 0 percent THC guaranteed, cbdMD is also a good option for those who are concerned about drug testing.
Click here to visit www.cbdmd.com
Bud and Tender is a premium option - it comes in at almost double the price of Evopure for the same volume, and comes in luxury packaging. Even it’s tiny 1ml sample of CBD oil is half the price of Evopure’s main product.
As a result, this is not an option for people who are new to CBD oil and just testing the water.
However, it is one of the best-tasting on the list, and has the option of an even stronger dose of CBD. It’s also third party tested, comes with a childproof cap, and is 100 percent natural both in content and in terms of the manufacturing processes.
As a result, this is an easy recommendation for those with a little bit of a higher budget who are looking for the ‘top shelf’ of the CBD oil market.
Click here to visit www.budandtender.com
If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or taking any medication, seek medical advice before consuming CBD products. For healthy adults, the FSA recommends no more than 70mg a day (about 28 drops of 5% CBD) unless under medical direction.
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