For the last few years, CBD has become a much more acceptable part of modern life. From something that was once niche and considered to be its own subculture, CBD is pretty damn ubiquitous nowadays.
I figured and had been told, it might help with my chronic sleeplessness. Sick of lying in bed staring at the ceiling whilst my partner snored gently beside me, and always up for a new experience, I figured, why not?
But starting out proved difficult. Like anything that’s proving popular, the culture around CBD products and the amount of products available is absolutely mind-boggling. There’s so much choice out there right now, with companies springing up out of nowhere, and almost no useful legislation. It’s even up in the air over the legality of some of these things.
Pair that with the fact that CBD stuff has different effects on different people (so experimenting is necessary), and you’ve got a recipe for chaos.
So how do you know what you’re buying, what to actually buy, and what all this jargon means? Read on to find out.
The 7 best CBD oils in the UK
1. Blessed CBD
Voted the best CBD oil UK by The Mirror
Our top pick for one main reason, Blessed CBD’s premium oil sits at an amazing 1800mg concentration level and boasts an incredible level of purity. It’s one of, if not the strongest CBD oils we’ve seen out there on the UK market, especially at this level of quality.
That means you’re barely going to have to dose to feel the effects. The oil is not only pure, it’s also full-spectrum CBD oil, with a long list of cannabinoids and terpene profiles. Plus, Blessed CBD discloses where and how their hemp is grown because this actually makes a serious difference.
If you grow a plant in ill–suited soil, with cheap fertilizers and bad care, the plant isn’t going to have the correct range of nutrients when you break it down. Which means a weak end product.
On top of the strength of the product itself, we also like the company and approve of their practices. Unlike a lot of UK-based CBD companies out there, Blessed CBD operates like a high-level pharmaceutical company, with high levels of transparency about their processes and verification on all their products.
That’s why they boast about how pure everything is. They actually know and show it to you with comprehensive lab results, so you can trust in their brand.
Finally, you don’t have to worry about going all in with an 1800mg strength CBD oil as your first one. Blessed CBD also have 500mg and 1000mg CBD oils available, perfect for anyone, seasoned pro or an absolute beginner.
No matter who you are or what you need your CBD for, we recommend giving Blessed CBD a try.
(Use coupon code STUDYBREAKS for 10% off.)
2. CBD Pure
A smaller company based out of the USA (which is one of the only real downsides, as delivery to the UK can take 10-14 days), CBDPure know what they do best, which is quality CBD oil, and focus on it.
Their range of products is limited, but each one is excellent and fills a distinct niche.
You’ll notice a theme with our favorite CBD products. They’re generally higher quality, slightly more expensive, and heavily self–regulated in an industry not known for it. CBDPure follows this theme, delivering a quality product, no matter what it takes.
First off, they use what’s widely considered the best method of CBD processing, CO2 extraction, for the purest end result possible. This is supported by the fact that their products are 100% organic, with no fertilizers, colorings or other chemicals added during the process.
Whilst CBDPure offers a small range of products, they do come in both tincture and capsule options, with strengths from 100mg, for mild pain, up to a stronger 750mg soft CBD capsules.
3. Endoca Raw
Organic and pure like our top two picks, but also vegan safe and gluten-free, Endoca raw is a fantastic choice if you’re someone who cares a little more about where their products come from and want to have the minimum negative impact on the world.
You’re going to get exceptional purity, as above, because of the supercritical CO2 extraction processes used to filter out the CBD from the hemp, and if you’re especially worried, each batch is certified with its own reports on purity and ingredients listings.
Available in tincture and capsules, Endoca Raw is a great product but falls short in a couple of ways. One, the taste is surprisingly strong, which is to be expected considering it’s all-natural, and two, it only comes in two strengths, which is a little less than we like to see. Despite that, though, you’re getting a great, all-natural CBD oil, and it’s going to do exactly what you need it to do, while protecting the environment at the same time.
4. Select CBD
Another of our American CBD oil brands, produced in Portland, Oregon, which is apparently incredibly popular across the shore, which is why it’s now made its way across to us.
Using high-quality CO2 extraction, like most of our top choices, the purity is exceptional, and it contains absolutely 0% THC, making it legal in the UK, no matter what.
Each batch comes with lab certification, so you know exactly what you’re getting, but that’s par for the course with our top choices.
What sets Select CBD apart is the range of flavors. If you don’t get on with CBD’s distinct flavor, these tinctures have a full variety of different choices, easily masking the issue and making it a whole lot more palatable.
Just bear in mind, as a U.S. brand, it might take 7-14 days to get to the UK.
Hempura is a home-grown brand based in Blighty, UK. Well known amongst UK CBD users, they’re small right now but have a lot to recommend them for.
First off, you’ve got the standards of purity. Like almost everything on this list, it’s CO2 extracted, meaning you’re going to get a quality product, no matter what.
Second is the range of strengths, from 250mg up to 1000mg, which is a good solid spread, whether you need it for mild pain relief or insomnia, or something stronger for a more critical issue. It’s also third-party lab tested for quality, as you might expect from a good brand name like this.
But the real reason we like Hempura is the range of products. They go as low as £19.99, which for CBD oil is actually pretty crazy, and that makes this brand a perfect starting point for people seeing if they get on with CBD.
6. Love Hemp CBD
A high-level brand with a premium price tag, Love Hemp makes excellent products, but they might just be a little too expensive compared to the other options on this list.
If you do decide to buy, this brand is top-shelf quality. CO2 extracted, as you might imagine, but they also use organic hemp, are completely vegan, gluten–free, CMO free, with zero pesticides, herbicides or any other additives at all.
Each batch of hemp is grown in strict conditions, in bio-soil, with nothing artificial added, leading to clean, pure broad-spectrum CBD with high levels of terpenes, flavonoids, and phytonutrients.
Plus, Love Hemp have a good range of products, including a solid selection of edibles, if that’s your thing. So, to recount, great product, little on the expensive side, but if you buy it, you’ll love it
7. Bud and Tender
A smaller, relatively new company on the scene, Bud and Tender are UK based and just getting started.
Unlike everything else here, their oils aren’t purely CO2 extracted, also using an ethanol extraction process. However, this doesn’t really impact the purity that badly, and you’ll get a full lab report with every batch in case you’re concerned.
Don’t let it bother you, though, because the oil itself is exceptional, with a light, floral, almost fruity flavor that sinks in and kicked in fast. It comes in sizes up from 10ml bottles, so go take a look at their selection.
What is CBD oil?
CBD, which you might hear referred to as Cannabidiol, hemp oil or hemp extract, is a plant extract that’s been created from the leaves and flowers of the hemp plant, grounded into a paste form. Hemp CBD oil can also be extracted from the seeds, but seed oil is generally seen as a secondary source.
This is why CBD products have an entirely different legality to the drug cannabis or cannabis plants, because CBD oils and other products contain almost no THC, the psychoactive component, so they can’t get you high. In the UK, CBD products have to have THC content lower than 0.2%.
What are the benefits of CBD oil?
The health benefits of CBD are actually surprisingly varied, but because it’s only recently come into vogue, we’re still waiting for serious scientific studies.
There are enough studies out there to know that CBD has therapeutic effects and to back this up, the World Health Organization says that CBD oil is “generally well tolerated with a good safety profile.”
Accordingly, CBD has been used as a form of treatment for:
— Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
— Generalized Pain
— Depression and Anxiety
CBD oils can also be used in the case of Omega 3 fatty acid deficiencies, instead of fish oils or olive oils.
The legality of CBD in the UK
If you love CBD and you’ve been keeping up with CBD oil UK news, you would know that recently, the United Kingdom changed its laws to make CBD oil legal, as long as it keeps within the legal limits stated earlier (0.2% THC content or below.)
However, the rules around the sale and distribution are strict. Though if you’re buying it, that’s less of a concern.
How can I buy CBD oil in the UK?
Right now, you might struggle to pick up CBD oil and other cannabis sativa products on the high street. There are four main ways CBD oil is packaged for sale and use, which are:
— Tinctures: where the oil is held in suspension. This is the most popular method because it’s the simplest way to use the oil, and it can be regulated in pretty precise dosages
— Capsules: where the oil is kept in a little package, like conventional medicine. This eliminates the flavor, but does fix the dosage
— Vapes: Functioning like a CBD e-liquid, this allows the CBD to get into your system the fastest, but like all vape oils and vaping products, the science is still out on long term effects of a CBD vape
— Edibles: like cookies and gummies, which again, mask the flavor, (CBD has a distinct flavor that some people don’t get on with) but tends to have fixed dosages again
Knowing the dosage of CBD oils
Like we mentioned earlier, everyone reacts differently to CBD oil, because we all have slightly different endocannabinoid systems.
However, one thing is certain. If you’re new to CBD products, you should start slow and build up a tolerance, the same as anything else.
Effective doses are generally considered to be anywhere from 5mg to 75mg. It’s best to start on a lower dose, but don’t worry, because you can’t overdose on CBD oil, and it’s not addictive. The worst that will probably happen is you might experience a few mild side effects like a dry mouth, light-headedness or drowsiness.
When focusing on the amount of CBD, you’re best off buying CBD oil that is as pure and strong as possible. This way, you can better regulate your dosage, and you’ll only have to use a few drops to get the required effect.
Here’s a CBD dosage estimation table provided by Blessed CBD.
How do we use CBD oils?
If you’re using a tincture, you want to put the required amount of drops under your tongue with the dropper, hold them there for 60 secs, then swallow. This gives it more time to enter your bloodstream and will work faster and more effectively.
If you’re using any of the other delivery methods, it’s far more self–explanatory.
What should I look for when I’m buying CBD oils in the UK?
There are a lot of bad products out there. The CBD market is exploding, and because it isn’t that well-regulated, there’s a lot of sharks who are looking to make a quick buck then bail out.
In general, you should look for recognized brands with good reviews, and don’t buy anything that seems too cheap. The highest quality CBD brands are obviously going to be a little more expensive than others.
You should also look out for these specific terms:
— Organic, and non-GMO: This is important for purity. The more pesticides, fertilizers and other chemicals that have been used as part of the growing process, the less pure your oil is gonna be, so avoid them when looking for high-quality products
— CBD concentration: A quality brand will have a lab certificate certifying the concentration. The lowest figure you should consider is 300mg, which is 3%, but stronger brands can be as high as 800mg. (8%)
— THC percentage: Remember, anything above 0.2% THC content is illegal to buy or sell in the United Kingdom. Don’t do it.
— Full-spectrum CBD: This is a term that means you get a wide variety of cannabinoids in your oil, which is meant to give it a higher range of vitamins and other beneficial ingredients, that increases the effect of it in the so-called entourage effect.
— Super-critical CO2 extraction: This term is apparently the best and cleanest method of actually extracting the CBD from your hemp, which leads to greater purity. But it’s more expensive. Swings and roundabouts.
— A trusted name: If it’s your first time, you won’t recognize brands. Check any reviews, and failing that, the internet. Reddit has a thriving community.