Oils are hot in the beauty world. As a beauty editor, I’ve slathered everything short of butter onto my face: argan, coconut, rosehip, sandalwood, chia, neroli, calendula, mandarin, macadamia, rice bran, seabuckthorn, patchouli, grapefruit seed, sesame seed, soybean, sweet almond, pomegranate seed, lemon myrtle, sunflower seed—even extra virgin olive oil from my pantry when I was desperate. I’ve washed my face with oil-based cleansers, and dabbed expensive mixtures being sold as “face oils” onto my skin in hopes of achieving that Instagram-ready glow. Contrary to popular belief, the right oil is actually good for your face and won’t clog your pores. Your skin needs a reasonable amount of oil to do its business; as a matter of fact, if you scrub away all your natural face oil (as I was prone to do with rubbing alcohol as a frustrated and misguided pizza-faced teen), you may actually be prone to more breakouts as your skin tries to make up for the imbalance. As cannabis meets up with the mainstream beauty world, cannabidiol (CBD) oil may be the next big thing.
Because I never go downtown, I had to stop for a latte at my favorite coffee shop—and a second CBD pick-me-up. By the time I stepped into the crowded Indie Beauty Expo, I felt calm and happy. As an introvert, I usually have a hard time making small talk at events. But post-CBD oil, I felt comfortable enough to chat up a storm with every person I met! Three hours later I dragged myself out of the huge exposition and made it to my meditation class, where I took another dropper of CBD oil. Although I really love meditating, I find it particularly challenging to get into the “zone” after a long day at work. Not so much after taking some CBD—it was easy to calm my mind and tune into my breath, despite how fast-paced my day had been.
A newcomer to our CBD oils ranking, RE: Botanicals is no stranger to hemp. Founded by John Roulac, a long-time hemp advocate and founder of the organic superfoods brand Nutiva, RE: Botanicals is one of the only CBD brands to earn the USDA organic seal. They deserve a shout-out for prioritizing regenerative agriculture, while keeping prices reasonable.
This pocket-sized salve is perfect for travel or for sports, when you need a quick fix for your sore joints and muscles. It is also infused with arnica, meadowsweet, elderflower, calendula, ginger, vitamin E, turmeric, and other nourishing skincare ingredients that provide anti-inflammatory benefits. It’s good to know ahead of time that this salve is extremely hard to apply—there’s a lot of beeswax in there, which makes it difficult to melt enough to rub into your skin. (There is also a handy Topical Roll-On version so that you don’t have to even use your fingers—the problem is, the roll-on formula is also made with beeswax. It’s been 65 degrees in New York City all week and I still can’t get the formula to melt in the roll-on. Nothing that placing the container in a bowl of hot water won’t solve, but it’s not up to general skincare standards.)
Another incredible property of the CBD oil is its’ ability to counteract pain and inflammation. CBD oil’s pain fighting properties are so powerful such that it’s even used as a pain remedy for the advanced stage cancer patients. A 2012 research study published in Journal of Experimental Medicine revealed that CBD oil helps suppress neurophatic pain and chronic inflammatory without causing any analgesic tolerance. The study suggests that CBD interacts with the brain receptors. The receptors which are attached to the cells all throughout the body, receive the chemical signals from certain stimuli, and in turn create pain killing and anti inflammatory effects. CBD can also disrupt the activity of the pain receptors, and instead causes the release of neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine which erase pain and discomfort. This is why CBD oil is commonly recommended for all kinds of pain, ranging from lower back pain, to the full body agony caused by cancer.
That said, it’s important to note that there are a number of possible side effects to using CBD oil, some of which include; mild stomach, drowsiness, dry mouth, fatigue, dysphoria and lightheadedness. However, when it’s used in moderate amounts, many people don’t experience any cannabis oil side effects whatsoever. Numerous studies have been carried out in the last couple of years, and the results have been highly supportive of the therapeutic potential, safety and the viability of the CBD oil. Its’ lack of serious negative side effects makes it an attractive option for medical purposes healing. That said, it’s important to note that if you are taking other medications, it is always a smart idea to consider the potential drug interactions.
It’s not surprising that Provacan was voted number one on our updated list of best CBD oils in the UK. Their potent CBD formula and cutting-edge extraction technology has allowed them to produce a product that is literally second to none. Furthermore, Provacan is backed by a powerhouse in the cannabis research industry, known as CiiTECH, which allows them to constantly improve their CBD extraction based on scientific findings and results.
In general, the majority of people end up using higher-strength products for pain than they would for things like anxiety, stress, or depression. The majority of today’s best CBD oil manufacturers offer tinctures in three different “potencies,” usually in 100, 300, or 600 mg options. Many people start on a middle ground with a 300 mg option, and work your way up from there, but it is extremely important to consult with the brand you are purchasing from before consumption.
How does CBD oil achieve this? It works by signaling the serotonin receptors in your brain. These receptors are responsible for your calmness and happiness levels. Multiple researchers at clinical institutions have found that CBD (or hemp oil) is effective when it comes to reducing anxiety amongst users and helps them to feel more relaxed and calmer during their day.
In addition to their range of oral CBD tinctures (which are administered via droplets placed below the tongue), Aura CBD also offers a newly-introduced Turmeric MCT cannabis butter (which is great to use in tea, coffee, smoothies, or as a cooking oil), a variety of CBD skincare products, and a delicious range of CBD edibles including our personal favorite raw CBD chocolates, which contain organic cacao powder and raw, organic agave.
The added stevia herb extract sweetener, along with the real citrus fruit flavor, ensured it tasted great and I only needed about 15mg of CBD (three x 5mg sprays) for the effects I was looking for. It dissolves very quickly, so all you have to do is spray some beneath your tongue and swallow. If, for some reason, the citrus taste is too strong, you can spray it into water and drink it.
Because CBD oil products are mostly unregulated, there’s no guarantee that any given product contains a safe or effective level of CBD. In fact, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2017 found that nearly 70 percent of all CBD products sold online are incorrectly labeled, and could cause serious harm to consumers. Some CBD oils may also contain incorrectly labeled amounts of THC and other compounds.
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%.
You are likely very familiar with the dangers that prescription painkillers (and other pharmaceuticals) present. In fact, it’s estimated that the majority of CBD oil users attempt to switch to the all-natural therapy for the precise reason of kicking prescription med habits, which all too often cause an overwhelming array of irritability, sleep disruption, digestive complications, and even thoughts of suicide.
As of 2017, the words “CBD oil for Sale”, or just simply “CBD for sale” have been two of the most popular phrases written into Google. It seems as if everyone is looking for a great deal online, or a way to find CBD oils on sale. The thing is, you don’t have to look very far. The increase in demand over the last couple of years has driven most sellers and CBD oil companies to reduce prices and offer their products at discount rates.
I stopped by Moon Juice after work, feeling a little nervous and excited all at once. “You might notice that your body feels a bit heavy after you try it—sometimes when I take it I feel like I just want to sit down and chill,” said the women behind the Moon Juice counter who helped me. Prepped for potential side effects, I emptied one dropper’s worth of CBD oil into my chamomile tea as soon as I got home … And didn’t feel anything. A few hours later I got into bed and immediately fell asleep.
Another point worth clarifying is the difference between hemp seed oil (or hemp oil) and CBD oil. There’s confusion on this point for the very good reason that both CBD oil and hemp seed oil are extracted from the industrial hemp plant. But there’s a big difference between the 2. Hemp seed oil has been pressed from hemp seed, and it’s great for a lot of things — it’s good for you, tastes great, and can be used in soap, paint — even as biodiesel fuel.
Research on CBD and anxiety has generally looked at cannabis as a whole product, not as CBD as a standalone compound. Some studies suggest that it can help with anxiety: like this 2011 study that suggests CBDcan reduce social anxiety or this 2015 review that says CBD could be promising for many forms of anxiety. It’s also important to consider whether the CBD comes from the cannabis plant and therefore may include THC, a cannabinoid that for some, induces anxiety. Read our comprehensive article on CBD and anxiety, here.