CBD, on the other hand, was shown to help regulate fear responses by “reducing amygdalar responses to fearful stimuli…and to elicit antipanic effects.” A 2017 article in Current Neuropharmacology backs up this claim. Reviewing both experimental lab animal and human studies, the researchers came to the conclusion that “CBD seems to be a promising drug for the treatment of PD [panic disorder]”.
PharmaHemp is another gem of a company to come from tiny, green Slovenia. Their hemp fields are also open air, organic and drop-dead gorgeous. They are based in micro-locations in Eastern Slovenia, the Gorenjska region and Croatia. Areas that traditionally grew cannabis before its prohibition. All these locations continue to grow organically. Founded by Andrej Susnik in 2011, engineer and entrepreneur who has worked in the field of cannabis extraction since 1964, PharmaHemp is a solid European player with the leverage of experience and a great focus on organic production. By using supercritical CO2 extraction, PharmaHemp ensures that all their extracts are full spectrum, i.e. containing not only CBD (cannabidiol), but also other cannabinoids, terpenes, amino acids, essential fatty acids (omega oils), bioflavonoids and many other phytonutrients. Their cutting-edge production facilities are matched with very slick packaging and design.
The spray contains 400 mg of CBD and CBDa (a carboxylated form of CBD), for £24.95. The bottle contains 10 ml of liquid and, as there are 80 sprays, each spray contains 5mg of CBD. According to CBD Life, taking CBD sublingually enables the cannabinoid to travel directly to the bloodstream without being subject to metabolic breakdown in the digestive system.
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.
This mint-green bath bomb, made by Los Angeles-based De La Beuh, combines the invigorating aromatherapy of peppermint oil with the pain relief benefits of CBD. I sat in the bath with this bath bomb soak for an hour—until the water ran cold—when I had both cramps and lower back aches, and while it doesn’t beat ingesting a painkiller, it did help soothe my pains so that I fell asleep as soon as I hit the pillow. De La Beuh sells bath bombs in many varieties—including a glittery Kaleidoscope version that will turn your bath into “unicorn” colors—so your preference just depends on your preferred aroma.
Common treatments for fibromyalgia are anti-inflammatory medications, opioid pain medications, and corticosteroids. A 2011 study that focused on CBD treatment for fibromyalgia produced very promising results for future uses in treatment. Half of the 56 participants used Cannabidiol, while the other half used traditional methods to treat their condition. Those that used cannabis saw a great reduction in their symptoms and pain, while those using traditional methods didn’t see much of an improvement.
Biopurus features a large range of concentrates, from the 5% CBD whole-plant extract to the strongest 30% CBD oil. The only caveat with this whole-plant extract (which is beyond full spectrum) is that it has a stronger, thicker texture than a regular CBD oil, and needs to be stored in an upright position to avoid any leakage. A Biopurus extract is not suitable for travelling or bringing along to the commute, but if you’re happy to keep it in your cupboard and have it before breakfast and dinner, in our opinion, this is by far the best range of organic CBD oils you can get.
All this talk about THC lands us nicely in the whole “Full Spectrum vs. Pure Isolate” debate. Once you begin shopping for CBD products, you’ll notice a lot of jargon that gets thrown around without much explanation. Now that we’ve introduced THC into the conversation, we can talk about the difference between, and relative benefits of, Full Spectrum CBD and CBD Isolate (and the lesser-known contender: Broad Spectrum).
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.
CBD may be best known for its relaxing, calming effects. CBD reduces autonomic arousal, having the inverse effect of THC on the body. CBD’s anti-anxiety effect is why many in the cannabis community talk about how CBD relieves paranoia, although that is not scientifically proven yet. CBD is also known for its anti-nausea and pain relieving effects. It really depends on why your body’s specific needs and the quantity in which you take CBD.
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.
People who experience psychosis may produce too much or even too little cannabinoids (from overactive dopamine receptors). CBD is milder than our internal cannabinoids and helps to re-establish a balance of cannabinoids in the brain. CBD also helps lower inflammation, which is often increased in schizophrenia. THC, on the other hand, is stronger than our internal cannabinoids (anandamide and 2-AG), this way potentially triggering psychosis [46, 48].
Transparency: cbdMD seems to be going through a transition with their third-party testing practices. Until recently, they only released a lab report for the CBD concentrate they use for all their products, but would not show potency testing for individual products. That seems to be changing. Currently, the only lab report on the website is for their concentrate (and it’s over a year old). But if you contact customer service, they’ll send you a lab report for any product.
There are many websites claiming that their CBD oils can cure everything. This is not true! Reputable companies extract their CBD oils from specific strains, and remember that each strain has its own unique CBD/THC ratios. Also, some are Sativa and some are Indica; therefore, the oil extracts may work better on some conditions and some individuals than on others. Always read the fine print, and if a company offers a list of medical conditions the CBD oil treats best, just know that it’s completely bogus.
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.
There are two preventative procedures you should be taking if you want to keep your skin as youthful for as long as possible: wear sunscreen and wear anti-aging cream at night. Unfortunately, I couldn’t source a reputable sunscreen with CBD, so you’ll have to trust me on the face cream, instead. This organic hemp CBD—sourced from Colorado—and vitamin E oil-enriched formula is too rich for daytime use (unless you have very dry skin and you don’t live in a humid climate), but it’s the perfect luxe treatment to massage into your face and neck before bed every night. After a week of wearing this cream every night, I, a very cystic acne-prone person, did not have any breakouts and had noticeably softer skin in the morning.
CBD oil may be of some benefit to those with addiction, suggests a review published in the journal Substance Abuse in 2015. In their analysis of 14 previously published studies, scientists determined that CBD may have therapeutic effects in people with opioid, cocaine, and/or psychostimulant addiction. They also found that CBD may be beneficial in the treatment of cannabis and tobacco addiction. There is some evidence that CBD may block or reduce the effects of THC on the mind.
Charlotte’s Web is a family owned company (the well-known Stanley Brothers) and the exclusive provider of the Charlotte’s Web strain (11). They claim to produce the world’s most trusted hemp extract. Charlotte’s Web is a company focused on quality, safety, consistency, and social responsibility to support thousands of lives. Every step of the process in producing Charlotte’s Web is overseen – from seed to shelf – to ensure the highest quality.
Before I even checked the ingredients list and saw that cocoa seed butter was involved, my first impression was that this body butter smelled like chocolate, so much so that my stomach rumbled with hunger because it was 4pm and I hadn’t eaten lunch yet. Don’t the “whipped” descriptor fool you—unlike most body butters you’ve used, this formula is solid to the touch, a balm rather than a cream. But that might be exactly what you want if you’re looking for a CBD-infused treatment anyway—something that feels extra-nourishing and almost medicinal. Luckily, it smells incredible in a subtle, natural way, not like other body butters with artificial tropical fruit scents.