The CBD culture, at least in the eyes of someone who knows zero, can be overwhelming. There’s the Full Spectrum variant. Then there’s broad spectrum and isolate. Some labels say they are cannabis derived, while others say they are hemp based. Then you come across its various forms—creams, tinctures, drinks and oils. They even have gummies, capsules and patches.
When I first started to look into CBD as a wellness product, I remember feeling lost in a sea of jargon. “Contains 0.2% THC,” read one label. Another stated: “With enhanced CBN with Terpenes.” I had no idea what these words meant and how they might affect my life.
CBD, or cannabidoil, has become a buzzword in wellness circles. This plant derivative found in the cannabis sativa or hemp plant, has gained traction for its ability to ease anxiety and depression. CBD is also often used to ease inflammation, muscle soreness and pains. As a beauty product, CBD face oils have become the hero of minimalist skincare routines. They address a wide range of concerns from acne to aging.
A friend of mine who convinced me to give CBD a try declared: “CBD helps me with everything. I’ve been sleeping better and consuming less gin since taking it. Even my dog takes CBD.” More than literature, available information or hype, it was her testimonial that had me sold.
FIRST THING’S FIRST: WILL IT GET ME HIGH?
The first question I asked before taking my first does was, “Will this get me high?” It’s not uncommon for first time users to confuse CBD with the marijuana they’ve come to know from naughty younger years. Although extracted from hemp or cannabis plants, CBD is isolated from psychoactive compounds (like THC) that effect the feeling of being “high. CBD, on its own or when derived from hemp, cannot not get you high. Instead, it helps alleviate anxiety, stress, pains and aches. This miracle ingredient also functions as an anti inflammatory.
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Cannabidoil is legal in some countries and states. In others, it remains prohibited or strictly regulated. When shopping for CBD online, check in first to see if this ingredient is allowed in your state or country of residence.
THE CBD FEELS—WHAT IT DOES, HOW IT FEELS, WHEN TO TAKE IT
When ingested as oils, gummies or infused drinks, CBD can benefit those who suffer from anxiety, depression or sleep problems. It also helps bring a sense of balance and focus especially on days that feel more like a roller coaster ride. When you need to feel a little more balanced or grounded, CBD does wonders in anchoring you throughout the day. It is also a soothing potion for winding down after a busy day.
COMMON GROUND’S WAKE/ 1000 MG CBD + CBG OIL is a great way to start your day. It’s a lot like coffee served with doses of calm. Formulated so that you can use it any time of the day, WAKE is a “simple, clean and honest CBD + MCT Oil + Terpenes bland that give your body exactly what it needs.” As a beginner who is only starting to discover the transformative effects of this compound, I find one full dropper of WAKE in the morning helps to set the right mood. It helps keep me calm and focused especially when days you feel the chase of deadlines and follow up emails.
If matcha is your beverage of choice, then MATCHA UNION’S new range of CBD FULL Spectrum Oils is your cup of tea. Formulated using hemp seed oil and cannabidoil sourced from organic farms in South of France, MATCHA UNION boasts “maximum anti inflammatory properties.” Cold pressing methods ensure that the brand’s formulas retain all the plant matter including chlorophyll and Terpenes, which are packed with health benefits. The brand’s blends are free from other carrier oils, making it uncompromisingly pure and potent. The brand’s founders explain: “We only use hemp oil and cannabidoil, which both come from the same plant, thus maximizing its benefits.” Match Union CBD is a great elixir to have on days when you feel particularly heavy or bloated. It is also a miracle worker for when you need to reconnect with your zen midday. On long days in front of the computer screen, a cup of ceremonial green matcha and CBD are instant mood boosters.
Sunset cocktails or happy hour has always been about a good bottle of wine or a refreshing G&T drink. It was only after trying TRIP’s CBD INFUSED DRINKS that I realized how much more delicious winding down can be. The UK-based wellness brand is all about harnessing calm and productivity—but with lots of flavor. By this, I mean both literally and figuratively. TRIP’s Best Selling Sparkling Drinks are delicious as they are beneficial for one’s overall wellness. They are formulated with L-Theanin to boost mood, chamomile to soothe as well as ginseng to help improve energy and focus. TRIP’s drinks can be enjoyed on its own or mixed with other spirits. Since opening my box of Trip Mixed Pack CBD Drinks, happy hour has become about sipping on a Gin and Trip to wind down. Trip Founder Olivia Ferdi shares: “What we’ve learnt is that CBD drinks have provided an alcohol alternative to many, as well as a functional option for a- home socializing, or reset through the working day. An after-work zoom drink is certainly made more relaxing with TRIP drinks! Our experience is that CBD is very much accepted by our target demographic of urban Gen Z and millenials. Especially as so many of them are looking for plant active, functional options instead of alcohol to help them unwind. The incredible thing about CBD is that it can support both mental and physical wellbeing – making it appealing across moments and different lifestyles.”
TRIP’s CBD Oils are also the most delicious and fragrant. It’s almost like having a calming candy. They come in two flavors—Orange Blossom and Wild Mint. There is also option to take the strong (1000MG) or original variant (300mg) which is recommended for first time users. Formulations from TRIP are blended with MCT Oil, natural adaptogens and chamomile to help establish a sense of balance. The team adds, “Our CBD is extracted from organically grown help, THC-free and third party lab tested to ensure the highest quality and purity.” I’ve had some of the deepest most restorative evenings with TRIP ORANGE BLOSSOM CBD OIL, waking up feeling fresh and recharged. It is definitely a bedside essential. Oliva shares insight for first time users of CBD: “I recommend checking for mg CBD per serving. When comparing products for strength (and price value) it can become a little overwhelming between brands and formats. Checking how much CBD is in a whole product can be helpful (rather than running comparisons of % concentration). Start with a lower daily dose, say 10-30 mg and see how you feel. Start to experiment with varied doses to obtain the desired effect (whether that’s a reset during work, or relaxing after work).”
SPERO makes it easy and less intimidating for first time users to explore the world of CBD. Its product range is pretty straightforward. There are pure CBD capsules for easier consumption—no need for droppers or to measure dosage. Tinctures, of course, are also an option for a dose of tranquility and calm. All formulas from SPERO are eco-friendly, sustainably sourced and THC free. The company subscribes to a unique extraction process using CO2. The at SPERO explains: “Our products are crafted using Liquid Chromotography—a sophisticated purification process that cleanly separates CBD from THC with precision. Unlike distillation, it doesn’t leave behind residual compounds and solvents, only a potent and pure extract of broad-spectrum CBD oil, hempbased minor cannabidoids and terpenes.”
Their Pure CBD Tincture is a refreshing, zero-high, beginner-friendly blend. It is fast-acting and tastes a lot like your favorite candy. What makes this ideal for first time users is that each bottle comes with a pre-measured dropper (17mg per serving) for easy dosing. The company emphasizes, “We are committed to spreading a new standard of CBD wellness… each product is rigorously tested for potency, pesticides, microbials, heavy metals and solvents… so you get the good stuff and none of the bad.”
CBD FOR ACTIVE LIFESTYLES
Having come from a generation where pills were considered the cure-all , it took a lot of re-programming before I could consider safer options for managing pain and muscle aches. An active lifestyle entails the usually aches and tightness, which means finding remedies that are safe and effective. This is especially true following intense workouts, which often keeps us from performing at our optimum.
A hot bath and massage restores the body and helps ease muscles after a tough workout. Ever wonder why high performance athletes take hot baths after a grueling match or game? Research has found that hot baths significantly improve blood pressure and arterial flow. Studies have also led to the conclusion that hot baths boost immunity, which is often compromised when we engage in heavy exercise. VAAY’s CBD BATH BOMB is a new self care essential that you can indulge in once to twice each week. This fragrant lavender and Shea butter bomb, infused with CBD, instantly melts away the stresses, aches and tension of a long week. I enjoy CBD baths on Friday nights, sometimes pairing it with a glass of wine and relaxing music. It sets the mood for a weekend of relaxation and recovery. The team behind the Berlin-based CBD brand suggests: “For maximum benefits, massage the nurturing center over yourself, using your body heat to activate the CBD and absorb into your skin.”
Following a soak, gently massage VAAY CBD Skin and Massage Oil in circular motions for the sweetest slumber. Evening oil massages have become especially important in the past months with most of our days spent hunched over laptops, mobile phones and adjusting to a work from home set up. This CBD Massage Oil, infused with 200mg of natural CBD, immediately soothes tired muscles. It signals the body that it is time for rest, lulling senses into a deep, undisturbed sleep. Skin is also visibly smoother and radiant the morning after. This is thanks to a potent blend of jojoba, almond oil and ginger essence.
If you seek an extra boost for aches and pains, VAAY’s Active and Sports Gel is a serious miracle worker. A powerful concoction of essential oils and full spectrum CBD first cools tight muscles and tissues. A few seconds after applying a thin layer, a subtle warmth will relax body, mind and soul. It works especially well after an intense run, spin class or core workout. I recently returned to Pilates and manage to survive a killer core workout with VAAY.
On days when I feel heavy and bloated (read: PMS), THE FEELIST DO NOT DISTURB EXTRA STRENGTH BODY CREAM is a heaven sent. It used to be the before and during the monthly cycle, women are unable to move and function at their best. This rich blend of essential oils, natural extracts and 500mg broad spectrum CBD, helps with the discomfort and eases inflammation. DO NOT DISTURB is also a beautiful post-workout recovery elixir that relaxes, restores and brings body back to balance and overall wellbeing.
MADE BY ATHLETES FOR ATHLETES
A CBD brand made by professional athletes for high performance individuals also just recently entered my radar. In the world of sports, THC is a banned substance, which was a challenge for many athletes hoping to get relief from CBD. This inspired two professional athletes to create CBD blends that were safe, suitable and free from any THC. It also saw the birth of PURE SPORT.
The UK-based brand distinguishes itself through blends that are suitable for professional sports. Co Founder Grayson Hart explains: “CBD in the UK is still largely unregulated, so there are a lot of products out there that are hit and miss, weak or contaminated and far from medical grade. We’re in this to convince the world that there is a safe, natural solution to help people feel and live better.” Products from the company undergo rigid testing by two separate third-party companies to guarantee that products are absolutely THC free.
Pure Sport’s BOOST is a powerful blend that combines 1500mg CBD, Lions Mane, Ginseng and Vitamin C to enhance energy, brain and immune function. It is also a good anti inflammatory and antioxidant. Adam Ashe, Co Founder of the company, adds, “CBD is best used longer term for treatment of pain. It can cause change in our perception of chronic pain by toning our nervous system over time. This can result in subtle changes in the way we feel pain.”
For pixel sharp focus, Pure Sport’s CLARITY is a brilliant blend that helps to reduce stress and brain fog. It infuses 1500mg CBD with goodness from Ashwangandha, Vitamin D and Gingko Biloba. The founders of the company advice, “We recommend this especially during winter months, as the oil will provide your body and mind with much-needed Vitamin D.”
AN UNAPOLOGETIC CBD BRAND FOR THE BEAUTY JUNKIE
The use of cannabidoil as the main ingredient for beauty products has been around for sometime now. Unlike other brands that rely heavily on advertising, CBD beauty brands are picking up traction on the sole basis that they actually deliver on the promise. Skin was barely recovering from a nasty breakout when a bottle of CBD face oil came to the rescue. Within days, redness and inflammation had disappeared. More than that, texture and tone of skin surface had also dramatically improved. I’ve since become a believer in CBD infused beauty products.
While most beauty brands use extracts from seeds, MURI LELU harnesses the entire cannabis sativa plant—seeds, stalks and blooms. According to the founders of the brand, this is their skincare secret, “an underutilized anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-aging powerhouse.” Formulation are plant-based, hand crafted and blended with botanicals and terpene-rich oils. They advice: “When looking to try cannabis in your beauty routine for the first time, there are a few things to look for, but the first should be if the cannabis sativa (hemp) extract included in the product is either full spectrum or full flower. This indicates that the widest range of cannabinoids — aka the 80+ therapeutic compounds present in the plant — has been preserved. Full spectrum offers the most potent relief and benefit potential.”
BLOOMRISE SATIVA is a unique facial serum hand-crafted using full spectrum hemp oil. It is specifically formulated so that each drop holds the benefits of the entire sativa plant—phytocannabidoils, terpenes, chlorophyll, flavonoids and fatty acids. The infusion of botanicals and essential oils enhances skin radiance and improves texture. It is a daily dose of skin boost packed with anti inflammation, anti-aging and antioxidant benefits.
For a minimalist, efficient nightly skincare ritual, MAUVAISE HERBE INDICA OIL brings healing properties of the cannabis bloom to relax, restore and refresh skin. This high-performance facial oil calms, balances and restores skin while you sleep. It is a soothing elixir that nourishes so that you wake up to healthier, radiant and youthful skin. For optimum results, massage two to three drops onto the face in upward motions. You may also use your face roller or gua sha to allow for the oils to penetrate.