During these strange, challenging times we’re currently living through, general feelings that we’re unwell and collective levels of anxiety can scarcely have been higher. While there’s no cure all for the dis-ease many of us are suffering, there’s one substance that might just give us a helping hand in a number of departments.
We’ve championed the healing properties of CBD here at The MALESTROM previously. CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive chemical found in marijuana plants, which doesn’t contain the active THC that gets you high. Extensive studies have found it to have serious benefits when it comes to sleeping, anxiety and for pain relief.
Anti-anxiety prescriptions in the United States were up by 34.1% over the month of March, but on this side of the pond us Brits seem to be favouring a more natural approach. Research by Eos Scientific found that a quarter of Brits would rather use holistic remedies than medical prescriptions to treat their mental health.
CBD has also been proven to help with other conditions. The Harvard Medical reported scientific evidence showing CBD was able to reduce the number of seizures, and in some cases stop them all together, in those suffering from childhood epilepsy syndromes. Recently the FDA approved the first ever cannabis-derived medicine for these conditions, Epidiolex, which contains CBD. Harvard also showed positive results in sufferers of insomnia and chronic pain.
A study from the European Journal of Pain showed CBD applied on the skin could help lower pain and inflammation due to arthritis. Another study demonstrated the mechanism by which CBD inhibits inflammatory and neuropathic pain, two of the most difficult types of chronic pain to treat. American body the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) looked at its effects on generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) and said that CBD was shown to reduce stress in animals. Subjects in the study were observed as having lower behavioural signs of anxiety.
Another report from the World Health Organisation said CBD had “no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential’: and that there’s been “no evidence of public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.” All the evidence points to CBD being safe to take and very likely to bring numerous health benefits.
So, with the majority of the world in lockdown and under all kinds of different stresses and strains, we’ve checked out some of the very best CBD products on the market to bring a bit of much needed relief and to help protect your mental and physical wellbeing.
Medterra’s non-GMO oils are formulated with pure CBD oil and a coconut oil base. Their mission was to create affordable CBD, so it’s available to all. Each of their neat bottles contains 30 tasteless and odourless servings, coming in three different strengths.
We recommend popping a couple of drops under the tongue for the most effective results.
CannabiGold uses a unique extraction method meaning that it’s able to draw the cannabidiol from the Cannabis sativa plant, without the use of any questionable chemicals or solvents. They’re known for high quality, mild tasting oil.
Their Cannabigold classic 500MG CBD oil is one of their most popular products and it’s easy to see why, from ease of use to positive effects.
UK company Bud & Tender work directly with Hemp farmers to source their Filter-Pure CBD cannabis oil. It’s 100% natural and 100% UK legal, so there are no concerns for any athletes taking their oil and best of all they taste great with a crisp fruity flavour.
The well refined 500mg oil that Bud & Tender makes is potent enough to hit the spot when it comes to relief from all manner of aches and pains.
As a company Cannaray have committed themselves to leading the industry in product research, development and technology to create great CBD products.
Their Oral Drops are formulated with an exclusive Juniper Lime natural flavouring, which provides a clean taste profile, combined with USDA certified Organic Coconut Oil. Cannaray produces a range of other fantastic products including Curcumin capsules.
When it comes to topical treatments, C.B.Doctor UK makes an Organic botanical CBD balm that can be used to relieve sore and achy muscles and joints by gently massaging it into the skin.
Each 30ml jar of the CBD balm contains 150 mg of active cannabidiol, with the raw organic hemp oil, organic pressed coconut oil and 99.9% CBD Isolate creating the perfect balance of moisturising properties and slow-release CBD.
Elixinol have recently launched in the UK with their new range of blended CBD capsules. The range of seven blends can help users get a good balanced mix of vitamins and minerals into their diets, combined with CBD, to encourage good health and wellbeing on the inside and the outside.
The range includes an Immune Booster that combines CBD oil with Vitamin C, Vitamin B6 and Zinc and Allure with niacin and selenium for skin, hair and nails.
Zoetic is an American “seed to shelf” CBD producer, growing hemp in Colorado and retailing its products in the UK and US. Its farming methods are strictly organic, with no chemical pesticides or herbicides used.
Zoetic’s oils come in two different strengths, 500mg and 1000mg and four distinctive flavours, Gorgeous Melon, Zesty Blood Orange, Calming Natural and Refreshing Peppermint.
We Brits love a cuppa, proven by the 165 million cups we quaff every day. This brand new range of CBD-infused tea, Hatters Hemp Tea, means you can indulge in one of your favourite past times while getting the anxiety and stress-reducing benefits of CBD to boot.
Hatter’s hemp-infused tea is available in four classic flavours; English Breakfast, Green, Lemongrass & Rosehip Boost and Chamomile, and includes the benefits of CBD from the 50% hemp makeup of the teabag.
Fairly new kids on the CBD block Mr Nice have brought some quality products to market as of late. We’re especially impressed with their Full Spectrum Extract CBD in hemp seed oil which is non-GMO, vegan friendly and gluten-free.
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