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Month: November 2018

Full Spectrum CBD VS. CBD Isolate: Which CBD Should I Take?

This article breaks down two common terms used to describe CBD products: full spectrum and CBD isolate. While some preliminary research suggests full spectrum CBD is better, CBD isolate still has many uses.

This article breaks down two common terms used to describe CBD products: full spectrum and CBD isolate.

The cannabis industry is one of the most exciting and fastest growing in the natural health sector. With laws around the world relaxing on the plant and its commercial uses, we’ve seen some incredible new hemp products come to market.

The most popular of them all at the moment is cannabidiol oil, or more commonly known as CBD oil. With so many new and different CBD oil products available, the choice of which one to go with can be difficult and confusing. With terms like whole plant extract, full spectrum, broad spectrum and isolate. This article will break down the difference between two terms you’ll commonly see, full spectrum CBD oil and CBD oil isolate, in order to help make your decisions easier.

A row of identical looking bottles of CBD oil, each with a dropper top. Not all CBD oil is made the same, and the terminology can be confusing, such as the difference between full spectrum CBD and CBD isolate.

Not all CBD oil is made the same, and the terminology can be confusing, such as the difference between full spectrum CBD and CBD isolate.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-intoxicating molecule found in the cannabis plant. It is one of many cannabinoids that can be extracted from the cannabis plant but it has become commercially popular beyond the others due to its wide medical applications and accessibility. As CBD does not give the consumer the famous high that psychoactive cannabis (“marijuana”) is known for, it is more readily available online and in shops. It is usually derived from hemp, the name given to cannabis plants with less than 0.3% THC which can be mass grown for CBD oil.

WHAT IS FULL SPECTRUM CBD OIL?

The cannabis plant contains hundreds of different phytochemicals including cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds. Full spectrum CBD or hemp oil generally refers to products that not only contain CBD but contain the other plant molecules as well. This version of CBD oil is minimally refined, leaving most of the cannabinoids and terpenes intact and in the oil.

Full spectrum, sometimes also called “whole plant,” means the full plant extract is included. Full spectrum provides more of the plant’s molecules in ratios and amounts that nature intended.

While there is still more research to be done, there are indications that show cannabinoids and terpenes work together to influence each other. This synergistic effect is called the entourage effect and has seen CBD work with THC to reduce the effects of a high and CBD to influence ones own cannabinoid receptors.

WHAT IS CBD ISOLATE?

Cannabidiol alone has been the subject of a lot of research as it stands out from the rest with what seems to be the widest therapeutic value.

CBD isolate products are generally labeled as being 99 percent or more pure CBD depending on the form they come in. As the name suggests, these products have been isolated down to just the CBD molecule. They have no other active ingredient and just aim to deliver therapeutic doses of CBD, isolated from the other cannabinoids and terpenes.

CBD isolate products often come as a white powder or a mix with a carrier oil such as MCT oil for improved absorption.

COMPARING FULL SPECTRUM CBD VS CBD ISOLATE

CBD and the other cannabinoids have therapeutic benefits to humans thanks to our endocannabinoid system, a series of cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) throughout the entire body. These receptors react to the cannabinoids our bodies produce which are molecularly very similar to the cannabinoids from cannabis and hemp.

Two different colored vials of hemp extract sit on a bed of hemp leaves. Full spectrum CBD contains more cannabinoids and other natural compounds, while CBD isolate may be better for people who need a strong dose of just cannabidiol.

Full spectrum CBD contains more cannabinoids and other natural compounds, while CBD isolate may be better for people who need a strong dose of just cannabidiol.

Full spectrum CBD oil products have the advantage of containing many different cannabinoids and terpenes and the potential for a wider health reach. A recent study indicated the synergistic effects of a full spectrum CBD oil were superior to an isolate in the effective treatment of inflammatory conditions. Terpenes alone have shown incredible potential for human health and should not be disregarded.

CBD isolates do allow users to easily get large amounts of CBD and know how much they’re getting. With the growing amount of evidence behind CBD and CBD alone it should definitely not be overlooked as a potential for so many conditions such as anxiety, pain, inflammation, diabetes, depression and more.

Some people find the taste of hemp extract unpleasant, which may mean they should try a CBD isolate (or another method of taking CBD such as CBD capsules or gummies). The lack of flavor might also make isolate a better choice for cooking with CBD or mixing into some CBD cocktails. CBD isolate powder can also be an appealing option for making CBD products for personal use, such as homemade CBD massage oil.

Isolates can sometimes be more expensive than full spectrum CBD. Isolates undergo more extensive refinement and require more plant matter in order to get high levels of isolated cannabidiol.

GET TO KNOW DIFFERENT CBD PRODUCTS

It’s hard to know which one is best for you without trying them both and see how you react. Different ailments might react differently a full spectrum CBD than to a CBD isolate. We recommend trying a variety of products and assessing how you feel. If you’re finding your condition is not reacting significantly to a full spectrum oil then trying an isolate may be the way to go, and vice versa.

Bottles and a beaker containing amber colored CBD oil arranged with hemp buds, sitting on a reflective tabletop surface. Some research suggests full spectrum CBD can be more effective, but consumers should experiment with a variety of CBD products. Some research suggests full spectrum CBD can be more effective, but consumers should experiment with a variety of CBD products and, when possible, consult with a supportive medical professional for more advice.

Some research suggests full spectrum CBD can be more effective, but consumers should experiment with a variety of CBD products and, when possible, consult with a supportive medical professional for more advice.

It’s still very early in the days of cannabis research but there is a strong case for the therapeutic benefit of a less refined full spectrum hemp extract with more of the plant compounds intact. There are so many beneficial health possibilities waiting to be unlocked by further studying the combinations of these compounds found in hemp and cannabis.

Remember, it’s not all about the amount of CBD per serving you see on a bottle. A higher CBD product isn’t necessarily superior to a full spectrum oil. Leaving the plants extracts closer to the way nature intended could be a better option for most people.

 

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Investing In Hemp Stocks: Getting Started With Hemp & Cannabis Stocks

After years of stigma around cannabis, suddenly people are talking openly about investing in hemp stocks. We offer some tips for getting started in this volatile, exciting market.

After years of stigma around cannabis, suddenly people are talking openly about investing in hemp stocks.

A couple weeks back, we overheard a local UPS driver shared how his wife just got her medical marijuana card and that he’s been putting money into cannabis stocks and was making a killing. After hearing about the driver’s huge success, two thoughts came to mind. The first was how cool it was talking so casually about cannabis and marijuana stocks, second was how do we get in on this?

Almost immediately, the writer perused some popular marijuana stocks and learned that many investors were in fact making money hand over fist buying marijuana stocks, but not everyone was. The cannabis market as a whole is extremely volatile, which means it’s very easy to quickly make and lose money.

However, this doesn’t mean one should shy away from these stocks. Ask a stock broker and they will most likely tell you that a diverse portfolio of mixed stocks performs best on average. Meaning, it’s about risk tolerance and balance and volatile cannabis stocks should be a small part of a stock portfolio, not the other way around.

The Wall Street road sign in New York City, New York. In this article, we lay out some basics of investing in hemp stocks. Be careful: We're not investment experts, and can only get you started doing your own research!

In this article, we lay out some basics of investing in hemp stocks. Be careful: We’re not investment experts, and can only get you started doing your own research!

In this article we’re going to share some “hot stocks” in the marketplace, including details on our UPS driver’s stock and share some important market information, as well as things to look out for should one decide to invest. Remember, all investments carry risk and investors need to weigh any and all risks before investing in the stock market.

INVESTING IN HEMP STOCKS: UNDERSTANDING CANNABIS MARKETS

To start, it’s important to first take a look at the entire cannabis market as a whole. This can help answer some very basic questions for investors. For example, is the industry moving in the right direction? Are certain industry sectors doing better than others? Is one more risky than another? Of course, these are just a few questions one should be asking, there are many more.

Let’s take a look at the cannabis market information as reported by Grandview ResearchIn 2016 the U.S. Legal marijuana market size was estimated at 7.06 billion and expected to grow at CAGR of 24.9 percent from 2017 to 2025. Globally the industry is expected to reach $32billion.

Of the two marijuana segments, medical marijuana was the largest segment and estimated to be valued at USD 100.03 billion by 2025.

When it came to products, the marijuana buds segment was estimated to be the dominant type and is estimated to be valued at USD $82.9 billion by 2025.

Cannabis Industry Sectors

Marijuana sector breakdowns were not easy to come by and choices were few. Of all the ones perused, Bloomberg’s chart was the most detailed. Even though these numbers are a few years old and market share has probably shifted some, most likely it hasn’t changed enough to significantly change the order.

    1. Pharma/Research USD $1.5b
    2. Producer USD $645m
    3. Consumer USD $302m
    4. Real Estate USD $216m
    5. Consulting USD $170m
    6. Tech USD $162m
    7. Industrials USD $54m

LOOKING AT CANNABIS STOCK INDICES

We’ve all heard of the Dow Jones and the S&P 500 stock indices. These major stock indices consist of groups of stocks whose combined daily performance is an indicator of how a market is doing without having to track individual stocks. According to Investopedia, “investors and other market participants use indexes to track the performance of the stock market.”

Cannabis stocks have their own stock indexes and there are plenty to choose from. Each index will have their own set of guidelines outlining the requirements a company must meet in order to be listed on that particular index. Below are three major cannabis indices.

Global Cannabis Stock Index (GCSI)

GCSI has been in existence since 2013 and they represent the overall publicly traded market for the medical and legal marijuana sector. There are currently 61 cannabis related companies listed on the index and is rebalanced every quarter.  The last rebalance took place in September and each stock was required to have an average daily trading value in excess of $600,000 and a minimum price of at least $0.25 (10-day average). Lastly, Canadian and Australian companies must have a U.S. listing in order to be included in the index.

North American Marijuana Index (NAMI)

The NAMI tracks leading stocks in the legal cannabis industry in the United States and Canada.  The North American Marijuana Index is broken down by 2 sub-indices: The U.S. Marijuana Index and the Canadian Marijuana Index.  Where a company is primarily operating determines which sub-index they’ll be listed.

The NAMI began on January 2, 2015 with an inception of 100 points.  Both indices are rebalanced quarterly on the last day of March, June, September, and December of each year.

To be included, companies must meet minimum trading requirements. They must have a market capitalization of $80 million, daily trading volume of $2million and a share price of at least $1.00. Companies with $5 million of revenues over the prior years are exempt from the above trading requirements.

The Green Market Report Index

This is the newest of the cannabis indices. The Green Market Report Index officially launched January 31, 2018.  This index consists of 30 stocks selected based on market capitalization, revenue production, plus high standards of company operations. They focus solely on pure cannabis companies with a rebalance review each quarter.

HOW TO INVEST IN HEMP

Now before you go calling your local stockbroker, it’s important to remember that while some investors make money buying cannabis stocks, many others do not. As with any investing, it’s important that you do your own research. The Motley Fool recently published an article on investing in marijuana stocks. Below is a synapsis of some key points.

Understand The Different Markets

There are basically two markets when it comes to cannabis: medical and recreational marijuana.  Medical marijuana is legal in 30 U.S. states and recreational legal in nine states. One of the most commonly used medical marijuana products is cannabidiol (CBD).

Know the marketplace you want to invest in

When it comes to cannabis, there are three type of cannabis stocks

  1. Marijuana growers — These companies cultivate, harvest and distribute to the end customer.
  2. Cannabis biotech’s — These companies focus on developing cannabinoid drugs.
  3. Providers or ancillary products and services — These companies provide products and services to growers, such as; lighting, hydroponic systems, etc.

Understand the risks and what you’re willing to lose

For cannabis stocks, the biggest risk is the legal and political issue facing the industry. While some states have approved either both recreational and medical marijuana, or simply for medical use, but regardless cannabis is still federally illegal.

Supply/Demand imbalance

Imbalances can happen for a variety of reasons. With regards to the marijuana industry, many cannabis stock prices are valued higher than they’re worth. For example, a stock price might be overinflated because of potential future growth that analyst’s price into the present day stock price.

This can pose huge risks to the marketplace later on once the huge growth is achieved. It’s very likely the growth targets will cause a supply gut.

An image of a screen displaying stock prices with a cityscape reflected in the background. Investing in hemp and cannabis stocks can lead to huge profits ... or massive losses in this volatile industry. We picked some top cannabis stocks and promising hemp stocks to get you started.

We picked some top cannabis stocks and promising hemp stocks to get you started.

HOT STOCK PICKS: CANNABIS STOCKS

To give you an idea of how hot the cannabis market is, just take a look at the United States Marijuana Index.

According to Investopedia,As of June 29, 2018 the United States Marijuana Index, despite a lot of uncertainty around regulations, has over the past 1 year gained 71.49 percent, as compared to about 12 percent gain seen by the S&P 500. Given that is not exactly an apples to apples comparison, but it does make a case to at least investigate investments in marijuana stocks.”

Tilray (TLRY)

Tilray is listed on NASDAQ. This stock is interesting because the stock was only issued to the public this past July and has already jumped over 600 percent from it’s first day IPO price. This was the first marijuana stock to go public with only 9 million shares being offered.

Many believe that Tilray could see a steep decline in the future, but for now, it’s being used to speculate the future of legalized marijuana in Canada.

Chart Basics

  1. Average Trade Volume: 8,175,928
  2. Market Cap: 9.406B
  3. Price/Earnings Ratio (TTM): N/A
  4. Earning Per Share (TTM): -.030

Canopy Growth (CGC)

Canopy Growth is listed on the NYSE. So far in 2018 this stock has climbed 100 percent. This cannabis producer has received multiple rounds of investments from beverage specialist Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ). Many are speculating Constellation Brands will eventually buy them outright and add cannabis to its lines of brands like Corona and Svedka.

Chart Basics

  1. Average Trade Volume: 1,984,482
  2. Market Cap: $5.98B
  3. P/E ratio (TTM): N/A
  4. EPS (TTM): $.0950

*Stock information provided by Motley Fool

Aurora Cannabis (ACBFF)

Aurora Cannabis, Inc. is listed on the OTC market. ACBFF is another big Canadian pot company. Last March, Aurora Cannabis acquired rival MedReleaf in a .25 billion all stock deal.  According to the original press release, combined, these two companies expect to produce over 570kg per year of cannabis.

Chart Basics:

  1. Average Trade Volume: 1,857,787
  2. Market Cap: $4.101B
  3. P/E Ratio (TTM): N/A
  4. EPS (TTM): -$.03

GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH)***

GW Pharmaceuticals is listed on the NASDAQ as an American Depository Receipt (ADR)This UK Company had a huge win this past June when the FDA approved the first drug of its kind derived from pure plant CBD called Epidiolex. This drug is approved for treatment of epileptic seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome.

Chart Basics:

  1. Average Daily Trading Volume: 463,151
  2. Market Cap: $3.918B
  3. P/E Ratio (TTM): N/A
  4. EPS (TTM): -$9.67

Stock information provided by Investopedia.

HEMP STOCKS TO WATCH

While these two stocks haven’t experienced huge jumps like Tilray and Canopy Growth, both of these hemp companies are poised for breakouts. Also, both have stock prices near $1 per share, which may be a good opportunity for newbie investors to start with.

Global Hemp Group, Inc (OTCMKTS:GBHPF)

Global Hemp Group is listed on the over-the-counter market. GBHPF is a Canada-based company with operations in Montreal, Canada and Los Angeles, California. Currently Global Hemp Group is completing it’s hemp cultivation projects in New Brunswick, Canada, Oregon and the United States.

Global Hemp plans to develop value-added industrial hemp-based CBD products next.

Chart Basics

  1. Average Trade Volume: 192.17k
  2. Market Cap: NA
  3. P/E ratio: NA
  4. EPS: NA

Hempco Food and Fiber (OTCMKTS:HEMP)

Hemp, Inc is listed on the over-the-counter market. Hempco Food and Fiver is a producer and distributor of hemp-based products. They have a 56,000 sq. ft processing facility in Alberta, Canada, where they produce hemp-based foods. With the legalization of cannabis, Hempco plans to utilize the hemp stalk as a fiber source for industrial building and textile uses.

In 2019, Hempco expects hemp production capacity of 240,000 lbs/month.

  1. Average Trade Volume: 32.13M
  2. Market Cap: 6.68M
  3. P/E Ratio: NA
  4. EPS: $ -0.02

Stock information provided by 420intel.com.

A person uses a laptop keyboard while books on investing sit nearby. While investing in hemp stocks is appealing for many reasons, it can be hard to get started. We've offered some hot cannabis stocks and resource for continued learning.

While investing in hemp stocks is appealing for many reasons, it can be hard to get started. We’ve offered some hot cannabis stocks and resource for continued learning.

WHERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT INVESTING IN HEMP

Hopefully this article has whet your appetite to the huge potential hemp and cannabis stocks have right now and in the foreseeable future. As already stated, it’s very important that investors do their homework and due diligence before taking on any investment. To help get you started, below are some educational resources that offer valuable content.

IN CONCLUSION: HEMP STOCKS REPRESENT AN EXCITING, VOLATILE INDUSTRY

As the cannabis industry continues to evolve there will bound to be more volatility in the marketplace just like we see today, as well as new hot-stocks to buy. We’ve included links throughout this article to help you learn more. It’s the perfect time to learn about this exciting industry. And who knows, you might end up sharing the killing you made trading cannabis stocks just like our UPS driver!

Happy trading!

Disclosure: Rob Railis owns stock positions in various industries. He does not own any positions in the stocks outlined in this article. Our Editor in Chief Kit O’Connell owns two shares of CGC, one of the stocks mentioned in this article, in addition to stock positions in various industries including a small number of shares of other cannabis stocks.

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Medix CBD Oil Brings Pure CBD Together With Nourishing Hemp Oil

Medix CBD Oil combines pure CBD oil with hemp seed oil for a simple and relaxing combination. Our reviewer enjoyed the mild nutty flavor of Medix CBD Oil and we also appreciated the uncomplicated ingredients of this supplement.

Medix CBD Oil combines pure CBD oil with hemp seed oil for a simple and relaxing combination.

Our reviewer enjoyed the mild nutty flavor of Medix CBD Oil and we also appreciated the uncomplicated ingredients of this supplement. It contains just CBD, hemp oil, and vitamin E (which can help prevent oily products from going bad). Hemp seed oil isn’t just a carrier for the CBD, either: in addition to the benefits of CBD, hemp oil itself is full of essential fatty acids and other beneficial nutrients.

Although this oil is made from an isolate (CBD alone) rather than a full spectrum (or “whole plant”) extract, our reviewer found this CBD consistently relaxing. It also seemed to ease some muscle soreness and help promote restful sleep. While we’re focusing this review on Medix CBD Oil, we also want to highlight their amazing variety of tasty and effective CBD edibles in a variety of shapes and flavors.

A woman smiles as she takes a dropper of Medix CBD Oil. Medix CBD combines pure CBD isolate with nourishing hemp seed oil.

Medix CBD oil combines pure CBD isolate with nourishing hemp seed oil.

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Read on to learn more about Medix CBD and get our complete review of Medix CBD Oil.

MEDIX CBD OIL HEALS WITH KENTUCKY-GROWN HEMP

Medix CBD wants to “change the way people view natural medicine” by using only the purest, lab-tested ingredients. They source all their hemp domestically, in the state of Kentucky. In recent years, Kentucky has become a leading hemp growing state, thanks to generations of farming experience and an ideal climate.

This CBD oil is vegan and gluten-free (although their gummies do contain wheat). We appreciate Medix CBD’s commitment to transparency: third-party lab results showing the strength of most CBD products are available right from the product listing.

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  • Highlights: Medix CBD Oil combines pure CBD isolate with hemp oil for a simple and relaxing natural supplement.
  • Strength: 500mg of CBD per 30ml bottle, also available in several strengths ranging from 100mg to 1500mg
  • Price: $26.99 – $209.99
  • Special:  Use coupon code MH15 at checkout for 15% off your first order.
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Free shipping on orders over $100.
  • Independent Test Results: Online.
  • Flavor & Texture: This CBD supplement has a mild earthy and nutty flavor with an oily mouthfeel. We found the flavor and texture are pleasant and easy to rinse away with a drink of water.
  • Ingredients: CBD isolate in Hemp Seed oil and Vitamin E
  • Other: A 120ml bottle containing 4500 mg of CBD is also available!

Medix CBD uses hemp grown in Kentucky for all of their products. In addition to this great CBD oil, we’re big fans of their wide variety of tasty Medix CBD gummies. They also make vape oil, CBD topicals and CBD for dogs. Some research suggests isolates may be less effective than full spectrum extracts.

 

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Is CBD Beer The Ultimate Way To Relax? Behind The Groundbreaking UK CBD Beer

There are few things in life more relaxing than a cold beer after a hard day at work. Now, what if you infuse that beer with the soothing properties of premium CBD?

A new CBD beer is exciting taste buds even as it promotes relaxation.

There are few things in life more relaxing than a cold beer after a hard day at work. Now, what if you infuse that beer with the soothing properties of premium CBD? That’s precisely the idea that friends Carl Boon and Thierry Florit had one evening over a few drinks, which ultimately led to the creation of one of the UK’s first CBD beers.

A close up of the Green Times "High Flyer" CBD beer label on a wooden table. Green Times unique CBD beer combines a delicious light ale with the relaxing power of full spectrum CBD oil.

Green Times unique CBD beer combines a delicious light ale with the relaxing power of full spectrum CBD oil.

The result is High Flyer: an India pale ale (IPA) craft beer with a 4.3% ABV and containing 10mg of high-quality CBD in each bottle. Its evolution was far from simple. The two business partners overcame numerous development and legal hurdles along the way.

Editor’s Note: U.S. regulations currently prevent the national distribution of CBD-infused alcoholic beverages. We were especially excited to hear about this new offering in the UK and hope American laws and policies change in the near future. — KO

THE INSPIRED COMBINATION OF CBD AND BEER

Boon runs the successful online CBD company CBDUltra, while Florit is an experienced designer for many major brands. We spoke with them about the long process of turning a booze-soaked idea into a physical product on sale in shops and pubs.

“The idea first came about during a late-night beer tasting session when Carl joked about making a craft beer infused with cannabis oil — essentially a drink that adds nutrients back into the body, rather than just taking them away,” Florit told us, with a laugh.

Like all good ideas, the duo kept returning to it and soon decided to take it seriously.  A few weeks later they set up Green Times Brewing as an official company and sourced a unique water-soluble, full-spectrum CBD. Turning to one of Boon’s colleagues, an award-winning brewer, they then underwent the long, but no doubt enjoyable, process of fine-tuning the formula.

“After a year of conducting trials and taste tests, we eventually got the formula and taste profile right,” said Florit. “And came up with with a combination of cannabinoids, terpenes and exotic flavours, resulting in an easy-to-drink IPA with a powerful hop hit and refreshing citrus aftertaste.”

THE LONG PROCESS OF DEVELOPING CBD BEER

As you’d expect, specific details about the CBD beer development process have to remain confidential due to the competitive nature of the market.

“We spent a lot of time testing and trialling so we wouldn’t want to give away all of our secrets,” said Boon.

“The actual production process is exclusive to us, along with the water-soluble CBD. But what we can say is that we work with an award-winning London brewery and follow a traditional brewing method using organic malts and hops. And of course the full spectrum cannabis oil extract, which is also fully organic.”

When it came to the legal side of things, Boon;’s experience in the CBD industry proved invaluable.

“Carl has an excellent knowledge of the regulations regarding the commercialisation of CBD products, though we did have to check with a specialised law firm and all the various UK governmental food and drinks organisations regarding the legalities, to make sure there wouldn’t be any issues when going to market,” Florit said.

This includes ensuring the product contains less than 0.2 percent THC and emphasising on the label that “It won’t get you ‘high’”.

Two bottles of "High Flyer" CBD Beer sit on a table in front of a worn bamboo backdrop. Brief initial setbacks led the team behind "High Flyer," a unique CBD beer, to develop a better product including a fully organic formula.

Brief initial setbacks led the team behind “High Flyer,” a unique CBD beer, to develop a better product including a fully organic formula.

Ironically, considering the stringent restrictions on CBD and cannabis-derived products in UK, the main legal issue came from a very different source.

“We had a problem with the original name, Cloud Nine Brewing. Just as it was ready to go to market it was blocked because it was similar to a wine company in New Zealand,” said Florit.

INITIAL SETBACKS LED TO SUCCESSFUL ORGANIC CBD BEER FORMULA

Undeterred, they used this setback to improve the product. “We re-brewed, rebranded, re-bottled and returned with a new company name. Plus we improved the formula to make it totally organic.”

However, UK laws do have an impact on how CBD is marketed, meaning Boon and Florit have to be careful what they say when promoting the beer.

“Personally, I have been using CBD for some time now,” said Boon. “Mainly for stress relief, to keep zen and for general mental well being — and drinking this beer gives me a real sense of relaxation. But despite all the talk about the potential health benefits of CBD, it is classified as a food supplement so we can’t recommend it for any specific health conditions.”

Anecdotal reports tell a different story, and one that might appeal to those keen to avoid the dreaded morning-after-the-night-before.

“Due to the organic ingredients, fresh hops and cannabinoids, we’ve had customers say that they don’t get hangovers from drinking this,” Boon continued, adding, “But you’ll have to test that for yourself.”

Indeed, these customers may include some famous names considering some of the clients who buy from CBDultra.

Goldie the drum and bass DJ is an avid fan,” noted Boon. “He uses it to deal with anxiety and hypertension. Another customer using our CBD oil has now come off seventeen different prescription painkillers — he did a YouTube video talking about it and it’s had over 2 million hits already!”

THE FUTURE OF CBD BEER? THE SKY’S THE LIMIT

The pair have big plans for the future. Following a November launch in Manchester, they have many stockists lined up across the country and deal with constant requests from a public who are becoming more educated about CBD, and keen to try it in all its forms.

“People are continually asking every day where they can get it,” said Boon. “So the more distributors and stockists we can get on board the better.”

“With regards to markets, we are currently focusing on distributing to the UK, but we may consider exporting across Europe and other parts of the world as more and more countries change their laws on cannabis use.”

A pale, foamy beer in a glass sits next to a capped brown beer bottle chilling in a small pile of ice. The success of the UK's first CBD beer is likely to lead to more CBD-infused brews in the near future.

The success of the UK’s first CBD beer is likely to lead to more CBD-infused brews in the near future.

Expanding the range seems likely too.

“More beers indeed!” Florit said. “We’re looking at a gluten-free version, along with a vegan-friendly High Flyer ale. I’ve always been a huge fan of the German-style wheat beers and Carl loves Indian Pale Ales so let’s see who wins the argument!”

Certainly in the UK, beer is up there as our national drink, alongside tea (which you can also find at CBDultra). That explains the excitement around this brew in both the British press and among the public.

Boon agreed. “We’re genuinely enhancing one of the nation’s favourite drinks, so it’s going to be here to stay!”

After tasting the beer — it’s a delicious light ale, with a satisfying kick from the sativa-derived terpenes — it’s hard to disagree. And considering both beer and CBD are two of the world’s oldest relaxation tools, the only question is why hasn’t this combination happened before?

Thanks to two friends sharing a few drinks and sparking an idea, now we know how tasty CBD beer can be.

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Hemp Craft Beer & The Breweries That Make It

Hemp craft beer is making a name for itself, with the help of a handful of pioneering American breweries. It began with New Belgium’s “The Hemperor,” but now other breweries both large and small are entering the hemp and cannabis market.

Hemp craft beer is making a name for itself, with the help of a handful of pioneering American breweries.

There are many products that utilize hemp; clothing, skincare products, CBD oils & tinctures, and hemp-enhanced edibles, but there remains a noticeable absence of hemp in the alcohol industry. Most notably, the craft beer market, a market that’s notorious for experimentation to produce unique flavors.

Thanks to unmet market needs and the relaxing regulations towards hemp & cannabis products, breweries such as New Belgium have initiated their foray into the hemp craft beer market. Upon their release of “The Hemperor,” the Colorado brewery gained nationwide media attention due to this trailblazing and delicious beverage.

A pint glass of dark beer sits on a rustic bar top in a darkened bar. While hemp makes an enticing beer ingredient, craft hemp beer brewers face legal and regulatory hurdles before they can bring their brews to market.

While hemp makes an enticing beer ingredient, craft hemp beer brewers face legal and regulatory hurdles before they can bring their brews to market.

Previously, we reviewed The Hemperor and interviewed a local maker of hemp wine. The recent growth of hemp craft beer left us eager to look deeper into this enticing topic.

THE CURRENT STATE OF THE HEMP CRAFT BEER MARKET

Other breweries looking to imitate New Belgium’s success must fight a gauntlet of obstacles.

Thanks to the difficulty of state and federal regulations, New Belgium had to experiment with many iterations of The Hemperor. This is because the use of hemp flowers & leaves in products is forbidden by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The use of CBD is also forbidden in alcohol products with national distribution.

Eventually, the brewery landed on hulled hemp seeds as the base for The Hemperor. Hulled hemp seeds, better known as hemp hearts, are an ingredient that can be found in your local supermarket. Hemp hearts are versatile, and can be used in many applications such as making hemp milk. Now, The Hemperor is available in all states except Kansas (party poopers if you ask us).

With the success of New Belgium, major beer companies are looking to get a slice of the pie. Corona & Modelo manufacturer Constellation Brands, Blue Moon founder Keith Villa, and Molson Coors are some of the notable names looking to dip their toes into hemp and cannabis beer. Constellation Brands and Molson Coors partnered with Canadian cannabis producers, while Keith Villa is working with a producer in his home state of Colorado.

BREWERIES THAT MAKE HEMP CRAFT BEER

New Belgium's The Hemperor hemp craft beerNew Belgium Brewing: The Hemperor

New Belgium are experiencing a moment as the most recognized hemp craft beer trailblazer. Released in April of this year, New Belgium have already experienced an instant success with The Hemperor. While they haven’t released a statement with future plans, one can almost be sure that they will release more hemp infused products.

Sweetwater Brewing Company 420 Strain G13 IPA craft hemp beerSweetwater Brewing Company: 420 Strain G13 IPA

This Atlanta based brewery has long been a fan of cannabis culture. Their best seller is the aptly named “420 Extra Pale Ale.” This past June, the brewery finally released their first (of seemingly many to come) hemp-enhanced beers. Their new beverage, “420 Strain G13 IPA,” mimics the famous G13 strain of psychoactive cannabis in terms of smell and taste, without the high. Sweetwater achieves this by infusing the pale ale with hemp, hops, terpenes, and other organic materials.

In a statement in the New York Times, co-founder Freddy Bensch says: “We think the drinker and the cannabis consumer are the same person.”

Bensch means that by releasing their G13 product, the brewery is tapping into a market that’s already connected to their traditional target-market. It’s worth noting that in just a couple of months, the G13 IPA has become their 2nd highest selling product.

Lagunitas Hi Fi Hops Cannabis Craft BeerLagunitas Brewing: Hi-Fi Hops

With the recreational use of psychoactive cannabis becoming legal, California-based Lagunitas Brewery pounced on the new market. Releasing their “Hi-Fi Hops” product line, in collaboration with CannaCraft (a cannabis-extract manufacturer), they offer cannabis-infused sparkling water drinks. Hi-Fi Hops products can only be found in medical marijuana dispensaries in California. While a little more left-field, the introduction of a cannabis-infused sparkling water opens the conversation up from merely a beer product, into a whole slew of hemp, CBD & THC-infused beverages.

Lagunitas is at the forefront of the fusion of cannabis into traditional drinks.

WHERE HEMP CRAFT BEER FITS INTO CRAFT BEER CULTURE

So where does hemp craft beer stand within existing craft beer culture?

Craft beer culture is already at the forefront of counterculture. Craft beers began with mad-scientist brewers looking for new flavors in unconventional ingredients. Long synonymous with bearded, beanie-wearing hipsters, craft beer culture is comfortable standing out. In fact, being different is the greatest asset of a craft beer. One needs only to look at the ingredients and artwork on their bottles to recognize this.

A photo showing three different beers of different colors in pint glasses. The success of New Belgium is bringing a host of new hemp craft beer to market, as well as entries from some larger brewers too.

The success of New Belgium is bringing a host of new hemp craft beer to market, as well as entries from some larger brewers too.

Cannabis and hemp belong to the same family of plants as hops. Breweries such as New Belgium and Sweetwater are using the green & herbal notes of the hemp plant to enhance their IPAs, which already tout flavors of bitterness, freshness and hoppiness.

So, we think that hemp craft beers will fit right in! In fact, we believe it’ll do more than fit in, we think they will thrive. The same hipster beanie-wearing dudes who drink IPAs are probably already using hemp in their breakfasts or daily supplements; so why not have hemp with their beer?

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2018 Hemp Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals: Holiday Savings On The Best Of Hemp

Thanks to these hemp Black Friday deals, it’s never been easier to try hemp or share hemp with a loved one. Ministry of Hemp found great offers from 9 of our favorite hemp brands.

Thanks to these hemp Black Friday deals, it’s never been easier to try hemp or share hemp with a loved one.

While countless people use CBD, the beneficial supplement made from industrial hemp, that’s only just the beginning of what hemp can do. Every part of the hemp plant is beneficial in some way. Hemp can become paper, food products, even hemp plastic containers and hempcrete homes.

While the future is going to bring amazing innovation to hemp technology, humans have been feeding, healing, and clothing themselves with hemp for centuries. With hemp returning to America at a massive scale, there’s never been a better time to add our favorite plant to your life.

Whether you’re a long time fan or new to the benefits of hemp, you’ll want to take advantage of these Black Friday hemp deals. Ministry of Hemp reached out to our favorite brands to bring you great offers and exclusive coupons to get you started on your holiday shopping. Not only that, but these hemp brands can keep you and your family stylish, well fed, and relaxed all through the winter.

A woman in a watch and rings uses a laptop to shop online. Our Black Friday Hemp Guide brings together deals from 7 of Ministry of Hemp's favorite hemp brands.

Our Black Friday Hemp Guide features deals from 7 of Ministry of Hemp’s favorite hemp brands.

This Hemp Black Friday Guide is a companion to our 2018 CBD Black Friday deals guide, which we published yesterday.

TOP HEMP BLACK FRIDAY DEALS OF 2018

Below, you’ll find special offers from 7 of our favorite hemp brands. We’ve included everything you need to take advantage of these Black Friday hemp deals.

Click below to jump to a brand, or read on to see all the Black Friday hemp sales. These brands are listed in a random order, because we love them all:

WAMA Underwear (Ministry of Hemp Black Friday Hemp Deals)

WAMA Underwear

  • What’s the deal? Get 50% off WAMA underwear during Black Friday weekend and Cyber Monday!
  • Do I need a coupon code? No. Discount is automatically applied at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? This deal is available from Black Friday (November 23, 2018) through Cyber Monday (November 26, 2018).

WAMA are a successful Kickstarter product and it’s easy to see why. Their hemp undies are soft, comfortable to wear and durable, and a favorite pair of our editor.

Hemp Horizon (Ministry of Hemp Black Friday Hemp Deals)Hemp Horizon

  • What’s the deal? Get 20% off all Hemp Horizon products from Black Friday through the end of the month!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code BLACK FRIDAY 2018 at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? This deal is available from Black Friday (November 23, 2018) through November 30, 2018.

Hemp Horizon makes beautiful and stylish “conscious clothing” from hemp and blended hemp fabrics. We love how they’re expanding what’s possible in women’s hemp fashion.

Hemplete Hemp Protein Bars (Ministry of Hemp Black Friday Hemp Deals)Hemplete Hemp Protein Bars

  • What’s the deal? But one box of Hemplete Hemp Protein Bars and get a second box for 50% off!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code MINISTRY50 at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? This deal is available from Black Friday (November 23, 2018) through Cyber Monday (November 26, 2018).

Hemplete Hemp Nutrition Bars are vegan, gluten-free, made from non-GMO ingredients and without added flavoring. Most importantly, they’re delicious: our editor ate one of their peanut butter bars for breakfast while working on this article.

iLoveBAD Organics (Ministry of Hemp Black Friday Hemp Deals)iLoveBad Organics

  • What’s the deal? Get 15% off all iLoveBAD Organics products during Black Friday weekend!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code MOHOLIDAY15 at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? This deal is available from Black Friday (November 23, 2018) through the following Sunday (November 25, 2018).

iLoveBad Organics also make an incredibly comfortable pair of underwear our editor loves. They also make wonderful warm hemp socks, hemp t-shirts, and life-changing hemp blankets.

Kushed Candles (Ministry of Hemp Black Friday Hemp Deals)Kushed Candles

  • What’s the deal? Get 20% off all Kushed Candles products during Black Friday weekend and Cyber Monday!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code ELF18 at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? This deal is available from Black Friday (November 23, 2018) through Cyber Monday (November 26, 2018).

Kushed Candles blends hand-poured soy wax candles with premium essential oils and fragrances, including the scent of hemp! Founder Alison Joy believes the unique properties of hemp essential oil help “relax the mind and soothe the soul.”

Hippie Butter (Ministry of Hemp Black Friday Hemp Deals)Hippie Butter

  • What’s the deal? Get 15% off all Hippie Butter products from Black Friday and throughout the holiday season!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code MH15 at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? This deal is available from Black Friday (November 23, 2018) until December 25, 2018.

Hippie Butter is best known for their delicious hemp seed butter, but their full product line includes so much more. They offer a wide range of “honest & healthy food” from hemp seed chocolate to hemp seed coffee and even hemp oil soaps and skincare products.

Vital Hemp (Ministry of Hemp Black Friday Hemp Deals)Vital Hemp

  • What’s the deal? Get 12% off all Vital Hemp products from Black Friday and throughout the holiday season!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code VITALHOLIDAY18 at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? This deal is available from Black Friday (November 23, 2018) until December 24, 2018.

Vital Hemp makes soft and luxurious hemp clothing for both men and women. We loved checking out their products at this year’s Hemp Industries Association conference. You can even use this coupon code at their retail store in Santa Monica, California.

One Planet Hemp (Ministry of Hemp Black Friday Hemp Deals)One Planet Hemp

  • What’s the deal? Get 20% off all One Planet Hemp products during Black Friday weekend!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code BFHEMP20 at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? This deal is available from Black Friday (November 23, 2018) through the following Sunday (November 25, 2018).

One Planet Hemp offers hemp apparel, along with posters and educational materials promoting hemp and a healthy planet.

Tree Free Hemp (Ministry of Hemp Black Friday Hemp Deals)Tree Free Hemp

  • What’s the deal? Get 20% off all Tree Free Hemp products during Black Friday weekend!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code BFHEMP20 at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? This deal is available from Black Friday (November 23, 2018) through the following Sunday (November 25, 2018).

Tree Free Hemp is a custom hemp printing service. Our Ministry of Hemp business cards are printed on hemp paper by Tree Free Hemp, and they always get complements when we hand them out.

Bonus Cyber Monday Hemp Deal: Dr. Bronner’s

We wanted to give a special mention to another of our favorite hemp brands: Dr. Bronner’s!

Dr. B is not just a great example of the power of hemp, but also an incredible leader in renewable energy and other sustainable business practices. Give Dr. Bronner’s a visit on Cyber Monday for a 20% discount on all their products.

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Top CBD Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals Of 2018: Big Holiday Savings On CBD Oil

Want to save some money on our favorite supplement? Ministry of Hemp partnered with 9 of our favorite CBD brands to bring you great Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals.

Want to save some money on our favorite supplement? These Black Friday CBD deals are for you!

It’s no secret, we love CBD oil year round. CBD helps us feel more balanced and healthier in our everyday lives.

However, we think CBD oil is especially valuable during the holidays. While everyone reacts differently, there’s growing scientific evidence that CBD can ease the symptoms of anxiety, reduce inflammation and combat pain. During these busy, high-stress days, we could all use a little help to stay relaxed.

While many brands are offering sales, we’ve partnered with 9 of our favorite CBD producers to offer you special deals. All of these companies offer top-quality reliable CBD oil that we’ve personally tried and enjoyed. Our special Black Friday CBD deals are the perfect opportunity to restock, try a new variety, or gift a friend or loved one with CBD.

A woman drinks a cup of tea as she shops online with a laptop. A notebook is open in front of the keyboard. Ministry of Hemp partnered with our favorite brands to bring you great Black Friday CBD deals, so you can restock, try new products, and share CBD with your loved ones.

Ministry of Hemp partnered with our favorite brands to bring you great Black Friday CBD deals, so you can restock, try new products, and share CBD with your loved ones.

Do you love other forms of hemp too? Come back tomorrow for our 2018 Hemp Black Friday Guide, and more great holiday content coming soon.

TOP CBD BLACK FRIDAY DEALS OF 2018

Below, you’ll find coupons or special sales from 9 of our favorite brands of CBD. We’ve provided everything you need to take advantage of these great Black Friday CBD sales.

Click below to jump to a brand, or read on to see all the Black Friday CBD deals. These brands are listed in a random order, because we love them all:

Medterra (Ministry of Hemp Black Friday CBD Deals 2018)

Medterra

  • What’s the deal? Buy any full-price Medterra product and get another of that same product for free!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code BOGO at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? This deal is only available on two days: Black Friday (November 23, 2018) and Cyber Monday (November 26, 2018).

Medterra makes all their products from hemp grown in Kentucky. Their MedOil CBD Tincture and Medterra CBD Gel Capsules are among our favorite CBD products.

Bota Hemp (Ministry of Hemp Black Friday CBD Deals 2018)

Bota Hemp

  • What’s the deal? Get 35% off all Bota Hemp products during Black Friday weekend and Cyber Monday!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code MH35HOLIDAY at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? This deal is available from Black Friday (November 23, 2018) through Cyber Monday (November 26, 2018).

Bota Hemp uses only non-GMO, pesticide free hemp grown in Colorado. While we’re fans of all their products, our review team particularly loved the delicious flavor and potent effects of Bota Hemp CBD Tincture.

Hemp Bombs (Ministry of Hemp Black Friday CBD Deals 2018)

Hemp Bombs

  • What’s the deal? Get 30% off all Hemp Bombs products during Black Friday weekend and Cyber Monday!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code MOH30 at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? This deal is available from Black Friday (November 23, 2018) through Cyber Monday (November 26, 2018).

Hemp Bombs prides themselves on sourcing and importing only the highest grade of organic-certified European hemp. We love all of HempBombs products, especially their sweet and sour Hemp Bombs CBD Gummies.

PhytoLogica (Ministry of Hemp Black Friday CBD Deals 2018)

PhytoLogica

  • What’s the deal? Get 40% off all PhytoLogica products during Black Friday weekend!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? This deal is available from Black Friday (November 23, 2018) through the following Sunday (November 25, 2018).

PhytoLogica uses only organically-grown U.S. hemp in all their products. Among their great product line, we’re big fans of PhytoLogica Full Spectrum Hemp Balm and their PhytoLogica Full Spectrum Softgels.

Populum (Ministry of Hemp Black Friday CBD Deals 2018)

Populum

  • What’s the deal? Get 30% off Populum products during Black Friday weekend and Cyber Monday!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code ORANGEFRIDAY at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? This deal is available from Black Friday (November 23, 2018) through Cyber Monday (November 26, 2018).

Populum’s products are made from Colorado hemp. We’re big fans of Populum, including Populum Cold Therapy Hemp Rub and Populum Premium Hemp Oil.

NuLeaf Naturals (Ministry of Hemp Black Friday CBD Deals 2018)

NuLeaf Naturals

  • What’s the deal? Get 30% off all NuLeaf Naturals products during Black Friday weekend and Cyber Monday!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? This deal is available from Black Friday (November 23, 2018) through Cyber Monday (November 26, 2018).

NuLeaf Naturals grows their hemp in Colorado, and prides themselves on offering simple products without unnecessary added ingredients. NuLeaf Naturals Full Spectrum CBD Oil is one of our favorite tinctures.

Elixinol (Ministry of Hemp Black Friday CBD Deals 2018)

Elixinol

  • What’s the deal? Buy any full-price Elixinol product and get another of that same product for free!
  • Do I need a coupon code? No. Buy one, get one free deal is automatically applied at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? This deal is available from Black Friday (November 23, 2018) through Cyber Monday (November 26, 2018).

Elixinol sources their hemp from high-quality farmers in the U.S., Europe and Australia. We’re especially big fans of Elixinol Respira CBD Oil, which can be taken orally or used in a vape pen, and Elixinol CBD Hemp Oil Capsules.

PlusCBD Oil (Ministry of Hemp Black Friday CBD Deals 2018)

PlusCBD Oil

  • What’s the deal? Get 20% off all PlusCBD Oil products during Black Friday weekend and Cyber Monday!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code MOH20 at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? This deal is available from Black Friday (November 23, 2018) through Cyber Monday (November 26, 2018).

PlusCBD Oil products are made from high-quality non-GMO hemp grown in Europe. We love their convenient and effective PlusCBD Oil Gold Formula Softgels and their delicious PlusCBD Oil Café Mocha Spray.

cbdMD (Ministry of Hemp Black Friday CBD Deals 2018)

cbdMD

  • What’s the deal? Spend at least $29.99 on cbdMD products and get a 15% discount plus a free bottle of CBD tincture!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code MHFRIDAY at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? This deal begins the day before Black Friday (November 22, 2018) and lasts through Cyber Monday (November 26, 2018).

cbdMD uses hemp grown in Kentucky under a rigorous testing and quality-control process. cbdMD CBD Oil Capsules are one our favorite CBD capsules on the market.

 

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The market is getting saturated with many different CBD brands. We’ve compared the top brands to help you with your decision. Check it out.

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Best CBD Capsules & Softgels Of 2018: Reviews Of The Top CBD Capsules Online

In this article, we help you select the best CBD capsules and softgels available for sale online. After careful review, we’ve selected the top 14 brands of CBD capsules.

In this article, we help you select the best CBD capsules and softgels available for sale online.

While there are hundreds of CBD products on the market, they’re not all created equal. Not all brands use high quality CBD or are accurately labeled. Even among the top CBD capsules, there’s variation in strength and whether they include additional ingredients.

All this makes it confusing to choose the right CBD product. That’s where Ministry of Hemp can help: by picking the top CBD brands and helping you understanding the difference between these products. We’ll lay out some important considerations when it comes to choosing CBD capsules and softgels, and then share our favorites.

Just as with our guide to the best CBD tinctures, published earlier this year, we’ve focused on the best quality products in addition to those that are among the most popular. Read on to see our complete reviews of the 14 best CBD capsules and softgels and learn more about which one might be right for you.

HOW AND WHY TO TAKE CBD CAPSULES & SOFTGELS

CBD capsules or softgels can be a convenient way to take this popular supplement. There’s no need to taste the hemp, and you avoid the sugar found in edibles like CBD gummies. Taking a capsule can be very discreet as well, since most of these capsules simply look like any other over-the-counter supplement or vitamin.

Everyone reacts differently to cannabidiol, and it is possible for people to have side effects from CBD too. It’s also common for people to react differently to taking CBD in different forms, so you might feel differently after taking capsules versus swallowing CBD oil or vaping CBD. That means you may want to start with a lower dosage when trying a new way of ingesting CBD for the first time.

A closeup of a woman's face as she ingests a softgel capsule. Ministry of Hemp selected the 14 best CBD capsules and softgels available online, and helps you select the right one for your needs.

With so many CBD products on the market, how can you select the best CBD capsules for your needs?

We looked at some research into whether softgels or traditional capsules are more effective. Scientists don’t seem to have a definitive answer. As with many different products, it will come down to personal preference and how your body reacts.

HOW TO PICK THE BEST CBD CAPSULES FOR YOU

How do you know what brand to buy? Even though we’ve selected only high-quality CBD capsules in this article, you might not know where to begin.

The first consideration when choosing a capsule is dosage. Most CBD capsules and softgels come in doses between 10mg to 25mg. We always recommend starting small and slowly working up until you find a dose and regimen that works for you.

Another consideration is whether you want to take a supplement with additional ingredients. While most of the products we’ve selected contain only full spectrum hemp extract, a few have additional ingredients that may have their own effects or benefits, as we’ve clearly noted.

Finally, most of these CBD capsules contain full spectrum hemp extract. Full spectrum means more of the natural compounds found in the hemp plant are preserved in the final product. Some preliminary research indicates that full spectrum extracts are more effective than “isolates,” or CBD alone. Anecdotal reports are divided, with some consumers preferring full spectrum and others reporting they don’t feel much difference.

There are many other factors that might matter to you as a discerning buyer of CBD, so we’ve included important information about each brand, with links for you to do your own research as well. The CBD oil market is growing fast, and we’ve inevitably left some great brands off this list. In the end, even some brands we love couldn’t make it into this article. The same criteria we outline below should help you select quality CBD brands even if they weren’t on this list.

OUR REVIEW CRITERIA: HOW WE SELECT THE TOP CBD CAPSULES AND SOFTGELS

We focused on the most popular CBD brands, along with promising newcomers. All have well-designed websites, and fast, reliable customer service. We want it to be easy for you to get more information.

We believe transparency is vital, especially for CBD and cannabinoids. All products are clearly labeled in terms of strength and additional ingredients. We also favored brands which are clear about the source of their hemp, and the methods they use to produce their products.

A cluster of softgel capsules, with one set apart in front of the others. Ministry of Hemp selected the best CBD capsules and softgels available online and helps you pick the right CBD capsule for you.

In this article, Ministry of Hemp selected the top CBD capsules and softgels and helps you pick the right brand for your needs.

We only selected brands which make third-party lab results available. Results are accessible online or by request from customer service. Each company offers lab results showing levels of cannabinoids like CBD and THC. Some offer additional tests. The more information the better but, we admit, it isn’t always easy for new shoppers to interpret these results.

After careful consideration, we believe these are the top CBD capsules and softgels. These brands are not ranked in any particular order:

Click above or continue reading for our complete review of each brand.

Ministry of Hemp received free products from these companies in return for writing this review. We may receive a percentage of sales if you buy products from some of the links below. We only selected the best CBD oil capsules and softgels for inclusion in this top product roundup, and we always promise to give you our honest opinion.

OFFICIAL REVIEWS: THE BEST CBD CAPSULES AVAILABLE ONLINE

PlusCBD Oil Gold Formula Softgels (Ministry of Hemp Top CBD Capsules)PlusCBD Oil Gold Formula Softgels

  • Highlights: One of the most popular and widely available CBD brands, PlusCBD Oil Gold Formula Softgels are fast-absorbing, potent and easy to digest.
  • Strength: 15mg per softgel, available in bottles of 10, 30 & 60 softgels
  • Price: $49.95 for 30 softgels
  • Special: Use coupon code MOH for 15% off PlusCBD Oil products sitewide.
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Free shipping available on orders over $99.
  • Independent Test Results: Available on request.
  • Key Features: Gluten free and vegetarian formula. Uses olive oil as a base for easy digestibility.
  • Complete Ingredients: CBD Oil / Full Spectrum Hemp Extract plus Extra Virgin Olive oil, Vegetarian softgel (Vegetable cellulose, Water) & Silica
  • Other: PlusCBD Oil also offers traditional CBD capsules and a special “raw formula” softgel

PlusCBD Oil products are made from high-quality non-GMO hemp grown in Europe. We’re fans of PlusCBD Oil Café Mocha Spray in our morning coffee.

Bluebird Botanicals CBD Oil Softgels (Ministry of Hemp Top CBD Capsules)Bluebird Botanicals CBD Oil Softgels

  • Highlights: Made from organic, Colorado-grown hemp, Bluebird Botanicals CBD Oil Softgels are a favorite of our friends at Anavii Market.
  • Strength: 15mg per softgel, available in bottles of 30 softgels
  • Price: $39.95 for 30 softgels
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Shipping starts at $3.90.
  • Independent Test Results: Online with full results available on request.
  • Key Features: High in beneficial, naturally occurring terpenes like Beta-caryophyllene, Humulene, Myrcene, and more.
  • Complete Ingredients: CBD Oil / Full Spectrum Hemp Extract plus Organic Hemp Seed oil, in Softgels (Purified water, Gelatin, Glycerin)

Unlike many online CBD marketplaces with multiple products, Anavii Market only offers top quality CBD products with exacting standards similar to our own.

Charlotte’s Web Full Strength CBD Capsules (Ministry of Hemp Top CBD Capsules)Charlotte’s Web Full Strength CBD Capsules

  • Highlights: Among the best known makers of CBD, Charlotte’s Web Full Strength CBD Capsules are an easy, convenient way to get a daily dose of full-spectrum hemp extract.
  • Strength: 8mg CBD (15mg total hemp extract) per capsule, available in bottles of 30 & 60 capsules
  • Price: $34.99 for 30 capsules
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Free shipping on orders over $74.99.
  • Independent Test Results: Available on request.
  • Key Features: Charlotte’s Web have built an impeccable reputation for their high-quality CBD.
  • Complete Ingredients: CBD Oil / Full Spectrum Hemp Extract plus Rice Bran, Maltodextrin, Microcrystalline cellulose, Cellulose, Fractionated Coconut Oil.
  • Other: They also offer Extra-Strength CBD capsules with 18mg of CBD per capsule.

Charlotte’s Web products are made from hemp grown in Colorado.

Elixinol CBD Hemp Oil Capsules (Ministry of Hemp Top CBD Capsules)Elixinol CBD Hemp Oil Capsules

  • Highlights: Elixinol CBD Hemp Oil Capsules are made from hemp that’s specially bred to be high in CBD and other synergistic compounds like cannabinoids and terpenes.
  • Strength: 15mg CBD plus 375mg of hemp oil per capsule, available in bottles of 30 & 60 capsules
  • Price: $44.99 for 30 capsules
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Free shipping on all orders in the U.S.
  • Independent Test Results: Online.
  • Key Features: Vegetarian capsules with a mixture of hemp oil and coconut-oil. These capsules are so high-quality, they can actually be used as suppositories.
  • Complete Ingredients: CBD Oil / Full Spectrum Hemp Extract plus MCT (coconut-based) oil, Vegetarian capsules (Vegetable cellulose, Purified water), & Silica
  • Other: 30 day refund available for unsatisfied customers.

Elixinol sources all their hemp from their Colorado hemp farm. They donate 5% of every purchase to a customer-selected nonprofit.

Ananda Hemp Spectrum Gels (Ministry of Hemp Top CBD Capsules)Ananda Hemp Spectrum Gels

  • Highlights: Ananda Hemp Spectrum Gels are great for many purposes, but they’re a favorite of our editor for promoting rest and reducing anxiety before traveling.
  • Strength: 15mg per softgel, available in bottles of 30 & 60 softgels
  • Price: $64.95 for 30 softgels
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Free shipping available.
  • Independent Test Results: Online.
  • Key Features: Extracted from the flowery tops of hemp grown with care by an 8th-generation tobacco farmer in Kentucky from unique cultivars of hemp.
  • Complete Ingredients: CBD Oil / Full Spectrum Hemp Extract plus Organic cold-pressed hemp oil & Gelatin

Ananda Hemp grows their hemp on a 500-acre farm in Kentucky. We appreciate their enthusiastic support of the hemp industry through the U.S. Hemp Roundtable.

Every Day Optimal Pure CBD Oil Capsules (Ministry of Hemp Top CBD Capsules)Every Day Optimal Pure CBD Oil Capsules

  • Highlights: Every Day Optimal Pure CBD Oil Capsules are more versatile than most: gluten-free, vegetarian, with multiple formulas and available in up to 50mg of CBD!
  • Strength: 25mg per softgel, available in bottles of 30 & 60 softgels
  • Price: $89.99 for 30 softgels
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Standard flat rate shipping starts at $4.99.
  • Independent Test Results: Online.
  • Key Features: Gluten-free, vegetarian softgels available in a wide range of strengths.
  • Complete Ingredients: CBD Oil / Full Spectrum Hemp Extract in Vegetable gelatin capsules (Vegetable cellulose, Water)
  • Other: Also available in 10mg, 15mg, and 50mg softgels, as well as special Fibromyalgia, Stress and Sleep formulas.

Every Day Optimal uses domestically sourced, non-GMO, pesticide free hemp plants. We also love Every Day Optimal CBD Oil Gummies!

Sagely Naturals Relief & Recovery CBD Capsules, with Turmeric (Ministry of Hemp Top CBD Capsules)Sagely Naturals Relief & Recovery CBD Capsules

  • Highlights: Sagely Naturals Relief & Recovery Capsules combine full spectrum CBD with turmeric, a popular herb purported to offer anti-inflammatory benefits.
  • Strength: 10mg CBD plus turmeric per capsule, 30 capsules per bottle
  • Price: $49.99 for 30 capsules
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Free shipping on orders over $36.00.
  • Independent Test Results: Available on request.
  • Key Features: A relatively low dose of CBD plus added turmeric helped our reviewer combat inflammation and chronic pain while maintaining daytime activity. These capsules are vegan, gluten-free and kosher!
  • Complete Ingredients: CBD Oil / Full Spectrum Hemp Extract plus Organic Turmeric with Black Pepper extract, Dextrin, Oleic acid (Derived From Olive oil), Potassium Bicarbonate, Vitamin E (As Alpha Tocopherol), Gum Acacia, Citric acid, Sucrose, Rice powder
  • Other: Part of a complete “Relief & Recovery” product line targeting inflammation and discomfort.

Sagely Naturals uses only U.S.-grown, organic, non-GMO hemp in their products. We also enjoy Sagely Naturals Relief & Recovery Cream for quickly warming and easing sore muscles.

Nature’s Script Hemp Capsules (Ministry of Hemp Top CBD Capsules)Nature’s Script Hemp Capsules

  • Highlights: Nature’s Script Hemp Capsules offer a proprietary blend of CBD with willow bark and turmeric.
  • Strength: 15mg CBD per capsule, plus additional herbs, 30 capsules per bottle
  • Price: $59.99 for 30 capsules
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Free shipping available on orders over $100.
  • Independent Test Results: Available on request.
  • Key Features: Nature’s Script’s special blend of herbs combined with CBD is designed to promote relaxation and combat anxiety and inflammation.
  • Complete Ingredients: CBD Oil / Full Spectrum Hemp Extract plus in Calcium, Magnesium, White Willow bark, & Turmeric in Capsules
  • Other: Also available in a 25mg “high potency” formula.

Nature’s Script uses hemp grown on U.S. farms with a special focus on sustainable growing methods.

Green Roads CBD Capsules (Ministry of Hemp Top CBD Capsules)Green Roads CBD Capsules

  • Highlights: Green Roads CBD Capsules offer a potent dose of CBD oil in an easy to digest, vegetarian base.
  • Strength: 25mg per softgel, 30 softgels per bottle
  • Price: $89.99 for 30 softgels
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Free shipping on orders over $100.
  • Independent Test Results: Online.
  • Key Features: Vegetarian softgels combine CBD with easy to digest Safflower oil
  • Complete Ingredients: CBD Oil / Full Spectrum Hemp Extract plus Safflower oil in Vegetable Cellulose softgels

Green Roads uses pharmaceutical-grade CBD made from U.S.-grown hemp.

PhytoLogica Full Spectrum Hemp Softgels (Ministry of Hemp Top CBD Capsules)PhytoLogica Full Spectrum Hemp Softgels

  • Highlights: PhytoLogica Full Spectrum Hemp Softgels are made with a proprietary water-soluble technology that may be easier to absorb.
  • Strength: 10mg per softgel, 30 softgels per bottle
  • Price: $79.00 for 30 softgels
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Free shipping on orders over $99.
  • Independent Test Results: Available on request.
  • Key Features: PhytoLogica’s softgels are made with patent-pending “nano emulsion technology” designed to maximize bioavailability. Kosher-certified & physician professional-grade formula.
  • Complete Ingredients: CBD Oil / Full Spectrum Hemp Extract and Beta-Caryophyllene (terpene) plus Polysorbate 80, Polysorbate 20, MCT (coconut-based) oil, in a Gelatin softgel.
  • Other: Also available in 25mg softgels.

PhytoLogica uses only organically-grown U.S. hemp in all their products.

Lazarus Naturals CBD Capsules (Ministry of Hemp Top CBD Capsules)Lazarus Naturals CBD Capsules

  • Highlights: Lazarus Naturals CBD Capsules are carefully formulated with added organic terpenes for maximum effect.
  • Strength: 25mg per capsule, available in 10, 40 & 200 capsule bottles
  • Price: $50.00 for 40 capsules
  • Specials: Use coupon code MoH10 for 10 percent off most items
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Free shipping on orders over $50.
  • Independent Test Results: Online.
  • Key Features: Additional terpenes may offer added benefits through the ‘entourage effect.’ This formula is non-GMO, vegan and gluten-free!
  • Complete Ingredients: CBD Oil / Full Spectrum Hemp Extract plus terpenes (d-Limonene, Myrcene, Beta-Caryophyllene)
  • Other: 10mg capsules are also available. A 30-day money back guarantee is available for unsatisfied customers.

Lazarus Naturals uses only U.S.-grown hemp in all their products.

cbdMD CBD Oil Capsules (Ministry of Hemp Top CBD Capsules)cbdMD CBD Oil Capsules

  • Highlights: cbdMD CBD Oil Capsules are made with a broad-spectrum extract that emphasizes additional vital cannabinoids and terpenes.
  • Strength: 15mg per capsule, 30 per bottle
  • Price: $33.95 for 30 capsules
  • Special: Use coupon code MH15 for 15% off at checkout
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Free shipping.
  • Independent Test Results: Available on request.
  • Key Features: cbdMD’s hemp extract is high in additional cannabinoids such as CBG & CBDV. These capsules are vegan and gluten-free.
  • Complete Ingredients: CBD Oil / Full Spectrum Hemp Extract plus MCT (coconut-based) oil in Vegan capsules
  • Other: Also available in a variety of strengths up to 50mg per capsule. A 30-day money back guarantee is available for unsatisfied customers.

cbdMD uses hemp grown in Kentucky under a rigorous testing and quality-control process.

MedTerra CBD Gel Capsules (Ministry of Hemp Top CBD Capsules)MedTerra CBD Gel Capsules

  • Highlights: MedTerra CBD Gel Capsules are a fast and convenient way to take just CBD isolate.
  • Strength: 25mg CBD per softgel, 30 softgels per bottle
  • Price: $59.95 for 30 softgels
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Free shipping on orders over $125.
  • Independent Test Results: Available on request.
  • Key Features: Both our review team and readers love Medterra CBD!
  • Complete Ingredients: CBD isolate plus in MCT (coconut-based) oil in Gelatin softgels
  • Other: Also available in 50mg softgels. A 30-day money back guarantee is available for unsatisfied customers.

MedTerra makes all their products from non-GMO hemp grown in Kentucky. Some research suggests isolates may be less effective than full spectrum extracts.

NutraCanna CBD Dissolvable Tablets, with Melatonin (Ministry of Hemp Top CBD Capsules)NutraCanna CBD + Melatonin Dissolvable Tablets

  • Highlights: NutraCanna CBD + Melatonin Dissolvable Tablets are a unique and fast-acting CBD product that dissolves under your tongue, easing you off to sleep.
  • Strength: 25mg of CBD plus 10mg of Melatonin per tablet, 30 tablets per bottle
  • Price: $74.00
  • Special: Use coupon code Ministry15 for 15% off your order
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Free shipping on orders over $75.00.
  • Independent Test Results: Online.
  • Key Features: Unlike normal caplets, these tangy, orange-flavored tablets dissolve under under your tongue; added melatonin may promote restful sleep and combat insomnia.
  • Complete Ingredients: CBD isolate plus Melatonin with Magnesium Stearate, Silicon Dioxide, Stevia, D-Mannitol, Xylitol, MCC (Microcrystalline Cellulose), Crospovidone, Dibasic Calcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Citrus flavor, Sodium Copper Chlorophyllin, Avocado Oil powder.
  • Other: Also available in 10mg tablets, both with and without melatonin. A 30-day money back guarantee is available for unsatisfied customers.

NutraCanna’s products are made from non-GMO hemp grown on Kentucky farms. Our review team also loved the non-melatonin variety of NutraCanna CBD Dissolvable Tablets. Some research suggests isolates may be less effective than full spectrum extracts.

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CBD For Crohn’s Disease: How CBD Oil Helps Manage My Chronic Illness

After major surgery and struggling with the anxiety that accompanies chronic illness, Annalise Mabe discovered the benefits of CBD oil. In this first-person account, she tells the Ministry how CBD helps relieve the anxiety and pain of Crohn’s disease.

Editor’s Note: This is the first of our new series of first person accounts of how CBD oil has helped people. In this article, writer Annalise Mabe explains how she uses CBD for Crohn’s disease. — KO

I sat in the gastroenterologist’s office at seventeen after a marathon of blood tests, -oscopies, and exams when my GI handed me photos of my intestines and told me I had Crohn’s disease, a chronic form of inflammatory bowel disease characterized by inflammation and scarring of the intestine.

That was nearly ten years ago, and now, at twenty-eight, a lot has changed. I survived a major surgery, ventured into the world of biologic treatments, and began to explore CBD after reading that it may help patients with Crohn’s manage their symptoms, namely pain and anxiety.

THE COST OF CROHN’S

For me, Crohn’s had not been a serious problem until last year when it took 3 trips to the ER for doctors to realize that I needed a major surgery. Twelve inches of my small intestine had become inflamed and obstructed over time due to Crohn’s and had to be removed. At the same time, my GI started me on Remicade, a biologic drug infusion. Remicade can range from $1,300-$2,500 per single infusion without health insurance.

The past year has been whirlwind of medical emergencies, huge bills, automated phone calls to customer service agents, and lots and lots of anxiety. What if I somehow lose health insurance? What if I go in debt trying to afford health care? What if my body fails me again? What if I need another surgery? These are the questions that swirl in my head late at night, keeping me from being able to sleep.

A hand types on a laptop keyboard. Annalise Mabe shared her struggles with the anxiety and chronic pain caused by Crohn's disease, which led others to share their experiences with CBD oil.

Annalise Mabe shared her struggles with the anxiety and chronic pain caused by Crohn’s disease, which led others to share their experiences with CBD oil.

During these months, I wrote publicly on social media about having Crohn’s, updating friends, family members, and online acquaintances about my trek through the medical world. I took photos at my infusions and openly wrote about how I was afraid, that it wasn’t easy, and that it was okay to talk about these things. It wasn’t long before several friends and online acquaintances reached out me to share studies and articles they’d found about CBD and Crohn’s symptoms as well as their own personal experiences about using CBD to curb pain and anxiety.

Like the good student I am, I read up on all I could find. Then, after one friend’s encouragement, I applied for and then received my medical cannabis card thanks to the Florida Department of Health. With my card, I could purchase 10 mg CBD capsules from a reputable dispensary.

HOW USING CBD OIL FOR CROHN’S DISEASE HELPS ME

This was the beginning, and I should say that by no means is CBD oil a cure for Crohn’s disease.

Some people come from a totally holistic mindset and think that changing your diet or exercising is all you need to combat Crohn’s, but, in my case, I’ve needed medicine, too. While changing your diet and exercising can reduce some inflammation, it can’t combat what a body with Crohn’s is actually doing, which is producing a surplus amount of TNF-alphas which lead to more inflammation in the body.

Because Crohn’s is genetic and is thought to be an autoimmune disease, no amount of exercise, diet, or CBD oil will cure it. Used as a supplemental method, however, CBD helps to curb what are arguably the worst parts of having Crohn’s: the psychological burden/worry, abdominal pain, and overall anxiety.

THE SCIENCE BEHIND CBD OIL FOR CROHN’S DISEASE

New research is coming out daily on the science of CBD. It’s clear that we are just discovering the tip of the iceberg in terms of how CBDs work and interact with different mental and physical ailments.

The New York Times recently investigated the surge of CBD. Reporters spoke with Dr. Esther Blessing, an assistant professor at NYU’s School of Medicine who said: “CBD is the most promising drug that has come out for neuropsychiatric disease in the last fifty years.”

Dr. Blessing is currently working on a new study that looks at the use of CBD as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder and alcohol use disorder and went on to explain: “The reason it is so promising is that it has a unique combination of safety and effectiveness across a very broad range of conditions.”

In another controlled study forthcoming in the journal PAIN and written about in Forbes, CBD was found to “alleviate both pain and anxiety, two symptoms often associated in neuropathic or chronic pain,” in animal models according to the study’s first author Danilo De Gregorio. This study focuses on how CBD interacts with the specific receptors that deliver pain and anxiety. Ultimately, it suggests CBD can act as a non-addictive, safe form of medicine in the treatment of pain and anxiety.

A gloved scientist with a vial of CBD and a hemp leaf. 'Full spectrum' extracts contain more cannabinoids, terpenes, and other beneficial chemicals found in hemp & cannabis. A growing body of scientific research suggests CBD oil can reduce symptoms of inflammation, chronic pain and anxiety, and could even reduce the damage cause by some intestinal diseases.

A growing body of scientific research suggests CBD oil can reduce symptoms of inflammation, chronic pain and anxiety, and could even reduce the damage cause by some intestinal diseases.

While many studies are focusing on how CBD interacts with psychological ailments, one study authored by Dianele De Filippis et al. looks at intestinal inflammation. Researchers found that CBD may actually “counteract the inflammatory environments” in patients with Ulcerative Colitis (Crohn’s’ cousin), which can reduce and mediate the amount of intestinal damage. The findings of this study actually suggest that there are benefits from CBD for both Crohn’s and UC patients beyond the moderation of symptoms. This could be huge for the future treatment of Crohn’s and UC.

THE RISE OF CBD FOR HEALTH

The rising popularity of CBD is hard to ignore. CBD is offered in capsule, tincture, gummy form and are even being added to luxury confections by high-end boutique retailer Lord Jones.

Many people are taking to online forums to share how CBD is working for them by reducing their anxiety like one reddit user who wrote: “CBD changed my life for the better.”

Now that CBD is being offered more widely across the country, it’s becoming more accessible to people who are suffering from chronic pain and the anxiety that oftentimes accompanies us on the journey towards remission. While researchers may be on the frontiers of CBD research, it’s clear to see that cannabinoids are proving to be effective in moderating pain and anxiety, allowing people with chronic illness to find, at least, some solace and relief.

 

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Using CBD Gummies For Anxiety And Depression

CBD gummies can make a valuable daily supplement for people struggling with anxiety and depression. Some consumers report they offer long lasting relief to many of their symptoms, and some science supports this too.

Are anxiety and depression keeping you from living a fulfilled life? CBD is an all-natural health supplement with anti-anxiety properties that could help improve your daily life. Learn about the health benefits of CBD Gummies and how they could help you with symptoms of anxiety and chronic stress.

Mental health problems are at an all-time high and many people feel underserved by traditional psychiatric medicines. Studies on CBD reveal that it could help with anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues.

Chronic stress can be caused by a multitude of factors. How we respond to stress could be the key to reducing anxiety and preventing the risks associated with mental health disorders.

In this article, you’ll learn the benefits of CBD gummies on anxiety, what doses of CBD are most effective, how to find quality CBD, and more.

CBD OIL: SAFETY & LEGALITY

CBD, or cannabidiol, is an all-natural supplement that can offer a wide range of health benefits for a number of different issues, including mental health problems such as anxiety or depression.

CBD oil in a glass jar sits on a table top near a hemp bud. CBD oil derived from hemp can be legally obtained in all 50 states.

CBD oil derived from hemp can be legally obtained in all 50 states.

CBD sold online is typically derived from hemp. Both hemp and marijuana are two types of the same species of plant known as, cannabis. And although hemp is very similar to marijuana, it is also very different.

Unlike marijuana, the hemp plant contains less than .3% THC, which is the main psychoactive compound found in cannabis.

That means that CBD doesn’t get you high and does not cause the psychotropic effects associated with marijuana and THC.

Studies evaluating the safety of CBD have shown that the compound is extremely safe, even in high dosages. However, there are some things you should consider when taking cannabidiol.

The most severe, but very uncommon side effects of CBD are sedation and fatigue. Cannabidiol can also lower blood pressure and change the way your body processes some types of medications.

CBD is legal in all 50 states under the 2014 Farm Bill upheld by the 2018 HIA vs. DEA ruling of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

HOW DOES CBD WORK?

Cannabidiol is just one of over a hundred compounds in hemp, called cannabinoids, being studied and used for therapeutic benefits.

CBD works supporting the body’s natural endocannabinoid system; a network of biochemical compounds and receptors specialized to maintain balance in nearly every aspect of health and wellness.

The hemp compound fits perfectly into specialized receptors, called cannabinoid receptors, which control different bodily functions that influence health.

An illustration of neurons firing in a human head. The unique effects of CBD in the brain lead to a host of healing benefits from this popular supplement.

An illustration of neurons firing in a human head. The unique effects of CBD in the brain lead to a host of healing benefits from this popular supplement.

Our bodies produce compounds that are identical to the cannabinoids found in hemp, which is why CBD fits like a lock and key in our receptor cells.

These identical compounds produced by the body are called, endocannabinoids, short for endogenous cannabinoids.

CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system by binding with cannabinoid receptors such as CB1, CB2, and others.

Research shows that this vital health system is an integral part of the not only the sleep process, but also emotional stability, mental health, and many other aspects of wellness.

CBD ANXIETY & DEPRESSION STUDIES

Recent data revealed that 1 in 5 Americans took some type of psychiatric medication recently, meaning anxiety and depression are much more common than we’d like to talk about.

Most of what we know about CBD and mental health comes from animal studies and small-scale human experiments. However, a growing body of evidence along with thousands of anecdotal reports suggests CBD can improve symptoms of anxiety and mood disorders.

An older man in a plaid shirt clutches his head in anguish. Today, CBD is used to relieve symptoms of numerous conditions, from anxiety and mental illness to chronic pain.

Today, CBD is used to relieve symptoms of numerous conditions, from anxiety and mental illness to chronic pain.

Chronic stress is often a primary trigger of anxiety, and animal studies show us that CBD can calm the stress-response and nervous system. Further experimentson mice and humans show us that CBD also has properties that can relax the muscles and blood vessels, even during stress. It also exhibits a natural calming effect on the mind, which could aid the onset of sleep and reduce symptoms of anxiety or depression.

Researchers believe this effect occurs when CBD binds with the 5-HT1A neuro-receptor. This receptor is essentially like a signaling hub in the brain for emotions and is also the main target of most modern antidepressants.

One of the most notable studies on CBD’s effects on anxiety disorders in humans comes from a trial on the fear of public speaking. Compared to a placebo, CBD reduced the physical markers of stress-related anxiety and participants reported fewer symptoms of the phobia.

Several peer-reviewed analysis also now confirm and validate the study’s results indicating CBD as a potential drug for anxiety disorders.

USING CBD GUMMIES FOR ANXIETY & DEPRESSION

Taking CBD for sleep, anxiety, and depression can be as simple as snacking on a few tasty Gummies once or twice per day.

CBD-infused Gummies are made using all-natural ingredients and non-GMO, organic CBD hemp concentrate produced by super-critical CO2 extraction. Similar to taking chewable vitamins, Gummies offer a safe, effective way to easily take cannabidiol as a daily supplement. You can find them available in a range of potencies from 5mg-25mg and are typically sold in 30-60 count bottles.

Assorted rainbow gummy bears spill from a plastic bottle. When it comes to CBD dosing, start small and increase gradually after you feel the supplement's effects. CBD gummies come in a variety of dosages, typically offering between 5mg and 25mg per candy.

CBD gummies come in a variety of dosages, typically offering between 5mg and 25mg per candy.

CBD is non-toxic and non-intoxicating, which means that you can’t overdose from eating too many gummies. Unlike with THC edibles, you don’t have to worry about experiencing anxiety or paranoia from eating too many CBD Gummies.

There is no exact dosage of CBD for any particular condition or ailment, but it’s generally recommended to begin taking CBD gummies in smaller, low dosages. You can increase the dosage as needed once you’ve observed how CBD may affect your symptoms.

Similar to eating grapefruit, CBD could alter the way your body metabolizes certain types of medications. Always consult with your doctor first for treating serious health conditions.

WHY DO PEOPLE CHOOSE CBD GUMMIES OVER OTHER FORMS OF CBD?

When it comes to cannabidiol, if all things are held constant (like product quality) the major differences in products boils down to administration/consumption methods. For example, tinctures are dropped under the tongue and the CBD is absorbed sublingually. Gummies however, are eaten and the CBD is absorbed through the digestion process.

The most popular reason for using gummies over tinctures or other forms of CBD is by far, the taste. Many people find the earthy flavors of oils to be unappealing. CBD gummies however, taste great. People also find that using the gummies is a little more discreet than other forms, and they can administer their CBD in public more freely.

When comparing the effects of tinctures over edibles, consumers typically notice a faster and stronger effect when using tinctures. For anxiety or depression issues, they can be great in high-stress moments where the onset of panic begins, using CBD oil sublingually might help elevate issues in moments, rather than waiting for the CBD to be digested.

A closeup of rainbow gummy bears in a pile. Some anecdotal reports suggest CBD gummies offer longer lasting but milder effects than some other forms of CBD.

Some anecdotal reports suggest CBD gummies offer longer lasting but milder effects than some other forms of CBD.

However, consumers do report that using CBD gummies and edibles for anxiety is extremely effective as well. This is because edibles tend to have a “milder” effect, but last longer as the CBD goes through the digestion process to be absorbed into the bloodstream. People with anxiety issues tend to notice that they handle the rigors and stresses of daily life much better throughout the day when using edibles over tinctures.

FIND QUALITY CBD ONLINE

How do you find the best CBD retailers online?

First, always make sure that a retailer’s website is secured by checking the URL in the browser for the little SSL lock. If the site is not secure, your personal information could be at risk.

Second, always ask the retailer for the 3rd party lab tests for any CBD products you are interested in. These are the tests that analyze the chemical composition of a product or CBD extract and will prove its purity and concentration. This test will also indicate whether or not a CBD product contains any amount of THC, which is important if you are concerned about drug testing.

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