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Top CBD Update: Our Favorite Brands Of CBD, Updated

Yesterday, we completely refreshed our Top Online CBD Brands page. We wanted to share some more information with our readers about this top CBD update and how we selected these 16 brands for inclusion.

Yesterday, we completely refreshed our Top Online CBD Brands page. We wanted to share some more information with our readers about this top CBD update.

There are hundreds or even perhaps thousands of CBD products on the market. However, the CBD market is also largely unregulated. That means, there are few restrictions on how CBD products are sold. There’s no guarantee that what you’re buying is accurately labeled or honestly marketed.

That’s where the Ministry of Hemp comes in: we’ve surveyed the hemp industry, its brands, and as many CBD products as we can. We want to make buying CBD easier for you. For this top CBD update, we picked 16 of our favorite CBD brands, and highlighted some of our favorite products from them.

HOW WE CREATED OUR TOP CBD UPDATE

For each of the 16 brands selected to appear on our Top CBD brands page, we broke down their offerings a few different ways.

An array of CBD oil tincture bottles from brands which were added to our Top CBD update.

An array of CBD oil tincture bottles from brands which were added to our Top CBD update. (Photo: Ministry of Hemp / Jessica St. Cyr)

Key Highlights

We’ve selected a few features and product offerings that stand out about each CBD brand. For a few brands, our editor and review team gave a special award to the brand. These brands are listed first. However, every brand on this list more than meets our high standards of quality.

Types of Products

For each brand, we display icons indicating the types of products they offer, including CBD tinctures, capsules, topicals, vapes, edibles (such as gummies) and pet products. Some of our top CBD brands offer just one or two products, while others have extremely diverse offerings.

Established

We wanted to learn how long these brands have been around. While some great brands are newer, others have been around since the 2014 Farm Bill, which first re-legalized hemp in the U.S. for research purposes.

Origin of Hemp

It’s vital to know how and where hemp was grown. That’s because hemp is a bioaccumulator, meaning hemp absorbs contaminants from the soil while it grows. So if the soil it was grown on is not good, clean soil, then that plant might contain high levels of lead or mercury.

When hemp is imported, it’s harder to ensure the hemp is grown responsibly, sustainably and without adding potential toxins to the products made from the crop. While it used to be that most CBD brands imported their hemp, today more and more brands use domestically grown hemp. We’ve also included some brands that use responsibly grown hemp imported from Europe.

3rd Party Lab Results?

Customers should always request third party lab results that test for potency, pesticides, residual solvents, and mycotoxins of CBD hemp oil. If a company is reluctant to share these results with you, it should automatically be a red flag and indicate that they have something to hide. We’ve done the work and checked if these brands offer those tests to their customers.

We’ve assigned a letter grade of C, B, A, or A+ based on what kind of lab results are offered to customers. All the brands on this list at least offer tests showing the levels of CBD and THC in them (with THC under the legal limits for hemp of 0.3%), but brands which go further are rated higher.

Customer Service

Shopping for CBD can be confusing, mainly because there’s a lot we still don’t know about hemp extracts. We focused on brands with helpful and speedy customer service, and let you know how you can get in touch.

Shipping

We let you know a bit more about what it will cost to get your CBD. Today, many brands offer free, or flat rate shipping.

Returns

We investigated each brand’s return policy. While some brands only accept unopened products, others offer more comprehensive returns for unsatisfied customers.

Price

CBD can be expensive, and there are some good reasons for the high prices. However, we know that getting a good value for your money is also important. We’ve rated each brand from 1 to 3 dollar signs ($), based on their price range.

A Closer Look

We included links to where you can learn more about some of our favorite products from these top CBD brands. Some brands also offer exclusive coupons for our readers, and we’ve included them here.

MORE ABOUT OUR CBD PRODUCT STANDARDS

Ministry of Hemp only works with brands that meet our extremely high standards.

These include clear, transparent labelling and honest marketing. It should always be easy to learn more about the products, including their complete ingredients. It should always be easy to know how much CBD you’re taking. All of our top CBD brands have clear, easy to navigate websites, and make it easy to learn more about their products.

We try to focus on brands with sustainable, responsible business practices. To ensure that providing great CBD supplements is a brand’s primary goal, we do not work with any companies that use direct sales or multi-level marketing techniques.

MORE INFORMATION ON FINDING GREAT CBD ONLINE

We hope our Top CBD brands page helps you make more informed decisions when you’re buying CBD.

In addition to this top CBD update, here are some other useful CBD buying resources we’ve created:

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RE Botanicals Hemp Tincture Offers Silky Smooth CBD With No Aftertaste

RE Botanicals Hemp Tincture tasted great and eased our chronic pain, with a mild, delicious hemp flavor. Even better, they support organic farming and regenerative agriculture.

We truly enjoyed trying RE Botanicals Hemp Tincture, a very high quality CBD oil.

The care that RE Botanicals puts into their products shines through from the start. Everything about their tincture exudes quality and elegance, from the twist off cap, the ease and responsiveness of the dropper to the clean looking package. We knew this hemp extract was going to be an experience!

Upon opening, we immediately noticed a fresh hemp scent that wasn’t overpowering, but strong enough that we just knew quality hemp was used. The extract itself was almost colorless with just an ever so slightly yellowish tint.

The taste didn’t disappoint either. The team ingested the CBD in three ways: sublingually, on the tongue, and in coffee. All three ways yielded the same results: a nice silky texture that didn’t leave an aftertaste like some extracts we’ve tried. Yet there was still a modest hemp taste that we all enjoyed. Even when we put RE Botanicals Hemp Tincture directly into coffee, the coffee taste wasn’t altered much, which can sometimes happen with CBD extracts. Our team also found this extract effective at reducing chronic pain and relaxing to consume, too.

RE Botanicals Hemp Tincture tastes great, and left our reviewers feeling relaxed. Photo: RE Botanicals Hemp Tincture bottles on top of a wooden surface decorated with flowers.

RE Botanicals Hemp Tincture tastes great, and left our reviewers feeling relaxed.

RE Botanicals paid us a fee and offered us free products in return for our honest opinion. If you purchase a product from one of these links, we’ll receive a percentage of sales. Read more about sponsored content on Ministry of Hemp.

Read on to learn more about RE Botanicals and see our complete product breakdown.

RE BOTANICALS REGENERATES THE EARTH WITH HEMP

RE Botanicals is proud of their sustainable growing methods and their products are certified organic.

John Roulac founded RE Botanicals after 20 years in the hemp industry. In 1999, long before creating RE Botanicals, he founded the superfood brand Nutiva. Roulac and RE Botanicals focus on organic and regenerative agriculture. Regenerative agriculture is a holistic land management practice that closes the carbon cycle, builds soil health, crop resilience and nutrient density. One percent of all RE Botanicals sales are donated to support regenerative agriculture and help farmers create healthier soil.

According to RE Botanicals, the extract process starts with organically grown hemp. This helps maintain healthy soil biology. Hemp is climate-friendly because it sequesters carbon in the soil. They use a proprietary alcohol extraction method that employs a full spectrum extract, never an isolate. RE Botanicals then blends the full-spectrum organic hemp with organic MCT coconut oil from young coconuts.

At first, we were somewhat confused by the labeling, until we realized that RE Botanicals Hemp Extract is labeled by the dose, rather than per bottle. This contrasts with many other CBD brands on the market. At 25mg of CBD per dropper, that makes 750mg of CBD per bottle, a fairly standard amount.

Other than this, RE Botanicals tincture is clearly labeled with a bottle that’s easy to read and lists all the ingredients. We also appreciate that they make their lab tests easily available on their website.

RE Botanicals Hemp Tincture Classic 25MG (Ministry Of Hemp Official CBD Review)RE BOTANICALS HEMP TINCTURE OFFICIAL REVIEW

  • Highlights: RE Botanicals Hemp Tincture is an effective, high-quality CBD oil with a silky texture and a clean hemp taste.
  • Strength: 25mg per dropper, 750mg per 30ml bottle, also available in 15mg and 50mg strengths
  • Price: $49.99 – $139.99
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast, friendly customer service. Free shipping available on orders over $50.
  • Independent Test Results: Online.
  • Flavor & Texture: This unflavored tincture tastes mildly earthy, with notes of green tea, with a pleasantly silky texture and almost no aftertaste.
  • Ingredients: CBD oil / Full Spectrum Hemp extract in Organic MCT (Coconut-based) oil.
  • Other: RE Botanicals offers a generous 30-day, money back guarantee for unsatisfied customers.

RE Botanicals uses U.S. hemp, grown under organic methods, in all their products. In addition to tinctures, RE Botanicals offers CBD capsules and CBD for pets.

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TryTheCBD Vape Cartridges Offer Pure, Smooth Vaping Experience

TryTheCBD Vape Cartridges use a specialized carrier oil designed to be free of irritants, like propylene glycol, commonly found in other vapes. They combine Colorado-grown CBD isolate with delicious plant-based terpenes.

TryTheCBD Vape Cartridges stand out from other cartridges on the market through their high-quality components and pure ingredients.

We loved trying TryTheCBD’s delicious and effective vape cartridges. Vaping CBD is one of the most popular ways to take this beneficial supplement. However, not all CBD vapes are created equal. Some CBD vapes include ingredients like propylene glycol, which can irritate people’s throats.

TryTheCBD Vape Cartridges combine CBD isolate grown under organic conditions, with plant-based terpenes to increase the flavor and effects. Their new formula contains no propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, or MCT oil. Instead, the CBD and terpenes are mixed into a special carrier liquid called TEC Temper, which is a blend of special additional terpenes designed to reduce inflammation.

The result is an extremely smooth vaping experience, without the typical harshness that can leave your throat irritated. These vape cartridges come in a variety of flavors, each designed to mimic a popular strain of psychoactive cannabis (“marijuana”) without any THC. The result is flavorful and relaxing, without the high. We tried TryTheCBD’s Gorilla Glue #4 and loved the subtle flavor and relaxing effects.

TryTheCBD Vape Cartridges combine CBD isolate with plant-based terpenes in a special carrier fluid free of common irritants, for smooth delicious vaping. Photo: TryTheCBD Vape Cartridges and other TryTheCBD products posedaround a laptop on a wooden desk, with headphones nearby.

TryTheCBD Vape Cartridges combine CBD isolate with plant-based terpenes in a special carrier fluid free of common irritants, to create smooth delicious vaping.

TryTheCBD paid us a fee and offered us free products in return for our honest opinion. If you purchase a product from one of these links, we’ll receive a percentage of sales. Read more about sponsored content on Ministry of Hemp.

Read on for our full review of TryTheCBD Vape Cartridges, to learn more about their great features.

TRYTHECBD OFFERS GREAT FLAVORS IN AFFORDABLE, PREMIUM DESIGN

In addition to the unique TEC Temper carrier fluid, TryTheCBD Vape Cartridges offer a number of other appealing features.

These cartridges have a standard threading that fits into almost any vape battery, but inside the cartridge is anything but standard. High-quality ceramic coils and leak proof engineering make these cartridges more durable and give CBD consumers a better vaping experience.

TryTheCBD is a Colorado company that uses all Colorado-grown hemp, produced under organic conditions with no GMO ingredients. All their products are also gluten free. We appreciate that TryTheCBD makes third-party lab results available right in the product listing.

In addition, at $59.99 for 500 mg of CBD, this is a good value for a high-capacity disposable cartridge full of high-quality cannabidol.

TryTheCBD Vape Cartridge, Gorilla Glue #4 (Ministry Of Hemp Official CBD Review)TRYTHECBD VAPE CARTRIDGES OFFICIAL REVIEW

  • Highlights: TryTheCBD makes their Vape Cartridges with a specialized, terpene-bassed carrier oil designed to reduce inflammation and prevent irritation of the throat.  
  • Strength: 500mg disposable cartridge, also available in 300mg cartridges
  • Price: $34.99 – $59.99
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast, friendly customer service. Free shipping is available on orders over $99.
  • Independent Test Results: Online.
  • Flavor & Feel: Subtle but delicious and terpene-rich flavor profile. Gorilla Glue #4 has an earthy, faintly sweet and piney flavor. Effects are very relaxing, easing muscle soreness, chronic pain and agitation in our reviewer.
  • Ingredients: CBD isolate in TEC Temper carrier fluid, plus Botanical Terpenes.
  • Other: Available in several great flavors. We loved their “OG Kush,” too. Pre-filled disposable vape pens are also available.

TryTheCBD uses hemp grown under organic conditions in Colorado in all their CBD products. They make a full range of CBD supplements, some of which contain full spectrum CBD, including CBD tinctures and CBD pet products. Learn more about the differences between full spectrum and CBD isolate.

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CBD Inhalers: Innovation In The CBD Market From CBD Luxe

An innovative new CBD inhaler could help change how people view CBD and hemp. Unique CBD inhalers from CBD Luxe offers people an easy and reliable way to get their dose of CBD, in a product that looks like any other medical device.

An innovative new CBD inhaler could help change how people view CBD and hemp.

One of the biggest challenges within the CBD industry is getting people to open their minds to the medical benefits of hemp. How is CBD Luxe addressing these problems?

By providing the market with a product which looks all the same as anyone might use for their medical condition — a CBD inhaler.

Before creating CBD Luxe, co-owner William Spilo snowboarded professionally and worked as an international heli-skiing guide. He suffered multiple injuries through his work over the years — some reaching traumatic levels. After being stuffed full of pain medications such as NSAIDS (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), he was introduced to CBD.

“I was on a pretty heavy regimen of NSAIDs every day and I was seeing if there were alternatives to that,” Spilo explained. “I got some CBD mint and I couldn’t believe the effects. So, I did one line of test runs and handed it out to all the professional athletes I work with and the results were astonishing.”

CBD Inhalers from CBD Luxe offer a reliable, easy to inhale dose of full-spectrum CBD oil.

CBD Inhalers from CBD Luxe offer a reliable, easy to inhale dose of full-spectrum CBD oil.

We talked with Spilo in order to learn more about his company’s newest line of products, CBD inhalers.

WHY CREATE CBD INHALERS?

“We’re trying to broaden the consumer base. It’s called a meter dose inhaler as we want to give precision dosing so the consumer knows exactly how much they’re getting every time. We’re also providing a comfortable, safe delivery system.”

CBD Luxe makes their inhalers from the same FDA approved material used for asthma inhalers. Each CBD inhaler contains 1100mg of micellized CBD. Micellization is the process of formulating molecules into colloidal solutions. This means the CBD is evenly distributed throughout, allowing each dose to be the same as the last.

CBD Luxe offers 4 different CBD inhalers with different natural extracts to help consumers achieve different experiences. There’s also a pure CBD inhaler with no additional ingredients. This full spectrum hemp oil offers users over 200 doses per inhaler.

The 2018 Farm Bill opened doors for innovating products such as these inhalers. As time progresses, we’re bound to continue seeing novel ideas within products, mixtures, and other uses for hemp. As we discussed these inhalers with Spilo, we kept these thoughts in mind to get a taste for the future of CBD.

A MARKET STILL IN THE MAKING

“When we [CBD Luxe] started in early 2016, there weren’t many CBD products on the market,” Spilo told us.

Not to mention, there remained a complete lack of public knowledge as to what CBD was. In the eyes of the federal government, hemp was still considered a Schedule I drug.

Yet, people like Spilo not only saw an opportunity but also a misunderstood medicine which could help millions of people. With that, he figured, “we’d make a higher quality product out there that was a little more targeted for what CBD can do for the consumer.”

Since the CBD industry is so constantly evolving, there are a number of problems which still need to be addressed. One of these is accurate labeling. Not only do they test every ingredient which comes into their facility but they also provide clear labels about what’s in their product. Furthermore, CBD Luxe is committed to providing the user with all the information about what’s in their CBD.

When Spilo entered the market, he noticed there weren’t many companies offering molecular isolates. This is when CBD is extracted into a water-soluble form. Though there were some products, Spilo and his team found some of these companies had “metal content and impurities in the CBD were at risk to the consumer.”

Just as with any responsible company, CBD Luxe tests all their products with a third-party lab to ensure accuracy and purity.

CREATING A REPUTABLE CBD MARKET

As more companies with the same business models came into the market, people inevitably gravitated towards the hemp industry.

“Still, we also felt we could enhance the effects of CBD by using botanicals,” Spilo recalled. “For vape pens, we’re using essential oils. For consumables and inhalers, we’re using full botanical extract. All of our ingredients are organic and non-GMO — except for the CBD itself because we have no certification for that yet. So, we just felt we’d make a higher quality product out there that was a little more targeted towards what CBD could actually do for the consumer.”

It’s thanks to efforts as such that the acreage of hemp cultivation was able to triple within a one-year period. Thanks to federal legalization, the industry is looking very optimistic. With that, questions begin to arise about the future of CBD.

PREDICTIONS FOR THE FUTURE OF CBD

Understandably, not every void within the CBD marketplace has been filled. As this industry continues to build itself, it’s inevitable for more problems needing to be addressed. It helps to take a look at how the market is going now in order to predict these complications before they arise.

“I think right now there are quite a few good products out there,” Spilo mentions. “I do think we have to watch out for the level of purity and the content. So, what is the CBD they’re putting in there? And how much? It’s important to have an understanding of what you want out of the product and what you’re looking for. We’d like to help steer you towards a more specific product.

“Since the passing of the Farm Bill in late 2018, the industry is really flooded. I mean, we’ve really gained a lot of recognition.”

As expected, this flooded market has a lot of questions. Now it’s the responsibility of companies such as CBD Luxe to not only answer these questions but create products which respond to the public’s growing desire.

CBD Luxe has been experimenting with their CBD inhaler formulas for some time now. And they’re constantly continuing these experiments to provide new experiences of CBD.

If you’re interested in learning more about these inhalers and/or purchasing one, you can check out the product’s page here.

Out of curiosity, we asked if CBD Luxe had any further innovative products in mind. Spilo’s response:

“There are a few that we’re working on, but …” Spilo laughed, “… we don’t want to release anything we aren’t sure of to market.”

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Hemp Pasta From Sfoglini Adds Nutty Flavor & Nutrition To Artisan Noodles

We visited with New York’s Sfoglini Pasta Shop, creators of three unique hemp pasta shapes, and learned the story behind these delicious products.

When we discovered unique hemp pasta from an artisan pasta maker in New York, we knew we had to find out more.

Long-time friends Steve Gonzalez and Scott Ketchum, created Sfoglini Pasta Shop together in 2012. They’re dedicated to the virtues of sustainability, freshness, locality, and above all else, flavor.

The quality of ingredients and diverse flavors sets Sfoglini (pronounced “sfo-lee-nee”) apart from typical supermarket fare. Sourced from local farms in New York state, Sfoglini’s pastas tell the story of the freshness and flavor of New York’s produce. Along with their standard and seasonal pasta selections, Sfoglini recently added three distinct hemp pasta shapes.

Fusing the superfood nutritional qualities of hemp with their superior pasta-making skills, Sfoglini makes delicious hemp pasta available to kitchens all over the country.

SFOGLINI FOUNDERS ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT FOOD & GLOBAL FLAVORS

The two founders of Sfoglini, Steve Gonzalez and Scott Ketchum, are both creatives at heart.

Sfoglini founders Steve Gonzalez and Scott Ketchum pose in their pasta factory. Sfoglini founders Steve Gonzalez and Scott Ketchum created their unique hemp pasta after visiting an organic hemp farm in New York state.

Sfoglini founders Steve Gonzalez and Scott Ketchum created their unique hemp pasta after visiting an organic hemp farm in New York state. (Photo: Sfoglini Pasta Shop)

Gonzalez studied the culinary arts at the Art Institute of Colorado, then spent about 14 years as a professional chef. He worked in various high-profile restaurants. One of the most notable was El Raco de Can Fabes, a 3-star Michelin restaurant in Sant Celoni, Spain. Gonzalez started making and developing pastas over a decade ago, and that experience drove him to open Sfoglini.

Ketchum on the other hand, was a creative director, graphic designer, and web-designer working for firms in San Francisco & New York. Inspired by the vivid food cultures of both cities, Ketchum pursued a degree in brewing and management at the Siebel Institute in Chicago. To further develop his tastes, he then traveled to Europe where he saw first-hand the diverse food cultures of Italy, France, and Belgium. Recognizing the lack of an artisanal pasta maker in New York, Ketchum jumped on the opportunity to combine his passion for food (particularly pasta) and his skills as an advertising creative to start Sfoglini with his long-time friend.

GOOD PASTA STARTS AT THE FARM

Believing firmly in the philosophy behind locally-sourced ingredients, Sfoglini believes that a good pasta starts at the farm. Sfoglini sources ingredients like corn, rye, flour, and wheat from local farmers in New York State and Massachusetts.

Ketchum told us they even worked with nearby ‘urban’ farms when they first opened Sfoglini. “It was nice to wake up every morning, and grab farm-fresh ingredients on your morning walk to work.”

Sfoglini’s offers a unique selection of seasonal pastas, including Beet Fusilli, Cuttlefish Ink Spaccatelli, and Saffron Malloreddus. This further reinforces Sfoglini’s philosophy for freshness. They get these ingredients at peak-season and are able to give their customers the best of each product. With pasta this good, Sfoglini is being served in some of New York’s most reputable establishments such as  Tom Colicchio’s RiverparkChef’s Club by Food & Wine and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

Sfoglini Hemp Pasta spills out onto a kitchen counter, with other ingredients neabry including tomatoes, Parmesan cheese and garlic. Sfoglini's hemp pasta joins a unique product line that includes season flavors like Beet Fusilli, Cuttlefish Ink Spaccatelli, and Saffron Malloreddus.

Sfoglini’s hemp pasta joins a unique product line that includes season flavors like Beet Fusilli, Cuttlefish Ink Spaccatelli, and Saffron Malloreddus. (Photo: Sfoglini Pasta Shop)

HEMP PASTA COMBINES DELICIOUS NUTTY HEMP FLAVOR WITH HEMP NUTRITION

Sfoglini offers three hemp-based pastas: Hemp Radiators, Hemp Rigatoni, and Hemp Zucca. With three distinct shapes, each pasta offers three different advantages. The radiators and rigatoni work well with pasta dishes that have thicker sauces or cheeses, since their shapes soak up and trap sauces. By contrast, Ketchum told us the zucca pasta works particularly well with dishes that have chopped ingredients, as they tend to get trapped in the clam-shell opening of the hemp pasta.

Obviously, all three pastas have the nutrient-dense qualities of hemp, but hemp also adds a particular nuttiness that further enhances their flavor.

Recommended by a friend, Gonzalez and Ketchum visited JD Farms, the first USDA approved hemp farm in New York State. After touring the farm and tasting their organically-grown hemp, they both knew they had to incorporate it into their pastas. The hemp pastas are growing in popularity, and the rigatoni is one of their top-five best-selling pastas.

We asked Sfoglini to provde us with a simple recipe that highlights the unique flavor of their hemp pasta.

RECIPE: SFOGLINI HEMP RADIATORS WITH RICOTTA

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. Sfoglini Hemp Radiators
  • 1 cup ricotta [high quality]
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Heat 3 quarts of salted water in a large pot and bring to a boil. Add hemp radiators and cook for 5-8 minutes.
  • Mix ricotta and olive oil in a large bowl. If desired, add 1-2 tablespoons of the pasta water for a smoother consistency.
  • Once pasta is cooked, drain and combine with the ricotta and olive oil mixture.
  • Divide among two serving bowls, add salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste.

The story of Sfoglini further reiterates the wonders and advantages of the hemp plant. An endlessly versatile plant, Sfoglini is now proving to the world that hemp can be delicious! Order their pastas online and make sure to check out Sfoglini on Instagram as well!

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Curaleaf Hemp CBD Lotion Moisturizes While Relieving Pain

Curaleaf Hemp CBD Lotion offers pain relief with full spectrum hemp extract and a creamy, herbal, bright scented twist. We loved the unique creamy texture and wonderful smell of this lotion.

Curaleaf Hemp CBD Lotion offers pain relief with full spectrum hemp extract and a creamy, herbal, bright-scented twist.

CBD can help reduce inflammation and soreness and offer general pain relief. Topical CBD products can offer numerous benefits. However, Curaleaf Hemp offers something extra with this unique skin lotion made from high quality ingredients.

We’d love this lotion even without CBD. Our reviewer was tempted to use it on her entire body, but the instructions recommend limiting the application area. It works best for people with pain hot spots or specific areas of inflammation. The lotion itself is made with some of the best lotion ingredients including essential fatty acids like shea butter, as well as coconut, argan, and sunflower oils. Another health and skin protectant powerhouse ingredient is aloe vera.

In addition to 300mg of CBD, lemongrass and rosemary are two herbal aids that increase the anti-inflammatory properties of this delightful topical. Curaleaf Hemp CBD Lotion is wonderful for folks who enjoy a bit of aromatherapy and herbal remedy with their CBD pain relief. They also offer an option with menthol for those who prefer a cooling sensation.

A photo of Curaleaf Hemp CBD Lotion in lemongrass and menthol scents, decorated with fresh herbs.

Our reviewer loved the creamy texture and relaxing scent of Curaleaf Hemp CBD lotion.

Curaleaf Hemp paid us a fee and offered us free products in return for our honest opinion. If you purchase a product from one of these links, we’ll receive a percentage of sales. Read more about sponsored content on Ministry of Hemp.

Read on for our full review of Curaleaf Hemp CBD Lotion.

CURALEAF HEMP CBD LOTION MAKES EASING PAIN MORE PLEASURABLE

With Curaleaf Hemp CBD Lotion we didn’t have to worry about sticky, wet hands; it absorbed quickly. And the scent and relief lasted even after washing our hands within an hour of application. The label advises application up to 4 times per day. Our reviewer used it about 2 times per day and found relief lasted for a few hours.

With an old knee injury that tends to flare up after a day on her feet, our reviewer was able to massage about a nickel sized dollop onto her swollen tendons and around her knee cap with ease before going to bed. We also think it’s great after a warm shower. After about 5-10 minutes, she reported feeling a slight tingling sensation and that her leg felt more relaxed. Our reviewer even noticed her leg wasn’t as tight the next day while doing her morning stretches.

Typing, texting, and the beginnings of carpal tunnel and arthritis are a part of modern life. In the mornings before work, our reviewer enjoyed rubbing about a dime sized portion of the lotion into each of her sore, tight wrists and hands, relieving pain and relaxing appendages before a day at the office. We think this lotion is great for a hand or foot massage too.

They use full spectrum, U.S. grown CBD hemp extract in all Curaleaf Hemp products, and they provide a helpful breakdown on how topical CBD works on their site. Curaleaf made a name for themselves as providers of top-quality medical cannabis products, and we’re happy to report they’ve brought the same care to their Curaleaf Hemp brand.

Curaleaf Hemp CBD Lotion with Lemongrass (Ministry of Hemp Official CBD Review)CURALEAF HEMP CBD LOTION OFFICIAL REVIEW

  • Highlights: Curaleaf Hemp CBD Lotion is an excellent moisturizing product that uses high-quality full spectrum CBD hemp extract to ease soreness and inflammation within minutes of application.
  • Strength: 300mg/4oz jar
  • Price: $44.99
  • Customer Service and Shipping: Fast, friendly customer service. Standard shipping starts at $4.99.
  • Independent Test Results: Available on request.
  • Scent & Texture: Lemongrass with rosemary, argan oil undertones, infused into a creamy, whipped lotion.
  • Ingredients: CBD oil / Full Spectrum Hemp extract with Aqua (distilled water), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Cetearyl Glucoside, Tapioca Starch Modified, Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Caprylic Capric Triglyceride, Aroma (Lemongrass), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Glycerin, Citric Acid, Organic Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Xanthan Gum, Glyceryl Caprylate.
  • Other: They also offer a menthol scented CBD lotion and topical pain-relief patches.

Curaleaf Hemp uses CO2 Extracted, U.S. Grown hemp in all their products. We also love their unique CBD tincture formulations, each designed for a specific need.

 

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The Unstoppable Success Of The UK’s First CBD Restaurant

The Canna Kitchen is a vegetarian restaurant in Brighton, England. It’s also the UK’s first restaurant to infuse their dishes with CBD and other cannabinoids.

The Canna Kitchen is a vegan and vegetarian restaurant that opened at the end of 2018 in Brighton, England. It’s also the UK’s first restaurant to infuse their dishes with CBD and other similar cannabinoids.

Interest in all things hemp and CBD-related is booming in the UK. As a result, this restaurant immediately became a sensation, with acres of coverage in the British press.

A rich vegetarian stew or soup garnished with sour cream, sprouts, and pita chips with bread and hot sauce on the side. The Canna Kitchen uses the finest ingredients to create delicious, healthful vegetarian and vegan CBD-infused dishes.

The Canna Kitchen uses the finest ingredients to create delicious, healthful vegetarian and vegan CBD-infused dishes. (Photo: The Canna Kitchen)

Brighton has long been regarded as one of the UK’s most bohemian and forward-thinking cities. It makes perfect sense for this location to be the origin of what promises to be a groundbreaking development in the world of food and CBD. We spoke to the founder of The Canna Kitchen, Sam Evolution, about the evolution and execution of his one-of-a-kind CBD restaurant.

THE UK’S MOST BOHEMIAN CITY IS THE IDEAL HOME FOR HEMP AND FOOD

“I’ve been involved with hemp for over eleven years,” said Sam Evolution. “Owning businesses that specialised in creating hemp-based products such as dermatological creams and food products.”

Like many people involved in this relatively new industry, Evolution has a strong appreciation for just how revolutionary CBD and hemp can be for the world at large.

“I’ve always been inspired by the rich history of hemp,” Evolution agreed. “Particularly its potential to revolutionise agriculture, industry and health.”

But when it came to combining CBD with a sit-down restaurant concept, the idea came from some good old-fashioned home testing.

“The initial idea came about a year ago when doing some personal experimentation with friends, involving food and flavonoids from the plant,” Evolution said.

Then the idea came to combine cannabinoids with high quality organic foods, which led to the complex and exciting menu The Canna Kitchen offers today.

HEALTHY AND WELL-BALANCED VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN DISHES INFUSED WITH CBD

These dishes includes a classic vegan buddha bowl, featuring seasonal roast root vegetables, homemade hummus and fresh salad, with a CBD-infused tahini cream drizzled across the top. Or the canna sandwich, which offers a choice of harissa tofu or haloumi, on locally-sourced sourdough bread, paired with a salad and CBD dressing. For dessert, you can finish off your meal with the canna Snickers bar, loosely based on the well-known chocolate bar, put together using homemade cake, layered with date caramel on top of a hemp brownie biscuit base, then coated with dark chocolate and nut sprinkles.

“Our mission is to change the way people think about the cannabis plant.” — Sam Evolution, founder of The Canna Kitchen

From a personal perspective, Evolution has had impressive results using CBD.

“I’ve found that CBD to be extremely effective at helping to manage pain,” he told us. ”It decreases aches in the body due to its anti-inflammatory properties and interaction with the bodies endocannabinoid system. Many people report assistance dealing with stress and anxiety, and some find it can help with sleep.”

CBD RESTAURANT IS FIGHTING AGAINST UNHELPFUL STEREOTYPES

The misconception that CBD and hemp are tied up with a darker drug culture is something Evolution and The Canna Kitchen are keen to dispell. Indeed, the mission statement on the website states clearly, “We at The Canna Kitchen aim to redress dated stereotypes mislabelling this extraordinary natural resource purely as a recreational substance.”

This meant taking a cautious approach when it came to the legal sides of setting up a CBD-based restaurant.

“I had to present my plans concisely to local authorities, and my approach was very carefully considered,” Evolution said.

A dish of greens at The Canna Kitchen, the UK's first CBD restaurant. Hemp-based ingredients at the UK's CBD restaurant are source from crops grown organically in Spain and Switzerland.

Hemp-based ingredients at the UK’s CBD restaurant are source from crops grown organically in Spain and Switzerland. (Photo: The Canna Kitchen)

The hemp used in preparing the dishes used at The Canna Kitchen is also carefully sourced. CBD business-owners must have a delicate touch in the UK when it comes to working with this product, as the authorities remain wary of its legal status.

“Our hemp is grown for us organically in Spain and Switzerland,” said Evolution.

“And we ensure any trace elements of THC are within legal limits,” showing just how careful the UK hemp-user must be when working with this plant.

THE QUALITY OF THE FOOD IS OF EQUAL PRIORITY

But it’s not all about the potential health benefits of CBD. Evolution made it clear that the ideas and flavour balance behind the food are equally important:

“Our food is contemporary and fresh, using locally sourced and organic produce wherever possible. Our mission is to change the way people think about the cannabis plant by creating beautiful vegetarian dishes which are tastefully complimented with its infusion.”

The process wasn’t easy, at least not at first.

“There was certainly an amount of trial and error in the beginning,” said Evolution. “Finding balance between flavours has been the most challenging aspect for us but we now feel that we have a good understanding of this, and we’re continuing to experiment in new and interesting ways.”

A FULL MEAL PROVIDES A RELAXING DOSE OF CBD

But how much CBD could you expect to consume over the course of a meal? Evolution estimated this at “between 20 and 30mg of CBD, depending on the drinks that are ordered and any sides.”

For the average person, this is enough to gain a beneficial effect, whether the goal is simply relaxation, or for something more substantial such as pain reduction.

Indeed, their website has a tongue-in-cheek disclaimer: “The optional infusion of cannabinoids such as CBD, CBG and CBN with food, may lead to a sense of relaxation, peace and well-being.”

A decadent CBD-infused chocolate brownie a la mode, on a white plate decorated with a hemp leaf drawn in cocoa powder. The Canna Kitchen is the UK's first CBD restaurant, and it's making waves for their delicious vegetarian food.

Thanks to the runaway success of the UK’s first CBD restaurant, The Canna Kitchen is already planning to expand. (Photo: The Canna Kitchen)

THE SKY’S THE LIMIT FOR UK’S FIRST CBD RESTAURANT

When it comes to future plans, Evolution is cautiously optimistic, taking care not to move too quickly, despite the success so far.

“We are in talks currently with potential partners and investors,” he said. “And we’re planning to roll the idea out over the UK in franchise form.”

It’s clear that The Canna Kitchen won’t be the last CBD restaurant to open in the UK. We’re already aware of numerous cafes popping up offering similar products. The UK is finally waking up to the eco-friendly nature of hemp and the helpful effects of cannabinoids, and the public demand is set to grow and grow.

Visit The Canna Kitchen

The Canna Kitchen

14 Duke St, Brighton BN1 1AH, UK

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Elxyr CBD Softgels Make Cannabidiol & Turmeric Easy To Swallow

Elxyr CBD Softgels provide a flavorless and easy method to taking your daily dose of CBD, with the added benefits of turmeric.

Elxyr CBD Softgels provide a flavorless and easy method to taking your daily dose of CBD, with the added benefits of turmeric.

These softgels from the Elxyr Company combine the outstanding health benefits of cannabidiol and curcumin, the main natural compound in turmeric. Some research shows that turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory and may several have other positive benefits. Of course, the Elxyr Company also offers softgels without turmeric in two strengths.

Because they are in a soft gel format, they don’t have the taste or smell of natural CBD. Softgels offer a simple way to take this popular supplement. With softgels, it’s easy to give yourself a reliable dose. They can be taken with other vitamins or supplements anytime. Beginning with CBD-rich hemp strains grown in the U.S., they use a patent-pending water soluble formula to increase absorption.

Elxyr CBD Softgels in two strengths, both with and without turmeric. The bottles are posed against a natural, leafy background.

Elxyr CBD Softgels come in two strengths, both with and without turmeric.

The Elxyr Company paid us a fee and offered us free products in return for our honest opinion. If you purchase a product from one of these links, we’ll receive a percentage of sales. Read more about sponsored content on Ministry of Hemp.

Read on to learn more and see our official review of Elxyr CBD softgels.

ELXYR USES NANO-CBD FOR HIGHER BIOAVAILABILITY

Elxyr CBD softgels stand out from other CBD brands through their increased bioavailability. The Elxyr Company uses a patent-pending formula for these softgels which they say makes them many times easier to absorb than others. Produced through a nano-emulsion method, the molecules of CBD in this formula are much smaller than normal. That means you should feel more of the effects of these capsules than others.

The inclusion of turmeric in Elxyr CBD softgels further stands out from the competition. Turmeric is known for promoting digestion, improving blood-sugar control and cholesterol, among other effects.

Their full spectrum CBD extract comes from non-GMO hemp grown in the U.S. using organic growing methods. We appreciated seeing lab results for their products right on the website, though these images were a bit hard to read. We’d like to see more recent results available online, as well.

Elxyr CBD Softgels with Turmeric (Ministry of Hemp Official CBD Review)ELXYR CBD SOFTGELS OFFICIAL REVIEW

  • Highlights: Elxyr CBD Softgels with Turmeric combine the health benefits of CBD and turmeric in a familiar and easy-to-take softgel package.
  • Strength: 25mg of full-spectrum CBD per capsule, plus 10mg of curcumin
  • Price: $94.99 for 30 softgels
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast, friendly customer service. Free shipping.
  • Independent Test Results: Online.
  • Flavor & Scent: The soft gels have no smell or taste. It’s easy and discreet to take Elxyr CBD softgels anywhere.
  • Key Ingredients: Full Spectrum CBD and Curcumin.
  • Complete Ingredient List: CBD oil / Full Spectrum Hemp extract plus Curcumin in Polysorbate Emulsifiers, MCT Oil and Beta Caryophyllene in a Gelatin shell made from Bovine-derived Gelatin, Glycerin, Sorbitol and Water.
  • Other: Also available without turmeric in 10mg and 25mg softgels. The Elxyr Company offers a generous, 30-day money-back guarantee for unsatisfied customers.

The Elxyr Company uses U.S.-grown hemp in all their products. They also offer CBD tinctures and CBD pet products.

 

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Inesscents CBD Salvation | CBD Body Care Review (VIDEO)

Our video blogger Jessica reviewed three different products from Inesscents CBD: CBD Salvation Hot Freeze Skin Salve, CBD Salvation Balance Beauty Serum, and their just released Colloidal Oatmeal & Lavender Soap.

Today I’m going to be reviewing some products from Inesscents.

Inesscents was one of the first organic body companies in the country, started in 2000.

Inesscents has a variety of body care products including skin care, soaps, and relief & recovery salves. All of their products have ingredients that are sustainably harvested, organic, and fair trade certified.

Inesscents sent me three different products to try out: CBD Salvation Hot Freeze Skin Salve, CBD Salvation Balance Beauty Serum, and their just released Colloidal Oatmeal & Lavender Soap!

I have been testing these products out for about a month now and I gotta say, I’m impressed! Not only does the company have great business practices that I look for personally, such as ethically &  sustainably sourced ingredients, but they have formulated some really wonderful things with some of my favorite ingredients such as hemp oil, calendula, arnica, chamomile, helichrysum, frankincense. Just so much good stuff.

A photo showing a person holding Inesscents CBD Hot Freeze Skin Salve.

Inesscents CBD Hot Freeze Skin Salve felt great on Jessica’s sore muscles.

Inesscents offered us free products in return for our honest opinion. If you purchase a product from one of these links, we’ll receive a percentage of sales. Read more about sponsored content on Ministry of Hemp.

CBD SALVATION HOT FREEZE SKIN SALVE

I regularly use CBD topicals on my neck, shoulder, and back. I love topicals that have a cooling or warming sensation to them. The cooling effect is the most immediate and longest lasting. The cayenne in this gives it a nice subtle warming undertone that is really pleasant. I’ve been using this daily and it’s really nice and smells great too!

CBD SALVATION BALANCE BEAUTY SERUM

I use both jojoba and hemp oils regularly in my skin care routine,  so I started using this daily. It has so many amazing ingredients in it that I have used in my skincare, so having them all in one product is a nice serum packed full of goodness. Hemp is non-comedogenic and won’t clog your pores. You’ll really notice how much your skin soaks it all up and how hydrating it is! The calendula and chamomile are extremely soothing, and tamanu oil helps combat redness. This serum has a nice light herbal aroma that’s not strong at all and doesn’t linger on your face.

CBD SALVATION COLLOIDAL OATMEAL & LAVENDER SOAP

I was really excited to try this soap out. I have some areas of my skin that are more sensitive so I try to use soaps that have ingredients that are calming. Not only is the hemp oil in this great for so many things like rashes and dry skin, but the colloidal oatmeal and lavender are both really soothing ingredients. The soap has a very light natural lavender fragrance. Not too strong and definitely not an unnatural fragrance, it doesn’t linger on the skin which is also nice!

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Ananda Touch Bliss Oil Enhances Intimacy With Full-Spectrum CBD

Ananda Touch Bliss Oil enhances intimacy and pleasure with the power of CBD. Bliss combines full-spectrum hemp extract with other natural ingredients to create more fulfilling and more powerful sexual experiences.

Ananda Touch Bliss Oil, the new sexual lubricant from Ananda Hemp, enhances intimacy and pleasure with the power of CBD.

CBD is a powerful natural compound found in hemp that won’t make you feel high, but does create numerous positive effects for consumers. We’ve experienced CBD tinctures, and tried CBD in capsules, gummies, and even popcorn. However, Ananda Hemp’s latest product breaks new ground for our review team and the industry as a whole.

Bliss Oil is a special CBD formulation designed to enhance erotic intimacy, from Ananda Hemp’s new “Ananda Touch” line of products. Ananda Touch Bliss Oil combines full-spectrum hemp extract with other pleasure enhancing ingredients to create more relaxing, more fulfilling, and more powerful sexual experiences. Bliss Oil uses only plant-based ingredients and it’s free from dangerous ingredients sometimes found in lube. However, because Ananda Touch Bliss Oil is oil-based, it’s not safe to use with condoms or other safer sex supplies.

Ananda Touch Bliss Oil from Ananda Hemp, seen against a background of rosy pink bath salts. Ananda Touch Bliss Oil is designed to enhance bloodflow and reduce pain. Used as a lube, Bliss Oil makes erotic encounters slippery and more fulfilling.

Ananda Touch Bliss Oil combines CBD oil with other natural ingredients that increase bloodflow and enhance sexual pleasure.

Ananda Hemp paid us a fee and offered us free products in return for our honest opinion. If you purchase a product from one of these links, we’ll receive a percentage of sales. Read more about sponsored content on Ministry of Hemp.

Our reviewer reported that using Ananda Hemp Bliss Oil felt arousing and exciting. Curious to learn more? Read on for an overview of Ananda Hemp and our full review.

ANANDA HEMP TAKES TOP QUALITY HEMP INTO THE BEDROOM

Ananda Hemp only makes high-quality, carefully formulated CBD products, and they’ve brought the same care to Bliss Oil. They work with experienced former tobacco farmers in Kentucky to grow their hemp, and carefully guide their crops through every stage from seed to final product. We appreciate their dedication to transparency, with clear, careful labelling and third-party lab results available for every product. Through their involvement with the US Hemp Roundtable, Ananda Hemp are also leaders in promoting legal, sustainable hemp growing throughout the country.

Bliss Oil combines full-spectrum CBD oil with pleasure-enhancing natural ingredients like peppermint and cacao.

Bliss Oil combines full-spectrum CBD oil with pleasure-enhancing natural ingredients like peppermint and cacao.

When it comes to Ananda Touch Bliss Oil, it’s important to follow directions. While you can certainly apply directly and immediately use as a lubricant, cannabis-enhanced sexual products work best when they have a chance to absorb into the skin first. Ananda Hemp recommends applying at least 15 minutes before you want to engage in most sexual activity, so the best practice is to spread it on your genitals and then enjoy some cuddling, foreplay, or other light stimulation for a while. You can easily apply more Bliss Oil, or another lubricant, to keep things slippery later.

Ananda Hemp Bliss Oil can enhance any sexual experience in anyone, whether you’re with a lover or just enjoying yourself. CBD, working in concert with Bliss Oil’s other natural ingredients, increases blood flow and reduces pain. This makes your skin more sensitive and leaves you feeling ready to feel good. Even without direct stimulation, we noticed a sudden spike in sexual arousal about 15 to 20 minutes after application. Orgasms felt more intense, and pleasure lasted longer. It even felt easier to get excited again afterward.

Ananda Touch Bliss Oil (Ministry Of Hemp Official CBD Review)ANANDA TOUCH BLISS OIL OFFICIAL REVIEW

  • Highlights: When used as a lubricant, Ananda Touch Bliss Oil from Ananda Hemp increases blood flow, reduces pain, and enhances sexual pleasure.
  • Strength: 250mg of cannabinoids per 2 oz. bottle
  • Price: $60.00
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast, friendly customer service. Free shipping available for Bliss Oil.
  • Independent Test Results: Online.
  • Sensation & Texture: Bliss Oil has a light but very slippery texture, and creates mild but noticeable cooling and tingling sensations when applied to the skin.
  • Ingredients: CBD oil / Full Spectrum Hemp extract with Coconut Oil, Organic Cacao Seed Butter (Theobroma), Peppermint Essential Oil, Black Pepper Essential Oil, L-Arginine in MCT oil, Cetearyl alcohol, and Phenoxyethanol.
  • Other: 10% of every purchase of Ananda Touch Bliss Oil goes to support the Endometriosis Foundation of America. Ananda Hemp offers a generous 30-day money-back guarantee for unsatisfied customers.

Bliss oil is not compatible with condoms or other safer sex supplies. Ananda Hemp uses Kentucky-grown hemp in all their products. Our reviewers are also big fans of Ananda Hemp’s other products, including their CBD oil and Spectrum Gels.

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