Gone are the days where there were only a handful of CBD products to choose from. Now, as the UK’s CBD market rapidly expands, it’s easier than ever to go online and buy just about any kind of product you can think of. So how do you find the best CBD oil brands?
Having an array of choices is one of the great things to be appreciated about the legalisation of CBD but the lack of industry standards makes it easy for any company to take advantage of people by selling them ineffective, low-quality CBD that is overpriced. This is the current problem most UK consumers face when trying to purchase CBD oil.
Blessed CBD was founded to fight against companies doing that very thing.
In order to buy high-quality products that are effective and safe, it’s important for CBD consumers to become more aware of the CBD industry and learn both the positive signs and the red flags that indicate whether or not a brand deserves your business.
When looking to purchase CBD products for your well-being in the United Kingdom, a little research goes a long way.
You might still be wondering what exactly CBD oils are? Well, cannabidiol (CBD,) is a cannabinoid, and one of the hundred or so cannabinoids that can be found in the cannabis sativa plant. CBD works by affecting the endocannabinoid system, a natural part of your neurological system that’s linked to everything you do, with a large effect on your pain response, sleep patterns and stress management.
Out of every CBD product, oils are generally the most popular. They come as a tincture, which is the CBD oil held in liquid suspension, and they’re very simple to take. The required amount of CBD is applied using the provided dropper, directly under the tongue. The oil is then held there for a short amount of time, generally around 90-120 seconds, then swallowed.
CBD oil is also regularly used as a food supplement, and is simple to add to drinks, smoothies and food.
There are many different varieties of CBD oil, which vary based around things like extraction method, concentration and purity. In general, however, CBD products can be divided between two major varieties, Full-spectrum and isolate.
Blessed CBD only sells full spectrum CBD oils from organic hemp (non-GMO), because they are vastly superior. CBD isolate only contains CBD itself, with no other cannabinoids in the formula. Full, or broad spectrum oils instead contain a wide range of other cannabinoids, (generally CBN and CBG,) alongside other compounds like terpenes and flavonoids.
This more complex mix delivers something called the ‘entourage effect,’ where all these compounds work in concert, making the effects much more pronounced and powerful.
That’s why, with each of our products, we make our full third party lab reports available, giving you a compete breakdown of the contents, in exact percentages.
The second mark of a high quality CBD oil is the extraction process used during its creation. The absolute gold standard is supercritical CO2 extraction, which is used in every single one of Blessed CBD’s oils. Safe and solvent free, supercritical CO2 extraction uses carbon dioxide under extreme pressure to extract the CBD oil from the hemp plant, preserving the highest levels of purity across the full spectrum of compounds.
In terms of concentration, the higher the dose of CBD, the stronger the inevitable effect. In general, it’s worth always beginning on a lower dose and working upwards over several weeks until you reach your required level of effect.
Blessed CBD offer 3 levels of strength. 500mg, 1000mg and 1800mg. Each of these products has been chosen with a specific purpose in mind, based around our experience with CBD and the industry. 500mg is a fantastic starting option. 1000mg is our most popular option, strong enough for general use without being excessive, and the 1800mg gold standard, which is one of the strongest oils on the market.
If you’re interested in dosage levels, you should read this handy guide.
A quick search for CBD online gives a dizzying amount of responses, and for someone new to the use of CBD, it can be difficult to differentiate between brands. Not to mention the fact that UK law regarding CBD products can be labyrinthine and hard to understand. So that begs the question, why choose Blessed CBD?
Well, we could start by pointing out that Blessed CBD is one of the most popular CBD brands on the market, with excellent reviews across the board and so much demand we’ve had to create a waiting list for new customers.
But we prefer to let our product speak for itself. Blessed CBD was designed from the ground up by CBD enthusiasts, with the intent of creating the single best CBD oil possible.
To that end, here’s what we believe sets us apart from other brands:
- All of Blessed CBD’s hemp comes from organic farms, with a 100% natural growing process, completely free of additives, pesticides, GMO’s and chemical solvents. This is important because hemp will soak up the toxins in the soil around it, leading to them appearing in the end result.
- Once it’s been grown, our hemp goes through a stringent preparation and extraction process, with absolute adherence to the highest standards of quality. This results in the purest end result possible: the strongest and highest quality CBD oils.
- Our oils come in three premium strength options, and every oil is a full spectrum product, with a full breakdown of cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids. We use hemp seed oil as our carrier oil.
- All of our oils are fully third party certified and extensively tested. Furthermore, every certificate is available online for you to see, with a full breakdown of our oil’s chemical profiles.
- We only create CBD products that we feel are effective, and our product range consists of CBD tinctures, CBD gummies and CBD creams. CBD capsules coming soon! We have no plans of offering CBD e-liquids for vape devices.
We also do everything we can to enlighten and educate our customers on the benefits of CBD oil and what they can expect when buying our product. Unlike a lot of less reputable companies, we aren’t promising a miracle cure, because we know that CBD works differently for everyone based on various internal and external factors.
Instead, we’re realistic about what our products can do for you, and make it our mission to deliver you the highest quality CBD oil possible, time after time.
The law regarding cannabis oils and products can be highly confusing, especially if you’re new to the industry.
However, in short, you can be secure in the fact that CBD products are entirely legal in the UK, as long as they fulfil certain obligations.
The cannabis plant itself is currently a controlled substance in the UK, classed as schedule 1 which has no medical health benefits, and a Class B drug.
Because of this, almost all cannabis products are currently illegal to produce, own and consume in the UK. However, CBD products do not fall under this law.
This is because CBD oils have one significant difference over almost every other cannabis product. A lack of THC.
THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychoactive component of cannabis. Put simply, it’s the chemical compound that’s responsible for getting you high. This means that CBD is entirely non-psychoactive, so it cannot get you high. In order for CBD oil to be legally sellable in the UK, it must fulfil two prerequisites.
First, it must have less than 0.2% total THC content.
Second, the THC must not be easily separable from the rest of the product.
Since CBD oil became UK legal, sellers have jumped on the bandwagon, with high street speciality stores and multiple online sellers pushing their own brands, sometimes marketed as ‘food supplements’. However, many of these companies do not hold themselves to any sort of regulation, sourcing their oils from untrustworthy sources, or even bottling hemp oil or olive oil and selling it under falsities!
Unlike a lot of companies, Blessed CBD’s oils are all strictly under this limit, meaning that they are absolutely legal for sale, production and use in the United Kingdom. Every single batch of our oils is put through an extensive third party lab certification, making sure that everything remains within legal tolerances.
Furthermore, every lab certificate is always made available to our customers, with a complete full spectrum breakdown of the chemical make up of our oils.
When you buy from Blessed CBD, you buy a product that’s verified from a company you can trust. However, remember to always consult with your doctor if you’re looking to try CBD oil alongside other medications, as this may cause side effects.
To keep things simple, we only have three different strengths of CBD oils available.
Each of these three CBD oil products fills a different niche in the market and is suitable for different users. We know that CBD use is intensely personal, and the effects can vary widely based on previous use, body composition and more.
Regardless of which strength you purchase, you can rest easy, knowing that you’ve bought a complete, full-spectrum CBD oil with a full range of supplementary terpenes and flavonoids to provide the strongest entourage effect possible, leading to the highest effectiveness.
Every single one of our oils is lab tested and the third party verified, making sure they remain within our strict tolerance ratings for quality and also ensuring that they’re 100% legal for sale on the UK market by remaining under the legal THC limit.
Price is an important factor for many people, so make sure you aren’t paying more than you need to. By doing a little research, you can make sure you aren’t being ripped off.
How are similar products priced?
If you’re interested in buying a tincture, search for three or four other tinctures with the same concentration and compare how those brands have priced their tinctures. Do the same with any other CBD product you’re interested in.
It’s a good sign if they are all around the same price.
Is the retail price the final price you pay?
A CBD product may appear to be more expensive than an alternative option, but in reality discounts, shipping policies and rewards may make it cheaper. For example, with Blessed CBD, all customers receive free next day delivery (which is normally valued at £7.50).
Try not to dismiss a product before looking for sign-up incentives, discounts or coupon codes. This will give you a better idea of how much you’ll actually have to pay.
Cheaper products can have high shipping costs and more expensive products could end up being cheaper because of free shipping or through a financial assistance program.
Is the high price justified?
If the product you want is still too high, it may be worth it. Products will vary in price, but what’s most important is that you believe the price they are asking for is reasonable.
Consider these factors that could be the cause of a higher priced UK CBD oil product:
- Premium ingredients that increase the effectiveness (our plant extracts are from the United States)
- Special features that make the product more convenient to use
- The reputation/customer reviews of the company
- Individual lab testing (does the CBD brand share third-party lab results with customers?)
- Is the product and hemp extract vegan friendly?
- Is the CBD brand part of the Cannabis Trades Association?
- Extraction methods used (we use the CO2 extraction method)