Three CBD Oil Reviews - And The One I Preferred
I’ve been busy trying different CBD oils so I thought it was about time that I wrote a review of some of the ones I’ve tried to date. Interestingly, since I’ve been using CBD I’ve found that the strength that currently works best for me is 5% and when it comes to taste, the carrier oil used really does make a difference.
LDN CBD - 5% CBD OIL
Camden based LDN CBD was the first dedicated CBD store to open its doors in London and as well as their own label they stock a carefully curated selection of ethical high quality CBD products from up and coming UK brands such as Ohana, Hempen and fourfivecbd.
I tried their own brand 5% CBD oil which is contained within a coconut MCT carrier oil base. It’s a broad spectrum oil extracted using the CO2 method so it contains less than 1mg of THC, the compound that makes you high, and the CBD comes from hemp grown in the EU without the use of insecticides or herbicides. What I like about this oil is the coconut MCT base which gives it a smooth, almost aromatic taste and no aftertaste.
Whilst you can buy their products online, if you can get down to Camden I’d recommend visiting the store as the staff are very knowledgeable and won’t try to pressure you into buying the most expensive product but will recommended the one they think is right for your needs. They also have a loyalty scheme where you get every tenth LDN CBD product for free!
Mr NICE - 5% CBD OIL
Mr Nice, is a cannabis lifestyle store named after cannabis activist Howard Marks dedicated to bringing the positive side of cannabis culture to the likes of you and I. Based in Soho, the store stocks a range of own label products from oils, teas and branded clothing alongside high-end CBD products and accessories from global brands.
I bought their full spectrum organic 5% CBD oil in a hemp seed oil carrier base. Using the CO2 extraction method the oil is non GMO, Gluten free and vegan friendly. This had a very strong taste which is down to the hemp seed oil carrier base which left a lingering aftertaste which wasn’t really to my liking.
I stopped using this about three quarters of the way through as I couldn’t take the taste but because CBD oil isn’t exactly cheap I decided to use the rest of it as face oil instead. Hot tip; if you’re ever tempted to do the same, don’t put it around the eyes because it really does sting! It also has quite a pungent smell so it’s best to use it at as a night oil, and a little goes a long way.
What was surprising was that after a few days people started complimenting me on how my skin was ‘glowing’ which was an unexpected surprise. I put that down to the combination of the CBD and hemp seed oil which is an ingredient which is used in a range of beauty products. As with LDN CBD, I found the store staff really helpful here too.
HEMPTOUCH - 10% CBD OIL
Eastern and Central Europe is turning into a hub of both hemp production and CBD brands and one of those is Slovenian company, hemptouch. They produce a range of their own label CBD products including oils, creams, balms and they’ve even got an after sun skincare product.
hemptouch won the ‘Best Clinical Proven Brand’ at this year’s World CBD Awards so I wanted to see what it was like and settled on the 10% full spectrum oil in an organic olive oil carrier base. It’s non-GMO, free from pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, chemical fertilisers and parabens. And it’s also Kosher, vegan-friendly and lactose and gluten-free.
I wasn’t expecting there to be such a big difference in terms of the consistency between the 5% oils I’d been used to and the 10% hemptouch oil which was a lot thicker, and darker in colour.
The taste was not as strong as Mr Nice’s hemp seed oil base but not as light as LDN CBD’s coconut base but the biggest difference I noticed was that I felt more lethargic using the 10% oil. I don’t know if that’s because my body was getting used to the extra strength or that I’m just better suited to a strength of 5%.
These are all great, ethically produced CBD oil products that I’m happy to recommend. In terms of my favourite, purely from a taste perspective, of the three, prefer LDN CBD which is the one I always go back to. That’s the thing about CBD oil, you have to try a few before you find the one you’re most comfortable with and what I discovered was that the strength that currently works best for me is definitely 5% and when it comes to taste, the carrier oil really does make all the difference.