Unless youâ€™ve been digital detoxing your face off for the past year or so, you probably know that CBD is having a major moment right now. Cannabidiolâ€”CBDâ€™s fancy scientific nameâ€”seems to be in everything these days, from your lattes to your lotions.
As the non-psychoactive compound found in both cannabis and hemp plants, CBD doesnâ€™t get you high (thatâ€™s THCâ€™s job). But thereâ€™s a growing body of research, along with all sorts of anecdotal evidence, that shows that it may help you feel way less stressed and anxious. (It may also work wonders on your skin and muscles, but thatâ€™s another story for another time.)
â€śThere are definitely some small studies and analyses looking at CBD and anxiety and depression that are very promising, though weâ€™re still not anywhere near a point where we can say anything for certain,â€ť begins Dr. Holly Phillips, MD, a Board Certified General Internist in private practice in New York. â€śThat said, anecdotally, many people say they feel like it helps their anxiety and promotes a sense of calmness,â€ť she continues.
Although more research is certainly needed to determine just how effective CBD is right now and over time, Phillips and other experts agree that, at the very least, it canâ€™t hurt to give it a whirl yourselfâ€”as long as you check with your doctor first if youâ€™re taking any other medications, specifically ones for anxiety. â€śCBD can have interactions with other drugs, specifically a sedating effect if youâ€™re already taking anti-anxiety medications, so itâ€™s important to check with your doctor,â€ť she advises.
Once youâ€™re in the clear? Thatâ€™s where we come in. We rounded up some of the best, most high-quality CBD products on the market right nowâ€”from vape pens to tinctures to drinks to candiesâ€”that can all help you feel more calm. And if youâ€™ve never dabbled in the CBD world before, no worries! Weâ€™ve got something for all levels, from the newbies to the hardcore choir members whoâ€™ve been preaching since the beginning. Your mission? Take your pick from the below, and let the experimentation begin.
(One quick note: In addition to experimenting with products, youâ€™ll also want to experiment with the dosage of each one, as CBD is not regulated by the FDA. That means that there actually isnâ€™t a â€ścorrectâ€ť dose, only recommended ones based on the productâ€”so youâ€™ll have to figure out whatâ€™s right for you as you go.)
1 CBD Living Disposable Vape Pen
New this month, these disposable vape pens from CBD Living are perfect for vaping newbies. Thatâ€™s because, unlike more serious vape pensâ€”many of which require chargers and cartridges and other accessoriesâ€”this vape doesnâ€™t require anything of the sort. Each one has 250 mg of CBD oil sourced from 100% organic hemp grown on state-licensed farms in Colorado, and once youâ€™ve vaped all you can vape, you just toss it out. Done and done. Bonus: The vape comes in six different delicious flavorsâ€”grapefruit, blueberry, bubble gum, natural, sour diesel, and tangieâ€”but even though some of those flavors sound like various strains of weed, the vape has zero THC. Promise.
2 Beboe Calming Luxury CBD Vape Pen
Writing a list of best CBD products without including Beboe would be like writing a list of best wedding songs without including I Wanna Dance With Somebody: It would be a true oversight. Beboe is one of the most well-known luxury cannabis brands on the market, and while they began as a brand focused solely on THC products, theyâ€™ve recently expanded into the CBD arena. This pen, which is also disposable, contains 500 mg of CBD oil, making it good for around 120 doses. But make no mistake: Itâ€™s more expensive than most, meaning youâ€™re also buying it for the glam factor. Unlike some other CBD pens, which can look quite clinical (aka boring) in nature, this oneâ€™s a beautiful, elegant rose gold, so it fits right in with your rose gold obsession. Itâ€™s also infused with citrus and grapefruit essential oils, which gives it a refreshing tasteâ€”and will keep you coming back for more puffs throughout the day.
3 Lord Jones CBD Tinctures
Lord Jones is right up there with Beboe in the legit luxury cannabis brands department. But unlike Beboe, which makes both THC and CBD items, Lord Jones only sells high-end CBD productsâ€”and theyâ€™re perhaps most known for their epic peppermint and lemon CBD tinctures. (Quick aside in the name of your CBD education: A lot of companies use the words â€śoilâ€ť and â€śtinctureâ€ť interchangeably, but they are actually different, namely because the process to make them is different. CBD oil is made from the seeds, stalks and flowers of the hemp plant, whereas tinctures are liquid extracts of hemp that are also combined with alcohol. For this reason, tinctures are usually sweeter and tend to be what most people prefer; oil is usually more potent than tinctures, and is often consumed through vaporizing.) Lord Jonesâ€™ tinctures contain 250 mg CBD per bottle. Each dropper (you take tinctures via dropper) holds approximately 10 mg per dropper, so there are 25 doses per bottle. At $60 per bottle, thatâ€™s not cheap, but itâ€™s certainly more affordable than buying a daily $10 CBD latte from your corner coffee shop. The peppermint and lemon flavors are delicious, too, and mask the CBD flavor, leaving zero aftertaste. (Some of the cheaper CBD tinctures tend to taste a bit like weed, and can leave you burping up hints of weed throughout the dayâ€”so. not. cool.)
4 PlusCBD Oil Softgel Capsules
If youâ€™re more of a supplement person than a tincture person, youâ€™ll probably like the CBD oil softgels from the company PlusCBD Oil. They are one of the most straightforward and affordable CBD brands on the market, meaning they donâ€™t really play into the trendy marketing campaigns that some of the other CBD brands do. They just give you the info, give you the product, and boomâ€”itâ€™s a wrap. Their soft gels come in various dosages (mostly either 10 mg or 15 mg per capsule), and contain various additional ingredients (some of them have added chlorophyll, for example). Take a look at their website and choose a softgel capsule that seems right for you.
5 Lord Jones CBD Gel Capsules
These capsules go out to all of those people who realllllly donâ€™t want to mess around when it comes to CBD. Just released this year, these extra-strength, fast-absorbing capsules have 25 mg of CBD in each one, which is significantly more than the standard 10 mgâ€”meaning you may end up feeling EXTREMELY relaxed if you take one. Crafted from select hemp cultivated in the US, they are particularly great for nervous flyers, as they can help you sleep like a babyâ€”even if youâ€™re next to a loud one yourself.
6 MONK CBD Drinking Botanicals Sampler
Letâ€™s be real clear here: There are a ton, and we mean ton, of CBD drinks on the market right now. But despite the proliferation of CBD drink brands, there are definitely a couple that continue to come out on topâ€”and MONK is one of them. Their drinking botanicalsâ€”which are basically incredibly fancy juices/cocktail mixersâ€”are legit in every way. Infused with both terpenes (essential oils) and CBD (20 mg per 16-ounce bottle), they come in five seriously delicious flavorsâ€”rosemary orange peel, grapefruit cayenne, turmeric lemon, cinnamon citrus shrub, and ginger maple shrub. Drink them straight out of the bottle, or put on your bartender hat and mix up some epic cocktails for a boozy touch. Either way, you win.
7 Recess CBD and Adaptogen-Infused Sparkling Water
Chances are, youâ€™ve seen these pastel cans floating around on Instagram. Often referred to in the CBD world as the â€śLa Croix of CBD,â€ť Recess is a popular sparkling water drink thatâ€™s infused with adaptogens (herbs that help your body adapt to stress), and CBD (10 mg per can). It comes in three unique flavorsâ€”blackberry chai, peach ginger, and pomegranate citrusâ€”all of which mask the taste of the actual CBD quite well. And the best part is, these sparkling water drinks are also quite refreshingâ€”so theyâ€™ll hydrate your body as well as your mind.
8 Hemp-Derived CBD Infused Tea
Did you really think we could talk about CBD drinks without mentioning tea? There are tons of them on the market, but the Brothers Apothecary is truly owning the space with their eight CBD and herb blends. Thereâ€™s Chai Awakening, Mellow Mint, Golden Dream, and moreâ€”and thereâ€™s even a Matcha powder, because this is 2019, after all. Each bag contains three 60-mg tea bags, which is a pretty hefty doseâ€”so be mindful as youâ€™re drinking.
9 Sunday Scaries CBD Gummies
Did you even CBD if you havenâ€™t tried a Sunday Scaries gummy? Aside from tapping into the zeitgeist pretty damn hard and coming up with such a genius name, this popular brand also sells great, effective products that have gotten rave reviews across the board. They use full-spectrum CBD sourced directly from farms in the US, and while they make many products, theyâ€™re most known for their classic CBD gummies (and they just released a â€śvegan AFâ€ť gummy line, too). Each classic gummy has 10 mg of CBD, with zero artificial colors or flavors, plus additional vitamin B12 and vitamin D3. But perhaps the best part? They offer a monthly subscription plan, so you can keep your supply flowingâ€”and save some dough in the process.
10 Beekeeper’s Naturals B. Chill Raw Honey + Hemp
Chilling out has truly never been sweeter. This honey is formulated with high potency hemp oil, and itâ€™s super naturalâ€”weâ€™re talking non-GMO, pesticide-free, and no artificial ingredients, like preservatives, colors, refined sugar, gluten, dairy, egg, and more. Each 125mg jar contains 500mg of CBD, which means that one serving (which is one teaspoon) contains 27 mg of CBD. Beekeeperâ€™s recommends enjoying half a teaspoon when youâ€™re feeling stressed or anxious or have a busy day, and a full teaspoon before bed if you want to pass out. But again, dosage is truly different for everyone, so be sure to experiment yourself to find out what works best for you.
11 Laka Living Entrepreneurs Guap
In my best Ross voice: Could there be a more perfect pairing?! This delicious almond butterâ€”dubbed â€śEntrepreneurs Guap for the Hustlersâ€ťâ€”is perfect for smoothing and soothing. One tablespoon contains 15 mg of CBD, and itâ€™s also infused with Hawaiian sea salt and vanilla bean (so yum). A word of caution, though: If you, like me, can take 10,000 spoons of almond butter to your face in about .2 seconds, just be a little mindful of your intakeâ€”you could end up suuuuper relaxed if you let your inner almond butter queen have her way.
12 Lulu’s CBD Chocolate
All Forrest Gump jokes aside, life truly is a box of chocolates…and if that chocolate just happens to be infused with CBD, it could be way more relaxing. Test that theory out yourself with these sweet chocolates, which also just happen to be raw, vegan, and organic. At 20 mg of CBD per piece, theyâ€™re potentially on the stronger side, depending on how dosage affects you personally, but that just means you can savor each one even more. My suggestion: Have one in the morning on your way to work. Not only will it set you up for a chill day, itâ€™ll also make you feel extra happy because, yeah, thatâ€™s right, you just had chocolate for breakfastâ€”in the name of your wellbeing. Howâ€™s that for #adulting?