CBD Oil UK: A guide to buying CBD oils in 2022
Let’s explore some CBD brands currently available to buy in the UK market for 2022.
- 11:48, 5 MAR 2021
- Updated 10:22, 5 JAN 2022
Recent trends have shown that CBD oil is one of the most discussed supplements on the scene, used by adults.
Whether you’re walking and checking out high street shops for the best CBD oil UK products, or thinking about doing your CBD shopping online, you will find no shortage of high-quality CBD oils, CBD capsules, CBD isolate, and plenty more to check out.
Please note, these products are only suitable for those aged 18 and over.
CBD Oil Brands in the UK Reviewed for 2022
Sometimes, it can seem tough to figure out which of the CBD oil companies produce the right products for you. With so many choices out there, how will you possibly get acquainted with all of them?
Aside from trying samples (like a sample 10ml bottle of CBD oil) or checking out customer reviews of various companies, you can take some of the work off of yourself and dive into this list of some of the best CBD oil UK brands operating in the CBD market today (these brands have also applied for a “novel foods” license as per the latest FSA guidelines).
1. Blessed CBD
A favourite of UK CBD lovers in 2020, Blessed CBD has shown no signs of slowing down with yet another year of producing a nice range of high-quality CBD products in 2021. You can also find their products in a wide variety of strengths, so you can find the CBD content you want, whether it is 500 or 1000 mg of CBD.
Similar to another top rated brand, Vibes CBD, you can be sure you are getting a pure product when you shop with Blessed CBD. Using a CO2 extraction process, the company is able to produce full-spectrum CBD oil and an array of other great products, including vape pens and plenty more. A full spectrum CBD product is said to allow unlocking the entourage effect, where the cannabinoids and flavonoids are working in synergy with the human endocannabinoid system.
You also don’t need to worry about having to take the company’s word when it comes to the efficacy of their products. This is because all you need to do is visit the website to check out its third-party lab results, which you can use to verify the company’s claims about their CBD products.
These lab reports are available to anyone on Blessed CBD’s website, so audit it yourself if you want to see what goes into the products, including other cannabinoids such as CBDA and CBG.
2. Vibes CBD
Vibes CBD is a little new to the CBD industry, but that hasn’t stopped it from really making a name for itself in the short time it's been in the market. Vibes CBD goes out of its way to make sure it creates a high-quality, gluten-free, and non-GMO CBD product by using only organic hemp growing practices.
None of its products ever contain herbicides, pesticides, or other additives and solvents. The company achieves this pure CBD oil product with a nice terpene profile through the use of its supercritical CO2 extraction process.
When you choose to shop with Vibes CBD, you can be sure that you are getting some of the best and highest-quality broad-spectrum CBD products. With all natural CBD oils, CBD capsules, and CBD tinctures on offer, it is no surprise that Vibes CBD made a top pick position in this list.
3. Relaunch CBD
Another newcomer to the UK CBD industry, Relaunch CBD has begun to carve out a name for themselves as a trusted CBD white label supplier. Relaunch CBD is a member of the UK Cannabis Trades Association, and their plants are all grown in Europe. Like Blessed CBD, Relaunch CBD also publishes its lab results for anyone to check out, so you don’t need to worry about trusting the company.
Although they are mainly focused on the white label market, you can find CBD capsules, CBD cream, and plenty more when you shop with Relaunch CBD, in various strengths. Whatever your favourite form of CBD is, it is safe to bet that Relaunch CBD might carry it.
4. Excite CBD
Those who love hemp extracts and products in all kinds of varieties, while being organically grown (in Colorado), might think about giving Excite CBD a shot. Like other companies, Excite uses the CO2 extraction method on the hemp plants to make sure its products are as pure as possible, providing quality hemp CBD oil, along with other great CBD products, right to the people who need it the most.
You might notice that this CBD company is a little more costly in its shop than the other companies on the list. While this might put some folks off, it never hurts to pay a little extra for a high-quality product you can count on.
What is CBD (cannabidiol)?
CBD, a shortened way of saying cannabidiol, is actually one of several compounds that can be found in the cannabis plant. While you might have heard of its cousin compound, tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC for short, CBD contains zero psychoactive properties and will not get you high like THC in cannabis sativa will.
Instead of making you feel high, CBD is perfectly legal in the UK to possess and be used by adults as long as it meets a few criteria:
It has to contain less than 0.02% THC, the legal limit for the psychoactive compound from the cannabis sativa plant. Some CBD oil products usually made from hemp plants will contain 0% THC.
It needs to have a Novel Food Authorisation in place to sell as a food supplement.
To help the CBD oil taste better on the tongue, it will likely come with a carrier oil mixed in, such as hemp seed oil, coconut oil, or even MCT oil. You might also hear of “cannabis oil” but these might be illegal due to the traditionally higher THC content found in them.
Be careful not to overdo it when trying CBD, as too much could result in some unpleasant side effects, such as nausea. Make sure you start off with a small amount to see how it makes you feel.
There is a huge range of products out there for interested folks to check out. Ready to see what the CBD oil UK market is like for prospective buyers? Check out some of the high-quality products you can get from some of the best CBD oil UK brands we’ve got listed below.
Which CBD oil UK brand will you pick?
Whether you’re a fan of broad-spectrum CBD oils, using topical solutions such as CBD skincare creams, or simply dosing your CBD oil with a dropper, you should be able to find a great product with the right amount of CBD for you. From the UK to the USA, there are so many companies making their own products to deliver you the phytocannabinoids you need.
You can use it anytime, too, since you won’t have to worry about psychoactive effects like you would with bud. Just find the CBD oil tincture products you like, take it when needed, and let it work its magic on you.
6 Reasons NOT to Give CBD Oil to Your Dog with Dementia
The plant cannabis, which provides both hemp and marijuana, has a complex chemical makeup. Besides providing many practical products in the hemp form, it contains more than 100 “cannabinoids.” These are psychoactive chemical compounds, i.e., they affect the brain. A major compound is cannabidiol, or CBD.
The molecular structure of the chemical CBD
Some people recommend CBD oil for senior dogs. This is with the intent of treating symptoms of canine cognitive dysfunction, anxiety, and more. Please be aware that in doing so they are making a medical recommendation. If they don’t have veterinary credentials, this is against the law in most countries. The Food and Drug Administration in the U.S. regularly warns the companies selling CBD oil for people and dogs that they must not market them as medications. The list below will tell you why.
Here are some reasons to think twice about adding CBD to your senior dog’s meds.
1. CBD oil has not been tested as a treatment for dementia in dogs. This one reason should be enough. Do you want to experiment on your dog with a substance that may affect their brain? Research on the many compounds from the cannabis plant is still in its infancy. There has been some progress, but it hasn’t gotten to dogs yet. So far, there are findings that CBD may provide mild help for humans with chronic pain, pain from multiple sclerosis, and with nausea from chemotherapy. There are indications that it might help with epileptic seizures. However, there is as yet no evidence that cannabinoids help with human dementia.
But even if there were evidence for CBD helping humans with dementia, we can’t assume that it works for dogs. Some helpful drugs for humans are actually toxic to dogs.
There are several clinical trials with cannabis going on for dogs. They are not for dementia or anxiety. One is for dogs with epileptic seizures. It does look promising. Here is a link to the clinical trial from Colorado State University, and here is an article about the study. Note that until the study is completed and replicated, there is not enough evidence even for this use of CBD. The two others, both for joint pain and arthritis, are through Cornell University and Colorado State. They are also said to be promising, and the Colorado State one will soon be published.
One peer-reviewed study published recently reported the testing of CBD for noise-induced fear in dogs. The CBD was used by itself and in combination with the prescription drug trazodone. The CBD not only didn’t show any fear-reducing or relaxing effects, it actually appeared to lower the efficacy of trazodone when used in combination.
2. Quality control for CBD products is poor. Some products advertised as having CBD oil don’t have a trace of the oil in them at all. Some products were contaminated with other compounds. The ones that do have it contain hugely varying amounts compared to each other. Here are the warning letters sent out by the FDA in 2015, 2016, and 2017 to CBD oil companies in violation of the law. They received the warnings because there was no CBD in the product, there was contamination with other substances, or because they made illegal claims. Buyer beware!
3. Safe dosages have not yet been determined. This is an offshoot of #1 but merits its own section. We often don’t realize all the things research needs to tell us. When a substance is studied, the research goes far beyond whether it “works.” It has to be determined whether the substance has any adverse effects or drug interactions (see #4). Dosage needs to be figured out. Some cannabinoids are toxic to dogs at certain dosages. For instance, this article reports the deaths of two dogs from marijuana-infused butter. Here is a large study of the toxic effects of marijuana (not CBD) in dogs. While cannabidiol is thought to be less toxic than some other compounds in marijuana, there is still a risk from amounts or contaminants, especially if you are buying from a company who has been cited in the past.
4. Interactions with other drugs and supplements are unknown. Senior dogs, with or without dementia, are sometimes on several medications and/or supplements. Veterinarians keep our dogs safe from negative effects because they know about drug interactions. With the exception of the one study mentioned above that showed an undesirable interaction with trazodone, the statistical information for CBD simply isn’t there yet.
5. Drugs that affect the brain and neurological system affect individuals very differently. Don’t forget: CBD oil affects the brain. Many psychoactive drugs have different effects on individuals. This is true for people and for dogs. Many people have to try several different antidepressants before finding one that works. The “wrong” antidepressant can make depression worse. Likewise, my fearful dog who takes medication didn’t do well on the first one we tried but did on the second. It’s unlikely that there is a “one size fits all” solution with this kind of drug.
6. When we try a remedy, we tend to be biased about it. We all want to believe that we are free from bias, but it is a hard thing to achieve. When we invest our time and money on a solution for a beloved dog, we desperately want it to work. There is a specific bias that pops up easily in this situation called “regression to the mean.” The way this works is that many diseases and conditions have symptoms that come and go, get worse, then better again. We typically look for help when our dogs are going through a hard time. Then whatever intervention we have chosen is likely to look effective. This is because what naturally happens after the symptoms have bottomed out for a while is that the dog gets better (for a while). Then we attribute it to the therapy we started, when actually there may not have been any relationship at all. Besides regression to the mean, there is also the placebo effect. Not for the dogs, but for the people. When we give medications, we believe they work, even if the evidence doesn’t necessarily say so. This has been shown to happen to dog owners and even vets regarding whether a certain medication worked.
For more information on how our brains are automatically biased in certain situations, check out Kahneman’s book, Thinking Fast and Slow. It has many, many examples.
Natural Treatment of Canine Cognitive Dysfunction
Many natural remedies and supplements are available that claim to help dogs with dementia. But only a few have been shown to work in clinical studies. Check out the treatment page on this blog for a list. And most important, talk to your vet before even considering trying these supplements. Supplements are made of chemicals, just like prescription drugs, only are much less controlled. Supplements can interfere with each other and with prescription medications. Only your vet can tell you if they are safe for your individual dog.
But It Worked for My Dog!
As noted above in #6, most of us are hopeful when we try a new treatment for ourselves, a human loved one, or our dog. What usually happens, because of regression to the mean and confirmation bias, is that we perceive a benefit right away. Then it seems to dwindle. How many times have you seen someone report, “This treatment helped at first but it’s not helping anymore.” It may not have been helping at all; it could just appear to help from the timing.
If you are serious about testing a medical intervention or supplement for dementia, work with your vet. And be sure you keep a journal of your dog’s symptoms starting before you give them the treatment. That will give you an objective measure as a benchmark to help you determine whether your dog is actually improving.
Copyright 2018 Eileen Anderson
Green vials photo from Canstock photo.
Capsules photo copyright Eileen Anderson.
Cannabidiol molecular diagram courtesy of Wikimedia Commons and can be found here.
Two photos of dried cannabis courtesy of Wikimedia Commons and can be found here.
This blog by a credentialed veterinarian tracks the claims and progress made about using cannabis on pets. Here is his latest article, and note it links to an earlier one. He is good to follow because he will update the info as research becomes available.
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