Even if you’re a skeptic, there are 8 CBD products you should try.
So, you’ve probably heard a lot about CBD: You have to give it a shot. You haven’t lived unless you’ve tried it. That once you give it a try, everything will be OK. All of this is true to some extent. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a nonpsychoactive therapeutic ingredient contained in the cannabis plant that can be a strong treatment for anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain for many people. With all the hype around CBD, the vast array of products on the market, and the fact that CBD is virtually wholly unregulated, it’s up to us, the consumers, to know what we’re buying. And, maybe more crucially, to be aware of what we put in and on our bodies.
A simple Google search for “CBD products” yields 93 million results. That’s definitely more items than any single individual could try, let alone try long enough to determine whether the things perform. To make things even more complicated, there are a variety of ingestion methods—vaporizers, sublingual, edibles, smokeable, topicals—that can produce very different results, dosing recommendations vary depending on the condition being treated, and products available in one state or country are unlikely to be available in another.
There is a wide range of experience. Even on a good day, it was sifting through the noise to find a product that works for you and is manufactured with ethically sourced components.
Here are a few of my favorite, tried-and-true goods to give to your mother.
$38 for Apothecanna Extra Strength Spray
This is the stuff CBD fantasies are built of. They’ve been around longer than most, and one of the founders began his career at Aveda, which means he grew up in the plant-based beauty field before it was *a thing.* The anti-inflammatory Extra Strength Spray from Apothecanna is an amazing product. The cooling, anti-inflammatory, and anti-rheumatic properties of arnica, peppermint, juniper, clove, and CBD can be felt almost quickly when sprayed on swollen joints or painful muscles.
$48 for Foria Awaken
You’re probably on the lubed tip unless you’ve been endowed with a vagina that can self-lubricate (and stay lubricated!) on command. You’ve tried them all: goopy gels, uncontrolled sprays, get-on-everything liquids, surprisingly sweet-tasting ones—and ones that taste like antiseptic. Our vaginal passages, like our mouths, are sensitive opening that demands only the best ingredients. Foria Awaken’s CBD-infused lube is exactly that—a fully natural coconut-oil-based lubricant that tastes as nice as it feels on your fancy bits. This lube has a warming effect that stimulates natural lubrication by increasing blood flow and reducing tension in the pelvic floor. It’s made with CBD, kava, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, peppermint, vanilla, and chocolate. Do yourself a favor and invite the CBD lubricant, whether you’re sliding into something more comfortable alone or with the company.
$60 for a Wildflower CBD+ Vaporizer
CBD vapes are becoming increasingly popular, but few draw as smoothly or delightfully as the Wildflower CBD+ one. The beauty of a vaporizer is that it’s quite hidden, and depending on your hunger for mischief, it’s rather easy to slip into your pocket and sneak away to the toilet for some midday anxiety relief. Others like to take a CBD vape before going to bed. With lavender, peppermint, and full-spectrum CBD, it provides ultimate relaxation.
CBD Oil Tincture with Turmeric by 2Rise Naturals, $60
CBD’s bioavailability—it’s capacity to be absorbed by our bodies—is startlingly low unless it’s combined with lipids. One of the reasons the 2Rise Naturals tincture works so well is that it comprises MCT oil (yep, the same stuff you put in your Bulletproof coffee). A few drops under the tongue can help the brain and central nervous system work more efficiently. (Or so say those who swear by it—as with any of these products, individual outcomes may vary.) And, as if that weren’t enough, the flavor of this elixir is unrivaled. Add a dab to your next homemade salad dressing or drink for an added kick.
$38 for Cannuka CBD Calming Eye Balm
You’ll find eye creams on eye creams if you go to a pharmacy or a big box beauty store. However, many of them are created with complex components due to a lack of regulation in the cosmetics sector in the United States. Because your skin is a sponge, not a shield, it’s up to you to do your homework. Any clean beauty routine should include Cannuka’s eye balm. This hydrating balm is a fantastic way to refresh and preserve delicate under-eye skin while fighting puffiness and dark circles. It’s made with pure, basic ingredients like beeswax, Manuka honey, grapeseed oil, shea butter, vitamin E, and rosehip oil.
Calm Capsules by Plant People, $59
It’s always interesting to learn who creates the things you purchase. Do they share your concerns about obtaining high-quality ingredients? Are they pleasant people? Plant People is a company that fulfills all of these criteria. The creators’ enthusiasm for CBD stems from the fact that one of them is an award-winning chef, so it’s no surprise that their goods are not only well-made but also beneficial to our health. Calm Capsules are a convenient way to get your daily CBD dose. By combining full-spectrum CBD with other therapeutic quality adaptogenic herbs, including ashwagandha, Schisandra berry, and holy basil leaf, this blend is designed to help with stress relief, adrenal regeneration, and brain function.
$22 for Vertly CBD Lip + Skin Balm
Verity’s infused balm is hydrating, therapeutic, and protective in equal measure. You’ll be back in business in no time if you use it on your lips or other dry patches—elbows, anyone? This plant-based balm is made of coconut oil, beeswax, shea butter, cacao, CBD, jojoba oil, vitamin E, peppermint, and vanilla. And who is this mysterious woman? She used to be a beauty editor, so she understands what she’s talking about.
Tissue Repair Serum with CBD by Ildi Pekar, $148
This isn’t a cheap purchase. But if you’re going to spend money on a luxurious serum for your face, make it this one. Consider this a mystical blend of highly concentrated substances that can target, cure, and even prevent cell damage, devised by Ildi Pekar, a facialist to the breathtakingly gorgeous Miranda Kerr. This item, which contains aloe, vitamins C and B3, probiotics, hyaluronic acid, and even maple syrup, will refresh your parched skin like no other.