And that marketing includes a slew of products. There are CBD protein bars. There are CBD gummies. There are CBD oils, capsules, moisturizers, waters, cold brew coffees, and even (ahem) sexual lubricants.
To sort through this wild new world of CBD products, we at Men’s Health turned ourselves into a group of study participants and sampled anything we could find that featured cannabidiol as an ingredient.
Researchers (and CBD companies) are hopeful that cannabidiol may help manage physical pain, sleeplessness, and relaxation. However—and this is important to note—there is currently no firm, clinical evidence that CBD does anything at all. This is not to say that its ineffective, it’s just that the marketing outpaces the current state of the research.
IF YOU’RE FEELING BOMBARDED by CBD, blame the 2018 Farm Bill. Yes, this humdrum-sounding piece of government legislation is partially responsible for the fertilization of what is now a booming industry around all things CBD.
CBD, for all you non-Farm-Bill readers, is shorthand for “cannabidiol,” and you’re correct in noticing that that word shares seven letters with the word “cannabis.” And although many manufacturers of CBD products often include a huge weed leaf in their marketing, CBD won’t get you high. In fact, it may have the opposite effect.
Cannabinoids are cannabis-dervied chemicals that interact with your endocannabinoid system in ways that scientists are still figuring out, but largely speculate may have calming effects.
Many of the products we tasted failed to produce a meaningful effect. But there were a few that exceeded our expectations. These are our winners of the first-ever Men’s Health CBD Awards.
A good rule of thumb is to start slow and work your way up with CBD. Even if a dosage isn’t harmful, that’s not to say you shouldn’t simply try to make it worth best within your lifestyle; for example, some people take a lighter dosage (10mg) during the day while a heavier dosage at night (25mg). Do your research on which one fits best for you, highlighting your body type, weight, dosage, and frequency of using CBD.
Being able to not only reach out to customer service but get a timely response is vital. We tested a complaint on every company, as well as followed up with other customers as well (including those who had negative reviews on social media).
Finally, we dive through what it’s like to buy the gummies on desktop, tablet, and mobile. As a lot of people might be using these companies regularly to re-up, it’s important that the purchase process is seamless. Not just in checking out but also in what’s provided information-wise. Like we said, transparency is vital- giving customers a chance to really learn what a product is about.
Isolate is the most filtered out of the group and contains the lowest risk for containing THC. Although it’s highly unlikely you’ll get ‘high’ from full or broad spectrum, some people are allergic or intolerant. Granted, that doesn’t mean you’ll fail a drug test, but rather how your body responds.
Although CBD is still in its infancy, pricing can vary quite a bit. As it’s already standard practice for companies to include dosage, price, lab results, and ingredients, it’s relatively easy to gauge if someone is trying to pull a fast one. Overall, it’s important to distinguish the details on why some CBD products are worth more than others.
Verma Farm’s CBD Gummies have been the most popular CBD gummy for years, and this year they continue to innovate with some of the best CBD products we’ve ever come across.
Medterra hosts a CBD-melatonin blend called Sleep Tight, which are $39.99 for 30 gummies at 25mg per piece. Also infused with passion flower and lemon balm, Medterra keeps the ingredients interesting, hosting a wide variety designed to help you fall asleep. Made with Kentucky-grown hemp, Medterra maintains a strong basis through-and-through.