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A row of bottles of CBD oil as seen in a branch of the health chain Planet Organic, in the UK.

The use of CBD products has been one of the fastest growing wellness trends in recent years, in part because the variety of these products, derived from a naturally occurring compound in the hemp plant, is vast and ever increasing. And they all seem to offer remedies to common problems like insomnia, anxiety and stress caused by travel or even pain relief. Also known as cannabidiol, CBD is just one of many cannabinoids that is extracted from hemp plants and then infused into all sorts of products. CBD is known for its calming and anti-inflammatory properties and an excellent, all-natural alternative to prescription medications.

A hemp plant, the source of CBD oil

CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is a naturally occurring compound found in the hemp plant. While CBD is also in marijuana plants, legal CBD products must contain CBD extracted from hemp to avoid the psychoactive effects (the “high”) caused by the THC in marijuana. CBD has no psychoactive properties; it’s known to calm, soothe and relax the mind and body and decrease inflammation that can cause chronic pain. Products with CBD oil include gummies, vapes and capsules but consuming CBD oil in a tincture form has actually been shown to be more effective. In order to absorb most quickly into the bloodstream, CBD oil should be taken sublingually where you place an appropriate dosage under your tongue and hold it there for 60-90 seconds, swallowing any oil remaining. Pure CBD oil does have a strong earthy taste from the hemp but if its suspended in alcohol in a flavored tincture, it’s much more pleasant to consume. Here are five of the best and tastiest CBD oil brands that can alleviate sleep, pain, anxiety and travel woes.

Functional ingredients like menthol, capsaicin and camphor have shown to be effective in salves and ointments for decades. Together with 20mg of high-potency, full-spectrum CBD per serving, the result offers a deep and targeted antidote to minor aches, pain and inflammation after an intense workout or demanding day. While the cooling analgesic effects work immediately, the cannabinoids follow with longer-lasting relief.

About Lazarus Naturals

“Our customers lead active lives and we wanted to develop an effective and long-lasting solution to help alleviate muscle and joint pain, and help them recover faster,” said Sequoia Price-Lazarus, CEO and founder. “Our Muscle Gel uses cooling agents like menthol for immediate pain relief and then the power of CBD kicks in for anti-inflammatory control. It’s a one-two punch of relief.”

The CBD Muscle Gel is naturally scented with lemon, orange, geranium, sweet basil, and eucalyptus, and is vegan, non-GMO, and pesticide-free. The product is available to purchase at or at select retailers.

PORTLAND, Ore.–( BUSINESS WIRE )–Lazarus Naturals, a leader in the CBD category, announces its newest product, CBD Muscle Gel, offering the cooling properties of menthol along with high-potency, full-spectrum CBD. The CBD Muscle Gel was formulated to provide maximum relief through the combination of functional ingredients like menthol, camphor and capsaicin paired with 20mg of CBD per serving made with U.S.-grown hemp from the company’s farm in Oregon.