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For a compound that’s meant to reduce anxiety, trying to find quality CBD products can be a stress trigger. In the past year, CBD has doubled in U.S. sales, with new brands dropping faster than 420 hashtags. It’s important to note that CBD is still an unregulated substance, meaning you’re relying on the business practices of companies to ensure products are safe and efficacious. And of course, because capitalism, that’s not always the case. For any health issues or concerns, always talk to a doctor first. To help you navigate the confusing world of CBD here are seven things to know before buying cannabidiol.
Always look for a CoA at the batch level
Finding a decent CBD product can feel akin to moonlighting as an investigative journalist. Because the substance is unregulated, brands can claim they have CBD in their products when there is none. Just this year the FDA issued warning letters to brands sold in stores like CVS for lying about their CBD levels and exaggerated claims. Always look for a company’s Certificate of Analysis at the batch level. Many companies stop testing after their initial run to reduce costs, meaning they only test their pilot products. Good CBD companies will test every batch and product run ensuring that you, the consumer, are getting what you paid for.
CBD shows promise in inflammation, helping anxiety and pain related to inflammation
Brand promising things outside of that? Be wary. No, it doesn’t cure cancer; those brands should definitely be reported to the FDA.
Unless your brand is doing something extensive with technology or has other added ingredients, it shouldn’t be exorbitantly priced.Be wary of brands charging $90 for a basic tincture with less than 500mg of CBD. If you like the bottle have at it, but unless there is something special many tinctures tend to overcharge for branding much like the beauty industry.
While we don’t know what the dosing should be for beauty products, pain creams have been pegged at around 200mg/oz. Oils are less effective at penetrating the skin and take longer than water-based products, so be wary of any cream or lotion that doesn’t talk about how the formulation works.
Are there essential oils or terpenes added?
Be careful for common irritants like fragrances and essential oils. While many brands tout the healing powers of the latter, cosmetic chemists agree that their main functions topically are as a fragrance and preservative. While they may smells nice, essential oils can be particularly irritating to your face, negating the benefits of CBD. Always make sure the words “terpenes,” “essential oils” or “fragrance” appear toward the bottom of an ingredient list.
Check your ingredient list
If a brand says “cannabis sativa oil” that means that it’s just using hemp seed oil which does not contain actual CBD. Look for words like PCR (phytocannabinoid-rich), hemp extract and cannabidiol (CBD).
Full-spectrum vs. broad-spectrum vs. isolate
You’ll see these terms thrown around a lot. Full-spectrum just means the whole plant is included in your product; this includes less than .3% THC. Broad-spectrum means the THC has been removed but all other elements of the plant are intact and isolate means just CBD is included in the product. While there is much debate around “the entourage effect,” most products you see on the market have elevated levels of CBD and not much else.
With that, here are some of our favorite CBD-spiked products to gift this holiday season.
available here. While it’s hard to find a pain cream over 200mg/oz, Prima makes a rich body butter packed with skin-loving ingredients that’s perfect for anyone who wants hydrated skin throughout the winter. Add a bath gem to your order to round out the perfect “self-care” present. ” data-full-height=”606″ data-full-src=”https://fashionista.com/.image/c_limit,cs_srgb,h_2000,q_auto:good,w_2000/MTY4NDIzODAxNTY0OTY0ODEw/prima-body-butter-cbd-gift-guide.png” data-full-width=”608″ data-image-id=”ci02565c8e400024bc” data-image-slug=”prima-body-butter-cbd-gift-guide” data-public-id=”MTY4NDIzODAxNTY0OTY0ODEw”>CBD Oil, $65, CBD and CBN, another compound found in hemp that has some studies showing it to be mildly sedative. While most brands will double prices when they add small amounts of minor cannabinoids, Dusk is reasonably priced at $65, with better branding than most tinctures making it a nice gift for anyone that needs more sleep. (Read: everyone.) You can find testing here. ” data-full-height=”1000″ data-full-src=”https://fashionista.com/.image/c_limit,cs_srgb,fl_progressive,h_2000,q_auto:good,w_2000/MTY4NDIzMTAzMzY0MzQzNzU0/gossamer-cbd-gift-guide.jpg” data-full-width=”1333″ data-image-id=”ci02565beba00027ca” data-image-slug=”gossamer-cbd-gift-guide” data-public-id=”MTY4NDIzMTAzMzY0MzQzNzU0″>CBD Tea Sampler Pack, $22, CBD routine. Each flavor has a different mood associated with it, ranging from “Bedtime,” a blend of lavender and chamomile to “Balance,” which is Earl Grey. Each tea bag has 15mg of CBD, meaning whoever gets this bundle can try every mood they want. You can find testing here. ” data-full-height=”1333″ data-full-src=”https://fashionista.com/.image/c_limit,cs_srgb,fl_progressive,h_2000,q_auto:good,w_2000/MTY4NDIzMTAzMzY0NTQwMzYy/lagom-tea-cbd-gift-guide.jpg” data-full-width=”2000″ data-image-id=”ci02565bebf00024bc” data-image-slug=”lagom-tea-cbd-gift-guide” data-public-id=”MTY4NDIzMTAzMzY0NTQwMzYy”>CBD Tincture, $65, Flor de Maria Chocolate Bar, $28, CBD chocolate that isn’t chalky and gritty. Because CBD can burn off at higher temperatures, some chocolate companies skip tempering, a process of heating and cooling chocolate giving it that shiny snap. Flor de Maria, founded by native Venezuelan Wiliam Zitser, sources its chocolates from single-origin destinations in Venezuela and other chocolate destinations like Ecuador providing farmers equitable prices. With flavors like ghost chili (a personal favorite) and salted caramel, this is a chocolate that’s blessed with chill but also will make any epicurean’s tastebuds happy. Testing available here. ” data-full-height=”282″ data-full-src=”https://fashionista.com/.image/c_limit,cs_srgb,fl_progressive,h_2000,q_auto:good,w_2000/MTY4NDIzMTAzMDk1OTczMDUy/flor-de-maria-cbd-gift-guide.jpg” data-full-width=”282″ data-image-id=”ci02565bebb00024bc” data-image-slug=”flor-de-maria-cbd-gift-guide” data-public-id=”MTY4NDIzMTAzMDk1OTczMDUy”>available here. Topicals can get messy, and with CBD pain creams and oils it’s hard to find one that doesn’t come in a jar. For anyone who has nails or a hard time opening containers that get oil all over them, Tonic has a solution. This super-charged 300mg CBD rollerball is perfect for anyone that wants localized pain relief. You can find testing here. ” data-full-height=”568″ data-full-src=”https://fashionista.com/.image/c_limit,cs_srgb,h_2000,q_auto:good,w_2000/MTY4NDIzMTAzMzY0NDA4NTA4/tonic-vibes-cbd-gift-guide.png” data-full-width=”443″ data-image-id=”ci02565bebd00027ca” data-image-slug=”tonic-vibes-cbd-gift-guide” data-public-id=”MTY4NDIzMTAzMzY0NDA4NTA4″>available here. No, hemp seed oil is not CBD, but that doesn’t mean it’s not great for your complexion. Hempseed is packed with fatty acids, omega-3s and omega-6s making it great for people with sensitive skin. Added adaptogens elevate this face oil into a protective barrier in the colder winter months. While Herbivore launched a second Emerald Oil with 100mg of CBD, the dropper bottle is clear and CBD has the potential to break down when exposed to light — so we recommend sticking to the hemp seed version. ” data-full-height=”539″ data-full-src=”https://fashionista.com/.image/c_limit,cs_srgb,h_2000,q_auto:good,w_2000/MTY4NDIzMTAzMzY0MzQyOTcy/herbivore-cbd-gift-guide.png” data-full-width=”439″ data-image-id=”ci02565bebd00024bc” data-image-slug=”herbivore-cbd-gift-guide” data-public-id=”MTY4NDIzMTAzMzY0MzQyOTcy”>available here. Dosing is one of the more challenging things with CBD. Patches are a good way to get a precise amount while also treating localized issues like pain. With period, sleep and hangover patches, the claims of the Good Patch are far-reaching when it comes to CBD; that’s why they’ve added other ingredients like vitamins and adaptogens to boost the effects. This pick is fun for stocking stuffers and anyone who gets a kick out of cute branding. Testing here. ” data-full-height=”514″ data-full-src=”https://fashionista.com/.image/c_limit,cs_srgb,h_2000,q_auto:good,w_2000/MTY4NDIzMTAzMzY0NzM2OTcw/the-good-patch-cbd-gift-guide.png” data-full-width=”532″ data-image-id=”ci02565bebe00124bc” data-image-slug=”the-good-patch-cbd-gift-guide” data-public-id=”MTY4NDIzMTAzMzY0NzM2OTcw”>CBD Dark Chocolate Bar, $22, CBD chocolate truffles in flavors ranging from mint to dark cherry. This holiday season the brand partnered with Rosebud CBD to create decadent dark chocolate bars with 100mg per bar. You can find testing here. ” data-full-height=”1333″ data-full-src=”https://fashionista.com/.image/c_limit,cs_srgb,fl_progressive,h_2000,q_auto:good,w_2000/MTY4NDIzMTAzMzY0NjA1ODk4/rosebud-cbd-gift-guide.jpg” data-full-width=”1000″ data-image-id=”ci02565bebc00127ca” data-image-slug=”rosebud-cbd-gift-guide” data-public-id=”MTY4NDIzMTAzMzY0NjA1ODk4″>CBD Intimacy Oil (1 fl oz.), $40, CBD and gentle ingredients, this lube is a personal favorite. It’s non-latex safe but most CBD lubes, whether they disclose it or not, aren’t. You can find testing here. ” data-full-height=”568″ data-full-src=”https://fashionista.com/.image/c_limit,cs_srgb,fl_progressive,h_2000,q_auto:good,w_2000/MTY4NDIzMTAzMzY0NDc0ODI2/kiskanu-hemp-cbd-gift-guide.jpg” data-full-width=”638″ data-image-id=”ci02565bebc00027ca” data-image-slug=”kiskanu-hemp-cbd-gift-guide” data-public-id=”MTY4NDIzMTAzMzY0NDc0ODI2″>available here. How your body absorbs cannabinoids like CBD is completely dependent on how you use it. Eating it takes about two hours to process; a tincture held under your tongue will take 25 minutes and smoking CBD will take minutes to “hit.” Smoking is also one of the highest bioavailable ways to get CBD into your system. If you’re curious about dosing read more on it here. These herbal spliffs are an uplifting blend of herbs and CBD and are great for anyone that is open to new ways of trying the substance. ” data-full-height=”352″ data-full-src=”https://fashionista.com/.image/c_limit,cs_srgb,h_2000,q_auto:good,w_2000/MTY4NDIzMTAzMDk1OTA3NTE2/barbari-muse-cbd-gift-guide.png” data-full-width=”351″ data-image-id=”ci02565beba00127ca” data-image-slug=”barbari-muse-cbd-gift-guide” data-public-id=”MTY4NDIzMTAzMDk1OTA3NTE2″ data-title=””>available here. You’ll never lose your keys with this keychain. A gilded dube tube, this is for anyone that smokes CBD and wants it on the go. CBD flower smells just like THC flower, so if you’re looking to be discreet, this tube is odor protected — meaning nothing smells until you open it. ” data-full-height=”540″ data-full-src=”https://fashionista.com/.image/c_limit,cs_srgb,fl_progressive,h_2000,q_auto:good,w_2000/MTY4NDIzMTAzMzY0NjcxNDM0/sackville-cbd-gift-guide.jpg” data-full-width=”360″ data-image-id=”ci02565bebb00127ca” data-image-slug=”sackville-cbd-gift-guide” data-public-id=”MTY4NDIzMTAzMzY0NjcxNDM0″>available here. Jonathan Adler’s been creating chic stash jars for a long time, but the designer’s latest collection makes for gorgeous gifts, regardless of whether you like CBD. ” data-full-height=”1400″ data-full-src=”https://fashionista.com/.image/c_limit,cs_srgb,fl_progressive,h_2000,q_auto:good,w_2000/MTY4NDIzMTAzMzY0NDA5Mjkw/jonathan-adler-shrooms-canister-cbd-gift-guide.jpg” data-full-width=”1400″ data-image-id=”ci02565bebb00027ca” data-image-slug=”jonathan-adler-shrooms-canister-cbd-gift-guide” data-public-id=”MTY4NDIzMTAzMzY0NDA5Mjkw”>
Charlotte Palermino is a writer and the co-founder of Nice Paper, a newsletter and website dedicated to marijuana de-stigmatization and education.
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