Recently we decided to give some of the more obscure CBD products on our website a try to workout if they really deserved their place on the site.
It’s true that most of us on the team don’t vape, much less smoke, so exploring alternatives to the most popular ways of consuming CBD, such as vaping CBD and smoking CBD products was a must!
The following products are perfect for those people, like us, who want to benefits of CBD without having to smoke or vape.
CBD gum is gum (unsurprisingly) infused with CBD. The reason why CBD gum is actually more effective than you might think becomes more clear when you understand the most effective way to intake CBD.
When you take certain substances sublingually, they can enter directly into your bloodstream, where they’re immediately shuttled to your tissues. Think of it as a shortcut to digestion, which is a longer process in which the substance needs to be ingested, broken down by the stomach, absorbed by the small intestine, and metabolised by the liver.
“Not only do many compounds lose potential bioavailability during [the digestion] process, but the time to onset is delayed,” adds chemist Jessie Kater, senior vice president of manufacturing for Curaleaf.
CBD Giant sell different strengths of CBD gum along side CBD sweet (such as CBD lollies or CBD hard candies) and CBD snacks (such as CBD muffins and CBD cookies).
We host 2 types of gum by Euphoria CBD, one with 12mg of CBD per piece and another with 18mg of CBD per piece.
Overall the gum tastes like gum.. that is to say is was minty fresh with the flavour lasting an acceptable amount of time.
Disappointingly we didn’t notice a difference in the flavour or effect between the difference strengths and would recommend the lower strength option, if only for the reason that it is slightly cheaper.
CBD Gel tabs
This one might seem like an odd choice in a comparison between obscure CBD products but I can assure you the flavour and texture of these gel tabs makes them as left-field as anything else on this list.
We tried the 1000mg Gel Tabs from Cannabidol in this experiment. We took 2 gel tabs as suggested on the box, which equated to 200mg of CBD.
The taste and texture is the first thing you’ll notice with these gel tab products. The gel does make them easier to swallow but because they aren’t contained in a gelatin capsule you do taste these more than you would a normal capsule.
The taste was a mixture between what can only be described as ‘green’ and cannabis. Which we suppose is a good thing seeing as it is a cannabis product.. However we noted that the flavour might not be for everyone.
The effects took a while to set in, as would be expected of a product that is absorbed in the stomach and not in the mouth, but when they did a feeling of clam was noted.
In all honesty we didn’t have many positive comments to share about this product until we did some research and found out the best way to consume them - like the gum - was to let the gel tablet dissolve under the tongue - bingo! This new method of delivery seemed much faster and after we got over the flavour (subjective) it was actually quite effective.
A recently released study found that sipping your CBD might be an effective way of dealing with chronic pain. CBD-infused tea is something you can actually make yourself (substitute THC Cannabis for CBD Hemp), and it’s thought to be a method that provides slow-acting but long-lasting administration. Brands like Euphoria also have hemp tea ready for purchase on CBD Giant.
We tired both Tea of Mind and the Euphoria Cannabis Tea. We loved these products from start to finish, what sort of Englishman/woman would we be if we didn’t?! It was easy and intuitive to use and the product seem well dosed. The flavour was great, certainly one for the fruit tea lovers!
CBD topical balms work by combining CBD with other skin-soothing ingredients, which is rubbed into your skin to help relieve muscle pain. CBDfx has balms that are available on CBD Giant, they use a mix of conditioning ingredients and cannabis extract to soothe both dry skin and muscle aches. Added plus: They’re Non-GMO and full spectrum CBD.
When you apply CBD oils or balms onto your skin, it will never reach the bloodstream. Using cannabinoids this way and you’ll get targeted relief to a specific area. The skin absorbs cannabinoids so that they can interact with cannabinoid receptors nearby. Human skin, in general, is not very permeable. Skin blocks the majority of substances to prevent them from entering the body.
Absorption rates of cannabinoid through your skin are very low. For CBD topicals to work, you have to apply them very generously, as in thick enough to break the dermal barrier to reach the bloodstream. If there is enough material, your skin pores will absorb CBD to affect targeted healing.
Here are 6 common topical uses for CBD:
CBD balm for pain
CBD oil balm might help ease chronic pain in part by reducing inflammation. CBD binds with the CB2 receptors in our skin. As it doesn’t reach the bloodstream, it is best used for localised pain since it doesn’t offer full body pain relief. It is an ideal solution for people who have arthritis.
CBD balm for psoriasis
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease characterised by patches of abnormal skin. Topicals infused with cannabinoids can ease psoriasis by reducing the inflammation and slow down skin cells growth.
CBD balm for dry skin
Hemp seed oil has a perfect balance of essential fatty acids Omega 3 and Omega 6 that can naturally and effectively nourish and moisturise any type of skin.
CBD balm for eczema
CBD could help skin conditions like eczema by reducing inflammation and relieving dry skin. CBD can also help to soothe other symptoms related to eczemas, such as itching and pain.
CBD balm for acne
Acne is a well-known problem for adolescents, which can be effectively relieved by CBD. Studies have shown that CBD can regulate sebum production and acts against inflammation.
CBD balm for wrinkles
CBD may balance and stimulate oil production. Wrinkles and fine lines are more visible if the skin is dry so increased oil production can reduce their appearance.
In a nation where over 80 percent of its residents drink coffee, it’s no wonder that we run on caffeine and anxiety. What if the anxiety part could be mitigated, though? Cannabidiol (CBD) coffee could be just the ticket to calming those nerves while still getting nice and buzzy.
There are a few properties to coffee that make it the drink of choice for so many. For one thing, the aroma actually has anti-anxiety properties. Its rich smell just makes us feel good—or need to use the bathroom—which can also help to relieve nervousness. Also, coffee is a natural antioxidant.
The benefits of CBD are also well-known, though controversial. It’s understood that CBD is an anti-inflammatory, anti-seizure medicine and is good at combating depression and anxiety. However, without other cannabinoids, even THC in low doses, CBD isn’t as effective. It still performs, just at a lower rate and it needs to be taken consistently to really work any wonders.
If you’re looking to start your day with an extra special pick-me-up, CBD ground coffee from Pinnacle may be right up your alley. The coffee is a medium roast Columbian Arabica beans with 160mg of CBD in total.
Green Monkey CBD is the first CBD infused carbonated soft drink to hit the UK. Don't let Green Monkey's striking green colour fool you, with just 50 calories per can, zero caffeine and 10mg of CBD mixed with fruit flavours and carbonated water.
Birmingham City FC has become the first football team in the world to be sponsored by a cannabis oil company. The Championship side, signed a year long deal with Green Monkey CBD to supply a range of CBD products and drinks to the club which will be available on match days throughout the Trillion Trophy Stadium.
This products comes in at one of the lowest mg per serving options as one can only contains 10mg, however it tastes great and mixes well with other drinks to make delicious cocktails!
What’s the downside of these products? Well, unless you plan to buy these products alongside more typical CBD products such as oral CBD oil or CBD vape liquid you probably won’t be getting the maximum amount of CBD for your money.
Out of the products listed, surprisingly, the CBD tea was the best received by the team, closely followed by the CBD gum. The coffee was more of a let down as we found that the juxtaposition between the caffeine and the CBD meant we didn’t really feel relaxed (the effects of the CBD) or energised (the effects of the caffeine).
Although these are best value for money CBD products on the market comparatively, we still believe if you’re looking for the best bang for your buck, CBD oil and CBD vapes are the way to go. The products reviewed above are great if you are looking to supplement your existing CBD intake or are looking for a convenient alternative to the aforementioned best selling CBD products.