UK's 5 best Hemp & CBD Oil you can buy in 2020
The Top 5 CBD Oils 2020 UK
What is the best CBD oil in the UK? Good, question, in this article we are going to look at the top 5 out of the 70+ we have tested to find out which is the best and where to buy the best cbd oil.
CBD oil is booming in popularity throughout the UK with an estimated 1.3 million people having tried it. CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol the beneficial, non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant.
With the rise in popularity of CBD oil, hundreds of companies have popped up throughout the UK creating their own variations of CBD-rich oil. Unfortunately, not all these companies use the same quality standards to produce their oils.
The rise in demand for CBD, combined with a scarcity of strong trade regulation, has sadly led to several firms manufacturing low-quality CBD oils for the British market.
So, how can you make sure which is the best CBD oil to shop for within the UK?
To answer this question our team at CBD Giant took it upon ourselves to research the hundreds of CBD oil brands available, separating the worst from the best using our stringent criteria below:
- Value for money
Disclaimer: None of the brands on this list paid or offered any other incentive for a placement on this list.
The Best CBD Oils in the UK – Reviewed
1) Loveburgh Raw MCT CBD Oil Drops 2000mg
The 2000mg CBD+CBDa MCT Oil from Loveburgh gets first place in our review. It scored the highest on the key metrics we looked at before making our decision.
Made using ultra-refined Zero-THC hemp extract infused with a low-carbon molecule MCT oil – from organic coconut oil. The combination results in oil which is loaded with CBD and natural plant compounds and highly absorbed by the body, finished with a super smooth natural earthy taste.
This product cleverly combines the benefits of CBD with the less-er known benefits of CBDa to boost the 'entourage' effect. The entourage effect is a proposed mechanism by which cannabis compounds act synergistically to modulate the overall effect.
The balance between cannabinoids, predominantly CBDa and CBD give a unique effect and potency.
All Loveburgh Raw batches are third-party tested for quality, they work with the reputable Spanish lab Fundación Canna. We know the value of transparency and that’s why we make sure every product comes with a lab report on the product page and a list of current and historic product lab reports on the product testing page.
This products comes in at £0.040 AVG. Price/mg CBD which is good value for a product with organic full-spectrum ingredients and CO2 extraction.
About Loveburgh Raw
Loveburgh was created by Founder Jas out of necessity. Jas discovered the many nutritional benefits of adopting a full plant based diet in early 2013 where he embarked upon a journey of self-discovery ultimately leading to the self-healing and re-balancing of many ailments he suffered from at the time.
2 years later in 2015 (and after trials, errors and many, many sampling sessions with friends and family), Loveburgh was born – a plant based food supplement company with a mission to put a smile back on people’s faces using nothing but the wonderful gifts which Mother Nature provides.
Fast forward to 2019 and Loveburgh is one of the fastest growing European Cannabis-brands, with products across hundreds of outlets in the UK, Netherlands, Spain, Denmark and now Poland.
Loveburgh Raw CBD Oil Best Bits
- 2000mg CBD+CBDa+CBG
- Trace levels CBG, CBC
- Healthy Omega 3+6
- Organic Hemp
- Natural Plant Terpenes
- Low THC – Under 0.2%
- Clean Co2 Extracted
- Zero Preservatives
- Zero Chemicals
- £0.40 AVG. Price/mg CBD
- Available in 750mg at £48.95, 1500mg at £63.95 & 2000mg at £79.95
2) Ignite 1200mg CBD Oil Drops
This product comes in multiple flavours but we liked the Blood Orange flavour the best. Other flavours include Cucumber Lemon Mint, Lavender, Natural Hemp and Tropical Fruit.
The Ignite Drops feature an integrated easy-drop applicator and are made from all-natural ingredients to provide a premium product that can be used orally as well as topically on the skin.
Ignite provide activity based CBD products, which are specifically made with different types of hemp and ingredients mixes to help you optimise your sleep, sport and rest. We have detailed the three types you can choose from below:
- Calm: Designed for use in the evenings or anytime you want to wind down, the calm oil is ideal for those who suffer from anxiety, insomnia, muscles spasms, and pain. In addition to its medicinal uses, Ignite Calm is also a great way to just relax your mind and body after a particularly trying work week.
- Recharge: Clearly inspired by Ignite co-founder Josh Carranze’s love of sports and adventure, the recharge oil is designed to wake you up and keep you energised. This makes Recharge the perfect daytime oil, with some users even claiming these popular oils have replaced their morning cup of coffee!
- Lucid: The exciting final formulation in the Ignite line is designed especially for those with big projects ahead of them that require the utmost focus and attention to detail. A favourite among ADHD sufferers, Lucid oil helps you hone in your concentration and reel in your creative mind in order to produce results. This oil will leave you feeling clear-headed and ultra-motivated.
When we tested this product we noted that it was noticeably sweeter (not too sweet) than some of the other products. Interestingly this product contains something no other CBD oil product contains, Stevia. Stevia is a zero calorie sweetener and sugar substitute derived from the leaves of the plant species Stevia rebaudiana, native to Brazil and Paraguay.
Most Ignite products use CBD isolate, the key ingredient for some of the industry’s most recognised products. CBD isolate is pure powder with greater than 98% potency and does not contain other cannabinoids or ingredients. Ignite CBD isolate is extracted in a highly-controlled environment and processed to guarantee industry-leading purity and consistency. All THC is removed during this process.
As this product is made with CBD isolate, and therefore contains zero THC, it also lacks the other cannabinoids and terpenes found in a full spectrum product. This product is great if you are concerned about taking a product that contains any THC, no matter how small the amount. This products comes in at £0.042 AVG. Price/mg CBD.
Ignite is the brainchild of the infamous celebrity/marine/playboy Dan Bilzerian. They are a high-end, global cannabis brand committed to bringing the best cannabis, THC, and CBD products available.
Ignite produce a wide range of CBD products including oils, balms and CBD vape products. With so much marketplace variance in quality and dosage, Ignite strives to be the CBD brand you trust and come back to. By selectively partnering with only the finest sources available, they deliver premium, industry-leading products. As effective as they are natural, consistent and reliably clean.
Ignite 1200mg CBD Drops Best bits
- Made from Isolate
- CBD hemp extract
- Medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) from fractionated coconut oil
- Zero THC
- No pesticides
- Gluten free
- Mild sweet taste, not overpowering. Those with sweet tooth will like these Ignite CBD oils.
- Good value for money coming in at £0.042 AVG. Price/mg CBD
- Available in Cucumber, Lemon and Mint - Calm at £49.95, Blood Orange - Lucid at £49.95, Lavender - Calm at £49.95, Natural Hemp - Lucid at £49.95 and Tropical Fruit - Recharge at £49.95
3) Equilibrium CBD Purified CBD Oil Spray 1000mg
Equilibrium CBD oil contains many of the other compounds found in hemp plants that are believed to boost wellbeing and not just CBD, to maximise the entourage effect; whereby all the beneficial plant compounds (cannabinoids, terpenes & flavonoids) work synergistically together for maximum benefit.
1000mg of CBD:CBDA (cannabidiol) in each 10ml bottle. Made from certified organic hemp extract rich in cannabinoids (CBD) and terpenes. Terpene Profile: beta-caryophyllene, alpha-bisabolol, terpineol, myrcene, humulene.The 1000mg oil comes in 10ml. The hemp is organically grown, free of pesticides, herbicides, GMOs and heavy metals with the added benefit of solvent-free product extraction. It comes in one flavour, natural hemp, which is great for those that dislike the artificial flavours that some CBD oils have. The spray choice also makes dosing easier compared to an oil pipet.
There is a mixture of strains in their hemp as they believe this delivers a better product that contains multiple compounds.
All batches of their hemp oil are third-party tested. They have partnered with UK lab Botanacor Services and the lab reports are available on our website on either the testing page or at the bottom of the individual product page.
Like most of the CBD oils in this list, the hemp oil spray by Equilibrium is produced using CO2 extraction process that preserves the natural compounds of the plant at low temperatures and pressure.
There a number of different methods used to extract CBD oil from the hemp plant. Typically CBD oil is extracted via ethanol extraction, which involves ethanol-based solvents to extract the required oil.
Equilibrium is a solvent free product as they have chosen to employ the premium CO2 extraction method for their products. This method is preferred for large-scale production of high quality CBD oil. Often, CO2 extraction is listed as a feature of high quality, higher priced CBD products.
The product contains zero THC using a technique of THC extraction they have fine-tuned over many years.
All Equilibrium CBD batches are third-party tested for quality, they work with British lab, BotanaCor Services and the lab reports are available on our website on either the testing page or at the bottom of the individual product page. This products comes in at £0.049 AVG. Price/mg CBD.
About Equilibrium CBD
Equilibrium is a UK brand name of CBD Hemporium primarily based in Lancaster, UK. Founded in 2018, they have worked hard to improve their products releasing a successful range of ground coffee infused with CBD, whole bean and an interesting coffee flavoured CBD oil. Their mission is to produce safe, organic and fully tested CBD products to improve everyone’s daily quality of life.
As well as oils and coffee infused CBD as mentioned, Equilibrium offer a delicious range of edibles and CBD infused chocolate as well as CBD vape liquid.
Equilibrium CBD Oil Best Bits
- High strength product, which would be classed as ‘high strength’ on our website strength guide.
- Excellent value for money, coming in with the best bang for your buck out of the CBD oils evaluated.
- Full Spectrum CBD/CBDa oil
- Comes in a dropper or spray bottle version
- Natural, rich in Omega 3, 6, vitamin E
- Organic Product
- A CO2 extraction method is used to produce the CBD Oil.
- Natural hemp flavour
- Pricing in at £0.049 AVG. Price/mg CBD
- Available in 250mg at £13.95, 500mg at £26.95, 1000mg at £48.95
4) 24K CBD Organic CBD Oil 1500mg
24K Premium Organic CBD Oil Drops are blended to provide you with pure CBD in a 30ml bottle. Lab-tested, CO2 extracted Cannabidiol oil drops. 24K offer the highest-grade herbal extracts derived from the Cannabis plant. Each box contains 1 spray top and 1 dropper top.
This product is made with organic hemp seed oil as the carrier whereas other products might be made with MCT oil, for example. Not only is hemp seed oil healthy it contains Healthy Omega 3+6 which are important for regulating inflammation in the body.
This product is non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan-friendly, rich in Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and has zero THC.
All 24K CBD batches are third-party tested for quality, they work with Eurofins and the lab reports are available on our website on either the testing page or at the bottom of the individual product page. This products comes in at £0.053 AVG. Price/mg CBD.
About 24K CBD
24K CBD is made by the CBD Wellness Centre which was formed to bring customers the finest organic, non-GMO, fully-traceable CBD products from around the world at the very best prices in the UK.
24K CBD Oil Best Bits
- Comes in low, medium and high strength
- Full Spectrum CBD
- Comes with dropper and spray attachment
- Natural, rich in Omega 3, 6
- Organic Product, non-GMO
- Vegan friendly
- CO2 extraction
- Natural hemp flavour
- Pricing in at £0.053 AVG. Price/mg CBD
- Available in 500mg at £31.95, 1000mg at £56.95 and 1500mg at £78.95
5) CBDfx Blueberry Pineapple Lemon CBD Oil 1500mg
For flavour these guys have everyone beat. Taste is subjective but take it from us, the premium price that CBDfx products command is not just down to marketing hype. CBDfx CBD oil comes in 3 different strengths, 500mg, 1000mg, and 1500mg and 3 flavours, Blueberry Pineapple Lemon, Lemon Lime Mint and Lychee Lemon Kiwi.
The products at CBDfx contain organically grown, full-spectrum CBD that’s high in nutrients that help nourish your body and mind. Their Blueberry Pineapple Lemon CBD Oil Tincture is particularly popular because of the great taste while you’re ingesting CBD of the highest available quality.
All batches of their hemp oil are third-party tested. They have partnered with Biocann Laboratory and the lab reports are available on our website on either the testing page or at the bottom of the individual product page.
CBDfx go to lengths to ensure their products are not only organic but vegan ensuring everyone can try their product range. The product is available in strengths from 500mg to 1500mg in 30ml bottles.
All CBDfx batches are third-party tested for quality, they work with the reputable US lab BioCann and the lab reports are available on our website on either the testing page or at the bottom of the individual product page. This products comes in at £0.073 AVG. Price/mg CBD.
CBDfx carry a wide range of products to suit everyone although their core products are the CBD oils and CBD disposable vape pens starting as £14.95. In addition to these products they also sell facemasks, creams, balms, vape additives, gummies, capsules and sublingual strips to name just a few.
CBDfx is a large US CBD brand founded in 2014. CBDfx is the US’s premier CBD brand, offering over 50 high quality cannabidiol products to customers that definitively set the bar for rigorous standards of manufacturing excellence.
All their products are derived from wholly organic hemp plants and extracted in Southern California labs, CBDfx’s products range from fun and unique vape juice formulas to Shea Butter topical creams, vape additives and gummies.
Most excitingly, CBDfx is a vanguard in the development of new and advanced cannabidiol products. By introducing forward-looking items such as terpene-infused CBD gummies, the company has consistently signalled a heightened awareness of current CBD research and market trends. As a result, CBDfx enjoys unprecedented customer loyalty and retention, a fact bolstered by customer service that provides an unfailingly positive and simple retail experience.
CBDfx mission statement is to empower both new and experienced CBD users by providing access to products that are always organic, refreshingly innovative, and lovingly crafted to provide the purest supplement experience possible.
CBDfx Blueberry Pineapple Lemon oil best bits
- Full Spectrum oil
- From 500mg to 1500mg
- 30ml Bottle
- 100% organic, vegan friendly
- Made with MCT Oil, Organic Natural Flavours, CBD Rich Hemp Oil
- Natural Plant Terpenes
- Low THC – Under 0.2%
- Clean Co2 Extracted
- Zero Preservatives
- Zero Chemicals
- For the 500mg 30ml bottle on this list it comes to £0.73 AVG. Price/mg CBD
- Available in 500mg at £49.95, 1000mg at £76.95, and 1500mg at £109.95
Quick Value Comparison
Importance of Factors used for Research
Below we’ll take a closer look at the factors we used to review these products.
The extraction methods used
The quality of the final CBD product depends on the extraction method used by the manufacturers. A premium extraction process such as CO2 extraction preserves all the cannabinoids in the hemp plant and leads to a superior product.
CO2 is the most common extraction method used, which is conducted at low temperatures and low pressures to avoid too much loss of strength and quality.
The consistency and availability of independent lab reports by batch
Lab reports, also know as certificates of analysis are an important factor when you are looking to by any CBD product. They tell you that the product has been through an extensive third party test to validate the claims of the manufacturer, in essence it is a test to see if the product really contains what is says it does.
You’ll be happy to know, at CBD Giant, we don’t sell any products that don’t come with an approved Certificate of Analysis. This ensures all the products are not only legal but more importantly contain what they advertise. We make lab reports easily available to customers. They can be found on the individual product page or for historic products (no longer on sale), they can be found on the batch test page
If a company or site selling CBD doesn’t have readily available lab reports ask yourself why? Unfortunately, there are brands selling CBD products that contain no CBD at all!
The quality of hemp, whether it is organically grown, in a regulated jurisdiction
We looked at a few factors when it came to the quality of the hemp, first is the hemp fully organic? Modern day farming combined with the hardy fast growing characteristics of hemp mean that there is no need to use chemicals such as pesticides during farming. Chemicals used during the farming processes could affect the product and result in consumers ingesting unwanted chemicals.
Reviews, customer feedback and customer service
A lot can be found out when you take a look at the reviews of a company before making a buying decision. Quality tends to speak for itself with a great CBD oil product the reviews should be forthcoming from existing customers. We searched different third party review sites such as Yelp, Trustpilot and Yotpo as well as the brand's sites to understand what their customers had to say.
You might notice that some of the companies with CBD oil in our review do not have that many reviews. We took the decision to include these products because they stood out in other areas in our test, and they either have a lesser online presence or are new to the market, which would result in lower numbers of reviews.
The price per mg of CBD
It’s true, price is usually higher for better quality products, however you still want to know that you're getting good value for money. There are a large variety of strengths and sizes that CBD can come in so it can be difficult to compare products based only on price. We have used a ‘price per mg of CBD’ value for every product for easy comparison. Although the prices in this list do vary, all the products offer good value for money and come from reputable sources with all the required credentials.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is CBD Oil legal in the UK and Europe?
Yes. CBD oil is completely legal in the UK and Europe. CBD is extracted from the cannabis hemp plant. Unlike regular cannabis, CBD does not contain and THC (this is the chemical that causes the ‘high’ people feel.
Instead, CBD products only contain cannabidiol (CBD) and, in some cases, other flavonoids and terpenes. CBD products do not cause you to feel high, but instead offer a range potential health and wellbeing benefits.
What is CBD Oil?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a naturally-occurring cannabinoid found in the hemp plant. Unlike the THC cannabinoid, CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it you can’t get ‘high’ from using it.
There is extensive research being undertaken to understand the potential treatment for a range of conditions, including chronic pain, anxiety and a wide range of neurological diseases. Although research is still in its infancy, studies of Cannabidiol are showing many promising signs that it can be an effect natural treatment.
What type of hemp is used to make CBD Oil?
CBD oil is usually produced with strains of hemp that are high in CBD cannabinoids and low in THC cannabinoids. The result is most CBD oil contains very little or no THC at all, ensuring no psychoactive effects.
How does hemp differ from Marjiuana?
Although hemp and marijuana are a part of the same family of plants, the two strains are very different. Plants strains that contain more than negligible amounts of THC are usually referred to as marijuana, whereas strains that contain a very low (or no) amount of THC are called hemp.
Hemp is naturally high in CBD cannabinoids, making it ideal for the production of CBD for oil tinctures, vape e-liquids and other products.
What’s the best way to take CBD?
There are a number of different ways to take CBD oil. The first, and the most common way is sublingually, which allows CBD to quickly enter your bloodstream. Another way is to vaporise CBD vape oil, this is also a fast method of ingestion.
Topical creams and body lotions are applied directly to the skin whereas capsules of ingested in the stomach. While both f these are effective, these ingestion methods take longer for the CBD to arrive in your bloodstream and therefore longer to start working.
Is it safe to travel with CBD product?
CBD oil is legal to purchase and use in the UK and European Union. This means that if you’re travelling within this area, you are not breaking the law.
Despite this, it’s important to be aware that airport authorities and other travel authorities may mistake CBD oil for illegal cannabis. If you’re carrying CBD products with you while you travel, make sure they’re inside the original packaging that states they are CBD-based products.
Many countries still ban CBD oil, with some placing strict penalties on the possession of CBD and other cannabis products. If you’re travelling outside the UK or European Union, check the local laws for your destination before you travel with any CBD products.
Overall these 5 products were head-and-shoulders above the 30+ other CBD oil products that we research and tried out. Each of them have their own merits and some might be better suited to you than others, depending on your individual needs.
For example CBDfx trailed behind in this review due to price, however if you have specific dietary needs, you can be sure that CBDfx products are vegan friendly. Not to mention we rated CBDfx the best for overall taste. Sure, CBDfx does come at a premium, but if you have specific needs these products could be right for you.
What is clear though, Loveburgh Raw really do stand out for value for money and commitment to quality. The company was started roughly 5 years ago and comes from humble beginnings, unlike some of the behemoths such as Ignite and CBDfx. Their growth and popularity since starting out is testament to the products they are putting out and certainly a brand we would recommend trying.
Slightly surprisingly, Dan Bilzerian's Ignite 1200mg CBD scored very well. We had preconceived ideas about it being overpriced and low quality but in the end quite the opposite was true. It is a very well priced product that is made from the best quality ingredients. They even say on their website - "If it's not the best, it's not Ignite", which in fairness is true in our experience anyway. They come in slightly more expensive than Loveburgh, but you do get 30ml instead of the Loveburgh 10ml bottle.
The runners up in this review are by no means bad products, they were up against tough competition and given how many hundreds of CBD products are now available on the market it's high praise indeed that they made it into the top 5.
We have included a handy set of our most Frequently Ask Questions below. We get asked many questions about products and CBD in general so we have put together this convenient list so that you can get an instant answer. If for whatever reason your question isn't answered below, please get in contact with us here or email us at Hello@cbdgiant.co.uk
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