A guide to popular CBD edibles in the UK
CBD edibles have been widely adopted in the UK, almost as fast as the rate of acceptance of CBD itself after the new legislation. This could be because edibles reportedly come with a wide range of pros that allow them to rival other forms of CBD on multiple levels. For instance, it’s argued that they are portable, long-lasting and discreet, as well as coming in a variety of flavours.
What are CBD Edibles?
CBD (Cannabidiol in full) is one of 85 cannabinoids occurring naturally. Reportedly it does not have psychoactive effects but brings other apparent benefits to the table, with claims of pain relief, relaxation, improving sleep, stress relief and much more. It is extracted and infused in various products, such as creams, oils, topical gels and edibles.
CBD edibles, therefore, are simply CBD-infused products that can be taken by mouth. The most popular form of edible CBD is gummies, although chocolate, capsules, and coconut oil are gaining wind as well.
ZenBears CBD Gummies
Zenbears CBD gummies are a UK brand of vegan-friendly CBD gummies that offer 20mg of pharmaceutically coated CBD in each bear. The manufacturer uses ISO-certified CO2 extraction techniques to isolate the CBD as well as other key phytochemicals.
These gummies are third-party lab-tested; hence each bottle carries a batch number that one can use to check out the lab’s report. The end product is carefully crafted CBD edible that is said to be THC-free and vegan-friendly.
Zenbears customers apprently love the product, with an overall trustpilot rating of “excellent”. They are currently priced at £39.95 per bottle of 30 gummy bears or £35.96 per month with a minimum subscription period of 2 months.
CBD Shopy CBD Capsules
CBD Shopy offers high-strength CBD capsules, each containing 10 mg of full spectrum CBD + CBDa. The CBD is extracted from organic, non-GMO hemp that’s grown in Europe using the high-standard CO2 extraction technique in an ISO-certified facility.
These capsules are also third-party lab-tested to check for the lack of contaminants and verify their potency. The other ingredients used are vegan-friendly and unrefined, and the end result is described as a safe, full-spectrum product.
According to customer reviews on Trustpilot, CBD Shopy users rate it quite highly, as evidenced by an excellent rating from 88% of the 520+ reviews.
A bottle goes for £32.99, with the option of paying £29.69 a month (2-month minimum subscription).
cbdMD CBD Gummies
cbdMD’s gummies are made with hemp-derived CBD. Each bottle comes with a variety of flavours, including strawberry, tropical, raspberry and orange. These gummies are made using non-GMO hemp grown in the USA. They are also third-party lab tested and claim to be THC-free, vegan-friendly and contain broad-spectrum CBD.
Each gummy contains a precise amount of CBD. The gummy bottles come in three unique price ranges:
- 300mg bottle: contains 10 milligrams of CBD per gummy and goes for 29.99
- 750 mg bottle: contains 25 milligrams of CBD per gummy and costs $69.99
- 1500 mg bottle: each gummy has 50 milligrams of CBD and costs $99.99
Love Hemp CBD Chocolate
A product of Love Hemp LTD, England, Love Hemp CBD chocolate is made up of smooth dark chocolate balls. It is infused with CO2-extracted CBD and reportedly has no THC.
These CBD chocolate balls are also gluten-free and vegan-friendly. They are full of natural cannabinoids, flavonoids, phytonutrients and terpenes. Love CBD also reveals the batch number and lab report on their website.
A bag of 250 grams of Love Hemp Chocolate bites goes for £11.99
Synerva CBD Gummies
Purportedly containing a full spectrum of cannabinoids, phytonutrients and terpenes, these gummies are said to be tasty and free of THC, pesticides and GMO ingredients.
The CBD is said to be extracted from a special hemp strain that’s intentionally bred from some of the most medicinally valuable strains of medical cannabis. The manufacturer says it is currently under study by a few universities, trying to pinpoint its role in pain, inflammation, auto-immune diseases, stress, neurological conditions and cancer.
Each one of these gummies contains 20mg of CBD. A bottle containing 30 of them is selling at £29.95.
What to consider when shopping for CBD edibles
When buying CBD edibles online, one should try to make sure it’s from a reputable vendor. It should also fulfil one’s needs in terms of convenience and CBD content.
What’s more, one is recommended to check the ingredients list for anything that might be bad for their body. This especially applies to diabetics and people with gluten sensitivity, among other allergies.
Here’s a checklist to work with:
Safe, legal THC content
The last thing one wants is to be doping up on high amounts of THC thinking they are taking CBD. The safe, legally acceptable level of THC in any CBD product in the UK is a maximum of 0.2%. Most manufacturers adhere to these standards, so it shouldn’t be a problem unless one is buying their CBD off a street corner.
But one shouldn’t second guess, and it’s recommended that one double-checks the THC content from the ingredient list before parting with their money.
Purity/ lab report
One should inspect the label to see what the manufacturer claims. It’s beneficial to know exactly how much CBD per serving as well as any other compounds used.
Additionally, one might consider looking for a lab report from a trusted third party. Any CBD brand confident in their product will likely have a link available on their website for one to follow up on the purity of their product.
One should confirm that the average amount of CBD measured per serving concurs with what’s on the label. Also, they should be on the lookout for solvents, heavy metals or any other unwanted contaminants that may have been detected.
Vendors will often say anything to get people to buy their products, even when they are inferior. But customers hardly ever lie. They’ll shoot straight and let potential buyers know how the product turned out.
Type of CBD and phytonutrients
Any CBD product will either have cannabinoids in a full-spectrum, broad-spectrum or isolate. Let’s break that down:
- Full-spectrum: contains all of the terpenes and useful cannabinoids, including THC. Of course, the THC level must be no more than 0.2%. Among other valuable compounds in full-spectrum CBD are Cannabidiol Acid (CBDa), CBG (Cannabigerol), CBN (Cannabidiol), CBGa (Cannabigerol Acid), waxes, flavonoids, lipids, and other phytonutrients.
These are important for creating the so-called “entourage effect,” which is a result of all those compounds working synergistically.
- Broad-Spectrum: this form of CBD contains Cannabidiol alongside other compounds found in the hemp plant. Some products that pass for broad-spectrum contain trace amounts of THC, though.
- Isolate: as the name suggests, you only get CBD with this one. This may be a good option if one wants to test the effect of CBD on its own. However, some research shows that CBD works best when paired with the other compounds found in the hemp plant.
One should consider not only the price but also the value for money. What is the price per serving of CBD? How does it compete against other products in the same category?
It’s claimed that the best method for obtaining CBD and other phytonutrients from the hemp plant is CO2 Superficial Extraction. It is apparently the “gold standard” of the industry because of its ability to extract full-spectrum CBD.
Most of the other extraction methods – like the use of butane – reportedly don’t preserve all the plant’s useful compounds, and it’s said they can leave traces of dangerous chemicals behind.
Convenience and safety
One should avoid leaping for a CBD edible without confirming that it’s safe and convenient for them. Gummy bears and capsules, for example, may be easier to carry around.
On the other hand, one might want to keep off the bears if the sugar is not good for their glycaemia or find a suitable brand. The same goes for wheat products and gluten-sensitive individuals. It all goes back to checking the ingredients list.
Organic and toxin-free
Was the plant used for extracting the CBD grown organically? Cannabis Sativa L falls under the bio-accumulator category of plants, which means it could be carrying some harmful chemicals that were used for growing.
For most people, a trusted lab report confirming the purity of their CBD is enough. However, it doesn’t harm to verify whether the brand used organic seeds as well as appropriate planting and extraction techniques.
CBD edibles could potentially offer a convenient way of benefiting from CBD. Most are highly potent, portable and, according to customer reviews, delicious. Others offer a break from the monotonous conventional forms of CBD.
With more people recognising these reported CBD benefits each day, manufacturers are stepping up to fill the market with a wide range of products. This list of options, including five popular choices, is probably a good place to start.
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