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The Ultimate CBD Oil Buying Guide That Won’t Cause You Pain (2019)
Cannabidiol oil, or CBD, is a chemical compound that can be derived from Cannabis sativa or more popularly known as the marijuana plant. Marijuana is more known for its psychoactive properties but despite Cannabidiol being derived from the same plant, this extract doesn’t have the psychoactive properties that many people distinguish marijuana with. In other words, Cannabidiol won’t get you high.
There are health benefits that one can get from using CBD oil. Among which are for improving sleep quality, managing anxiety, and even pain management. However, despite these benefits, many still debate whether it’s safe to use without going through a psychoactive state.
That said, one can’t help but feel skeptical about its effects on one’s well-being. In this article, I looked into some of the popular brands that manufacture the extra controversial CBD oil with NuLeaf Naturals being the best among the distributors/manufacturers that I have reviewed. To me, NuLeaf Naturals CBD oil worked so well to help me cope with my insomnia as well as my anxiety. Their mission to give their consumers only the purest and simplest CBD oil was apparent in their products. Read along to know more about CBD oil and these manufacturers.
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Nuleaf Naturals is a CBD oil company that’s based in Colorado. They started out in 2014, a company started by a group of health-conscious plant medicine fans. Their business has blossomed into creating products for people who would like to try using CBD oil for their sleep problems, fibromyalgia, and even use it to help their pets.
Nuleaf Naturals offered their CBD oil in tiny and dark glass bottles which is just how one should contain the substance. It is important that CBD oil is kept in dark bottles and in dark places to prevent it from oxidizing or from going bad.
Using Nuleaf Naturals 725mg Full Spectrum CBD Oil really helped me with managing my sleep. When I am working on new projects, I can feel that my anxiety levels shoot up which is why I develop insomnia. The stress of starting new projects really take a toll on me that I’ve resorted to many “sleeping aids” such as valerian root tea and also taking sleeping pills. I found that despite taking those, I still wasn’t getting the quality of sleep I wanted. One of the “sleep cures” that I found was taking CBD oil.
At first, I was pretty adamant. As much as possible, I wanted to keep my system pure. I had preconceived notions that taking CBD might make me sleepy or “elevated”. Partly because I haven’t really done my research on this controversial substance. Little did I know, CBD oil targeted my insomnia down to its core. If there was something I’m truly thankful for trying CBD was that it allowed me to feel relaxed especially at a time when I most needed it.
Using Nuleaf Naturals 725mg Full Spectrum CBD Oil gave me the best sleep I could ever afford. Since I was also relaxed, I was able to get on my project better and with a clearer mind.
What could be better?
I was never a fan of oils and I found it very untasty. Aside from the taste, which was pretty bitter, I found it difficult to take because it was oil. The first few nights that I took it, I had to cover my nose just so it goes down easier. I wonder if these companies will be able to develop these into capsules in a similar way that fish oil capsules are manufactured.
Nuleaf Naturals sticks by their belief of keeping products pure and simple which is what the company stands for. However, maybe it would be wise to create additional products on their list so more people would be able to enjoy the benefits of their cannabidiol.
-15mL of this bottle yields about 300 drops.
-Uses CO2 extraction method regarded as the most expensive and very critical method of extracting CBD oil from the hemp plant.
-100% organic. Plants were grown in a non-GMO environment from selected farms in Colorado.
-Uses organic hemp oil as “carrier” oil
CBDistillery is another company founded in Colorado by individuals whose ethos is rooted in providing people with CBD oil products of the highest quality. Their company motto “With every slab we break, we have the opportunity to spread the #CBDMOVEMENT” is their driving force to create more CBD oil products which make the benefits of CBD oil more accessible even by people who are not huge fans of directly ingesting oils.
CBDistillery captivated my attention when I saw the number of products that they had. Their CBD products ranged from the tincture oil, gummies, skin care cream, to even lip balm! I didn’t know that cannabidiol had moisturizing properties until I saw the topical products of CBDistillery.
To make this review fair, I also bought CBD oil in its oil form. But, I just couldn’t resist trying their skin care cream and their lip balm. I bought the Full Spectrum CBD Oil tincture concentrate (1000mg/30mL). I used it in the same manner as I did with the Nuleaf Naturals oil. I personally looked at one main thing, its effect at warding off my stress and making my anxiety more manageable.
There’s a reason why I put Nuleaf Naturals on top and its because of how fast it worked on me. I have a fairly normal ritual every night and I made sure that the general conditions of my environment were pretty much the same as I tried these different oils for testing against my anxiety levels.
However, what I liked about CBDistillery were their topical products, namely, the lip balm and their CBDefine Skin care cream. The best thing about these skin products is that they are also made from the Non-GMO/Pesticide-free hemp plants that the oil tincture is derived from. Both the skin care cream and the lip balm contains all the natural moisturizing ingredients like shea butter, beeswax, and carnauba wax which all help together to restore and protect your dry skin or lips.
What could be better?
The reason why CBDistillery ended up second to Nuleaf in my review is because of the way that their tincture oil is packaged. If you look at it, it’s a very transparent glass bottle which could risk the precious oil to exposure to light. Light hastens the shelf-life of oil products hence the reason why most expensive brands use amber glass instead of the clear ones.
-CBDistillery manufactures cannabidiol in different forms and can be enjoyed in any of the following:
- Hemp Oil
- Topical (CBDol Topical Salve, lip balm, and CBDefine Skin care cream)
- Vape (Disposable and Reusable Vape Pens and Cartridge)
- THC Free
- Pet Products
-Non-GMO and completely organic
The researchers at CBDMD made extensive research to find out the best place to grow their hemp plants for their cannabidiol production. This research landed them setting up their hemp growing base in Kentucky but with their main headquarters situated in Northern Ireland.
I love the range of products that CBDMD offers its customers. If you’re really going for spreading the benefits of cannabidiol, it is smart to diversify your products to suit more customers.
For the first order of business, I started my purchase with their tincture drops and made another more interesting purchase with their both bomb.
CBDMD’s cannabidiol tincture drops come in two different sizes, 30ml and 60ml. The 30ml cannabidiol is contained in amber glass bottles and has an even wider variety of doses that range from 30mg per bottle to 250mg. They are also flavored which is great for people who do not like the actual taste of CBD oil. Each of these flavors (mint, orange, and berry) mask the natural taste CBD oils for easier consumption. Despite this trick, I still find that Nuleaf CBD oil was more responsive to my needs.
CBDMD’s another attractive product are bath bombs. I am not new to the bath bomb game and I am fairly satisfied with Lush bath bombs, but the bath bombs from CBDMD gave my skin another level of softness and suppleness. The scent was also to die for, which was a perfect nightcap along with some glass of rose. Nothing could get chiller than that, in my opinion!
Another product worth mentioning from their line was the CBD Freeze Pain Relief. I have random headaches which sometimes turn into more painful migraines. This product was very convenient and I would roll it on my temples and on my nape whenever I get these attacks. I am pain-free within minutes. For my headaches, I would use CBDMD’s CBD Freeze 750mg roller. It’s convenient, easy to carry around, and the product doesn’t give me any greasy feeling nor doesn’t give off any smell which would give away that I put some topical ointment. Nothing could be better than this topical ointment roller!
What could be better?
To keep this review simple, I just looked into the common products that each distributor had. In my opinion, the level of potency of Nuleaf naturals was incomparable to any of the other distributors’ CBD oil that I reviewed. But again, these opinions on efficacy are subject to my own experience.
-CBD oil products come in the form of Oil Tincture drops, CBD Oil Capsules, CBD Vape-Oil, CBD Gummies, CBD Topicals (roll-on or topical cream form), and bath bombs.
-Non-GMO, completely organic, and pesticide-free
-CBD oil for pets is available in peanut butter and catnip flavors.
-Third-party lab test was completed by SCLabs.
-Uses CO2 Extraction in low temperatures to ensure the purity of oils.
I am all for minimalism and Populum has a similar framework as Nuleaf Naturals. Populum keeps its product presentation very clear, simple, and straight-forward. Populum offers full-spectrum cannabidiol oil which, could potentially contain traces of THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol. THC is the substance present in the hemp plant that gives it its psychoactive properties meaning, this substance directly affects the brain. My fear of getting THC traces in my system dissuaded me from making Populum my number 1 CBD oil.
Their CBD oil uses different oils as “carrier oil”. These oils are graciously indicated on their product labels and these are coconut oil, grapeseed oil, virgin coconut oil, hemp seed oil, orange oil, and an added stevia extract. In my opinion, the addition of orange oil and stevia extract made the Populum CBD oil easier to swallow. I loved the hint of orange and the stevia extract gave it a little sweetness which I very much appreciated.
The product which I loved from Populum was the Cold Therapy Hemp Rub. Just as what they advertised, the hemp rub was cool and I felt the relief I needed for my sore legs and feet after a long day. I loved using this rub after my workouts which, aside from its cooling and relaxing effect, also made my skin in these areas very soft. It was non-greasy and had a faint aloe vera smell, which was very refreshing.
Overall, I loved the minimalist presentation of their products. Their label designs were very soft but have a touch of cleanliness which is exactly what their product was all about. Clean CBD oil, proven by third-party lab test results.
What could be better?
Like I said earlier, Populum and Nuleaf somehow share the same idea and value of creating “simpler and cleaner” products which are the reason why they have such limited product choices compared to the other CBD distributors I reviewed here.
Another thing that consumers found to be a cause of concern was that their lab test results were presented in their own way. Unlike CBDMD that posted their results in the original format that came from the lab, Populum could maybe follow how CBDMD and Nuleaf are presenting their test results.
-Even though the CBD oil is quite pricey, the quality is great. Oil is contained in a little amber bottle.
-Responsive customer service.
-Discounted prices if you purchase their monthly subscription.
Green Roads CBD is a CBD manufacturer and distributor based in Florida. Green Roads CBD use certified organic hemp seed and certified Non-GMO, which are grown without any pesticides. After this, they extract the CBD oil using Supercritical Carbon Dioxide extraction process at low temperatures and at the highest pressures. Using this process, they are able to derive only the purest CBD and other derivatives without THC, the compound that causes psychoactivity.
Just when I thought that CBDistillery had the widest range of products available, I was met by the selections available on Green Roads. Among this list of CBD oil distributors that I reviewed, Green Roads had more than the standard capsule, gummies, and topical CBD.
I used my Green Roads CBD oil for my headaches which I found very effective for this specific use. I would take the recommended dose whenever I get a headache attack which would then immediately go away. What’s even better is that this has a slight sweetness compared to Nuleaf Naturals CBD oil, which to me, tasted very earthy. However, unlike Nuleaf, Green Roads CBD oil took a while to have an effect on my stress levels. It wasn’t as quick to have an effect on my insomnia.
Since Green Roads CBD has a wide range of products, I tried their coffee! I’m a huge fan of coffee. Such a huge fan that I’ve made a whole review of the ten best espresso machines available on Amazon. Their CBD infused coffee has all the benefits that you can get from coffee, plus, the amazing benefits of taking in CBD. Green Roads CBD promised that they made sure that their CBD products did not have any traces of THC, which was important because I drank this coffee while I was working. No foggy brain, just completely full of energy and relaxed mood throughout the day even when the day was very demanding.
What could be better?
With the quality of the product that Green Roads is making, their shipping and packaging still have some room for improvements. For one, if you order minimal items that do not meet their “free shipping” option, you will be met with a staggering delivery cost. Also worth mentioning as area for improvement is their packaging. Since these products are cased in fragile bottles, I think they should bubble wrap their CBD oils to protect it from any untoward breakage.
-Dropper has a measuring scale printed.
-Available in individually packed daily doses.
-Pharmacist-formulated and proudly made in the USA.
-Free shipping on orders $100 and above all across the USA
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Tips on How to Take CBD for Maximum Efficacy
My way of taking CBD oil is oral. I place the recommended dosage under my tongue for optimal absorption. I also take it when my stomach is full. While this may not sound pleasing for some, there are several other ways that you can take your CBD oil to enjoy its maximum efficacy. Here are three other methods to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your CBD.
- Vape Pen or through Inhalation – One of the quickest ways to get CBD into your system. If you’re fond of using a vape pen, you can definitely try looking into CBD oils specialized for this use. It’s hassle free and works fast.
- Topical – If the problem that you’re trying to address is sore muscles, you can directly apply CBD in the form of creams. This targets the painful muscle without the CBD ever entering your bloodstream directly.
- Inserted vaginally or anally – several distributors have designed CBD in the form of vaginal or anal suppositories. Taking CBD in this manner directly targets pain in the area which is great especially for women who have painful periods.
I hope that this post gave you good information on which CBD oils to buy. There are a lot in the market today and it’s important to practice caution before buying, after all, it’s not affordable because of its medical value. For the purest kind of CBD, go for NuLeaf Naturals. If you’re looking for more versatile products, check out CBDistillery, CBDMD or Green Roads.
by Darion Robinson