CBD oil has become incredibly popular over the last year or so. You’ve probably heard how it’s one of the most potent anti-inflammatories around, how it can reliably reduce anxiety, and even how it can relieve pain.
But not all CBD oils are equal. Some seem to be more effective than others. This could be for many reasons but the main ones are probably a lack of care and attention in the manufacturing process and companies attempting to cut corners in order to cash in on a lucrative market.
That’s why we have vetted the best CBD oils in the UK to help you pick the one that is right for you. All the brands featured take the utmost pride in their products and have crafted them with the aim of helping customers in mind.
The following products are of the highest quality, they have been expertly formulated, and have undergone rigorous testing by third-party laboratories. We’ve also included the best value CBD oils in the UK, as well as some unique products from trusted brands.
But first, let’s take a look at CBD – how to take it, how it works, and its legal status in the UK.
What is CBD oil?
So CBD is short for cannabidiol – a compound found in the flowers (buds) of cannabis plants. It is one of many cannabis-derived compounds known as cannabinoids. Others include THC (which gets you high), CBDa (the precursor to CBD) and CBG.
CBD oil is a preparation that contains cannabidiol (CBD) suspended in a carrier oil. Common carrier oils include coconut oil, hemp seed oil and olive oil.
How do you take CBD oil?
The most common method to consume CBD oil is sublingual, which means ‘under the tongue’. Simply squeeze a drop or two (or however much you need) under your tongue and hold it there for about 90 seconds.
This part of your mouth is very absorbent and will quickly allow the CBD oil to pass into your bloodstream.
IS CBD oil legal in the UK?
Yes, CBD oil is completely legal in the UK. While restrictions were brought in by the MHRA in 2016, these only prevented companies from selling CBD as a medicine.
Therefore, you will see that all trustworthy brands clearly state that their products are not for medicinal use and do not make any health claims.
What to look for when buying CBD oil in the UK
There are a few things to keep in mind when buying CBD oil in the UK, whether online or in a shop.
- Stick to trusted brands with reviews
Lots of 5-star reviews on the brand’s website or something like Trust Pilot is one of the surest signs that you are ordering a high-quality product.
- Be suspicious of very low prices
If it sounds too good to be true, it might be.
- Know what you want
Depending on how much processing it’s been through, CBD oil can be dark, thick and bitter or it can be golden, tasteless or even quite sweet. Therefore, it’s best to have an idea about what you want in an oil before you make a purchase.
- Ask questions
And don’t be afraid to ask companies questions if you’re confused about anything. They’re happy to help. And feel free to ask us anything, also.
1. CBD Armour Silver (10ml -1,000mg CBD – £30)
CBD Armour’s Silver Full Spectrum CBD Oil is, as far as we can tell, the best value CBD oil in the UK. Each 10ml bottle contains 1,000mg of CBD and costs just £30. We haven’t found a better deal yet.
We also like CBD Armour Silver for its simplicity – it has just two ingredients, both derived from the cannabis plant: full spectrum hemp extract and organic hemp seed oil. It contains no other chemicals, flavours or preservatives. We appreciate this. Although the taste is not the best.
2. Hemptouch (10ml – 500mg CBD – £27.90)
Hemptouch is a leading Slovenian CBD brand that focuses on hemp-based skin care products. Their 500mg CBD oil, therefore, is designed to be gentle on the skin as well as good for it.
Again, just two ingredients make up this oil: full spectrum hemp extract and olive oil. It’s ideal for rubbing on sore joints, cuts and bruises, as well as taking under your tongue.
3. CBDistillery 2,500mg CBD Oil from Hemp Botanics (30ml – 2500mg CBD – Sale: £120)
The first CBD oil on our list that is made from American-grown hemp. CBDistillery uses hemp grown in Colorado, a state that has a legal recreational and medical cannabis market. Cannabis growing regulations are therefore tighter in the state, meaning the hemp grown there is of the highest quality.
This 30ml bottle contains whopping 2,500mg of CBD-rich hemp oil extracted from some of the finest hemp plants in the world. It’s been mixed with MCT oil from coconuts to enhance its absorption. Check out London-based Hemp Botanics for more high-quality CBD products from America.
4. KannaSwiss Water Soluble Full Spectrum Hemp Extract from HempElf – (30ml – 150mg CBD – Sale: £40)
KannaSwiss is one of Switzerland’s best CBD brands. Since becoming one of the first to bring legal CBD flower and hash to Europe, they have now released an impressive range of CBD products made from the best Swiss hemp.
This Water Soluble Full Spectrum Hemp Extract, being sold by UK-based HempElf, is one of the first water-soluble CBD products in the UK. And according to their website, “water-soluble CBD that is ingested as a liquid is absorbed more directly by the body and so its effect is much more pronounced than its equivalent oil form.”
Therefore, while this 30ml bottle has a modest 150mg CBD content, it is approximately 4 times as powerful than an oil-based CBD product with an equivalent concentration. The taste isn’t horrible either.
5. Raised Spirit 10% CBD Oil (10ml – 1,000mg CBD – £64.99)
Founded by professional MMA fighter Nick Osipczak, Raised Spirit is made with athletes and active people in mind. Nick is passionate about the potential of hemp, especially since CBD was approved by the World Anti-Doping Agency, better known as the WADA.
Made with nothing but full spectrum hemp extract and hemp seed oil, this 10ml bottle contains 1,000 mg of CBD. And you can rest assure that each batch is accurately lab tested to ensure its suitability for athletes in all sports.
6. Full Spectrum CBD Spray From Cannbidolpharm – (10ml – 1,000mg)
If using a small dropper is awkward or inconvenient for you, Cannabidolpharm, has created a handy CBD oil spray. Instead of squeezing drops under your tongue, you simply spray a few times under your tongue.
Designed for new and experienced users alike, the spray contains organic full-spectrum hemp extract (including CBD, CBDA, CBG and CBC) suspended in organic virgin hemp seed oil. You can read our in-depth review of Cannabidolpharm’s 500mg spray here.
7. Blue Edition CBD Oil from CBD Brothers (10ml – 500mg CBD – £17.95)
One of the leaders of the UK CBD industry, CBD brothers are a good-willed and honest company who offer a superb range of CBD products at affordable prices. Their Blue Edition CBD Oil is made with a 25% CBD hemp extract from outdoor-grown, organic hemp plants, along with cold-pressed hemp seed oil.
It’s one of their most popular products and has exceptional reviews. All their products are made at their own specifically built laboratory located in Suffolk.
8. Pharmahemp 5% CBD Oil with Curcumin & Black Pepper (10ml – 500mg CBD – £34.98)
This is a unique product in that it combines three other powerful ingredients to act alongside a hemp extract that features a full range of cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and nutrients.
Its ingredients are organic hemp extract, curcumin from turmeric, black pepper (which is known to work synergistically with curcumin), and an olive oil base. For someone who wants the added effect of other therapeutic plants alongside a CBD-rich extract, there’s nothing comparable to this on the UK CBD market.
9. Organic CBD Coconut Oil from Raised Spirit (196ml – 1,000mg CBD – £59.99)
Not your traditional CBD oil which is taken via a dropper, this is hemp-infused organic coconut oil with 1,000mg of CBD. As it’s made with coconut oil, its solid at room temperature. It’s perfect for cooking with, throwing into smoothies and coffee (blended), or using on your skin, hair and teeth.
Again, UK-based Raised Spirit feature on this list. This is because they have a top class range of products and a company ethos we respect. We’ve also heard they are coming out with a hemp protein powder that actually tastes good!
10. 20% Raw CBD Oil From Aura – (10ml – 2,000 mg CBDa – £59.99)
This CBD oil is unique in that it contains CBDa, the acidic precursor to CBD that comes with its own benefits.
Suspended in hemp seed oil, this full-spectrum 20% oil also contains a strong terpene profile, fatty acids and antioxidants.