I often get people asking me what the most effective CBD product is.
Perhaps they’ve tried a weak CBD oil from Holland & Barrett and didn’t feel much.
Maybe they’ve tried a few products from different companies – e-liquid, gummy bears or some other CBD edible – and still feel nothing.
They’d be forgiven for thinking that the hype around CBD is just that; hype. Or maybe that think they have a high tolerance and, therefore, there’s little point in using CBD.
To these people, my first question is always, ‘have you tried CBD flower?’
1. The most effective CBD product: CBD flower
In my experience, CBD flower is unrivalled in its effects.
Because it is literally the raw, dried flower of the cannabis plant (legally known as ‘hemp’ due to its low THC content), when you consume it, you are getting the full spectrum of cannabis compounds.
So along with good amounts of CBD, you also get other trace cannabinoids (including THC), terpenes, flavonoids, phenols, and more.
All of these compounds can have their own effects and can even work with each other in what’s known as the ‘entourage effect’.
I believe this is the reason that CBD flower is so effective.
If you want to know more about how it feels to smoke CBD flower, read this:
Another reason CBD flower can be so effective is the high levels of CBD that some strains have. There’s plenty available in the UK with up to 20% CBD, which equates to 200mg per gram!
If you want to buy some high-quality CBD flower, here is a list of where you can find the very best in the UK.
2. The second most effective CBD product: Full spectrum CBD concentrates/extracts
CBD concentrates or extracts are basically the essential oil of hemp flower. It’s made by putting the flower is put through an extraction process which separates the oil and the plant matter.
In the resulting extract you get all the cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and all the other compounds that make up the plant’s essential oil.
As CBD concentrates are so, well, concentrated, they are very effective. In fact, just a small amount of a good CBD extract goes a long way.
Concentrates come in a variety of forms. They include crumble, crystals, wax, shatter, and more. While this may be confusing, just know that they are all very similar and the main difference between them is their consistency – wax is wax-like, crystals are crystal-like, shatter is glass-like, and crumble is, you guessed it, crumbly.
Our favourite CBD extracts in the UK include this ‘broad-spectrum’ (meaning it has had THC removed but still maintains all other compounds) 80% CBD wax from Hemp Elf, this 85% CBD crumble from CBD Life, and any of these great tasting CBD crystals from Synergy Extracts.
3. The third most effective CBD product: A high-strength oil
No doubt, there are a lot of weak and low-quality CBD oils on the market in the UK. Many don’t even have CBD in them, in fact.
However, if you find a reputable brand that knows what they’re doing, try one of their strongest oils and you’ll have no problem feeling the beneficial effects of CBD.
In fact, most scientific studies on CBD are done with much higher doses than is usually recommended by CBD companies selling to the public.
While 10-50mg of CBD per day seems to be the most commonly cited dosage suggestion, most studies use upwards of 600mg as a starting base.
That’s not to say lower doses don’t have any effect. In some people, it only takes a few milligrams for noticeable effects. The key is to experiment and see what works for you.
If you fell a high-strength oil might be right for you, one of the best available in the UK is this 30% CBD oil sold by For The Ageless.
And if you’re not a fan of oil, check out this list we compiled of the strongest CBD products in the UK. You’re bound to find something that suits you.