Top 15 Best CBD Oils | October 2020 | CBDnerds.com

Paul James
Authored: Aug 12, 2020
Updated: Oct 5, 2020
Best CBD Oils

CBD Oils | Best of 2020

Cannabidiol (CBD) oils and tinctures are the most popular products sold by the CBD industry. Consumers have reported using CBD oil for therapeutic purposes such as treating anxiety, reducing pain levels and inflammation, as well as managing epilepsy.

 

With a growing number of brands releasing their products into the market, choosing the right product for you can seem like a daunting task. This is why we’ve compiled a list of our favorite CBD oils - taking into consideration different factors such as extract type, potency, price, and flavor variations. We invite you to read along and learn more about the products that we found to be the best CBD oils currently on the market!

 

Top Ranking CBD Oils

1.) NuLeaf Naturals

Nuleaf Naturals Full Spectrum Hemp CBD Oil

Rating 5/ 5

Extract Type: Full-spectrum

Total CBD Range: 300mg - 6,000mg

Potency Range: 30mg per serving

Price Range: $38.50 - $1,953.40

Value ($/mg): $0.10 - $0.12 per mg

THC Content: <0.3%

Lab Report: See Here

Flavor Variations: 1

Potency Variations1

 

NuLeaf Naturals Pros:

 

NuLeaf Naturals Cons:

  • Only 1 flavor and potency variation

 

NuLeaf Naturals is unique compared to other CBD companies reviewed here as the entire focus of their company is on CBD oils. This has allowed them to develop a high-quality, all-natural blend that can be purchased in a variety of different sizes.

 

The variation in their CBD oil is seen in the different sizes they offer rather than varying potencies and flavors. You can purchase NuLeaf Naturals’ blend in either 5 mL, 15 mL, 30 mL, 50 mL, or 100 mL. Each size gives you the option to buy either a single tincture, a 2-pack, or a 3-pack. The larger the pack size, the more you save on a per milligram (mg) basis.

 

With over 20,000 positive reviews on their website, it is no surprise that NuLeaf Naturals are a leader in the CBD industry. The only downside to their high-quality CBD oils is the fact that they can’t be purchased in stronger or weaker potencies. While 30mg is considered an average dose of CBD, some may find it to be a bit too much or a bit too little.

 

2.) Kat's Naturals

Kat's Naturals Heal Drops

Rating 5/ 5

Extract Type: Full-spectrum and Isolate

Total CBD Range: 300mg - 10,000mg

Potency Range: 10mg - 100mg per serving

Price Range: $18.00 - $299.99

Value ($/mg): $0.2 - $0.36 per mg

THC Content: <0.3% (full-spectrum) or 0.0% (isolate)

Lab Report: See Here

Flavor Variations: 5

Potency Variations3

 

Kat’s Naturals Pros:

  • Offers both full-spectrum and CBD isolate blends
  • Offers all CBD oils in a sample-size to give you a cheaper taste
  • Offers a subscription service to help you save

 

Kat’s Naturals Cons:

  • Flavor and potency combinations are pre-determined, not all flavors can be purchased in a variety of potencies

 

Kat’s Naturals takes CBD to a whole new level, offering a tincture that contains upwards of 10,000mg per bottle (100mg per dose)! This is by far one of the strongest products currently on the market. If you’re in the market for a product with a strong CBD kick, look no further than Kat’s Naturals.

 

And if you’re a new user who’s still trying to find the right CBD company to try, Kat’s Naturals may also be the one for you. Not only do they offer potencies as low as 10mg per serving, but they have sample sizes available for less than $30.00. Furthermore, their CBD oils can be purchased in either a CBD isolate or full-spectrum extract.

 

It is important to mention that the sample sizes offered are some of the priciest on our list on a per milligram (mg) basis. For this reason, we would only suggest these samples for those who still aren’t sure whether CBD will work for them or not. If you are concerned, we definitely suggest Kat's Naturals as they offer one of the best CBD oils on our list!

 

3.) Green Roads

Green Roads Hemp Oil

Rating 5/ 5

Extract Type: Full-spectrum and Broad-spectrum

Total CBD Range: 300mg - 1,500mg

Potency Range: 10mg - 50mg per mL

Price Range: $44.99 - $149.99

Value ($/mg): $0.09 - $0.15 per mg

THC Content: <0.3% (full-spectrum) or 0.0% (broad-spectrum)

Lab Report: See Here

Flavor Variations: 3

Potency Variations3

 

Green Roads Pros:

  • Offers tinctures in both full-spectrum and broad-spectrum
  • Offers a 25mg single doses for $2.99 each

 

Green Roads Cons:

  • Flavors only available for broad-spectrum extract

 

Green Roads currently offers its popular CBD oils in two extract types - full-spectrum and broad-spectrum. This is a great choice to have for those who either want all of CBD’s rich cannabinoids and terpenes or those who prefer to avoid consuming products that may contain THC. Unfortunately, their two unique flavors - Apple Kiwi Bliss, and Mint Breeze - are only available in their broad-spectrum formula.

 

One interesting aspect of Green Roads is that they offer a sample of their CBD oils. While a number of other companies do this by offering a smaller bottle, Green Roads samples provide you with a full dropper. We prefer Green Roads’ method more appealing as we found that it significantly cuts down the cost of sampling CBD products for new users.

 

4.) Hemplucid

Hemplucid Full-Spectrum CBD in MCT Oil Tincture

Rating 5/ 5

Extract Type: Full-spectrum and Broad-spectrum

Total CBD Range: 250mg - 2,000mg

Potency Range: 8.33mg - 66.66mg per mL

Price Range: $39.95 - $199.95

Value ($/mg): $0.09 - $0.15 per mg

THC Content: <0.3% (full-spectrum) or 0.0% (broad-spectrum)

Lab Report: See Here

Flavor Variations: 1

Potency Variations5

 

Hemplucid Pros:

  • Offers water-soluble CBD tincture
  • Offers CBD in either MCT oil or hemp seed oil

 

Hemplucid Cons:

  • No flavor variations

 

Hemplucid is the only CBD brand on our list that offers its tincture in a water-soluble formula. And since cannabidiol itself isn’t water-soluble, this is beneficial to those who like to add their CBD oil in drinks. So, if you’re a fan of adding a few drops of CBD to your morning coffee, look no further than Hemplucid.

 

They currently offer their CBD in five different potencies - 250mg, 500mg, 1,000mg, 1,500mg, and 2,000mg. Each of these can be purchased in either a full-spectrum or broad-spectrum blend. Furthermore, you have the option to choose between two different carrier oils - either MCT oil or hemp seed oil.

 

The variety Hemplucid offers sets it apart from the competition. Most companies have different potencies and flavors, but Hemplucid gives you the ability to mix and match potencies, carrier oils, and extract types. The only real downside we found to Hemplucid is the lack of flavor option in their product, this means that the taste of your product may vary from batch to batch.

 

5.) Spruce

Spruce 2400mg Lab Grade CBD Oil

Rating 4.5/ 5

Extract Type: Full-spectrum

Total CBD Range: 750mg - 2,400mg

Potency Range: 25mg - 80mg per mL

Price Range: $89.00 - $269.00

Value ($/mg): $0.11 per mg

THC Content: <0.3%

Lab Report: See Here

Flavor Variations: 1

Potency Variations2

 

Spruce Pros:

  • Each tincture can be purchased with a different carrier oil (organic hemp seed oil and organic coconut MCT oil)
  • Offers a subscription service to help you save 15% per purchase

 

Spruce Cons:

  • CBD oils aren’t available in flavor variations

 

While Spruce may be one of the newer companies on our list, they’ve already made a name for themselves within the CBD industry. Their CBD oil tinctures are made using all-natural gluten-free and vegan ingredients, and each drop of these oils is powerfully rich in cannabinoids and terpenes.

 

One of the unique aspects of Spruce’s tinctures is the fact that you can purchase them in different carrier oils - either organic hemp seed oil or organic coconut MCT oil. While these carrier oils don’t have a significant impact on how CBD will affect you, it’s a nice option for those who’ve wanted to try an alternative to their favorite brand’s carrier oil as well as those who may have some allergies to one or more of those oils.

 

The only downside to Spruce is the fact that their tinctures lack variety. There are currently only 2 potency options and no flavor options. Since Spruce is a relatively newer company in comparison to others on this list, we’re hopeful that this will change in the future.

 

6.) Joy Organics

Joy Organics CBD Oil

Rating 4.5/ 5

Extract Type: Broad-spectrum

Total CBD Range: 225mg - 1,350mg

Potency Range: 7.5mg - 45mg per serving

Price Range: $29.95 - $99.95

Value ($/mg): $0.07 - $0.13 per mg

THC Content: 0.0%

Lab Report: See Here

Flavor Variations: 4

Potency Variations4

 

Joy Organics Pros:

  • Tinctures offered in a sampler pack along with other CBD products
  • CBD oils batches are regularly tested in a 3rd-party lab
  • Free shipping on all orders

 

Joy Organics Cons:

  • Tinctures can only be purchased in a 30 mL bottle

 

Joy Organics is another reputable brand within the CBD industry, and its high-quality CBD oils are definitely one of the reasons the company has gained so much popularity.

 

Each of these tinctures is made using a broad-spectrum hemp extract. This means each dosage contains a wide variety of rich phytocannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids – except for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). So, if you are worried about any psychoactive effects or failing a drug test, Joy Organics’ CBD oils are a safer choice than most other products.

 

Their high-quality blend can be purchased in 4 different potencies - 225mg, 450mg, 900mg, and 1,350mg. Each of these potencies can then be enhanced with one of Joy Organics’ delicious all-natural flavors - Tranquil Mint, Super Lemon, Orange Bliss, and Natural.

 

7.) Koi Naturals

Koi Naturals Hemp Extract CBD Oil Tincture

Rating 4.5/ 5

Extract Type: Broad-spectrum

Total CBD Range: 200mg - 3,000mg

Potency Range: 8.3mg - 50mg per mL

Price Range: $29.99 - $179.99

Value ($/mg): $0.05 - $0.11 per mg

THC Content: <0.001%

Lab Report: See Here

Flavor Variations: 6

Potency Variations6

 

Koi Naturals Pros:

  • Koi Naturals is a member of the U.S. Hemp Roundtable, Hemp Industries Association, and California Hemp Council
  • Offers subscription service to help you save 10% per tincture
  • 30-day money-back guarantee

 

Koi Naturals Cons:

  • Tinctures are not offered in bundle packs
  • Uses some artificial flavoring

 

Koi Naturals offers an impressive set of flavors for customers. Each of their tinctures can be purchased in either Lemon-Lime, Orange, Peppermint, Spearmint, Strawberry, or a Natural Flavor, and these flavors are available in their 30 mL and 60 mL tinctures.

 

Each size comes with its own set of potency ranges. 30 mL CBD oils can be purchased containing a total of 250mg, 500mg, 1,000mg, or 2,000mg of broad-spectrum CBD extract. Whereas the 60 mL comes in 1,500mg or 3,000mg of total CBD. This assortment in potency makes it more accessible and practical for both new users and long-time CBD users to enjoy Koi CBD’s products.

 

The only downside to Koi CBD is the fact that their tinctures cannot be purchased in bundles. However, if you are a regular CBD user looking for an economical way to buy your CBD oil, you can opt for a monthly subscription service which allows you to save 10% per tincture.

 

8.) Charlotte's Web

Charlotte's Web CBD Oil

Rating 4.5/ 5

Extract Type: Full-spectrum

Total CBD Range: 210mg - 600mg

Potency Range: 7mg - 60mg per mL

Price Range: $24.99 - $274.99

Value ($/mg): $0.08 - $0.14 per mg

THC Content: <0.3%

Lab Report: See Here

Flavor Variations: 4

Potency Variations4

 

Charlotte’s Web Pros:

  • Certified by U.S. Hemp Authority
  • Wide range of available potencies (from 7mg to 60mg per serving)
  • All CBD oil batches are 3rd-party tested

 

Charlotte’s Web Cons:

  • Lab reports require a lot number (purchase required to view reports)

 

Charlotte’s Web has developed a reputation for itself as one of the highest quality CBD brands on the market. Once you become familiar with their collection of CBD oils, it’s easy to see where this company got its reputation. Charlotte’s Web’s offers some of the best CBD oils, each of which is made with a full-spectrum extract and all-natural ingredients.

 

The range of products means there is something here for everyone in terms of potency and flavor. If you are new to CBD, no need to worry! Charlotte’s Web offers some beginner dosages with potency ranging from 7mg to 17mg per serving. If you’re an experienced user and are looking for something stronger, they also offer potencies as high as 50mg to 60mg per serving.

 

Additionally, Charlotte’s Web offers bundle packs that come with a variety of tinctures. Our personal favorite is their AM/PM bundle which offers two 30mL CBD oils (one at 7mg per serving, the other 17mg) at a discounted price. What we like most about this pack is that Charlotte's Web allows you to pick and choose from any of their four flavors: Olive Oil, Lemon Twist, Mint Chocolate, and Orange Blossom.

 

9.) cbdMD

cbdMD CBD Oil

Rating 4/ 5

Extract Type: Broad-spectrum

Total CBD Range: 300mg - 7,500mg

Potency Range: 10mg - 250mg per mL

Price Range: $29.99 - $339.99

Value ($/mg): $0.04 - $0.09 per mg

THC Content: 0.0%

Lab Report: See Here

Flavor Variations: 4

Potency Variations7

 

cbdMD Pros:

  • Wide variety of potencies and flavor options
  • One of the lower price points for CBD oil on our list
  • Free 2-3 day shipping on all orders

 

cbdMD Cons:

  • Stronger tinctures (5,000mg and 7,500mg) have less flavor varieties

 

A notable trait of cbdMD is the fact that they try to make their products accessible to everybody. They do this is by pricing their product lower than the competition. Yet even at lower prices, cbdMD maintains the high-quality standards that have made the brand a common name within the CBD industry.

 

cbdMD’s selection of tinctures is another way they’ve built their reputation in the market. Each tincture is made using a broad-spectrum organic hemp extract and comes in a variety of all-natural flavors: Berry, Mint, Orange, and Natural.

 

These flavors can be purchased in five different potencies, ranging from 300mg to 3,000mg per bottle. If you’re looking for something even stronger, cbdMD has you covered with 5,000mg and 7,500mg options - though, these are only available in the Natural and Berry flavors.

 

10.) PureKana

PureKana Mint CBD Oil

Rating 4/ 5

Extract Type: Full-spectrum

Total CBD Range: 300mg - 5,000mg

Potency Range: 7.5mg - 83.3mg per serving

Price Range: $54.00 - $390.00

Value ($/mg): $0.07 - $0.18 per mg

THC Content: <0.3%

Lab Report: On individual product pages

Flavor Variations: 4

Potency Variations5

 

PureKana Pros:

  • Offers a wide variety in terms of flavor and potency
  • Free shipping on all orders

 

PureKana Cons:

  • Flavors vary depending on the strength (for example, 5,000mg doesn’t come in multiple flavors)

 

PureKana is one of those CBD brands well-known for their variety in CBD products. However, what truly sets them apart has to be their high-quality full-spectrum CBD oils. Each of these is developed using solvent-free CO2 extraction which means that these products are completely free of contaminants.

 

Currently, PureKana offers their CBD oils in five different potencies - 300mg, 600mg, 1,000mg, 2,500mg, and a staggering 5,000mg! While this variety is great to ensure different strengths for different types of users, we were a bit disappointed to see that not all PureKana’s delicious flavors could be purchased in each strength.

 

Their flavor list currently offers mint, vanilla, citrus, and natural. Admittedly, these aren’t the most unique flavors available within the CBD market. However, they’re the perfect tastes to mask the “earthy” flavor of hemp extract.

 

11.) Premium Jane

Premium Jane Citrus CBD Tincture

Rating 4/ 5

Extract Type: Full-spectrum

Total CBD Range: 300mg - 5,000mg

Potency Range: 7.2mg - 62.5mg per serving

Price Range: $48.00 - $275.00

Value ($/mg): $0.05 - $0.16 per mg

THC Content: <0.3%

Lab Report: On individual product pages

Flavor Variations: 5

Potency Variations5

 

Premium Jane Pros:

  • Subscription service available to help you save
  • Free shipping within the United States for all products
  • 30-day money-back guarantee

 

Premium Jane Cons:

  • According to Premium Jane customer reviews, deliveries can take longer than desired

 

Premium Jane is another company famous for its variety of CBD products. However, their most popular product remains their versatile selection of CBD oils. Each of these is made using 100% vegan, all-natural ingredients from non-GMO hemp extract.

 

One aspect of Premium Jane’s CBD oil selection we like is their potency range. They currently offer tinctures in 300mg, 600mg, 1,000mg, 3,000mg, and 5,000mg. Whether you’re new to CBD and want to try something small or are a CBD veteran and need something strong, Premium Jane has something for you.

 

Another notable aspect of these CBD oils is their flavors. While you can’t purchase their flavor selection in all strengths, they’ve made sure to keep things tasteful even up into the 5,000mg range. Premium Jane’s flavor options include Mint, Chocolate Mint, Citrus, Luxe Lemon-Lime, and Natural.

 

12.) MedTerra

MedTerra CBD Oil

Rating 3.5/ 5

Extract Type: Broad-spectrum and Isolate

Total CBD Range: 500mg - 3,000mg

Potency Range: 40mg - 80mg per serving

Price Range: $34,99 - $132.99

Value ($/mg): $0.04 - $0.06 per mg

THC Content: 0.0%

Lab Report: See Here

Flavor Variations: 3

Potency Variations3

 

MedTerra Pros:

  • Certified by the U.S. Hemp Authority
  • Offers a CBD + CBG (cannabigerol) tincture
  • Offers a unique “CBD Immune Boost” tincture

 

MedTerra Cons:

  • Website and product selection can be difficult for new users to navigate

 

MedTerra has a distinctive selection of CBD oils that isn’t like their competitors’. For starters, they offer their CBD oil in both a broad-spectrum and an isolated extract. There are a few differences between the two - most notably, they each come in different strengths ranging from 500mg to 3,000mg. However, both of their extracts come in the same delicious flavors of Citrus, Strawberry Mint, or Unflavored.

 

Medterra also offers a CBD + CBG oil tincture which you may find more beneficial than a standard CBD oil product. The reason being is this tincture comes with CBD and CBG at a 1:1 ratio - offering you just as much of each cannabinoid per dose.

 

Furthermore, they also offer what they call a “CBD Immune Boost” tincture. This tincture is designed similarly to those mentioned above, the only difference being it has several additional all-natural ingredients that can help boost your immune system. These include Elderberry, Vitamin C, Ginger Root, Ashwagandha, Reishi Mushroom, and Lemon Balm.

 

13.) CBDfx

CBDfx CBD Tincture Oil

Rating 3.5/ 5

Extract Type: Full-spectrum

Total CBD Range: 500mg - 1,500mg

Potency Range: 16.66mg - 50mg per mL

Price Range: $34.99 - $152.98

Value ($/mg): $0.05 - $0.06 per mg

THC Content: <0.3%

Lab Report: See Here

Flavor Variations: 1

Potency Variations3

 

CBDfx Pros:

  • Offers a CBD + CBG (cannabigerol) tincture
  • Offers tinctures in bundle pack to help you save

 

CBDfx Cons:

  • All CBD oils come in one flavor

 

CBDfx makes shopping for tinctures simple. You have three main options to choose from, a 500mg, a 1,000mg, or a 1,500mg blend of full-spectrum hemp extract. Each of these only comes in a single all-natural flavor which is admittedly the only downside to these CBD oils. While this isn’t the case for everyone, many users reported finding the organic flavor of hemp extract to be too “earthy.”

 

Another aspect of CBDfx that makes its selection of CBD oils stand out is its CBD + CBG tincture. This product can be purchased in upward of 4,000mg of CBD with 2,000mg of CBG. Cannabigerol is another phytocannabinoid found within the hemp plant that has several potential health benefits, including mood regulation, anti-inflammatory attributes, and managing the growth of cancer cells.

 

14.) Royal CBD

Royal CBD Oil

Rating 3.5/ 5

Extract Type: Full-spectrum

Total CBD Range: 250mg - 2,500mg

Potency Range: 8mg - 83mg per serving

Price Range: $49.00 - $229.00

Value ($/mg): $0.09 - $0.19 per mg

THC Content: <0.3%

Lab Report: Not available on website

Flavor Variations: 3

Potency Variations4

 

Royal CBD Pros:

  • Offers a subscription service to help you save money
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • Free shipping on all orders

 

Royal CBD Cons:

  • Certificate of analysis not available on website

 

Using supercritical CO2 extraction, Royal CBD has developed one of the highest-quality CBD oils currently on the market. Each of their full-spectrum blends is made using all-organic ingredients. According to Royal CBD reviews, these tinctures have reportedly helped people overcome anxiety, insomnia, and manage pain.

 

Their selection of tinctures comes in four different potencies - 250mg, 500mg, 1,000mg, and 2,500mg. We found these potencies to be the perfect range for both new and long-time CBD users. Their lower potencies (250mg, 500mg, and 1,000mg) can be purchased in three unique flavors - berry, mint, vanilla, and natural.

 

Royal CBD is regarded as a reputable company and goes as far as testing all their products at a third-party laboratory. Unfortunately, they don’t make these test results available to the public. Even though it’s likely that if you reach out and personally ask for their lab reports, they’ll provide you with the information requested, Royal CBD is the only company on our list that doesn’t readily provide customers with their 3rd-party lab tests.

 

15.) Lazarus Naturals

Lazarus Naturals CBD Oil

Rating 3.5/ 5

Extract Type: Full-spectrum and Isolate

Total CBD Range: 300mg - 6,000mg

Potency Range: 20mg - 50mg per serving

Price Range: $12.00 - $120.00

Value ($/mg): $0.02 - $0.04 per mg

THC Content: <0.3% (full-spectrum) or 0.0% (isolate)

Lab Report: On individual product pages

Flavor Variations: 7

Potency Variations5

 

Lazarus Naturals Pros:

  • Offers both a full-spectrum blend and a THC-free, CBD-isolate blend
  • Cheapest product on our list (on a price per milligram (mg) basis)

 

Lazarus Naturals Cons:

  • Flavors and potencies are mixed-matched - not all flavors can be purchased in Lazarus Naturals’ variety of potencies

 

Lazarus Naturals is one of the only CBD brands on our list that offers both full-spectrum and CBD isolate blends. Each of these blends is available in a standard potency (300mg to 2,400mg) or a high potency (750mg - 6,000mg).

 

When looking at Lazarus Naturals’ selection of tinctures, you’ll notice these potency variations are matched with different flavors. Some flavors can only be purchased in standard potencies and others only in high potencies. While this may not be a huge downside, it can be disappointing to find that certain flavors are not available in your preferred potency.

 

However, Lazarus Naturals makes up for this by offering flavors that are unique in comparison to others mentioned on this list. They offer flavors like French Vanilla, Blood Orange, Chocolate Mint, and Wintermint, and Strawberry Hibiscus.

 

In order to get a better understanding of which flavors go with which potencies, we recommend you view the selection on their website. It is also worth mentioning that Lazarus Naturals offers several sample packs that include a tincture and other CBD products. These samples are great for those who still haven’t tried CBD yet and are trying to find out which consumption method works best for them.

 

What is CBD Oil?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. The cannabis plant is also known to contain several other chemical compounds, similar in structure and function to CBD, which are referred to as phytocannabinoids, one of the most well-known phytocannabinoids is THC. Most CBD products currently on the market are made from the hemp plant as it contains a higher concentration of CBD.

 

Though more research is required to make any conclusive medical claims surrounding CBD and its benefits, the research we do have shows that it might be able to help people that are suffering from several illnesses – this can happen through several ways, including managing pain, lowering anxiety levels, as well as reducing some types of inflammation.

 

CBD oil (sometimes referred to as hemp oil) is a solution made up of a carrier oil - usually MCT coconut oil or hemp seed oil - and hemp extract. The hemp extract used to make the oil comes in one of the following three forms:

 

  • Full-Spectrum - Uses all of hemp’s phytocannabinoids and terpenes.
  • Broad-Spectrum - Uses all of hemp’s phytocannabinoids and terpenes, except for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the cannabinoid responsible for psychoactive effects.
  • CBD Isolate - Pure CBD and no other cannabinoid.

 

CBD oils have become one of the most popular ways to take CBD as they are a practical, easy, and effective consumption method.

 

How Does CBD Oil Work in the Body?

While we still do not fully understand how CBD works within the body, current research does give us some hints. Our bodies contain a biological system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). This system is believed to be responsible for regulating several aspects of our daily life, including our appetite, mood, memory, sleep, immune functioning, and metabolism.

 

The ECS contains three main components: cannabinoid receptors, enzymes, and endocannabinoids. In order to understand how CBD works within the body, we must first understand how these different components work.

 

  • Cannabinoid Receptors – protein structures that can be found in cells throughout the body and are the part of the cell that cannabinoids bind to.
     
  • Enzymes - regulate the function of cannabinoids in the body and break them down at the end of their cycle.
     
  • Endocannabinoids – naturally-produced chemicals that assist in keeping the body’s internal functions at optimal levels.

 

The two receptors responsible for most of CBD’s effects in our body are:

 

  • Cannabinoid Receptor 1 (CB1 Receptors) - located in the central nervous system and regulates our coordination, movement, pain, appetite, memory, mood, and other important functions.
     
  • Cannabinoid Receptor 2 (CB2 Receptors) - located in the peripheral nervous system and manages pain and inflammation.

 

Phytocannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, such as CBD and THC, are very similar in composition and chemical structure to the endocannabinoids naturally produced in our bodies. These similarities allow phytocannabinoids to trigger similar chemical reactions in the body, and therefore produce similar effects on body functions.

 

Unlike THC, researchers have been led to believe that CBD does not like to bind itself directly to our CB1 and CB2 receptors. Instead, it is believed to deliver its effect through binding to other receptors in the body like GPR55, as well as regulating the binding of other endocannabinoids to CB1 and CB2 receptors. The discovery of CBD and the similarities it shares with naturally occurring endocannabinoids gives researches high hopes for potential medical benefits attached to CBD.

 

How Can CBD Oil Help You?

As we mentioned, the research around CBD’s health benefits remains in progress, so there’s only so much that we know with certainty about how CBD can help you. Nonetheless, many people have self-reported that CBD has had strong therapeutic effects in their lives. And these self-reports are often backed up by research to some extent.

 

Here are some of the ways people have reported that CBD has helped them to date:

 

  • Anxiety and Depression - People have become interested in treating anxiety and depression with CBD since it’s all-natural and non-addictive. In one study, researchers gave a group 57 men either an oral dose of CBD or a placebo. They were then asked to undergo a simulated public speaking test. It was discovered that those who had received upwards of 300mg of CBD had a significant reduction in anxiety symptoms.
     
  • Heart Health - One of the biggest interrogators of heart health is having high blood pressure. People with higher blood pressure are at a higher risk of various health conditions, including heart attack, metabolic syndrome, and stroke. A recent study began exploring the role of CBD in treating cardiovascular disorders, and it reported that participants receiving a 600mg dose of CBD oil showed reduced resting blood pressure.
     
  • Pain Relief - Research indicates that CBD works in a way that can reduce certain endocannabinoid receptor activity. Through this, CBD has been found to help reduce pain, as well as act as an anti-inflammatory.
     
  • Reduction of Cancer Cell Growth - CBD has been reported to inhibit the growth of cancer cells within some cancer patients. In addition to directly affecting cancer growth, it’s also been used to combat chemotherapy-related side effects, such as nausea and vomiting.

 

These are just some of the ways in which research has found CBD to help people. If you’re struggling with a particular ailment and curious as to whether or not CBD can help you, discuss your symptoms with your physician. Follow that with your own research – for you might that your ailment has been treated by CBD before.

 

What is the Right CBD Oil Dosage?

Since CBD isn’t approved by the Federal Food & Drug Administration (FDA), there are no established standards for dosing. If you currently own a CBD product, the packaging is likely to include a “suggested use”, and that should give you an idea of a good dose to consume that product in. If you are trying CBD oil for the first time, it’s best to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for dosing until you become familiar with how it affects your body.

 

However, you may find this dosage is not effective for you. This happens to a lot of people and there are a few possible causes for this:

 

  • Ailment - If you’re taking CBD for a more serious ailment (i.e. chronic pain), you’ll naturally need more of it than someone taking CBD for a milder ailment.
     
  • Body Weight - Just like other supplements, our body weight plays a fundamental role in how much CBD we should take. The more you weigh, the more CBD you’ll likely need to feel its effects.
     
  • Potency - On every CBD oil product, you can find a milligram (mg) count. This number describes the potency or strength of the CBD. The higher the number, the stronger the tincture. Lower strengths tend to average between 100mg to 300mg per bottle whereas higher strengths are anything above 1,000mg.
     
  • Tolerance - Our bodies naturally build a tolerance to CBD in time. If you’ve been taking CBD for some time, you may find that you’ve become used to it. Therefore, you’re going to need to take more in order to feel the desired effects.

 

If find yourself feeling like you need to exceed the “suggested use,” then we advise you to start at a low dose and work your way up. This will give you an idea of how CBD affects you and what amount is perfect for you.

 

As for bodyweight and recommended dosage, we prepared a chart (included below) that you can use as a guideline for an average milligram dosage based on your body weight:

 

Body Weight

Average CBD Dose

100 lbs

30mg

125 lbs

38mg

150 lbs

45mg

175 lbs

52mg

200 lbs

60mg

225 lbs

67mg

250 lbs

75 mg

 

Our Criteria for CBD Oil

Since the CBD industry is still unregulated by the FDA, it is important to make sure that you are purchasing high-quality products. When compiling this list, we established a set of criteria that we evaluated the best CBD oil products on this list based on. These criteria include:

 

  • Certificate of Analysis - A reputable CBD brand greatly values and tries to ensure the quality of their product and the safety of their customers. One way they do this is by running CBD production batches through a 3rd-party lab test. These tests measure the exact makeup of the product, including the amounts of each cannabinoid. At the same time, they’ll also test for contaminants, such as heavy metals and pesticides. We recommend that the CBD brand you purchase from offers access to these lab reports.
     
  • Hemp Source - CBD comes from the hemp plant. Therefore, it is vital that the plant itself was grown organically and locally sourced. All brands on our list are involved with their hemp and CBD products from seed to sale.
     
  • Ingredients - CBD oils are typically only made using three ingredients: a carrier oil (usually MCT coconut oil or hemp seed oil), hemp extract, and flavoring. It’s important to ensure that these ingredients meet your dietary specifications, that you aren’t allergic to any of the ingredients, and that they are all-natural.
     
  • Extract Type - As mentioned, CBD comes in three different extract types: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and CBD isolate. To develop a well-rounded list, we made sure to give you a variety of each.
     
  • Potency - We prefer companies that offer a wide range of potencies. These can be viewed through the milligram (mg) count labeled on the CBD product. We made sure to source CBD brands that offered their oils in potencies that are viable for both new users as well as long-time CBD users.
     
  • Pricing - While the price of a CBD oil shouldn’t be a deciding factor of whether you choose to buy a certain product or not, it can give you some insights as to the quality of the CBD. Admittedly, more expensive products tend to be safer and more potency, typically because of higher quality ingredients and advanced manufacturing processes.

 

Potential Side Effects of CBD Oil

If you are currently taking any kind of medication, we strongly advise you to consult your physician before taking CBD oil. Though infrequent, CBD has been reported to negatively interact with certain medications.

 

Even if not currently taking any medication, CBD may still produce some mild side effects. While these side effects are rare, it’s important to keep them in mind:

 

  • Diarrhea
  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Reduced appetite

 

Furthermore, long-term effects of CBD in pregnant women remain unknown. Therefore, the FDA advises caution when CBD is used by pregnant or lactating women. If you are in that group, we suggest avoiding taking CBD altogether.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is CBD Oil Good For?

Currently, the FDA only approves of a CBD-derived medication called Epidiolex for epilepsy. However, self-reports have claimed CBD has helped people with several medical conditions, including anxiety, inflammation, depression, pain, sleep, and nausea.

 

Where to Buy CBD Oil?

Our list above offers 15 of the best CBD oils currently on the market. While we recommend you start with a company from this list, there are numerous other CBD brands you can choose from online. You can also purchase CBD oil from several physical locations, these locations include cannabis dispensaries, tobacco shops, and even some gas stations/supermarkets.

 

How to Take CBD Oil?

If you have purchased CBD oil from a reputable CBD brand, it’s likely that your bottle of CBD oil comes with a set of directions. For most CBD oils, you’ll want to fill a dropper, and then place the oil under your tongue, holding it there for 15 to 30 seconds to allow for adequate absorption.

 

Is CBD Oil Legal?

Yes! Under the 2018 Farm Bill, cannabidiol and hemp were federally legalized.

 

Will CBD Oil Get Me High?

Federal law mandates that all products labeled as CBD oils contain less than 0.3% THC. This makes it highly unlikely that you would get high when taking CBD oil. Nonetheless, it’s worth noting that some highly sensitive people have reported feeling psychoactive effects. That said, if you live in an area where cannabis has been recreationally legalized, you may run into products with a higher THC concentration.

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