Hemptouch is a small family company from Slovenia specialising in topicals, namely natural creams and ointments that are CBD-rich and support skin health. Co-founder Silvija Špehar has a passion for natural skincare and saw the potential of CBD for topical use in synergetic formulas rich in essential oils and organic ingredients. When Hemptouch launched in 2014, Silvija’s formulas soon became popular via word of mouth and today has grown to become one of the most influential European CBD skincare brands. Widely retailed in the UK, Hemptouch offers the guarantee of overseeing the entire production process - from the growing of Cannabis Sativa L. in their own fields to the formulation and manufacturing of their products for topical use. Hemptouch also supplies a medium-strength 15% extract in an olive oil base. If you’re looking for quality CBD products from an ethical, small, European manufacturer, you’ll like Hemptouch.
The added stevia herb extract sweetener, along with the real citrus fruit flavor, ensured it tasted great and I only needed about 15mg of CBD (three x 5mg sprays) for the effects I was looking for. It dissolves very quickly, so all you have to do is spray some beneath your tongue and swallow. If, for some reason, the citrus taste is too strong, you can spray it into water and drink it.
Always striving to source full-spectrum products (rich in other synergetic cannabinoids like CBDa), when Love Hemp launched, it focused on bringing fine organic hemp oils from the EU, particularly from the Czech Republic, into the UK market. For a while, they partnered with Endoca, who allowed them to source organic hemp material from mainland Europe which they would white label under their premium brand in the UK. Later on, when cannabis legislation changed in the USA, they tested Colorado-grown organic hemp from a company called Folium and, because of their guaranteed high quality, they decided this would become the principal source of their CBD hemp oils. All Love Hemp products are THC free (below the 0.2% allowed by UK law), non-addictive, non-toxic and third-party tested for purity.
As per usual, I simply had to try the gummies and, in this case, each one contains 25mg of CBD which is more than enough for a daily serving. Each bottle has 20 gummies for $35, and if you’re taking CBD for the first time, it may be wise to try half or even a quarter of one. Ingredients include grape juice concentrate, organic corn syrup, and citric acid. I tried these an hour before bed, and I can tell you that I slept like a well-fed baby.
What attracts Silvija so much about hemp as a skincare agent is the many active “skin foods” it contains: Omega 3, 6 and 9, bioflavonoids, terpenes, phytochemicals, phenolic compounds, and amino acids. At Hemptouch, all hemp materials used come from their own family hemp farm in Slovenia and have been cold pressed in situ. The unrefined, full-spectrum CBD oil serves as the main ingredient in their skincare line. When we checked each label of their CBD creams and ointments, we found that no parabens, SLS/SLES, artificial colours or mineral oils have been used in any of their formulations. There are no corners cut at Hemptouch and their ethical prices turn it into a staple brand to keep in your cupboard or handbag. Visit the Hemptouch collection.
CBD shows promise in the treatment of anxiety disorders, according to a report published in the journal Neurotherapeutics in 2015. Looking at results from experimental research, clinical trials, and epidemiological studies, the report’s authors found evidence that CBD may help treat generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. However, the authors caution that human-based research on CBD and anxiety is fairly limited at this point.
To answer the question of which CBD oil is best, we have to understand the difference between the products: cannabis CBD oil is of course made from Cannabis (marijuana), and it contains high levels of CBD and THC. In fact, the THC can be anywhere from 0.3% all the way up to 30% and beyond. Cannabis oils are normally created to combat different debilitating medical conditions (such as cancer or Multiple Sclerosis), but they are also used for maintaining general wellness.
The major problem with CBD bottles on the open market is that in most cases they will contain levels of THC which are higher than the amount legally allowed to sell. This means that in most states (with only a few exceptions such as California, Colorado and Oregon), THC is currently legally available only as Medical Cannabis, and should be sold only by legit dispensaries that have received proper licensing from the state.
While this is true to an extent, the simple fact of the matter remains that pure CBD oil with customer-backed qualities is a rarity in the legal hemp marketplace. The vast majority of CBD oil online (even products that are extracted with CO2 technology and "verified" with third-party lab reports), is still subpar in terms of potency, purity, and effectiveness.
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Today, companies are extremely skillful at creating a “wow” looking product that will blow your mind. But before you rush out and purchase your first CBD oil on sale, check the seller’s website for their lab tests. Reputable companies use third-party labs to test their products, and have no problem sharing the results. This shows a lot about a company — if they are willing to share their results, then they truly believe in their product and are not hiding anything.
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Many people are tempted to believe that products that contain CBD only are the best, thinking that using just CBD alone is a more effective treatment. While products that contain single-molecule CBD, meaning that you won’t find any other compounds, are already provided as medicines, they are not exactly more efficient than whole plant extract CBD oil, when it comes to therapeutic effects.
So is it worth it to buy pure CBD oil or spend the money on a top-shelf product, with no medicinal "guarantee" that it will have therapeutic effects? That's a decision that you'll have to make personally, but let us leave you with this bit of food for thought: as of June 2018, the FDA has approved its first-ever natural CBD extract (Epidiolex) for prescription use, and many have said that this will just be the tip of the iceberg in terms of high-profile health organizations beginning to attest to the true positive qualities of CBD oil and other CBD-based hemp extracts.
Aura CBD oil actually comes from a well-known and respected brand based in California, but it has a strong presence in the UK with a London office, and currently ships to residential addresses throughout the United Kingdom. Over the last year or so the brand has taken big steps to cement their presence on the UK CBD market, and is now offering high-potency hemp pastes, CBD edibles, and CBD skincare products in addition to their range of top-class CBD tinctures.
The use of CBD is safe, with a few non-serious potential side effects. This is shown by the studies and that is what doctors and scientists say. Most CBD users do not experience any of these side effects. Even in very high doses of CBD there is no toxicity. However, everyone is unique and the body chemistry of each individual is slightly different.
In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Epidiolex (a drug made with a purified form of CBD oil) in June 2018 for the treatment of seizures associated with two rare and severe forms of epilepsy in patients 2 years of age and older. These two epilepsy forms are known as Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. Epidiolex is the first FDA-approved drug that contains a purified drug substance derived from marijuana.