CBD is everywhere you look. You couldn't escape it if you tried. As research on the topic continues to unfold, more entrepreneurs are hopping on this trend, meaning there is no end in sight. CBD can be found in mints, pillows, hot sauce, and even dog treats (woof!). The overwhelming hype over CBD makes it nearly impossible to decide what's right for you. We put hundreds of products to the test and have narrowed it down to our top 25 that help with stress, sleep, skin, pain, and mood. The science behind it all can seem confusing, but it's important to understand, even a little before you dive into the world of CBD.
The number one question experts are faced with is, "Does CBD get you high?" THC and CBD are both a part of the cannabis plant (we like to think of them as cousins), made up of different atoms . With CBD, you won’t feel the psychoactive “high” effects like you would with THC products because they connect to different receptors of the endocannabinoid system that send signals to your brain.
While THC cannabis is definitely still widely used for recreational use, and legal in California, Colorado, and Massachusetts, to name a few states, the medical benefits of plant-based cannabidiol, or CBD, look promising. Studies have shown that CBD may help reduce chronic pain by signaling our endocannabinoid receptor activity, which interact with our neurotransmitters to calm inflammation: the main cause of aches, pains, flares and stress.
In a space where the marketing remains strides ahead of the law, we, as consumers are in a tricky territory. Brands have become aggressive in selling this buzzword with an influx of “hemp” products that claim to cure headaches, relieve joint, and muscle pain, aid in sleep, and boost mood. Available research agrees, but since hemp-derived CBD is not FDA-approved, the heavy lifting is on us as consumers to find what actually works. And unfortunately, the answer isn’t so black and white...
And we get it. The gray area is confusing. The idea of cannabis-based wellness seems cool and cutting edge, but how do you find CBD that actually works? We have put together this guide to help you cut through the BS. We have tested countless CBD products and have narrowed it down to our favorite vessels, like gummies, chocolates, capsules, and—drum roll, please—chili oil, that target your specific needs.