We’ve come a long way since Cheech and Chong. CBD (cannabidoil), which won’t get you high like its illicit twin tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is having its moment, not for any mind-altering appeal, but for its potential health benefits.
The healing properties of the cannabis plant are largely anecdotal at this point, and yet with everyone from Whoopi Goldberg to Michael J. Fox to UFC champ Nate Diaz promoting its effectiveness, they've reached an extreme level of saturation from a cultural standpoint. People go to great lengths to vouch for its virtues as a sleep aid, stress reliever, pain reducer, anxiety eliminator, and anti-inflammatory wünder-extract. Before I join that parade, let’s set a few things straight:
CBD is non-psychoactive. It can be extracted from both marijuana and hemp, which are both members of the Cannabis sativa family. The big difference between the two is in their concentrations of THC. Hemp contains less than 0.3 percent, while marijuana may contain between 15 and 40 percent THC. From there, it’s a state-by-state game. Where cannabis is legal, CBD can be derived from either plant—stalks, leaves, buds, and all. In states where it’s illegal, CBD oil is hemp-based and only the stalks are processed. Learn more about the distinctions .
Given the infusion of CBD into the health and wellness marketplace, any natural products company not pursuing potential CBD enhancements is missing the magic bus. Then there are the companies in the driver’s seat, careening down the highway through the wild American night at 90 mph. In celebration of these green-machine pioneers, we've compiled a list of CBD Product Awards, broken out into categories, from “Best All-Around Producer” to “Downright Weirdest.”
Mary knows what’s up. The Colorado-based company has been developing a line of hemp-based medicinal cannabis products since President Obama signed the latest iteration of the Farm Bill. Working with a team of physicians, chemists, botanists, and nutritionists, Mary’s has helped to define the hemp industry in the U.S. The products are high quality, reasonably priced, and supported by science.
The best way to fight the common cold is with a strong immune system. Adding essential oil vapors to your seasonal health regimen might help. This vaporizer blends eucalyptus, thyme, and myrrh with CBD for its anti-inflammatory properties. It’s supposedly designed for instant relief on the go, but I’d just as soon drop some eucalyptus oil (oregano is good, too, and more likely to be sitting on your spice rack) into boiling water and inhale it with a towel over my head for maximum absorption.
Sorry to those of you who live in weed-illegal states, because you can’t have these. There’s just enough THC to make whatever holiday parlor conversation you’re enduring far more tolerable, but not so much that you’ll lose focus. I’ve even ground them up and blended them into cookies.
You thought I was going to say , but you’re wrong. This isn’t your grandmother’s candy drawer. Hemp Bombs’ THC-free Gummy-Bären are cute enough to warrant a special hiding place so your children will never ever find them. If you want to start small, pack for $14.99.
They had me at “one hit for high volume.” You don’t have to have a wife who enjoys gussying up to want some KUSH. You don’t have to have a wife period. illustrating the product’s unique “conditioning,” “clump-free” qualities is quite enough, thank you. I’m not much of a makeup enthusiast, but the KUSH comes out for special occasions.
Inspired by Alka-Seltzer of all things, British beauty entrepreneur Mo Constantine started loading up orange crates at supermarkets with these Gobstopper-like wonders. John Mayer even wrote a about them, but don’t let that deter you. In addition to 50 mg of CBD, the bombs also contain coconut oil, Epsom salt, witch hazel, and a quartz crystal. Just don’t step on it with your bare feet after draining the tub.
Did you know that omega fatty acids stimulate hair growth when applied directly to the scalp? Best for thicker, coarser hair types, this creamy formula includes Meadowfoam extract, a source of three long-chain fatty acids. Unrelated but interesting: Meadowfoam oil can be substituted for sperm whale oil or converted into a premium-grade solid wax for use as “” in the rubber industry. It also makes your hair look good, minus the shiny lacquer of some hair products.