CBD Oil UK | The 8 Best CBD Oil Brands Reviewed (2021)
CBD has quickly become a fast-growing wellness trend all over the world. Although the industry has been booming in the USA, new markets are quickly emerging and proving popular, such as the CBD oil industry in the UK. CBD products in the UK were very popular throughout 2020, and the craze is set to continue in 2021 too.
But why are so many UK consumers turning to something that, in all actuality, is still relatively untested? What can it do for you, and how and where should you be taking it? Is it worth becoming part of the CBD life? With popular high street shops in the United Kingdom now also stocking CBD products, how do you know which one to choose?
In this 2021 updated buyer’s guide, we discuss the CBD oil industry in the United Kingdom and we also provide our suggestions for the best-reviewed CBD oil products available to UK consumers.
What is CBD oil, and what does it do?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a plant extract and one of the compounds found in the cannabis Sativa plant. Unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the other most well-known compound, CBD is not psychoactive, so it won’t get you high.
Instead, it comes with a raft of supposed health benefits. We say supposedly because the science is still out, even though labs are currently scurrying to test it out and prove the benefits, as fast as possible, and current testing looks promising.
As for what the oil actually is? It’s extracted from the hemp plant, generally from the flowers and leaves, which are ground down. The hemp CBD oil is then filtered out for human use. You might hear it referred to as cannabis oil, but apart from coming from the cannabis plant, this isn’t generally an appropriate term.
CBD oil UK – is it legal in 2021?
The UK recently changed its laws. CBD products are now entirely legal, as long as they contain less than 0.2% THC content and are sold as a health/food supplement. High-quality products will have little to no THC, because of the strict processing and extraction methods used.
As of 2021, the FSA has set a new deadline (30th March) for CBD brands to apply for a novel food license. Only brands with a valid novel foods license can continue to sell their CBD products in the UK.
The 8 best CBD oils in the UK (2021)
Updated for 2021, here are some of the best CBD oils available to buy in the UK market.
1. Blessed CBD
Blessed CBD is our top pick again. This family-run CBD brand has shown consistency throughout 2020, and is the best CBD oil in the UK to try for 2021.
The purest and most powerful CBD oil we’ve seen on the UK CBD market, Blessed CBD is a premium product with a massive kick, so it’s going to have the strongest effect on your recovery.
Most CBD oils run around 250mg, up to around 1000mg strength, but Blessed CBD has options up to the 1800mg level (which, honestly, might be a little too strong for some people – but that’s why there’s also a 500mg and 1000mg option).
Blessed CBD’s range of products is incredibly pure, using the highest quality CO2 extraction process. It’s also full-spectrum CBD (considered better than broad-spectrum CBD), containing a long list of cannabinoids (such as CBDA and CBG), flavonoids and a strong terpene profile, giving you the full benefit of the entourage effect. On top of this, their plants are grown in exceptional circumstances, using only organic practices.
The company itself is also trustworthy, which as we mentioned earlier is incredibly important. Unlike a lot of companies, Blessed CBD operates with high levels of transparency, which is evident when you take a look at the lab results on their website. Customer reviews are also consistently good across the board (they were voted the best CBD oil in the UK for 2021 by the likes of Mirror, Leicester Mercury, Observer, Discover Magazine, Manchester Evening News, Express, Hypothesis Journal, My London, Hull Daily and Island Echo).
If you’re looking for the #1 rated CBD oil in the UK in terms of purity and strength, then you should seriously consider Blessed CBD before all other options.
2. Vibes CBD
New to the UK’s CBD industry, Vibes CBD are a smaller company that picks their products carefully, with each one being very high quality and effective.
Like Blessed CBD, our top pick, Vibes CBD’s oils are heavily regulated, with third-party verification (checking for heavy metals, solvents, herbicides) and exceptional levels of purity and quality, because of the supercritical CO2 extraction process. On top of that, Vibes CBD keeps their products 100% organic, using no chemical colourants, fertilizers, all non-GMO with no other additives at any point in the process.
As we mentioned, their CBD oil range is small, but there are tincture and capsule options, with a healthy range of strengths. They offer their products from a moderate 1000mg, which is perfect for low pain management and recovery, up to 2000mg, which is strong enough for more intensive pain.
The only single issue with Vibes CBD is the fact that they’re always in demand. Due to this, they frequently sell out and you have to sign up to their waiting list in order to get access to their range of products. However, if you want a high-quality organic oil, it’s most probably worth it.
3. Excite CBD
A UK based company operating out of Scotland. Excite CBD is naturally focused on quality with their CBD isolate and full-spectrum products.
When it comes to CBD oils, everything starts with the hemp, and Excite CBD’s organic hemp has been chosen from crops of genetically selected for their phytochemical ranges, ensuring you get a full-spectrum CBD oil.
They also keep it organic, with a complete lack of pesticides and other chemicals used during the growing process. Like the other brands we’ve mentioned, it’s also filtered with the CO2 extraction method (using the highest medical grade CO2).
However you choose to take your CBD, whether it’s at the start of the day, during, or at the end, you can find the product you need from Excite CBD.
The only real downside is the price. They’re expensive compared to some other CBD brands, but paying for quality is never a bad thing.
4. Endoca Raw
A vegan CBD oil that’s organic as well as being completely gluten-free, Endoca raw is a fantastic choice if you’re someone who cares a little more about where their products come from and want to have the minimum negative impact on the world.
You’re going to get exceptional purity, as above, because of the supercritical CO2 extraction processes used to filter out the CBD from the hemp, and if you’re especially worried, each batch is certified with its own reports on purity and ingredients listings.
Available in tinctures and capsules, Endoca Raw is a great product but falls short in a couple of ways. One, the taste is surprisingly strong, which is to be expected considering it’s all-natural, and two, it only comes in two strengths, which is a little less than we like to see. Despite that, though, you’re getting an effective CBD oil, and it’s going to do exactly what you need it to do, whilst protecting the environment at the same time.
5. Holistic Hemp
Holistic Hemp is a Scottish company who believe that handcrafted CBD oils are the way forward.
To this end, their plants are grown all across Europe in small farms, which are held to strict standards with no pesticides or chemicals used in the process.
Second, their hemp extract flowers are all handpicked, and rather than subjecting the hemp to high pressure, which almost all brands do, the CBD is extracted under low pressure and lower heat, which is supposed to keep the chemical profile of the oil as whole as possible.
There’s only one strength of tincture available which is 500mg, but they also do pastes which are much stronger and can be added to almost anything.
If you want a CBD product that’s as close to natural as possible, it might be worth looking at Holistic Hemp.
Fairly new into the UK CBD space, Hempura are making waves with their wide variety of products and open approach to information.
With a full range of hemp oil products, from tinctures that come in strengths from 250mg all the way up to 1000mg, edibles, CBD vape oils and capsules, no matter how you like to take your CBD, you’ll find a product for you.
As for the oil itself, it’s good quality, all European grown, with full third party lab certification and registration from the Cannabis Trades Association UK. Whilst there’s nothing standout about their oils, there’s also no downsides that we could find either. Just solid, consistent goodness.
7. Bud and Tender
A smaller, relatively new company on the scene, Bud and Tender are just getting started.
Unlike everything else here, their oils are extracted and filtered using the ethanol extraction process. However, this doesn’t really impact the purity that badly, and you’ll get a full lab report with every batch in case you’re concerned.
Don’t let it bother you, though, because the oil itself is exceptional, with a light, floral, almost fruity flavour that sinks in and kicks in fast. The company themselves are also really open, very communicative online and fast to get back with any issues you might have. Trustworthy, receptive, with a good product.
There’s a lot of reasons to try Bud and Tender before they hit it big.
8. Select CBD
Another American brand, produced in Portland, Oregon, they’re supposedly a popular brand in the USA, and now UK residents can experience it, too.
Using high quality CO2 extraction, like most of our top choices, the purity is exceptional, and it contains absolutely 0% THC, making it legal in the UK market.
Each batch comes with a third-party lab certification, so you know exactly what you’re getting, but that’s par for the course with our top choices. Still, it adds another layer of confidence.
What sets Select CBD apart is the range of flavours. If you don’t get on with CBD’s distinct flavour, these tinctures have a full variety of different choices, easily masking the issue and making it a whole lot more palatable.
Just bear in mind, like most exclusive USA-based brands, delivery might take a little longer (1-2 weeks).
What can CBD oil do for me?
Thanks to how it interacts with our Endocannabinoid System, CBD is used for multiple health issues, including promising returns on the long term, severe neurological problems like Alzheimer’s and MS, with very few side effects. Here are a few other CBD benefits:
Chronic pain treatment:
More people are turning to CBD to manage chronic pain. The best CBD oil tinctures, capsules, creams or edibles (CBD gummies, cookies, brownies etc) are an excellent way to help your body recover after a hand workout.
Plus, CBD isn’t addictive, and you can’t overdose on it either, meaning it’s a significantly safer alternative to things like prescription pain medicine. The daily recommended maximum dosing is 200mg of CBD.
Some of the scientifically backed benefits of CBD are its effects on inflammation and the ability to get a restful night’s sleep.
Put together, this means that CBD taken during or after a workout or training session can aid recovery and help you relax. By loosening you up, it makes warming down and coping with the aches and pains of a hard session that much simpler.
The anti-anxiety effect of CBD is perhaps the most well supported aspect of it, with evidential studies on humans showing that it works, and works well.
This has led to a surge in people using CBD before a big event, to help them deal with nerves and increase performance.
Does CBD show up in drug tests?
Firstly, it’s important to understand that CBD content is not tested for in most conventional drug tests.
Because CBD products don’t (or shouldn’t) contain any THC, it won’t show up on drug tests, as long as what you’ve bought is legitimate. Most CBD tincture oils come with a carrier oil such as MCT oil, coconut oil or hemp seed oil to help with the taste. Cannabis oil, on the other hand, is illegal due to the high THC content.
However, it’s still worth noting that the industry is in its infancy, and if you buy quality CBD oils, gummies or anything else from unknown companies, you might not end up with something pure.
How do I use CBD?
If you look hard enough, you can find any kind of product with CBD in it right now. Topical creams (for skincare), drinks, even obscure stuff like bath bombs. Post Covid-19, the demand for CBD products is set to continue, and we recommend trying any of the 8 top brands mentioned on our list.
The four most common methods of CBD delivery are as follows:
Tinctures: This is CBD oil suspended in a liquid as an oil tincture, making usage as simple as applying the required amount of CBD under the tongue using the provided dropper, holding for 60 seconds, and then swallowing. The usual available size is in 10ml bottles.
Edibles: Edibles are things like cookies and gummies. Easy to eat, and flavourful, edibles have the downside of holding a lot of calories, as well as having a fixed dosage.
Capsules: CBD capsules function like any other medicine, but again, have a fixed dosage per unit. Consider them like any other food supplement.
Vapes or e-liquids: Taken like any other e-liquid, CBD e-liquid vapes are inconspicuous, allowing you to take them anywhere in vape pens, but getting the required dosage can be tough, and the long term effects, like all vaping products, are still being discussed.
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In this 2021 updated buyer’s guide, we take a look at the must try, best CBD oil brands in the UK market.
20 Best CBD Oils To Try This Year
CBD Oil Bottles
With the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD sales spread like wildfire in 2019. However, because of the huge numbers of brands entering the market, many consumers became overwhelmed by the abundance of choices.
To help you out, I’ve looked at hundreds of CBD brands, taking a variety of factors into account, and have selected the cream of the crop. Here are the 20 best CBD oils on the market today. All are brands you should investing in.
Verma Farms CBD Bottle
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Verma Farms Verma Farms takes first place on the list” . This brand offers world-class design, and the oil is one of the most well rounded and best tasting on the market.
Verma is a Maui-based CBD company that ties Hawaiian inspiration into all of its products. The brand comes across as fun and lighthearted, but at the same time it lets consumers know exactly what they are getting in each product. The company offers a variety of options, with their most popular product being the all-day solution oil pack.
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Verma Farms has crafted oils for a variety of needs. Their Focus oil is geared toward those who desire an alert but relaxed mindset, their Boost oil is formulated to provide energy and their Chill oil is aimed at those who need a good night’s rest.
The company not only bases its designs on Hawaiian themes; it incorporates the Hawaiian ethic of purity and healthy living into its products as well. All its offerings are THC free and pesticide free, and come from American-grown hemp.
Kanibi takes second place on our list. This brand offers products that taste amazing and that are double lab-tested for strict quality control. All lab data is clearly displayed on their website in a format even beginners can understand and digest.
Kanibi is a Utah-based CBD company committed to raising the bar on CBD quality and product innovation. The brand design is cutting edge, their customer service is quick and helpful, and they offer a wide array of products. Kanibi offers softgels, gummies, a surprisingly effective sports cream, with their most popular product being the 1500mg full-spectrum tincture.
3. NuLeaf Naturals
Nuleaf Naturals CBD Bottle
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NuLeaf Naturals is a Colorado-based brand that specializes in whole-plant extracts. Rather than using synthetic CBD or CBD isolate, NuLeaf Naturals utilizes whole plants that are grown using organic and sustainable farming practices. As a result, their full-spectrum oils are of the highest quality.
Though they only offer one flavor, their bottles vary in size from 240 mg to 4,850 mg (with bulk pricing available). Additionally, they have a full-spectrum oil available for pets. Overall, this is one of the most straightforward brands out there. If you’re looking for a powerful addition to your coffee, food or post-workout shake, NuLeaf Naturals is an excellent choice.
PureKana CBD Bottle
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PureKana is as close as it gets to a household name in this industry. What’s made PureKana so successful is the variety of their offerings, which appeal to clients of all ages. By keeping all production in the U.S. and ensuring all their hemp comes from organic sources, they’ve been able to grow into a CBD powerhouse.
PureKana offers five flavors of oil, Vanilla, Mint, Natural, Citrus, and Fruity Pebbz, which range from 300 mg to 5,000 mg, depending on the flavor. Our favorite is the Fruity Pebbz, though their Citrus flavor is a close second. With a lineup that’s tried and true, PureKana is a top-tier brand, and one that should be on your shortlist.
One of the biggest names in CBD, Koi is a company that is near the top of almost every list. Based in California and a member of the U.S. Hemp Roundtable, Koi has invested in the industry since well before the Farm Bill. With a practice that’s market-tested, their products provide some of the highest-quality CBD out there, and this is especially true for their oils.
Koi oils come in six flavors: Lemon-Lime, Orange, Natural, Strawberry, Spearmint and Peppermint. These are available in 250 mg, 500 mg and 1,000 mg bottles. If all of the above sounds good to you, you’re in luck: Koi also offers a variety pack of CBD that can serve as a great introduction to CBD.
CBDfx CBD Bottle
CBDfx is a brand that combines equal amounts of fun and seriousness. Offering a wide range of high-quality products that include broad-spectrum, full-spectrum and CBD isolate, CBDfx has all the bases covered. CBDfx is made from U.S.-grown hemp, and prides itself on its MCT base, which it claims is the most digestive oil out there. As a 100 percent vegan and organic oil, CBDfx stands out from the crowd.
CBDfx offers plain CBD oil as well as a variety of flavors. Their plain MCT oil packs a punch, and is available in 500 mg, 1,000 mg and 1,500 mg sizes. For flavored versions, CBDfx offers Blueberry Pineapple Lemon, Lychee Lemon Kiwi and Lemon Lime Mint, which all deliver a nice splash of flavor. Additionally, CBDfx offers bundle packages that include their three plain oils in different dosages, as well
7. Charlotte’s Web
Charlotte’s Web CBD Bottle
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Charlotte’s Web got its name from Charlotte Figi, the six-year-old girl whose epileptic seizures were cured by CBD. With a mission to better the planet, Charlotte’s Web has a firsthand understanding of CBD’s benefits.
Charlotte’s Web curates their oils based more on intent than flavor. For example, their AM/PM bundle enables you to use separate dosages at different times of the day, such as going light in the morning but heavy at night. They provide a helpful guide that tells you the difference between, say, a 7 mg dose and a
8. Premium Jane
Premium Jane CBD Bottle
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With a name like Premium Jane, the product has to be on point. and so far, the company’s products have been able to keep up with their name. Currently, the brand offers a wide selection of premium oils that come in four flavors: Mint Chocolate, Natural, Mint and Citrus, in dosages between 300 mg and 1,000 mg. With pricing that starts at $48 per bottle, they remain competitive for a premium product. My favorite flavor is the Mint, which is a refreshing addition to any meal or drink.
Hemplucid CBD Bottle
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Hemplucid is aimed at the serious user of CBD. They offer water-soluble, MCT and hemp-seed oil in whole-plant tinctures, as well as zero-THC products in their Kalki line, which is available in MCT oil and water-soluble versions. As one of the premier brands in the business, Hemplucid comes complete with an array of quality products for you to try out.
cbdMD CBD Bottle
For a brand that prides itself on its creativity, cbdMD definitely has the formula down pat. They offer oils in 300-7,500 mg dosages. Natural, Berry, Orange and Mint flavors are available for all dosages except the 5,000 mg, which comes in only Natural and Berry. Utilizing a base of MCT oil, this tincture is created from simple ingredients, but packs a serious punch. Although their pricing can get expensive, at up to $339.99 per bottle, cbdMD also offers some of the most powerful dosages on the market. Give them a shot if you’re looking for something extra potent and are doing a deep dive into the effects of CBD.
11. Lazarus Naturals
Lazarus Naturals CBD Bottle
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With a mission to grow “consciously crafted CBD,” Lazarus Naturals aims to deliver products that are both affordable and of high quality. Their full-spectrum, high-potency oils come in Chocolate Mint, French Vanilla Mocha and Flavorless varieties. Their THC-free oils come in Blood Orange, Tropical Breeze, Wintermint and Flavorless varieties. Blood Orange stood out to me, providing a subtle bitterness that complemented the natural taste of the CBD. Check out Lazarus Naturals if you’re looking for high-quality oils and an array of delicately crafted flavors.
12. Joy Organics
Joy Organics CBD Bottle
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As a brand that prides itself on being family-friendly, Joy Organics offers full transparency about their ingredients and processes. Their CBD is made from hemp oil and is extracted with organic extra-virgin olive oil, providing a base that makes for a smooth intake. In terms of flavor, they’re pretty straightforward, with Tranquil Mint, Natural, Summer Lemon and Orange Bliss in dosages of 7.5 to 15 mg per serving. With their reasonable pricing, Joy Organics could be the brand that finally brings you the joy you’re seeking from CBD.
MedTerra CBD Bottle
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One of the best brands when it comes to broad-spectrum CBD oils, MedTerra offers their products in 1,000 mg and 2,000 mg bottles, as well as an MCT version at 500 mg, 1,000 mg and 3,000 mg. With organically grown CBD from Kentucky, the brand offers a level of potency that most others can’t match. MedTerra is highly competitive in this list, and is endorsed by some of the world’s best athletes.
14. Fab CBD
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Fab CBD definitely lives up to the hype. With oil flavors that include Citrus, Mint, Berry, Vanilla and Natural, their dosages range from 300 mg to 1,200 mg. The prices of their oils top out at $129, so they’re one of the more affordable companies on the market. With their commitment to providing a top-tier, full-spectrum brand, Fab should be near the top of your list.
15. Kat’s Naturals
. Kat’s Naturals CBD Bottle
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With an array of offerings that says a lot about their views on CBD, Kat’s Naturals has definitely invested the time and energy into creating a special lineup. Their full-spectrum offerings include Balance, which aims to restore harmony, and Restore, which is a peppermint variety. Their THC-free versions include Heal (peppermint), Naked (flavor-free), Relax (infused with hops and wild oranges) and Metabolize (an energizing boost). If you’re looking for hemp-seed oil that retains its CBD properties, Kat’s Naturals should be a great fit.
16. Hemp Bombs
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An explosive brand on Amazon, Hemp Bombs pulls no punches when it comes to CBD. Offering an array of flavors that include Acai Berry, Orange Creamsicle, Peppermint and Watermelon, their variety is definitely aimed at those with a sweet tooth. They offer 125 mg to 4,000 mg dosages, ranging in price from $24.99 to $299.99. I recommend this brand if you don’t care for the taste of natural CBD and are attracted to Hemp Bombs’ upbeat flavors.
17. Green Roads
Green Road’s CBD Bottle
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A brand that’s practically synonymous with CBD, Green Roads offers several top-tier solutions. Their dosages range from 300 mg to 1,500 mg for the flavored oils (Mint Breeze and Apple Kiwi), and up to 3,500 mg for the plain oil. Offering a variety that packs a heavy punch, Green Roads is one of the most reliable brands on the market.
18. Royal CBD
Royal CBD Bottle
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If you’re going to call yourself Royal CBD, you’d better come through with a top-tier product. Though Royal currently has only one line of CBD oils, they’ve swiftly become a favorite. They offer full-spectrum CBD extract suspended in premium MCT oil, in 250 mg, 500 mg, 1,000 mg and 2,500 mg dosages. A solid choice if you’re looking for an oil that focuses on craft over taste, Royal CBD will soon have you feeling like a million bucks.
19. Spruce CBD
Spruce CBD Bottle
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If you’re looking for the perfect little boost to your day, then Spruce is the company to buy into. They offer a product that’s 100 percent natural, made in the USA, and comes from a full-spectrum source. Their first offering is an oil that’s 2,400 mg max potency, which provides one of the most powerful experiences on the market. Their second offering is a 750 mg oil, which is still potent compared to others on this list. Check them out if you’re looking for a CBD brand that takes a straightforward approach to their production of CBD.
20. CBD Pure
CBD Pure CBD Bottle
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Coming from quality-tested organic sources, CBD Pure’s oil is available in 300 mg, 600 mg and 1,000 mg dosages. While it’s a simple lineup, they have put a lot of investment into delivering a top-tier product, and provide plenty of information on their offerings. I tip my hat to them for being both straightforward and educational.
21. Sensei CBD
Sensei CBD Bottle
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Rounding out my list is Sensei CBD, which offers a Peppermint full-spectrum oil in 5,000 mg, 1,500 mg, 1,000 mg and 500 mg dosages, as well as a Peppermint isolate in 1,000 mg and 500 mg dosages. Sourced from US farms, their organic hemp products pack a great deal of potency (even for an isolate). As a brand that’s still rising, Sensei CBD should definitely be on your list of companies to try, especially if you’re just getting into CBD but don’t want to overcomplicate flavors.
What are some CBD brands that you’d love to try? Comment with your insights below!
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With the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD sales spread like wildfire in 2019.