In just a short period of time, CBD has become the stress-reducing strategy of the moment.
And while a lot of additional research is needed to confirm its exact benefits, it does have a crazy amount of potential when it comes to relieving anxiety, pain, and other ailments (without getting you high!).
The problem is that if you’re interested in trying it out, it can be tricky to figure out where to start. The industry is churning out products at a bootcamp-level sprint, and no one really knows which questions to ask when it comes to quality and label details.
Plus, how do you want to use it? If you tried the drops and hated the taste, maybe swallowing a capsule would be better? Or maybe you want to use it for topical relief: A lotion for achy muscles or a roll-on oil for headaches?
To help you sort through it all, we found (and tested!) the best products out there to bring you seven different healthy approaches to incorporating CBD into your personal wellness routine.
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7 Ways to Use CBD
Spray: Aceso Calm
Aceso is owned by leading marijuana product company Dixie Brands, and its formulas blend CBD with terpenes (essential oils that are also present in the cannabis plant) and vitamins for a desired outcome—in this case, calm. It’s super easy to spritz in your mouth on the go and has a super light, refreshing taste. We found it helped us focus in on a daunting task and also helped with winding down before bed. Skip the version that Aceso sells as a powdered drink mix; it has that unpleasant vitamin-saturated taste most drink powders do.
Drops: Charlotte’s Web CBD Oil
Colorado-based Charlotte’s Web is a superstar company when it comes to CBD and has positioned itself as a brand that really cares about ingredient quality and responsible hemp farming. If you want to try the most common approach to CBD dosing—putting a few drops under your tongue daily—their product line is a great place to start. They sell CBD oil in all different strengths, made with hemp grown in the US.
Pill: Sagely Naturals Tranquility Capsules
You can also take CBD like a supplement, and Charlotte’s Web makes straight CBD capsules in multiple strengths, too. We especially love Sagely Naturals’ Tranquility Capsules because they blend CBD with other anti-stress ingredients like adaptogens (ashwagandha) and lavender.
Roll-On: Sagely Naturals Relief & Recovery Headache Roll-On
Here’s a product you can throw in your makeup bag for post-meeting headaches: Sagely makes a roll-on oil you apply like a perfume to “temples, neck, and forehead as soon as head or neck discomfort strikes for soothing relief.” We found there’s something extra soothing even in the process of applying it, especially since you can breathe in the scents of peppermint and eucalyptus. Try the brand’s Tranquility roll-on for super stressful moments, too.
Body Balm: Shea Brand Natural Pain Reliever
Speaking of topical solutions, pretty much every brand selling CBD products makes some kind of lotion or balm for relief from muscle and joint pain. (Since CBD is anti-inflammatory, lots of people also recommend trying it to help with skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.) Lots of them are great, but this indie Brooklyn-based company’s balm stands out. It’s made with clean, nourishing ingredients like organic shea butter, arnica oil, eucalyptus, and ginger and is dressed up in pretty, colorful packaging.
Lip Balm: Cannuka Hydrating Lip Balm
Cannuka pairs CBD with another ultra-healing ingredient: manuka honey. Those are formulated into an entire line of beauty products, but the hydrating lip balm is a serious stand-out. Chapped lips are essentially inflamed, and Cannuka says the CBD calms and reduces any swelling while the Manuka honey gets to work on repairing and hydrating the skin underneath.
Mint: Mari’s Replenish Mints
Mari’s makes all kinds of THC mints that will definitely refresh more than just your breath, but the Replenish tin is CBD-only. They’re vegan and gluten-free and are the perfect thing to keep in your bag to pop in your mouth after lunch for a focused afternoon at the office. Right now they’re hard to get outside of Washington, but that is likely to change.