You've tried it. Your friends have tried it. Your boss tried it. Now, it's time to spread the good news of CBD to your family—and just in time for the holidays.
It’s said to be a magical experience that hits you right in the wellness. And there’s some truth to all that. CBD—the non-psychoactive healing compound found in the cannabis plant—continues to see success in helping people treat their anxiety, insomnia, and pain. The thing is, CBD is almost completely unregulated. That’s why it’s essentially on us to understand what’s really going on inside these products, before you go recommending them or buying them for your mama.
There are 93 million results when you look up “CBD products” on Google. That’s a third of the population of the US. It could take you a while to go through and see which products actually work. And if it wasn’t already complicated enough, you can consume CBD in tons of different ways: vaporizers, sublinguals, edibles, topicals, smokeables, all of which can greatly affect the results. Also, some products are available in some states and not in others.
So you’ve got a lot of options, and it can be tricky to navigate your way through all the noise to find the product your loved ones (hi, mom!) really need. But it doesn’t have to be so hard. We're here to help you sort it out.
Here are some of our favorite, tried and true, products on the market that you could definitely give to your mom.
This brand is the reason CBD makes people happy. Apothecanna’s been around since the beginning, and one of the founders started his career at Aveda. So he’s been doing things in plant-based beauty since way before the current age of cannabis acceptance. Apothecanna’s Calming Creme is one of the brand’s highlights. It’s not only the CBD that helps ease discomfort in your joints, but lavender, chamomile, and frankincense added to the blend help provide the cooling, tension-melting, and anti-inflammatory properties. But the CBD definitely doesn’t hurt.
There are tons of CBD vapes out there now, but not all of them have the same quality as the Tonic Balancing vape. Vaporizers are great, because unlike a regular pipe or bong, you can hide them in your pocket when you need to be a bit discreet; an important trait when you want to sneak a hit in the bathroom for some quick relief. Also, the Balancing blend comes with 570-600mg (final potency depends on the batch of extract that Tonic is using) of CBD oil, and is made with all natural hemp plants and terps so you don’t have to worry about sacrificing your health for the sake of a good, chill time.
Our bodies aren’t actually that good at absorbing CBD. We can only really process the chemical if it’s taken with fats, which is why the 2Rise Natural tinctures are so useful. The pure MCT oil within accelerates, and increases the effect of the CBD inside. Take it straight, with a few drops under the tongue to help the ol’ brain de-stress, or even put it in some salad dressing or a coffee to make your day just a little bit more exciting.
Who makes the things you buy? Most of the time it’s hard to tell. But Plant People lets you know exactly who they are, and what they put into their products. The founders are obsessed with CBD in the way it’s made into a consumable item that’s also good for us. It helps that one of them is an award-winning chef. Ingredients like full-spectrum CBD with other clinical strength adaptogenic ingredients like ashwagandha, schisandra berry, and holy basil leaf are used to make the Calm Capsule perfect for de-stressing and adrenal rejuvenation. It’s super easy too. All you need to do is pop one in and enjoy the ride.
Vertly CBD Lip Butter, $24
It’s hard to find a lip balm that feels much better than Vertly’s. The moisturizing, healing, and protective qualities make it irresistible when you have annoyingly dry skin. It’s great for lips, but honestly you could probably use it on your elbows too. Mine get weirdly dry just about all the time. This entirely plant-based balm is made with coconut oil, beeswax, shea butter, cacao, CBD, jojoba oil, vitamin E, peppermint, and vanilla. And to make it that much more appealing, the woman behind Vertly used to be a beauty editor, so we can trust her on this one.
Thinking about recommending your mom (or someone else) adds CBD to their wellness regimen? First, tell them to talk to their doctor. Then, read up.