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8 Best CBD oil brands in the UK for 2023

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8 Best CBD oil brands in the UK for 2023
What is the best CBD oil UK? This was one of the most popular
questions asked online in the United Kingdom during the Covid-19
pandemic and in 2022.
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. There are now more CBD companies than ever offering high-quality CBD products to UK consumers, so how do you choose the best?
And…why are so many UK consumers turning to something that, in all actuality, is still relatively untested? What is CBD? What can CBD do for you, and how and where should you be taking it?
In this updated buyer’s guide, Reader's Digest explores the best CBD oils to buy online in the UK.

What is CBD oil, and what does it do?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a plant extract and one of the phytocannabinoids 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 for symptoms. We say supposedly because the science is still ongoing.
Taken from a recent CBD guide published by the Evening Standard: “The World Health Organisation claims that CBD oil is “generally well tolerated with a good safety profile”. There are also some studies that suggest it may be able to offer relief for victims suffering from Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Multiple sclerosis (MS), Cancer (and related treatments), Diabetes, General pain, Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia.”
As for what CBD 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 CBD oil referred to as cannabis oil, but apart from coming from the cannabis plant, this isn't generally an appropriate term. Cannabis oil contains higher traces of THC, which is prohibited in the UK.

Is CBD oil legal in the UK?

CBD products are now entirely legal, as long as they are derived from hemp plants that contain less than 0.2 per cent THC content. 
High-quality CBD oil products will have little to no THC, because of the strict processing and extraction methods used. CBD oil drops must also be sold as a health/food supplement (and not a medicine, unless they have a licence from the MHRA). CBD brands in the UK must also comply with Novel Food regulations, and companies must be present on the public FSA list in order to remain legally in the market.

The 8 best CBD oils in the UK (2023)

Updated recently, here are some of the best CBD oils available to buy in the UK market. These brands are known to offer high-quality products that are suitable for both first-time and seasoned CBD users. We believe these brands to be some of the best based on overall service, customer support, product quality, transparency, and price. 
1. Blessed CBD
Blessed CBD remains a top pick as one of the UK's #1 CBD brands. This family-run CBD brand has shown consistency throughout 2019 to 2022, and takes our "best CBD oil UK" award for 2023 too. 
Offering some of the most purest and premium CBD oils 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 and self-care.
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 available in full-spectrum CBD and broad-spectrum CBD, containing a long list of cannabinoids (such as CBDA and CBG), flavonoids and a strong terpene profile, improving your chances of a better “entourage effect”. On top of this, their plants are grown in exceptional circumstances, using only organic practices.
Other products in their range include tasty CBD gummies, convenient CBD capsules, portable CBD disposable vape pens, and topical CBD creams.
The company itself is also trustworthy from what we’ve seen, which as we mentioned earlier is incredibly important. Unlike a lot of brands, Blessed CBD operates with high levels of transparency, which is evident when you take a look at the third-party lab results on their website. Customer reviews are also consistently good across the board (with features in Forbes, Men’s Journal & Observer).
If you're looking for one of the best CBD oils in the UK in terms of purity and strength, then you should seriously consider Blessed CBD. Blessed CBD also offers a free to sign up ‘BlessedVIP’ membership which unlocks even bigger savings on their entire range of products (30-50 per cent discounts).
On top of this, use the coupon code RD to save a further 10 per cent (this is an exclusive offer for Reader's Digest fans). 
2. Vibes CBD
A newer entry to the UK’s CBD industry, Vibes CBD is a smaller company that picks their products carefully, with each one being very high quality and effective. 
Vibes CBD’s oils are heavily lab tested, with third-party verification (checking for cannabinoid content, 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 per cent organic, using no chemical colourants, fertilisers, or other additives at any point in the process. 
Their CBD oil range is small, but there are gummies and capsules options too, with a healthy range of strengths. They offer their CBD oil products from a moderate 1000mg, which is perfect for basic recovery, and up to 2000 mg of CBD, which is strong enough for more intensive self-care.
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 and pure CBD oil, it's most probably worth it. 
3. Excite CBD
A UK based company operating out of Scotland and in select online CBD marketplaces. 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 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. Their products are 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 likely find the product you need from Excite CBD.
The only real downside is the price. They're a little more expensive compared to some other CBD brands, but paying for quality can’t really be a bad thing.
4. Endoca Raw
A vegan-based 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 can be 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 a quality 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. We agree.
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.
6. Bud and Tender
A smaller, relatively new company on the scene, Bud and Tender are just getting started.
Unlike the other brands we've mentioned, Bud and Tender's 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 CBD oil itself appears to be exceptional, with a light, floral, almost fruity flavour that sinks in and kicks in fast. Bud and Tender 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.
7. Hempura
A growing name in 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.  
8. NuLeaf Naturals
NuLeaf Naturals is an American brand (from Colorado) - but their products are available on third-party online CBD marketplaces in the UK.
Using high quality CO2 extraction, like most of our top choices, the purity is exceptional, and it contains absolutely 0% THC (no psychoactive effects), making it legal for 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 NuLeaf Naturals apart is the range of strengths. From beginners to experts, there is likely a CBD product catered just for you in their range.

What can CBD oil do for me?

Taken from a recent guide published by the ‘Evening Standard’, Gemma Colao, founder of OTO explained, “CBD is one of the main cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. It is similar to cannabinoids naturally produced in our own bodies, which help to promote homeostasis – or balance – in the body. They also help regulate physiological functions like pain, inflammation, sleep, mood, stress and anxiety - to name just a few”.
There is often talk on social media about CBD being used for anxiety and pain. Gemma Colao further explains, “There is no definitive answer to how long it takes for CBD oil to work for anxiety. Some people report feeling the effects almost immediately, while others find that it takes a few days or weeks of regular use before they notice a difference. Living with pain and discomfort has both a physical and emotional component. CBD molecules absorbed by the skin can reach the hypodermis, where they interact with the receptors that mediate pain and inflammation. CBD is an antioxidant, and therefore has an anti-inflammatory effect on joints and muscles when applied topically. It can also have an analgesic (pain-relieving) effect by reducing our perception of the pain.”

Does CBD show up in drug tests?

It’s important to understand that CBD content is not tested for in most conventional drug tests. However, some drug tests may flag up even the smallest levels of cannabinoids in your body.
Because CBD products don't (or shouldn't) contain any THC, it won't show up on your routine THC drug tests, as long as the product 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 and improve the bioavailability.

How do I use CBD?

If you look hard enough, you can find any kind of product with CBD infused in it. Topical creams (for skincare), drinks, vape pens, eliquids, even obscure stuff like bath bombs (yes!).
However, it seems the four most common methods and forms of CBD 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 and 30ml bottles. For example, this is Blessed CBD’s most popular 1000mg tincture.
  • 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. But, one of the easiest and fun ways to incorporate CBD into your lifestyle. Here’s Blessed CBD gummies that come in a 750mg strength.
  • Capsules: CBD capsules are taken like any other medicine-based capsule. Take 1-2 per day with water for maximum self-care. 
  • Vapes or e-liquids: Taken like any other e-liquid, CBD e-liquid vape juices 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.
As we get back to normality after Covid-19, the demand for CBD products is set to continue in 2023 and beyond. If you haven’t tried CBD already, maybe you should.

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