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A row of bottles of CBD oil as seen in a branch of the health chain Planet Organic, in the UK.

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The use of CBD products has been one of the fastest growing wellness trends in recent years, in part because the variety of these products, derived from a naturally occurring compound in the hemp plant, is vast and ever increasing. And they all seem to offer remedies to common problems like insomnia, anxiety and stress caused by travel or even pain relief. Also known as cannabidiol, CBD is just one of many cannabinoids that is extracted from hemp plants and then infused into all sorts of products. CBD is known for its calming and anti-inflammatory properties and an excellent, all-natural alternative to prescription medications.

A hemp plant, the source of CBD oil

CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is a naturally occurring compound found in the hemp plant. While CBD is also in marijuana plants, legal CBD products must contain CBD extracted from hemp to avoid the psychoactive effects (the “high”) caused by the THC in marijuana. CBD has no psychoactive properties; it’s known to calm, soothe and relax the mind and body and decrease inflammation that can cause chronic pain. Products with CBD oil include gummies, vapes and capsules but consuming CBD oil in a tincture form has actually been shown to be more effective. In order to absorb most quickly into the bloodstream, CBD oil should be taken sublingually where you place an appropriate dosage under your tongue and hold it there for 60-90 seconds, swallowing any oil remaining. Pure CBD oil does have a strong earthy taste from the hemp but if its suspended in alcohol in a flavored tincture, it’s much more pleasant to consume. Here are five of the best and tastiest CBD oil brands that can alleviate sleep, pain, anxiety and travel woes.

Phan: The tinctures, right? This is where you really get into the higher-strength things.”

Not going to lie, I actually feel a little bit more calm. It kind of puts me into a dissociative state, where I’m slowing down a little bit. I actually get physical pain in my heart region when I’m anxious, which I know sounds terrible. But just 30 minutes after taking my 100-milligram dose for the evening, I feel an absence of that. I will say that I’ve also been listening to the “Lion King” soundtrack, so there are confounding variables. But yeah, I feel a lot better right now.

All right, I’m about to take my last dose of CBD! I must say, I’m kind of excited to stop having to take this three times a day. I think part of it is scheduling and remembering. But also, yeah, I’ve also just been so much more tired. I don’t feel like my anxiety was just washed away. I felt like there were a few times where it really helped in certain instances. And, overall, kind of lowered the intensity of how I was feeling because I felt lethargic. But yeah, I don’t want to be tired anymore.

I had some alcohol, and I’m certainly not going to have trouble sleeping. I think I’m going to eat a slice of pizza.

Dr. Hurd: It’s one of the first times in history that the public is determining whether something is medicine, not scientists and physicians.