The 10 Best UK CBD Oil Brands Reviewed 2022

 

Originally published on Feb 11, 2020

First updated on Nov 23, 2021

Recently updated on Jan 17, 2022

We’ve reviewed the best CBD oils in the UK for you - after testing some of the most popular!

by Dr Julie Moltke

CBD is one of the most popular wellness trends in the UK, with hundreds of thousands of people using it in the UK alone. In the USA, the CBD market is more established, but we wanted to highlight the emerging and best UK-based CBD brands available right now.

However, before we get into that, it might be best to understand what CBD oil is, what it does, and how to spot the best CBD oil products!

What is CBD oil?

CBD oil, also known as cannabidiol oil, is a natural extract of the hemp plant. Hemp belongs to the same family of the cannabis plant, which is why it is often confused with marijuana. The reality is that only a few plants within the cannabis family contain high levels of THC, the psychoactive compound known for eliciting a ‘high’ feeling. Unlike THC, CBD does not get you high. 

Over the last few years, there has been increased research into the potential benefits of CBD, from reducing anxiety and inflammation to helping sleep quality and duration. Although there is emerging evidence for a multitude of medicinal claims, there is still a lot of work to do. In the meantime, more and more people have become interested in how CBD can have an enriching effect on their day-to-day lives.

What does CBD do?

The foremost explanation for how CBD works is that it interacts with the endocannabinoid system. This system is responsible for maintaining balance across a range of physiological and cognitive processes, such as mood, appetite, memory and energy.

The endocannabinoid system consists of both CB1 and CB2 receptors. CBD is thought to interact with these receptors to help regulate a range of bodily functions. For example, numerous studies have sought to establish if CBD can target CB1 receptors in nerves to help relieve pain.

What are the different types of CBD?

What some people do not know is that there are actually several different types of CBD oil, the two most popular being CBD isolate or full-spectrum CBD oil:

  • CBD isolate: CBD isolate (otherwise known as narrow spectrum CBD) is essentially pure quality CBD, which is made using a sophisticated refinement and distillation process. Many people opt for oils made with CBD isolate so they can be confident that they are not ingesting any THC.

  • Full-spectrum CBD oil: In comparison to CBD isolate, full-spectrum CBD contains a range of the hemp plant’s natural compounds. While this means that the CBD oil isn’t ‘pure’, one of the selling points of full-spectrum is the ‘entourage effect’. This is the argument that CBD is more effective when taken alongside other beneficial extracts of the hemp plant. This does mean, however, that full-spectrum CBD oil often contains trace elements of THC. 

Can CBD be used for anxiety?

Many people are interested in the potential benefits of CBD for alleviating some of the typical symptoms of anxiety. The most prevalent theory guiding current research is whether or not CBD can attach to receptors found within the endocannabinoid system to help regulate feelings of anxiety.

One prominent study, conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), says that CBD has been shown to reduce both behavioural signs, as well as physiological symptoms of anxiety in rats. These include reduced stress levels and improvements in increased heart rate.

While this is certainly promising, we must note that before any definitive claims can be made about CBD as a treatment for anxiety, further research needs to be carried out on human subjects.

Is CBD oil legal in the UK?

It’s a big question and currently a bit of a grey zone. CBD is legal if it contains 0.0% of THC (the compound that makes you ‘high’). Although many people state CBD products can contain up to 0.2% THC, this is false. In fact, it was actually published recently that Holland & Barrett were stocking a CBD oil that was well over the THC limits. So, always make sure your CBD products contain no THC.  

What’s the difference between CBD oil and a CBD tincture?

You’ll often hear the terms ‘CBD oil’ and ‘CBD tincture’ used interchangeably. But the two products are actually quite different! CBD oils usually contain just two main ingredients: CBD and a ‘carrier oil’ (usually MCT but it has also been known to use coconut or palm oil). In comparison, CBD tinctures are made by steeping hemp extract with an alcohol-based solvent.

What’s the difference between CBD oil and hemp oil?

Another common misconception is that CBD oil and hemp oil are essentially the same. The reality, however, is that while hemp oil has numerous unique benefits it actually contains hardly any CBD at all. Whereas CBD oil is extracted from varying elements of the hemp plant (e.g. flowers, leaves and stems) hemp oil is made by cold-pressing hemp seeds into a carrier oil.

The 10 Best CBD Oils in the UK

Want to start an exciting new journey by using CBD as part of an enriching wellness routine? Take a look below at our top 10 CBD oil brands in the UK for 2022!


1. Best CBD oil for all-round quality and value

TheDrug.Store CBD Oil

Strength:

500mg to 3000mg

Bottle size:

30ml

Flavour:

Tasteless

Price Range:


TheDrug.Store

Price: £29.99

Next.co.uk

Price: £30.00


TheDrug.Store occupies the top position on our list for three main reasons: their CBD oil is simple, easy to use and cost-effective.

TheDrug.Store have made their own CBD oil in three strengths, 500mg, 1000mg, and 3000mg. Both are mixed with MCT oil, which is typically made from coconut oil and contains pure CBD.

We love it because not only is it cost-effective (£29.99 a bottle), pure and doesn’t have a hempy taste - it also has a measure on the pipette to help with consistent dosing. Sometimes the simple things are the best and if you’re looking at trying CBD oil then this is a great place to start!

How to Use:

One of the main benefits of TheDrug.Store’s CBD oil is that the pipette clearly indicates the amount you are dosing. This is unfortunately not normal on all CBD oils, but it definitely makes it easier to take a consistent dose.

The amount you should take very much depends on the strength of oil that you go for, but it also depends on the amount of CBD that’s right for you. Generally, a dose of around 25mg is a good starting point. That is equal to around 1.5ml of the 500mg bottle, 0.75ml of the 1000mg bottle and 0.25ml of the 3000mg bottle.

Storage: As with most supplements it is best to keep them out of direct light exposure and keep them at room temperature. With CBD specifically, the MCT oil can turn a slightly yellow or pink colour over time due to oxidation, but this is nothing to worry about.

What customers from thedrug.store think:

  • Rated: 5/5

    “I am impressed with this CBD, delivery is quick, and it helps me get a deep sleep, something I was struggling with before. I only have tried the 500mg and it’s more than enough. Highly recommended.”

    - R

  • Rated: 5/5

    “Having tried these kind of products before I wasn’t too sure but I must say since using this CBD joints no longer ache and muscles aren’t as sore. I also think my sleep is a bit better. I usually take mine in the evening right before bed.

    I’m using 500 MG at the moment, it’s a shame that 1000 MG is much more.”

    - James

 

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2. BEST CBD OIL FOR DAILY RELIEF

CBDistillery

Strength:

from 500mg

Bottle Size:

30ml

Flavour:

Tasteless

Price Range:


TheDrug.Store

Price: £29.99

TheCBDistillery.co.uk

Price: £30.00

VaporizerHut.co.uk

Price: £160.00


CBDistillery was one of the first American brands that rode the wave of popularity and established itself in the UK. With three different strengths, you can take their CBD oil to soothe your daily stress and anxiety, or you could take a stronger one to help you sleep or to support muscle recovery. We also really like their CBD gummies which are made with the same quality CBD as their oils.

CBDistillery have certainly earned their global reputation. By combining an extremely good product with a very reasonable price, more and more people are incorporating their products into their daily routines.

How to Use:

The pipette on this oil does not clearly indicate the amount you are dosing, so it can be a bit tricky to measure out your dose, but if you stick to full or half pipettes, dosing should be easy.

As with most CBD oils, they come in different strengths. It doesn’t actually matter which strength you buy, but the stronger the oil, the longer it will last as you can use dose a smaller amount for the same concentration of CBD.

Storage: Like many other CBD oils, this oil comes in amber glass to minimise light exposure, but we still recommend keeping the oil out of direct sunlight.

 

What customers from thedrug.store think:

  • Rated: 5/5

    “I highly recommend this - easy to use, no taste and effective“

    - Janice M.

 

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3. BEST CBD OIL FOR DEALING WITH STRESS

Trip CBD Oil

Strength:

300mg and 1000mg

Bottle size:

15ml

Flavour:

Orange Blossom and Wild Mint

Price Range:


Drink-Trip.com

Price: £19.00

Next.co.uk

Price: £26.00

Fenwick.co.uk

Price: £26.99


Trip CBD has had a meteoric rise to become one of the UK’s most recognised CBD brands, primarily because they’ve not only raised the bar in terms of taste, but their CBD oils contain a special blend of adaptogens which have a long history of alleviating stress and anxiety.

This particular CBD comes in two flavours, Wild Mint and Orange Blossom, and is blended with chamomile, a herb most recognised for its soothing and relaxing properties. It’s also available in two strengths, 300mg and 1000mg - the 300mg is ideal for those looking to try CBD oil for the first time.

How to Use:

Like CBDistillery the pipette on this oil does not show millilitres, so you would have to rely on the number of drops. A full dropper contains approx. 20 drops, which equates to 20 MG of the “Original” 300mg strength and 66MG of the “Strong” 1000mg strength.

Storage: Trip’s CBD oils come in completely coloured bottles, which is helpful because it minimises any risk of UV damage. Like many other CBD oils, this oil comes in amber glass to minimise light exposure, but we still recommend keeping it out of direct sunlight.

 

What customers from thedrug.store think:

  • Rated: 5/5

    “Best cbd oil I have had, there is no awful taste after and it helps relieve any anxiety I may have. Excellent product“

    - Sylvia J.

  • Rated: 5/5

    “Was sceptical trying this but it’s been great for my anxiety and has a really nice taste too, will definitely be stocking up on more“

    - Laura L.

 

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4. BEST CBD OIL TO HELP YOU SLEEP

Apothem Labs Lights Out

Strength:

1000mg, 3000mg

Bottle size:

10ml

Flavour:

Lemon Balm

Price Range:


CultBeauty.co.uk

Price: £75.00

Next.co.uk

Price: £75.00

Roots-Wellness.co.uk

Price: £75.00


Apothem Labs stand out in the market for their unique blend of CBD and botanicals, which help to enhance the CBD’s soothing effects whilst offering an array of distinct and pleasant flavours.

Our personal favourite is their Lights Out drops, packed with 3000mg of CBD, lemon balm, milky oats, 5-HTP and Chamomile. This is a great one for improving the quality and depth of your sleep!

Apothem Labs offer a luxury product, and while this means they fall on the higher end of the pricing scale you certainly get your money’s worth. The CBD is of particularly high quality, and it’s clear that Apothem’s botanical blends are formulated with care and precision.

How to Use:

Apothem Lights Out is a perfect addition to your nighttime routine. When using CBD for sleep, we generally recommend taking your CBD 1 hour before bedtime. Each drop contains 5mg and Apothem recommends 4-5 drops to start with.

Storage: Apothem use black bottles, but unlike some other packaging options they are not as UV protective. We recommend that you keep the oil out of direct light to reduce the risk of discolouration.

 

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5. Best CBD Oil for Simple and Effective Dosing

OTO CBD Oil

Strength:

1000mg

Bottle Size:

15ml

Flavour:

Spearmint

Price Range:


LookFantastic.com

Price: £51.75

HandPickedcbd.com

Price: £69.00

TheDrug.Store

Price: £69.99


This latest release from OTO has flown straight into the list for us. These CBD drops are specifically formulated to calm and soothe the body to reduce stress and help people get a better night’s sleep or to reduce stress.

With 1500mg of CBD, lavender, liquorice and spearmint the formula gave us an amazing night’s sleep.

How to Use:

OTO has approached dosing in a new and innovative way with their Sleep Drops. The pipette has a button press function that delivers a precise and identical dose of 50mg each time. While this is great for consistency, it also removes the ability to adjust the dose based on individual needs.

Storage: OTO uses a nice white coloured bottle, which should protect the oil from all UV light, but make sure the product is not exposed to higher temperatures.

 

What customers from thedrug.store think:

  • Rated: 5/5

    “I've had issues with my sleep for my entire adult life which affect every single aspect of my day. I'd tried another brand of CBD which did nothing so I just assumed CBD didn't work for me, however friends kept suggesting I try it so I looked up which were the brands more suited for CBD to sleep and this one came up. I was very excited when it arrived but noticed no changes for maybe a week to 10 days but kept taking it and slowly started noticing a difference. Felt the full effects after maybe 3 weeks of taking it and I'm not looking back. It doesn't help me fall asleep so much, but it helps me stay asleep which was my main issue. I'm on my second bottle and sooo pleased with it. Give it a try but stick with it for a bit!!“

    - Anonymous

  • Rated: 4/5

    “Really help get a decent night sleep with no after affects.

    A bit pricey but worth it!“

    - Simon S.

  • Rated: 4/5

    “Has helped me to sleep through to 6am every morning. Definite improvement but too expensive to keep up long term.“

    - Julie H.

 

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6. BEST ORGANIC CBD OIL

Medterra CBD Oil

Strength:

500mg - 1000mg

Bottle Size:

30ml

Flavour:

Tasteless

Price Range:


TheDrug.Store
Price: From £29.99

CBD.co
Price: £109.99

Green Dragon CBD
Price: £129.99


Medterra is a US-based company that has recently ventured across the pond. So far they have done a fantastic job in catering to the growing demand for quality organic CBD. One of the reasons why they are one of the US’s most trusted CBD brands is that they combine premium grown hemp with natural organic ingredients such as menthol and arnica.

Their oils start at 500mg CBD mixed with MCT oil for the perfect everyday dose. They then increase in strength up to 3000mg, so long-term customers have the option to continually increase their dosage until they find what works best for them.

How to Use:

Like TheDrug.Store’s CBD oil, Medterra’s pipette has a measurer for simpler dosing. To get a dose of 25mg with this oil you should use 1.5ml of the 500mg bottle, 0.75ml of the 1000mg bottle and 0.25ml of the 3000mg bottle.

Storage: The same guidelines apply to this oil as any other, keep out of direct sunlight and store at room temperature or lower. If the oil turn slightly yellow or pink over time, it should not be a concern. This can happen to MCT oil, but it does not have any effect on its efficacy.

What customers from thedrug.store think:

  • Rated: 5/5

    “This tincture is the only thing that has ever helped with my endometriosis and anxiety. I honestly couldn't live without it“

    - Tracy F.

  • Rated: 4/5

    “This is my first time trying CBD oil. It really is a mine field but found the drug store and MedTerra brand after lots of research. Price was competitive and service from the Drug Store good. The product is tasteless with no aftertaste which is a bonus. I give it 4 stars because I don’t think I’ve got my dosages right yet so not getting the full benefits. Up to now My sleep quality is much improved and I’m more relaxed but I was wanting some relief from pain in my joints. Maybe this will come in time and if I increase the dose. Well worth a try.“

    - Ray G.

  • Rated: 5/5

    “Brilliant product that helped to reduce pain and aid sleep!“

    - Sharon G.

 

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7. BEST CBD OIL FOR AN ACTIVE LIFESTYLE

Four Five CBD

Strength:

500mg to 2000mg

Bottle Size:

30mg (in a spray form)

Flavour:

Tasteless or Orange Flavoured

Price Range:


Amazon.co.uk
Price: from £24.21

TheDrug.Store
Price: from £29.99

Boots.com
Price: from £30.00


Looking for a little bit more spring in your step? Founded by rugby internationals George Kruis and Dominic Day, Four Five are proud to offer the first range of CBD oils specifically for athletes. Their CBD oils, capsules and balms are perfect for people looking for a touch of relief when they’re on the go.

Containing 0.0% THC, Four Five CBD Oil is certified to a sporting standard and while their original CBD oil is tasteless, they also have a refreshing orange flavoured oil that’s sure to tantalise the taste buds.

How to Use:

FourFive’s CBD oils have a quite unique feature as they come with an additional spray top. This can make dosing slightly easier. There are approximately 240 sprays in a bottle so each spray contains around 0.125 ml.

This oil is great for sports recovery, so its recommended to take it a few times a day. Start with two sprays under the tongue and gradually build up.

Storage: The bottle is not opaque so UV damage should not be a concern, but you should still store it in a cool environment and remember to tighten the cap to prevent any oxidation.

 

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8. BEST CBD OIL FOR INFLAMMATION

Wunder Workshop Turmeric CBD oil 

Strength:

1000mg

Bottle Size:

30ml

Flavour:

Turmeric

Price Range:


ContentBeautyWellbeing.com
Price: from £102.00 

reve-en-vert.com
Price: from £102.00 


Wunder Workshop have combined the power of CBD with turmeric, which has recently garnered attention for its anti-inflammatory properties. This creates the perfect blend of ingredients to calm both your body and mind.

Whether you’re having a stressful day or need some help with muscle recovery, this product will help with both! Made with olive oil and black pepper, you can also use it to add a little kick to a range of recipes.

 

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9. BEST TASTING CBD OIL

Grass & Co.

Strength:

500mg

Bottle Size:

10ml

Flavour:

Ginger, Turmeric and Orange

Price Range:


GrassandCo.com
Price: £35.50

Mellow.Store
Price: £35.50


Grass & Co. prides itself on offering a premium quality product, with a range of enlivening flavours that are sure to encourage newcomers to try CBD. In particular, their EASE range blends citrus and invigorating flavours such as turmeric and ginger - which enhances the CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties.

And it’s not just the flavours that draw people to Grass & Co.’s CBD oils. They also include Vitamin D and K, which can help contribute to healthy muscles and joints.

 

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What are the signs of a quality CBD product?

With CBD becoming so popular, some companies have tried to tap into a lucrative market but offer a subpar product. Therefore, consumers need to try and spot the hallmark signs of a worthwhile CBD product.

  • Extraction method: The most reputable CBD brands use methods such as CO2 extraction so no residues or unwanted additives end up in the finished product.

  • CBD concentration: Any CBD retailer worth their salt will clearly list the concentration of CBD or total milligrams on the label. This ensures that you are getting the right strength in your daily dosage.

  • Product claims: While CBD has multiple benefits it is by no means a ‘wonder drug’ or a ‘miracle cure’. Therefore, be wary of any products that make numerous medical claims. If it seems too good to be true, chances are it is...

  • Independent testing: The CBD industry is governed by a range of regulatory bodies, the main one in the UK being the Food Standards Agency (FSA). As part of this, brands need to make it clear whether their products have been vetted by an independent third party.

How do I take CBD Oil?

One of the main selling points of CBD oils is that they usually come in dropper bottles, making it easy to administer an ideal dose. It’s advised that you start on a lower dose, and once you can gauge your body’s reaction to the CBD you can work your way up.

Once you’ve found your dose, simply drop it onto your tongue and hold it for 1 to 2 minutes before swallowing. This will allow the CBD to be absorbed through your gums.

Where is the best place to buy CBD oil? 

With health and wellness trends like CBD, it can be hard to figure out where the right place to buy CBD is, especially when you’re buying online. Some less reputable retailers may try to sell hemp oil or hemp seed oil instead of CBD oil.

Our advice is to make sure you look at reviews, they will give you the best and most truthful insight about the products. It’s always best when you can easily reach out to the company you’re buying from, whether you want to call them or email them, transparency is always best. 

A competitive price is always good, but you always want to make sure they’re not just a trap for you to buy into. If you’d like to find out more, we advise you read our guide on where to buy CBD in the UK.

How much CBD oil can I take in a day? 

The ‘correct CBD dosage’ doesn’t exist because it all depends on people’s tolerance to CBD, but also their weight, height and everything that comes with it. For someone who’s only starting to take CBD and has no idea how much they should be taking, it’s recommended to start with a low concentration oil like 500mg or 1000mg. 

If you’re unsure about how much CBD you’re taking when taking an oil, you can always opt for CBD capsules or gummies. With these types of products, the CBD amount is pre-measured and makes it easier to control how much you’re taking, especially if you take CBD multiple times a day. 

CBD oils come in many different strengths, the weakest ones are usually 300mg and the strongest oils are around 3000mg. Even if you don’t take a lot daily, sometimes it can be more valuable to take the high-strength oils and you’ll simply take a small amount, so the oils will last for much longer. 

Whether you’re looking for a remedy to help with your daily stress, your sleep quality or even muscle recovery, one of these CBD oils might be the one for you. Between the different strengths, flavours and even different-sized bottles, you can find something to fit your lifestyle the best.