Like many, I’m someone that deals with anxiety and stress more often than I’d like, but a remedy I’ve found truly helpful is CBD. Whether it’s in your head or an ache and pain in your body, Cannabidiol products, more commonly known as CBD products, have helped millions of people push through the day.
CBD earned its popularity years ago, but during the past year (20** … of which we may never speak of again), there was a real boom in the industry. Surprise! Being stuck at home with family, roommates, or even alone can be stressful AF. But with loads of options and different forms of CBD products to help manage different things, there is definitely a type out there for everyone. While gummies are a personal favorite, you’ve got CBD balms and oils for muscle aches and body pains, capsules and prerolls to help ease your mind, there’s even CBD skincare with tons of benefits. Oh, and did you know there are also CBD treats and tinctures for our furry friends? Yeah, they deserve some chill, too.
What are the benefits of CBD?
According to Luke Fletcher, CEO & Co-Founder of Fletcher Farms Hemp Co., CBD can help different people in tons of different ways! But for most, CBD is a form of relief for three things: pain, sleep issues, and anxiety.
“[One] reason for the multiple benefits is the evidence of CBD’s role in the reduction of inflammation,” Fletcher explained. “Most people nowadays have an elevated level of inflammation in their bodies, whether we realize it or not, especially with the diets of modern society. When you reduce inflammation, evidence suggests you will get pain relief, sleep better, and feel more relaxed.”
What is the most effective form of CBD?
Honestly, it can be a bit overwhelming with the number of options out there. And depending on your needs, one CBD product may be a better fit for you than another. (From personal experience, we can tell you that turning to CBD instead of alcohol helps us calm TF down without the inevitable hangover.)
For many, CBD oil or capsules are the most effective and the most efficient. Fletcher agreed, saying, “the argument for Full Spectrum CBD oil being the most effective is very strong and I believe it to be the best.” Although his biggest piece of advice was to try out multiple things and see what works best for you. He continued, “I know people that have had a lot of success with Isolated forms of CBD but also just as many that got turned off by CBD products in general because of these Isolate products. For the most part, if you aren’t bothered by a low amount of THC, Full Spectrum is going to be the most effective form of CBD [for you].”
Ironically, the one thing that shouldn’t be stressful is shopping for something that will calm you down. To help you out, we’ve rounded up the best CBD products in every category. From bath bombs to lube (yes, lube), check out the best CBD products below.
Best CBD Capsules & Prerolls
Yes, CBD pre-rolls are a thing and yes, they’re pretty awesome. It’s filled with sun-grown hemp flower from Fletcher Farms based in Vale, Oregon. Each roll is blended at a 1:1 ratio and contains a USDA approved THC content of less than 0.3% (which is totally legal in most states). “Smooth,” said one reviewer. “These are great when I want to smoke something relaxing without feeling too out of it after. They kind of feel like somewhere in between CBD and THC – with a relaxing effect on my body. They were also super smooth – sometimes the THC prerolls I get at the dispensary are kind of harsh and these were mild and enjoyable.”
For a quick dose of zen, pop an Onyx + Rose capsule. Each contains 25 mg of broad spectrum CBD to help you chill. In addition to their fast effects, capsules are also great for promoting the peace while you’re on-the-go.
Best CBD Bath Products
A CBD bath? Try to name one thing that could be more relaxing. This luxurious bath soak is infused with 240mg of CBD, with one scoop being about 20mg. The combination of CBD, Epsom, and Himalayan salts and essential oils will melt your worries away (or at least while you’re in the tub). You’ll also get a whiff of the floral, citrus oil, and eucalyptus too.
In this collection of CBD bath bombs from Kush Queen, you’ll get one bath bomb for every need: Awaken, Relieve, Sleep, Relax, and Love. Each one is infused with 10mg CBD and essential oils. Take it from this nurse who loves them after a long shift, “These smell so good and were just what I needed after working a 60+ hour week. I’m a nurse and I’m on my I feet all day. These took all the aches and pains away!”
Best CBD For Pain Relief
Period pain got you down? We. Hear. You. This luxe roll-on formula contains arnica and rose in addition to CBD to help ease cramping, aches, and pains. Apply to your abdomen and/or lower back when you’re uncomfortable, then enjoy the “ahhhh …” Lady, you deserve it.
We’re all a little tense these days, so make sure you’re covered with this Papa & Barkley Releaf Balm. Made with natural ingredients like coconut oil, beeswax, and essential oils — this balm helps ease soreness and inflammation in record time. Bonus points: the amazing smell will help calm you too.
This. Stuff. Is. Awesome! Chill away aches and pains with this roll-on formula that’ll leave you with instant cooling tingles. In addition to CBD, it contains menthol and aloe for superior performance. This one contains a potency of 300 mg of CBD per bottle (plus a super-affordable price tag), but if you need something extra rugged, formulas go up to 3,000 mg of CBD (!). I keep this stuff on my desk and roll it on my neck, shoulders, and lower back for on-the-spot relief.
Best CBD Gummies
These delicious strawberry and lemon flavored CBD gumdrops from Lord Jones will help ensure you stay chill. This box set comes with 9 tasty gumdrops that are each infused with 20mg of CBD. And no, there’s no THC! They’ll get a major sense of relaxation without the high. One reviewer called these gummies a “well being boost” and said, “I feel the my rough edges (that I didn’t even know I had) smoothed out. I feel relaxed, able to easily focus and experience a sense of inner warmth. I subscribe because Lord Jones gumdrops are my well being boost.”
Anxiety, pain, sleep — you name it, and Sunday Scaries CBD Gummies can help. Each bottle contains 20 gummy bears with 10mg of CBD. With hundreds of reviews raving about the taste and the effect, everyone is clearly obsessed with the gentle, yet immediate calm these treats provide. One reviewer said, “I take two of these when I feel the work pressure heat up or if I need to chill the f out in the evenings. These are the best I have found and I have tried a ton. Thank you!!”
Peach rings were one of my favorite candies as a kid, but a CBD-infused one definitely takes it to new heights. Each peach ring has 10mg of CBD, and each bag comes with 10 individual bears. (They’re 100% THC-free too!) You’ll be hooked on the great taste and on the calming effect these Seabedee gummies give. Luckily, you can subscribe to get them delivered monthly at a discounted price!
All I can say is yum. These soft squares of sugar-covered deliciousness are hands-down the best tasting CBD gummies I have ever tried (no bitter aftertaste!). Available in a 30mg potency, you’ll get a sweet treat with a side of calm. Now that’s what I call #selfcare.
Best CBD Beverages
We get it: A boozy beverage (or two) can definitely help you unwind at the end of a long day. Unfortunately, the next-morning headache can really slow you down. But if you switch to a CBD-infused beverage instead, it can help take the edge off without the morning-after regret. We love sipping CBD Living’s Sparkling Water “cocktail” for a moment of relaxation that won’t lead to a hangover. Each can contains 25 mg of CBD and they come in delicious flavors like strawberry lavender and apple ginger. And, since it’s sweetened with erythritol, you won’t be downing a ton of sugar. So, pop the tab, pour over ice in a fancy cocktail glass, and enjoy the “ahh.”
Our two favorite things become one with CBD Living’s Instant Matcha Tea. The combination of caffeine and CBD keeps you both awake and focused. It’s completely vegan as well as THC-free too! Some reviewers suggest adding in oat milk to make it extra tasty.
If you’d rather ease into your chill with a nice, refreshing drink: I’d like to introduce you to UNITY. This sampler pack comes six bottles and flavors such as Strawberry Lemonade, Elderberry Rose (a personal favorite), Blueberry Lavender, and Blackberry Tea. Each 14 ounce bottle is infused with 30mg of CBD, plant-based nutrients, and has absolutely no THC (in case you were wondering).
Best CBD Beauty Products
Take care of all your worries in one go with this CBD Cleanser from Truly. Not only does it help calm your body, but it helps fight acne too! The main ingredients, CBD and Salicylic Acid, will leave you feeling soothed and refreshed — no wonder it’s a top seller on Ulta!
Brighten your under eyes with this super cooling CBD eye cream from e.l.f. Cosmetics. It contains 50mg of CBD as well as peptide complex and hyaluronic acid to help reduce wrinkles and moisturize the skin. Reviewers say that it is the perfect product for sensitive skin too ,as it’s not too harsh and super absorbent.
Yep, it’s possible to make CBD apart of every step in your daily routine. This CBD deodorant from Kopari Beauty is extra-strength and extra-soothing while being 100% clean and vegan. Ingredients include CBD, coconut oil, and sage oil. One reviewer raved about the product and said, “This is the most wonderful natural deodorant that I’ve ever used! I’ve used almost all of the Kopari varieties, and this one is Queen,” they said. “If you are thinking about it, and they have it in stock, Girl snap it up!!! This deodorant has an herby/woodsy smell… It’s soothing on freshly shaved and or delicate under arm skin. Last but not least, their CBD deodorant is the strongest formula.”
Free of parabens, sulfates, pthalates, and artificial fragrances — and infused with CBD — your hair will love this soothing, quenching shampoo and conditioner set. This set has a light scent of calming water blossom (naturally fragranced, of course), and thanks to nourishing ingredients like argan oil, vitamin E, and cannabidiol, leaves hair shiny, silky, and smooth. (Bonus: The formulas even strengthen hair and encourages growth). How do I know? I’ve been using it myself and love how my mane looks and feels … plus it’s extra long, since I haven’t gotten around to getting it cut.
We are kind of obsessed with Kristen Bell’s CBD beauty brand, Happy Dance, which contains 200 MG of CBD from Premium Full Spectrum Hemp Extract and is made with ultra nourishing butters and oils. The subtle, spa-like scent of rosemary makes you feel like you’re treating yourself to a luxe spa day — it soothes dry skin but doesn’t leave you feeling greasy, and has an overall zen effect. We love to slather this all over after a shower right before bedtime, but you can use it whenever you’d like. We also love Happy Dance’s CBD Stress Away Bath Bomb, which is will take your relaxing bath to a whole new level with 60 MG of CBD, scents of grapefruit, and ingredients like coconut oil and cocoa butter.
Combining exfoliating beads with a silky foamy lather, Onyx + Rose’s CBD-infused face wash feels like a luxury. Vegan and free of all the bad stuff (including cruelty), you’ll love that the beads — which are substantial enough for scrubbing, but gentle enough to not irritate — are made with eco-friendly castor oil that’s safe for you and the environment.
Best CBD Oils
If you’re new to CBD and want to ease your way into it, CBD oils are a great place to start. This one from Lily CBD only contains 16mg of CBD in a full dropper. And with oils like this you are able to digest and use as a topical. Simply place a full drop under your tongue, or massage into your skin where there’s an ache or pain.
The great thing about CBD oil is its versatility. You can easily take a drop directly, or you can incorporate it into your food or drinks. Add a drop in your coffee or cup of tea to ensure you have your daily dose every morning. This 17mg oil is a top seller, but you’ve got other options if you want more or less! Charlotte’s Web CBD Oils go as low as 7mg and as high as 60.
Tackle stress in a different way with Arousal Oil with CBD. This topical can do wonders such as enhance pleasure, ease discomfort, and help increase sensitivity. CBD has tons of benefits for sex, and people are starting to catch on. Among the hundreds of reviews, one mom said, “So happy with this product. I have four kids and found out recently I’m menopausal. Hormone treatments weren’t helping my libido and dryness issues. Awaken oil has made a world of difference for my partner and I. Highly recommend this product to anyone.”
Best CBD For Sleep
Another best seller from Charlotte’s Web are their CBD sleep gummies. Each gummy is infused with 10mg of CBD and 3mg of melatonin, a natural sleeping aid. It comes in a yummy raspberry flavor with your choice of 30, 60, or 90 gummies in a container. “Subtle and effective!” said one happy customer. “This is my first experience with CBD oil/gummies and I was a bit skeptical, however, this product is consistently good. I have seen a great improvement in my ability to fall asleep peacefully and stay asleep all night. No weird feeling the next day. I wake up alert and ready for the day. Ordered my second jar.”
Sleep doesn’t always come easy, but House of Wise Sleep Gummies are literally made to help you have the best night sleep. Every gummy contains 5mg of melatonin to promote better sleep and 25mg of hemp-derived CBD. Their instructions are pretty simple too: “Take one gummy, wait, breathe.”
These sleep gummies don’t just taste delicious, they work. And not in a knock-you-out kind of way. It’s more like a post-turkey-dinner sort of drowsiness that makes closing your eyes and crawling into bed oh-so-blissful. These are organic, THC-free, and contain melatonin to further enhance the zzzs. As tasty as they are, keep in mind you only need one (!) to feel they slumber-inducing effects. P.S. They’re also vegan!
Best CBD For Pets
Mutt moms love their dogs, but sometimes, they wish they could just chill. And if their pooch is nervous or anxious? Well, that’ll break a mama’s heart. In either case, Paw CBD’s Calming Chews will help puppers relax a little, which makes for happier hounds and humans. These chews vary in potency depending on the size of the dog in question — in general, the 150 mg chews are best for small dogs, 300 mg for medium dogs, and 600 mg for large ones (try the site’s live chat button for more detailed recommendations). These treats are packed with more CBD than many other brands on the market (plus a cocktail of calming herbs), meaning they’re especially effective for helping to curb high-energy behaviors.
Another option is peanut butter. If you’ve got an anxious pup, this CBD-infused peanut butter is like heaven for them (and you, because you’ll feel relieved to know your doggo is much calmer). Just scoop the recommended “dose” into a Kong (or their favorite hard toy) and let them lick away at it. It simultaneously gives them a “job” and the CBD chills them out. We fully trust Paw CBD, as they use only the cleanest ingredients (dry roasted peanuts and MCT oil, with no additives or preservatives) and purest CBD (no THC!). Make sure to buy the right strength for your dog based on their weight. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to loop in your vet.
Made with 10 mg of CBD per chew (editor’s note: they’re actually on the crunchier side, but my dog still loves them), these treats are great to give anxious dogs before car rides, walks, when you’re leaving home, or in anticipation of thunderstorms or fireworks noise. In addition to CBD Living’s calming line of treats in peanut butter and sweet potato flavors, there’s also a bacon mobility version that’s especially suited for older pups. Also worth pointing out is that these are some of the most budget-friendly CBD dog treats on the market. Have a cat? Try the Calming Cat Tincture for your feline friend.