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6 CBD oil alternatives to ease the pain of everyday life


TextDominic Cadogan

Don’t like the taste or texture? We’ve got you covered

After coming from humble hippy-dippy beginnings, CBD has quite quickly taken over the beauty and wellness industry with Forbes reporting earlier this year that 8 million people in the UK are buying CBD products, spending over £150m in the first four months of 2020 alone. 

While there are now more CBD brands than you could try in a lifetime, for some, the taste and texture of the oils (or tinctures as they’re also known) are off-putting. As COVID-19 still holds the world in its grip, whatever stage of lockdown you’re in – in, out, or returning – you’re likely still feeling the impact of being cooped up. 

Fear not, we’ve got a round-up of CBD oil alternatives to help ease those aches and pains and bring you some peace. 

FOR BODY ACHES

Cannaray’s Skin Cream is the perfect antidote to ease any aches you’ve got from a lack of exercise, or from working hunched over your laptop cramped in the corner of your kitchen. Infused with aloe, arnica, eucalyptus, shea butter, rosemary, and menthol, the light cream works immediately, cooling the area of your woes and relieving the muscles of all tension while also moisturising. Apply some to the shoulders and neck before going to bed for a restful, undisturbed night’s sleep.

FOR A PICK ME UP 

Just feeling a bit down or glum? While we can’t blame you given the current circumstances of the world, we can offer some help. Pollen’s No Pressure gummies – flavoured with grapefruit, turmeric, and cayenne (they’re delicious) – give you a dose of 10mg CBD to promote a sense of restoration and balance. The range also includes Powerbank and Soothe You gummies to help you feel your best or achieve serenity respectively. They’re vegan too! 

TO COMBAT DRY SKIN

If you’ve been having increased breakouts and dryness since lockdown, you’ll be pleased to hear you’re not alone – even Rihanna gets down about it. You can combat both of these problems with Chantecaille’s CBD 300 Face and Body cream, enhanced with eggplant stem cell extract to reduce redness, aggravation, and increase moisture and hydration. 

TO GET YOU IN THE MOOD 

While sex might be low on people’s priority lists right now – or impossible to achieve depending on where you are in the world – for those of you lucky enough to be getting it on, why not try something new? Mello’s Bottoms CBD suppositories – yes, that means to be taken vaginally or anally – increase sensitivity and sensation as well as aiding with dryness and lubrication. Their unique administration method also means that you’ll start to feel the effects within 10 minutes. If you’re not having sex, you can still use this to ease the effects of periods, IBS, and other lower body discomfort.

FOR GLOWING SKIN 

Without being able to hit the beach or catch some rays in Mykonos, your skin is likely begging for that I’ve-been-away glow. Revolution Skincare’s affordable CBD Essence Spray hydrates with just one spritz thanks to its calendula flower extract. The refreshing mist can also be used post-workout to reduce redness and calm you down.

TO HELP YOU SLEEP 

Trouble sleeping? Can’t be helped when it feels like the world is ending. OTO’s Pillow Mist includes a unique blend of botanicals – such as lavender, chamomile, and vetiver – as well as 30 per cent CBD to help you relax and achieve deep sleep. Simply spray on to your pillow before going to bed and inhale throughout the night; the CBD being released from your pillow as you move about. Promoting homeostasis, the mist is unlike sleeping pills that might make you feel sluggish and more tired. You’ll wake up feeling balanced and refreshed the next day instead.

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