This year has been... rough, to say the least, so I've been desperate to find ways to ease my worries. Chances are, you've heard of CBD products—they've been trending for the past year and have completely taken off in 2020.
New to CBD? Don't worry. It stands for cannabidiol, and yes, it's totally legal and does not cause a "high"—instead, most people experience a wave of calm. I like to describe it as that relaxing feeling after having a great glass of wine.
With the growing popularity, it seems like just about everything contains CBD these days. But, not all products are created equal. So I did the testing for you and found the best of the best. ( As always, you should consult your doctor before starting any supplements, especially if you're pregnant or breastfeeding. And this is for adults only! )
Here are the best CBD holiday gifts for that extra-stressed-out friend or family member:
Equilibria has been the one brand I've consistently used for more than a year now. This box is the perfect starter kit with three full-spectrum CBD products—a daily tincture for more immediate calm, daily gels for slow release throughout the day, and a cream for sore muscles or cramps. Even better? Each purchase comes with a free, personalized dosage support so an expert can walk you through how to use the products for your exact needs.
Traditional skin care, meet your match. Infused with tons of ingredients, including CBD, this silky oil nourishes even the driest of winter skin. And, it totally brightens the completion. Use it after serum, but before moisturizer in the morning, night or both!
These gummies are almost too delicious. Each individual gummy has 25 mg of broad spectrum hemp extract and is designed to soothe stress throughout the day. We love the child-resistant packaging, but definitely keep them out of reach since they look like regular candy. And, they have a sleep-specific pack , too!
This tincture is crafted for calm in small batches in the U.S. and has nearly 600 5-star reviews. It tastes like fresh mint and works pretty quickly. Simply shake the bottle and hold the oil under your tongue for 30 seconds before swallowing. They come in multiple strengths, but I suggest starting low!
For the person who loves to cook, this hemp-infused extra virgin olive oil is a unique gift they'll love to use on the daily. It's made with organic, single source, full-spectrum olive oil—made to be used to finish cooking or add a bit of flavor to any dish.
If you know someone who has chronic aches and pains or works out a lot, this is such a great gift. It's an easy-to-use lotion that doesn't leave a greasy residue, but provides a cooling, calming feeling. Aside from CBD, it also includes shea butter, menthol, aloe vera and more.
Other products will wear off within a few hours, but this pillow is designed with longevity in mind. Infused with millions of microcapsules of CBD, it'll release mini doses as you doze. For full effect, you don't need a pillowcase, but you can definitely use one if you prefer.
If you know someone who loves that BioFreeze feel, this is the best swap. With 500 mg of full spectrum CBD extract, ginger, menthol, eucalyptus and more, it's created to soothe and restore exhausted muscles. Bonus points for having a cooling, tingly sensation that makes you feel like it's really working.
This might be one of the most luxurious CBD experiences I've ever encountered. This sampler contains a mix of their top three bestselling flavors—signature berry, lemon lavender and plum cardamom—and comes in either a standard dose of 25mg or a high dose of 50mg. These are a favorite for keeping in the fridge and taking one right before bed to help wind down after a long and stressful day.
I love winding down with a relaxing bath and this mineral soak has become my go-to on the more stressful days. With more than 30 minerals and 200 mg of full-spectrum CBD in the entire bag, it helps purify and destress—and makes you smell amazing right after. Each bag lasts for about 4-5 baths.
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