I will be trying a couple of different CBD oils by Herbalistica over the next few weeks. They have a range of 7 different CBD oils, with their names chosen based around the effect they’re aimed for, being Calm, Energy, Focus, Happy, Recovery, Relaxed and Relief.

The two I will be testing are Focused and Relief, kicking off with the Focused herbal tincture.

What Cannabinoids Does This Contain?

The Focus CBD oil obviously contains a high amount of CBD, as you’d expect, while it also contains a relatively high amount of the acidic form in CBDA. The other cannabinoids present, in order of high to low, were CBC, CBG, CBCA, CBDV, THC, CBN, THCA, CBGA, CBL.

I will commonly find CBG being the most present outside of CBD/CBDA, so seeing cannabichromene as the next most prominent was interesting. This is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid with anti-inflammatory properties.

I’ve attached links through to articles explaining these cannabinoids if you want to learn a bit more about what they are.

The combination of cannabinoids present, being a decent mix across the board, will help you to benefit from the entourage effect, where the combined effect works better than the sum of its parts.

You will find the batch code on the side of the bottle, which you can use to marry up with the lab report. If you don’t know how to read the lab report, have a read over my article on understanding a certificate of analysis.

Spray Rather Than Dropper

While the majority of CBD oils nowadays come as a dropper, where you count the drops as they fall under your tongue in what is known as sublingual consumption, Herbalistica have opted for a spray. Of course, you still spray under your tongue and hold it there for a couple of minutes, but it is obtained in a different method.

Sprays have a few pros and cons in comparison to a dropper, which I’ll cover below.

The main benefit is the easiness of dosage. You don’t have to desperately try to feel how many drops have landed underneath your tongue, which can be a little puzzling at times. Instead you just give as many sprays as you need and move on with your day.

A spray also means a precise dosage each time, you won’t accidentally drop an extra few in your mouth, you know exactly what you’re getting.

The con to sprays is largely around whether you want a slightly different dosage which falls into a bracket between a number of sprays.

Overall, I like both methods, I think it largely comes down to personal preference.

What Does Ozonated Mean?

You may have noticed the ingredients highlighting that it contains ozonated cannabis oil. As this term isn’t commonly mentioned, I wanted to describe this in further detail for anyone that isn’t sure what this means.

Ozonation is a process of oxidation, where the hemp oil is infused with activated oxygen. This process normally means you get a pure and fresh hemp oil, keeping in the omega 3 fatty acids from the hemp, while the process also helps to make it more water-resistant.

They claim in their leaflet that ‘it is the only product on the world market that has succeeded in incorporating ozone into the oil in the form of ozonides’.

What Else Is Included?

The big highlight to this product, outside of the obvious cannabinoids, is the presence of turmeric. I’m a big fan of turmeric, whether having it in powder form added to my curries I love cooking, or in a supplement form taken in the morning.

The main benefit to turmeric comes down to the primary bioactive substance it contains called curcumin. Curcumin has a huge list of health benefits, partly thanks to its high levels of antioxidants, which help to fight off free radicals.

You should certainly look to include turmeric in your diet when possible, so if that means in the shape of an additional ingredient in your CBD dosage, then why not!

Where Can I Buy This From?

You can order yourself a tincture of the Focus CBD Oil by Herbalistica for £99 from their website. They also offer free shipping on orders with the UK.

By Tom Bourlet

Being based in Brighton, I have directly witnessed the CBD industry grow and prosper, albeit witnessing the difficulties around legislation and the lack of transparency. I therefore decided to become a neutral viewpoint offering genuine reviews, advice and guidance.

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