It's safe to say the CBD market has exploded in the past five or so years. The internet is awash with companies competing for the attention of keen consumers who are looking for a safe and easy-to-use natural remedy for anxiety, insomnia and other mild ailments. And the industry is only expected to keep growing. So how to navigate this cannabidiol-infused minefield? One CBD brand has stood out to us in recent years that we believe is seriously worth checking out. Scroll on for everything you need to know about Orange County CBD, including our honest review of Orange County CBD oil.
What exactly is CBD?
CBD (cannabidiol) is the non-psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. Unlike marijuana – which contains the psychoactive ingredient THC – it is legal to consume and does not trigger a 'high'. Studies have suggested that CBD can be used to combat anxiety and sleep disorders and relieve pain, thanks to its natural calming effects. CBD can be found in various products online and in stores, including dietary supplements, oils, bath soaks, drinks, and food.
What's the story behind Orange County CBD?
Orange County CBD was founded in 2019 by two friends, who – as the name suggests – were inspired by a trip to Orange County, California, where they discovered some of the highest quality organic hemp in the world.
The UK-based brand is now intent on revolutionising the European CBD market. Its mission is to normalise the day-to-day use of CBD products by creating premium CBD products that can make a meaningful difference to people's lives. Part of this means ensuring that everything can be traced back to source from seed to shelf, so you know exactly what you're getting.
Orange County CBD 1000mg CBD Oil
- Ingredients:Broad spectrum hemp-derived CBD, MCT oil & natural flavourings
Reasons to buy
- Easy to use pipette that takes the guesswork out of receiving the recommended dose
- Vegan & cruelty free
- Made locally in the UK
Orange County CBD review
Orange County CBD offers everything from oils and edibles to skincare. For the purpose of this review, I'm focusing on one of the brand's bestselling products – its CBD oil.
The oil comes in 10ml, 30ml or 100ml, with strengths ranging from 500mg to the super high strength 25,000mg. Flavours include natural, mint, apple or cherry – I opted for the latter, with a strength of 1000mg.
This is a relatively low strength CBD oil made using broad-spectrum CBD, designed to provide a more mellow dose of CBD. Perfect for complete newbies or those with a little bit of experience using CBD (i.e. me!).
I mostly used the CBD oil at night, in order to help relax me before bed. As per the instructions, I took one pipette (approximately 20 drops) each night, hopped into bed and read for around half an hour before switching the lights out and nodding off. I've never been a great sleeper and while the oil certainly didn't cure me completely of my sleeping struggles, I definitely noticed that I felt slightly more rested when I woke up each morning.
I really enjoyed the subtle cherry flavour, which isn't as overpowering as the flavour of some other CBD oils I've tried. Plus, the pipette makes it super easy to use and to ensure I'm getting the correct dose. And the bottle is small enough to travel anywhere with!
If I were to try it again (which I intend to!), I would opt for a higher strength. Having tried the 1000mg version as a CBD novice, I'd be interested to give the 1500mg version a try, and would be keen to test out some of the other flavours too.
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