The best CBD oils for vegans you can buy in the UK
Read Time: | 12th February 2020
In the last few years, CBD has soared into the public consciousness and gained immense popularity. CBD products and brands of all varieties are now available, both online and in high street shops. While the choice this gives us is incredible, it can make it harder to find a high-quality, vegan CBD oil.
To help you successfully navigate the impressive yet confusing array of oils, tinctures and sprays, we have compiled this list. It will introduce you to this remarkable plant extract, inform you of what to look out for, and provide our pick of the best UK CBD oils suitable for vegans.
Products to Avoid
CBD is a cannabinoid found in hemp plants and is extracted to provide a beneficial, non-intoxicating food-supplement. It is obtained directly from cannabis varieties that have less than 0.2% THC and won’t get you high.
While the extract itself is plant-based, the versatility of CBD allows manufacturers to make it into hundreds of other products. Some of these may not be suitable for vegans, to prevent you from making an accidental non-vegan purchase, here are some things to look out for:
CBD Oils – CBD extract is entirely vegan, but different companies combine it with their preferred blend of oils, colours and flavourings. Most trustworthy brands will only include a high-quality carrier oil like olive oil, hemp seed oil or MCT oil. Still, you should always carefully check the label to ensure there are no hidden animal products.
CBD Gummies – These are chewy, flavoured treats that deliver a measured amount of CBD. Because of their jelly-like structure, they may contain bovine gelatine. Look out for gummies clearly labelled as vegan; these are made using vegan gelatine alternatives such as pectin, seaweed extract or agar agar.
CBD Capsules – These are made with an edible shell and hold a precise amount of CBD oil; they are ideal if you want a discreet way to take CBD or want to carry it without fearing spills or leaks. With some capsules, the shell or soft-gel is made using gelatine. The vegan versions are made using plant-based gelatin alternatives.
CBD Edibles – CBD can be added to most foods and many shops, coffee-shops and online stores carry a range of sweets, chocolates, drinks and even pastries. What is included in these items is entirely down to the manufacturer, so they should be treated just like any other food; look carefully through the ingredients and check for labels or certificates that indicate it is suitable for vegans.
CBD Skincare – There are some incredible vegan skincare ranges out there, but not all companies follow the same standards. Look carefully at the ingredients and check that they are animal product and cruelty-free.
There are lots of CBD oild popping up in shops and to help you chose the best one for you, we have put together a list of the best CBD oils for vegans,