CBD is fast becoming the UK’s most popular health trend.
The CBD oil market is one of the fastest growing industries in the country. With an estimated 1.3million people now using CBD products on a regular basis.
Despite it’s real potential for benefiting people’s health, it’s still largely misunderstood by the UK public.
From personal experience - knowing the struggle we initially endured trying to find reputable CBD information and products, is the very reason we launched the Handpicked CBD website in 2019.
Since then we’ve been on a mission to deliver a safe, transparent and educational shopping experience for people interested in trying CBD.
With so many CBD brands trying to jump on the bandwagon, and zero regulations or barriers to entering the CBD market, it's very difficult for newcomers to know which CBD products are good, bad or ugly.
To that end, we do our best to handpick what we believe to be the very best CBD brands available in the UK.
CBD is just one of over 100 compounds (also known as cannabinoids) found in the cannabis plant (usually the hemp plant*).
*Hemp is a variety of the cannabis plant that contains 0.3% or less THC content (by dry weight).
When ingested, CBD, along with the other cannabinoids, interacts with your endocannabinoid system (ECS).
Your endocannabinoid system is responsible for maintaining balance in your body. Known as homeostasis. And as such plays a vital part in regulating how you feel (mood), how you experience and deal with pain, how you sleep, how you eat and even how you remember things.
It’s this ability for cannabinoids to interact with our ECS that’s got health professionals really excited.
There’s a vast amount of anecdotal evidence suggesting CBD has great health benefits. And pre-clinical research (i.e. animal studies), and early human research are starting to demonstrate its diverse medical potential too.
So, it’s no wonder CBD has become the latest “cure-all” health trend.
The name “CBD” is short from cannabidiol, and it can be extracted in highest quantities from the flowers, leaves, stem and stalks of the hemp plant. Once extracted, it’s diluted with a ‘carrier oil’, such as hemp seed oil, coconut oil or olive oil.
During the extraction process, it’s not only CBD that’s extracted. All of the cannabinoids (as well as terpenes and flavonoids) in the plant are extracted. It’s thought the cannabinoids actually work better together, in what is known as the ‘entourage effect’.
Other cannabinoids that you may have heard of are THC, CBG and CBC.
THC is the cannabis compound that makes you ’high’, which is currently recreationally illegal in the UK.
CBD products, however, are completely legal in the UK, as long as:
The World Health Organisation has confirmed that CBD is safe and non-addictive.
When choosing CBD brands to list on Handpicked CBD there are several things we look out for as standard.
As a rule of thumb, wherever you’re buying your CBD from I would advise checking for these:
Taking all of this into account, plus our own in-house community testing of all products on the Handpicked CBD site, we’ve curated a selection of what we think are the best CBD oils in the UK.
So, without further ado:
Here’s our definitive guide for the Top 15 CBD Oil Brands in the UK (updated for 2020).
And the winner is...
In our inaugural "Top 15 CBD Oils in the UK" list, we’ve voted Provacan as the number one CBD oil brand in the UK market.
Provacan CBD is the flagship brand of cannabis research powerhouse CiiTECH, who work in partnership with Israel’s Hebrew University of Jerusalem (aka the global leader in cannabis research and development).
CiiTECH's commitment to cannabis research and development (including 2 current CBD clinical trials), means CiiTECH, and specifically Provacan, deliver the very best quality CBD products on the market.
Provacan CBD oil is sourced from organically certified European hemp farms and their CBD is extracted using hi-tech CO2 machinery. All manufacturing is done in the EU in GMP compliant facilities.
On Handpicked CBD we stock Provacan CBD oil in 3 strengths: 6%, 12% and the limited edition 24%.
Their 6% is a great low-to-medium strength starter oil for newcomers to CBD. (That’s the CBD oil my wife and I started on and now we run a CBD business - it’s really that life changing!!).
Their limited edition high-strength 24% packs a real punch and is a great choice for people who need a strong CBD oil to aid with severe symptoms.
But our pick of the bunch:
For us it’s the Provacan 12% CBD Oil. A guaranteed minimum of 1200mg of CBD in every 10ml amber-tinted (anti-sun radiation) glass bottle.
That's a potent 6mg serving of CBD in every single drop.
Add to that:
All Provacan CBD oils are full-spectrum products, meaning they contain more than just CBD. Instead they contain a full blend of active phytocannabinoids extracted from the hemp plant, including CBDv, CBG, and CBDa.
Whereas some brands include these other non-CBD cannabinoids in their total ‘mg’ strength labelling, it’s good to see Provacan guarantees 1200mg CBD and the other cannabinoids are added on top.
Provacan give a Guaranteed Total Cannabinoid Content (GTCC) of 14.6% in every bottle of Provacan 12% CBD oil. So that’s 260mg (2.6%) of extra cannabinoids to really boost the entourage effect.
Importantly, you don’t need to just take our word for it.
Check out the consistent 5 star reviews that this CBD oil gets from consumers on Handpicked CBD. It really is top notch. Their reviews on TrustPilot aren't bad either (4.6/5 from 395 reviews).
Get a Provacan CBD Oil discount:
For 15% off all Provacan CBD Oils (and other Provacan products) on Handpicked CBD use the code “TOP15” at checkout. You can also get free delivery on all Provacan orders over £50.
In a close second place it's Love Hemp.
London based Love Hemp have quickly established themselves as a leader in the UK CBD industry.
Established in 2015 by two London entrepreneurs, Love Hemp products can now be found across the country in the likes of Holland & Barrett and Sainsbury's.
Love Hemp sources their CBD from North America’s largest hemp extraction company - Folium Biosciences, who grow their hemp outdoors in the Colorado sunshine. Importantly, they don't use any chemical fertilisers, growth hormones or genetically modified products in their cultivation process.
After sourcing high quality raw cannabinoid extract from the States, Love Hemp really ups their game in their in-house manufacturing process, producing a wide range of CBD products including CBD Oils, CBD capsules, CBD balm, CBD gummies, CBD chocolate and even CBD water!
Their manufacturing process is so good in fact, that a big part of Love Hemp’s business is ‘white-labelling’ products for other CBD brands.
Lots of very popular CBD brands on the market actually get their CBD oil products from the team at Love Hemp!
Love Hemp CBD Oils are all broad spectrum, meaning they contain the full range of cannabinoids and terpenes extracted from the hemp plant but have had the THC completely removed.
Their CBD oil drops range from 300mg to 10,000mg (Wow!) and come in 3 flavours (Natural, Orange and Peppermint).
Their CBD oil sprays range from 400mg to 1200mg and come in 4 flavours (Natural, Orange, Peppermint and Lemon).
We’d love to pick the 10,000mg drops as our favourite, as it’s completely unique in the UK market. Nowhere else can you buy 100ml of 10% CBD oil. So awesome!
We get that the £399.99 price tag on that product is not realistic for most of us.
We’re going to go with Love Hemp's 10% CBD oil in a standard 10ml bottle, which is just as awesome and really great value at £49.99.
When it comes to taste, Love Hemp’s oils are definitely the best we’ve tasted (and we’ve tasted a lot!).
Rated 4.7/5 from 275 reviews on TrustPilot
Get a Love Hemp discount:
Get 15% off all Love Hemp CBD oil products (and other Love Hemp products) on Handpicked CBD by using the code “TOP15” at checkout. Love hemp offer free deliver on all orders above £20.
Grabbing the final podium spot in our top CBD oils in the UK is Alpinols.
Alpinols is the flagship CBD brand bought to us by Swiss Organic Partners AG, the largest certified hemp grower in Switzerland.
They’ve more than 15 years of experience in cannabis cultivation and use only the finest organic agriculture methods on their 150,000sqm fields in the heart of Switzerland.
The Alpinols team do everything in house: from growing, hand-picking, extracting (CO2 supercritical), bottling and labelling to distributing their quality CBD products worldwide.
With such high-quality hemp cultivation and manufacturing processes, it’s no surprise that Swiss Organic Partners are the CBD source for many other CBD brands on the market.
Alpinols however, is their own in-house flagship brand. And we love it.
On Handpicked CBD we currently stock Alpinols CBD in two formats: Broad Spectrum CBD Oils available in 6 strengths ranging from 3% to 25% (which is the largest selection of strengths we have on the site). And their ground breaking 2.5% Full Spectrum Water Soluble with 90% bioavailability (which we highly recommend!).
We'll be adding their Full Spectrum Oils and Skincare ranges soon.
As for the winning oil:
It was a tough choice between their 10% and 15% for our favourite, but in the end we’ve gone for the 15%. It just gives that extra strength kick that we prefer.
That being said:
Both are brilliant CBD oils, and really this comes down to personal preference.
Get a discount on Alpinols CBD Oil:
Get 15% off all Alpinols CBD Oils (and other Alpinols CBD products) on Handpicked CBD by using the code “TOP15” at checkout. You’ll also get free delivery on all Alpinols orders. Woop!
The Original Alternative’s CBD Brothers is arguably the UK’s most popular CBD brand. It’s also officially the UK’s longest trading CBD company!
The Original Alternative is a small, dedicated and family-run company passionate about the benefit of cannabis. They have been delivering ethically grown, full spectrum CBD extracts since 2014, and have an army of loyal customers.
(Rated 4.8 / 5 from 253 reviews on TrustPilot)
The Original Alternative (TOA) team source their strictly organic cannabis and hemp from small artisan farms across Europe.
Interestingly, they do things a little differently to the rest of the market:
Instead of being led by strength, they have different editions that depend on strain and cultivation.
TOA’s White, Red and Black editions are all Indica cultivars grown indoors, using grow lights in a controlled environment, for maximum cannabinoid content and yield.
Whereas their Green and Blue editions are Cannabis Sativa and their Purple edition is a hybrid of Indica and Sativa. All are grown outdoors under the sun.
All of the CBD oils from CBD Brothers are extracted using CO2, under low heat and low-pressure conditions. And all contain the full spectrum of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids as well as essential fatty acids- Omega 3,6 and 9 available from the plant.
The team at TOA manufacture all of their CBD products in-house, in a specially built facility. Every batch is then double tested by 2 independent parties using state of the art high-pressured chromatography machines.
The CBD Brothers oils really are top notch, and the company itself has an ethos to match.
We love all TOA CBD oils, and it was a close call to pick a favourite.
Their Red Edition (Indica) is a brilliant brilliant oil, and an Indica based oil is very rare on the market.
But at £126 it's a bit too pricey for some, so:
The winner for the purpose of our Top 15 UK CBD Oils list is the CBD Brothers Blue Edition 500mg CBD Oil. It’s dark colour oozes quality, the smell is beautifully organic, and the taste is great.
And at just £21.60 the value is unrivalled!
Reakiro is one of Europe’s leading CBD manufacturers and suppliers. They control the whole product lifecycle from seed to sale
When they started the business in 2017, the Reakiro team chose a region of Poland with the most favourable climate for hemp cultivation, they then hired highly experienced industry experts to create CBD products of exceptional quality.
Reakiro CBD Oil is a full spectrum oil of real high quality. In fact, their 5-star customer ratings speak for themselves. (rated 4.8 out of 5 on TrustPilot from 39 reviews).
Reakiro’s CBD oil comes in both drops and spray format.
On Handpicked CBD we stock their drops in 3%, 10% and 15% strengths.
Their CBD Oil spray comes in a 30ml bottle with 1000mg of CBD and is available in 3 flavours: Apple Crumble & Custard, Blood Orange and Peppermint.
Our favourite is the 10% drops - 1,000mg of CBD in a 10ml bottle. Using MCT oil as the carrier oil these drops have a good taste and can also be added to food / drinks (if that’s how you like to take, personally I prefer drops under the tongue).
Get a Reakiro discount:
Get 15% off all Reakiro CBD Oils (and other Reakiro products) on Handpicked CBD by using the code “TOP15” at checkout. Reakiro offer free delivery on all products.
Beliebis UK has rapidly become known for producing high quality, great value hemp products.
The founder of this family-run, Devon based company discovered the benefits of CBD after suffering a life-changing injury in 2018. Having found the CBD market at the time confusing and overpriced, Beliebis was established and set out to improve people’s overall CBD experience.
With an ethos based on clarity, integrity and sourcing direct from a British-owned farm in the EU, they promise to produce only the very best, third-party UK laboratory tested products, always at a fair price.
Beliebis products are incredibly popular on Handpicked CBD, with customers returning for repeat orders on a regular basis.
Their oils are full spectrum, CO2 extracted, have an authentic taste and are brilliantly simple & effective. We especially love the mini-lab report that comes with each bottle – excellent touch!
Our favourite Beliebis UK CBD Oil is their 10% in a 30ml bottle! That’s 3000mg of CBD. It’s very rare to find a 30ml bottle at a strength as high a 10%, so very cool indeed.
And at £99.99 it’s brilliant value too!
Get a Beliebis UK discount:
Get 15% off all Beliebis CBD oil products on Handpicked CBD by using the code “TOP15” at checkout. Beliebis offer free deliver on all orders, and great extra discounts for multiple item orders.
London based Grass & Co. launched in July 2019 to great success, and can already be found in luxury department store Selfridges (London and Manchester stores).
Grass & Co. focus on combining CBD with other complementary botanical ingredients, following an ethos that CBD is enhanced with company.
By blending high quality organic CBD with therapeutic botanical ingredients whose benefits are already well known, Grass & Co.’s CBD Oils deliver a unique offering to the market with additional wellness benefits as well a great taste.
Grass & Co.’s THC-free CBD oil is made using hemp flowers grown organically in Europe.
Again, great customer reviews say a lot about the company. (4.8/5 from 56 TrustPilot reviews).
Grass & Co. have two core CBD ranges called “CALM” and “EASE”. The Calm series delivers a relaxing blend of CBD, Mint, Chamomile & Ashwagandha and is available in 5% and 10% strength. The Ease series delivers a citrusy blend of CBD, Ginger, Turmeric & Orange, and is also available in 5% and 10% strength.
Our personal fave is the 10% CALM CBD oil from Grass & Co. It’s got a great peppermint flavour and the botanical blend certainly makes a difference.
A great CBD oil for relaxing and getting a great night’s sleep.
Get a Grass & Co. discount:
Get 15% off all Grass & Co. CBD oil products (and other Grass & Co. CBD products) on Handpicked CBD by using the code “TOP15” at checkout. Grass & Co. offer free deliver on all orders.
Founded in 2019, Arima is a premium CBD oil brand Based in Essex, UK.
The highly experienced Arima team set out on a mission to create a brand that helps CBD move away from the cannabis 'pot smoker' image. With the end result is a beautifully designed and packaged CBD product range.
Arima are partnered with Sativa Group (the UK’s first listed medicinal cannabis company) as their chosen CBD supplier, ensuring they use only the purest cannabidiol (CBD) manufactured in the UK.
All Arima CBD products are full spectrum and are tested to the strictest British Standards.
The Arima CBD oil range on Handpicked CBD includes Full Spectrum Pure CBD oils from 5% to 20% strength, a Peppermint flavoured 5% CBD oil, and three flavours of 5% CBD oil infused in MCT oil (Black Forest, Hazelnut & Chocolate and Raspberry).
Our pick of the bunch:
The Arima 10% Pure CBD oil. High quality 100% Cannabis Sativa L extracts infused in organic Olea Europea fruit oil. Tastes great and hits the right spots.
Get an Arima CBD Oil discount:
Get 15% off all Arima CBD Oils (and other Arima CBD products) on Handpicked CBD by using the code “TOP15” at checkout. Arima offer free UK shipping on orders over £50.
The Pure Sport CBD brand was created by two professional South African rugby players.
After years of playing a heavy contact sport the two of them we’re having to use lots of pain killers and anti-inflammatory medicines to help with injuries and recovery. And the side effects of those recovery solutions were beginning to take their toll.
After seeing NFL and MMA stars talking about the recovery benefits of CBD, the two of them gave CBD oil a try and were blown away by its effect.
Still, being professional athletes, they were concerned about the legality issues with potential THC content in CBD products.
They set about on a worldwide journey to source CBD products that contained zero THC. At first it was just for personal use, but after meeting a US cultivator and manufacturer that was a cut above, they decided to formulate their own product, and Pure Sport CBD was born.
Pure Sport CBD bespoke products are formulated specifically for athletes to aid with recovery.
They are all broad spectrum and batch tested by the Olympic standard supplement certification (BSCG) to show they are completely safe for athletes to use.
Their CBD products go through a rigid testing protocol which involves two separate third party companies testing every batch to guarantee 0% THC.
Our favourite Pure Sport CBD Oil has to be their 2000mg (20%) oil as it’s currently the World’s strongest BSCG certified CBD product! Awesome.
It’s made from all natural ingredients. Carried in MCT oil which helps boost ketones 3 times more effectively, and is GMO Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Paleo and Vegan friendly
Get a Pure Sport CBD discount:
Get 15% off all Pure Sport CBD Oils (and other Pure Sport CBD products) on Handpicked CBD by using the code “TOP15” at checkout. Pure Sport offer great discounts when you buy in bundles.
Mr NICE is a cannabis lifestyle brand inspired by the life and ethos of Howard Marks, one of the World’s favourite cannabis barons and author of bestselling books MR NICE and Dope Stories.
In 2017. the Howard Marks Foundation partnered with Equinox International to deliver the “Mr Nice” brand.
Equinox International is a “Land to Brand” British cannabis company that invests in the development of licensed cannabis facilities around the world.
By combining extensive knowledge of the cannabis industry with scientific expertise and diverse business experience, Equinox is on a mission to become a leading global cannabis supplier.
Mr NICE are made extra unique as they also have brick-and-mortar retail locations, which is vary rare for most CBD brands in the UK.
Their first store in the heart of Soho opened its doors in May 2019. A modern cannabis destination stocking high-end CBD products, a unisex clothing collection, and carefully curated accessories from around the world.
They now also have a large presence in London’s Selfridges.
Mr NICE CBD Oils are all organically produced, full spectrum and non-GMO. They do an awesome CBG Oil, but as that’s a CBG product as opposed to CBD we can’t really include it in this list!
So our fave CBD product for this list is the Mr NICE 10% CBD Oil.
It’s a full spectrum, 100% organic, non-GMO, vegan friendly, gluten free, CO2 extracted powerhouse of a product that uses hemp seed oil as it’s carrier giving that recognizable earthy taste.
A really great, high quality oil.
Get a Mr NICE discount:
Get 15% off all Mr NICE CBD products on Handpicked CBD by using the code “TOP15” at checkout. Mr NICE offer free delivery on orders over £75
1CBD is one of the UK’s most popular CBD brands. Based in Manchester the team has been delivering CBD products since 2017 (which is a lifetime in CBD years!).
1CBD’s product is sourced in the USA – grown outdoors in Colorado to be specific. The high-grade organically grown hemp is cultivated in small batches and hand-picked when ready for harvest.
This growing environment lends itself to high quality phytocannabinoid rich CBD products that contain all the naturally occurring beneficial cannabinoids, terpenes and amino acids that hemp has to offer.
1CBD have a good range of strengths, from their 5% ‘Lite Edition’ oil to the super strong ‘Gold Edition’ 40% CBD oil!
One of the awesome features of 1CBD is that they offer their CBD oils in bottle sizes of 1ml, 5ml and 10ml.
That’s a pretty unique and cool feature.
It means you can, for example, try 1ml of their super high strength 40% CBD Oil to check it works for you before diving into the standard 10ml bottle which will set you back £250+.
All CBD oils from 1CBD are broad spectrum. Our personal favourite for the purpose of this list is their 1CBD Bronze Edition 10% CBD oil which is 100% organic, vegan and gluten friendly; and contains zero THC.
Get a 1CBD discount:
Get 15% off all 1CBD Oils (and other 1CBD products) on Handpicked CBD by using the code “TOP15” at checkout. 1CBD offer free delivery for all orders over £100.
Phytocan CBD was launched in 2019, but the people behind it have been working in the CBD industry since 2016.
Phytocan’s ethos is simple: make CBD affordable to everyone.
Having been in the industry from the very early stages of the CBD boom, the Phytocan team set out on a mission to deliver high quality full spectrum CBD oil at a reasonable price.
Before launching, the founders at Phytocan spent over a year researching CBD manufacturers and suppliers to find the highest quality product at an affordable price.
Phytocan’s CBD oils are produced in Switzerland. All their CBD products are made using organic materials and ingredients making them vegan friendly and gluten free. The raw plant materials can be traced back to their seed origins, and no mineral or chemical fertilisers are used in their production.
All Phytocan CBD oils are full spectrum and retain all the of the hemp plant’s compounds, terpenes and flavonoids.
We found Phytocan’s natural flavoured oils have a unique taste and smell, which I personally really like. However, appreciate others will not necessarily feel the same. It’s something Phytocan themselves acknowledge, which led them to create their flavoured 5% range, with mint, strawberry and vanilla flavours available.
And it’s there that our favourite oil for this list comes from.
Phytocan’s 5% Gold Edition Vanilla flavoured CBD Oil is awesome. The taste great, and different to any other CBD oil we’ve tried. A great low-to-medium strength oil to start your CBD journey on.
Then of course there’s the value:
Phytocan have stuck to their mission to make CBD affordable to everyone, with their oils being the cheapest per mg and drop vs any other brand on Handpicked CBD.
Exceptional value, especially when you’re getting a discount too!
Get a Phytocan discount:
Get 15% off all Phytocan CBD Oils on Handpicked CBD by using the code “TOP15” at checkout. Phytocan offer great discounts when you buy in bundles.
Cannacares is a London based company building a medical cannabis business.
Launched in 2019 by the owners of UK Fibromyalgia Magazine, Cannacares has a vision to deliver high-quality CBD & Medical Cannabis products.
They’re on a mission to provide their already active community with safe, high-quality CBD products, at prices that won’t break the bank.
Cannacares sources its CBD from Holland and all of their CBD oils are broad spectrum (THC-free) and EU-GMP Certified.
Their main 5% oil comes in 2 sizes: 10ml and 20ml.
Using hemp seed oil as the carrier (containing beneficial omega 3 and omega 6) the oil has a good earthy aroma and taste.
The 20ml addition is a nice touch, as you get more bang for your buck. And as mentioned previously, it’s pretty rare to get decent strength oils in bottles bigger than 10ml.
Our pick here is the Cannacares 20ml 5% CBD Oil.
Get a Cannacares discount:
Get 15% off all Cannacares CBD oil products (and other Cannacares products) on Handpicked CBD by using the code “TOP15” at checkout. Cannacares offer free deliver on all orders.
CUBID CBD is an influential and beautiful CBD brand that really stands out for its quality of product both inside the box and out.
CUBID really shines with its cosmetics range (now in Holland & Barrett), and have had their excellent CBD topicals featured in the likes of Bazaar, Glamour, Evening Standard, Daily Express and OK! Magazine.
That being said, their CBD oils are pretty damned good too. Available in Natural or Peppermint flavour and as standard in 30ml bottles, CUBID CBD oil has a unique floral aroma and tastes great.
CUBID’s CBD extract comes from a hemp farm in Colorado. And the hemp farmers there use advanced scientific technologies to deliver the purest CBD that is free from pesticides, heavy metals and THC.
Our favourite oil from CUBID has to be their natural flavoured 1000mg. An excellent oil for newcomers to CBD (as it’s in a 30ml bottle works out to be 3.33% so quite low strength).
Get a CUBID CBD discount:
Get 15% off all CUBID CBD oil products (and other CUBID CBD products) on Handpicked CBD by using the code “TOP15” at checkout. CUBID CBD offer free deliver on all orders over £50.
Signature CBD are a luxury CBD oil brand that offer a unique approach within the CBD market. By combining CBD with other natural botanic ingredients they have developed a range of products to aid sleep, muscle recovery, energy and wellness.
Their Signature is their promise to develop the most innovative CBD formulas on the market.
By combining high-quality, organic, vegan, and THC-free CBD with proven active ingredients such as Ginger, Turmeric, Lavendar, Valerian, Chamomile and Vitamin D, the team at Signature have come up with some excellent and bespoke products.
Their Sleep Support CBD oil is our pick of the bunch.
Blended with Chamomile, Valerian and Lavender to create a calming sleep product that workd wonders for the team here.
Their oils are all relatively low strength in regards to CBD content, but the mix with other active ingredients works well to make up for that.
Get a Signature CBD discount:
Get 15% off all Signature CBD oil products on Handpicked CBD by using the code “TOP15” at checkout. Signature CBD offer free deliver on all orders over £70.
That brings us to the end of our Top 15 CBD Oils in the UK list. We'll be updating the list throughout 2020 to make sure it accurately represents our thoughts on the top CBD oils available.
Here's a summary of the full list:
And by way of comparison we've put the below infographic together: