Canabidol stock a wide range of CBD products including capsules, oils, gel tabs, creams and highly concentrated extracts. Most are aimed at the premium end of the market and rigorously tested in-house and by a third-party lab. I’ve been trying their 10mg capsules which come in a box of thirty arranged into three handy blister packs.
Each capsule contains powdered hemp extract that’s been heated to activate the cannabinoids. As well as a range of phytocannabinoids, you also get a blend of terpenes and cannabis essential oils. In total, one pack of capsules holds a total of 300mg of CBD. The capsule itself is made from hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) which is a plant-based polymer. Consequently, they’re suitable for vegans and have been verified by the Vegan Society.
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Who are Canabidol?
Canabidol supply their products to pharmacies and stores across the UK and refer to themselves as “the only brand of choice in the UK”. They’re based in Brighton, UK and oversee farms throughout Europe. Their manufacturing facilities are in the South of England and in Ireland. In another bold claim, they also say that they’re the only UK based CBD brand to grow, extract and manufacture its own products. They are also a partner company to Access CBD who claim to be among the UK’s cheapest brands and are an excellent place to purchase Canabidol products.
The hemp used in Canabidol products is grown using organic methods in farms throughout Europe. It comes from plants that are cannabinoid-rich and have been specifically bred to meet their high standards. To get the best from every plant they use precisely calibrated, state of the art extraction equipment. It produces a full-spectrum oil that’s packed with CBD, other cannabinoids and terpenes.
To be sure that their products consistently meet high standards, they use several in house tests alongside additional checks by a third-party lab. The cannabinoid levels are analysed using high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and they also check the terpene profile screen for any contamination.
3rd Party Lab Tests
I was immediately impressed by Canabidol’s approach to third-party lab results because they provide an extensive database of every certificate so that you can find the ones specific to your batch. Each product has a number that can be entered into the database search bar; mine was 1144030. This gave me access to a cannabinoid profile and the results of screening for different contaminants.
There were four contaminant certificates, one for each of heavy metals, mycotoxins, microbes and pesticides and all were found to be within safe levels. The cannabinoid profile showed that the third-party lab tested for ten cannabinoids, including THC, but only CBD was detected. I found this surprising because the box says “containing all the phytocannabinoids, terpenes, essential oils and other compounds found in the cannabis plant”. However, it could be that other substances are present in such tiny amounts that they can’t be detected. It also showed that the sample tested contained 327.75mg of CBD, which is a little more than stated on the packet.
The full results showed:
CBD = 327.75mg (total per pack)
CBDa < 1mg
CBDV < 1mg
CBG < 1mg
CBGa < 1mg
CBN < 1mg
THCa < 1mg
Δ9-THC < 1mg
Δ8-THC < 1mg
CBC < 1mg
Ease of Use
Capsules are the easiest, way to take CBD, particularly if you don’t want to draw attention to yourself while you’re doing it. Because these are packed in blister sheets, you can easily put them in a pocket or bag and take them with you wherever you’re going. However, you’ll need a drink to help get them down because they’re slightly over 2cm long which make them bigger than man others I have used. Inside the shell is a finely ground powder so you can’t bite them open and let the contents sit under your tongue, that makes them slightly less versatile than those that contain oil.
There’s very little flavour to these capsules, just a mild earthy taste. I’ve tried some in the past that had an unpleasant musty tang to them, but these were very nearly flavourless. If you struggle to take strong tasting hemp oils, these capsules could be a great alternative for you.
Canabidol Capsules Potency/ Effectiveness
The suggested use is one to two capsules twice daily. I chose to take two with my breakfast and two with my evening meal. That gave me a total of 40mg per day; however, when swallowed, only about 4%-20% of the CBD makes it into your blood, so I wasn’t expecting a strong effect. I was surprised to notice that after about a week of taking them, there was an improvement in my sleep pattern and I was feeling more alert and focused during the day.
These aren’t the strongest capsules I’ve taken, but I still found them useful. Where possible, I choose capsules that I can bite open to improve the absorption rate. That’s not possible with these, but I still felt I benefitted from taking them.
Value for Money
One packet of 30 capsules holds a total of 300mg CBD and costs £19.99. That works out as 66p per capsule and about 7p per mg of CBD. They’re the same price as Hempura’s 10mg CBD capsules and are a very similar product. The only difference for me was that Hempura’s were slightly more effective. Jacob Hooy 10mg capsules are also similarly priced at £59.99 for 120 or 50p per serving.
The real value of these capsules is that you’re getting high-quality hemp with cannabinoids, terpenes and plant nutrients. This powder form means you can’t bite the capsule open, but it makes up for it because you get so many other plant substances. The lab results provide lots of excellent information about the safety of the product, but I’d preferred to have seen some other cannabinoids show up on the analysis. Overall they offer great value, but for me, if I was looking to buy capsules like these ones, I’d opt for Hempura capsules instead.
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Canabidol 10mg capsules come in three handy blister packs that make them easy to take with you. They’re completely vegan and are registered with the UK vegan society. They each contain high-quality powdered hemp that’s been decarboxylated to activate the cannabinoids fully. There’s minimal flavour and despite being just over 2cm long, they’re easy to swallow with a mouthful of water. I noticed an improvement in my sleep and daytime concentration after about a week of taking the recommended four per day.
Third-party lab results
Ease of use
Value for money
The capsule shell is made with HPMC making them suitable for vegans.
There is no intense hemp taste
They improved my sleep and concentration
They are ideal to be used alongside other more potent CBD products.
Because they don’t contain oil you can’t bite them open to absorb the CBD quicker
Large capsules may be tricky to swallow for some
The lab certificates didn’t show any traces of other cannabinoids.