CBD Asylum produces a range of CBD products that aims to bring CBD out from behind the counter and into the everyday. They believe that in 2020, CBD doesn’t need to be foul-tasting and discreet; it should be drenched in flavour and displayed proudly. To do this, they provide CBD oils in seven different flavours, numerous tasty e-liquids and masses of edibles and hemp-infused sweets.
I’ve been taking their natural 5% CBD oil; In the 10ml bottle, you get 500mg of CBD, a full-spectrum of terpenes and natural flavourings suspended in MCT oil. I was surprised to see ‘natural flavourings’ listed in the ingredients on the product page because hemp extract has a strong natural taste of its own.
As I familiarised myself with the brand and the oil, I couldn’t see where they source their hemp. To find out, I contacted CBD Asylum via the useful chat app on the website and they told me that all their products contain high-quality isolate from the US. They also explained that they get the carrier oil and the isolate from an organically certified supplier, but the finished item itself isn’t certified.
Who are CBD Asylum?
CBD Asylum refer to themselves as “purveyors of the world’s finest Cannabidiol products”. By combining science and nature, they aim to create products that are tastier and more effective than other brands. Four years ago, drag racing enthusiasts Alex and Liam were looking for a new venture when they witnessed the benefits of CBD, they dropped everything else and focused on building their brand.
Everything they make is manufactured in an ISO level 7 cleanroom. Then it’s tested by well-known third-party UK lab PhytoVista. CBD Asylum have chosen to use CBD isolate because it’s an effective way to guarantee extremely low levels of THC. To add a further range of benefits to their products, they infuse them with terpenes.
Third-Party Lab Tests
The third-party lab results are easily accessible from each product page and there is one available for each item. Although there is only one per product now, they have batch numbers written at the top which indicates that they may add new ones in the future. It’s always useful to be able to look at multiple certificates for each product.
The certificate itself is basic and only includes a cannabinoid profile. Because CBD Asylum has added terpenes to the formula, it would be helpful to include a terpene profile as well. The amount of each cannabinoid is recorded as both percentages per weight and as mg/g, making it relatively easy to interpret. Approximately 508.9mg of CBD was detected, which is more than the 500mg on the label; a little extra is always a bonus. The analysis (per total product weight) also showed:
- CBDa = not detected
- CBDV = 1.4mg
- CBDVa = not detected
- CBG = not detected
- CBGa = not detected
- CBC = not detected
- CBCa = not detected
- CBN = not detected
- THC = not detected
These results are what I expect to see from products made with isolate. The only cannabinoids detected were CBD and a trace of CBDV. This backs up the THC-free claim made on the website.
Ease of Use
The oil comes in a small green glass bottle with a bulb-tipped dropper. The dropper is thicker than others I’ve used which made it much easier to deliver several drops at a time accurately. It was fairly straightforward to use, but it would be useful to have a mark on the side to indicate how much is in the dropper; Counting out drops under your tongue can be tricky unless you’re standing in front of a mirror.
The directions on the box are simple. They don’t advise how long you should hold the oil under your tongue, but this is easy to find out and there’s more information available on the website. Overall, this was an easy to use oil and the dropper design was particularly effective.
CBD Asylum Oil Taste
This oil has a unique taste that I’ve not experienced before. It’s similar to some of the more floral tasting ones like Bud and Tender, but it had a strong note of pine followed up by the sharp bitterness of hemp. Once I’d tried it a few times, I got to enjoy it and found it a pleasant change from some of the heavier flavoured options.
5% oils are among the lowest strength, so I wasn’t expecting to notice much of an effect. Also, in the past, I’ve found the most potent to be those with a range of other cannabinoids and plant substances.
I took five drops three times a day and didn’t notice any effects to start with. After the first week, I found that my tension headaches weren’t as bad, but it’s always challenging to identify the exact cause of the improvement.
This isn’t a potent oil, but it would still be a useful purchase for someone new to CBD or if you want to take alongside other CBD products such as e-liquids.
CBD Asylum 5% Oil Value for Money
The standard price for 10mls of this 5% oil is £37.99, which makes it close to the cost of some of the premium oils I’ve tried. However, CBD Asylum has regular offers and currently, it’s selling at £19.99. For comparison, Simply CBD’s 500mg oil is available for £18 and the 500mg Blue Edition from The Original Alternative costs £21.60.
It’s much more enticing at the lower price and while I found this one useful, I’d be reluctant to pay the full price unless it was full or broad-spectrum.
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