CBD Guru has a base in the UK and offers a broad range of products including oils, gummies, e-liquids and topicals. They even have a selection of CBG oils if you want to try something a bit different. For the last two weeks, I’ve been trialling their 5% CBD oil; it comes in a 10ml bottle and contains a broad-spectrum hemp extract in an MCT oil carrier.
I’ve got the natural version but if you prefer you can choose from a few other flavours, including citrus, fresh mint and mixed berry. The blue glass bottle features a simple label which looks minimalist and smart.
I was also pleased to see that CBD Guru don’t tend to make exagerated claims about the quality of their products but stick to facts that can be verified. For example, instead of the common claim of ‘completely THC free’ they’ve gone for something much more realistic ‘the content of THC is tested on every batch to meet the requirement of less than 1mg per bottle’.
However, they do state ‘it is non-psychoactive’ which is a common misconception about CBD. CBD isn’t intoxicating but because it does interact with your brain and nervous system it can be described as ‘psychoactive’.
Overall, my first impressions were positive and I was looking forward to seeing how effective it would be.
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Who are CBD Guru?
Founder Neil created CBD Guru following his quest to find affordable, effective CBD for a close friend with ulcerative colitis. He was disappointed to find that the best oils were priced well beyond what could be afforded by someone on the standard weekly wage.
To challenge this, he decided to produce his own oils for his friends. This was such a success that two years later, he was able to launch the CBD Guru brand.
To ensure that they always provide the best products, CBD Guru have set up systems so that they can trace every batch back to the field the hemp was grown in. The hemp used in all of their products comes from well-known US farms and it’s then manufactured in a US GMP accredited facility before being shipped to the UK.
3rd Party Lab Tests
CBD Guru provides one example certificate for each product which you can access from the description section of the product page. The current one is dated within two months of when I received the oil, so it’s up to date, but it’s always preferable to know that the certificate you’re looking at refers to the batch of product you’re using.
The lab report is simple and only shows a cannabinoid profile. This is the essential information, but I find it useful when additional information such as a terpene profile and a screening for contaminants is included. However, the data is relatively easy to understand and it verifies that the oil holds the advertised amount of CBD and less than 0.005mg per container, which is well within the legal limit.
The cannabinoids detected in the analysis were:
CBDV <0.005mg per 10ml
CBG = 17.502mg
CBD = 500.114mg
CBDa = 0.123mg
Ease of Use
The 10ml glass bottle is sturdy and easy to use. It doesn’t have a child-safe cap or handy measurements on the dropper, but it worked well, never leaked and I found it straightforward to place roughly the amount I wanted under my tongue. There is also useful information on the bottle. The usage instructions suggest that you place a few drops under your tongue for 60 seconds, two or three times a day.
CBD Guru 5% Oil Taste
The taste was a blend of grass and walnuts with a slightly bitter aftertaste. It’s not the best I’ve tasted, but it’s likely to be mild enough for those who don’t like intensely flavoured oils.
I took five drops, three times a day for two weeks and I was surprised by the potency of this oil. Typically, 5% oils provide mild relief from my anxiety and occasionally reduce the intensity of my tension headaches, but this one proved to be different.
On the first day, I had a migraine which I suffer from once every few months. As it intensified, I took some CBD and was amazed to find that the pain had nearly completely gone within an hour. Some of the other migraine symptoms that I get persisted for a bit longer but the pain didn’t return.
In the past, I’ve never had any success in treating my migraines with CBD products, so I was impressed. During the following weeks, I continued to experience effects similar to that of an oil with a much higher concentration. Although this is only my own personal experience, it’s indicated to me that this is a particularly potent and effective oil.
CBD Guru Value for Money
For £29.99 you get 10mls of 5% oil which gives you a total of 500mg of CBD. Also, if you buy two or more bottles together, you can get a further discount. The price is slightly high for a brand that pride themselves on affordability. When you compare it to the Blue Edition from Original Alternative which features 500mg in 10ml for £21.60, it doesn’t come close to providing the same value. Although, it is the same price as the Jacob Hooy 5% oil from Holland and Barrett.
Despite cheaper oils being available, the results made it well worth it in my case. There is lots of information available about the hemp, the lab results are simple to find and it’s reasonably easy to use.
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This is low-concentration 5% oil that, for me, produced effects of something much stronger. The flavour is hemp-like and nutty, but the bitter aftertaste is mild and not too unpleasant. If you prefer you can choose from four flavours: natural, citrus, fresh mint and mixed berry. You can access an example lab report from the product page where they verify the advertised amounts of CBD and THC. This isn't the cheapest 5% oil you can get, but it still offers good value.
Third-party lab results
Ease of use
Value for money
Made with broad-spectrum extract (THC free)
MCT carrier oil
Made with US hemp
Manufactured in GMP facility
It has a nutty flavour with a mild bitter aftertaste
It was particularly potent
The third-party lab results weren't available for each batch.
No child-safe lid
No marks on the dropper to help with accurate measurements.