When it comes to other CBD-based products, in general they tend to be vegan, partly due to the target demographic. Whilst some products, such as jelly-type sweets and capsules, may require a little more caution, with so many explicitly vegan CBD oils, items and brands out there, obtaining vegan CBD should be simple enough.
This means that endocannabinoids affect the immune system in general, the vascular system, the skin, bones, marrow, spleen, pancreas, lungs, liver, muscles, gastrointestinal tract, brain and reproductive organs. Research has shown that they play a part in exercise, sleep, pain relief, temperature regulation, energy use and metabolism, memory and other key areas. So, CBD is not only vegan but also a panacea and we should all be using it, right?
When it comes to other studies, there are lots that do support claims that CBD helps with sleep, anxiety and so on but they are almost all thwarted by not being rigorous enough. Most do not properly account for the placebo effect, whilst others seem to contradict each other. Moreover, because there is little regulation around quality and exactly what types of cannabinoids each product contains, assessing what dose is effective is almost impossible.
Conclusion: CBD Oil Is Vegan, But Does Not Yet Have a Scientific Endorsement
As well as being legal in the UK, many studies have shown CBD to be safe, including a very in-depth report from the World Health Organization. Among many broadly positive statements it also said, “To date, there is no evidence of recreational use of CBD or any public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”
Hemp covers plants that are higher in CBD and lower in THC, whilst marijuana can be thought of as being higher in THC (the psychoactive substance that makes one stoned) and lower in CBD. Hemp comes from sativa plants, whilst marijuana, cannabis used for recreational purposes, can come from either that or indica.
In truth, you would probably be wise to check more closely any item that is not either marketed as vegan or is not clearly plant-based. That standard caveat aside, of the more typical items we have seen, there are some that certainly are more likely to be problematic in general. These include:
In fact, the issue where the evidence in support of CBD is strongest is one we have not even mentioned and concerns epilepsy. US authorities, the FDA, approved the use of Epidyolex and the NHS has now also approved this CBD-based medicine.
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 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.
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:
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.
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.
Here, Willis shares five of her all-time favorite recommendations for vegans.
Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, may be the hottest new supplement to hit the natural healthcare market in years, but many people want to know if their supplements are 100% vegan or contain hidden animal products. Everyone from Rob Gronkowski to Kim Kardashian to Kristen Bell (who defines herself as vegan) has touted the cannabis derivative as a magical elixir to treat pain, anxiety and stress. So it's no wonder that the trendy new compound is making a big splash in the health and wellness world, among plant-based eaters and everyone else.
Potli is a purveyor of anything and everything you could ever want for your kitchen pantry. This California-based company peddles sources raw ingredients to make CBD olive oil and chili sauce for aspiring chefs who want a side of CBD with their healthy fare. “These products make CBD supplementation incredibly easy to achieve,” says Willis.
There are also plenty of first-hand accounts online about the wondrous abilities of this buzzy new supplement, which is widely available in vegan-friendly capsules, oils and gummies. “I got into CBD a few months ago,” Kim Kardashian recently told People. “It’s saved my life. Even to sleep at night, I like the gummies. I will just use a little bit and fall asleep. I don’t think I would take a Xanax or an Ambien again.”
That said, not all CBD supplements are created equally. Willis suggests seeking out high-quality products by doing your due diligence and avoiding the temptation to buy dietary supplements or oils from big-name retailers online. “CBD is not regulated, so there are lots of questionable products on the market,” she warns. “I do not recommend finding your products through Google or Amazon.”
Instead, Willis suggests seeking out well-established brands and boutiques to help determine the right type of supplements for your individual needs. “These are all products I have come to know and love and I use some of these daily,” she says. “I personally know the creators and owners behind each brand and can contest the integrity of these products.”
This Humboldt County, Calif.-based company makes small batch CBD products ranging from skincare to intimacy oils to flower rolls, which can help ease anxiety and depression. “I use the Kiskanu facial oil religiously!” raves Willis.