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If you've been shopping for skincare or supplements over the last couple of years, you've no doubt seen a huge increase in the number of products that tout CBD as a main ingredient. CBD—which is short for cannabidiol, a compound extracted from cannabis sativa that does not get you high—is said to have calming and anti-inflammatory properties that can relax your mind and your muscles and calm your skin. While not all of these claims are backed by scientific research, there's plenty of anecdotal evidence that CBD products can help calm a busy mind or soothe sore muscles.
If you're overwhelmed by CBD options, you're not alone! Deciding which products are worth a try can be difficult, due to the sheer number of picks available on the market. To help narrow things down for you, we asked our editors to share the CBD products they keep in their rotation to help with everything from sore muscles after workouts to creating a feeling of zen on a stressful day.
Here, our editors' favorite CBD products on the market now:
"I rarely have trouble falling asleep, because my days are packed and I have a toddler so I am pretty much always exhausted by 9 p.m. And yet, there are of course those nights when I lie awake for what seems like forever, mentally reliving my day and/or planning for the next. That's when I reach for one of these gummies (I get the 300mg ones, but they also come in 600mg).
The combination of CBD and melatonin helps me fall asleep whenever I'm in a bind, and also leads to a sense of calm the following morning. They are also vegan and gluten-free if you're into that sort of thing!" — Mélanie Berliet, general manager
"I am not actually a big beauty product person in general, so when I was introduced to this post-workout, wellness focused lotion, I was intrigued. Being quarantined has meant that I've had to get more creative about how I workout since my regular gym is of course closed. This means that I am often left feeling that wonderful soreness in the body that results from using your muscles in new ways.
It is blissful to top off a workout with a shower and a layer of this lotion, which cools and relaxes your body and makes you feel even better about the fact that you've been exercising." — Mélanie Berliet, general manager
"I used to be a big CBD skeptic; when the compound first started to trend, it seemed like every day there was a new product offering (supplements, skin care, dog treats) or way to ingest it (cocktails, coffee, gummies). Reviews were all over the place and oftentimes accompanied by wild claims, and I was hesitant to try something so new and untested. I finally took the plunge after chatting with a coworker (hi Eric!), who swore by his daily CBD tincture from Lord Jones.
Instead of using it as a daily supplement, I turn to the tincture on particularly stressful days—before big presentations or important interviews for example—and I find it gives me a great sense of calm. It has also been a lifesaver on those nights where I can’t seem to fall asleep due to racing thoughts. My go-to is the lemon flavor—it is light and bright, with no earthy, bitter aftertaste that some CBD tinctures have." — Allison Bean, editorial director
"I am not exactly what you could call a 'good sleeper.' I'm a night owl by nature and would gladly stay up until 3 a.m. every night if that were a feasible possibility. Pair that with an inability to turn my brain off when I finally do get into bed, and sleep just doesn't come easy.
I've been a diehard eyemask user since I was a kid, but some nights I need a little extra help. That's when I turn to these sleep-inducing CBD gummies—they also contain melatonin and evening primrose oil—which I take about 30 minutes before my intended bedtime. About 10 minutes after eating one I feel a sense of calm wash over my mind and body, and about 20 minutes later my eyes actually feel heavy (a feat for a nightowl like me!).
I try not to take them everyday, but on nights when I'm really wired or have a big presentation the next day, I know I can count on these gummies to help me get a solid night of sleep." — Bridget Mallon, associate editorial director
"One CBD product I do reach for everyday is this supplement from Prima. It's formulated to promote wellbeing, both in your body and mind, and balance in your life. I've been taking 1-2 pills day for the last six months and I have no plans to stop.
Overall I feel less stressed (on days when I am struggling with stress though, I usually take a second dose) and my mood feels more consistent. I'm also a fan of Prima's Skin Therapy lotion (view at Prima), which helped combat the dry, flaky hands I experience every winter. It's soothing, rich, and feels luxurious on my skin—just be warned that it does have an earthy, hemp-like scent." — Bridget Mallon, associate editorial director
"No joke, this stuff helps me calm down on a stressful day. CBD, Ashwagandha, and a terpene blend are infused to give you a relaxing dose in gummy form. When I know a stressful week is coming, I will start taking these a few days before to help me stay zen. They've also improved my sleep!" — Bridget Mallon, associate editorial director